Q. I would appreciate your view concerning the time-frame of the word ‘Wrath’ in I Thess.1:10 where ‘Jesus delivers us from the wrath to come’ and I Thess. 5:9 where ‘God has not appointed us to wrath’. Are these verses speaking of the Great Tribulation (3 1/2 years) or do they refer to the entire 7 years of the 70th Week of Daniel? If this wrath includes the entire 7 years where is it explained in Scripture? I personally support the Pre-Trib. view and believe the entire 7 years will be about God’s judgment, but I would like to give a more complete explanation to friends of mine who believe in the Pre-Wrath view.
A. In the Book of Revelation the time of God’s wrath is identified as beginning with the seal judgments (Rev. 6:17 – note the past perfect tense of “has come”) and concluding with the bowl judgments (Rev. 15:1, Rev. 16). Therefore His wrath pretty much takes up all of Daniel’s 70th Week, running until just before the 2nd Coming.
Be prepared for a tough time explaining this to pre-wrath believers. They place the time of God’s Wrath after the Great Tribulation and Second Coming. By Googling “pre-wrath view of end times” you can find some charts that will help you understand this.
In order to make everything fit, they have to blur the distinction between Israel and the Church, and depart from both a literal interpretation of Scripture and a chronological view of the Book of Revelation.