Tag: wrath of God

“It is Done!”

Scripture reading for December 20th: Micah 7, Nahum 1-3, Revelation 16

Key Scriptures:  Revelation 16:17-19 “The seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple, from the throne, saying, “It is done!”  And there were flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, and a great earthquake such as there has never been since man was on the earth, so great was that earthquake.  The great city was split into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell, and God remembered Babylon the great, to make her drain the cup of the wine of the fury of His wrath.”

John sees the seventh angel pour out the final bowl of the wrath of God into the atmosphere.  From heaven, a loud voice announced the judgment as “It is done!”  On earth, an earthquake was triggered that shook the earth and its cities and peoples more than any other before it.  God especially remembered Babylon and made her drink and drain the cup of His wrath.

Micah 7:13  “But the earth will be desolate because of its inhabitants, for the fruit of their deeds.” 

Nahum 2:10 “Desolate! Desolation and ruin!  Hearts melt and knees tremble; anguish is in all loins; all faces grow pale!”

Prayer:  Lord, help me to remember that Your final judgment will come to all on the earth and to the earth itself.  Keep me from entanglement in the corrupt system of earthly government and business represented by Babylon.  Amen.

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God’s revelation to all men!

Scripture reading for June 14th:  Romans 1

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  Romans 1:18-20  “The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.  For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–His eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”  

Paul’s letter to the Romans is a revelation of the gospel message of righteousness that comes by faith in Jesus Christ. In these verses Paul clearly states that all men have had the opportunity to see and understand God’s eternal power and divine nature through God’s revelation though creation.  Even though men have this revelation from God, Himself, they suppress this truth in unrighteousness.  They purposely block out what God clearly has revealed.  This willful suppression brings an ongoing revelation of God’s wrath upon them because sin brings death!  This wrath is seen in God giving men over to their sinful desires.  This willful exchange of truth for a lie leads to immorality with ever-increasing depravity.

Observations for over-comers:  Over-comers realize that God has revealed Himself to all mankind through creation.  They call people to account with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, revealing the only way to righteousness–through faith!  “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands.  Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge.  There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard.  Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.”  (Psalm 19:1-4)

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Who do you believe Jesus is?

Scripture reading for April 8th:  John 3

Key scriptures for over-comers:  John 3:35-36  “The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in His hands.  Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.”

John the Baptist was Jesus’ cousin and the forerunner who prepared the way for the Messiah.  He testified that he was not the Christ.   He went on to state that the Father loved the Son, (Jesus) and whoever would believe on the Son would have eternal life.  However, the converse was also true.  Whoever rejected the Son would never see eternal life but would remain under God’s wrath.  What a person believes about Jesus Christ determines their eternal destiny!  This is the simple message of the Gospel and it is the power of God for salvation to all who believe! (Romans 1:16) “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”  (John 3:16)

Observations for over-comers:  Simple trust and full reliance on Jesus Christ as God’s Son is the key to eternal life for disciples and all who will receive this message.  Rejecting the Son means God’s wrath is upon those who do so. “Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth.  Serve the Lord with fear and rejoice with trembling.  Kiss the Son, lest He be angry and you be destroyed in your way, for His wrath can flare up in a moment.  Blessed are all who take refuge in Him.”  (Psalm 2:10-12)

 

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God knows no ‘favorites’!

Scripture reading for June 16th:  Romans 2

The charge that God is unjust and has ‘favorites’ has been around for years.  Different groups and churches have used this idea to proclaim that they are God’s ‘favorites’ and the only way into God’s favor is to become a part of their group.   The Jews of Paul’s day had this idea and Paul addressed it in his letter to the Romans.

The Jews felt that they were God’s ‘favorites’ because of their history.  God had chosen Abraham and built a nation of people around this man’s response of faith to obey and follow God.  God had redeemed this people from Egyptian bondage and given them His holy Law.  The Jews condemned the Gentiles because they broke God’s laws and passed judgment.  Paul warned the Jews to be concerned about their own performance and be quick to repent!

“Now we know that God’s judgment against those who do such things is based on truth.  So when you, a mere man, pass judgment on them and yet do the same thins, do you think you will escape God’s judgment?  Or do you show contempt for the riches of His kindness, tolerance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness leads you to repentance?”  (Romans 2:2-4)

God knows the truth about each person and He will judge justly.  “For God does not show favoritism.”  (Romans 2:11) We as men do not know the truth about others and are often blind to our own faults and sins.  God has offered mercy to all men, Jew or Gentile through Jesus Christ.  His kindness should lead us to repent–change our minds–about our own sinfulness and allow God to change us.  God will judge men’s secrets on the day He chooses through His Son Jesus Christ!  (Romans 2:16)

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Exchanging truth for a lie!

Scripture reading for July 13th: Romans 1:18-32

Although the gospel is the power of God for salvation to those who will by faith believe in Jesus Christ, there was another group of people who have chosen to ignore God.  God has revealed Himself to all men through the His creation.  Paul wrote about this group in the reading for today and it speaks to our culture and time!

God’s wrath is ongoing in our world, not just something that will come at the end of time!  Paul stated that His wrath was being revealed against the wickedness of men who suppressed the truth by their wickedness.  What does ‘suppress’ mean?  To suppress means that the person saw the truth, but choose to ignore or push down the truth.  What ‘truth’ is it that these wicked men were suppressing?  That truth was the plain revelation of God’s eternal power and divine nature as revealed through His creation!  (Roman 1:20)

Paul stated that when a person suppressed this truth, his heart would become darkened by the lies that were used to push out the truth that God was making evident.  (Romans 1:21-22)  Instead of worshiping the invisible, immortal, living God who created all things, these darkened individuals chose to worship images and idols!  They exchanged truth for a lie!  This is one of the worst decisions a person can make.  (Romans 1:25)  It brings deeper darkness and increasing immorality!  Idolatry and immorality always are linked together in scripture.

Because they suppress the truth about God, God responds to their choice by giving them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity.  This lust is expressed in an exchange of passions: the natural use of sex for the unnatural!  Women burning for other women and men for other men are not natural!  God did not design the body for this unnatural union!  (Romans 1:26-27)  This is a consequence of suppressing truth!

These people chose not to retain the knowledge of God, even though His eternal power and divine nature were evident to them.  They also knew His divine decrees that those who practice what they were doing (unnatural sex), deserved death! (Leviticus 20:13)  (Romans 1:32)  They instead continued to do these things and encouraged others to do them as well!  This is what we are seeing in our nation today!  God’s wrath is ongoing–giving people over!  How we must pray and preach the powerful gospel!

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