Will the Church Need to Go Through the Great Tribulation?

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We live in a day when it seems end time prophecies are coming to pass. The Book of Revelation reveals many stressful conditions that will come to pass during a time known as the Great Tribulation. In the Old Testament, that time is described as being the Day of the Lord, or That Day.
The Bible also teaches that Jesus' return for His Bride, the church, is imminent. Do we need to be afraid of the mark of the beast as described in Revelation 13 and referred to in Revelation 14, 15 and 16? Will we experience the great conflicts brought about by the Antichrist?
This writing is from a sermon by a brother who has gone on to his reward. It was preached at the Orchardville Mennonite Church, and is reprinted here by permission of the family. May it be used to comfort saints as they prepare for Jesus' return for the Church.