No. The tribulation is the beginning of the “Day of the Lord”. We are told in Zephaniah 1:14-18: that the “day of the Lord” is a “day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and blackness”.

Joel 2:1-3 tells us it will be a “day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and blackness”.

I Thessalonians 5:1-11 Tells believers that they do not have to fear this day of darkness “when destruction will come upon them suddenly”: “But you brothers, are not in darkness, so that this day should surprise you like a thief, you are all sons of light and sons of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness” (darkness is their natural element). He goes on to tell them that believers who are of the day, should not be like unbelievers who are asleep because they are not of the night and darkness when people get drunk and sleep.

Believers should be the opposite of those in darkness and be self-controlled and put on the “hope of salvation as a helmet. For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath (of the great tribulation) but to receive salvation (at the rapture) through our Lord Jesus Christ. Paul reminds us “He died for us so that, whether we are awake (alive) or asleep (in death), we may live together with Him (at the rapture).

We are told here that the tribulation is a period of darkness and wrath, and is for the children of darkness: but that believers are children of light and sons of the day and should not sleep or be drunk like unbelievers but watch for the Lord to come for us and rescue us from the darkness of the tribulation period.

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