Great Trib Vs. Wrath of God Part 1
Before you is a parsing of scripture between the Great Consummation and Wrath of God.
Too many teachings do not ask the write questions or challenge the gaping holes within each End Times’ doctrines.
The purpose of this particular blog is to point out the VERY distinct issue which obviously separates the TWO events under discussion.
Enjoy, for this is a fascinating study.
“Great Trib Vs. Wrath of God Part 1” will presents the disparate and incongruous parts to these two infamous seasons in God’s plan for the “Great Completion” of Christ’s Covenant with “US”.
“Great Trib Vs. Wrath of God Part 2” will present a comparison of parts along with the significant divisions between the Great Tribulation and God’s overwhelming Wrath.
It is important to know these differences.
As I intimated, have fun!
Excerpt taken from “This Side of the Whirlwind, The Coming Apocalypse” Chapter 14, pages 263-266
The Great Tribulation Versus the Wrath of God
- Many a pastor, teacher, or layman believer has proclaimed the Body of Christ will not go through the Great Tribulation. This grand proclamation is based on the premise the Great Tribulation is the Wrath of God! If this declaration is true, then God’s Word will support such facts. Based on 1 Thessalonians 5:9, the Body of Christ will not enter the period known as the Wrath of God.
“For God did not appoint us (The Body of Christ) to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 5:9 NKJV emphasis added).
So the question must be answered, are the Great Tribulation and the Wrath of God the same event, two distinctly separate events, or some other variation on the theme altogether?
The goal for this chapter will be to confirm either the distinct divisions between the Great Tribulation and the Wrath of God or the common ground that will conclusively unite the two concepts. Once the facts are all in, God’s Word will bear witness as to whether or not the Great Tribulation is or is not the Wrath of God or if the Great Tribulation doctrine itself is even a viable biblical concept.
In order to form a better understanding of each concept, let us examine separately and in detail elements for both the Great Tribulation and the Wrath of God. As we examine each piece of information, take a moment to consider who is doing to whom. For example, one of the elements pertinent to the tribulation period is, “A time when family and friends will betray one another.” Will this happenstance be perpetrated by humanity against humanity or God against humanity? Another example taken from elements known to represent the Wrath of God is: “A time when men’s hearts will fail them for fear of God’s wrath.” Who is causing the fear and frustration? Who is doing or going to do the action or lack of action to whom, and who will receive the negative results? Another way of studying the question is to consider whether the author of the calamity might be God or other humans? Is the specific element the result of humans afflicting other humans, or is the element something only God could do to humanity or to the earth? The answers to these questions will determine whether the events are part of the separation process taking place during the Great Consummation or simply a part of God’s Wrath, which will fall during the Great Tribulation. It should not be difficult to determine the answers for each element.
The Tribulation Period
Based on God’s Word, the following elements, events, or circumstances will take place during the Great Tribulation. The Tribulation Period will present a time:
- of trouble unlike any time in the history of the world (Daniel 12:1–2, Joel 2:2, Matthew 24:21, and Mark 13:19)
- when false prophets will manifest false signs, wonders, and potential miracles (Matthew 24:11, 24, and Mark 13:22)
- when false Christs or Messiahs will display false signs and wonders (Jeremiah 23:1–4, Matthew 24:5, Mark 13:6, and Luke 21:8)
- when wars and rumors of wars will span the globe (Matthew 24:6, Mark 13:7, and Luke 21:9)
- when family and friends will betray Christians (Matthew 24:9, 10; Mark 13:9–13; and Luke 21:16)
- with an abundance of earthquakes in odd and various places around the globe (Matthew 24:7, Mark 13:8, and Luke 21:11)
- of famines, possibly throughout the world (Matthew 24:7, Mark 13:8, and Luke 21:11)
- for great political upheaval, most likely on a global scale (Matthew 24:7, Mark13:8, and Luke 21:10)
- with global financial distress and upheaval (Revelation 13:14–18)
- when the Mark of the Beast will be issued throughout the world and imposed by every nation (Revelation 13:15–18)
- of tremendous persecution for Christians and Christian-based ministries; many countries will even put Christians to death for their faith (Matthew 24:9, Mark 13:11–13, and Luke 21:12–15)
- when scorners and mockers of the faith will become commonplace and acceptable in the mainstream and even preferred to street preachers or evangelists (2 Peter 3:3)
- when the body of Christ will be scattered and nearly destroyed (Daniel 7:15–25, 12:7; Luke 21:24, and Revelation 13:1–14)
- when conversions to Christianity (people getting saved) will cease to take place; genuine conversions to Christianity will cease worldwide when He Who Lets is taken out of the way (Joel 1:1–20; Revelation 9:20–21, 16:9, and 11; 2 Thessalonians 2:7–12)
- when the Two Witnesses will begin their ministries throughout Israel (Revelation 11:3–13)
- when the Beast and False Prophet will gloriously rise to power (Daniel 11:1–45, 12:11; Revelation 13:1–18, and 2 Thessalonians 2:1–10)
- when the gospel has been preached throughout all the earth (Matthew 24:14 and Mark 13:10)
- when the new temple has been erected on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem; it may only be a tented tabernacle, but it will be established (2 Thessalonians 2:4, Psalms 137, and Revelation 11:1–2)
- when the Abomination of Desolation will be placed in the Most Holy Place in the Temple in Jerusalem; this will likely happen thirty days prior to the beginning of the Great Consummation (Daniel 12:11, Matthew 24:15, and Mark 13:14)
- immediately after the tribulation of those days, the sun, moon, and stars will be darkened (Matthew 24:29, Mark 13:24, and Luke 21:25)
The Wrath of God
When referring to the Wrath of God, it is important to be clear, The Wrath of God in question refers specifically to that period of judgment that will come over the whole earth during the Latter Days as outlined in Revelation 6:15–17.
And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains, and said to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him who sits 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?” (Revelation 6:16–17 NKJV)
Obviously the previous verses are not referring to a simple show of God’s wrath in general terms. Rather, the reference above speaks specifically to an apocalyptic event that will befall all elements of humanity not caught up to be with the Lord during the Rapture. This level of God’s wrath was prophesied to take place during the Day of the Lord when God’s judgment strikes with the full force of His great indignation (Isaiah 2:12–22).
The Wrath of God will take place:
- on the Day of the Lord when the sun, moon, and stars are being darkened (Isaiah 13:6–22, Revelation 6:12–17, Zephaniah,1:14–18)
- when great destruction shall come from the Lord (Isaiah 13:6–22, 24:1–23, 34:1–ff; Ezekiel 32:1–16; Daniel 9:24–27; 2 Peter 3:7–13; Jeremiah 46:1–12)
- at a time when one-third of all trees and all green grass will be burned up as a result of hail and fire mingled with blood falling from the skies (Revelation 8:7)
- when all hands become faint from fear over the entire earth because God is bringing judgment on the damned (Isaiah 13:6–22)
- when something like a great and fiery mountain is cast into the sea, causing one-third of the sea to turn to blood, which will kill one-third of all life in the sea and destroy one-third of the ships on the sea (Revelation 8:8)
- with men’s hearts fail them for fear of God’s coming wrath (Ecclesiastes 12:1–14; Isaiah 13:6–22, 24:1–23; Ezekiel 32:1–16; Amos 8:1–14)
- when a star, burning like a furnace, will fall from the sky and turn one-third of the earth’s potable water into foul and undrinkable waters (Revelation 8:10–11)
- on a day of cruel vengeance with fierce anger and with judgment from God (Isaiah 13:6–22, Zephaniah 1:14–18)
- when the lands are laid desolate by the Lord Himself (Isaiah 13:6–22)
- when God uses a supernatural army to destroy one-third of all sinners out of the world (Isaiah 13:6–22, Revelation 9:13–16)
- during a time of fierce punishment and judgment from God (Isaiah 13:6–22, 34:1–17; Revelation 6:12–17)
- with great death and destruction from God (Isaiah 13:6–22, 34:1–17; Zephaniah 1:14–18)
- with men, women, and children being brutally killed or ravaged due to God’s judgment and men’s wickedness (Isaiah 13:6–22)
- in such a way as to punish those who scorned their Creator and blasphemed their God by afflicting them with terror, sores, boils, and with scorching as from the sun (Revelation 16:1–2 and 8–11)
- at a time when potable water will become nearly nonexistent (Revelation 16:4–7)
- at a time of brutal anger when God smites the world with cruelty and violence (Isaiah 13:6–22, 34:1–ff; Zephaniah 1:14–18)
- over the course of one year as judgment falls (Jeremiah 11:21–23, 23:11–13, 48:26–47; Revelation 9:15)
- after Christians have been taken from the earth into their reward (1 Thessalonians 5:9)
Obviously, the Wrath of God will be an incredibly cruel and horrific time in which life will become very cheap. True Christians will no longer reside on the earth. However, pseudo-Christians will still claim God should have understood their need to take the Mark, because they simply made a mistake or had no choice. These individuals will believe they had to take the Mark of the Beast for one reason or another, regardless of what God’s Word says. Unfortunately, no matter how hard people try to explain their error, they will never believe God was justifiable in leaving them behind. Many ignore the fact God sets the rules, not man.
“Great Trib Vs. Wrath of God Part 2” will be presented soon!
Was this fun or what?