What is the Great Tribulation?
The Wrath of The Lamb
The Great and Terrible Day of the Lord
Zephaniah 1:14-18 “That terrible day of the Lord is near. Swiftly it comes — a day of bitter tears, a day when even strong men will cry out. It will be a day when the Lord’s anger is poured out—
a day of terrible distress and anguish, a day of ruin and desolation, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and blackness, a day of trumpet calls and battle cries.
Down go the walled cities and the strongest battlements!
“Because you have sinned against the Lord, I will make you grope around like the blind. Your blood will be poured into the dust, and your bodies will lie rotting on the ground.”
Your silver and gold will not save you on that day of the Lord’s anger. For the whole land will be devoured by the fire of his jealousy.
He will make a terrifying end of all the people on earth.
The Great Tribulation is a 7-year period of time that occurs just prior to the return of Jesus Christ. It will be a time showing the wrath of God to all people who have not accepted His Son Jesus Christ as their Savior. It will also be a time when even Jesus pours out His fury on those who did not accept Him.
This horrible time will also be when God allows Satan to come to earth in all of his fury. The peoples of the earth will have the privilege of experiencing what it is like to live in a literal “hell on earth” rather than the rule of Jesus Christ.
The Church (people who have already believed in Jesus as their Savior) will not be present for this terrible time. They will have been “taken up” to heaven before the tribulation begins. See Rapture of the Church for more information.
The Great Tribulation is a time for God to punish Israel for not accepting Jesus as their Messiah. The Gentile nations will be punished also for not accepting Jesus as Savior. God is loving and merciful and provided a way of escape through Jesus. Anyone that truly accepts Jesus as Lord and Savior will not go through the horrible punishment. Those that refuse have only themselves to blame when they enter into this horrible time!
Even during the tribulation there will still be a chance to accept Jesus Christ. You will still endure the suffering of this world…..but will have the hope of eternity with God instead of going to hell.
The Great Tribulation begins when Jesus Christ (the Lamb of God)
opens the seven seals of judgement.
The first seal opened is the rise of the Antichrist to power. At first he will seem like a wonderful leader for all of the world to embrace. However, after a while he will show his true self. The Antichrist will be a cruel leader such as the world has never seen before. He will want every person to worship him instead of God. You will not be able to buy or sell unless you take his “mark” or “666”. Many will be killed because they refuse. Those that do take the mark of the Antichrist are doomed to spend eternity in hell. True believers that accepted Jesus during the tribulation period will NOT take the mark and will be martyred for the sake of Jesus! (their reward in eternity will be great)
Revelation 6:1-2 As I watched, the Lamb broke the first of the seven seals on the scroll. Then I heard one of the four living beings say with a voice like thunder, “Come!” I looked up and saw a white horse standing there. Its rider carried a bow, and a crown was placed on his head. He rode out to win many battles and gain the victory. (See more about this rider who is the Antichrist).
The second seal opened is war.
Revelation 6:3-4 When the Lamb broke the second seal, I heard the second living being say, “Come!” Then another horse appeared, a red one. Its rider was given a mighty sword and the authority to take peace from the earth. And there was war and slaughter everywhere.
The third seal opened is a time when it takes a day’s wages to buy only enough food to survive.
Revelation 6:5-6 When the Lamb broke the third seal, I heard the third living being say, “Come!” I looked up and saw a black horse, and its rider was holding a pair of scales in his hand. And I heard a voice from among the four living beings say, “A loaf of wheat bread or three loaves of barley will cost a day’s pay. And don’t waste the olive oil and wine.”
The fourth seal opened is Death.
Revelation 6:7-8 When the Lamb broke the fourth seal, I heard the fourth living being say, “Come!” looked up and saw a horse whose color was pale green. Its rider was named Death, and his companion was the Grave. These two were given authority over one-fourth of the earth, to kill with the sword and famine and disease and wild animals.
The fifth seal is martyrdom for those who accept Jesus Christ during the tribulation period.
Revelation 6:9-11 When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of all who had been martyred for the word of God and for being faithful in their testimony. They shouted to the Lord and said, “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you judge the people who belong to this world and avenge our blood for what they have done to us?” Then a white robe was given to each of them. And they were told to rest a little longer until the full number of their brothers and sisters—their fellow servants of Jesus who were to be martyred—had joined them.
The sixth seal is signs and wonders on earth and in the heavens.
Revelation 6:12-14 I watched as the Lamb broke the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake. The sun became as dark as black cloth, and the moon became as red as blood. Then the stars of the sky fell to the earth like green figs falling from a tree shaken by a strong wind. The sky was rolled up like a scroll, and all of the mountains and islands were moved from their places.
Revelation 6:15-18 Then everyone—the kings of the earth, the rulers, the generals, the wealthy, the powerful, and every slave and free person—all hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains. And they cried to the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of the one who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb. For the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to survive?”
The Seventh Seal contains
Seven Trumpet judgements.
Revelation 8:1-13 When the Lamb broke the seventh seal on the scroll, there was silence throughout heaven for about half an hour. I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and they were given seven trumpets.
Then another angel with a gold incense burner came and stood at the altar. And a great amount of incense was given to him to mix with the prayers of God’s people as an offering on the gold altar before the throne. The smoke of the incense, mixed with the prayers of God’s holy people, ascended up to God from the altar where the angel had poured them out. Then the angel filled the incense burner with fire from the altar and threw it down upon the earth; and thunder crashed, lightning flashed, and there was a terrible earthquake.
Then the seven angels with the seven trumpets prepared to blow their mighty blasts.
The first angel blew his trumpet, and hail and fire mixed with blood were thrown down on the earth. One-third of the earth was set on fire, one-third of the trees were burned, and all the green grass was burned.
Then the second angel blew his trumpet, and a great mountain of fire was thrown into the sea. One-third of the water in the sea became blood, one-third of all things living in the sea died, and one-third of all the ships on the sea were destroyed.
Then the third angel blew his trumpet, and a great star fell from the sky, burning like a torch. It fell on one-third of the rivers and on the springs of water. The name of the star was Bitterness. It made one-third of the water bitter, and many people died from drinking the bitter water.
Then the fourth angel blew his trumpet, and one-third of the sun was struck, and one-third of the moon, and one-third of the stars, and they became dark. And one-third of the day was dark, and also one-third of the night.
Then I looked, and I heard a single eagle crying loudly
as it flew through the air,
“Terror, terror, terror
to all who belong to this world
because of what will happen
when the last three angels
blow their trumpets.”
The First Terror
Revelation 9:1-12 Then the fifth angel blew his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen to earth from the sky, and he was given the key to the shaft of the bottomless pit. When he opened it, smoke poured out as though from a huge furnace, and the sunlight and air turned dark from the smoke.
Then locusts came from the smoke and descended on the earth, and they were given power to sting like scorpions. They were told not to harm the grass or plants or trees, but only the people who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads. They were told not to kill them but to torture them for five months with pain like the pain of a scorpion sting. In those days people will seek death but will not find it. They will long to die, but death will flee from them!
The locusts looked like horses prepared for battle. They had what looked like gold crowns on their heads, and their faces looked like human faces. They had hair like women’s hair and teeth like the teeth of a lion. They wore armor made of iron, and their wings roared like an army of chariots rushing into battle. They had tails that stung like scorpions, and for five months they had the power to torment people. Their king is the angel from the bottomless pit; his name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in Greek, Apollyon—the Destroyer.
The first terror is past, but look, two more terrors are coming!
The Second Terror
Revelation 9:13-20 Then the sixth angel blew his trumpet, and I heard a voice speaking from the four horns of the gold altar that stands in the presence of God. And the voice said to the sixth angel who held the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great Euphrates River.” Then the four angels who had been prepared for this hour and day and month and year were turned loose to kill one-third of all the people on earth. I heard the size of their army, which was 200 million mounted troops.
And in my vision, I saw the horses and the riders sitting on them. The riders wore armor that was fiery red and dark blue and yellow. The horses had heads like lions, and fire and smoke and burning sulfur billowed from their mouths. One-third of all the people on earth were killed by these three plagues—by the fire and smoke and burning sulfur that came from the mouths of the horses. Their power was in their mouths and in their tails. For their tails had heads like snakes, with the power to injure people.
But the people who did not die in these plagues still refused to repent of their evil deeds and turn to God. They continued to worship demons and idols made of gold, silver, bronze, stone, and wood—idols that can neither see nor hear nor walk! And they did not repent of their murders or their witchcraft or their sexual immorality or their thefts.
The Third Terror
Revelation 11:15-19 Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices shouting in heaven:
“The world has now become the Kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign forever and ever.”
The twenty-four elders sitting on their thrones before God fell with their faces to the ground and worshiped him. And they said, “We give thanks to you, Lord God, the Almighty, the one who is and who always was, for now you have assumed your great power and have begun to reign.
The nations were filled with wrath, but now the time of your wrath has come.
It is time to judge the dead and reward your servants the prophets, as well as your holy people, and all who fear your name, from the least to the greatest.
It is time to destroy all who have caused destruction on the earth.”
Then, in heaven, the Temple of God was opened and the Ark of his covenant could be seen inside the Temple. Lightning flashed, thunder crashed and roared, and there was an earthquake and a terrible hailstorm.
There are many more horrors during this time of Great Tribulation! Read the Book of Revelation to see them all. The prophets of old told of this time as well as the writer of Revelation. This time will come!
The truth is that the Great Tribulation is fast approaching us!
God is a just and merciful God. He has already made a way for you to have peace with Him. We all have sinned and must accept Jesus Christ (the Son of God) as our Lord and Savior! Jesus is the only way.
There is no other way to God, but through the Son. God does not want anyone to go to hell OR go through the Great Tribulation. His perfect will is that everyone would accept Jesus (see more here)!