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How long is the Great Tribulation?

Updated: Oct 20, 2023

As we get closer to the End Times the Watchtower seems to be getting more and more blind to prophesy, recent example their acknowledgement in their latest Annual Meeting that they don't know how long the Great Tribulation will last, a very important piece of information for any Christian living today. This is the same organization that over 35 years produced a verse by verse consideration of the book of Revelation, "Revelation-its Great Climax at hand!" And now they are incapable answering a simple question. How long is the Great Tribulation!

This is to be expected! The Watchtower, if you continue following them, will lead you and your family to your death! They are blind guides as Jesus foretold about anyone who is not from God. We read in Matthew 15:14

"Let them be. Blind guides is what they are. If, then, a blind man guides a blind man, both will fall into a pit.”

So, is it true that we do not know how long the Great Tribulation will last? Far from it! God will not let his people unaware as to the length of the most turbulent time in human history.

In actual fact, the book of Revelation that the Watchtower claims to know so well provides the answer.Interestingly, this period of time appears over and over again in its pages as a reminder to all Christians that this period is earmarked in God's calendar and its length is well defined. So let's consider the verses concerning the length of the Great Tribulation.


Rev 11:2:"But as for the courtyard that is outside the temple sanctuary, leave it out and do not measure it, because it has been given to the nations, and they will trample the holy city underfoot for 42 months."

1260 DAYS

Rev.11: 3:"I will cause my two witnesses to prophesy for 1,260 days dressed in sackcloth.”

3 1/2 TIMES

Rev 12:14:"But the two wings of the great eagle were given to the woman, so that she might fly into the wilderness to her place, where she is to be fed for a time and times and half a time away from the face of the serpent."

What do these 3 time periods have in common? They refer to the same period of time, 3 1/2 years. Calculating each month as a 30 day period then 1260 days equal 42 months equal 3 1/2 years.

This is not a new idea , it has been around for a long time and many Bible scholars agree to each meaning and duration. In actual data the word of God presents in days, months and years so we are 100% sure that this is the implied period of time of the Great Tribulation

Why is the Great Tribulation 3 1/2 years long?

For that we need to go back to the book of Daniel and chapter 9 and the prophesy of 70 weeks of years. We read in Daniel 9:27:

And he will keep the covenant in force for the many for one week; and at the half of the week, he will cause sacrifice and gift offering to cease.

Let me explain, these 3 1/2 years of the Great Tribulation is the last half of the 70th week of Daniel's prophesy that will be fulfilled by the Antichrist, another missing piece of the puzzle for Jehovah's Witnesses eschatology. The Bible foretold the rise of an End Time Satanic Messianic Leader called the Antichrist who will present himself as the Saviour of Mankind during the End Times. Even foretold his arrival to the world scene when He told the Pharishees of his day, we read in John 5:43:

I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not accept me; but if someone else(=that is the Antichrist) comes in his own name, you will accept him.

The Antichrist (the beast) will come into power and will sign a covenant with Israel for seven years (Daniel 9:27). This seven-year period of time is known as the “tribulation.” During the tribulation, there will be terrible wars, famines, plagues, and natural disasters. God will be pouring out His wrath against sin, evil, and wickedness. The tribulation will include the appearance of the four horsemen of the Apocalypse, and the seven seal, trumpet, and bowl judgments.

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