Hi friends! Today I want to simply share some thoughts with you concerning passages of Scripture the Lord has led me to this week.
In light of what we see happening in our world today, it is increasingly clear that evil must one day be defeated, and that God’s wrath will come upon our earth. However, this week I studied two different perspectives of God’s wrath. They are clear and rather elementary, but well worth remembering.
Zephaniah 1 describes the day of judgment for Judah. Verses 14-18 say:
Near is the great day of the Lord,
Near and coming very quickly;
Listen, the day of the Lord!
In it the warrior cries out bitterly.
A day of wrath is that day,
A day of trouble and distress,
A day of destruction and desolation,
A day of darkness and gloom,
A day of clouds and thick darkness,
A day of trumpet and battle cry
Against the fortified cities
And the high corner towers.
I will bring distress on men
So that they will walk like the blind,
Because they have sinned against the Lord;
And their blood will be poured out like dust
And their flesh like dung.
Neither their silver nor their gold
Will be able to deliver them
On the day of the Lord’s wrath;
And all the earth will be devoured
In the fire of His jealousy,
For He will make a complete end,
Indeed a terrifying one,
Of all the inhabitants of the earth.
Indeed, the great day of the Lord is near and coming quickly. It will be a day of wrath, of trouble, distress, destruction, desolation, darkness and gloom. And this is against “all the inhabitants of the earth,” including His chosen people! Why? Verse 17 says because they sinned against the Lord!
But wait…haven’t we all sinned against the Lord? After all, Romans 3:23 says ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God! Furthermore, according to Romans 6:23, the wages of sin is death! So, why does wrath fall upon God’s chosen? Does sin really lead to death?
It can be a difficult concept to get our minds around, right? But here is the plain, simple truth: Though the wages of sin is death, the free gift of God is eternal life (also from Romans 6:23). So, those who put their truth in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation are given the free gift of God…eternal life.
That’s one perspective of God’s wrath, but put that thought on hold….
Remember our teaching on God’s plan of the end…how He has a plan for the Jews and a plan for the Gentiles? We’re living in the Church Age, or the time of the Gentiles. It is a pause in the midst of God’s plan for the Jews in which He makes salvation possible for those of us who are not His “chosen people” (the Jews). Now is the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2)! It is a time in which Jesus Christ is calling both Jews and Gentiles to recognize Him as Messiah! However, at some point soon, the time of the Gentiles will end and God will resume His plan for the Jews.
That time will be the day of wrath that Zephaniah talks about! We know it as the tribulation. It will be a horrible time, but one in which the Jews will recognize their Messiah and will be saved! Yes, they could come as Gentiles do to salvation in Jesus Christ as Messiah, but most will not. Scripture tells us that a veil covers their eyes (2 Corinthians 3:14-16), thus most will not see. Thus, the wrath of God will actually save them! Through the wrath, they will see their Messiah!
Now….back to the thought we put on hold. Wrath is coming, and it is coming for a purpose. However, let’s turn our attention to the apostle Paul’s teaching in 1 Thessalonians.
…and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, that is Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath to come. (1 Thessalonians 1:10)
For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep, we will live together with Him. (1 Thessalonians 5:9-10)
That is the second perspective of God’s wrath! You see, my friends, if Jesus Christ is Lord of life and you have received salvation, you are rescued from the wrath that is to come! Yes, God still has a redemptive plan to save His chosen people, but now is the time of the Gentiles! Why not come to Christ today, give Him your life, and be saved from the wrath that is to come…safe at home with Jesus for eternity!
Romans 3:23: We all sin!
Romans 6:23: The wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life.
Romans 5:8: While we were sinners, Christ died for us in order to give us eternal life.
Romans 10:9, 13: If we confess with our mouth and believe in our heart that God raised Jesus from the dead, we will be saved!
Romans 5:1: We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 John 3: We have the right to be called children of God!
Jesus died for all the wrong things we have done. He was buried, taking that sin to the grave. But, he was raised to life on the third day, leaving our sins buried there! If you believe in your heart that you have sinned, that you need a savior, and that you cannot save yourself, confess with your mouth! That just means to pray, acknowledging that! Your prayer might go like this:
“Father in heaven, I have done wrong things…I have sinned against You. I am sorry, and I know that death is what I deserve. But thank You, Jesus, that You died in my place for all the wrong things I have done. You took my sin upon Yourself and You took it to the grave. Thank You for dying for me, and thank You for paying for my sins. Please come into my life and change me forever. Just as You were raised from the dead to new life, I want a new life, too! You are now my Savior and my Lord and I will follow You as best I know how. Thank You for saving me. Amen
Welcome to the family of God! You are now rescued from the wrath that is to come! Learn more here.
Have a blessed weekend!