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God’s Holy Wrath
GOD'S WRATH = God's holy and righteous anger against ALL wickedness. It is God's burning anger, His sore displeasure, His fierce fury, fierce anger, heated anger, hot displeasure, rage. It is for Him to be incensed. It is His righteous indignation. WRATH implies punishment because of His anger, fury and vengeance. Since God is so Holy and pure and righteous and just, He CANNOT and will NOT tolerate ANY sin of any kind. He does get extremely angry, and He must (and shall) punish ALL sin. He states He will punish the wicked, and He shall! God MUST punish sin, or He would be a "liar" and God cannot lie.
Psalm 2:12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him. (KJV)
"Kiss the Son" means to submit to Him (Jesus). Anyone who rejects Jesus will bring the wrath of Almighty God down on them. They shall eventually be cast into the Lake of Fire (Rev.20:15), because of God’s anger.
On the other hand, great joy awaits all who "kiss the Son" for they shall find eternal protection in Him!
Psalm 21:9 Thou shalt make them as a fiery oven in the time of thine anger: the Lord shall swallow them up in his wrath, and the fire shall devour them. (KJV)
Fire is a symbol of God’s judgment. Many cannot understand how Hell can be absolute darkness (Mat.8:12; 22:13; 25:30) and still be fire (Isa.33:14; Mat.5:22; 7:19; 13:40,42,50; 18:8-9; 25:41). Perhaps the following verses may help.
2 Thes. 1:8-9 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:  Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; (KJV) Everlasting destruction is the lake of fire . . . the place of eternal separation from God.
Rev. 20:14-15 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.  And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. (KJV) Born once - die twice; born twice - die once. If you are "born again" you will never experience the "Lake of Fire."
All those who are separated from God in eternity have NO hope whatsoever for salvation. In the Bible, light refers to God and good, and darkness refers to the devil, the world system and all evil. So, being separated from God and all good means darkness. Hell will be black as the blackest night because God will not be there.Heaven will be glorious light because God and the Lamb are there (Rev.21:23).
Verses on darkness and light: Mat.4:16; 8:12; John 1:5; 3:19; 8:12; 12:35,46; Acts 26:18; Rom.13:12; 2 Cor.4:6; 6:14; Eph.5:11-12; Col. 1:13; 1 Thes.5:5; 1 Pet.2:9; 1 John 1:5-6.
Psalm 76:7 Thou, even thou, art to be feared: and who may stand in thy sight when once thou art angry? (KJV)
No one could possibly stand before Almighty God when His fury explodes. He should be greatly feared, but by the majority of the world, He is not. His wrath shall come!
Psalm 90:7 For we are consumed by thine anger, and by thy wrath are we troubled. (KJV) God’s holy and righteous wrath will one day overwhelm unbelievers.
Isaiah 13:9 Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it. (KJV)
The Day of the Lord is coming . . . a terrible day of His fury and fierce anger. The land will be destroyed and all the sinners with it. This verse applied partially to Babylon, but will apply more so to the Tribulation Period. ALL sinners (unbelievers) shall be sent to the Lake of Fire.
Isaiah 13:13 Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the Lord of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger. (KJV) This is speaking of the Great Tribulation Period. Isaiah chapters 24-27 are sometimes called "Isaiah’s Apocalypse." Isaiah speaks of God’s wrath and judgment on the entire world for its sin. Isaiah’s prophecies were first aimed to Judah, the southern kingdom; then to Israel, the northern kingdom; then to the surrounding nations; and finally to the whole world. These chapters describe the last days when God will judge the whole world. At that time God will finally and permanently remove evil. Also see: Isaiah 24:19; 34:4; Habakkuk 3:6, 10; Haggai 2:6-7; Rev. 20:11; 21:1).
2 Peter 3:6-7 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:  But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. (KJV)
Once, in days gone by, God in His righteous and holy wrath, destroyed the Earth by a Flood. Genesis 6:5 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. (KJV)
Genesis 6:13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth. (KJV) Genesis 6:17 And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die. (KJV)
The world that then was, overflowed with water as a judgment from Almighty God, and all except Noah, his family and all in the ark perished. But God promised He would never destroy the Earth again by a Flood (Gen.9:8-17; Isa.54:9). The next time the heavens and the earth, which are now, are reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. God will use fire to destroy the Earth the next time.
Isaiah 63:6 And I will tread down the people in mine anger, and make them drunk in my fury, and I will bring down their strength to the earth. (KJV) Our holy and completely righteous God will crush the nations in His wrath. Most people will turn away from such Scriptures. "I don’t like this. And besides, MY loving God would NOT do anything like this." Wrong, my friend! He’s done it in the past, and He will do it again in the future. Don’t be like an ostrich, and bury your head in the sand, then read John 14:1-3 or some other comforting passage of Scripture. Believe me, if you have rejected Jesus, that John 14:1-3 does not apply to you.
You must face up to Isaiah 63:6, and all the other verses on God’s wrath. The next time our Lord Jesus comes, He will NOT be the humble and gentle Man who came the first time. He shall come in blazing judgment. He was rejected when He came nearly 2000 years ago, and He has been rejected by mankind ever since. When He comes the next time, He will be KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS (Rev. 19:16), and no one shall reject Him.
Isaiah 45:23 I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear. (KJV)
Romans 14:11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. (KJV)
Philip. 2:10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; (KJV) This is NOT happening today! But, I promise you, that one day, soon, it shall happen! You either bow to Him now (willingly), and confess Him as Lord, or you shall do it one day because God tells you to do it.
Jeremiah 10:10 But the Lord is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation. (KJV) There are a multitude of "gods" in the world today! But there is only one true God, the Creator of the universe, the God of the Bible. The Lord is the only true God, the living God. He is the everlasting King! And one day the whole Earth shall tremble at His Holy and righteous anger. NO one shall be able to hide before His fury.
Ezekiel 7:4-9 And mine eye shall not spare thee, neither will I have pity: but I will recompense thy ways upon thee, and thine abominations shall be in the midst of thee: and ye shall know that I am the Lord.  Thus saith the Lord God; An evil, an only evil, behold, is come.  An end is come, the end is come: it watcheth for thee; behold, it is come.  The morning is come unto thee, O thou that dwellest in the land: the time is come, the day of trouble is near, and not the sounding again of the mountains.  Now will I shortly pour out my fury upon thee, and accomplish mine anger upon thee: and I will judge thee according to thy ways, and will recompense thee for all thine abominations.  And mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: I will recompense thee according to thy ways and thine abominations that are in the midst of thee; and ye shall know that I am the Lord that smiteth. (KJV) This is a tremendous portion of Scripture! Ezekiel’s language is mild compared to the Book of Revelation and Matthew 25. The God of the New Testament is the same Person as the God of the Old Testament, and He will punish sin in all ages.
God states that He will turn away His eyes and show no pity on those who continue in sin. He will repay any and all in full for all their evil. When this happens, people will finally admit that He is the Lord!
With one blow after another He brought disaster in the Old Testament, but my friend, this is speaking about the future as well. God will take just so much and His wrath will take hold! 2 Peter 3:7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. (KJV) People keep piling up their sins; the nations of the world keep piling up their sins. Romans 2:5 But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; (KJV) Rev. 18:5 For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities. (KJV) God shall judge ALL sin!
God shall one day command that the heavens and the earth be consumed by fire on that day of judgment, when ALL ungodly people will perish eternally in the Lake of Fire. The end of this world as we know it shall one day end. Doom awaits ALL sinners (unbelievers, those not born again).
Ezekiel was deeply affected by the prospect of these calamities. Such will the destruction of sinners be; for NO sinner can avoid it. We must reach out with love and the Gospel of Jesus to lost souls that their wickedness might not bring them to an agonizing end! The day of real trouble is near, at our doors! The Rapture could occur at any moment, and then the Great Tribulation begins. See 1 Thes.4:13-18 for the Rapture. Sin is and always has been the root of all of God’s judgments. These judgments shall be world wide, and God will be glorified in all.
It is still the day of the Lord’s love, grace, patience and mercy, but beware, the time of the sinner’s trouble is at close at hand.
Ezekiel 24:13 In thy filthiness is lewdness: because I have purged thee, and thou wast not purged, thou shalt not be purged from thy filthiness any more, till I have caused my fury to rest upon thee. (KJV) Just as was in the Old Testament, it is today! SIN is everywhere! NO repentance. The filth and corruption of people’s lewdness (indecent, immoral, lustful activities), and their idolatry (worship of anything or anyone other than God), God’s fury will rest upon them. God tried to cleanse the Israelites, but they refused, they remained filthy in His sight until His fury was satisfied. It shall be so in the Judgment to come. His Holy and righteous wrath will rest upon ALL sinners.
Nahum 1:2 God is jealous, and the Lord revengeth; the Lord revengeth, and is furious; the Lord will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserveth wrath for his enemies. (KJV) WHO are God’s enemies?? The Bible clearly tells us! Everyone without Jesus! Romans 5:9-10 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.  For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. (KJV) IF a person is God’s enemy, then they are in opposition to Him; since they are not children of God. They are instead children of the devil. 1 John 3:10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother. (KJV)
Psalm 139:20 For they speak against thee wickedly, and thine enemies take thy name in vain. (KJV) God’s enemies speak evil of Him, taking His Name in vain and blaspheming Him just as Satan does and Antichrist will (Rev.13:5-6). Some other verses on God’s enemies: Ex.15:6; Deut.32:41; Jud.5:31; 1 Sam.2:10; Ps.21:8; 97:3; Isa.42:13; 66:6; Nah.1:2; Luke 20:43; Acts 5:39; Jam.4:4.
God’s Holy and righteous wrath shall come down hard on ALL His enemies!
Zeph. 1:18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the Lord's wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land. (KJV) Those who are powerful and wealthy and have no concern for the common people, shall one day face the terrifying wrath of God. NONE of their silver and gold will be of any use to them on that day of the Lord's wrath. They shall be judged according to their works. He will make a terrifying end of them.
Eccles. 12:14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil. (KJV)
Rev. 20:13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. (KJV)
Matthew 3:7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? (KJV) Many today know little about the Bible, but they know enough to know that it speaks of God’s wrath and judgment (often). Why then won’t people forsake their continued practice of sin? 1 John 3:4 Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness. (NASB) John the Baptist called hypocrites some nasty names, the same as our Lord did in the 23rd chapter of Matthew.
John 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. (KJV)
John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. (KJV)
John 8:24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins. (KJV)
Romans 1:18-20 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;  Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.  For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: (KJV) Does anyone have an excuse for not believing in God? The Bible says NO. God reveals what He is like in and through His Creation. Every person must either accept or reject God. When Judgment Day comes, God will judge your response to Him. NO excuses will stand up.
How could a loving God send anyone to Hell? . . . especially someone who has never heard about Christ? God clearly reveals Himself in the Creation to ALL people. Yet people reject even this basic knowledge of God. Also, everyone has an inner sense of what God requires, but they choose not to live as they know He’d want them to live. People’s behavior is always worse than what they feel is right in their heart. When people suppress God’s Truth and live their own way, they have NO excuse. They know the truth, and they will one day, face the wrath of a Holy God.
Romans 2:5-11 But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;  Who will render to every man according to his deeds:  To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:  But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,  Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;  But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile:  For there is no respect of persons with God. (KJV) Our way of life shall be the basis of our judgment. The so-called "do-gooder" (unbeliever) will be judged according to his works. Rev. 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. (KJV) At the judgment, the books shall be opened. These "books" symbolize God’s judgment. In them are recorded the deeds (good or evil) of everyone. We are NOT saved by deeds, but after we are saved, deeds we do are very clear evidence of a person’s actual relationship with God. The book of life contains only the names of those who have put their trust in Christ to save them. NO unbeliever’s name will be found in this awesome book.
Ephes. 5:5-7 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.  Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.  Be not ye therefore partakers with them. (KJV) We are not forbidden all contact with unbelievers. Jesus tells us to befriend sinners and lead them to Him (Luke 5:30-32). Here Paul is speaking against approving of the life-style of people who make excuses for bad behavior and recommend its practice to others; in or out of church. We must befriend unbelievers if we are to lead them to Christ, but we must be wary of those who are viciously evil, immoral, or opposed to all that Christianity stands for. Such people are far more likely to influence us for evil than we are likely to influence them for good.
Rev. 21:7-8 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.  But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. (KJV) WHO is He that overcometh?? The Bible also tells us the answer to this. Our ministry’s motto is "The Bible Has The Answer," and I firmly believe this!
1 John 4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. (KJV) God (Holy Spirit) is greater than Satan or any evil.
1 John 5:4-5 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.  Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? (KJV) Everyone who is born again into the family of God (John 1:12-13) overcomes the world. Every child of God defeats this evil world (overcomes) by believing that Jesus is the Son of God, and trusting Him to give us victory. ANYONE (red, yellow, black or white) who overcomes shall never experience the wrath of God.
BENEFITS OF OVERCOMERS
Rev. 2:7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God. (KJV) To overcome means to be victorious by believing in Christ, being consistent, remaining faithful, and living as one who follows Christ. Such a life shall one day allow us access to Heaven (the Paradise of God).
Rev. 2:11 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death. (KJV) Believers and unbelievers alike will experience physical death, unless the Rapture takes place (1 Thes.4:13-18). Then believers who are alive will ascend directly to eternal life. ALL people will be resurrected in one of two resurrections (Dan.12:2; Rev.20:5-6,13), but believers will be resurrected to eternal life with God while unbelievers will be resurrected to be punished with a second death (Lake of Fire, Hell), eternal separation from God (2 Thes. 1:8-9; Rev. 20:14; 21:8, 27; 22:15).
Rev. 2:17 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it. (KJV) "Hidden manna" symbolizes the spiritual nourishment that the faithful believers will receive. As the Israelites traveled toward the Promised Land, God provided manna from Heaven for their physical nourishment (Ex.16:13-18). Jesus, as the bread of life (John 6:51), provides spiritual nourishment that satisfies our deepest spiritual hunger.
The new name is Christ's, possibly some new revelation of Himself which shall be imparted to His people, and which they alone are capable of receiving; possibly a different name to each of us, that symbolizes what He means to us. I feel that there must be a connection with the hidden manna and the white stone, for none save the high priest alone had access to the manna hidden in the sanctuary, and only he had access to the Urim stone on his breastplate. Believers, as spiritual priests unto God (1 Pet.2:9), shall enjoy the heavenly symbols of the hidden manna and the Urim stone.
The white stones are important because they are the evidence that a person has been accepted by God and declared worthy to receive eternal life.
Rev. 2:26 And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: (KJV) Jesus says that those who overcome (those who remain faithful until the end and continue to please God) will rule over Christ’s enemies and reign with Him as He judges evil. (1 Cor. 6:2-3).
Rev. 3:5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angel. (KJV) To be dressed in white means to be made pure and set apart for God. Christ Jesus promises future honor and eternal life to those who stand firm in their faith. The names of all believers are registered in the book of life. This book symbolizes God’s knowledge of all those who belong to Him. All people written in the book of life are introduced to the hosts of Heaven as belonging to Christ (Luke 12:8-9).
Rev. 3:12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name. (KJV) The New Jerusalem (Heaven) is the future dwelling of the people of God (Rev. 21:2). We will have a new citizenship in God’s future Kingdom. Everything will be absolutely beautiful, new and completely secure. In one respect, there will be no temple (Rev.21:22) in the City of Gold, because there shall be no separation of holy and worldly things, because ALL things and ALL persons shall be holy to the Lord, for NOTHING evil will be permitted there. The entire City shall be all one great temple, in which the saints shall be spiritual pillars.
Rev. 3:21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. (KJV) The faithful are given this Promise, a seat with Christ on His throne, even as He has sat with His Father on His Father's throne. Jesus invites everyone who is victorious to sit with Him on His throne.
Rev. 21:7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. (KJV) ALL those who overcome, and stand firm to the end (Mark 13:13) shall receive ALL the blessings that God promised:
#1. eating from the tree of life (Rev. 2:7), #2.escaping from the lake of fire (the "second death," Rev. 2:11), #3. receiving a special name (Rev. 2:17), #4. having authority over the nations (Rev. 2:26), #5. being included in the book of life (Rev. 3:5), #6. being a pillar in God’s spiritual temple (Rev. 3:12), and #7. sitting with Christ on His throne (Rev. 3:21). Those who endure the testing of evil and remain faithful will be greatly rewarded by God, and they shall never experience God’s wrath.
Judgment According to Works
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Judgment, God's Holy Wrath
Judgment, Is There Really a Hell?
Judgment, Great White Throne
Judgment, God's Perfect
Judgment, Righteous Rewarded
Judgment Seat of Christ
Judgment, What's in Store?
Judgment, What is Hell Really Like?
Judgment, Where Are Souls?
Judgment, Wicked Punished
Judgment, Will Christ Be Judge?
Judgment, Will God Really Judge Sin?
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