This is a topic that keeps raising its ugly head among
Christians today. Will the Church go through the great tribulation, the wrath of
God? Of course there are many interpretations being pushed on a public that for
the most part won’t study the scriptures for themselves. Those Christian’s who
wait for someone else to do the studying so they don’t have to,are,
besides risking being led astray, missing a huge blessing from God.
If you’re a hard core Calvinist you might want to stop
I’ve written commentaries on this subject before but it’s
become clear that my explanations as to why the Church won’t see the wrath of
God were lacking some sufficient content. So allow me to make another stab at
why I believe God’s Church will not be on planet earth when His hammer falls.
“...and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even
Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.”
1 Thessalonians 1:10
First of all, let’s keep the following premise in mind,God
plays no favorites. Every person on the face of this planet is equally known to
God. “But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Matthew 10:30.
So there’s no doubt He knows us better than we know ourselves. And He loves
us more than we can ever fully grasp. If you’re not a Christian today and you’re
wondering if God loves you too, the answer is absolutely, there’s no question of
that. There is one main difference between Christians and non-Christians though,
and that difference is their ultimate eternal destinations.
God has had a long term plan for mankind which started way
back before time and long before the Garden of Eden, before our prehistoric
parents came on the scene. He hasn’t changed His mind about humankind. He wants
to establish a relationship with us, a close relationship, aFather
to child type of relationship. He’s loving, caring, longsuffering, patient,
kind, full of grace and mercy. On theother
hand He has been storing up wrath and that wrath will be poured out on the
disobedient of mankind. “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against
all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in
unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God
has shown it to them.” Romans 1:18, 19. Unavoidable is the wrath of
God for those who remain in disobedience.
So who are the disobedient? Everyone who has denied that
God sent His only begotten Son (Jesus our Messiah) to die for us, they are those
who will see the wrath of God come upon them unless there is repentance in time.
Many people today believe they’ve committed so many sins and have been so very
disobedient to God that there is no way they can ever be forgiven. Here’s a news
flash, everyone has been disobedient in the past and everyone has committed
sins, and there is none worthy of salvation, not one. “He who believes in the
Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see
life, but the wrath of
on him." John 3:36.
That’s true, there are none who are worthy to merit
salvation but there are many who’ve placed their faith and trust in Jesus
Christ. Those of us who’ve been born again are those who won’t see, feel, or go
through “the wrath of God” when it arrives on an unsuspecting Christ rejecting
“Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body
shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the
dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead. 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. For, behold, the LORD cometh
out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the
earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.”
Believers will be taken out of this world and placed in a
place of safety and comfort while the wrath of God punishes those who’ve
rejected His free gift of salvation. “For God did not appoint us to wrath,
but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,” 1 Thessalonians
5:9. God doesn’t want anyone to experience His wrath, sadly many, of
their own accord will.
“For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be
ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that
blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has
come in.” Romans 11:25 There is coming a day in the not so distant
future when God will tell His only begotten Son to go get His Church, we will be
Raptured and taken to be with Jesus for a period until it’s time for Jesus’
Second Advent. Then we who are with Him shall return with Him to earth to
witness His awesome power in putting an end to war, evil, plagues, famine, the
wrath of God will have ended. The earth will be restored to its pristine
The Raptured saints (his Church) will rule and reign with
Jesus for one thousand years. A devastating war will have taken place just prior
to Jesus’ return in which a majority of earth dwellers will have perished. Will
you be one of those?
“And after they had become silent, James answered,
saying, "Men and brethren, listen to me: Simon has declared how God at the first
visited the Gentiles to take out of them a people for His name (the Church).
And with this the words of the prophets agree, just as it is written: 'After
this I will return And will rebuild the tabernacle of David, which has fallen
down; I will rebuild its ruins, And I will set it up; So that the rest of
mankind may seek the LORD, Even all the Gentiles who are called by My name, Says
the LORD who does all these things.' "Known to God from eternity are all His
works.” Acts 15:13-18.
The Rapture of Christ’s Church is a controversial
subject to be sure. The controversy stems from a lack of understanding of
scriptures. I suspect that some Bible teachers
feel the “Rapture view” is too fantastic to consider. Their finite minds just
won’t grasp the concept. This lack of understanding and rejection of the truth
causes them to conjure up alternatives to God’s word.But
we just can’t get around the subject of a near future event occurring which we
call the Rapture. God’s word is replete with verses that point to this event
clearly coming to pass. We shouldn’t just shrug them off, or consider the view
“Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also
will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to
test those who dwell on the earth.” Revelation 3:10. Hence the term
Earth dwellers is referring to those who are still remaining after the Rapture.
We who are born again aren’t earth dwellers but sojourners just passing through.
Pursuing the whole council of God should bring any diligent Bible student to a
point of understanding and affirm the truth surrounding the Rapture. The very
fact that we who are born again, born from above, born from God will not see or
feel His wrath is clearly delineated in the scriptures.
Don’t misunderstand; there is a huge difference between
God’s wrath and the persecution that comes from our fellow man, those who follow
Satan. Christian persecution is prevalent and ugly but scriptural. Jesus said,
“If the world hates you, you know that it hated
Me before it hatedyou.
John 15:18. As Christians we aren’t excused from trials and
tribulations but we will be excused from the God’s wrath, and it’s surely coming
to planet earth.
I must reiterate that if you are reading this commentary
and are not born again,when
the Rapture of Christ’s Church occurs you will not be among those taken. You
will be left here to see and feel and watch the wrath of God as He punishes
those who remained in unbelief. That’s one scenario. The other is you’ve
accepted the truth of the Gospel of Christ, you’ve repented of your sins and
you’ve become a believer and are among your brothers and sisters in Christ as we
all head to Heaven in the Rapture. That’s the scenario we should all be striving
There is a massive amount of people who don’t believe, and
won’t ever come to know and believe the truth of God’s word. There will be
multitudes remaining in that state of unbelief when the wrath of God is poured
out. It’s not going to be pretty. God’s wrath will be devastating and horrible,
and impossible to endure. Men will want to die; they will want to commit suicide
but there will be a period of five months in which God won’t permit anyone to
die. “And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they
should be tormented five months:” Revelation 9:5.
Those who remain after the Rapture of the Church won’t be
able to live in a cave somewhere or in the far outreaches of nonexistent
civilization expecting to escape what everyone else will face. You can’t hide
from God. Many believe in suicide as a way to obtain peace through death. For
the non-believer suicide is only jumping from the frying pan into the fire, the
Lake of Fire.
There is precious little time remaining. When God wills it,
up will go His Church, and down will come His wrath. Your eternal destiny is
your choice, Heaven as your ultimate destination depends on your making the
God bless you all,