The Wrath of God
"For the great day of His wrath is come; and who shall be
able to stand?" (Rev. 6: 17.)
"The wicked are overthrown. and are not: but the house of
the righteous shall stand"
(Prov. 12: 7)
It does not take much insight into the Holy Scriptures to see that the great day of
God's wrath is swiftly
approaching. Flashing across today's horizon are mighty signs of this end-time
holocaustal event. You
recall, it was Jesus' disciples, who asked him "What shall be the sign of thy
(second) coming, and of the
end of the world?" (Matt. 24:3). The most descriptive words in His answer
read like this: "For nation shall
rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; and there shall be famines, and
earthquakes, in divers places" (Matt. 24:7). What a tribulation! Child of
God, pray, pray!
Now, we are told by Jesus himself that "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: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven:
and then shall all the
tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of Man coming in the clouds of
heaven with power
and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they
together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other" (Matt.
John, the revelator, while banished on the isle of Patmos, was given a vision of
the foregoing narrative
of Jesus. And here is, in part, his vision: "And I beheld when he had opened
the sixth seal, and lo, there
was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sack-cloth of hair, and the moon
became as blood;
and the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely
(green) figs, when she is
shaken of a mighty wind. And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together;
mountain and island were moved out of their places. And the kings (rulers) of the earth,
and the great men,
and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and
every free man, hid
themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; and said to the mountains and
rocks, 'Fall on us,
and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the
Lamb, for the great
day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?"' (Rev. 6: 12-17).
John furthers his revelation by saying: "And the nations were angry, and
thy wrath is come, and the time
of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy
servants, the prophets,
and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy
them which destroy
(corrupt) the earth" (Rev. 11:18).
Jeremiah, speaking under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, gives us this
description of the great day of
God's wrath: "At his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be
able to abide his
indignation" (Jer. 10:10).
Seemingly, all the prophets, both major and minor, spoke of this end-time wrath
of God. It was Malachi
who asked, "Who shall stand when he appeareth?" (Mal. 3:2).
Nahum gives us this vivid description of our Lord's return to judge and to end the
world: "The mountains
quake at him, and the hills melt, and the earth is burned at his presence, yea, the world,
and all that dwell
therein. Who can stand before his indignation? and who can abide in the fierceness of
his anger? his fury
is poured out like fire, and the rocks are thrown down by him. The Lord is good, a
strong hold in the day
of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him. But with an overrunning flood he
will make an utter end
of the place thereof, and darkness shall pursue his enemies" (Nah. 1:5-8).
Perhaps many who read these great end-time prophecies may feel as Job did
when he pleaded, "that
thou wouldest hide me in the grave, that thou wouldest keep me secret, until thy wrath
be past, that thou
wouldest appoint me a set time, and remember me!" (Job 14:13).
Evidently, John the Baptist during his stay in the wilderness must have had a
revelation from God
concerning this Oncoming wrath, for "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?'
" (Matt. 3:7).
It is time, I should think, for all of us to become quite serious about the magnitude of
disaster. We should have a thorough overhauling of the requirements made of those
who are expecting to
be able to stand during the time of such a catastrophe. The Bible gives us this splendid
psalm, which, to
say the least, should be very helpful in forming a conclusion: "Blessed is the
man that walketh not in the
Counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the
But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in
his season; his leaf
also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.
Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the
congregation of the righteous.
For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall
perish" (Ps. 1:1-6).
Jesus gave us a tremendous warning when he said, "Heaven and earth
shall pass away: but my words shall
not pass away. And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged
(self-indulgence), and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you
as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch ye
therefore, and pray
always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to
pass, and to stand
before the Son of man" (Luke 21: 33-3-6). What a rich heritage is ours! if we
endure to the end.
The church has never been in greater peril, nor in deeper slumber than it is today.
Our only escape is a spiritual awakening. We even have those who, in their frustration,
say that Jesus isn't coming back any
time soon. We gather from their conversation that they think the apostles looked for a
first century return
of the Lord and were fooled; so, why should we look for such a remote possibility here
in the twentieth
Often I wonder what these sleeping brethren will think and say when Jesus takes
up those who are ready and looking for him. When Elijah was, at last, missed by the
clergy of his day, they wrote his obituary in
the ironic words, "peradventure the Spirit of the Lord hath taken him up, and
cast him upon some mountain,
or into some valley" (2 Kings 2: 16).
Apparently, many of our clergymen of today are leaving the impression that the
Lord is slack concerning
his return. I can assure you, my reader, that this is not the situation at all, or at least the
Apostle Peter says
it isn't. He informs us in his second letter that: "The Lord is not slack
concerning his promise, as some men
count slackness; but is long suffering to usward, not willing that any should perish, but
that all should come
to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which
the heavens shall pass
away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and
the works that are
therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved what
manner of persons
ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness. Looking for and hasting unto the
coming of the day
of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt
with fervent heat?
Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth,
righteousness. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be. diligent that
ye may be found
of him in peace, without spot, and blameless" (Pet. 3:9-14).
I have great fear that a number of God's men are following the noxious idea that
we are about to enter
some great utopia, an imaginary island where religion and politics are about to form a
new phase or
Structure of social regeneration. This, we know, is an impracticable scheme of the devil.
I must tell You,
beloved, the late shadows of the evening of time are gently stealing across earth's fading
sky, and that
dreaded night, so dark and frightening, not only seems, but is inevitable. At the same
time, a glorious
sunset is lighting the path of those who shall not have to walk in darkness, but in the
light of that eternal
city, "whose builder and maker is God."
Now, what about you, my friend, are you sure this minute that you are not
walking in darkness, but that
you are still clean and justified in the sight of God? If so, then you have the Promise of
which Jesus shall bring with Him. Listen to that devoted man of God, the Apostle Paul,
as he tells us,
"Being now (present tense) justified by his (Jesus') blood, we shall be (future
tense) saved from wrath
through him (Jesus)" (Rom. 5:9). This Apostle goes on to tell us
"When we were enemies, we were
reconciled (reunited) to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we
shall be (future
tense) saved by his life" (Rom. 5:10).
Relatively few holy Ghost filled believers understand that we are justified or
reconciled to God by the
death of his Son, and that we are to be saved (from the wrath to come) by the life of his
Son. This is made
crystal clear in Heb. 7:25, and reads like this: "Wherefore he is able also to
save them to the uttermost that
come unto God by him seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them".
How wonderful and sublime
the realization of this is! In other words, Jesus becomes our Mediator when we come to
God, and receive his Spirit. By this,
we mean that he makes peace between God and us. And this is called reconciliation or
the new birth. After
we become a believer then Jesus becomes our Intercessor, which means that he keeps
peace between God and us. Needless, to say, no one would ever be saved from the
wrath to come without this intercessory service of our Lord Jesus Christ, "Who
is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for
us" (Rom. 8:34).
No more tremendous words were ever uttered than these of Jesus in Matt.
24:13: "But he that shall endure
unto the end, the same shall be saved." Whether one will be saved in the
end from the wrath of God doesn't
depend entirely upon one's having been reconciled to God. A thousand times no. To
make it clear, one's
entrance into the kingdom of God by reconciliation, and one's inheritance in the
kingdom of God at the
time Jesus returns to pour out his wrath are two completely different operations or
experiences. This is
indicative of what Paul was saying to the Colossians when he encouraged them in
"Giving thanks unto the
Father, which hath made us meet (suitable or fit) to be partakers of the inheritance of
the saints in light:
Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness (sin), and hath translated us (by the
new birth) into the
kingdom of his dear Son" (Col. 1:12, 13). Moreover, this same apostle
warned the Galatians, who had,
also, received the Holy Spirit (Gal. 3:2), against the works of the flesh,
"which," he tells us, "are these:
Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness (lustfulness), idolatry, witchcraft,
(discord), emulations (ambitions to equal or excel), wrath (violent anger), strife, seditions
lawful authority), heresies (false religious opinions), envyings, murders, drunkenness,
revelings (merry or
noisy celebrations), and such like: of the which," he goes on to say, "I tell you before, as I
have also told
you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God"
We must be inevitably awakened to the fact that the works of the flesh are
prevalent among the people
of God today. Paul had no trouble in finding these great evils among the early believers,
the Corinthians, who, like their present day counterparts, held onto their profession of
Doubtless, this had much to do with his telling the Ephesians to "Put on the
whole armor of God, that ye
may be able to stand against the wiles (tricks) of the devil" (Eph. 6:11).
Paul knew only too well the truth of what he was saying, and we must accept it.
For if we are not able
to stand now with victory over Satan, how can we expect to be able to stand in the day of
God's wrath, the
day his Son ceases to be our lawyer and becomes our judge? The psalmist perfectly
expressed this when he cried: "Thou, even thou, are to be
feared:,and who may stand in thy sight when once thou art angry? Thou didst cause
judgment to be heard
from heaven; the earth feared, and was still, when God arose to judgment, to save all the
meek of the earth"
May I now conclude with these words which God himself spoke to the prophet
Jeremiah (12:5): "If thou
hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee, then how cans't thou contend
with horses? and if
in the land of peace, wherein thou trustedst, they wearied thee, then how wilt thou do in
the swelling of
Jordan?" The swelling of Jordan is a term used here to signify the wrath of
God, which will bring the final
separation between the faithful and the unfaithful, even as Joshua and Caleb, the two
faithful spies, were
separated from the unfaithful children of Israel by enduring, and then receiving the
privilege of crossing
Jordan into Canaan, which was a shadow of the glorious home land of all true and
believers. Remember, it was Jesus who said, "Many are called, but few are
chosen" (Matt. 22:14).
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