What is the Great Tribulation?


Clarify Share Report Asked July 01 2013 Mini Anonymous (via GotQuestions)

Community answers are sorted based on votes. The higher the vote, the further up an answer is.

Shea S. Michael Houdmann Supporter Got Questions Ministries
The Tribulation is a future time period when the Lord will accomplish at least two aspects of His plan: 1) He will complete His discipline of the nation Israel (Daniel 9:24), and 2) He will judge t...

July 01 2013 1 response Vote Up Share Report

Philip medium Philip Davies
The Great Tribulation took place in AD 70 when Roman legions destroyed Jerusalem and its temple at end of the Jewish–Roman War. It was predicted by Jesus Luke 21:20-24 and is very clearly associated with the fall of Jerusalem.

Many Christians think that there is another Great Tribulation to come some time in the future, but there is no support for this whatsoever and it is a very common misunderstanding of the prophecy. 

January 10 2015 4 responses Vote Up Share Report

Mini Aurel Gheorghe
Jesus said that a terrible time of trouble would come upon the world just before His return and that it would be more intense than any other in the history of this world (Matthew 24:21- 22).

As Jesus spoke these words to His disciples, He was referring to a similar prophecy made by the prophet Daniel (Daniel 12:1). The great tribulation will take place just before Jesus returns; however, there have been several other "times of trouble" for God's people in the past that should not be confused with the future great tribulation.

For example, Israel endured 400 years of tribulation just before the Exodus (Acts 7:6). The early Christians also passed through a time of trouble immediately after the stoning of Stephen (Acts 8:1). From A.D. 303-313, during the era represented by the Smyrna church (Revelation 2:10), God's people suffered a 10-year period of tribulation. But the most notable time of trouble was the 1,260 years of intense persecution waged against true Christians during the Dark Ages (Revelation 12:6-13).

But the great tribulation corresponds with the time during which the seven last plagues of Revelation16 will fall. "And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvellous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God." Revelation 15:1.

God's wrath will be directed against the ones who disobey His law, distort His truth, and oppress His people. "For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness" (Romans 1:18).

The great tribulation also coincides with the Battle of Armageddon. Both take place immediately before Christ's second coming (Revelation 16:16-17). 

Some Bible scholars believe that the great and final tribulation will last only a short time, not seven years as some believe. Revelation 18:8 tells us, "Therefore shall her plagues come in one day." A "day" in Bible prophecy represents one literal year (Ezekiel 4:6, Numbers 14:34, Luke 13:32). So when Revelation says that "her plagues come in one day," it means within, or less than, one year's time. The very nature of the seven last plagues, the rivers and seas turning to blood and the planet being scorched with great heat, would render it impossible for the human race to survive for a longer period of time. This is why Jesus said, "And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect's sake those days will be shortened." (Matthew 24:22)

Some believe that the righteous will be raptured out of the world just before the time of trouble and only the wicked will be left behind to endure seven years of tribulation. But the Bible doesn’t teach that. The Bible describes the 144,000 as "they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb." Revelation 7:14. Also Matthew 24:22 tells that the saved will be in the world during the great tribulation and the days to be shortened for their benefit.

November 13 2015 1 response Vote Up Share Report

My picture Jack Gutknecht ABC/DTS graduate, guitar music ministry Baptist church

Its Duration. It is the 70th week of Daniel and is therefore of 7 years’ duration (Dan. 9:27). (Wikipedia says, “It is theorized that each week represents seven years.”) Half the period is said to be 42 months or 1,260 days (Rev. 11:2-3).

Its Distinctiveness/Distinctive character (Matt. 24:21—Wikipedia says, “the Great Tribulation will be the second half of the Tribulation period (see Matt 24:15 and Matt 24:21; Rev. 6:15-17) Incidentally, the 6th Seal is Rev. 6:12-17.

Its Description
1. Judgment upon the world. The 3 series of judgments describe these judgments (seals, Rev. 6; trumpets, Rev. 8-9; bowls, Rev. 16). 
2. Persecution of Israel (Matt. 24:9, 22.; Rev. 12:17).
3. The salvation of multitudes (Rev. 7)
4. Rise and dominion of Antichrist (2 Thess. 2; Rev. 13)

Its Denouement (End) -- the final part of a play, movie, or narrative in which the strands of the plot are drawn together and matters are explained or resolved.
The Tribulation ends in the gathering of the nations to the battle of Armageddon and the return of Christ to the earth (Rev. 19)

December 08 2019 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

Add your Answer

All answers are REVIEWED and MODERATED.
Please ensure your answer MEETS all our guidelines.

What makes a good answer? ▼

A good answer provides new insight and perspective. Here are guidelines to help facilitate a meaningful learning experience for everyone.

  1. Adhere to the eBible Statement of Faith.
  2. Your answer should be complete and stand-alone.
  3. Include supporting arguments, and scripture references if possible. Seek to answer the "why".
  4. Adhere to a proper tone and spirit of love and understanding.
  5. For more info see The Complete Guide to eBible
  1. 4000 characters remaining