Many people continue to confuse the coming great period of tribulation before the return of Jesus, and the final wrath of God at the end of time (Revelation 11:18).
Many hold to the belief that they will be taken away or “raptured” to escape the great period of tribulation (Matthew 24:21); and often point to the passage of Scripture written by the Apostle Paul in (1 Thessalonians 4:16–17).
However, this passage of scripture outlines the summary of events AFTER THE GREAT TRIBULATION when Jesus returns on the Last Day for the Day of Judgment (Matthew 25:31–34) (Matthew 25:41, 46).
“Immediately [AFTER THE TRIBULATION] of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken. And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other” (Matthew 24:29-31).
“Behold, he cometh with clouds; and [EVERY EYE SHALL SEE HIM], and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen” (Revelation 1:7).
When Jesus returns, it is foretold, “And the nations were angry, and [THY WRATH IS COME], and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth” (Revelation 11:18).
After Jesus and God’s holy angels extract all God’s elect from this earth (Matthew 25:31–34), “then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power” (1 Corinthians 15:24). It is after this that the wrath of God in poured out on this earth.
“And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, ‘It is done.’” (Revelation 16:17–18, 20–21).