How many years will the “Tribulation” be according to scripture in the Bible?

No place in the Bible does it says that the “great tribulation”, “the time of distress”, “the hour of temptation”, or the “great day of his wrath”, is for 7 years.

This supposed 7-year tribulation is mistakenly taken from Daniel 9:24-27.

Daniel 9:24 tells us the 7-year period of time is directed TO THE JEWS AND TO THE HOLY CITY.

According to Daniel 9:24 this period of time will:

“Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.”

Daniel was a Jew. “Thy people” in Daniel 9:24 means the seven-year period of time is to the Jewish nation.

Now Read Revelation chapter 7.

Verse 14 of Revelation chapter 7 says:

I answered, “Sir, you know.” And he said, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

This scripture does say there is coming a “GREAT TRIBULATION”, but it doesn’t say 7 years.

Read Matthew chapter 24.

Verse 21 “21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.”

There is coming a “GREAT TRIBULATION”

Read Daniel chapter 12

Verse 1 says ““At that time Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise. There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. But at that time your people—everyone whose name is found written in the book—will be delivered.

There is coming a “TIME OF DISTRESS”

Read Revelation chapter 3

Verse 10 10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.

Revelation 3:10 tells us that the Jews are no longer singled out as in the seven-year period of time. This great tribulation period of time will come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.

Read Revelation chapter 6

Verse 17 17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?


I can’t find 7 years of tribulation anywhere. Except in Daniel 9:27 and that is to the Jews and Jerusalem.

We do, however, see a lot of 3.5 years, 42 months, 1260 days.

Matthew 24:21 For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be.

When will this great tribulation be? It tells us in Matthew 24:15

15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)

16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:

17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:

18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.

19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!

20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:

21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

This great tribulation will be DURING THE time the abomination of desolation happens.

When is the abomination of desolation supposed to happen?

Daniel 9:27 tells us.

27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

The abomination of desolation happens in the midst of the seven years. (week of years) The word midst in the original text means in the middle.

So the great tribulation will be for 3.5 years beginning with the abomination of desolation.

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