How Long Does The Tribulation Last?



Question: “How long does the end time’s tribulation last before Christ returns and ends it?”



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Most of those in Christendom believe that the final Tribulation is a seven-year period where everyone experiences catastrophic torment and calamities and approximately 70% of the world’s population dies.


The period that most are calling the 7 year Tribulation starts when the anti-Christ is able to work out a peace treaty between Israel and her Arab enemies that will permit Israel to rebuild their Temple.


He shall make a strong covenant with many for one week [this is day years or seven years] and for half of the week he shall put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall come one who makes desolate, until the decreed end is poured out on the desolator (Daniel 9:27).


In the second half of the week, after 3.5 years, the anti-Christ breaks his agreement with Israel, takes over the newly rebuilt temple, ends the sacrifice and offerings, and appoints himself as god. he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God (2 Thessalonians 2:4).


The second 3.5 year period signals the start of world terror and death.  What Jesus called the Great Tribulation.  For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be (Matthew 24:21).


The following are a few of the verses that referred to the last 3.5 years, the “Great Tribulation” period before Christ returns.


…but do not measure the court outside the temple; leave that out, for it is given over to the nations, and they will trample the holy city for forty-two months (Revelation 11:2).  Forty-two months equates to 3.5 years.


And I will grant authority to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth. (Revelation 11:3). 1,260 days equates to 3.5 years (Jewish calendars have 360 days per year).


And the beast was given a mouth uttering haughty and blasphemous words, and it was allowed to exercise authority for forty-two months (Revelation 13:5).  Forty-two months equates to 3.5 years.


…and swore by him who lives forever that it would be for a time, times, and half a time, and that when the shattering of the power of the holy people comes to an end all these things would be finished (Daniel 12:77). Time is one year, times is two years, and half a time is half a year, or 3.5 years.


…and the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, in which she is to be nourished for 1,260 days (Revelation 12:6). 1,260 days equates to 3.5 years.


When you add the 3.5 years between signing the agreement and the breaking of the agreement plus the 3.5 year of the “Great Tribulation” you have what many call the 7 year tribulation.  The tribulation ends when Christ returns to earth.



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