Jeremiah 30:5-10 NLT This is what the LORD says: “I hear cries of fear; there is terror and no peace. (6) Now let Me ask you a question: Do men give birth to babies? Then why do they stand there, ashen-faced, hands pressed against their sides like a woman in labor? (7) In all history there has never been such a time of terror. It will be a time of trouble for My people Israel. Yet in the end they will be saved! (8) For in that day,” says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies, “I will break the yoke from their necks and snap their chains. Foreigners will no longer be their masters. (9) For My people will serve the LORD their God and their king descended from David—the king I will raise up for them. (10) “So do not be afraid, Jacob, My servant; do not be dismayed, Israel,” says the LORD. “For I will bring you home again from distant lands, and your children will return from their exile. Israel will return to a life of peace and quiet, and no one will terrorize them.
We’ve all had bad days but nothing like what is talked about in Jeremiah 30. The Lord begins commenting here that He hears cries of fear and even compares the cries of men as sounding like women giving birth. What might begin to sound like an insult to their manliness (but certainly not intended to minimize what a woman endures during child birth) is given some slack when the Lord says there has never been such a time of terror as the one being prophesied about. But even in the ‘time of terror’ as referred to by the Lord, He says, “…do not be afraid.” I’m intentionally going to repeat that. Jeremiah speaking the this prophetic Word from the Lord to Israel about a time of trouble (Jacob’s trouble or the tribulation) to come, tells them that it will be the most terrifying time in the history of mankind BUT do not be afraid.
Now I’m a Pre-Tribulation Rapture (catching away of the church) guy, so I certainly don’t have to fear the tribulation period that I won’t be here for, but isn’t it amazing that God says that no covenant person that is here during this time has to fear either. Even though many men will be crying out in terror, the Lord says they don’t have to because He is for them and will raise them up and deliver them once again from oppression.
So if the Lord can tell His people, Israel that they don’t have to fear the most terrifying time ever in man’s history; then why should His Church who won’t be here ever have to fear anything. P.S. for those who believe the Church will be here on Earth during the tribulation, you still don’t ever have to fear. God has said, FEAR THOU NOT (KJV) Jacob’s trouble, a time of terror like never before. If you don’t have to fear the worst of all worst days, you just don’t have to fear, period.