7 Year Tribulation, Why 7 Years?

The end time of the present world will come in the near future, and it will last for 7 years, which is what the Bible calls the Tribulation.

This a period of time when evil will be abound and God’s divine judgments will be poured upon earth as prophesied in the Bible. Both evils and divine judgments will cause chaos and disasters in a scale so gigantic that the earth will be changed by the events forever.

Where in the Bible does it say that the Tribulation will last for 7 years?

Daniel 9:24-27

24“Seventy weeks have been decreed for your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end of sin, to make atonement for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy place.

25“So you are to know and discern that from the issuing of a decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince there will be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; it will be built again, with plaza and moat, even in times of distress.

26“Then after the sixty-two weeks the Messiah will be cut off and have nothing, and the people of the prince who is to come will destroy the city and the sanctuary And its end will come with a flood; even to the end there will be war; desolations are determined.

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.”

According to the above passage, God has declared “seventy weeks” for the Jews. This period is given to “finish the transgression, to make an end of sin, to make atonement for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy place.” (v 24)

The entire “seventy weeks” will be followed by the Millennium kingdom as prophesied in the Bible, which will last for a 1000 years with the Messiah Jesus Christ literally reigning on earth.

However, the “seventy weeks” isn’t a continuous period – it is consisted of seven weeks, sixty-two weeks, and one week. Each week stands for 7 biblical years.

The seven weeks (49) and the sixty-two weeks (434) had already passed. It started from the degree of Persian Emperor Artaxerxes (Neh 2) to rebuild Jerusalem and ended at Jesus’ entering Jerusalem on a donkey (Palm Sunday).

Does that mean there were exactly 483 years (49+434= 483) between the decree to rebuild Jerusalem and Jesus’ entering Jerusalem as “Messiah the prince”? Sure, but it is prophetic year that we are talking about, not solar year that we use in our secular calendar, aka the Gregorian calender.

A prophetic year is 360 days and a solar year is 365.2422. That would make 483 × 360 = 173,880 days (24 hours) = 476 solar years + 25 days. The decree of Artaxerxes made the perfect starting point of the 483 prophetic years because, according to secular history, that decree was made in 445 BC and Jesus was crucified in 32 AD.

There were exactly 476 solar years + 25 days, which equal to 173,880 days, which also equal to 483 prophetic years, between the decree to rebuild Jerusalem and Palm Sunday.

How do we know that a prophetic year is 360 days?

We know there is one “seven” left that is waiting for its fulfillment in the near future. The Bible talks a lot about this last “seven”, and we can therefore soundly derive the number of days of an entire “seven” from the hints of the scripture that talks about this ‘seven’.

First hints (the last half of the ‘seven’ is 3.5 of times):

Daniel 7:25-26

25 He will speak against the Most High and oppress his saints and try to change the set times and the laws. The saints will be handed over to him for a time, times and half a time.

26 ” ‘But the court will sit, and his power will be taken away and completely destroyed forever.

Daniel 9:27

27 He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven.’ In the middle of the ‘seven’ he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on a wing of the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him. “

Daniel 12:7

7 The man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, lifted his right hand and his left hand toward heaven, and I heard him swear by him who lives forever, saying, “It will be for a time, times and half a time. When the power of the holy people has been finally broken, all these things will be completed.”

We can see from the above verses that the Antichrist will “confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven’”, but he will cause the sacrifice and offering of the Jewish temple to stop in the middle of the ‘seven’.

We can see that during the first half of the ‘seven’, this Antichrist has no power over the ‘saints’, but God will hand the ‘saints’ over to him after the middle of the ‘seven’ for a ‘time, times, and half a time.’

Half of 7 is 3.5, which means that ‘a time, times, and half a time’ is 3.5 of times, but 3.5 of what time? 3.5 days? 3.5 month? or 3.5 years?

See the answer below:

Revelation 11:2

2But exclude the outer court; do not measure it, because it has been given to the Gentiles. They will trample on the holy city for 42 months.

Remember, the Antichrist has no power over the ‘saints’ in the first half of the ‘seven’, so he and his Gentiles army couldn’t possibly trample the holy city during that time, so this 42 months have to be the second half of the ‘seven’.

So the second half of the ‘seven’ = 42 months, and 42 months are 3.5 years, so half of the ‘seven’ is 3.5 years!!!

To make it clear, we now find that ‘a time, times, and half a time’ = second half of the last ‘seven’ = 42 months = 3.5 years

Next, how many days do we have for this 42 months?

Revelation 12:5-6

5She gave birth to a son, a male child, who will rule all the nations with an iron scepter. And her child was snatched up to God and to his throne. 6The woman fled into the desert to a place prepared for her by God, where she might be taken care of for 1,260 days.

The woman is the nation of Israel. Israel will enjoy peace and control of her holy temple for the first half of the ‘seven’, but after that her holy city and temple will be trampled by the Gentile for 42 months, during which the Israelis have to flee.

She will flee for 1,260 days. So here we see that 1,260 days = 42 months.

Again, just to make it clear, so far we have: ‘a time, times, and half a time’ = second half of the last ‘seven’ = 42 months = 3.5 years = 1,260 days

To be double sure, let’s check out one more verse that confirm the conclusion we have:

Revelation 12:14

14The woman was given the two wings of a great eagle, so that she might fly to the place prepared for her in the desert, where she would be taken care of for a time, times and half a time, out of the serpent’s reach.

This verse talks about the same woman who will flee to the desert for 42 months. Again, this 42 months have to be the second half of the last ‘seven’, because this woman, the Israel, will enjoy peace for the first half of the ‘seven’ and therefore she has no reason to flee during that period of time. So here again we see that ‘a time, times and half a time’ equal 42 months!

Let check out this final one to seal up the conclusion:

Revelation 13:5-7

5The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise his authority for forty-two months. 6He opened his mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in heaven. 7He was given power to make war against the saints and to conquer them. And he was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation.

Daniel 7:25-26 and the Revelation 13:5-7 above talk about the same period of time, which is the second half of the ‘seven’, which confirm my conclusion that ‘a time, times and half a time’ = 42 months.

So, in conclusion, half of a ‘seven’ = ‘a time, times and half a time’ = 3.5 prophetic years = 42 months = 1,260 days, and each prophetic year is therefore 360 days. (1,260 days ÷ 3.5 years = 360 days)

How do we know that the first half of the last ‘seven’ is also 1,260 days?

What happens during the first half of the last ‘seven’? How long would that be?

Revelation 11:3-10

3And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth.” 4These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth. 5If anyone tries to harm them, fire comes from their mouths and devours their enemies. This is how anyone who wants to harm them must die. 6These men have power to shut up the sky so that it will not rain during the time they are prophesying; and they have power to turn the waters into blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague as often as they want.

7Now when they have finished their testimony, the beast [the Antichrist] that comes up from the Abyss will attack them, and overpower and kill them. 8Their bodies will lie in the street of the great city, which is figuratively called Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified. 9For three and a half days men from every people, tribe, language and nation will gaze on their bodies and refuse them burial. 10The inhabitants of the earth will gloat over them and will celebrate by sending each other gifts, because these two prophets had tormented those who live on the earth.

The first half of the ‘seven’ is also 1,260 days, during which two powerful witnesses from the Lord will vex the world. With the televisions, Internet, and the Satellites, the whole world will be able to watch them preach day in and night out for 1,260 days.

How do I know this is the first half of the last ‘seven’?

The Antichrist will control Jerusalem the holy city and the temple during the second half of the ‘seven’, but if the two powerful witnesses are there during that period of time, this is not possible. They can’t coexist in the same city for the same period of time. Either the Antichrist stays while the witnesses are gone, or the witnesses stay and the Antichrist stays away.

I believe that Jerusalem is the main base of the two witnesses, because the above passage says that they will die there. (Revelation 11:8) Even if they don’t stay in Jerusalem most of the time during their 1,260 days of ministry, I don’t think they will let the Antichrist and his minions touch that city and the temple.

They will have to die before the second half of the last ‘seven’ years of Tribulation.

They will testify against the New World Order, the evil plan of Satan, and the identity and dark deeds of the Antichrist. Most importantly, they will preach the whole Gospel to the entire world, and explain every divine judgment that will fall upon earth during the Tribulation. They will explain that this is their last chance to receive salvation.

Because of their ministry, everyone who is willing believe in God and dies for Him will be able to choose to do so. By then everything will be plain and obvious— Life and death, light and darkness, heaven and hell, Christ and Antichrist, divine and evil.

Those who choose to remain evil in that period of time will know fully what their choice is about – to go against the biblical, trinity God who fully reveals Himself during the Tribulation and to face an eternity of Hell. Nevertheless, the evil people will think that they can overpower God by military force and they will listen to the Antichrist, the false prophet, and their fallen angels buddies.

There will be no middle ground. People have to choose either God or Satan.

Next, what will happen during the dreaded Tribulation?

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21 Responses to 7 Year Tribulation, Why 7 Years?

  1. Bill Holden says:

    A couple of things. You believe that the 2 witnesses will be in Jerusalem for the first 3 1/2 years. Please read Rev again and notice that twhen the 2 witnesses are killed they are raised and raptured and then the kingdoms of this world become the kingdoms of our Lord. This is at the end of the 7. These witnesses preach from the city not the temple. They are protected from Anti Christ. Do not mistake the left behind movies as a true understanding. The Anti christ is the Pope and will set up a statue of Mary in or on the temple. The beast is a government and will reign over Earth, not nessessarily from israel but maybe.
    The covenant is not a peace treaty and was signed on 01/01/2007. We are now entering the midst of the covenant. This is why the Sanhedrin is now calling for money fro jews for passover in June. They claim they can build the temle in 3 months. There is still time. Many things are set to take place this June. Watch and pray.
    Revelation 12 has a double meaning in that the woman can be seen as the Israelis in Jerusalem that must flee when the armies from Luke 21 arive. It can also be seen as the church. The child are the obedient christians who get caught away. the woman is the disobedient Christians who must be tested and proved. The last verse reveals that the remainder of the womans seed are Christians as they have the testimony of Jesus which is the spirit of prophecy.
    Please check my web site and see if it makes sense to you.

  2. [...] Mid-trib, post-trib, and other timing within the Great Tribulation for the Rapture don’t make sense (if there is only one rapture), because once the Great Tribulation starts, the timing of Jesus’ second coming to end the Tribulation will be measurable, which is 7 years from its start. [...]

  3. jerry says:

    Do you think the Revelation can be interpreted so easily? To do that, one must attain that state of Consciousness.Otherwise, its like teaching Chinese to the blind.

  4. saikit says:

    So your position is? What is your view on this subject specifically? How do you define the state of consciousness? When will be a person attain that and if you are a student how do you make sure your teachers have attained that state?

  5. BobHedstrom says:

    Sir, 70 months do not equal 7 years; there really is no place in the bible where it clearly states that a 7 year period of tribulation will occur now. The scriptures are vague and ambiguous; it is the conservative theologians who are extrapolating this to mean a 7 year period of tribulation. Well, I believe the world is in a state of utter chaos and tribulation now, has lasted longer than 7 years, and the line of demarcation was 9/11/01. bbbboB

  6. johnathan martin says:

    Dead on the mark great article simply explained!

  7. johnathan martin says:

    Yes Revelation can be explained that easily!

  8. Praful says:

    You are correct about the 70 weeks but the below verses are not some events in the future but something that has already happened.
    Revelation 11:2
    2But exclude the outer court; do not measure it, because it has been given to the Gentiles. They will trample on the holy city for 42 months.

    Here God is talking about Jerusalem which will be under Muslim(Gentile domination) for 42 months i.e. 42*30.44 days
    =1278.48 days

    Since a day is like a thousand years (look at numbers) it is 1278 years before east Jerusalem is captured and Muslim rule is ended.
    Now add 1278+688(Date when Dome of Rock which is abomination in Daniel constructed)=1967 (Date when israel captures Jerusalem!)

    God is giving exact date of the capture of jerusalem

  9. Praful says:

    Revelation 12:5-6

    5She gave birth to a son, a male child, who will rule all the nations with an iron scepter. And her child was snatched up to God and to his throne. 6The woman fled into the desert to a place prepared for her by God, where she might be taken care of for 1,260 days.

    The woman is Israel which was scattered among the nations for 1260 years(using the day=year principle)

    So 688AD + 1260 years = 1948 (The exact date of the birth of Israel !)

  10. Praful says:

    Revelation 13:5-7

    5The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise his authority for forty-two months. 6He opened his mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in heaven. 7He was given power to make war against the saints and to conquer them. And he was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation.

    The beast is islam or the the series of caliphates which exercised authority over Jerusalem for 42 months (42*30.44days=1278 days).
    The blasphemy in the dwelling place of God is the dome of Rock(Monument to Mohammad situated close to the site of the Temple Mount) upon which numerous blasphemies are present.

    So 688 + 1278=1967(Capture of Jerusalem by Israel) Date when the authority of the beast ended.

    He was given power to make war against the saints and to conquer them. And he was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation.

    Islam made war against Egypt and Syria(formerly Christian Nations and conquered them) and was ascendant until 1967 when Jerusalem was lost by Jordan and captured by israel

  11. Buster says:

    There is no 7 year tribulation coming in the future. No, I’m not an atheist. I am a Christian. I just see it in a different light. If you want to see what I see, read “Islam in the End Times” That makes sense AND it uses Scriptures very clearly. Read it. It’s free to download and it’s not my book so I’m not trying to make a profit here. My only goal is to educate people a little bit. Just read it and you’ll see what I mean.

  12. barney says:

    Shalom,

    How can any serious student of the Bible interpret Dan. 9:27 as a 7 years Tribulation period in respect to Gal. 3:15-17, Rom. 15:8, etc.

    Moreover, with respect to Dan. 9:27 cited above in the original post, this is a very poor Hebrew translation of this Passage at best…i.e. the ‘singular’ abomination (hebrew shqutz) is substituted for the ‘plural’ abomination(S)(hebrew shqutzim) as in the OT Masoretic Text.

    This same exact plural hebrew shqutzim (abominationS) is used once more in Hosea 9:10.

    I guess in order to get it to fit with their 7 years Tribulation theology they manipulated the Passage to suggest an abominable singular idol god, instead of the intended Jewish plural abominable behaviors.

    Come on – play fair!!!

    barney

  13. saikit says:

    “How can any serious student of the Bible interpret Dan. 9:27 as a 7 years Tribulation period in respect to Gal. 3:15-17, Rom. 15:8, etc.”

    Why not?

    Your point regarding abomination being plural is? how does that change the overall perspective regarding the Antichrist who will show up at the end time to set up abomination or abominationS?

    Abomination or AbominationS, does it refute the 7 years Tribulation theology at all?

    Come on, you serious student of the Bible, please explain.

  14. Deu'el Yisra'el says:

    I find it strange that Barney & Saikit would use two very different Biblical references concerning this 7 years of tribulation theology that Christian’s believe in with that of the promise of the restoration of the divided house of Yisra’el.

    I find the length of the last one week mentioned in book Dani’el could very well be a seven year length. There are mentions of a standard length of seven years (jubilee as referred to in other Hebraic1 books) and there for when written of as a one week separate period to come could be… I am as yet uncertain… about the 42 months of tribulation mentioned in other parts of the Brit Chadasha (or Renewed Covenant as some Masoretic Nazarenes call the New Testament)as being half of a (‘the’) seven year (1 week) connection to a 7 year tribulation period.

  15. Douglas Jimenez says:

    Read Leviticus 25:8 why a week is 7 years, FYI

    The 70 weeks of Daniel already took place.

    The Rapture is never mention in the bible, why does people believe in it? This idea started at the end of the 19th century, (long story, do some research). What did the previous generations starting from the apostles believe and understand about the 70 weeks on the book of Daniel?

    Simple, 490 years, (read Daniel 9). At the year 483 (after the 7 weeks and then the 62 weeks) Jesus started his ministry, and after 3 and a half years Jesus died and resurrected from the dead. And after 3 and half years of the resurrection of Jesus, the apostles preach the gospel of salvation to the gentiles for the first time; this is when the 70 weeks ends. Now Israel stops being God’s nation, and God is now in any one who accepts Jesus as his savior. Understand that the 70 weeks of Daniel are continuously.

    And the abomination of desolation (read Matthew 24) and the destruction of the temple that Jesus says there shall not be left here one stone upon another happens at the year 70 after Christ, this is done by Titus the roman, he is the prince that verse 26 of chapter 9 of Daniel talks about.

    What is going to happen from here? The restoration of the earth, the earth will be like it used to be when it was created, when? No one knows. Understand though that Jesus is already here with us, his Kingdom is here, we are his kingdom, and by us I’m talking about those who have accepted him as Jesus Christ. Now if you are not save, not wait any longer, you don’t know when your time will come, you don’t know when you will be taken, watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.

  16. Stephen Swilling says:

    Douglas is right about the prophacy in Daniel being fulfilled already. and the way he said.

    As for a secret rapture, the Bible doesn’t teach such a thing. The Bible clearly says that when Christ returns to this earth to gether His people that every eye shall see Him even the ones who pierced Him. And that He is coming with a shot with the voice of the arch-angel and the trump of God shall sound. Teh wicked will be slain by the brightness of His coming. And at the last trump the dead in Christ will rise first and the righteous who are alive and remaining will be caught up with them to meet Jesus in the air. So, Christ’s coming isn’t a secret thing. Jesus said that if some one says that Christ is in the desert not to believe it, and if they say he is in the secret chambers not to believe it because every eye shall see Him come just as the lightning shines from east to west so shall His coming be. Read your Bible.

  17. Chad says:

    Revelation Ch1 says the lamp stands are the Churches. The 2 witnesses in Rev. Ch11 are 2 olive trees and 2 lamp stands. The witnesses are killed after the first half of tribulation is complete. Their bodies lay in the street then they are called up. We do not need to use the word “rapture”. We have a better description. “they ascended to heaven in a cloud, and their enemies saw them”… 1 Thessalonians 4:17 says we meet the Lord in the air.. And that has not happened yet.. And 2 Thessalonians 2:7 says the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way… This might be when the 2 witnesses are removed. Daniel 9:27 says He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven’. At this same time the 2 witnesses pick up on this evil covenant and begin witnessing for 1260 days. We are successful at holding him back.. After 1260 days, God removes the witnesses, the real nature of the lawlessness one is revealed, and he begins his evil deeds.

  18. robyn says:

    Why do you teach this rubbish we as Christians will not escape the tribulation. it clearly says after all thees things the sun will not give its light the moon will turn as red blood and then the lord will appear in the clouds,The rapture.Show me one bible passage where it says we will not go through tribulation.Matthew 24-29 “Immediately after the distress of those days “‘the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’Then wil appear the son of god in the clouds

  19. June 18 2013. Ms. LeeJai Cook, Roaring Springs TEXAS USA.
    I quote from the book of Revelation:
    Revelation 11:13 And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven.

    I have been told by celestial sources that four great cities will sustain near-lethal attacks by terrorists:
    Jerusalem, London, New York City, and Washington D.C. If Jerusalem sustains a near-lethal attack, far more than 7000 people will perish.
    It is possible that these horrendous attacks will trigger the Years of Tribulation. If so, then it is very doubtful that Jerusalem will never be rebuilt. This means that numerous prophecies pertaining to Jerusalem would be rendered null and void. Examples:
    Jesus would not return to earth in a physical body to rule from Jerusalem for a thousand years.
    Jews of the world will not be gathered together in Israel to rule the world with their Messiah for a period of time from Jerusalem. Jews will never be a “light unto the world.” The Jewish religion will never be proclaimed “the one true religion.”
    Sincerely.

  20. Larry says:

    First, I wish to than the writer of this piece for the scholarly work that he produced with explanations of the 3.5 years, 42 months and 1,260 days. Not many folks ever make those connections.

    However, the scroll of Revelation was completely fulfilled in the first century upon the generation of Jesus’ apostles and disciples. THEY were living at the conclusion of the Jewish system of things which ended in 70AD.

    There are clues found within Revelation itself that reveal that it was written BEFORE the destruction of the second temple. The Wild Beast is Rome, the 4th world power seen in Daniel’s prophecy. There were ONLY 4 beasts: (1) Babylon, (2) Persia, (3) Greece and (4) Rome. Note in Revelation that this 4th Wild Beast is made up of all the descriptive components of the previous world powers.

    Also, when asked by his disciples when he would return and Jerusalem with the temple would be destroyed, Jesus said among other things that the SIGN would be when Jerusalem is surrounded by an encamped army. This happened when the foretold rebellion by the Jews brought upon them the wrath of the Roman Wild Beast. Jerusalem aka Babylon the great city of God was completely burned with fire as God’s judgment upon here unfaithfulness and the murder of His prophets and His Son Jesus the Christ.

    It’s an awful tragedy that this prophecy which was fulfilled in it’s entirety nearly 2,000 years ago upon the Jews which were the actual targets of God’s wrath, is so wrongly being erroneously taught to yet another generation which will continue to look to the future for what has passed long ago. God never said that His kingdom would be here on this earth. On the contrary, Jesus said that the kingdom is no part of this earth but is in heaven.

    Life on this planet will always continue as it is for it is God’s will and when our life is done here we are changed in an instant and go to be with Him forever.

    It’s REALLY that simple.

  21. JAH says:

    All the prophets are wrong (as usual)!
    The 70 weeks involves weeks of years, this much can be agreed upon by most everyone. Notice how NO ONE bothers to use the most accurate calendar (which also happens to be the ONLY Biblically approved calendar) the JEWISH calendar. The date of 457BC on our calendar is translated to the Jewish year 3305. Adding 483 (69 X 7) gives you 3788 which then translates to 27AD. IF the starting point is the first half of the calendar year, then it would translate to 26AD. This is the probable time for the baptism of Jesus and adding 3-1/2 years of ministry we see the crucifixion date of 30AD. As further evidence this also matches the Bible record of Jesus being about 30 years of age at his baptism. In addition, many scholars have made the case for his birth year being around 2-4 BC based on dates of Roman censuses (add 30 and you get 26-27AD).

    Jesus is the “he” of Daniel 9:27. He made the NEW covenant with many, and HE was “cut-off” after 3-1/2 years. Therefore only 3-1/2 years remain of the final “7″. NOW, Revelation makes complete sense!

    PS If the 70 weeks ended in 70 AD, then Satan would have been BOUND ever since. ????? Yes, Amillenialism is seriously flawed, but Premillenialism has also been compromised by this serious (7-year) error. Think about it… Christ comes to Jerusalem after a 3-1/2 year tribulation (very soon after the 6th trumpet which marks the death of the 2 witnesses) and claims to be the Messiah with thousands of followers (144K)with a mark on their foreheads, but Billions of deceived people will say He is the Anti-Christ. The foolish left-behind people will read the vast majority of pre-mill teachings that say there will be 7 years before the Messiah returns. STOP this insanity!

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