Summary: To stop playing around, God is serious and we should be as well
GOD’S WRATH (God se Toorn)
WE THINK THAT WHEN WE HEAR THE WORD WRATH WE TEND TO THINK OF UNCONTROLLED ANGER. THAT IS HUMAN WRATH. GOD’S WRATH IS HIS SETTLED HOSTILITY TOWARDS ALL SIN, IT MEANS THAT GOD’S HOLINESS CANNOT COEXIST WITH SIN IN ANY FORM WHATSOEVER.
God's anger is revealed from heaven against every ungodly and immoral thing people do as they try to suppress the truth by their immoral living. What can be known about God is clear to them because he has made it clear to them. From the creation of the world, God's invisible qualities, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly observed in what he made. As a result, people have no excuse. They knew God but did not praise and thank him for being God. Instead, their thoughts were pointless, and their misguided minds were plunged into darkness. While claiming to be wise, they became fools. They exchanged the glory of the immortal God for statues that looked like mortal humans, birds, animals, and snakes. For this reason God allowed their lusts to control them. As a result, they dishonor their bodies by sexual perversion with each other. These people have exchanged God's truth for a lie. So they have become ungodly and serve what is created rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen! For this reason God allowed their shameful passions to control them. Their women have exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. Likewise, their men have given up natural sexual relations with women and burn with lust for each other. Men commit indecent acts with men, so they experience among themselves the punishment they deserve for their perversion. And because they thought it was worthless to acknowledge God, God allowed their own immoral minds to control them. So they do these indecent things. Their lives are filled with all kinds of sexual sins, wickedness, and greed. They are mean. They are filled with envy, murder, quarreling, deceit, and viciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, haughty, arrogant, and boastful. They think up new ways to be cruel. They don't obey their parents, don't have any sense, don't keep promises, and don't show love to their own families or mercy to others. Although they know God's judgment that those who do such things deserve to die, they not only do these things but also approve of others who do them.
SO WE CAN SAFELY SAY THAT GOD’S WRATH IS NOT UNCONTROLLED RAGE, VINDICTIVE BITTERNESS OR GOD LOSING HIS TEMPER.
IF WE LOOK AT THE ABOVE SCRIPTURES, THEY BOTH PRONOUNCE GOD’S JUGDEMENT ON THE WHOLE HUMAN RACE AND IT COMES INTO RESPONSE TO MAN’S REJECTION. THE TRUTH IS WE HAVE THE PROBLEM NOT GOD. FIRST MAN REBELS AND THEN GOD RESPONDS WITH HIS WRATH.
I heard a loud voice from the temple saying to the seven angels, "Pour the seven bowls of God's anger over the earth." The first angel poured his bowl over the earth. Horrible, painful sores appeared on the people who had the brand of the beast and worshiped its statue. The second angel poured his bowl over the sea. The sea turned into blood like the blood of a dead man, and every living thing in the sea died. The third angel poured his bowl over the rivers and the springs. They turned into blood. Then I heard the angel of the water say, "You are fair. You are the one who is and the one who was, the holy one, because you have judged these things. You have given them blood to drink because they have poured out the blood of God's people and prophets. This is what they deserve." Then I heard the altar answer, "Yes, Lord God Almighty, your judgments are true and fair." The fourth angel poured his bowl on the sun. The sun was allowed to burn people with fire. They were severely burned. They cursed the name of God, who has the authority over these plagues. They would not change the way they think and act and give him glory. The fifth angel poured his bowl on the throne of the beast. Its kingdom turned dark. People gnawed on their tongues in anguish and cursed the God of heaven for their pains and their sores. However, they would not stop what they were doing. The sixth angel poured his bowl on the great Euphrates River. The water in the river dried up to make a road for the kings from the east. Then I saw three evil spirits like frogs come out of the mouths of the serpent, the beast, and the false prophet. They are spirits of demons that do miracles. These spirits go to the kings of the whole world and gather them for the war on the frightening day of God Almighty. "See, I am coming like a thief. Blessed is the one who remains alert and doesn't lose his clothes. He will not have to go naked and let others see his shame." The spirits gathered the kings at the place which is called Armageddon in Hebrew. The seventh angel poured his bowl into the air. A loud voice came from the throne in the temple, and said, "It has happened!" There was lightning, noise, thunder, and a powerful earthquake. There has never been such a powerful earthquake since humans have been on earth. The important city split into three parts, and the cities of the nation’s fell. God remembered to give Babylon the Great the cup of wine from his fierce anger.