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STUDY 13 OF 13


UpLift Him Up part 2

The Wrath of God

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Him Up Lift
Up Lift Him
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Misunderstanding the wrath of God
has brought terror to the hearts and
minds of millions. God has been viewed
as vindictive, even cruel and vengeful.
Not so, as we are about to find in our
Or, in other words, God’s wrath (the
wine of the wrath of God) will give
sinners up to that which they have
chosen (the wine of the wrath of
Babylon’s fornication). And the wine of
final quest to understand God’s last the wrath of her fornication brings death.
message to the world. “The wages of sin is death” (Romans
“And there followed another 6:23). Yet we are not dead. Why?
angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is Because God has not allowed those
fallen, that great city, because she wages to come upon us. In mercy, He
made all nations drink of the wine of has held back our wages. But if we
the wrath of her fornication” (Revela- refuse to let go of sin, we insist on
tion 14:8). According to the Bible, all receiving its wages. And, by the way,
nations have misunderstood the wages for sin is the only thing we can
character of God, but now Babylon is earn. We cannot earn our salvation.
falling and the fourth angel, that The only thing we can earn, according
lightens the earth with God’s glory, to the Bible, is the wages of sin because
says, “Come out of her, my people, salvation is the gift of God—free,
that ye be not partakers of her sins, unmerited, unearned.
Lift Him Up
Him Up Lift
Up Lift Him
Lift Him Up

and that ye receive not of her plagues” Consider another reference to the
(Revelation 18:4). wrath of God in Hosea 11:8 (NKJV):
Now notice a striking comparison “How can I give you up, Ephraim?
between the second and third angels’ How can I hand you over, Israel?”
messages: The second angel calls his Question: Hand Ephraim over to
message “the wine of the wrath of her what? Give him up to what? Answer:
fornication” (Revelation 14:8). The To his own choices; to the wages of
third angel refers to “the wine of the sin; to the wrath inherent in sin’s
wrath of God” (Revelation 14:10). fornication. But some may ask,
Do you notice a difference between “How can God hand sinners over?
the two? Both refer to “the wine.” How can He give them up? God is
Both say “of the wrath.” But one love. His love is relentless. He does
points to “of her fornication” and the not give up on us!” Amen. God is
other to “of God.” If the Biblical love, but because He is love, He will
definition of God’s wrath is His giving eventually honor our free choice. He
up persistent sinners to their sin and will not force His love upon us; He
its wages, it follows that the wine of will not extract obedience against our
the wrath of God in Revelation 14 is will. “Love does not demand its own
when He gives up the lost to the wine way” (1 Corinthians 13:5, New Living
of the wrath of Babylon’s fornication. Translation).
Understand, dear friend, that (see Galatians 2:20). That is why head first speak of the fire of convic-
God has a hard time handing any of Revelation 22:11-12 says, “He that is tion that God’s goodness brings to the
us over to our own lusts, to our own unjust, let him be unjust still: and he sinner. Hopefully, a good spirit or
sin. Continue reading in Hosea: that is filthy, let him be filthy still: and attitude or deed will win him over.
“How can I make you like Admah? he that is righteous, let him be righ- He will be convicted by the fire of
How can I set you like Zeboiim? teous still: and he that is holy, let him God—the fire of the Holy Spirit—
[Admah and Zeboiim were plains be holy still. And, behold I come and will accept the truth of the gospel.
cities that perished with Sodom and quickly.” But if not, then what? Notice what
Gomorrah.] My heart churns As soon as the earth is lightened Romans 2:4 (NIV) says: “Or do you
within Me; My sympathy is stirred” with the glory of God, as soon as show contempt for the riches of His
(Hosea 11:8, NKJV). Do you have everyone has made a decision, as soon kindness, [for His] tolerance, and [for
restless nights? Do you worry, as Jesus can look upon this vast world His] patience, not realizing that God’s
spending anxious, sleepless nights in and say, “If I let probation go on for kindness leads you toward repentance?
concern for your loved ones? Think another year, or month, or week, or But because of your stubbornness and
about God in heaven. The Bible day or even another second, it would your unrepentant heart, you are storing
says that He who watches Israel make no difference. Everyone has up wrath against yourself for the day of
neither slumbers nor sleeps (see made a decision for or against Me. God’s wrath, when His righteous
Psalm 121:4). God is ever watching He that is unjust would continue to judgment will be revealed.” Is God
over us. Why? Because there are be unjust. He that is unrighteous storing up wrath against us? No! We
people out there who do not know would choose to remain that way. It’s are storing up wrath against ourselves by
Jesus Christ. They know little, if time.” How important it is to lighten resisting and hardening our hearts
anything, of God’s love. God is the earth with the glory of God! How against the day of God’s wrath when He
watching over them. He hasn’t many lost souls are waiting to hear will give us up to our chosen sins.
handed them over yet; He hasn’t this final message to the world—the The gospel cannot be revealed
given them up. revelation of God’s true character. without revealing the works of the
God struggles with giving up Yes, the Bible says, “‘Vengeance is wicked. The whole gospel message is in
any. He does not want to do it. He Mine, I will repay,’ saith the Lord” the context of unrighteousness. Jesus
intensely does not want to do it. (Romans 12:19). Why does God say was on the cross because of our sins.
And He will not do it until He first this to us? Is God consoling the saved One cannot be revealed without disclos-
lightens the earth with His glory. here? Is He saying that, eventually, He ing the other.
Every single person, that means is going to get even with all who have Romans 2:4 speaks of a time
everyone, must have an opportunity crossed Him? That He wants to have “when His righteous judgment will be
to accept or reject Him. And the last word? That He wants the revealed.” God’s righteous judgment
probation will not close as long as privilege of revenge because He’s been is the way He has dealt with sin from
there is one person left to reach. hurt the most? No, not at all. God is its inception. Reading further in
You say, “That’s terribly painful to essentially saying, “My wrath, My Romans 2:6 (NIV), we find that “God
think that war and sin and suffering righteousness, works differently from ‘will give to [judge] each person
and violence and abuse are going to your wrath. Vengeance is Mine. You according to what he has done.’” All
continue just because one person can leave it to Me because I have My of mankind, everyone, will face the
hasn’t heard the gospel message.” own way of doing this and it’s totally revelation of what they have done in
Well, if that thought is painful to different from yours.” Notice what the light of how God has dealt with
you, just think how painful it is to He says in Romans 12:20, NKJV: sin. That is His righteous judgment.
God. Glimpse into His heart. One “Therefore if your enemy is hungry, He will not attribute to anyone more
soul is more valuable in God’s sight feed him. If he is thirsty, give him a than that person has done. He will
that worlds and galaxies and the drink; for in so doing you will heap merely reveal to them their works, and
universe. Christ would have come coals of fire on his head.” the influence of those works on others,
to this earth to die for one, just one The coals of fire on our enemy’s in relation to the cross of Christ.
Revelation 20 presents a pan- revealed in the Book of Life. And the all that God has done to save man-
orama of the white-throne judgment dead will have been raised to be kind pierces the understanding of
and the multitude of unnumbered hosts judged according to their works— the wicked, fire rains down from
like the sand of the sea gathered around works of the flesh in contrast to the heaven and consumes them. And
the New Jerusalem city. Suddenly, the deeds clearly written in the Books. yes, there is literal fire. But that
wicked multitude will behold the “great And what will God be doing literal fire is yet another facet of
white throne and Him that sat on it during this scene? Will He be satis- God’s mercy. The wicked entreat the
from whose face the earth and the fied? Will He be smug? Will He be flames to consume them and to hide
heaven fled away; and there was found appeased? No, not at all. His heart of them from the terrible reality of their
no place for them” (Revelation 20:11). love will break anew for each dying guilt and rejection of the gospel.
No place to run. No place to hide. No soul. “How can I do this? How can I They long for the flames. And so, in
place apart from the awesome, omnipo- give you up? How can I let you go?” mercy, the Lord declares, “This shall
tent presence of God. Back in chapter 14, the third be the plague wherewith the Lord
“And I saw the dead, small and angel followed the second, “saying will smite all the people that have
great, stand before God; and the with a loud voice, If any man worship fought against Jerusalem; their flesh
books were opened: and another book the beast and his image, and receive shall consume away while they stand

The subject of the wrath of God,

misunderstood, has brought terror to
the hearts and minds of millions.
was opened, which is the Book of Life” his mark in his forehead, or in his upon their feet, and their eyes shall
(Revelation 20:12). What is written in hand, the same shall drink of the wine consume away in their holes, and
the Book of Life? Is the story of of the wrath of God,…and he shall be their tongue shall consume away in
redemption chronicled there? Is the tormented with fire and brimstone in their mouth” (Zechariah 14:12).
cross of Calvary embossed on its pages? the presence of the holy angels, and in Let’s do a comparison study on
Are the good deeds of God’s people the presence of the Lamb” (Revelation that word “consume” in Ezekiel
recorded in that Book? Is each time we 14:9-10). The final judgment cannot 33:10. “Therefore, O thou son of
fed our enemies and gave water to happen any other way. The torment man, speak unto the house of Israel;
relieve their thirst noted there? How brought upon the wicked is the thus ye speak, saying, If our trans-
about those times when we turned the realization of the gospel rejected and gressions and our sins be upon us,
other cheek and went the extra mile? the torment takes place in the pres- and we pine away in them, how
Are they in the Book too? What is ence of God and in the presence of the should we then live?” If our sins and
written in the Book of Life? Just this: Lamb. That word “Lamb” signifies transgressions remain on us, if we
every good deed done in the spirit of the cross, the sacrifice, the sin-bearer. cherish our sins and transgressions
Jesus Christ is recorded there. Only in the presence of the Lamb of unto ourselves, if we do not give
Remember, God said, “Vengeance God “which taketh away the sin of the them to Jesus, we will “pine away” in
is Mine. I will repay.” And now, the world” (John 1:29) can the final them. Those sins will consume us
record book will stand open for all to judgment come to an end. and we will die an eternal death.
view. The plan of salvation will be As the revelation of the cross and The NEB reads, “Surely our trans-
gressions and our sins are upon us believe in Jesus.] Also I will make there is no place found for them.
and we are rotting away in them. justice the measuring line, and righ- They will see the revelation of their
How then can we survive?” And the teousness the plummet.” chosen path reflected against God’s
New International Version offers, What is justice? According to pure character. Then they, too, will
“Our offenses and our sins weigh us Romans 3:25 in the NIV, God pre- testify to the glory of God, as relent-
down and we are wasting away in sented Jesus as a sacrifice of atonement less, merciful flames claim them.
them. How then can we live?” for our sins to demonstrate His justice. Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 5:11
The next verse tells how we can 1 John 1:9 declares that He is faithful (NKJV): “Knowing, therefore, the
live: “Say unto them, As I live, saith and just to forgive us our sins. Justice terror of the Lord, we persuade men;”
the Lord God, I have no pleasure in is revealed at the cross, along with and again in verse 14: “For the love of
the death of the wicked, but that the mercy. So, justice (or the cross of Christ compels us, because we judge
wicked turn from his way and live: Christ) will be the measuring line and thus: that if One died for all, then all
turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways, righteousness will be the plummet died.” There is no contradiction in
for why will ye die, O house of (the standard). “Your covenant with these two statements. God is not a
Israel?” (Ezekiel 33:11). Do you see death will be annulled, and your terror on one side of the coin and a
the heart of God? Do not try to agreement with Sheol [the grave] will God of love on the other. The love of
atone for your own sins. Do not try not stand; when the overflowing God, revealed in Christ’s death on the
to merit your own salvation. Give scourge passes through, then you will cross, will be a terror only to those
your sins to Jesus Christ because they be trampled down by it,…for morn- who persist in rejecting that truth and,
will consume you. They will crush ing by morning it will pass over, and in turn, in rejecting their only de-
you. They will destroy you. They by day and by night; it will be a terror fender from the transgression of that
will rot you away while you are just to understand the report” (Isaiah truth, Jesus Christ.
standing on your feet. And God has 28:18, 19, NKJV). And then will be revealed the
no pleasure in that kind of death for This revelation is going to take truth of Proverb 8:36 (NKJV): “But
anyone. Turn ye, turn ye, and live. some time to be completed. And the he who sins against Me wrongs his
In love, God shows us now the gospel will be a terror to understand in own soul; all those who hate Me love
conclusion of His plan to save His that day. As the scourge passes over death.” When we sin, we injure
people. He wants us to understand morning by morning, and night after ourselves. As we turn away from God,
the scope of the plan of salvation night, as the history of six thousand we are turning away from life, from
now. He wants us to turn from sin years of sin passes before all, those the only source of life, and are em-
now and not wait for the terror of who have rejected this message will bracing death, the wages of sin. How
the judgment. Because, the same have no rest day or night. They will the heart of God churns! How He
gospel that speaks peace and hope have no rest until the full revelation of agonizes and weeps, even now! How
and love to us today, will be a terror their rejection of that gospel consumes can He give us up? How can He let us
in that day. them. This is God’s strange act. go? Please come and accept the
Notice this prophecy in Isaiah Why? Because He has held us back wonderful gift of salvation in Jesus
28:16, 17 (NKJV): “Therefore thus from this revelation until that day. He Christ. Amen.
says the Lord God: Behold, I lay in has refused to give us up. The whole
Zion a stone for a foundation, a tried universe has looked on as, in mercy,
stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure He has held His wrath in check—day
foundation [Jesus Christ is the after year after century after millen-
foundation stone, the cornerstone, nium. Even at the second coming of
from the foundation of the worlds]; Jesus, He allows the wicked to flee to
whoever believes will not act hastily. the mountains and caves, and allows
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