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CHAPTER X

THE END OF THE TRIBULATION:
THE SEVEN VIALS AND THE "WRATH OF GOD"

Written By
S.R. Shearer

FALSE PERCEPTIONS CONCERNING
THE WRATH OF GOD

Now in all of this - i.e., the study of Daniel's Seventieth Week - it is of the utmost importance to grasp this one fundamental fact: the Judgment of God - His wrath - begins ONLY WITH THE SEVEN VIALS which occur at the end of the Seventieth Week [and after the Seventh Trump of God - at which time the resurrection and the rapture occur (Matt. 24:29-31; I Thess. 4:16-17)]. The Scriptures are quite specific as to this:

"And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous, seven angels having the seven LAST plagues (i.e., the seven vials); FOR IN THEM IS FILLED UP THE WRATH OF GOD. "... And the seven angels came out of the temple, having the seven plagues, clothed in pure and white linen, and having breasts girded with golden ... [belts]. "And one of the four beasts gave unto the seven angels SEVEN GOLDEN VIALS FULL OF THE WRATH OF GOD, who liveth for ever and ever. And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the VIALS OF THE WRATH OF GOD UPON THE EARTH." (Revelation 15:1, 6-7; 16:1)

The false perception of God's wrath as extending over the entire length of the Seventieth Week leads, naturally enough, to the erroneous conclusion that the church will be raptured BEFORE the Tribulation, because the Church is not appointed to wrath. If this was the case, that is, that the wrath of God extended over the entire length of the Seventieth Week; then, no doubt, the Church would have to be raptured, because it has been delivered from all such wrath. But this is not the case! - the wrath of God [which is to be differentiated from the Tribulation of the Saints] is contained only in the Seven Vials, which are to be poured out at the END of the Seventieth Week.

THE SEVENTH TRUMPET

At the Seventh Trumpet, the following occurs:

  1. The Resurrection and the Rapture.
  2. The Temple in Heaven is opened. (Rev. 15:5)
  3. Babylon is destroyed (Rev. 16:19).
  4. The Lord comes to rule and reign. (Rev. 11:15-16)

THE SEVEN VIALS

The Seven Vials (Rev. 15:1-16:31) are:

  1. The plague of boils. (the first vial)
  2. The sea turned to blood. (the second vial)
  3. The rivers turned to blood. (the third vial)
  4. The earth scorched. (the fourth vial)
  5. The earth covered by darkness. (the fifth vial)
  6. The Euphrates dried up. (the sixth vial)
  7. The rain of hail. (the seventh vial)

THE GREAT SUPPER

Now the Scriptures mention a mysterious number of days AFTER the close of the Tribulation. The Bible says,

"And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days (30 days after the close of the Tribulation period). "Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days (75 days after the close of the Tribulation period and 45 days beyond the 1,290th day). (Dan. 12:11-12)

Herein one finds contained the time frame for the "Supper of the Great God" (the thirty day period after the close of the Tribulation era), and the "Judgment of the Nations" (the forty-five days after the end of the "Supper of the Great God").

The "Wrath of God" coupled with the Battle of Armageddon will leave the earth polluted with death; so from the 1,260th day of the last half of the Seventieth Week to the 1,290th day (30 days beyond the close of the Seventieth Week), the Lord will cleanse the earth:

"And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, Saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the Great God; That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great."(Rev. 19:17-18)

THE JUDGMENT OF THE NATIONS

From the 1,290th day to the 1,335th day (or from 30th day beyond the close of the Seventieth Week to 75th day beyond) the nations will be judged:

"But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all His angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne.
"And all the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats;
"And He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left.
"Then the King shall say to those on His right, Come, you, who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom (the Millennial Kingdom) prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
"For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in;
"Naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.
"Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or in prison, and come to You?
"And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? "And did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?
"And the King will answer and say to them, Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.
"Then He will say to those on His left, Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels;
"For I was hungry, and you gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty and you gave Me nothing to drink; "I was a stranger, and you did not invite Me in; naked and you did not clothe Me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit Me.
"Then they themselves also will answer, saying, Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not take care of You?
"Then He will answer them, saying Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.
"And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal live." (Matthew 25:31-46)

Their fate is determined by their actions during the Great Tribulation. If they stood by Christians and Jews during that period (much in the same way that Corrie Ten Boom and her family stood by the Jews during World War II), then they are allowed to enter the Millennium as "blessed of the Father" (Matt. 25:34). This corresponds to Daniel's statement in Dan. 12:12:

"And blessed are those who wait and remain until the 1,335th day."

After the 1,335th day, a new age is ushered in and the 1,000 year reign of Christ begins.

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