What Is The Difference Between The Tribulation vs. The Wrath
Is The Tribulation And The Wrath The Same, Or Are They Different? The purpose of this chapter is not to cover an in depth explanation of The Tribulation, and The Wrath, but to provide a foundation, a definition according to Biblical information definition. Then in later chapters, as other related events are covered, The Tribulation and The Wrath will be explained in greater detail, and how they fit in with End Time Events. By doing this, a more thorough and better understanding will be developed about The Tribulation and The Wrath.
Matt. 24:21, “For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.” 1 Thes. 5:9, “For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ.” Many Christians use these scriptures to say, “Yes, there will be a great tribulation, but Christians won’t go through the tribulation, because The Rapture will occur before the tribulation.” Let’s take a look to see what the Bible says.
The word for tribulation is a totally different word than the word for wrath. The Greek word for tribulation is, “thlipsis;” Strong’s Conc. ref. # is 2347. It means affliction, anguish, burdened, persecution, tribulation, and trouble. When the Bible speaks of tribulation, it is referring to tribulation for Christians. Jn. 16:33, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” The world is at enmity with Christians, Christians are persecuted for their faith and have tribulation. Non-Christians, or unbelievers don’t experience the tribulation the Bible says, though they can experience various degrees of difficulties. They aren’t ostracized or persecuted for their views and anti-Christian beliefs.
When many Christians think of The Tribulation, they say it is 7-years in duration. However, does the Bible say that The Tribulation is 7-years? There is a 7-year period in The End Times, but this is referring to Daniel’s 70th Week. The actual Tribulation doesn’t begin until the midst of The Tribulation. Dan 9:27, “And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.” The 1st half of the 7-year period isn’t the actual Tribulation, as the Jews are performing the sacrifice and the oblation (temple sacrifice). The Jews couldn’t be performing sacrifice and oblation if there was Tribulation. The Bible refers to The Tribulation in the second half of the 7-year period as “The Great Tribulation.” The Bible uses Great Tribulation in only 3 scriptures. Matt. 24:21, “For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.” Rev. 7:14, “And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said unto me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” The 3rd scripture is in Rev. 2:22, “Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.”
Therefore, in order to be Biblically correct, Christians should not refer to Daniel’s 70th Week as The Tribulation period, but refer to the 2nd half of Daniel’s Week as The Tribulation or The Great Tribulation. Please keep in mind from this point forward, that whenever The Tribulation is mentioned, it is to be understood this is referring to the actual tribulation that begins in the 2nd half of Daniel’s 70th Week (or The Great Tribulation). Of course, many people want to know whether Christians are raptured before The Tribulation? The Bible has the answer. This and other related questions and events are covered in the following chapters.
The Greek word for wrath is, “orge,” (pronounced or-gay); Strong’s Conc. ref. # is 3709. It means punishment, anger, indignation, vengeance, wrath. When the Bible speaks of Wrath, it is referring to the Lord’s vengeance against unbelievers; they experience the Wrath of God. A classic description is Zeph. 1:15-18, “That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness. 16 A day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and against the high towers. 17 And I will bring distress upon men, that they shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the Lord: and their blood shall be poured out as dust, and their flesh as the dung. 18 neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the Lord’s wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.”
Isa. 13:9-11, “Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it. 10 For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine. 11 And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.”
Rev. 6:15-17, “And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; 16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb. 17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” It is interesting that The Wrath is from God. The Wrath is God’s judgement against non-Christians. Is. 13:11, “And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity, and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.” Therefore, Christians don’t go through The Wrath, and would need to be raptured before The Wrath.
Therefore the Bible does say in various places that Christians aren’t destined for Wrath, but does it say that Christians won’t go through The Tribulation? Christians have had persecution throughout history. The Romans threw Christians to the lions; Hitler and Stalin persecuted and killed Jews and Christians (Stalin also killed non-Christians). There are Christians today in 3rd world countries who are also being persecuted and martyred for their faith in Jesus. The Bible does address whether Christians go through The Great Tribulation. In the following chapters this is specifically covered. Also covered later, is where The Rapture fits in. The Bible lists certain main events that precede The Rapture- this is covered in following chapters.
The antichrist rules the world, and persecutes those who don’t take the “mark”.
God pours forth His Wrath on unbelievers.
Believers not on earth during this time.