Tribulation and God's Wrath
The Great Tribulation and God's Wrath

"Therefore when you see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (whoever reads, let him understand), "then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house. And let him who is in the field nto go back to get his clothes. But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days" And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath. For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect's sake those days will be shortened." (Matthew 24:15-22)

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From Daniel to Revelation

In chapters 9-12, Daniel talks about what will happen in the last days. God gives Daniel a vision about what will happen over the course of seventy weeks.

There will be an end to transgression and reconcilliation for iniquity. Jerusalem will also be built and restored, but after 62 weeks, the Messiah will be cut off. Chapter 10 talks about the glorious Man, whose "body was like beryl, his face like the appearance of lightning, his eyes like torches of fire, his arms and feet like burnished bronze in color, and the sound of his words like the voice of a multitude" (Daniel 10:6). The glorious Man is the Messiah, Jesus Christ, who is also described as having "a voice as the sound of many waters." (Revelation 1:15).

The visions and prophecies of Daniel, the Gospels, and Revelation all tell about the "Great Tribulation". Whether or not Christians will take part in the Great Tribulation, it is important for us as Christians to live godly lives and prepare for the return of Jesus Christ.

The Book of Daniel further discuss the war between the Northern king, and the kings of the South the Northern king's blasphemies against God, and other things he does. The Northern king is the Antichrist.

Chapters 10 and 11 discuss his conquests and his end, in which "no one will help him." (Daniel 11:45). In Revelation chapter 13, the beast of the earth, who is the antichrist, will cause "all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one many buy or sell except one who has the mark of the name of the beast, or the number of his name." (Revelation 13:16). His number is 666. He will come peaceably and cause as many as would not worship the beast to be killed. He will corrupt those who would not worship God with flattery. In the end, he, the devil and his demons, the false prophet, and those whose names are not written in the Lamb's Book of Life will be cast into the Lake of Fire, where there will be eternal torment. (Revelation 20:10, 15). Daniel 12 accounts the prophecy of the end times. It describes the Great Tribulation as: "There will be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation, even to that time" (Daniel 12:1). Sounds familiar to what Jesus said in Matthew 24?

In the New Testament, Revelation 6-18 talk about the Great Tribulation and God's Wrath in full detail from the Harlot of Babylon to the six seals. I will discuss each chapter in as much detail so that you can understand the Tribulation that is about to take place. However, it is critical that you read and study the Bible for yourself.

Chapter 6 deals with the seals that the Lamb has opened. The first seal was a conquering white horse, the second seal was a fiery red horse. The one who sat on the fiery red horse was assigned to take peace from the earth. Thus, there would be conflict. The third seal that was opened was a black horse where the rider is holding a pair of scales; famine would occur. The fourth seal is the pale horse where the rider, named Death, was sitting on. Hades followed him; a fourth of the Earth would be killed by hunger, the sword, death, and the beasts of the Earth. The fifth seal that was opened was of those who had been martyred for their faith. They are crying out, "How long, O Lord, holy and true, until you judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?" (Revelation 6: 10). A white robe was given to each of them, but they are to rest a little while longer. The Lamb then opens a sixth seal, which are cosmic disturbances, such as earthquakes, and fear falling on those in the Earth because the day of the Lord's wrath has come.

The 144, 000 thousand of Israel has been sealed as accounted in chapter 7. No tree, the earth, or the sea will be harmed until God's seal has been placed on their foreheads. John sees a multitude of people of all races, languages, ethnicities, and backgrounds worshiping God; these are the people who came out of the great tribulation.

A seventh seal has been opened in Revelation 8. It is a prelude to the seven trumpets. The first trumpet has sounded: vegetation struck. There was hail and fire that was mingled with blood and were thrown in the earth. A third of the trees were burned up and the grass was burned up. The second angel sounded; a third of the sea bacame blood and a third of the living creatures died and a third fo the ships were destroyed. The third angel sounded; the waters became bitter and many died as a result. The fourth angel sounded; a third each of the sun, moon, and stars were struck. The fifth angel sounded; locusts came out of the bottomless pit to harm those who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads. They are to be tormented for five month, but they will not die from the torment, for they will seek death. The sixth angel sounded; four angels released from the river Euphrates were to kill a third of mankind.

In Revelation 10 there was a mighty angel who gives John the Little Book, which he eats up. The angel tells him that he must prophesy about many kings, peoples, nations, and tongues. Revelation talks about the two witnesses, who will torment those who dwell on the earth. They have been given much power. They have been killed and the people on the earth rejoice. In three and a half days they will resurrect. The seventh angel sounded; the kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ will be proclaimed.

Two great signs appeared in Heaven in Revelation 12; a woman was clothed with the sun, the moon under her feet, and her a garland of twelve stars. She cried in labor and in pain to give birth. A dragon stood before the woman ready to devour her child as soon as it was born. The woman fled into the wilderness, where God prepares a place for her, and she will be fed 1260 days (Revelation 12:1-6). A war had taken place between Michael and his angels and Satan and his angels; Satan and his angels did not prevail and Satan was cast out of Heaven. The dragon persecutes the woman who was given two wings so that she may fly to the wilderness to her place. The earth helped the woman as the dragon was trying to catch her and then tried to make war with those who had the testimony of Jesus Christ.

In Revelation 13, two beasts rose up: one from the sea and the other from the earth. The beast from the sea had seven heads and ten horns. Satan gave him his power; and the world marveled and followed the beast. The beast blasphemed God and those who dwell in Heaven. Those whose names were not written in the Lamb's Book of Life will worship him. The beast from the earth had two horns like a lamb, but spoke like a dragon. He excersises the authority of the first beast, performs lying signs and wonders and tells those who dwell on the earth to make an image of the beast who was wounded and lived. He was granted power to give breath to the image and causes all to receive a mark on their hands or on their foreheads. Those who do not receive those marks will not be able to buy or sell. His number is 666.

Revelation 14 describes the 144,000 who have received a mark on their foreheads. They are virgins and are found blameless. Three angels in this chapter have made proclamations. The first angel has proclaimed the everlasting gospel of the kingdom. The second angels proclaims the fall of Babylon. The third angel proclaims that if anyone shall worship the beast or his image, then he or she will drink of the wine of God's wrath. In other words, God's wrath will be upon them as well. An angel with a sickle on his hand reaps the earth while another angel also with a sickle on his hand reaps the grapes of wrath. (Revelation 14:17-20)

"Then I saw another angel in heaven, great and marvelous: seven angels having the last seven plagues, for in them the wrath of God is complete." (Revelation 15:1). In this chapter, one of the four living creatures, (see Revelation 4-note also the similarity in Ezekiel 1) gave to the seven angels seven golden bowls full of the wrath of God.

In Revelation 16, the seven bowls have been poured out. The first bowl was poured out: a foul and loathsome sore came upon those who have worshipped the beast and its image. The second bowl was poured out: the sea became blood and every living creature died. The third angel poured out his bowl: the waters turned to blood. The fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun and men became scorched with great heat. They blasphemed the name of God, did not repent, nor gave Him glory. After the fifth angel poured out his bowl, men still did not repent and blasphemed the God of Heaven. There was darkness and great pain. The Euphrates river dried up after the sixth angel poured out his bowl. There was a gather in Megiddo, better known as Armageddon. The seventh angel poured out his bowl: there were noises, thunderings, and lightnings, and there was a great earthquake. People still blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail.

Revelation talk about the scarlet woman riding on a scarlet beast, referring to the Harlot of Babylon. She is riding on a beast which has seven heads and ten horns with names full of blasphemy. The woman is drunk with the blood of saints and martyrs. Those who will marvel are those whose names are written in the Lamb's Book of Life. The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits and there are also seven kings, five of which have fallen, one is, and one is not yet. (Revelation 17:9-10). The ten horns are ten kingdoms which have no kingdom as yet. They are of one mind and will give their authority and power to the beast; they will also make war with the Lamb, who will overcome them. The Lamb is Jesus Christ, who is the "Lord of Lords and King of Kings". (Revelation 17:14). The beast will hate the harlot, make her desolate and naked, eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. (Revelation 17:15). The woman is the city of Babylon.

Revelation 18 accounts the fall of Babylon. An angel warns the people to get out of Babylon, "lest you share in her sins." (Revelation 18:4). The people of the world, as well as the merchants mourn for Babylon.

As you have read, the "Great Tribulation" and God's Wrath are real. There is a lot of symbolism, but it is not hard to understand. That is why there needs to be a careful study of the book of Revelation or any book that deals with Bible prophecy.

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