To springboard off of Levan’s answer, (which he may not appreciate :) since I may be more of a literal futurist), God did not promise to deliver us from persecution, tribulation, or even The Great Tribulation. Heaven will be full of martyrs and I don’t know why people feel this or any coming generation of Christians must be spared.
A much stronger case can be made for God sparing us from his full wrath unleashed on a rebellious unrepentant world. This hermeneutical logic may be too simple for some to accept, but the resurrection from the dead is often associated with the last trump.
1 Cor.15 52in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for
the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and
we will be changed. NASB
Interestingly enough, there is a last trumpet mentioned in Revelation 11:
15Then the seventh angel sounded; and there were loud voices in
heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of
our Lord and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever.”
16And the twenty-four elders, who sit on their thrones before God,
fell on their faces and worshiped God, 17saying, “We give You thanks,
Lord God, the Almighty, the One who is and who was, because You have
taken Your great power and have begun to reign. 18And the nations were
enraged, and Your wrath came, and the time came for the dead to be
judged, and the time to reward Your bond-servants the prophets and
the [m]saints and those who fear Your name, the small and the great,
and to destroy those who destroy the earth.” NASB
The sequence according to Revelation is that the dead in Christ are raised, then those who are alive and remain are caught up to meet the Lord in the air, and then the wrath comes, destroying those who have corrupted the earth. This happens with the 7 bowls of wrath being poured out on the earth in Revelation 16. The dead who were raised, along with the raptured, will reign with Christ in the millennium as described in Rev. 20.
5The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years
were completed. This is the first resurrection. 6Blessed and holy is
the one who has a part in the first resurrection; over these the
second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of
Christ, and will reign with Him for a thousand years.
So to answer your question, the Wrath begins after the Tribulation which ends with the resurrection and rapture. They are therefore not the same. The tribulation represents the greatest persecution the church has ever seen and Jesus said he will have to cut it short for the sake of the elect. The Great Tribulation, therefore, has much to do with the enemy's wrath toward believers. And the Wrath of God that follows, is distinguished from the wrath that God has always reserved for the disobedient and rebellious.
Ro 1 18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the
godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their
I believe Jesus literally fulfilled OT prophecy with his first coming and that he will literally fulfill OT and NT prophecy with his second coming. I usually don’t get into heated debates with people about it. I just say, “Time will tell.” I have a feeling, though, that time may be telling soon. Besides, isn’t that what Jesus said?
Rev. 22:12 “Behold, I am coming soon, and My reward is with Me, to
give to each one according to what he has done. BSB