Q. Thank you for your wonderful site! I have a question. Is the seven year tribulation period all considered to be God’s wrath? I have heard that his wrath isn’t until the last half which some feel lends credit to the mid tribulation theory. They say to prepare for some very horrible times for us until the rapture takes place. But if one considers the rapture as following the same pattern as the Jewish wedding ceremony then you would have to think we would leave before or at the very beginning of the seven year period. Thank you for your thoughts on this.
A. God’s Wrath begins in chapter 6 of the Book of Revelation. It is specifically mentioned in Rev. 6: 16, which announces that with the Seal Judgments God’s Wrath has begun. In Rev. 15:1 the Bible says that with the completion of the Bowl judgments, God’s Wrath will have ended. This tells us that God’s wrath has three components, the Seal judgments of Chapter 6, the Trumpet Judgments of Chapter 8 and the Bowl Judgments of Chapter 16.
Advocates of the so-called Mid Trib position incorrectly measure the Great Tribulation as a seven year period when in fact it’s clearly described as being 3 1/2 years long (Rev. 12:6 & 14). Never the less, the rapture will precede all of God’s Wrath (1 Thes. 1:10 & 5:9).
This doesn’t mean we’ll miss out on all the rough times however. In most parts of the world the Church is enduring great persecution even now with over 3000 Christians dying for their faith every day. I believe we’re entering into a time where even in the USA the Church will endure much hardship.