The Church in Tribulation - Why?

In the past two segments we have discussed the rapture and the chronology of Revelation and other accounts of the end times, showing the chronology of events. We have discussed the importance of the two witnesses. We have clearly shown that although the church will be persecuted, it will not suffer any judgment or wrath of God. This is an extremely important distinction for those with a pre-trib rapture position. The timeline is clear. But the question remains, why is this important to God? Why put us through it? What does it accomplish? In Revelation 1 the Apostle John tells us what the book of Revelation is: