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Key Words Hebrew / Greek to English: 


Pre – Trib  Rapture?     OR     Pre – Wrath  Rapture?



Peirasmos, Peirasmos, Peirasai: 

Tribulation / Trials / Temptations / to Test, to Try, to Tempt.


Tribulation / Distress / Affliction / Persecution

Ebrah / Orges:  

Wrath;  translated from Hebrew word “Ebrah” (Orges in Greek); Strong’s #5678 connotes the “overflowing fury of God”



Adjective of, or having the nature of, a synonym; equivalent or similar in meaning


Noun  A word having the same or nearly the same meaning in one or more senses as another in the same language.


Adjective  Equal in quantity, value, force, meaning, etc.



“Tribulation” Synonyms:

Main Entry:     Tribulation     Part of Speech: noun

Definition:      pain, unhappiness

Synonyms:     adversity, affliction, albatross*, bad luck*, blow*, bummer*, burden, care, cross to bear, crucible*, curse, difficulty, distress, double whammy, downer*, drag*, grief, hard knock, hard time, headache*, heartache*, misery, misfortune, oppression, ordeal, persecution, rainy day, reverse, sorrow, suffering, trial, trouble, vexation, visitation, woe, worry, wretchedness, wronging

Main Entry:     Affliction      Part of Speech: noun

Definition:       hurt condition; something that causes hurt

Synonyms:     adversity, anguish, calamity, cross, crux, depression, difficulty, disease, disorder, distress, grief, hardship, illness, infirmity, misery, misfortune, ordeal, pain, plague, plight, scourge, sickness, sorrow, suffering, torment, trial, tribulation, trouble, woe


“Wrath” Synonyms:

Main Entry:     Fury    Part of Speech: noun

Definition:      Anger, Wrath

Synonyms:     acerbity, acrimony, asperity, boiling point, conniption, energy, ferocity, fierceness, fire, flare-up, force, frenzy, furor, impetuosity, indignation, intensity, ire, madness, might, passion, power, rabidity, rage, rampancy, rise, savagery, severity, slow burn, sore, stew*, storm*, tempestuousness, turbulence, vehemence, violence

Notesire suggests greater intensity than anger, rage suggests loss of self-control, and fury is destructive rage verging on madness

Main Entry:    Fury      Part of Speech: noun

Definition:      Violent or unrestrained anger.

Synonyms:     furor, irateness, ire, rage, wrath, wrathfulness




Do the words "Peirasmos and Thlupsis both describe / define

various forms of "Tribulation"Yes

Are the words "Peirasmos and Thlupsis" Synonymous Yes


Does the word "Ebrah / Orges" mean "Wrath'Yes


Are the two words "Peirasmos and Thlupsis" Synonymous

in meaning with the word “Ebrah / Orges"” ?  No



“Tribulation” and “ Wrath” Are Not synonymous according to any Thesaurus or Strong’s Dictionary of Biblical Words.  See Below.


Is Pre-Trib theology correctly applying hermeneutic principles? 

Answer:  No

If words "Tribulation' and "Wrath" are synonymous in nature to describe the entire 7-Year "Tribulation Period" as  "Wrath", as Pre-trib claims, then scripture is also in conflict with it’s self stating opposite consequence:


I.e.:  "We are subject to “tribulation” in this world, but "not subject to wrath".   


Pre-Trib. tries to define the word "Tribulation" as synonymous to "Wrath", in efforts to justify the rapture at the start of the 7-year"Tribulation" Period is inaccurately applied hermeneutical principles.  Therefore, Pre-Trib. theology does not stand on a solid hermeneutical foundation - to justify the entire 7 year “Tribulation Period” as “Wrath”.


Jesus Himself called  it “Tribulation” in Mth. 24: 5-21

until after the "Great Tribulation". 


Scripture confirms this hermeneutical position in Rev. 6 from the 1st  “sign” aka “Seal”, thru to the 6th seal that follows the

“Great Tribulation”.

After the "Great Tribulation",

Rev. 6:17 then state: “for the great day of His "wrath" (Ebrah) IS come:  and who shall be able to stand?”  

Initiating the “Day Of the Lord” and His “Wrath.  

In Rev. 8, the breaking of the 7th seal and consequential opening the scroll releases the 7 trumpets of God’s wrath (Ebrah), of which the seventh trumpet (Rev. 16) contains the 7 bowls of God’s wrath. 

 The "Day of the Lord" throughout scripture is always associated with God's judgment of “wrath” upon the unrepentant; as in the days of Noah and Jeremiah, after tribulation had failed to cause repentance.


Question:  Laying aside any preconceived beliefs, is this not correctly applied hermeneutic principles?  If it violates any hermeneutical principles such as “clear and literal, in context and scripture interpreting scripture”, what may that be?  Particularly Mth. 24:5-31, Rev. 6-7 &16, Plus Isa. 13:6,9-10  24:21-23   Zec. 14:1-6,  II Peter 3:10-12, Amos 8:9.


Wrath translated from Hebrew word “Ebrah” (Orges in Greek); Strong’s #5678 connotes the “overflowing fury of God”; and is only used in conjunction with "Day of the Lord" wrath after the 7 th seal is broken, and the scroll of God’s wrath is opened.

“Tribulation” described in Matthew 24:5 – 29 is also concurrently described by John in Revelation chapter 6. 

“Wrath” of God / Jesus, in Revelation Chapters 8 –16, is then poured out in Judgment upon the unrepentant.


Jesus’ Olivet Discourse on the “End of the “Age” and on His ‘Coming’:

Mth. 24:3-4:  And as He (Jesus) sat upon the Mount of Olives, the disciples came unto Him privately, saying, tell us, when shall these things be, & what will be the  Sign  of  Your Coming (Parousia),  &  the end of the world / age?

Jesus answered and said to them …”:

Mth.24:5:   Jesus warns against deceptions of false Messiahs / Beliefs / Gods / Values.

Mth. 24:6   Wars

Mth. 24:7   Famine

Mth. 24:7   Pestilence & Earthquakes

Mth. 24:8  Jesus states that these things are the:

                  "Beginning of Sorrows" (KJV), or “Birth Pangs” (NIV)

                  Tribulation (Peirasmos; trials, testings, temptation tribulations)

                  Concurrently described by John as the first 4 “seals” in Rev.  6:1-8.

Mth. 24:9   Tribulation & Martyrs  (Thlupsis; Affliction, Persecution tribulations

                 of Christians).  Concurrently described by John in Revelation  6:9-11 as

                   the 5 th seal following the “Abomination or Desolation”.

Mth. 24:13  "He that endures to the end will be saved".

Mth. 24:15  When you see the Abomination of desolation

by the Antichrist …

“Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto himfor that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God ….  then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming  Parousiawhose coming  is after the working of Satan …”      2 Thes. 2:1,3,8,9

Mth. 24:21  "Then shall the Great Tribulation begin …"

Mth. 24: 22  except it (the Great Tribulation) be shortened no flesh be saved,

                                    but for the elect’s sake, those days shall be shortened"

Note: The "elect" are Christ's "chosen"; Gentile or Israel believers in the Messiah, Who returns to gather His “elect” before the "Day of the Lord" & His wrath during the 7th seal.

At this time, the “elect” are NOT Jews return to Israel, nor the faithful 144,000 of Israel protected by a seal of protection; from the wrath about to be unleashed Rev. 7:3-4. See also Rev. 9:4 (not hurt those sealed)

Mth. 24:29   Immediately After the Tribulation (* Peirasmos” i.e. trials) of those days,

                  shall the sun be darkened and the moon give no light, and the stars fall

                          from heaven.   

Concurrently described by John in Rev. 6:12-17 as the 6 th seal:

The 6th seal also signals the end of the “Great Tribulation”:  Immediately after the tribulation of those days then shall the sun be darkened and the moon give no light, and the stars fall from heaven.

The 6th seal was also prophesied to come "before" the "Day of the Lord" & His Wrath (* “Ebrah”) at the 7th seal. (“Ebrah”; the overflowing fury of God”)

See Links:  Joel 2:1, 10, 31, & 3: 14-15      Acts 2:20 (17-21) 

Isa. 13:6,9-10  24:21-23   Zec. 14:1-6,        II Peter 3:10-12       Amos 8:9

Mth.24:30-31   Then shall the Son of man come  (parousia)  

                     “…with a great sound of a trumpet of God .”

                     &  gather  the  elect” / "chosen" 

                     (Pre Wrath Raptured)

“For the great day of His wrath (Ebrah / Orges) is come; and who shall be able to stand? Rev. 6:17

"Who delivers us from the wrath (Ebrah / Orges) to come…"  1 Thes. 1:10

"For God has not destined us for wrath (Ebrah / Orges) ….  "  1 Thes. 5:9

Jesus then breaks the 7th seal; thus opening the scroll releasing His “wrath” (Ebrah; not Peirasmos) upon the unrepentant, left after the rapture. Rev. 8 –16.

 “Wrath”, described inside the scroll, is delivered AFTER the 7th seal has been broken by Jesus, then the 7 trumpets and 7 bowls of “God’s wrath” in Rev. 8 –16 continues until the Feast of Atonement aka. Judgment. 

Jesus comes and stays to deliver wrath upon the unrepentant:

“… I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a scroll written inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals… Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals." …. And they sang a new song, saying: "You are worthy to take the scroll, And to open its seals; For You were slain, And have redeemed us to God by Your blood …”  Rev. 5:1,5,9


He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God…. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God…. And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS….  Then I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the birds that fly in the midst of heaven, "Come and gather together for the supper of the great God  Rev. 19:13, 15-17


Jesus “Comes” (Parousia) only Once: 

AFTER “Tribulation” (seals 1 –6), and BEFORE “wrath” (7th seal) per Rev. 6 and Mth. 24:5-31.  The first 6 seals of “Tribulation” ‘caused’ by God’s permissive will was allowed by God; to encourage repentance prior to wrath and judgment.


Jesus then gathers Hiselect” / "chosen" prior to wrath; Mth. 24:30-31 (Pre-Wrath Raptured); as Jesus Himself clearly states.   

Jesus then continues to stay and deliver His Wrath; (7th seal), until Judgment has been delivered, and then to rule in His Millennial Kingdom 1,000 years in a "Year of Jubilee".  (No coming and going)

This period completes the “Feasts Of The Lord” Feasts of Trumpets proclaiming the time to repent, unto the “Feast of Atonement” / Judgment, unto the “Year of Jubilee”.


Note: The period of “Tribulation” (Peirasmos & Thlupsis), during the first 6 seals were allowed by God through His permissive will to cause repentance; before His “wrath” and Judgment upon the unrepentant.  I.e.  Typical of warnings given by God in scripture to repent, before God unleashes His “over flowing fury” / wrath. 

Note: Christians are subject to thetribulation” of the first 5 seals of false beliefs, wars, famine and pestilence and are clearly martyred starting at the “Abomination of Desolation”; as noted by both Jesus at Mth. 24:9-21, and by John at Rev. 6:9-11.

“The  DAY  OF  THE  LORD” &  “HIS  WRATH”:

Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.   Rom. 5:9

For God hath not appointed us to wrath, (“Ebrah”) but to obtain salvation …. I Thes. 5:9

“For the great day of His wrath (Ebrah / Orges) is come; and who shall be able to stand? Rev. 6:17 

The first use of the word wrath in Revelation is at Rev. 6:17, and is a prelude statement to breaking the 7th seal, which then allows OPENING of the SCROLL, releasing God’s wrath as written in the scroll.

Please take a moment to visualize the scroll with the 7 seals per Rev. 5:1,5. The scroll contains the wrath of God, but is not opened until ALL 7 seals are broken; opened by “the Lion of the tribe of Judea”. 

The previous 6 seals are representative of conditions; that must be met before the last seal is broken, and the scroll of wrath is opened.

Only upon breaking the last seal (the 7th seal) is the scroll opened - to release “God’s wrath”:   The “7 Trumpets of God’s of God’s wrath, and the 7 bowls of God’s wrath begin. 

Consequently, upon failure to repent during first 6 seals of “tribulation” allowed by God (Rev. 6 and Mth. 24:5-29), the 7 trumpets & 7 Bowls of God's WRATH are then released upon the unrepentant (Rev. 8 – 16).

The first 6 seals are God’s permissive will; to allow tribulation / testing onto affliction / persecution (“Peirasmos to Thlupsis”), for the purpose of encouraging repentance during the hour of testing; BEFORE God’s wrath is poured out upon the unrepentant.  

Aka the “Days of Awe” call for repentance; between the Feast of Trumpets, and the Feast of Atonement / Judgment! 

"Wrath" (Ebrah / Orges), introduced in Rev. 6:17, is only used in conjunction with the  "Day of the Lord" and His wrath”, after the 7th seal in Rev. 8 – 16, and as judgment upon the unrepentant.

The correct linguistic distinction between “Tribulation” and “Wrath”, is essential for any accurate hermeneutical determination; of when it is applicable to apply the term “Rapture”.

Therefore any possible application, of how or when to apply the word “rapture, must first take into consideration the significant difference between the words “tribulation” and “wrath and their usage in scripture.

          See:  "Tribulation to Rapture to Wrath"   Hermeneutics  file link

Therefore, the first 4 seals of “tribulation”, the 5th seal “Great Tribulation” and the 6th seal cosmic disturbance precede God’s wrath that is poured out after the 7th seal containing “God’s Wrath” after it has been opened by the “Lamb of God


Pre Wrath Rapture:  After “Tribulation, but before “Wrath”.


The Pre-Tribulation rapture interpretation incorrectly equates “trials / temptations / tribulations” during to seals 1 thru 6 as equivalent to “wrath” to justify believers “not subject to wrath; and therefore a promised “rapture”.

Pretribulational Rapture interpretation also incorrectly attempts to support the position of 3 Separate Comings of theLord: 

One coming for the rapture of the “elect” / saints at the beginning of the 7-year period. 

Second coming to gather the “elect” (per Mth. 24:31) of Israel after the “Great Tribulation” (initiated by the “Abomination of Desolation” (Mth.24:15) 

Then finally His coming return in glory at the end of the 7 year period. 


This contradicts what Jesus said in Mth. 24: 5-31  and  Rev. 6 & 7  

Disarming the people into a false sense of security  … as in the days of Noah! 

"But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. "For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.  Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming.”  Mth. 24:37-39 




JESUS’  “PAROUSIA” / “COMING”  *  file link

"END OF THE AGE"   –   SIGNS OF JESUS COMING  *  file link



'Web Site Eschatology Foundational Hermeneutics'  file link


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