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His/Thy Wrath is Come

John, in Revelation 6: 17 says, "For the great day of His wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?" The phrase "is come" may seem to be referring to the 7th seal only. However, this is not the case. It is referring to all 7 seals. Note carefully that it is between the 6th and 7th seals that John wrote this verse.

In Revelation 11: 18 John used the same phrase "is come". He said, "The nations were angry, and Thy wrath is come...". And, once again, it may appear to be referring to the 7th trumpet judgment only but that too is not the case. It is referring to all 7 of the trumpet judgments, and not just the 7th one. Look at the time sequence. The verse in Revelation 6: 17 was written after the 6th seal, but before the 7th one. It is the same way with Revelation 11: 18, between the 6th and 7th trumpet judgments. Six of the seals were already broken (opened), and then John said, "...His wrath is come...". And here, in Revelation 11: 18, six of the 7 trumpet judgments were already blown and then He said, "...Thy wrath is come...". It was between the 6th and 7th seals, and the 6th and 7th trumpet judgments, that John wrote those verses. In both cases 6 out of the 7 were already finished. So, in both cases John was referring to all 7 of them (seals and trumpets), and not just the 7th ones. If you say that it (the phrase "is come") is referring to the 7th seal (the wrath of the Lamb) and the 7th trumpet judgment (the wrath of God) only, you then are in essence saying that the first 6 seals are not the wrath of the Lamb, and the first 6 trumpet judgments are not the wrath of God, but we know that the 7 trumpet judgments are His wrath. The phrase "is come" in both cases is referring to all 7 of them (the seals and the trumpets), and not the 7th ones only. All 7 of the seals are the wrath of the Lamb, and not just the 7th one.

By the way, in Revelation 6: 17 the New American Standard Bible says, "for the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to stand?". This is stated between the 6th and 7th seals. Revelation 11: 18 says, "And the nations were engaged, and Your wrath came, and the time came for the dead to be judged, and the time to reward Your bond-servants the prophets and the saints and those who fear Your name, the small and the great, and to destroy those who destroy the earth.". This was written between the 6th and 7th trumpet judgment. The phrase "has come" in Revelation 6: 17, and the word "came" (the NKJV says, "has come",) in Revelation 11: 18, is the same thought or idea that we have in the above paragraphs on this topic. So, that phrase "has come" and that word "came" do not mean that Jesus' wrath begins between the 6th and 7th seals as the pre-wrath book suggests it does. Nor does God's wrath begin between the 6th and 7th trumpet judgments. For all 7 of the trumpet judgments are His wrath. They are divine judgments unleashed by angels (Rev. 8: 2, 6). All 7 of the seals are the wrath of the Lamb. See the 6th seal. It says, "...and hide us from...the wrath of the Lamb" (Rev. 6: 16).


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