Time of Jacob´s Trouble

In Seventh-day Adventist terminology a brief period of extreme tribulation through which the church is to pass immediately prior to the Second Advent. The expression is based on Jacob’s experience at the brook Jabbok upon his return to Palestine after 20 years of exile in Haran, as recorded in Gen. 32:22–30 , and on Jeremiah’s application of the term to ancient Israel’s experience in Babylonian captivity prior to their liberation and restoration to their own land ( Jer. 30:3 , 7–9 , 11 ). When Jacob was returning with his wives, children, flocks, and herds, he learned that his brother Esau was coming to meet him with 400 armed men, evidently bent on murder. Greatly alarmed, Jacob spent the night in prayer at the Jabbok, wrestling with an unknown assailant whom at first he probabl...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.