How Long is the Wrath of God?

Does the Bible tell us specifically how long the Wrath of God is? 7 years? 3 1/2 years, 1 year, 30 days, or a single day? Read to find out.

God poured out his wrath on Jesus for our behalf. Jesus drank the cup of the Wrath of God full strength while on the cross. His death was substitutionary; he took the Wrath of God on behalf of those those who place their faith in him . This was necessary because there is a Day of Wrath coming, a day of vengeance when God will pour out his wrath on the unrighteous:

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness (Rom. 1:18)

Paul makes it clear that those who reject Jesus are without excuse:

Because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not [n]honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened.  Professing to be wise, they became fools (Rom. 1:19-22)

As the Day of the Wrath of God approaches, we need to be diligent about sharing the good news of the Gospel as it is a horrible thing to fall into the hands of a angry God.

How Long is the Wrath of God?

But Jesus will rescue Christians prior to God pouring out his wrath:

Wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, that is Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath to come. (1 Thess. 1:10)

Jesus did not promise to seal us from the Wrath of God or to pour it out only on locations where Christians aren’t found. He promises to rescue us from it.  This is a key understanding.

So if we are able to determine how long the Wrath of God is and when it occurs, we may be able to tell when that rescue occurs as well. Here is a video that analyses a number of Old Testament passages from Leviticus, Isaiah, Daniel, and Job that give us a hint about that timing.

7 thoughts on “How Long is the Wrath of God?”

  1. Great stuff Nelson!
    So can we say that the 7 trumpets and the 7 bowls which follow the trumpets will likely take a year to complete?

    We know that just the 5th Trumpet takes 5 months, so this could fit quite well. That would make the GT that follows the Abomination of Desolation to be 2 1/2 years long for the redeemed in Christ?

    God bless you. Chris

  2. Well one comforting aspect of this is, the longer the Day of the Lord is, the shorter the AC Tribulation is. I don’t think people have any concept, or ability to grasp, how terrible that period will be. God destroyed civilization with the flood because of how terrible life was then. Jesus said this tribulation will be the worst ever, none to follow, and none prior, equaling it. So it will be much worse than the antediluvian age. No wonder it is cut short –or no flesh would be saved. Hitler will look as child’s play compared to the tribulation AC. I would certainly prefer the Day of the Lord to be a year or longer–knowing that the gathering and first resurrection occur in the beginning of that Day, and the tribulation period has ended.

  3. Thanks Nelson for continually challenging us to search the Scriptures. I think what you have revealed in this presentation only reinforces the already solid case for the PreWrath position.

  4. When I read the sixth seal I already sense God’s wrath on earth. So my question is why can’t we believe that God’s wrath is closer to 2 years, rather than 1 year, or… may be the the start of sixth seal is closer to the end of sixth year.

    Have you ever thought of these 2 possibilities?

    1. AFO, in Rev. 6:17 we read that God’s wrath “has come.” this implies the beginning of something or that something is about to begin. Although the sixth seal is of the hand of God, it can’t be wrath. The reason is we learn in Matt. 24:29-31 that the rapture occurs after the celestial signs at the opening of this seal. And 1 Thess. 1:10 clearly states God will rescue us prior to pouring out his wrath. So the rapture must precede the wrath.

      Now not being wrath doesn’t mean it can’t happen on the same day or even just hours before the wrath, but the official wrath must start after the rapture IMO

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