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The Wrath (ὀργή) of God
by General James Green
———— Part 2 ————
J ONATHAN EDWARDS (1703-1758) penned his best-known sermon, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” which many (including myself) feel is the best sermon ever preached (on this subject). This famous sermon (I first read it in 1981) was the result of Edward’s congregation having grown apa-thetic and unconcerned about spiritual matters, just like the condition of the American Church as a whole.
During the preaching of this sermon it was reported (and recorded) that a minister sitting behind Edwards became so overcome with distress at its severity of wrathful judgment that this minister tugged upon his coat and cried, and I quote, “Mr. Edwards! Mr. Edwards! Is not God merciful?” (The History of Christian Preaching, Philadelphia: Am. Baptist Pub. Soc., 1903, p. 357). God is merciful; this is why He both warns and punishes, hoping for repentance.
There are times, and we’re in one, when God’s mercy is lifted and His severe punishments are displayed. One minister who analyzed Edward’s sermon wrote, “The severity of the judgment of the critics upon its one-sided presentation of God is entirely justified. There are points at which Edwards seems satisfied that the last drop of love has gone out of God” (20 Centuries of Great Preaching, vol. 3, p. 52). America is going to experience this kind of displeasure. Terms that Edwards used (and they are in your Bible if you DARE to read them!) in his sermon were the “pit,” “the flames of Hell,” and “everlasting punishment.” In his day, as in ours, because of the backslidden state of the American Church, those terms scared the people. HA ! Jesus Himself spoke those terms. Take note of the following texts on Hell: place of torment, Matt. 11:23; 13:42; 25:41, 46; Lk. 16:23; 2 Pet. 2:4; Rev. 14:10; 20:10, 15; for whom reserved, Ps. 9:17; Prov. 5:5; 7:27; 9:15; Matt. 5:22; 23:15; 25:41; Lk. 16:23, (see also Isa. 5:14; 14:9; 33:14); Matt. 3:12. Not one of these texts mean annihilation (write for our 6 booklets on Hell).
Before we pass on into part two word study, let me point out that Edwards motive or principal concern was not in describing the fate of the wicked as is usually supposed, but in urging the unconverted to accept God’s mercy. Friends, I would dare to say that most churchites are not born-again Christians—they are “religious pagans” who go to Church. And some who are barely “saved” have almost zero concern for their spiritual lives and for those of the world.
Do we need to hear a HELL sermon today? O, but we’ve got the Mega-Church slime telling us that God would NEVER, EVER punish anyone, He is a God of LOVE. True, He is “love” but within that “love” is wrath, fury, indignation—the very things we’re seeing displayed all over this sinful and wicked world.
A true minister of God will show real sympathy with those who are about to receive God’s just outpourings of His righteous anger. It is a SIN to hold back on what God’s Word declares, DAMNATION for the unrepentant. But not so in this hubris and rebellious generation. The entire subject of judgment/punishment in general, and especially any suggestion of Hell or ETERNAL DAMNATION, has fallen into gross disfavor. Today’s contemporary Church (and today’s Political Correctness) goes out of it’s way to accommodate known sin and sinners, the GLBTQ sickos are a case-in-point.
Jonathan Edwards, in his day, sought to convict/convince the congregation (Enfield, Massachusetts, July 8, 1741) that salvation was urgently at hand. He had sinners in attendance as well as his “saved” congregation. Edwards preached “Their foot shall slide in due time” (Deut. 32:35). This text needs to be preached LOUD and CLEAR in every Church in the USA. His text, Dt. 32:35, threatened the VENGEANCE of God on the wicked unbelieving Israelites, who were God’s visible people, and who lived under the means of GRACE; but who, notwithstanding all God’s wonderful works towards them, remained void of counsel (Dt. 32:28), having no understanding in them. Today’s Church is in this very same condition, only WORSE !!
So, as I write this article, we here are at WAR against the false shepherds/prophets in this land, who are telling any and all, “all is well, eat, drink and marry (same-sex of course!)” But I’m telling you and them that it is the FIERCENESS of His WRATH that you are exposed to (see Isa. 59:18; 66:15 and Rev. 19:15). If this nation continues to mock and scoff God’s warnings, when punishment strikes He will have zero pity for you ! In fact, He will laugh at and mock you (Prov. 1:25, 26). Consider Isa. 63:3. How awful !
Edwards ends his sermon with these words: “The wrath of Almighty God is now undoubtedly hanging over a great part of this congregation. Let every one fly out of Sodom: Haste and escape for your lives, look not behind you, escape to the mountain (of the Lord), lest you be consumed.”
God vs. gods
THE IDEA of the LORD’S wrath in the OT (and NT) is particularly characterized by the fact that in Israel there was basically only ONE God (The pagans had their false gods/goddesses. In II Kings 23:13, Chemosh, god of the Moabites, is mentioned specifically along with Ashtoreth, the abomination of the Zidonians; Milcom, the abomination of the Ammonites. In fact, Israel made altars unto other/strange gods, and built high places. Read all of 2 Kgs. 23; see how the “people of God” PROVOKED GOD TO WRATH !!). The pagans in the land had a pantheon of demons to worship and fear.
Also, Israel was a special covenant people, therefore, the source of the ONE TRUE GOD’S Wrath was known by them—His Wrath/power was unequivocally distinct and Divine. The pagans had no knowledge of this ONE TRUE GOD, nevertheless, they were still judged and punished (see Lev. 18, espec. vv. 24, 27). Please read this whole chapter—this is the Holiness Code Chapter, which is STILL BINDING upon ALL today. Make no mistake, unlawful sex-sins are an abomination, especially same-sex ones (see also Rom. 1 and 1 Cor. 6). Yet, the Church today not only accepts such sinful conduct, but invites it into their midst. Wait and see how God plagues these Churches for this SIN !!
ANCIENT ISRAEL, as well as the early Church, (and we today) was visited by God’s power—for blessing or cursing. The personal element in the OT view of God shaped in a very special way the anthropopathic form of what is said about wrath.
It is pointed out by Bible scholars that the OT Word of God is not identical with the depiction of His judicial acts. The Word of God does embody itself in judgment, e.g., wrath/judgment as in Ezek. 5:15b: “…when I shall execute judgments in thee, in anger and in fury and in furious rebukes. I the LORD have spoken it.” Note vv. 16, 17 where God will send “evil arrows of famine, which shall be for their destruction,” and “evil beasts, and they shall bereave thee; and pestilence and blood shall pass through thee; and I will bring the sword upon thee. I the LORD have spoken it.” This is what we find in Micah 7:9: “I will bear the indignation of the LORD…and execute judgment for me…,” and Ps. 7:6: “Arise, O LORD, in thine anger, lift up thyself because of the rage of mine enemies: and awake for me to the judgment that thou hast commanded.” Going back to Ezek. (24:8) we read: “That it might cause fury to come up to take vengeance…,” Nah. 1:2 reads thus: “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.”
Do we really believe that the OT God is not the NT God?
God makes NO MISTAKES folks. He directs His judgments/punishments against the guilty (read Isa. 66:14-18). If you think the OT God is not the same as the NT God, read this, “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and He that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns; and He had a name written, that no man knew, but He Himself. And He was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed Him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of His mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it He should smite the nations: and He shall rule them with a rod of iron: and He treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And He hath on his vesture and on His thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS” (Rev. 19:11-16).
TARGET — Israel: “Non-Israelites”
AT THE CONCLUDING of the covenant He made with Israel, He threatens them (Ex. 19:12) with death if one goes beyond the boundary set by God, (see also Ex. 32; Nu. 11:1, 10, 33; 12:9; 13:25-14:38; 25:3, 4), (see also Deut. 1:34, 37; 9:8, 19; Num. 17:11; 18:5; 25:7-13; 32:10-14; Lev. 10:6 etc.). Let us press this a bit further, where it is also a recurrent factor in Joshua 7; 22:20, all the way to the exile, 1 Sam. 6:19; 15; 28:18; 2 Sam. 6:7; 24:1 etc..
Now, for the record, the Deuteronomistic record of history portrays this period WHOLLY from the standpoint of CONTINUAL provocations of God’s Wrath.
God Don’t Judge !
WE’RE SICK OF HEARING THIS from all you panty-waisted cowards. You wish ! God not only “judges,” He sends the unrepentant into everlasting flames. According to all Pentateuch sources and our NT gospels, epistles, God’s Wrath smites the people or groups of people who rebel against Him. In particular, the obvious apostasy of
both ancient Israel and the new Israel (NT covenant people) was and is turning from the Living God unto dead gods, e.g., idolatry/spiritual adultery.
We’re all familiar with Nadab and Abihu, who offered an improper burnt offering. They were DESTROYED by the fire of Yahweh’s Wrath (Lev. 10:1). All this modern “worship”/”sacrifice” in today’s Churches, the offering of strange fire, the sex/music/$$ idolatry provokes the Wrath of God. The desecration of His laws, standards, commands have reached Heaven, as did the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah. All this golden calf worship, this Ba’al Pe’or stuff, this GLBTQ abomination will not be overlooked by Him.
We find, without shame, the breadth and depth of Israel’s sins, so it is today. When we, the new Israel, the new Holy Nation/Priesthood, cast off His election and guidance, as we have done, nothing but judgment Wrath awaits us! There is no use in giving you hundreds of texts, you know they are there—read them and fear God.
BOTH CHURCH AND STATE are GUILTY of failing to execute God’s justice, His judgments. God expects this even of the non-Christian (Rom. 13). What has transpired is a social injustice. To call sin “sin” these days is to endanger one’s life. Americans have replaced God with America—American’s god…who trust in riches, in armaments and alliances with pagans—Americans have forsaken God and have become gods in themselves—the god of SELF! This is the deepest root of the concept of pride and rebellion: Apostasy, Adultery, a whoring. The OT chronicler left us with evidence that speaks loud and clear, e.g., 1 Chron. 13:10; 27:24; 2 Chron. 19:2; 24:18; 29:8 etc.. The historical psalms testify loud and clear also, e.g., 78:31; 106:32. Also the exhortations in Deut. 6:15; 7:4; 11:17; 29:19 and the corresponding sections of the Priestly Tradition in Lev. 26:28; Num. 1:53; Jas. 22:18; 2 Chron. 19:10.
Leaders Are Not Immune
I MUST BRING OUT that even God’s chosen leaders weren’t immune to His judgments if found guilty. I know, I’ve been punished by Him myself. Moses, Aaron, Miriam, Nadab, Abihu, also kings and prophets were judged. Individual acts of disobedience provoked His wrath (Achan’s theft in Joshua 7, David’s census in 2 Sam. 24, along with his murder/adultery).
Gentiles were no exception, they were prophesied against, smitten/destroyed by God (see Amos, Isa., Jer., Ezek., Zeph., Ob., Nah., Hab., Jonah etc). Whole pagan nations were judged by God for their SINS.
So, the God of the O.T. is the same God of the NT. Just as His Wrath SMOTE/killed men, women, boys, girls, even infants in primitive antiquity, so it is today. Better discard your “God don’t Judge !” stuff and align yourselves with Him…and FAST.
IT CAME UPON THE PEOPLE in Noah’s day—all but 8 perished in the great flood. It came time and time again thereafter, up until 70 A.D. when the Jewish nation was left desolate. It has come on and on as I write. The destructive POWER and irresistible FORCE of His Divine WRATH, FURY, INDIGNATION is portrayed (in the Bible) by metaphors and figurative expressions. “God’s Arm Revealed,” “His Fist Raised” etc. These metaphors have their out-working in concrete ways—we see them in action.
A PREDOMINANT METAPHOR for God’s Wrath, which vividly expresses its destructive effect…His anger is kindled (we should serve the LORD with fear, lest He be angry—see Ps. 2:11, 12), smoke and fire comes forth out of His nose (see Isa. 65:5, “These are a smoke in my nose, a fire that burneth all the day.”
We may write all these O.T. passages off as “under the Law,” not “under grace.” Hold your horses, we’ll get deeper into the NT, then we’ll see if God has changed His mind about SIN.
JEREMIAH 15:14: “…for a fire is kindled in mine anger, which shall burn upon you;” “…for ye have kindled a fire in mine anger, which shall burn forever” (Jer. 17:4); we’ve already read Isa. 65:5 and Ps. 18:8, “There went up a smoke out of His nostrils, and a fire out of His mouth devoured…” In Deut. 29:19 (note: some Bible translations have not the same verse number, one theology book I looked at listed Deut. 29:19 as the text on “smoke” but the KJV has v. 20. So, if you find the texts I list throughout this article, check with several translations, I use many translations, not just the KJV). Now, Deut. 29:20 reads, “The LORD will not spare him, but then the anger of the Lord and His jealousy shall smoke against that man…” (see also Ps. 74:1) “To smoke” in these two texts means “to chide.”
Literal / Figurative
“Behold, the name of the LORD cometh from far, BURNING with His ANGER,…His lips are full of INDIGNATION and His tongue as a DEVOURING FIRE. And His breath, as an overflowing stream…” (Isa. 30:27, 28).“His eyes were as a FLAME of FIRE; And His feet BURNED in a furnace; and His voice as the sound of many waters. And he had in His right hand seven stars: and out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword…” (Rev. 1:14-16).
Bible language consists of literal and figurative language. BURNING and CONSUMING FIRE can be both; God’s Holy/Divine anger and it can also portray its concrete operation. “The breath of the LORD, like a stream of brimstone, will BURN in it (Tophet)” (Isa. 30:33); “For a Fire is kindled in mine ANGER, and shall BURN unto the lowest Hell, and shall CONSUME the earth with her increase, and set on FIRE the foundations of the mountains.” (Deut. 32:22); “Therefore have I poured out mine INDIGNATION upon them; I have CONSUMED them with the FIRE of My WRATH: their own way have I RECOMPENSED upon their head, saith the LORD God” (Ezek. 22:31). Watch out for YOUR OWN WAY!
There are dozens of texts that combine both the lit. / fig., e.g., GOD’S HOT ANGER/THE OBJECTS of HIS WRATH. The fig. use and concrete depiction of the FIRE of WRATH may fuse directly into one another (see also Ezek. 21:36). What applies to FIRE applies no less to the storm, flood, wind, hail, drought, sword etc., all portray the power to Devastate! (Related: Jer. 30:23; Ps. 83:15; also Isa. 2:6-22 relates to the idea of the storm, Yahweh “snorting.”)
Pouring OUT vs. Drinking IN
FLOODS OF WATER, flowing brimstone=fluid. These terms, images, metaphors can be seen all through Scripture. Yahweh/God/the LORD POURS out His WRATH/ANGER/FURY/INDIGNATION etc. over both His sinning/rebellious/prideful people as well as the pagan Gentiles.
Pour/Pouring ( Heb. shaphak ) :
“To spill forth (blood, a libation, liquid metal) to expend life, cast up, gush out, pour out etc..”
There are lots of texts along these lines; God pours out His anger over His people and the Gentiles like water (see Hosea 5:10; Jer. 10:25; Ps. 69:24; Ezek. 7:8; 14:19; 20:8 etc.)
Pouring Forth Fire :
“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” (Nahum 1:6). Nahum goes on to make mention of “an overrunning flood” in v. 8. And Lamentations (2:4) has this to say: “He hath bent His bow like an enemy: He stood with His right hand as an adversary, and slew all that were pleasant to the eye…he POURED OUT HIS FURY LIKE FIRE...” In parallel verses such as Ezek. 21:31-32, we read: “I will POUR OUT MINE INDIGNATION upon thee, I will BLOW AGAINST THEE IN THE FIRE OF MY WRATH…Thou shalt be FUEL TO THE FIRE…;” “Therefore have I POURED OUT MINE INDIGNATION upon them; I have consumed them with THE FIRE OF MY WRATH…” (22:31).
Fire and Brimstone :
“…I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with him, an overflowing rain (flood), and great hailstones, FIRE and BRIMSTONE.”
(Isa. 30:33) “…the pile thereof is FIRE and much wood; the breath of the LORD, like a STREAM of BRIMSTONE (like pitch), doth kindle it” (34:9).
Streams of Pitch :
“And the streams thereof shall be turned into pitch, and the dust thereof into brimstone, and the land thereof shall become BURNING PITCH.”
On the other hand, the metaphor of “drinking wrath” is purely figurative. (see Job 21:20, “He shall drink of the WRATH of the Almighty.” In Jeremiah 25:15 we read: “…Take the wine cup of this FURY at My hand, and cause all the nations, to whom I send thee, to drink it (v. 16). And they shall drink, and be moved, and be mad (crazy), because of the sword that I will send among them” (see Rev. 17, 18).
Cup of Wrath (FURY):
There is much that could be written about God’s “cup of wrath”; you ought to study it out for yourselves. The Bible expresses very vividly the ineluctability of WRATH and its draining even to the dregs (Isa. 51:17= “Awake, awake, stand up, O Jerusalem, which hast drunk at the hand of the LORD the Cup of His FURY; thou hast drunken the DREGS of the cup of trembling, and wrung them out.” Israel became drunk upon the WRATH of God poured out to them, “Therefore hear now this thou afflicted, and drunken, but not with (natural) wine” (v. 21). Verse 22 speaks of God’s “Cup of Fury” and “dregs”).
When God’s prophets pass the “Cup of Wrath” onto individuals/nations, they will drink (Jer. 25:15-28), bringing judgment irrevocably on the same (see also Isa. 63:1-6).
Weapons of Wrath
WE SEE THIS ALL THROUGH SCRIPTURE, e.g., God’s armoury being opened: “The LORD hath opened His armoury, and hath brought forth the weapons of His indignation…” (Jer. 50:25; see also Isa. 13:5). The LORD of Hosts goes so far as to call pagan kings “My Servant,” a title taken from God’s very own people: “Remember these, O Jacob and Israel; for thou art My servant: I have formed thee; thou art my servant: O Israel, thou shalt not be forgotten of Me” (Isa. 44:21). God did not forget her, but when she backslid she was stripped of that title and it was given unto God’s Weapon to punish her!
Now, if you’re in doubt, let’s just see if this be so: “Behold, I will send and take all the families of the north, saith the LORD, and Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon, MY SERVANT, and will bring them against this land (Judah), and against the inhabitants thereof, and against all these nations round about, and will utterly destroy them…” (Jer. 25:9).
Take heed! God has been putting forth many prophetic Words of late and saying what He said back in Jeremiah’s day: “…I have spoken unto you (Josiah—Jehoiakim), rising early and speaking; but ye HAVE NOT HEARKENED. And the LORD hath sent unto you all his servants the prophets, rising early and sending them; but ye HAVE NOT HEARKENED, nor inclined your ear TO HEAR. They said, ‘Turn ye again now every one from HIS EVIL WAY, and from the EVIL of YOUR DOINGS…And go not AFTER OTHER gods TO SERVE THEM, and TO WORSHIP THEM, and PROVOKE ME not to ANGER…yet ye HAVE NOT HARKENED UNTO ME, saith the LORD; that ye might PROVOKE ME TO ANGER’…Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts (armies, literally); Because ye HAVE NOT HEARD MY WORDS…” (Jer. 25:3-8). Some of you, MOST of you! still believe that God won’t judge/punish today. Wait and see what He will do to America—she will be turned up-side-down !!
My point in all this is to point out that even though God may make a covenant with His people, they(the covenants) are CONDITIONAL. We’ve got liars, BIG LIARS in Churchland, telling us that God’s grace will always be over America. HA! It’s already been removed and they can’t perceive it.
Sin Is In !
YES, GOD KNOWS . . . and you will PAY too. Here in Jer. 25:9 we find a transference of “MY SERVANT” from Israel to Babylon. A real slap-in-the-face to Israel. But this was not the only king to receive that title; Cyrus, king of the Persians (who God raised up to destroy Babylon, to set the captive Israelites free—after a very long prison term in Babylon). In Isa. 45:1 we see this title, “MY SERVANT” taking on “His Anointed,” e.g., God’s anointed. In fact, Cyrus was used of God, unbeknownst to him, in a redemptive way; Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon was used in a conquering way.
Let me back up to Isa. 44:28: “…Cyrus, he is My (God’s) shepherd, and will perform all my pleasure…” God’s timing for Israel’s imprisonment had come to an end…to go back to Jerusalem, to rebuild the destroyed temple. So, Cyrus, a pagan king who served other gods, was, here in Isa. 44, 45 called “My shepherd,” “My anointed” (some Heb. scholars, like Kuenen, Stode, and Oort prefer “My friend” —same Heb. consonants). But I don’t know about this, the allusion to a “shepherd” has numerous analogies (see 2 Sam. 5:2; Jer. 3:15; 23:1; Ezek. 34:23; Mic. 5:5 etc.) I need to point out that the title, “shepherd” is common among the Sumerians, Akkadians, and Egyptians (also in Homer Iliad II. 243).
Isa. 45:1 uses “My anointed” in the KJV, RSV and other translations (the LXX, Gk. OT; Latin Vulgate uses “Christo Meo,” “My Messiah”). The content of these terms is explained in Isa. 41:2, 3, 25; 46:11; 48:14, 15. Cyrus was also called “bird of prey” and “man of My Counsel” (46:11) and “he whom the LORD loves” (48:14). So, God even TRANSFERRED HIS LOVE FOR ISRAEL onto an idol worshipper. Why? Because Israel lost her love for God, became rebellious and disobedient . . . while Cyrus obeyed God ! Cyrus was the only king to receive such an ascription, e.g., “whom the LORD loves.” No king outside the covenant people was addressed so.
I know that God told us before Obama became president of the USA, that he would be a “weapon of mass destruction;” and we’re seeing this criminal live up to that ascription. Wait and see how God uses him in his second term—a weapon that will punish this evil/wicked/apostate nation.
While God called His kings, His prophets, His priests, patriarchs, even to the community of Israel, His “Shepherds,” His “Anointed,” etc., other foreign Monarchs were the agents, weapons, even saviors working for Yahweh God. The Assyrian monarch in Isa. 10:5, who was used to destroy the 10 northern Tribes of Israel, was addressed as “My servant.”
Cyrus was so used of God that God grasped his hand (see 45:1; 41:13; 42:6). Cyrus’ Cylinder states that Marduk helped Cyrus in the defeat of Babylon, yet it was the One True Living God who did it (see Pritchard, Ancient Near Eastern Texts, p. 315). So, heathen kings were given the “Divine Commission” (44:28; 46:11) “to subdue nations” (44:2; 48:14).
Should we be surprised if God uses evil men, pagans, even natural elements to PUNISH?? It is He who calls, commissions, sends, executes His Wrath—Fury—Indignation upon all those targeted. He uses earthly powers, as well as heavenly powers (angels), to work/war in His behalf. You had better trash all this “God don’t / won’t judge” stuff . . . AND FAST !!!
IN OUR #54 ISSUE of Words of the Spirit/Bread for the Nations (photo below), I have an arm/fist slamming into the east coast, NY/NJ especially.
“And the LORD shall cause His glorious voice to be heard, and shall shew the indignation of His anger, and with the flame of a devouring fire, with scattering, and tempest, and hailstones;” (Isa. 30:30) in reference to God’s anger against the Assyrian, the very nation that God called “My servant !”
“And I looked, and there was none to help; and I wondered that there was none to uphold: therefore Mine own arm brought salvation unto ME; and My fury, it upheld me.” Here we have Yahweh alone acting, there was no Assyrians or Babylonians or Medes/Persians—no Nebuchadrezzar (“My servant”), no Sennacherib, no Cyrus; only the LORD of Hosts (Isa. 63:5). The word “to help” is a military term; no one supported the LORD God in His conflict against the nations. The Dead Sea Scroll uses “uphold,” (vv. 4-6 = the Day of Vengeance.) We’re looking at this Day Of Vengeance right now. It has come to America, and to the world.
“And I Myself will fight against you with an outstretched hand and with a strong arm, even in anger, and in fury, and in great wrath” (Jer. 21:5) —ANGER-FURY-WRATH !!! God may use men/ nations or He may act alone.
“As I live, saith the LORD God, surely with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with fury poured out, I will rule over you” (Ezek. 20:33). Here in Isa. 9:11, 12, we see the note of doom looms menacingly as it goes on to say: “Yet His Wrath is not abated, His arm is stretched out still to strike (v. 12, see 17, 21 too). God has joined Israel’s enemies together for attack—“Syrians before, and the Philistines behind; and they shall DEVOUR Israel” (v. 12). Yet, further horror of judgment is yet to befall God’s sinning people Israel. Do you think that America is going to escape God’s Wrath?...all the 55 million pre-born MURDERED, the Homosexual Agenda in full operation, the military MURDER over decades, the sheer anti-Christ/Christian disposition within the Church and State? The list is L-O-N-G! America is going to REAP lots and lots of WRATH-FURY-INDIGNATION.
THERE ARE, in the expressions for the beginning/ending of the LORD’S WRATH, something of the ambiguity of the terms for “wrath.” If the reference is to the “emotion,” one reads for the most part of the “kindling” or “rising” of anger resulting in WRATH, FURY, INDIGNATION; e.g., Ezek. 5:13 reads: “Thus shall Mine anger be accomplished, and I will cause My Fury to rest upon them (Israel), and I will be comforted: and they shall know that I the LORD have spoken it in My zeal, when I have accomplished My fury in them.” Here we see His emotions: anger, fury, comfort(ed), zeal. God boils, erupts, then cools off so to speak. “So will I stretch out My hand upon them, and make the land desolate, yea, more desolate than the wilderness…” (Ezek. 6:14).
In Lamentations 4:11 we run across this principle—building up, blowing up, accomplishing: “The LORD hath accomplished His fury; He hath poured out His fierce anger, and hath kindled a fire in Zion, and it hath devoured…”
This same principle can be stated thus: “bringing,” “sending,” “executing.”
“Bringing”: 2 Chron. 36:15-17, v. 17 reads, “Therefore He brought upon them the King of the Chaldees…” Because Israel did not hearken to God’s sent messengers, to warn them of impending judgment, His anger grew into wrath/fury/bloodshed “who slew their (Israel’s) young men with the sword…had no compassion upon young man or maiden, old man, or him that stooped for age: He gave them all into his (Neb.) hand.” Friends, God is at this point of expression/emotion with America. You will see some drastic-horrible-pitiful-ugly things executed upon the peoples of this land...because of their SINS !! Wait and see.
“Sending”: Job 20:23 teaches us that God sends or “shall cast the fury of His wrath upon him…” “I also will choose their delusions, and will bring (or send) their fears upon them” (Isa. 66:4). We find this principle in the NT as well: “And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie” (2 Thess. 2:11). Verse 12 is more BLUNT: “That they all might be damned who believe not in the Truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”
Would a “loving, non-judgmental” God do that? YES! And He is still doing it. When you have those who HATE God’s RIGHTEOUS TRUTH—as Americans, for the most part, DO !—GOD WILL (MUST !) SEND THEM STRONG DELUSIONS... AND DAMN THEM.
You’ll never hear this preached/taught in today’s Church. Oh, no, only love, love, love, forgiveness, mercy etc.
Forgive me if I rant a bit here. “Love,” as taught and expressed today, has a false occult existential meaning—in the Church, in society at large. It has become a touchy-feely thing. One old time minister I know, recently wrote and said that “love” has become “emotion.” While this is true to a degree, Agape love, the “God love” has within it, yes, emotion, but that emotion is WRATH, Fury, Indignation! Actually, “emotion has no right or wrong by itself. Remember that old Debby Boone song, “How can it be so wrong when it feels so good?” This my friend, is dangerous…this deceitful seed, delusion has entered the Church ages ago…and has grown, contaminating this hedonistic society called America. So, your existential experiential hedonism has no meaning except to fall into a false catharsis from your delusion. Church folks today believe in just about everything that God’s Word condemns. You’ve got your mythical, effeminate Jesus who winks at sin and blesses bastards, even PINK FLAMINGO FAGGOTS.
Is God/Jesus/Holy Spirit emotionally affectionate to all these hedonistic reprobates? According to most, YES! It has gone so far now that one can be “saved” without being “saved.” Or, for you Arminian-Jesuit (as some call it) folks, you can be “saved” by knowing you are a sinner, you can’t save yourself, know Jesus paid for your sins, know you can trust God. These are all true, BUT — the most important factor is missing — REPENTANCE. We MUST confess and repent of our sins. Jesus died, shed His blood! He did His part, we must do ours — REPENT and LIVE godly lives (e.g. Rom. 6:11). It is a shame and disgrace that today’s Church is riddled with occult heresies and doctrines of devils.
And, I must add, you folks that see no need for the do’s and don’t’s, which you call ad nauseam, are scary.
I know well meaning men of God, sincere, educated, yet they mock the idea of Puritanism, e.g., abstaining from worldly things. Well, to be Biblically correct, the Bible does WARN us, over and over, not to partake of worldliness. Here is an example I just received by mail:
“The Bible word ‘sanctification’ only means ‘God saved us for His purpose and to do it, Ephesians 2:10.’ But in theology, each Church and denomination have a long list of legalism of do’s and don’ts that one must keep if any one wants to be saved and stay saved in order to merit Heaven. AAHH!! Our purpose is to please the Lord and not ourselves.
2 Corinthians 5:7-9, ‘We live by means of trusting and not by sight . . . So we make it our goal and purpose to please Him.’ See also Col. 3:17.
How many miserable hours and discussions have I been in that argument over: don’t drink the wrong beverages, don’t go to the movies, don’t play that game, don’t dance, don’t miss prayer meeting, don’t dress that way, don’t eat certain foods, don’t _____, ad nauseam.”
While I think one can carry “legalism” too far, one can underestimate the world-flesh-devil (these are Scriptural!) to the point of backsliding or going into apostasy. I feel it is totally uncalled for for ministers to downgrade the sin issue.
Turning Aside; Ceases
AS YAHWEH BRINGS/SENDS WRATH, He also causes his WRATH to cease (see Ex. 32;12; 2 Kings 23:26; Jonah 3:9.) Jonah 3:9 is a very plain verse: “Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from His fierce anger, that we perish not?”
Repentance, dear ones, will cause God’s WRATH to turn aside, turn away as in the case of Jonah going to Nineveh to prophesy judgment; the people believed and repented (chap. 3).
Even when God smites, some will repent causing God’s WRATH to cease. It is better to live upright than to cause God’s WRATH to wax HOT.
The time is at hand that He is going to SMITE fortified cities here in America. He already started with New York City (&NJ), NY being an exceedingly PROUD, REBELLIOUS and SODOMITE city. See how they fare in the aftermath (He is not through with NYC either!). Other cities will be devastated, some will be left as a reminder of His WRATH, but will never regain their glory (you need to hear Word #4886 where God speaks about this—write for it or see it up on Youtube with live footage).
So, God’s WRATH can be diverted (Jer. 18:20; Job 9:13; Ezra 10:14), turned aside (Jer. 4:8; Isa. 5:25; Joshua 7:26). This last ref. can mean that the anger has abated (not merely that judgment has ceased), so that caution is required in relation to the usage of terms/words. There are weaker expressions in the Heb. language.
GOD HAS DECLARED WAR upon America, (and the world in general). He has declared WAR upon America’s fortified cities of pride and sodomy. In its “radical operation,” the WRATH of Yahweh, aims at both destruction and construction: to tear down in order to build up (on His foundation of righteousness).
The prophets of old prophesied judgment, destruction, full extirpation (“to uproot or cut out, destroy wholly”; see Deut. 7:4; 9:8, 19, 25, etc.). The Psalms certainly speak of this, so also in Numbers, Ezekiel, Isaiah, and Jeremiah. Both Israel and the Gentiles were told of the all-destructive WRATH of Almighty God. (see Ezek. 22:31; 43:8; Isa. 30:28; 34:2, 5; 63:1-3; Jer. 50:13 etc.).
One historian (Biblical) puts it this way: “It should be noted in this connection that the prophets do not merely depict God’s anger in powerful images of cosmic proportions, impressing all creation into service to this end, but also set it in concrete relation to historical occurrence and its magnitudes” (Fichtner, TDNT, p. 400). One can go back and read the Deuteronomistic interpretation of history.
Isaiah 13:13 is a case-in-point of God’s all-destructive WRATH: “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.” This seems to point to the future (history). Isa. 30:30 is another one (used before). Isa. 34:2-4 is another “utterly destroyed” (v. 2), “host of Heaven shall be rolled together as a scroll” (v. 4). Isa. 66:15 seems to be future. Ezek. 38:22 is a very destructive verse.
So, reading both Old and New Testaments we see God’s all-destructive force working—past, present, future— individuals, groups of people, and whole nations receiving BLOWS of destruction.
God had, in times past, delivered up His very own covenant people to the Assyrians, the Babylonians, the Greeks, the Romans. Why is it hard to believe that He has stopped judging? All of you who hold to this “hopeful myth” will receive His WRATH upon you!
This is not the time to LIE to the public, we need to proclaim LOUD and CLEAR His JUDGMENTS.
Stop covering the lost in LIES!Another Form of WRATH
BANISHMENT FROM THE LAND (passim) was also a form of WRATH for Israel. In the predictive (future) and retrospective (past) preaching of God’s prophets, the exile was the main example of His WRATH; they were taken captive into foreign lands.
Also, famine/drought/pestilence were used against both Israel and the Gentiles. These WRATHFUL/destructive forces yielded high mortality; deliverance up to enemies was a cruel punishment (Num. 11:1, 10, 33; 12:9; 17:11; 1 Sam. 6:19; 2 Sam. 24 etc.).
Nations against nations were also instruments of His WRATH, the destruction of whole armies, cities, nations (Jer. 50:25).
Elemental power kills millions. Plagues and diseases kill MILLIONS. Israel lost 24,000 to a plague in Num. 25:9; 1 Sam. 6:19 speaks of 50,070 men smote by God for looking into the Ark of God, calling it “a great slaughter.” In 2 Samuel 24:15, as many as 70,000 Israelites died when God sent a pestilence upon them. Individuals were warned in Ex. 19:12, “…Whosoever toucheth the mount (Sinai) shall be surely put to death” (v. 13 also). Uzzah was smitten (killed!) by God for touching the Ark (2 Sam. 6:6, 7).
WHY ARE WE to believe that the God of the OT is not the same in the NT? Who says? When did all this change? The first to die at the hand of God in the NT were Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5); KILLED dear ones, KILLED, for lying to the Holy Spirit (v. 3, 9, 10).
We are living in a time/generation when God has HAD ENOUGH of SIN! Call this the long expected/awaited eschatological advent/event; I don’t personally care what we would call it, but I can assure you, you will see God’s WRATH-Fury- Indignation revealed upon this nation and the whole world. He has spoken it: “I AM at WAR with America!” Amen.
Yet, for the remnant’s sake, He will have mercy—this is our time to preach, teach, warn so that the repentant can come into the Ark. But for the rebellious, proud (hubrisly so), the sexually loose, there will be great WRATH; there is NO ESCAPING IT! Some will be sheltered by timely conversion (as in Zeph. 2:1-3, read that please— there is yet hope if one heeds instruction). This the Lord has spoken to us when he declared Oct. 30, 2012, that His mercy has been lifted from America; for those who will repent (under judgment), His love and covenant grace will cover them, His fully executed WRATH will be diverted. We don’t know who these souls will be.
FOR THIS PERIOD, and in later Judaism, the coming of WRATH is to be primarily on the Gentiles (see Ps. 9:16; 56:7; 79:6-8 etc.) and on the wicked and ungodly in the congregation (Ps. 7:6; 11:5; 28:4; 94:2 etc.), while the righteous within God’s people believe they are protected from approaching WRATH by experienced forgiveness of sins (see Ps. 30:5; 65:3; 103:3). But salvation, then and now, is CONDITIONAL! There is no such thing as “once saved, always saved” (write for our Trilogy on this vital subject). All you fools that think you can live like Hell and go to Heaven only deceive yourselves. I challenge any and all to prove—from Scripture— “once in grace, always in grace.”
There is NO ASSURANCE of eternal salvation, of solid confidence that coming WRATH will be escaped—ONLY to be in Christ totally, holy, wholly! There will be NO RAPTURE for all you “Left Behind” freaks—get a life! (write for our in-depth teaching on the BIG LIE of a pre-tribulation rapture—we have 4 booklets in print plus lots of DVD teachings. See how this 1830/31 LIE/DECEPTION has led to spiritual apostasy!).
AGAIN, THE EARLIER PROPHETS, the ones before the Babylonian captivity/Assyrian captivity, could speak of the “day of Yahweh,” the “day of His WRATH,” as an eschatological event (Amos 5:18-20; Isa. 2:6-21; Zeph. 1:15, 18). The same holds true for us today. We can speak of THE END in an eschatological way, but before THE END comes, there will be, ARE!, JUDGMENTS.
“IS A TRUMPET BLOWN in a city, and the people are not afraid? Does distress (Heb., “ra”) come to a city, unless YHWH has done it?” God sends, brings, judgments. Oh, men may blame the devil or global warming (this is a good one these days!) or what have you, but God is still Sovereign over ALL events of the world, including dear ol’ USA!!
We’re hearing so many complaints these days coming mostly from concerned “Christians” for what we are posting up on Youtube (under “Operation Devastation”). Boy are they mad! They usually always throw Matthew 7:1 at us: “Judge not, that ye be not judged,” that is it! Hey, O wise ones, read the context, please—vv. 2-5. We’re yet to receive these verses. Why? Because these frightful critics would have nothing to stand upon if they presented what Jesus was presenting: a hypocritical judgment. Ah, that makes a BIG difference; does it not?
Try this one: “Out of the mouth of the Most High proceedeth not evil and good?”(Lam. 3:38). And I might add this to Lam. 3:38, God’s mouth is His true prophets. All of you “God don’t judge” freaks out there in Church la-la land had better read your Bibles.
“For the inhabitants of Maroth wait anxiously for good, because disaster (“ra”) has come down from the LORD to the gate of Jerusalem (“Jer-USA-lem”)” (Micah 1:12). “Shew the things that are to come hereafter, that we may know that ye are gods: yea, do good, or do evil, that we may be dismayed, and behold it together.” What a strange verse (Isa. 41:23). Verse 22 “show us” = ”foretell,” “predict,” “declare,” “make known.” All these prophetic word-warnings and future predictions—were (are) meaningful for history as it is understood in the outcome. Events are not capricious. They move toward a goal and are involved in a destiny. They have an aharith, an end or an outcome.
Going back even further—Isa. 41:20—“that they may see, and know, and consider, and understand together, that the hand of the LORD hath done this, and the Holy One of Israel hath created it” (speaking of v. 19).
We all rejoice in God’s creative force, His wonders, His beauty, His blessings, BUT men despise His creative negative force at work—His “ra” work. But doesn’t God, a few chapters ahead (45) speak of creating darkness, evil (v. 7)? Yes! Then why are we so afraid of this aspect of His creation? Our sins may be? We don’t want our sins judged? YES !!! We ought to be TERRIFIED at His WRATHFUL anger, be dismayed at His fury, His indignation. Do you think He has stopped speaking forth WARNING and executing His displeasure upon sinful men, cities, nations? He HAS NOT.
THESE ARE FORMS of His WRATH. The Psalmist said in 89:16, “Thy fierce WRATH goeth over me; thy terrors have cut me off.” “We are consumed by Thine anger, and by Thy WRATH are we troubled” (Ps. 90:7). The following verse (8) says “Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our SECRET SINS in the light…” Ah, men think they get by, oh, no! Verse 11 continues, “Who knoweth the power of thine anger? even according to thy fear, so is thy WRATH.” God was persecuting those whom hid their iniquities/secret sins. Many times He afflicts with sickness, disease, plague etc. in order to get men to repent or die.
Job was smitten by God (through His agent, satan). The whole book is a long drawn out horror; Job is even stripped of his good health—to near death. God was working on Job in order for him to be more fruitful. We’ve all experienced a bit of “Job displeasure.”
Mold / Mildew
THOSE WHOM GOD SHOWED His great displeasure to (NY, NJ etc.) are experiencing the black mold right now. This too (mildew), is another form of His judgment according to Haggai 2:17: “I smote you with blasting and with mildew and with boil in all the labours of your hands; yet ye turned not to me, saith the LORD.” Have those on the East coast turned unto the LORD? NO! They reach out to this wicked government for help! So, God works in mysterious ways, overt/covert ways, in soft ways (snowforce)…in primal force. He works in death—dealing force, in quiet but deadly ways (black mold, diseases, plagues etc.).
Poor righteous Job accuses God, “His WRATH teareth me and attacketh me, He gnasheth upon me with His teeth” (Job 16:9, see also 19:11).
“The Bully God !”
THIS IS WHAT Brian McLaren, Emergent Church’s arch heretic calls God. He goes so far as to hint that God has a demonic element in Himself. No. We’ve just been taught the Mr. Rogers God/Jesus, the harmless Lamb of God who would never, ever harm a hair on one’s head. A God/Son who winks at the most gross sin, even partakes of such (like these vile and filthy “gay” parades and same-sex marriages etc.). No. You folks just don’t know the real God/Jesus/Holy Spirit.
A deep and sincere investigation into this matter will prove shocking. This is why I am taking the time to dig out for you all the “negative” aspects of God and the Son. I know you won’t bother. Well, at least study out what I hereby present (ad hoc). The Pentateuch and the Gospels/epistles are replete with warning. The failure of the mockers in Noah’s day to heed warnings landed them in a watery grave. The failure of Israelite Achan to observe the “ban” (Joshua 7:1; 22:20) terminated in his death by stoning. The sparing of pagan king Agag (of the Amalekites) by king Saul (1 Sam. 15), resulted in Saul’s death . . . along with thousands of his army. Take time you critics and read the Bible, not picking out your favorite “love,” “forgiveness,” “tolerance” texts, as you so love to do. Be good Bible students, study His Word. You’ll see that ol’ Generals Jim and Deborah Green are not so far off the mark.
Genesis / The Beginning
LET’S GET THIS STRAIGHT once and for all: God makes the rules, men obey them ! The genesis of man’s existence is the rule of God over man and His whole creation. From the fall of man until the final restoration, God is the Judge over ALL. The more humans rebel, the more severe His judgments. Human GUILT must be dealt with, PERIOD! And all you “God can’t do that!” rebels, will end up in Hell! Human life, being sinful, stands under the CONSTANT OPERATION of the WRATH of GOD!!
It is man’s pride, rebellion, self-love that causes God’s “outbreak” of divine WRATH. It is man’s attitude of ingratitude, his failure to repent that determines the “duration” of God’s WRATH. It is (hopefully) man’s turning around, correcting his/her sin habits that causes God’s “turning aside.”
WHEN GOD GETS “fed up” (idiom) with the sin of men, expect an outbreak of events called judgments. He smites like lightning those who are guilty. But before this, He warns. The rattlesnake warns before striking (I used to catch these things as a kid, having been bitten twice by a diamondback rattler, I grew more cautious when approaching them. Don’t try this, ok?).
THE BIBLE DOES TELL US that God is longsuffering and patient BUT these do run out if men persist and insist on sinning. This example is found in the NT friends (see Rev. 18). Verse 5 says that “her (spiritual Babylon) sins have reached unto Heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.” Her cup was filled (v. 6), or, another way of putting it, “her time was up!” God’s longsuffering and patience came to an end, “show time” arrived—her “reward” for her sins was to be “doubled.” Read that whole chapter. Now, tell me, does God/the Son judge/punish?? You can’t lay this stuff on me, “that’s Old Testament stuff—God don’t judge today.” Sorry about that.
WE’VE LEARNED that God will only take so much sin before He acts. We’ve learned even when He acts He can either strike quickly or little-by-little. His duration can be short or long, depending upon the situation. There are times He does not give free reign to His anger, but restrains Himself, and waits (Ex. 34:6, 7; Num. 14:18; Nah. 1:3; Isa. 48:9; Ps. 103:8). He gave moderate blows of warning and admonishes the guilty to turn before His WRATH turns into FURY. The Biblical prophetic writings all bear witness to this both in WRATH—sayings (see Amos 4:6-11; Isa. 9:11 and Jer. 4:4; Jeremiah 4:4 is particularly revealing: “Circumcise yourselves to the LORD, and take away the foreskins of your heart, ye men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem (JerUSAlem): lest my FURY come forth like FIRE, and BURN that none can quench it, because of the EVIL of your doings.”) I fear that the USA will experience this FURY FIRE !
So, in Yahweh’s TURNING to Israel, He either refrains from giving effect to His WRATH (esp. Hosea 11:9 = “I will not execute the fierceness of mine anger…; for I am God, and not man; a Holy One in the midst of thee; I do not come to destroy.”), or exercises clemency towards His people (see Ex. 34:6; Num. 14:18; Nah. 1:3 “and leave not wholly unpunished”).
In God’s longsuffering, He gives Israel (Gentiles) space for repentance and conversion. On the other hand He “tears into them” (modern idiom). Jeremiah 3:5 puts forth this question: “Will He reserve His anger for ever? Will He keep it to the end? Behold, thou hast spoken and done evil (“ra”) things as thou couldest.” Go back to v. 2 and catch the content of this discussion: “…thou hast POLLUTED the land with thy WHOREDOMS and with thy WICKEDNESS.” Catch v. 3: “Therefore the showers have been withholden (drought), and there hath been no latter rain; and thou hadst a WHORE’S forehead, thou REFUSEDST to be ASHAMED.” Hello America, Americans, “Christians”!!!
Going on, Jeremiah 3:12: “…RETURN, thou BACKSLIDING Israel, saith the LORD; and I will not cause mine anger to fall upon you: for I am merciful, saith the LORD, and I will NOT KEEP ANGER for ever.” But you see, that statement was (is) conditional: “only acknowledge thine iniquity, that thou hast transgressed against the LORD thy God…” (v. 13).
Okay America, will you acknowledge thine iniquities? If not, DESTRUCTION without mercy!!
AFTER ISRAEL WAS SENT to Babylon for imprisonment (because of their Pride/Rebellion etc.), in the exile there awakens the hope that the LORD’S ANGER is at an end (Isa. 40:2; Ps. 103:9). Now let’s hear what Isa. 54:8-10 has to say: “In a little WRATH I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the LORD thy Redeemer. For this is as the waters of Noah unto me: for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth; so have I sworn that I would not be wroth with thee, nor rebuke thee. For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the LORD that hath mercy on thee.” Cyrus set the exiles free—as we’ve already seen.
And yet, as Ps. 79:5; 85:5; 89:46 reads, even after the exile, the question of the duration of WRATH recurs. Also, we find Hag. 1:5-11 and Zech. 1:3, 12 (prophetic sayings) questioning this.
“COME MY PEOPLE, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast” (Isa. 26:20). Some believe this to be during the Great Tribulation, but whatever is meant, it is an apocalyptic saying, an insight, that there is a time of WRATH which MUST RUN its course before peace can come down.
Prophet Daniel echoes this: “And he (Gabriel) said, ‘Behold, I will make thee know what shall be in the LAST END of the indignation: for at the time appointed the END shall be” (Dan. 8:19, see also 11:36).
I think we’re yet to see AND feel God’s Holy ANGER/WRATH/FURY — especially here in America. He is telling us that He HAS DECLARED WAR on America. He has tolerated untold sins from the peoples who occupy this land—“Christians” also! He only takes so much, then He punishes. America has lived under the blessings of God so long that SHOCK WAVES of His Anger will literally SHOCK some back into reality; others will die in their rebellion and pride. Please read Nahum 1:2-7: terror for the ungodly (vv. 2-6), stability for the righteous (v. 7).
God has two sides to Him: LOVE, and HATRED. There is NO WAY we can get around this FACT.
“INELUCTABLE” SIMPLY MEANS “not to be avoided or overcome; inevitable.” So, even the proclamation of ineluctable WRATH always includes an appeal for repentance and conversion, in which alone there is HOPE of being preserved in the day of judgment. God’s mercy has lifted from America, His WRATH is inevitable, but for those who will repent during this WRATHFUL storm, God will save.
Deut. 6:14 tells Israel (and ALL): “Ye shall not go after other gods, of the gods of the people which are round about you.” This is EXACTLY what ancient Israel did! This is EXACTLY what “Christian” America has done and IS DOING—with GUSTO ! Well, GET READY FOR HELL ON EARTH—it will come !!
Verse 15 goes on to say, “…lest the anger of the LORD thy God be kindled against thee, and DESTROY thee from off the face of the earth.” Recall Israel’s history—millions and millions destroyed! Even today, those calling themselves “Jews” are in constant danger of sudden death at the hands of Muslims. Where is their peace?, their safety?
ONE PROFESSOR wrote: “When the WRATH of Yahweh strikes, the people have no such means to placate it as are known and used in the world around. There are no magical practices wherewith to conjure the deity” [M. Fastrow, Die Religion Babylonians...I (1905), c. 16].
I would like to point out for my readers that THERE WAS a way to stay God’s WRATH (at times). Numbers 16:45-50 is a good example: “Get you up from among this congregation, that I may consume them as in a moment. And they fell upon their faces. And Moses said unto Aaron, Take a censer, and put fire therein from off the altar, and put on incense, and go quickly unto the congregation, and make an atonement for them: for there is WRATH gone out from the LORD; the plague is begun.
And Aaron took as Moses commanded, and ran into the midst of the congregation; and, behold, the plague was begun among the people: and he put on incense, and made an atonement for the people. And he stood between the dead and the living; and the plague was stayed. Now they that died in the plague were fourteen thousand and seven hundred, beside them that died about the matter of Korah. And Aaron returned unto Moses unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation: and the plague was stayed.” Verse 16 speaks of “an atonement.” So, these verses contain a rite of atonement prescribed by Moses.
With all this said and done, let’s end part 2.
WRATH OF GOD #3