Thilpsis, translated from Greek means “pressure, stress, trouble or affliction” and is from the word Thilbō, a Greek verb translated as “suffer tribulation.”
“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation (Thilpsis), but take courage; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
” . . .for then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever shall.” Matthew 24:21
“But immediately after the tribulation of those days, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken, and then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory.” Matthew 24:29-30
In the scripture passages above, the Greek word “Thilpsis” is used. The passages plainly point to a future period of time when Christ’s disciples will endure great stress and pressure in the world. Contrary to prevailing doctrines, it does not indicate the wrath of God reserved for those who reject the gospel of Christ Jesus. In the preceding passages from Matthew 24, Jesus gives a 30,000 ft overview of the seal judgments (aligned perfectly with the Apostle John’s visions of the “seals” of Revelation 6: 1-17) signifying the beginning of “birth pangs” prior to the End of the Age; but these judgments do not represent God’s wrath on the last generation rejecting salvation in Christ and revealed in judgment of “vials” described in Revelation, Chapter 16.
These passages and many, many other scripture passages point to a pre-wrath and not a pre-tribulation rapture. Do not be deceived, the saints of the Lord will not escape the pressing or stress of this period.
” . . . For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God. And if it is with difficulty that the righteous is saved, what will become of the godless man and the sinner.” 1 Peter 4: 17-18