“Does the phrase “the end” in the Book of Hebrews refer to the end of the seven year tribulation? (Heb 3:6, 14, 11)”


No. There are two ends. Paul’s phrase “the end” refers to their salvation in Jesus the Saviour BEFORE the seven year tribulation. Paul urges them to ‘this’ end. Paul is NOT referring to “the end” of the tribulation.


The following is a refutation of the two popular theories that Paul is writing to backslidden Christians or to future Jews in the seven year tribulation – of which neither are correct.

The explanation of the theory of the tribulation doctrine rests solely on the misinterpretation of the phrase “the end” in Paul’s epistle (Heb 3:6, 14; 6:11).

The phrase ‘the end’ has various meanings in the scriptures with ‘the end’ of Noah’s flood; ‘the end’ of a field; ‘the’ end of the year; ‘the end’ of the mercy seat; ‘the end’ of a purpose; ‘the end’ of the earth, ‘the end’ of the seven year tribulation and this one, beingthe endas found in the Book of Hebrews.

The Jew will need to have faith and works to endure to ‘the end’ of the Tribulation, along with the Gentiles, and this can be found in the scriptures (Matt 24, Mk 13, Lk 21, Rev 11,12), but this can’t be found in Paul’s Hebrew epistle to them.


No. There are two ends:

1. Put it this way, having left the doctrine of Moses by becoming Messiah believing Jews, Paul’s Hebrew epistle urges these Messianics to “the end” by believing (no works) on the blood of Jesus for eternal salvation, and not to return to animal blood for their sins, which they were starting to do. As they are not Christians, Paul urges them to ‘the end’ in Christ.

2. “The end” for the Tribulation Jew is to endure and overcome the seven years of affliction, persecutions, tribulations and hatred, and as the result of their faith and works, they will be saved.

The question is “If these two ‘ends’ are different events, how can they be the same?”

The following two columns of scriptures show that two different qualities will be needed for the two different ‘ends’ for salvation now and the future tribulation.

Qualities needed for the Messianic

BEFORE the seven year tribulation

 to get saved – their end in Jesus

Qualities needed for the Jew

DURING the seven year tribulation

to get to the end of it


“… hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.” (Heb 3:6)


“But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” (Matt 24:13)

“…if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;” (Heb 3:14)


“… but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” (Mark 13:13)

“.. the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end:” (Heb 6:11).


“…keepeth my works unto the end..”

(Rev 2:26)


We see that in the left column, God encourages, comforts and coaxes by reason, but these qualities are absent in the right column.

In Paul’s epistle, the words “CONFIDENCE” and “ASSURANCE” in the above left hand column are associated with the words rejoicing, hope, full assurance, hold fast, partakers of Christ, diligence, stedfast and anchor of the soul.

The Bible word “ENDURE” in the above right hand column is associated with the words of famines, affliction, pestilences, false prophets, betray, earthquakes, persecution, tribulation, hated, slain, death, overcome and kill as shown in Matthew’s gospel (Matt 24:7-13)

These two words represent two entirely different sets of circumstances leading to two entirely different endings, with the former leading to salvation in Jesus and the latter leading to the end of the Tribulation.

We can see that these two different pathways with two different ends require two vastly and completely different approaches as the following chart shows: 


for the Jew to “the end”


“The end” being salvation in Jesus (found in Paul’s Hebrew Epistle)

Needed before the rapture


“The end” of the  Tribulation

(Matt, Mark, Luke, Revelation)

Needed during the tribulation

confidence (Heb 3:6, 14; Heb 10:35)

endure (Matt 24:13; Mar 4:17; Mar 13:13)


rejoicing (Heb 3:6)


affliction (Mar 4:17)

hope (Heb 3:6;Heb 6:11, Heb 6:18,Heb 6:19; Heb 7:19)


persecution (Mar 4:17)

full assurance (Heb 6:11 ; Heb 10:22 )


tribulation (Matt 24:21; 24:29)

partakers of Christ (Heb 3:14)


hated (Mar 13:13)

diligence (Heb 6:11)


slain (Rev 6:9)

stedfast (Heb 3:14; 6:19)


death (Rev 12:11 )

anchor of the soul (Heb 6:19)


overcome  (Rev 11:7; Rev 12:11)

hold fast (Heb 3:6)


kill (Rev 11:7)

The left column uses encouraging words and the right column doesn’t.

The undecided and unsaved Messianic Jew, caught halfway between Moses and Jesus, is not told to endure, but to be diligent and hold fast their confidence with full assurance of hope stedfast unto the end in Jesus.

Paul, as a Jew, knows their confidence, albeit lacking at this time, lies in the LORD God “…of our salvation; who art the confidence…” (Ps 65:5) where “… the LORD … thy confidence…” (Prov 3:26). Like a good coach of a non-confident  football team, he coaxes and urges them forward.


Indeed, as with others also, as the following verses say this “…slain for the word of God, … testimony which they held:” (Rev 6:9) and “And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast … shall overcome them, and kill them.” (Rev 11:7) and “And they overcame him … and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” (Rev 12:11) and “… the dragon … went to make war … which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” (Rev 12:17).

But these instructions cannot be positioned into the Hebrews’ epistle.

The two books of Revelation and Hebrews are like oil and water – they don’t mix. They both have an ‘end’ but they’re completely different ends.

There are two types of endurance needed:

1. The Messianic Jew (in the Book of Hebrews) believing in Christ as the Messiah, are urged to be diligent and hold fast their confidence with full assurance of hope unto believing on Jesus as their Saviour – not just their Messiah. Paul is saying “Look, you’re nearly there, take the last step and get saved and become Christians.”

Yes, after they “… were illuminated (became Messianics)(they) endured a great fight of afflictions; Partly, whilst ye were made a gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, whilst ye became companions of them (Christians) that were so used.” (Heb 10:32-33). And of course they were reluctant to become Christians having seen the Roman Emperor Nero burn them at the stake.  

2. The Tribulation Jew (in Revelation) will endure affliction, death, betrayal, persecutions, tribulations, hatred, and famines as all the nations of the world come against them. They will not have the ‘diligence’, the ‘holding fast’ and the ‘full assurance of hope’ that the Jews in Paul’s epistle have. They will have no hope till the Lord opens their eyes and they look on him whom they have pierced (Zech 12:10) and then it will be a ‘dog fight’ of endurance to the end when Revelation chapter 19 takes place and The King of Kings returns to rescue them.

No, the word of God doesn’t split hairs. It’s “… a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Heb 4:12).

There are those religious doctors, when they find “.. some things hard to be understood …  wrest … as they do also the other scriptures” (2 Pet 3:16). Denying God’s salvation for the Messianic in the church age, is a serious charge indeed. Knowing the terror of the Lord, Pastors must be teachers of sound doctrine (2Cor 5:11; 2Tim 4:3) to Jews and Gentiles alike.


Firstly, they can’t as it’s not there and secondly, they already have enough blatant and obvious warnings in Matthew, Mark, Luke and Revelation, as to their required upcoming perseverance. Studying Paul’s Hebrews epistle for pointers on Tribulation endurance will be futile, as there are no instructions concerning this.

The only Tribulation material in Paul’s epistle, concerns God making “…. a new covenant with the house of Israel …” (Heb 8:8,10). Straight after the rapture, the Jew will be bewitched by the antichrist’s deception until God opens their eyes (Zec 12:10 ) and what’s more, under pain of death, “... they shall not teach ...” (Heb 8:11; Zech 13:3).

There’ll be no studying the Hebrews’ epistle after the rapture, for instructions on endurance. There aren’t any! In the Book of Hebrews endurance is not required.

Gnawing their tongues with regret when God opens their eyes, the Messianic Jew will know they were one dispensation too late for Jesus’ blood salvation minus works. They were not warned, if not ignorantly deceived, by the present, modern-day, theological doctors who told them that Paul’s church age salvation, found in the Book of Hebrews, wasn’t for them.


With the obscuring of the obvious salvation meaning of Hebrews, Rome and Satan, are more than happy with the doctrinal re-allocation of Paul’s Hebrew epistle into the Tribulation.

Having its birth in the stables of Rome, and backed by German higher criticism, this Jew REPLACEMENT THEOLOGY horse runs a devastating race with eternal consequences.

By re-placing it into another dispensation, the modern religious doctors, many of whom are definitely saved, deny the Jew of their salvation. They would be horrified if they knew, that their deception was robbing the Messianic Jew of salvation in this present ‘church’ age.

Re-placement theology has many faces, and in this case, God’s perfect method of salvation for the church age Messianic, has been denied and re-assigned into another dispensation – that of the seven year tribulation.

There will be much weeping by tribulation Jews, because of the ignorance of church age pastors who couldn’t show the Messianic Jew the way of salvation as contained in Paul’s Epistle to the Hebrews.

FURTHER EXPERIENTIAL PROOF of all this had the writer of this article personally lead a Messianic Jew to salvation, by showing him the true meaning of Paul’s epistle to the Hebrews.

Under Moses, the Jew was “once enlightened” (Heb 5:5, 6:4), but with Christ the Messiah they became “illuminated” (Heb 10:32), but now, after the cross, they need to become saved and be called Christians, by believing on Jesus the Saviour like the jailer (Acts 17:31), that is, their end is to be placed into Christ the Saviour and not just believe in him as the Messiah (John 3:16) or follow him (John 6:66).

Christian churches around the world had this Jewish man come and preach thinking that he was saved. No he wasn’t. He was a Messianic who looked like a Christian.

And this is what is happening today with these Messianics, and some might be saved, but many are not, now flooding into Christian churches everywhere with their back to their “Feasts and Festivals” demonstrations, with Old Testament clothing outfits and various props to ostensibly help Christians.

They drag the church back into the Jewish straitjacket having re-written their own  scriptures with Jewish names and terms, such that Old Testament doctrine, ritual formalism and practices get mixed with the sound doctrine of Paul. They squirm at calling themselves Christians, preferring the term of Messiah Believing Jews.

In misunderstanding the Book of Hebrews, Christians are blinded in witnessing to Messianics, in that they need Jesus as their Saviour … not just as Christ their Messiah.

As parables were to the Jews, so the Book of Hebrews becomes a ‘parable’ for the Christian, as a duly worked for recompence, for not studying, and therefore, wrongly dividing the word (2Tim 2:15)

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Harley Hitchcock

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