Seven Years of Tribulation
Nearly every tribulation based End Times doctrine mistakenly declares the Tribulation Period will span seven years. In each of these teachings the seven-year time frame was taken from the same biblical source, Daniel 9:24–27, which contains the Seventy Weeks of Daniel prophecy. According to many mistaken teachings, the seven-year period in the prophecy represents the seventieth week or seven year period. Verse 27a to be precise, contains the only reference to this seven-year period most unintentionally mistake for seven years of judgment or wrath from our Creator. Let’s look at the verse:
- And He [Jesus/Messiah] shall confirm a covenant with many for one week (seven years): [For proof the pronoun “he” is referring to the Messiah/Jesus turn to “He Shall Confirm a Covenant” pages 77-86 of “This Side of the Whirlwind, The Coming Apocalypse.”]
- and in the midst of the week (three and a half years)
- he [Jesus] shall cause the sacrifice and offering to cease [come to an end],
[The split-versing in verse 27 takes place here separating the text after the words, “offering to cease”. If you are currently unaware of split-versing please check out the following blog for clarification: https://thissideofthewhirlwind.wordpress.com/2017/01/27/he-shall-confirm-a-covenant-2/ or read the subsection, “The Theory of Split-Versing” pages 72-73 in “This Side of the Whirlwind, The Coming Apocalypse.”]
- and for the overspreading of abominations [because sin has reached its full-measure]
- he shall make it desolate, [The Word will judge the world’s unsaved]
- even until the consummation, [until the completion of Christ’s Covenant]
- and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate [Judgment poured on/over the ruined people of the earth]. (Daniel 9:27a KJV emphasis added)
The entire Seventy Weeks of Daniel prophecy represents a standard biblical covenant concept, which contains elements requiring both blessings and curses.
For the faithful, the prophecy includes six edicts/decrees designed to fulfill and placate all sacrifices and offerings required to bridge that previous gap between God and humanity, thus providing eternal salvation. In essence, this is what Jesus had to fulfill in order to assuage sin’s debt and cause sin to become eternally paid in full, allowing for the bond between God and humanity to be reestablished forever. For the disqualified and unfaithful, the prophecy introduces a period of destruction and ultimate desolation and separation from the Creator, or the two halves of the Covenant.
The Pre-tribulation Rapture doctrine forwards the idea the Great Tribulation is the seventieth week, all seven years, thus representing God’s Wrath for the entire seven years. According to the Pre-tribulation Rapture doctrine, the Rapture will/must take place before the Tribulation Period can begin so the raptured/the saints can avoid God’s Wrath. Although this doctrine is globally the most widely accepted, numerous contradictions within the doctrine utterly disqualify it as biblically accurate. In essence, the doctrine is scripturally unsupportable. One of the many and significant contradictions within the Pre-tribulation Rapture doctrine is this idea of a seven-year tribulation period. Once the Great Consummation revelation has been understood, its scriptural truths become obvious, causing the errors in numerous End Times doctrines to be utterly exposed. Jesus’s fulfillment of the first four edicts guarantees during His ministry which was/is the first half of the seven-year covenant is fulfilled. Immediately, the Tribulation Period is reduced to three and a half years.
As previously established in the subsection “Within the Time Allotted” found in chapter 8 of “This Side of the Whirlwind, The Coming Apocalypse,” the Great Consummation will only span three and a half years. While it is true the Wrath of God does take place during the Great Consummation, it will only span twelve months during its final year. If the assumptions made by the Pre and Mid-tribulation rapture doctrines were correct, the Body of Christ would need to be raptured before the seventieth week began.
Fortunately, the division within the seventieth week has been confirmed within This Side of the Whirlwind conferring Christ’s three and a half years of ministry with the first half of the seventieth week.
Only in this way has the blessings half or component for the Covenant of Jesus Christ been instituted, confirmed and fulfilled.
The Great Consummation provides the 3½ year timeframe necessary for the curses component of the covenant through the second half of the seventieth week. For two and a half years, a process takes place separating true Christians from pseudo-Christians. During the last year of the covenant, God confers His wrath on those who received the Mark of the Beast along with the yet unrepentant world at large.
Further evidence the Judgment Period of the Covenant of Jesus Christ can only span three and a half years is found in every scriptural reference to the Great Consummation’s time frame with one exception, Daniel 9:27. Every other scriptural reference related to the Great Consummation (or the mistaken Great Tribulation doctrine) lists only a time frame of three and a half years. No other example exists throughout scripture that even suggests the Great Consummation/Tribulation will span seven years. To add more fuel to this already blazing fire of resistance, there are only two specific references which delineate the purposes for each time frame relative to the 2-three-and-a-half-year segments: Revelation 12:1–10 and Revelation 12:11–17. The first three-and-a-half-year segment indicates the three and a half years of Christ’s ministry as found in Revelation 12:1–10. The second period, taken from Revelation 12:11–17, conveys a second three-and-a-half-year period designated for the Great Consummation. It would be difficult for the Great Consummation/Tribulation to span seven years when half of the seven-year time frame was expended during the ministry of Jesus Christ.
Besides, and as we know, Jesus’s ministry lasted three and a half years. The Tribulation Period of the Great Consummation spans two and a half of those years, and the Wrath of God spans only one year. We know these time frames are correct based on several references that convey God’s Wrath will span one year. Christ said the Tribulation time would be shortened, and so it has been (Matthew 24:22). According to the Lord, the Wrath of God will last one year (Isaiah 61:2, Luke 21:22).
Bear in mind, with the Great Consummation spanning only three and a half years, a Mid-tribulation rapture doctrine just does not represent a reasonable scriptural concept.
Check out these other “7 Year Trib” blogs:
7 Year Trib Part 2:
7 Year Trib. Part 3:
7 Year Trib Part 4:
Until then BEWARE… Duck Dodgers has left the 24th and a half century and is now scheming to his own ends here in 2018. It is dangerous even for that little Martian Dude you can’t seem to ignore!
 Jeremiah 23:12 NKJV, “The year of their punishment.”
 References for a one year time of vengeance (The Wrath of God): Isaiah 34:1–15, 61:1–2, and 63:1–6; Jeremiah 11:21–23, 23:12, and 48:44; Luke 21:22; and Revelation 9:15.
If you are looking for more on the End Times get the entire “Great Consummation” message in, “This Side of the Whirlwind, the Coming Apocalypse”.