You will have Tribulation 10 days
What did Jesus mean?
Rev 2:10 Fear none of those things which thou shall suffer: behold, the devil shall cast [some] of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.
Tradition states that the time of trouble ahead for us is called “tribulation,” and it will last 7 years.
This tradition comes from (1) Daniel’s last week, where the antichrist breaks a covenant in the middle of the week. We assume this is a continuous week.
It also comes from (2) a comment Jesus made, while with his disciples. Jesus used the word “tribulation”:
Mat 24:21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
Mat 24:29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
Mar 13:24 But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light,
Here, Jesus did not give a specific length of time for the “tribulation.”
However, Jacob’s trouble only lasts 3 ½ years, not 7 years.
Daniel does not discuss what happens before or after the 3 ½ years specifically.
He does mention other end time events, but does not give how long they last.
The Book of Revelation does not state that it takes place in 7 years.
Only in a few places does it mention either the 3 ½ years, or a plague that will last 5 months, etc. Nothing there in Revelation adds up to 7 years.
7 years may be part of what is going on, but it does not seem to represent everything.
When Jesus speaks to the martyrs, he says they will have Tribulation 10 days.
So why 10?
The answer is, I am not sure!
Even in Deuteronomy, the latter days are mentioned, but there is no length of time indicated:
Deu 4:30 When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, [even] in the latter days, if thou turn to the LORD thy God, and shall be obedient unto his voice;
Deu 4:31 (For the LORD thy God [is] a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he swore unto them.
If we were to take the message of Jesus literally, then maybe the church at Smyrna in the latter days would go through a quick 10 days of suffering, since death comes quickly, once the enemy is in control, and he is going to kill you.
Or, it could mean 10 years.
Possibly, there is a 10 year tribulation period, in which the first 6 ½- 7 years are a warning period.
Events slowly build up, with rest periods for repentance, to a climax.
This is followed by a more intense period of 3 ½ years.
Although I do not commit myself to the year 2011, I will use this as an example:
If 9-11-2001 is the start of the 10 years, then 10 years later would be 2011.
Another view is that Jesus was referring to 10 signs before the end. I put the reference here, where this is discussed:
God has a tendency to give many warnings before he does anything. But when he finally acts, he acts quickly.
Could we be at the end of a warning period, and are about to experience the more intense period?
The dates are not as important as our preparedness. Are we ready?