Definitions. The Great Tribulation and the Day of the Wrath of God. By Fabian Massa.

Translated from Spanish to English with Google Translate.




Among many evangelical Christians there is confusion between these two events:

A. Tribulation
B. Wrath of God.

Let each one.

A. Tribulation

In the Greek text the word translated "tribulation [1]" is Dslípsis (Gr.) Which means oppression, tightness, distress, persecution.

Speaking only of N.T [2]. it can be said that both the church and some Christians individually passed through tribulations. Jesus is the first to go through a very strong affliction, to the point that the pressure exerted on him made in previous moments sweat drops of blood (Luke 22.44), suffered a violent arrest (Luke 22.47-54 and parallels ), spent two parodies of trial, he was embarrassed, humiliated, suffered the torment of the lashes, crucifixion and eventually death.


Throughout the chapters of Acts, we see that the Church suffered persecution and death:

· Acts 4 Peter and John are arrested by the Temple authorities for having healed the crippled Gate Beautiful (Hch.3).

· Acts 5 the High Priest and the sect of the Sadducees arrest envy the Apostles (Hch.5.17-44)

· Acts 6.8 - 7.60 Arrest, trial and martyrdom of Stephen.

· Acts 8.1-3 Saul persecutes the Church, even Syria.

· Acts 12. Peter miraculously escapes from prison, but James (brother of John) was killed by the sword (Hch.12.2).



Paul Tribulations

· Acts 14.1-7 Paul was stoned almost Iconium

· Acts 14.8-19 Paul was stoned at Lystra and was presumed dead

· Acts 16.16-38 Paul and Silas at Philippi arrested and punished.

· The list of tribulations Paul still in Thessalonica, Berea, Ephesus (with the silversmiths of Diana), the failed attempt in Macedonia (Acts. 20.1-4), the arrest in Jerusalem (Acts. 21:27), the shipwreck Acts .27.27.

· Prison in Rome and finally beheaded by Nero orderly.


But this should add the martyrdom of Timothy disciple of St. Paul, who was bishop of Ephesus where zealously governed the Church until 97 AD At this time, when the pagans were celebrating a festival called Catagogión, Timothy, facing the procession, severely reprimanded for their ridiculous idolatry, which exasperated so the people who fell upon him with sticks, and it hurt so much that expired two days later.

He suffered martyrdom Peter who was crucified upside down. John is said to have been boiled in oil by order of Emperor Domitian, but this to see that Juan nothing happened had you fear and decided to exile to the island of Patmos, where he had the Revelation of Revelation.

We can see that the constant of tribulation is that comes to church because of the name of Christ. To Christians were given before martirizarlos the opportunity to apostasy and prevent torture and death. Therefore it is said that tribulation and apostasy often go together.



B. The Day of Wrath of God.

In contrast, the Day of Wrath of God contained in the apocalyptic passages. This is a terrible day for which there is no escape, which suffer the Unbelievers.
4. John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life; but he that believeth not the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abideth on him.

5. Romans 1:18: For WRATH OF GOD is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness;

6. Romans 12:19: Do not avenge yourselves, beloved, but leave room for WRATH OF GOD; it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

7. Ephesians 5: 6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.

8. Colossians 3: 6 things for which WRATH OF GOD comes upon the sons of disobedience,

9. Revelation 14:10: he also will drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; He will be tormented with fire and brimstone before the holy angels and of the Lamb;

10. Revelation 14:19 And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and threw the grapes into the great winepress of the wrath of God.

11. Revelation 15: 1 I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is consummated THE WRATH OF GOD.

12. Revelation 15: 7 And one of the four living creatures gave to the seven angels seven golden bowls full of the wrath of God, who liveth for ever and ever.

13. Revelation 16: 1 And I heard a loud voice from the temple saying to the seven angels, Go and pour out the earth the seven bowls of WRATH OF GOD.



C. Conclusion

1. Tribulation is for the Church and God's Wrath is the payment that God himself will give you atribularon theirs.
· In order that no one be moved by these afflictions; for yourselves know that we are appointed. 1 Thess. 3.3

And

· 2 Thessalonians 1: 6: It is a righteous God to repay with affliction those who afflict you,



2. The Tribulation NOT A PUNISHMENT OF GOD for the Church. God allows these tests and the Church is strengthened and saves it passes through the tribulations without apostatar:
· Revelation 2:10 Fear none of what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give thee a crown of life.


Regarding the Great Tribulation [3] in a previous study on Matthew 24 (*), we have concluded that the position of Pre tribulation (sustained almost alone by the Pentecostals) is false, since Jesus after talking about:

a. The destruction of the Temple
b. False Christs MT.24.4-5 // Mr. // 13.5 Lc.21.8
c. // Beginning of sorrows Mt.24.7-8 Mr. // Luke 13.7-8. 9-11
d. Great signs in Heaven
e. Hatred towards Christians Mt.24.10 // Mr.13.12
f. Apostasy Mt.24.10, 24.12
Finally (Jesus) prophesied the Apocalypse (Mt.24.9-13 // Mr. 13.9-13 // Lk. 21-19) + His 2nd Coming + the Rapture of the Church + The Day of Wrath of God.

29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of heaven shall be shaken.
30 'The sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and all the tribes of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And the sound of a great trumpet will send his angels and gather from the four winds of the elect, from one end of heaven to the other.


Week 70 is about to begin and most believers can not understand the Apocalyptic texts. In many churches still preaches the pre-tribulation rapture, "not to be afraid."
  It is not taught to see the prophecies fulfilled in the newspapers, there is no talk of the beheaded by Islamic State or persecuted and killed Christians in Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Pakistan, Libya, Nigeria.
The Church lives in a bubble, which receives a rich bottle of warm milk and sweetened every Sunday.
It's time to leave and enter Hebrews 5 Hebrews 6, before the End Times reaching us.



 Fabian Massa.




[1] Dictionary Strong's # 2347.
[2] In the HV God's people also went through many tribulations. Two of the most important are the persecution of the Jews by Antiochus Epiphanes in 168 BC (1 Maccabees Chapter 1) and the Fall of Jerusalem in 70 AD by the troops of Gral. Tito.
[3] // http://www.tesorosdesabiduria.com/2015/02/ http://www.tesorosdesabiduria.com/2015/02/study-las-senales-del-fin-y-la-venida.html study-signs-of-end-and-coming-of-son-of.html)

Revelation, Day of Wrath of God, Apocalypse, Week 70, Pre tibulation.

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