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Q. Is the “Great Tribulation” the same event as the “Day of the Lord”?
A. No. They are totally different. For proof, turn to Matthew 24. The disciples asked Jesus when His coming and “the end of the age” would occur (v. 3). Christ then explained the time order of events that would lead to His Second Coming.

The first event would be false prophets (vs. 4-5); the second, wars and rumors of wars (v. 6); third, famine (v. 7); fourth, disease epidemics (v. 7); fifth, climaxing in the Great Tribulation, martyrdom of saints (vs. 9-10, 21).

The Great Tribulation is not the time of God’s wrath, but rather the time of the wrath of Satan the devil. Satan at this time realizes he has but a short time left, so he persecutes and martyrs God’s people.

Occurring sixth in time sequence is God’s supernatural intervention: “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken” (v. 29).

But Joel records, “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the coming of the great and the terrible day of the Lord” (Joel 2:31). The Day of the Lord, spoken of in more than 30 prophecies, is clearly shown here to come after the heavenly signs. The time order is first, the Tribulation Satan’s wrath; secondly, the heavenly signs; third, the Day of the Lord God’s intervention.

The same time sequence is revealed in Rev. 6, speaking of the seven seals. The 5th seal represent the Great Tribulation, followed by the heavenly signs, then the Day of the Lord or God’s wrath (vs. 9-17).
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