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What is the tribulation period and how long is it?


 Let me start by saying, yes there is a tribulation period. It is a period that takes place after the rapture. There is many an argument concerning pre-tribulation, mid-tribulation, and post tribulation rapture. Let me assure you that God has instructed me that the rapture occurs before what is know as the “Great Tribulation Period”. The question is asked “if this is true, why is there suffering going on before the rapture as recorded in Revelations 15”. It is true that this suffering takes place before the rapture and would appear to support a middle or post tribulation rapture, but this suffering is in no way the Great Tribulation period. God however has instructed me that the suffering and persecution during this time will be so intense that many will think that they have missed the rapture. This time is know as the Harvest time when God separates the wheat from the tares. (I would suggest that the section on “Christian Sufferings” is read in conjunction with this answer.) This is only a short period of suffering and was told to us by Jesus when he said “In this life ye shall have tribulation”. John alluded to this period in John 6:15-23 where he shows that the rapture occurs and end this Christian suffering. In the great tribulation there will be no Christians left on earth to suffer. The bible clearly points out the fact that Christians will suffer, however according to Rev 14:13 those who die in the Lord are blessed. Two important words in this verse is “from henceforth”.

14:13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.

It is easier to understand this information when you realize that since there are no Christians in the great tribulation, then this verse can only refer to a time before the great tribulation period.

Many are even expecting a seven (7) year tribulation period with the Anti-Christ breaking a treaty in the middle of the seven (7) years. This period which is spoken of in Daniel 9:25-27 however, is not what most think it is. The verses speak of a covenant being confirmed for one week. The first problem here is that the Anti-Christ cannot confirm a covenant since he is a liar. However Jesus can confirm this covenant. Secondly, if Jesus confirms the covenant then He must be the one who causes the sacrifice and oblations to cease. You must remember that Jesus earthly ministry was over a period of three and a half years. He confirmed the covenant for seven years but was crucified in the middle of week. Once He was crucified there was no longer any need for sacrifices because he WAS the sacrifice. Therefore in the middle of the week (after a three and a half year ministry) the sacrifices ceased. The final half of the week is still to be completed because the Gentile Age, the Age of Grace was placed in the middle. The final three and a half years will be completed soon as the period of grace will end and the rapture will occur. The angel of Revelations 10:6 declares that there shall be “time no longer”. When that time ends the rapture will occur. Now if this seven (7) year period refers to a time when Jesus walked the earth with the last there and a half years to occur before the rapture, how long is the tribulation period. Well Jesus said that he was going away to prepare a place for us (which He has done). He will return to take us to that place and we will be there with Him for one thousand (1000) years. We will not be here on earth at that time. Many have erroneously concluded that there is to be a Millennial reign of Jesus ON EARTH, however there is no place in the bible where it mentions that there is any reign of Jesus on earth until at the very end. You see God does not half do a job. When He brings peace on earth, it will be forever. Many are not aware the message of Isaiah 65:25 is referring to the very end when there is a new heaven and a new earth. Satan will be bound for one thousand years with no control over the fallen angels and we will be with the Lord for that same thousand years period. Of course this goes against the grain of traditional Christianity and to explain this will cause “no small stir”, but the scripture has said in Romans 3:4, “let God be true, but every man a liar”. The Great tribulation as God has instructed me will be ONE THOUSAND YEARS.

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