Tribulation, Wrath

Tribulation vs Wrath

Disciples escape God’s wrath, but they endure tribulation. And according to Paul, the church has been appointed to tribulation. The terms “tribulation” and “wrath” are NOT synonymous in Paul’s letters or in the book of Revelation. “Tribulation” is what disciples endure for the sake of the gospel. “Wrath” is the horrific fate that awaits the wicked at the final judgment when the Lord arrives in glory.

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Day of the Lord, Earthquake, Wrath

The Great Earthquake

In four separate passages, Revelation refers to a coming “GREAT EARTHQUAKE,” each time locating it on the day of “wrath.” Chaos in the heavens and unimaginable seismic shifts on the earth will mark the arrival of the “Day of the Lord,” the Great Dénouement when God vindicates His people and punishes His enemies.

When John is summoned to heaven, he observes the “throne” at the center of the universe surrounded by twenty-four smaller thrones occupied by “four and twenty elders.” A series of visual and audible phenomena proceed from the “throne… flashes of lightning, loud voices, and claps of thunder” – (Revelation 4:1-5).

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Day of the Lord, Seven Seals, Wrath


The sixth seal ushered in the Day of the Lord, the time of wrath upon the inhabitants of the earthRevelation 6:12-17.

The opening of the sixth seal causes celestial and terrestrial trauma as the “day of wrath” dawns. It was nothing less than the “great day of the wrath of God and of the Lamb.” Men of every rank panic in terror, but their every attempt to hide from the impending “wrath” is in vain. There is no escape, for no one can “stand” before the “Lamb and the throne.”

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Day of the Lord, Wrath


The day of “wrath” is coming when the wicked will pay the ultimate price for their disobedience to GodRomans 2:5.

According to Paul, the proclamation of the gospel unveils two forces that are at work in the world – “righteousness” and “wrath.” But they will produce two very different results – “salvation” and “destruction.” Which result anyone reaps will depend on his or her response to the gospel, for it is the “power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.”

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