Q. I am having trouble fitting the start of the Day of the Lord into the 7 year tribulation sequence. It seems it starts in Rev. 6:17 after the 6th seal, but in 2 Thes. 2:3, Paul says the Day of the Lord won’t come until the AC is revealed, which is in the mid of the tribulation. I thought the mid-trib point is after the 6 trumpets. So where in the sequence of seals and trumpets is the start of the Day of the Lord? Thank you so much for your help!
A. Rev. 6:17 is an announcement that the day (time) of God’s Wrath has begun. This is equivalent to the seven year period known as Daniel’s 70th Week, called the tribulation period by some. While the phrase Day of the Lord can mean various periods of time, it usually refers to the Great Tribulation, which is the last 3 1/2 years of Daniel’s 70th Week.
In the Book of Revelation the Great Tribulation begins on Earth in chapter 13 with the Beast coming out of the Sea. This is equivalent to 2 Thes. 2:3 where Paul presents the anti Christ standing in the Temple proclaiming himself to be God.
A rough time line goes like this. The Seals and Trumpets take place in the first half of Daniel’s 70th week and the Bowl judgments take place in the last half during the Great Tribulation, after the anti-Christ is officially revealed as such.