What Is the Great Tribulation?

What Is the Great Tribulation?

The Bible’s answer

 The great tribulation will bring the greatest time of trouble ever to come upon mankind. According to Bible prophecy, it will occur during “the last days,” or “the end time.” (2 Timothy 3:1; Daniel 12:4, New American Bible) It will be “a tribulation such as has not occurred from the beginning of the creation that God created until that time, and will not occur again.”​—Mark 13:19; Daniel 12:1; Matthew 24:21, 22.

Events during the great tribulation

Events after the great tribulation

  •   Confinement of Satan and the demons. A great angel will hurl Satan and the demons “into the abyss,” a symbol of deathlike inactivity. (Revelation 20:​1-3) Satan’s condition in the abyss could be likened to being in prison; he will be unable to influence affairs elsewhere.​—Revelation 20:7.

  •   The Millennium begins. God’s Kingdom will begin its 1,000-year reign, which will bring great blessings to mankind. (Revelation 5:​9, 10; 20:​4, 6) An unnumbered “great crowd” will “come out of the great tribulation,” surviving it to see the start of the Millennium on earth.​—Revelation 7:​9, 14; Psalm 37:​9-​11.

a In the book of Revelation, false religion is symbolized as Babylon the Great, “the great prostitute.” (Revelation 17:​1, 5) The scarlet-colored beast, which destroys Babylon the Great, is a symbol of the organization whose purpose is to unite and represent the nations of the world. It first existed as the League of Nations and is now the United Nations.