How Long Will
the Tribulation Last?

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To help understand the duration of the Tribulation you might want to get a basic understanding of Daniel 9:27 and what precedes and inaugurates it.  This is the key verse for this question of it's duration.

Daniel 9:27

"And he will make a firm covenant with the many for one week, but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering; and on the wing of abominations will come one who makes desolate, even until a complete destruction, one that is decreed, is poured out on the one who makes desolate."

How long will the it last?  Almost everyone says it will be a 7 years, but that is not what God's Word says...

Well, we’re being told right here.  For how long will the Antichrist make the covenant? years.

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We learned on the page discussing when the Tribulation will happen that a week here in Daniel is a prophetic Hebrew idiom and 1 week equals 7 years.

So how long does the Antichrist make the covenant for?  1 week or 7 years.

What is life generally like during the time of a covenant?...peaceful.  The Jews will have their temple, they will be making their sacrifices, and things will be great (so they’ll seem).

Then what happens?  The Antichrist breaks the covenant.  What happens when a covenant is broken?  Upheaval ensues.

So, the key question here is, when is the covenant broken?  Let the Scriptures speak for themselves and what do you see?

Daniel 9:27a

“And he will make a firm covenant with the many for one week, but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering...”

It is broken in the middle of the week.  So the covenant is made for 1 week (7 years) and it is broken half way through...or at the 3½-year mark.

So the first 3½ years under the covenant will be generally peaceful.  Then the covenant is broken and that is the event that inaugurates the this tumultuous time.

So, how long is the this difficult time?...3½ years.

Do you realize that by reading the Bible, asking it questions, and letting the Bible speak for itself, you have just figured out a major point that most of the church is wrong about.

Most authors, pastors, and church people that I know say the it is seven years long!  Does the Bible say that?  This is the only place in the whole Bible that says there is a 7 year period in the context of the Tribulation...Daniel's 70th week.

However, when you read the verse in context it is very clear that the it is only 3½ years long.

Thus, you no longer have to be prey to the common end times myth of this lasting 7 years.

So, if we end up believing that we’ll go through it, isn’t it nice to know that it’s only 3½ years long instead of 7?

Isn’t it amazing that this whole idea of a 7 year Tribulation, which is predominant in Christendom, is based on one single verse taken out of context and misinterpreted?

Other Evidences of a 3½ Year Duration:

Daniel 9:27—one week divided in two = 3½ years

Daniel 7:25

He will speak out against the Most High and wear down the saints of the Highest One, and he will intend to make alterations in times and in law; and they will be given into his hand for a time, times, and half a time.”

This is talking about the Antichrist and it says the saints will be given into Antichrist’s hand for a time, times, and half a time.  This is another Hebrew idiom.  You just have to put a year in there...a time (1 year) and times (2 years) and half a time (½ year) = 3½ years.

What 3½ year period will the Antichrist be on the scene and be persecuting the saints?...the Tribulation.  Is there any other possible time to fit the description?...not according to Scripture.

Revelation 11:2

Leave out the court which is outside the temple and do not measure it, for it has been given to the nations; and they will tread under foot the holy city for forty-two months.”

When is Jerusalem going to be tread under foot (defiled) by the gentiles?...during the Tribulation.  How long did the verse say this will be so?...forty-two months, which equals what?...exactly 3½ years.

Revelation 11:3

And I will grant authority to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for twelve hundred and sixty days…”

These are the famous two witnesses who prophecy for how long?...1260 days.  Which is what in reference to time?...exactly 3½ years.

Revelation 13:5

There was given to him a mouth speaking arrogant words and blasphemies, and authority to act for forty-two months was given to him.”

This is the chapter containing the Tribulation in the book of Revelation.  The Antichrist will be given authority to act for how long?...forty-two months, which is exactly 3½ years.

I am continually astounded how pervasive a 7 year Tribulation is in Christendom.  I assumed it was 7 years until 2001, because everything I had ever heard, read, or seen said it would be 7 years long.

Then I studied it for myself, and I let the Bible speak for Itself.  It really makes a big difference!

In the appendices of my book I list all the apocalyptic things which last 42 months/1260 days/time, times, and half a time which are all 3½ years.  I also list all the specific apocalyptic time frames in the book of Daniel and the book of Revelation.


When the Bible is allowed to speak instead of man's opinions great light is shed on our you know how long the Tribulation will last.

Remember, only one thing must be LEFT BEHIND...

man's theories!

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