The Wrath To Come :: By Daniel Payne

Those of us who draw near to God in full assurance of His salvation for us (Hebrews 10:22) are assured by Him that He will deliver us from His wrath to come:

“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).

There is a difference between the eternal wrath of hell and the hour of wrath at the beginning of the Day of the Lord. The entirety of the Day of the Lord will last one thousand years (Revelation 20:4). The beginning of the Day of the Lord will encompass the wrath of the Tribulation which will last at least seven years.

Hell is a current ongoing and eternal punishment for sin. Hell is not an appointed time of future wrath to come in the same sense as “the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world” (Revelation 3:10).

The beginning of the Day of the Lord that includes the Tribulation is the appointed time of “the wrath to come.”

“Because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead” (Acts 17:31).

The Greek word translated as “delivers” above in 1 Thessalonians 1:10 is “rhýomai.” Definition: draw (pull) to oneself; to rescue (“snatch up”); to draw or rescue a person to and for the deliverer.

Peter used the same Greek word to describe God’s rescue of Lot out of Sodom before its subsequent destruction:

“And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to destruction, making them an example to those who afterward would live ungodly; and delivered righteous Lot, who was oppressed by the filthy conduct of the wicked” (2 Peter 2:6-7).

God can very easily rescue His people out of the trial of His choosing, and at the same time “reserve the unjust under punishment for the day of judgment” (2 Peter 2:9).

The bride of Christ is not appointed to the wrath of the Groom.

“But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation. For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 5:8-9).

The wrath that Paul says we’re not appointed for is noted in the verses just prior:

“For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, ‘Peace and safety!’ then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape” (1 Thessalonians 5:2-3).

It’s obvious—when taken in context—that the wrath that God will rescue us from is the wrath of the Day of the Lord. The Rapture is our helmet of hope in our salvation from the intense persecutions and trials of the Tribulation.

Of course, if we are rescued from the Tribulation via the Rapture, then we are also saved from eternity in hell. Our hope of salvation encompasses both the Rapture and eternal life with God.

Jesus is our deliverer from His own wrath to come (during the Day of the Lord). That is why He closed the book of Isaiah in the specific place that He did, when reading from it in the temple:

“And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written: ‘The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.’ Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down” (Luke 4:17-20a).

Jesus purposely did not read the next phrase from Isaiah 61:2 because His bride—the church—is not appointed to His wrath during “the day of vengeance of our God.”

Here is the very next phrase in Isaiah 62 that Jesus did not read:

“To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, And the day of vengeance of our God” (Isaiah 61:2a).

Jesus came to this earth in the body of a Man in order to call a new group of people—made up of both Jews and Gentiles:

“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy” (1 Peter 2:9-10).

The wrath to come is the time of Jacob’s trouble, not the time of the Bride’s trouble.

“And He said, ‘Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel; for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed’” (Genesis 32:28).

“Alas! For that day is great, So that none is like it; And it is the time of Jacob’s trouble, But he shall be saved out of it” (Jeremiah 30:7).

We who are actually wanting, watching, and waiting for the return of our dear Savior are the Bride of Christ.

“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish” (Ephesians 5:25-27).

“Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready” (Revelation 19:7).

“Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband” (Revelation 21:2).

Don’t let those who refuse to approach the throne of God in full assurance of faith discourage you. Just because they doubt and mock does not mean that God is delaying His return.

We remnant believers can rejoice in our hope of deliverance which will occur without delay at the Rapture of the Bride of Christ!

“Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words” (1 Thessalonians 4:17-18).

“And every man that hath this hope in Him purifies himself, even as He is pure” (1 John 3:3)

Why Is Hell Forever? :: By Daniel Payne

Since unrepentance remains—sins remain—and so the fire remains.

First of all, hell is a choice:

“Jesus answered them and said, ‘My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent Me. If anyone wills to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on My own authority’” (John 7:16-17).

Do you see it? “If anyone wills to do His will.” If who wills? Anyone.

What is the will of God?

“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).

God’s will is that all should come to repentance. Who? All.

Simply put, it begins with your will. If anyone actually wants to be saved, then they will be led by the conviction of the Holy Spirit to repentance and salvation through confession, profession, and possession.

“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name” (John 1:12).

“In Whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the Word of Truth, the gospel of your salvation: in Whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise” (Ephesians 1:13).

If a person is not willing to believe, genuinely repent, and accept God’s free gift, then they will spend eternity in hell.

“But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death” (Revelation 21:8).

The sins are listed out for those who refuse to repent, because their sins remain unforgiven.

If you refuse to repent, confess, believe, and receive forgiveness, then you are rendered guilty of all the sins you have ever committed; and the penalty of sin is death. However, if you are willing to believe, then you will not refuse the conviction; but instead, you will yield to the conviction of the Holy Spirit and confess your sin:

“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:8-9).

Don’t let anyone deceive you into believing that works are necessary for your salvation.

Don’t let wolves in fancy robes steal part of your works as being for you to submit to their authority. It should not be a mystery to anyone that some people want power and control over others.

The only logical conclusion that some people willingly submit to this power and control over themselves is that they’re deceived into believing it is assisting in their own salvation.

Unlike wicked wolves in sheep’s clothing—God wants to set you free:

“If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36).

The faith of those who choose to sincerely repent and believe is credited to them as righteousness. Not faith in a fancy church or a burdensome religious system—but faith in God alone:

“And he believed in the LORD, and He accounted it to him for righteousness” (Genesis 15:6).

“But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness” (Romans 4:5).

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).

The perfect life, perfect sacrifice, and perfect blood of Jesus Christ is the only thing powerful enough to cleanse sin:

“The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7).

So why do the flames of hell have to burn forever?

Easy answer:

“But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away” (Isaiah 64:6).

The fireproof dross of our congenital sin can only be removed through the perfect blood of Jesus Christ.

Hell has to burn eternal because there is no other way to purify our wickedness except by the blood of the Lamb—fire cannot even burn through. Hell demonstrates not only the depth of our wickedness but the height of the atonement of Jesus.

Think on the following verses:

“As it is written: ‘There is none righteous, no, not one;’…

Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus” (Romans 3:10, 20-26).

Even our “righteousness” is filthy apart from the Spirit of God, let alone our deep-rooted evil traits: Pride, selfishness, perversion, hatred, anger, impatience, greed, jealousy, spiritual laziness, etc.

Through the blood of Christ, we receive the Holy Spirit who can produce within us a drastic change—our disingenuous unrighteous traits will be replaced with His genuine righteous traits: Love, humility, mercy, compassion, forgiveness, patience, benevolence, empathy, etc.

If a person chooses to deny and not accept the only cure for their disease of sin, then they will be eternally separated from their only hope of the cure which the flames of hell can never heal.

Even in the Tribulation, sin cannot be purged without the presence and action of God:

“I will bring the one-third through the fire, Will refine them as silver is refined, And test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, And I will answer them. I will say, ‘This is My people’; And each one will say, ‘The LORD is my God’” (Zechariah 13:9).

Hell is a place where God is NOT present. How then can something be purified that even the flames of hell cannot burn away? The answer again is that sin cannot be purified without the express action of God.

God and His saving grace are not present in hell, so the lake of fire will burn forever.

Do not choose to go there.

“Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2b).