What's the Difference Between the Tribulation and the Great Tribulation?

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Many people take the Tribulation and Great Tribulation to be synonymous.  I do not, because I don't think Jesus did.  Let's look at what Jesus had to say about these in a portion of the Olivet Discourse:

Matthew 24:9-21

9 Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name. 10 At that time many will fall away and will betray one another and hate one another. 11 Many false prophets will arise and will mislead many. 12 Because lawlessness is increased, most people's love will grow cold. 13 But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved. 14 This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.

15 Therefore when you see the Abomination of Desolation which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), 16 then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains. 17 Whoever is on the housetop must not go down to get the things out that are in his house. 18 Whoever is in the field must not turn back to get his cloak. 19 But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! 20 But pray that your flight will not be in the winter, or on a Sabbath. 21 For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will.

Jesus mentions the “tribulation” in verse 9 and then the Abomination of Desolation in verse 15 and the “great tribulation” in verse 21.  It seems to me these are separate events.  Don’t verses 16-21 sound more ferocious than what came before?

There is a clear progression of chronology here: Tribulation...Abomination of Desolation...a greater (more intense) Tribulation.

If you are not familiar with the Abomination of Desolation click on it to learn about it.  This event is very important in understanding the End Times Chronology.

Note that this difficult time comes after the Abomination of Desolation, and here in verses 15-21 we see the antichrist's coming out party.  What does Christ tell everyone to do when he comes out?...flee to the mountains!  Everyone’s eyes are now opened to who the antichrist is, and he’s taking off the mask now.  He’s going to let loose.

As you construct your own End Times Chronology from the Word in my seminar, or as you go through one of my resources, you will see that this more intense Tribulation is forty-five days long.

In summary, the Great Tribulation is a brief but more intense period of the End Times where the antichrist will not be working covertly, but will be revealed for who he is.  And we see from this Scripture that Christ makes a clear distinction between the Tribulation and this greater Tribulation.  We would be wise to do the same.

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