The Tribulation Period is ALL God’s Wrath!

Commentary By:  Gordon King

I’ve heard many believers tell me that the church will go through the first half (3.5 years) of the Tribulation period, that it won’t be such a bad time.  Oh really?!!!  I wonder what book they’ve been reading from because that’s certainly not what I read in the bible!  According to scripture the first 3.5 years will be Hell on earth!

The last three and a half years of the Tribulation period is known as the “Great Tribulation”, and it’s beginning is marked by the Antichrist sitting in the Holy Place (the Temple) and proclaiming that he is God, this is know as the “Abomination of Desolation”.  He makes all take the mark of the beast and to worship him or be killed.  However, just because this time is know as the Great Tribulation Period does not mean that the first half won’t be bad either, and the bible tells us that it most definitely will!  Remember, the entire Tribulation period is a time of God’s wrath, and as believers in Jesus Christ we are not destined for wrath but for salvation through Jesus Christ!

The first half of the Tribulation period starts out with Jesus Christ opening up seal judgments upon the world, have you read just what these judgments are?

The First Seal:  The rider of a white horse, I believe that this is the Antichrist who appears upon the scene as a world ruler making a covenant with the Jews, he goes out conquering and to conquer.  This doesn’t sound like a man of peace but of making war!

The Second Seal:  A rider on a fiery red horse, it was granted to take peace from the earth and for people to kill each other!

The Third Seal:  A rider on a black horse and in his hands are scales.  His is to bring scarcity upon the earth, great famine!

The Fourth Seal:  A rider on a pale horse and his name is Death, and Hades followed him!  Power was given to him to kill one fourth of the world’s population.  There are close to 8 billion people alive today, one fourth of them would be 2 billion people killed!!!

The Fifth Seal:  The souls of those slain during the Tribulation period thus far for worshiping God are crying outHow long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?”  Believers are being executed for their faith in God, is this something that the church must go through before being wed to Christ?

The Sixth Seal:  This seal speaks for itself!

Revelation 6:12-17

I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood. 13 And the stars of heaven fell to the earth, as a fig tree drops its late figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind. 14 Then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of its place. 15 And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains, 16 and said to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! 17 For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?” 

This must be the biggest earthquake ever in history thus far, every mountain and island were moved out of its place, and the stars of heaven fell to earth, I believe that these are meteors hitting the earth, not a good time to be living on earth!

The Seventh Seal:   The seventh seal is the prelude to the seven trumpet judgments, the prayers of the saints are offered up to God in heaven before His throne.

Revelation 8:5-6

Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and threw it to the earth. And there were noises, thunderings, lightnings, and an earthquake.

So the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.

The seal judgments don’t sound like a very good time to be alive on earth now do they?  The Antichrist comes to power as the world leader, a man possessed by Satan himself, going out conquering and to conquer!  Peace is taken from the earth and people go out killing each other, great famine strikes the earth and food is scarce and extremely expensive, one fourth of the earths population is killed (approximately 2 billion people), massive earthquakes and meteor strikes hit the earth with such intensity that “every” mountain and island was moved out of its place!  Hmmm, it sure doesn’t sound like a very good time my friends, and these are only the seal judgments, we still have the trumpet judgments before the midpoint of the Tribulation period!

The way I understand the book of Revelation the Trumpet judgments will immediately follow the seven Seal judgments during the first half of the Tribulation period.

The First Trumpet:  One third of the trees and all green grass burned up!

Revelation 8:7

The first angel sounded: And hail and fire followed, mingled with blood, and they were thrown to the earth. And a third of the trees were burned up, and all green grass was burned up.

One third of the trees and “all” green grass was burned up!  I believe that it not only means grass but also crops such as wheat, rice, grains!  This will further diminish the worlds food supply, and could you imagine the smoke filling the air around the world?!

The Second Trumpet:  One third of all sea creatures died and one third of all ships destroyed!

Revelation 8:8-9

Then the second angel sounded: And something like a great mountain burning with fire was thrown into the sea, and a third of the sea became blood. And a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.


The Third Trumpet:   One third of the fresh water became bitter and many died from the water.

Revelation 8:10-11

Then the third angel sounded: And a great star fell from heaven, burning like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water. 11 The name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters became wormwood, and many men died from the water, because it was made bitter.


The Fourth Trumpet:  One third of all light sources were darkened.  Three woes are given, meaning very severe judgments are coming to the world!

Revelation 8:12-13

Then the fourth angel sounded: And a third of the sun was struck, a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of them were darkened. A third of the day did not shine, and likewise the night.

13 And I looked, and I heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, “Woe, woe, woe to the inhabitants of the earth, because of the remaining blasts of the trumpet of the three angels who are about to sound!”


The Fifth Trumpet:  Locusts from the bottomless pit are released upon the earth to torment those who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads.

Revelation 9:5-6

And they were not given authority to kill them, but to torment them for five months. Their torment was like the torment of a scorpion when it strikes a man. In those days men will seek death and will not find it; they will desire to die, and death will flee from them.

These don’t seem like ordinary locusts to me, but perhaps some sort of demonic creatures.

The Sixth Trumpet:   One third of mankind is killed!  Four angels bound at the Euphrates river were released and they themselves released a 200 million horsemen army upon the world.  Are these horsemen actually human?  Or are they some sort of demonic beings or creatures?

Revelation 9:18-19

By these three plagues a third of mankind was killed—by the fire and the smoke and the brimstone which came out of their mouths. 19 For their power is in their mouth and in their tails; for their tails are like serpents, having heads; and with them they do harm.

If you remember during the Seal judgments one fourth of the population of the world was already killed, around 2 billion people, now one third of the remaining population is killed, about 2 billion more people!  That’s at least 4 billion people killed, not including those martyred, and those killed by other people in the streets, that’s at least one half of the world population killed before we even get to the Great Tribulation!

The Seventh Trumpet:   The things seven thunders uttered were sealed up, not to be revealed at this time, and God’s patience has run out, there shall be delay no longer!

I believe that all of these judgments will take place in the first 3.5 years of the Tribulation period, and if they do then it will certainly not be a place where I would want to be living, saved or unsaved!

Lets recap the Trumpet judgments: one third of the trees and green grass burned up, all sea creatures died and one third of all ships destroyed, one third of the fresh water became bitter and many died from the water, one third of all light sources were darkened and three woes are given, meaning very severe judgments are coming to the world, locusts from the bottomless pit are released upon the earth to torment those who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads, one third of mankind is killed!  Wow!  I don’t know about you but I sure wouldn’t want to be around to even see these things taking place!

I guess there are really two questions here, one, do you believe that the first half of the Tribulation period will be bad, will it be a terrible place to live?  And two, do you believe that the church will still be here during that time?

There should not be any refuting that the first half of the Tribulation period will be a terrible place to be, we can read about it in the scriptures.  However, there is much debate about whether or not the church will still be here during that time.  And if you’ve been around this website for very long then you already know where I stand on this issue.

I’m not going to take the time right now to make my point of a pre-tribulation rapture of the church, I’ve been there done that over and over again, and you can look up my old posts if you like.  But what I will say is that I don’t believe for one minute that the good Lord would put His bride through such a beating just before wedding her!  It makes no sense whatsoever.  And if you say that God will protect us through it and that we won’t be affected by it then I believe that you are gravely mistaken.  Of course we would be affected by such things coming upon the world, there would be no getting around it!

And if the church is to go through even a portion of the Tribulation period then how is the return of Jesus Christ imminent?  It’s not, that’s the point!

God bless my friends!  Maranatha!

2 thoughts on “The Tribulation Period is ALL God’s Wrath!

  1. I agree Gordon, we are not appointed unto wrath as born again believers in Jesus , we shall be accounted worthy to escape because we trust in Jesus, His righteousness accounted to us having none of our own. We are forgiven blood washed children of the living God…Hallelujah! What you have written paints a vivid picture of how terrible things will be for those left behind in in the Tribulation and that is why we must not cease in our prayers for those that The Lord has put in our lives. I believe prayers are going to be answered in miraculous ways, even though I have not yet seen my prayers answered for the salvation of those The Lord has given me to pray for. I think perhaps they are not ready and maybe some of those we have been praying for must go through at least some of the tribulation period but I know God is faithful and just and He hears our prayers and His timing is perfect. So many people these days in the affluent Western world have what they believe to be wonderful lives, full of the good things this world can offer, popularity, money, fun, achievement etc many have not known suffering yet , they have no desire to be saved…saved from what ? they ask. I think they are going to find out… there is a saying only drowning men see Jesus and although I know that is not always the case , it does seem often, that circumstances have to bring people to the end of depending upon themselves before they turn from themselves to Jesus and I believe there will be plenty of opportunity for that in all the scenario’s that you have described.

    God bless you brother

  2. Thanks for your comment Christine!

    The Tribulation period will be a horrific time to be alive on earth, I don’t understand how some believers think that the first half just wont be so bad? The bible tells us differently. And for anyone to say that the church must go through even part of the Tribulation period is beyond me, for we are not justified by tribulation nor are we sanctified by tribulation but only by the saving grace of Jesus Christ! Amen. It’s not the world that saves us nor by any works, nor is it tribulation that washes us clean and perfects us, only God can do these things.

    I have been praying for family members as well, and just as you my prayers are yet to be answered.

    Those of the world are so wrapped up in their lives that they don’t want to change them nor do they want to submit to God, why should they when they have what they want and nothing to be saved from. They just can’t seem to see the whole picture, they don’t want to really know what happens to us after we die. And the sad truth is that most of them will enter the Tribulation period with a heart still not ready to hear the truth let alone accept it! Just as many believers don’t want the rapture of the church to happen now, they are content with their lives here on earth, they have things that they want to do and they don’t want to leave this place yet.

    As for me, I’m done with this place!!! I’ve had enough, and I’m eagerly longing to go home! Yet I still find myself battling between the flesh and the spirit, and it drives me nuts. Oh this wretched flesh, how I wish that the rapture would happen today! And I’m so very tired of being around people who deny the truth, who mock and scoff the things of God! And it sure doesn’t make it any easier knowing that they are blinded to the truth.

    The good news is that our Lord and Savior is coming soon to take us home! Amen.

    God bless sister! Maranatha! Gordon 😉

Comments are closed.