Anytime new life is brought forth, it is associated with birth pains, which intensify towards the moment of birth. As the millennial kingdom is brought forth, birth pains will increase into the Tribulation, which will transition into the judgements of wrath. This progression is seen in that the last seal releases the seven trumpets, and the last trumpet releases the bowls of wrath--in the same way that certain rockets blast through several stages. End time Christians are called The Bride of Christ. They play a significant role as long as it is useful for them to remain here on earth.
The purposes for end time Christians are given as:
|In a similar way, at the time of God's judgements in their own age, Noah was rescued out of the great flood, Lot from Sodom, the Israelites from drowning in the Red Sea, and the early Christians from the destruction of Jerusalem.|
Note: The meanings of the symbolic language, are explained in the midi- and maxi-texts. Alternative opinions of when the Bride will be rescued, are explained in the end of the next chapter. (For instance: could the rapture occur before or after the end-time, instead of during it?) Take a look at 5.14 - 5.16 Supplements But read first through chapter 5 in order to understand them better!