Certainly, what I TEACH here is NOT how many people THINK of Jesus!
How can the loving, compassionate and merciful SAVIOR be THE ONE Who PERFORMS the WRATH of God? Indeed, WITHOUT a whole KNOWLEDGE of WHAT the Bible proclaims, the IDEA of a wrath-performing Jesus could be RECKONED as false. But let’s look deeper!
First, a brief amount of background.
In order to understand what I’m going to PRESENT, you need to be familiar with the CONSTRUCTION of the book of Revelation. Chapter One introduces THE PROPHECY (in verse 3) and includes a VISION of a RISEN and GLORIFIED Jesus. Chapters Two and Three give THE PROPHECY of SEVEN CHURCHES (a picture of the AGE of the CHURCH--from its beginning to HOW it ends). Chapter Four STARTS with a PICTURE of the Apostle John being called by Jesus, “Come up here” and immediately, John found himself at God’s THRONE in HEAVEN (the ACTIONS a TYPE of the RAPTURE). At God’s throne, there’s 24 Elders. The SYMBOL (and the DESCRIPTIONS) of these ELDERS offers a picture of THE CHURCH in heaven AFTER being caught up to God’s throne in a PRE-TRIBULATION RAPTURE.
In Revelation 5, a DILEMMA arises. A SEVEN-SEALED SCROLL is introduced. But, NO MAN was found in heaven, on earth, or under the earth, who was WORTHY to OPEN that SCROLL.
A question surfaces: WHO can OPEN the SCROLL and BEGIN the JUDGMENTS of God? No MAN in heaven (souls redeemed from the Old Testament--still waiting for their resurrection, plus A RAPTURED and RESURRECTED CHURCH), no MAN on the earth trapped in sin and rebellion, and no MAN under the earth (lost souls in hell)--NONE of these MEN could OPEN the Scroll.
So WHO was found WORTHY? What MAN could HE be?
BEHOLD! “The Lion of the tribe of Judah” has PREVAILED, and He CAN take the SCROLL, and He CAN UNSEAL the SEVEN SEALS thereof.
Jesus (God in the FLESH of a MAN--our KINSMAN REDEEMER) OVERCAME and CONQUERED sin, death and the devil! Therefore He’s WORTHY to OPEN the JUDGMENTS of God! Jesus is also shown as a LAMB as it had been SLAIN--Jesus, with the MARKS of His crucifixion upon His resurrected body! He’s THE MAN (at the throne of God) who is ABLE to take the SCROLL from the HANDS of His Father. (Later, I’ll teach Revelation FIVE in DEPTH. The TRUTHS about our KINSMAN REDEEMER are AWESOME!)
In Revelation 6, Jesus BEGINS opening THE SERIES of SEVEN SEALS. One by one, the SEALS are STRIPPED from the SCROLL, and UNDER each SEAL, a more severe and terrible JUDGMENT EMERGES. When the SIXTH SEAL is opened, godless (and blind) people on the earth RECOGNIZE a FACT that they had NOT realized BEFORE.
Revelation 6:15 to 17--“And the KINGS of the earth, and the GREAT men, and the RICH men, and the CHIEF CAPTAINS, and the MIGHTY men, and every BONDSMAN, and every FREE man, HID themselves in the DENS and in the ROCKS of the MOUNTAINS; and said to the MOUNTAINS and ROCKS, ‘Fall on us, and HIDE us from the FACE of Him that sits on the throne (God), and from THE WRATH OF THE LAMB: for the great day OF WRATH is come (is present), AND WHO SHALL BE ABLE TO STAND?’”
Who is THE LAMB? We recognize the LAMB OF GOD as none other than Jesus Himself! Remember when John the Baptist saw Jesus approaching the River Jordan on THE DAY He was to be BAPTIZED? John the Baptist declared, “Behold, the LAMB OF GOD Who takes away the sins of the world!” (John 1:29.)
Now, in Revelation 6, we see Jesus take the SEVEN-SEALED SCROLL. He opens it. The OPENING of the SEVEN-SEALED SCROLL is the START of the WRATH of the LAMB (the WRATH of JESUS!). By the time the WRATH progressed to the OPENED SIXTH SEAL, “blind” people on earth RECOGNIZE they are indeed in a TIME of God’s JUDGMENT.
The nail-scarred HANDS of Jesus RIP away those SEALS! Why? BECAUSE people on the earth have IGNORED or REJECTED Him--and the SALVATION He OFFERED!
Yes, the HANDS of Jesus RIP away those SEALS. Nothing could be clearer than that!
The scroll REVEALS the WRATH OF THE LAMB! Jesus is ACTING in ANGER at this point! (Should that SURPRISE us? NO! Jesus ACTED in RIGHTEOUS ANGER and ZEAL when He overturned the money-changers’ tables in the temple. Matthew 21:12-13. Mark 11:15-18. John 2:13-22.)
This is NOT the ONLY picture of Jesus PERFORMING God’s WRATH and FULFILLING “the DAY of VENGEANCE of our God.” Let’s look at Revelation 14:14-16.
“And I (John) looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud ONE sat LIKE UNTO THE SON OF MAN (Jesus), having on His head a golden crown, and in His hand a sharp sickle. And another angel came out of the temple (in heaven), crying with a loud voice to Him that sat on the cloud. Thrust in Your sickle, and reap: for the time is come for You to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe. And He that sat on the cloud thrust in His sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped.”
Obviously, in this picture, the ONE doing the REAPING with His SHARP SICKLE is THE SON OF MAN (Jesus).
The SYMBOLS used--the SHARP SICKLE for the harvest, CUTTING the harvest, and REAPING an earth which is RIPE and READY--all these IMAGES are those of WRATH, JUDGMENT and THE ACT of God’s VENGEANCE upon THE WORLD OF THE TRIBULATION. (This portion of the prophecy [in Revelation 14] points FORWARD to what’s YET COMING, when Jesus ACTUALLY RETURNS to the earth at the scene of Armageddon. He will come with FORCE in the FINAL and COMPLETED WRATH of God!)
Let’s look at a PARALLEL PROPHECY in Jesus’ “Kingdom Parables” in Matthew 13. In this scripture, Jesus INTERPRETS the PARABLE of THE TARES. Matthew 13:37-43.
“He (Jesus) answered them (His disciples) and said unto them, “He who sows the good seed is the SON OF MAN; the field is the WORLD; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the TARES are the children of the WICKED ONE; the ENEMY that sowed them (the TARES) is the DEVIL; the HARVEST is the END OF THE WORLD; and the REAPERS are the angels. As therefore the TARES are GATHERED and BURNED in the FIRE; so SHALL IT BE in the END OF THIS WORLD (AGE). The SON OF MAN shall SEND FORTH His angels, and they shall GATHER out of His Kingdom ALL things that OFFEND, and THEM which DO INIQUITY; and shall CAST THEM into a FURNACE of FIRE: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then shall THE RIGHTEOUS shine forth as THE SUN in the KINGDOM of their Father. Who has ears to hear, let him hear.’”
When the scripture speaks of HARVESTING, using the concepts of SICKLES, REAPING of TARES, the ENEMY (devil), children of the WICKED ONE, things that OFFEND, those who DO INIQUITY, cast into a FURNACE of FIRE, with WAILING and GNASHING of teeth, at the END OF THE WORLD (at the end of the current AGE of GODLESS GENTILE GOVERNMENTS)--we get a CLEAR IDEA of God’s WRATH, His VENGEANCE, His JUDGMENT. JESUS oversees this PUNISHMENT and PARTICIPATES in it.
By now, it should be abundantly clear as to who PERFORMS God’s JUDGMENT. The SON OF MAN (Jesus) works in CONJUNCTION with His HOLY ANGELS in FLAMING FIRE! Just LIKE we SAW in a previous blog (explaining 2 Thessalonians 1:7-8). “And to you (CHURCH) who are troubled REST with us (in a PRE-TRIBULATION RAPTURE)--WHEN the LORD JESUS shall BE REVEALED from heaven WITH HIS MIGHTY ANGELS, in FLAMING FIRE taking VENGEANCE on them that KNOW NOT God, and that OBEY NOT the gospel.”
Putting all these scriptures TOGETHER makes it ABUNDANTLY OBVIOUS! Jesus is THE ONE Who will PERFORM the WRATH of God--and it will happen during the ENTIRE seven years of the TRIBULATION! It can be no other way!
Even though this series of teachings have been HEAVY upon the JUDGMENT angle, I hope you’re being blessed and strengthened by it. When we’ve accepted Jesus as our Savior and Lord, inviting Him to come DWELL inside our hearts, we’re SAVED from the WRATH to come!
In a future blog, I’ll emphasize that WONDERFUL FACT, but for now, I wish all of you a wonderful day of blessings IN the love and the GRACE of Jesus!
EVEN SO, COME QUICKLY, LORD JESUS. AS THE HOUR GROWS INCREASINGLY DARKER, WE LOOK UP, KNOWING YOU’RE SOON TO COME AND SNATCH US AWAY FROM THIS WORLD OF UGLINESS, GREED AND STRIFE.
That’s the BLESSED HOPE of the PRE-TRIBULATION RAPTURE!
TRUE CHURCH--We will NEVER fall under the RIGHTEOUS JUDGMENTS performed by the SAVIOR OF OUR SOULS. We’re SAVED by the EXTREMELY HIGH COST of His SHED BLOOD!