RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS MANUAL AUGUST 7, 2022

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LESSON FORTY NINE (49)
SUBJECT: THE DAYS OF TRIBULATION

SUNDAY SCHOOL ANTHEM
1. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s Day,
O how I love you,
I’m happy, it makes me happy
Rejoice in Your birth.

2. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s Day,
ọ Your friendship suits me well,
Young and will sing your song,
We long for Sunday school.

3. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s Day,
Christ was your first teacher,
The Holy Spirit, great teacher,
Manifest in you.

4. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s Day,
This testimony is sure,
May God, the Almighty Father,
Poured out his blessings

5. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s Day,
Although the sun is so bright,
Or if the clouds are black with rain,
I will be in Sunday school.

6. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s Day,
I’m glad to see you,
Will you pass me today?
Without me being blessed?

OPENING PRAYER: Almighty Father, help us to hold you to the end, in the name of Jesus.

BIBLICAL PASSAGE: Mark 13:19-26

[19]For in those days there will be affliction such as has not been from the beginning of the creation which God has created until now, nor will there be.

[20]And if the Lord had not shortened those days, no one would be saved; but because of the elect whom he chose, he shortened the days.

[21]And then if anyone says to you, Behold, behold Christ; or, behold, he is there; don’t believe it:

[22]For false Christs and false prophets will arise, and do signs and wonders, to deceive, if possible, even the elect.

[23]But take heed: behold, I have foretold you everything.

[24]But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will give it no more light,

[25]And the stars of heaven will fall, and the powers that are in heaven will be shaken.

[26]And then they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.

MEMORY VERSE:
“For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever will be.” Matthew 24:21.

INTRODUCTION: The word tribulation means trouble or suffering. There are different types of tribulations mentioned in the Bible. These include: the tribulation of the disciples in the world (Jn.16:33); tribulation because of acceptance or obedience to the word of God (Matt.13:21); the tribulation on the way to the kingdom of God (Acts 14:22; Matt.7:14); earthly tribulation common to all (Job 5:6,7); tribulation on the wrongdoers (Rom.2:9) and the great tribulation (Matt.24:21).

The focus of the lesson is the Great Tribulation. The Bible says she is “the mother” of all tribulations. The difficulties, turmoil, distress, and bewilderment that would be experienced in the days of the great tribulation are unprecedented. What is the great tribulation? When will it be? What are the events of the days of tribulation?

TEXT REVIEW:
The following will characterize the days of the great tribulation.
I. Uncommon affection. (Mark 13:19).

ii. Confusion over the location of Christ. (Mark 13:21).

iii. False Christ and prophet. V.22.

iv. False wonders and seductive tendencies. V.22.

ACTIVITY: The teacher should identify five other strange events that will characterize the great tribulation period from the passage.
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LESSON PLANS:
1. UNDERSTANDING THE GREAT TRIBULATION
2. EVENTS IN THE DAYS OF GREAT TRIBULATION

1. UNDERSTANDING THE GREAT TRIBULATION
The teacher should explain the following identities which are the flagship of the great tribulation:
I. The great tribulation is also called Jacob’s times of trouble (Jacob means the nation of Israel). (Jer.30:7).

ii. The unbelieving Jews and Gentiles will participate in the great tribulation (but he, i.e. Jacob, will be saved from it). (Jer.30:7b).

iii. It will begin after the church has been raptured and the “man of sin”, i.e. the antichrist, has been revealed. (2Thess. 2:3-7).

iv. The time of the great tribulation is the “seventieth week” of Daniel’s seventy weeks. (Dan.9:24).

v. The seventy weeks are divided into three as follows:
a. The first seven weeks. (Dan.9:25).
b. The next sixty-two weeks. (Dan.9:25).
vs. Last week. (Dan.9:25).

vi. In the last “one week”, one day represents one year. Therefore, the duration of the tribulation is seven (7) years. (Dan.9:27).

vii. The first half of the week (three and a half years) will be devoted to the full physical manifestation of the antichrist (when the antichrist makes an alliance with Israel). (Dan. 9:27).

viii. The last half of the week (three and a half years) is the period when the antichrist will break his covenant, cause great abominations and desolation in the temple of God. (Dan.9:27; Dan.11:36; Matt.24:16).

ix. At the end of the next three and a half years, Christ will return (the second coming of Christ) to reign over the earth. (Mark 13:24-26; 2Thess. 2:8).

CLASS ACTIVITY 1: Students should mention the key points of the great tribulation according to lesson plan 1.

2. EVENTS IN THE DAYS OF GREAT TRIBULATION
The great tribulation will see a series of significant but terrifying events.
These include:
I. Unprecedented religious persecution of those who missed the rapture. (Matt.24:21-22).

ii. Unprecedented global religious deception. (Matt.24:24-28).

iii. Unspeakable world economic problems, in which only those who receive the mark of the Beast can buy or sell. (Rev.13:17-18).

iv. Series of unjust and abominable religious practices. (2Thess.2:3-4 & 10).

v. Intense temptation all over the world. (Rev.3:10).

CLASS ACTIVITY 2: Mention the great tribulation identities from Lesson Plan 2.

SUMMARY: There is trouble for unbelievers.

CONCLUSION: Those who have received Christ as their personal Lord and Savior and have kept themselves holy until He comes in the rapture will be delivered (by the rapture) from the days of the Great Tribulation. However, sinners and backsliders face the danger of the Great Tribulation. Beloved, are you truly saved from sins? Examine yourself today and make sure!

ASSESSMENT: What is the nature and timing of the great tribulation?

CLOSING PRAYER: Almighty Father, save me from the calamity of the great tribulation. Take me to heaven when you come.

ASSIGNMENT: Mention ten (10) things about the events of the great tribulation.

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