Q. After some serious cosmic & earthly occurrences shake things up the people in Revelation 6:16-17 are afraid and want to be hid from the face of Him on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb. “For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?” Assuming Revelation is fairly chronological, the “great day of His wrath” doesn’t really start until the Great Tribulation in general and Armageddon battle specifically, so why are they saying this early on in the 6th Seal judgment?
A. Yes, I believe The Revelation is to be read chronologically, and it does say that His wrath will have already begun by Rev. 6:16-17. While the idea that the wrath of God doesn’t begin until the Great Tribulation is still taught in some places, in my opinion it is incorrect. The judgments that occur during the Great Tribulation are the so-called Bowl judgments, and Rev. 15:1 says they will complete His wrath, not that they begin it. The 7th and final Bowl is poured out on Earth beginning in Rev. 16:17. signaling that His Wrath is coming to an end. Rev. 17- 18 describe its conclusion.