Today we are going to pause and try to wrap our heads around the differences between tribulation and wrath.
Will G- d’s wrath and judgement be for all?
See 1 Thessalonians 5v9
I’ll share with you these thoughts, but this is one instance where I really encourage you to search this out for yourself.
As far as I can tell there is a difference between tribulation and wrath(judgement)
· 1. Tribulation is something that satan instigates – causing trouble for the people of G-d.
(See Job, Luke 22v31-34, Rev 2v10) We do not need to fear tribulation. satan’s power is limited and ultimately under the control of G-d.
· 2. Judgement/wrath is a whole different ball game. This is where G-d instigates it, and it is in direct relationship to sinful people (Noah and the flood, Pharaoh in Egypt, The Day of the L-rd – to still come)
Is Revelation about tribulation or judgement? Both!
If we are going with literal interpretation – satan is given 3 1/2 years to exercise the fullness of his authority…cause tribulation on the earth. Soon after the Abomination of Desolation, G-d’s wrath will begin and this will begin to significantly curtail satanic activity. In regard to the Rapture, some people believe that it will take place prior to the final 7 years (pre tribulation),
some people believe it will take place in the middle of Daniel’s 70th week (mid tribulation) and still other people believe the church isn’t raptured until the end of these 7 years (post tribulation).
Baruch teaches that the Rapture happens soon after 2 events: the Abomination of Desolation and the Sealing of the 144,000 from the 12 Tribes of Israel.
For me, the tribulation falls under the seals.(which we will read about in the next few days) Yeshua opens the seals, gives satan the authority to carry out his dirty business (and it’s not going to be easy or pretty)and then Yeshua comes again. End of 6th seal=the end of tribulation and announces the wrath of the Lamb. Rev 6v12 onwards sounds to me like Matt 24v26-35. So, I think we get raptured definitely before the wrath of G-d.
Seventh seal (Rev 8v1) = silence in heaven, wrath of G-d is about to be poured out, trumpets given. The blowing of these trumpets signifies the beginning of that judgement upon the people still alive on the earth. It’s bad. But it gets worse with the bowls. We are not subject to wrath (see I Thessalonians 5:9). Some cite the following examples for how G-d can protect us in the midst of hard times.
· the Israelites lived in Egypt but they were not subjected to the plagues that GOD sent upon the Egyptians. They were still tormented and whipped and beaten by the Egyptians (tribulation) but they didn’t suffer the wrath of G-d (plagues) – Exodus 8v22-23, 9v4, 9v26 etc
· Lot went through hard times(tribulation)in Sodom but when the wrath of G-d was poured out he was taken away…at the last minute. Genesis 19
· The walls of Jericho fell. Rahab and family were saved right near the end-before the total destruction of those living in Jericho. (Joshua 6v20-25)
G-d can indeed protect us through all things, even His wrath. However, the word which appears in I Thessalonians 4:17, which describes the Rapture, does not allow for one being protected in place, but rather removed from the location. “Then we, the ones who are living (and) remaining together with them, we will be snatched away in the clouds for (the) meeting of the L-rd in the air and thus always with the L-rd we will be.” It is clear from this text that the church will not be kept in place during G-d’s wrath, but will be taken into heaven.
Prophecy is pattern. ..