This installment CONTINUES to REFUTE the ERRONEOUS IDEA that the WRATH of God BEGINS with the POURING OUT of the BOWLS in Revelation 16. I intend to show, by offering you scriptures to compare, that the PRE-WRATH RAPTURE idea is RIDDLED with HOLES. The concept DOES NOT LINE UP with what God says in OTHER parts of His Word.
With today’s subject, I move forward to answer question TWO from the previous note--“WHY does the WRATH of God FALL?”
First, let’s look at what Jesus said in John 5:43 as He talked to the Pharisees. He offered a SOMBER WARNING upon an unbelieving religious majority.
“I AM COME IN MY FATHER’S NAME, and you RECEIVE ME NOT: if ANOTHER shall come IN HIS OWN NAME, him you WILL RECEIVE.”
In this passage, Jesus told UNBELIEVING Jews how He came in His Father’s name and they DID NOT BELIEVE Him. He told them how “unbelieving Jews” (plus any others who refuse to believe in Jesus) WILL INDEED RECEIVE a MAN who comes IN HIS OWN NAME! Israel REJECTED Jesus as their Messiah, but they WILL ACCEPT “the Antichrist” as he comes to them with his LYING PEACE TREATY. For that reason, JUDGMENT must FALL!
Let’s look at another scripture. This time, Isaiah 28:14-18, where God grants a warning to Israel.
“Wherefore hear the word of the Lord, you SCORNFUL MEN, that RULE this people which is in JERUSALEM. Because you have said, ‘We have made a COVENANT WITH DEATH, and WITH HELL we are at agreement; when the OVERFLOWING SCOURGE shall pass through, it shall NOT come unto us: for we have MADE LIES our REFUGE, and UNDER FALSEHOOD have we HID ourselves’: Therefore, thus says the Lord God, ‘Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation A STONE, a TRIED and TRUE STONE, a PRECIOUS CORNERSTONE, a SURE FOUNDATION: he that believes shall not make haste. JUDGMENT also will I LAY to THE LINE, and RIGHTEOUSNESS to THE PLUMMET: and HAIL shall sweep away THE REFUGE of LIES, and the WATERS shall OVERFLOW the HIDING PLACE (compare to Revelation 12:15-16). And your COVENANT WITH DEATH shall be disannulled, and your AGREEMENT WITH HELL shall NOT stand; WHEN the OVERFLOWING SCOURGE shall pass through, THEN you shall be TRODDEN DOWN by it.’”
In Isaiah’s prophecy, we see WHAT God THINKS of the coming PEACE TREATY with the “Antichrist”! He calls it a COVENANT OF DEATH and an AGREEMENT WITH HELL, which will USHER in His JUDGMENT! God SAYS the PEACE TREATY with the “Antichrist” is LIES and FALSEHOODS.
As a result of that TERRIBLE COVENANT, and because of the UNBELIEF in ISRAEL (concerning Jesus as their TRUE MESSIAH), an OVERFLOWING SCOURGE will pass through THE LAND. The OVERFLOWING SCOURGE is an OBVIOUS reference to the FALLING of God’s WRATH!
WHEN does the WRATH of God BEGIN?
WHEN Israel and “the Antichrist” SIGN the PEACE TREATY! It STARTS the SEVENTIETH WEEK, the whole SEVEN YEARS of the TRIBULATION, when the OVERFLOWING SCOURGE (God’s WRATH) will pass through the world.
In Revelation 6, the PEACE TREATY (COVENANT of DEATH, AGREEMENT with HELL) with the “Antichrist” is revealed UNDER the FIRST SEAL of the SCROLL (which is written on BOTH sides, within and without [Rev. 5:1]). “Antichrist” is the RIDER UPON THE WHITE HORSE. When Jesus OPENS that SEAL, the WRATH of God STARTS! It FALLS because of Israel’s UNBELIEF in Jesus as their Messiah! Instead, they’ve accepted a FALSE CHRIST (DEATH and HELL)--NOT their true LORD!
The SCROLL itself is a DOCUMENT which holds the JUDGMENTS and the WRATH of God. Can this be PROVED as SCRIPTURALLY CORRECT? To answer that question, let’s look at Ezekiel 2:8-10--and the message continues in Ezekiel chapter 3.
“But you, son of man, hear what I say to unto you; ‘Be you NOT rebellious like that REBELLIOUS HOUSE (Israel): open your mouth and EAT what I give you. And when I looked, behold, an hand was sent unto me; and, lo, A ROLL OF A BOOK (a SCROLL) was therein; and he SPREAD IT before me; and it was written WITHIN and WITHOUT (BOTH sides): and there was written therein LAMENTATIONS, AND MOURNING, AND WOE.”
LAMENTATIONS are cries of SORROW, a DIRGE, the BEWAILING of hardships and suffering, loud sounds of GRIEF which are INTENSIFIED by BEATING UPON one’s BREAST. MOURNING is GRIEF and LOSS. WOE is GRIEF that’s caused by HEAVY AFFLICTIONS, INTENSE CALAMITIES and OVERSPREADING DISASTERS.
If the ABOVE definitions are NOT a picture of God’s WRATH, then WHAT are they? The ROLL OF THE BOOK (the scroll) is FULL of INTENSE GRIEF, written on BOTH sides--(SAME description as THE SCROLL in Revelation).
Ezekiel chapter 3 CONTINUES the PICTURE as the prophet EATS the “roll of a book.” In his mouth it tasted so sweet--because the book declares THE GLORY and THE VICTORY of God, PLUS the RESTORATION of Israel (and the ENTIRE WORLD). On the OTHER HAND, the “roll of a book” carried all that WOE, because, IN ORDER to SEE the COMPLETED REDEMPTION and the GLORY of God, HARSH JUDGMENTS must FIRST TRANSPIRE!
[There’s a PARALLEL in Revelation 10:2 and in continued in Revelation10:8-11. The Apostle John was ALSO asked to EAT a “little book” (which is DEFINED in the Greek as a “SCROLL,” but SMALLER IN SIZE than the one in chapter 6.) WHY SMALLER? By Revelation chapter 10, the scroll LAY OPENED and TWO-THIRDS the JUDGMENTS WITHIN IT had ALREADY transpired! (There WILL BE an EXPLANATION for this STATEMENT in my NEXT blog.)]
So far, we’ve seen SCROLLS in scriptures (they are THE SAME--foretelling the time of God’s WRATH). These SCROLLS are FULL OF exceedingly BAD NEWS--judgments, lamentations, mourning and woe. In the mouth these SCROLLS tasted “sweet”--because the KINGDOM of Jesus is so SOON to arrive (joyful news). The BITTERNESS in the BELLY refers to “DIGESTING” some really DISTURBING predictions--AND A SAD REALIZATION HITS, curdling inside the belly. In order for CHRIST’S KINGDOM to come, horrendous JUDGMENTS must happen FIRST. The SCROLL is a DOCUMENT proclaiming those JUDGMENTS! Those JUDGMENTS are God’s WRATH which MUST fall upon the unbelieving nation of ISRAEL, and upon a REBELLIOUS WORLD.
We see another scroll in scripture. It’s found in Zechariah 5:1-4.
“Then I turned, and lifted up my eyes, and looked, and behold a FLYING ROLL (an unfurled SCROLL--sort of like a “flying carpet”). And he (the angel) said unto me, ‘What do you see?’ And I answered, ‘I see a flying roll; the length thereof is twenty cubits, and the breadth thereof is ten cubits.’”
(WHY this measurement? It’s the same DIMENSIONS as the HOLY OF HOLIES in the Jewish Temple! The HOLY OF HOLIES is a MODEL--a REPRESENTATION of GOD’S THRONE--which EXISTS in heaven. So therefore, the flying roll COMES FORTH from GOD’S THRONE and, as we’ll see, it brings JUDGMENTS. Likewise, the SEVEN-SEALED SCROLL is AT GOD’S THRONE in Revelation 6, and WHEN Jesus OPENS it, JUDGMENTS containing the WRATH of God emerge.) Let’s continue with Zachariah’s prophecy.
“Then he (the angel) said to me, ‘This is the CURSE that GOES FORTH over THE FACE of THE WHOLE EARTH: for every one that STEALS shall be cut off as on THIS SIDE according to it; and everyone that SWEARS shall be cut off as on THAT SIDE according to it.”
“I will bring it forth, says the Lord of hosts, and it shall enter INTO the house of THE THIEF, and INTO the house of him that SWEARS FALSELY BY MY NAME, and it shall REMAIN in the MIDST of his house, and shall CONSUME it with the timber thereof and the stones thereof.”
We see that the flying SCROLL contains JUDGMENTS on BOTH sides. One side, STEALING, shows mankind’s sins against other men. The other side, SWEARING falsely by God‘s name, shows mankind’s sin against God Himself. The “flying SCROLL” reveals BREAKING the WHOLE TABLET of God’s ten commandments.
In these scriptures, which OFFER PARALLELS and DEFINITIONS concerning THE SCROLL in Revelation 6 (and also the OPEN ONE in Revelation 10), we see JUDGMENTS are contained within ALL these SCROLLS. The JUDGMENTS are God’s WRATH, which goes FORTH over the WHOLE EARTH--and in those JUDGMENTS are LAMENTATIONS, MOURNING AND WOE.
Does the SEVEN-SEALED SCROLL in Revelation 6 contain God’s JUDGMENT and WRATH? According to THE RESULTS that OCCUR when these “books” are opened, the answer is “YES.”
I still have much more to say about the SCROLL in Revelation 6. We understand that it’s IN the HANDS of Jesus. ONLY Jesus is WORTHY to open the SCROLL. The OPENING of the SEALS brings forth SCENES ON EARTH which are NOT good--and that INCLUDES Israel’s COVENANT OF DEATH, their AGREEMENT WITH HELL--with the “Antichrist,” which lies HIDDEN underneath that FIRST SEAL.
WHY does the WRATH of God FALL?
(1.) Because Israel refused to acknowledge that Jesus is their Messiah. They RECEIVE the “Antichrist” instead. (2.) Because sin and abominations INCREASE upon an UNGODLY WORLD which views God as a CURSE WORD, and which MOCKS Jesus--Who is the WAY, the TRUTH and the LIFE.
In my next blog, I’ll continue this series, which is INTENDED to REBUT the arguments for a PRE-WRATH RAPTURE at the POURING OUT of the BOWLS in Revelation 16.
I want to share MORE understanding of HOW God’s WRATH proceeds through the book of Revelation, STARTING with the SEVEN-SEALED SCROLL. Also, I have YET to answer my THIRD question mentioned in a previous blog entry--“WHO PERFORMS THE WRATH OF GOD?”
In order to be ASSURED about the CHURCH’S APPOINTMENT to meet Jesus in a PRE-TRIB RAPTURE, we MUST understand so many OTHER PROFOUND FACTS that are recorded throughout ALL the Bible.
I PRAY that you’re beginning to get excited. (I certainly rejoiced when I discovered these GEMS which are buried in the Word of God.)
Have a truly AWESOME day in the wonder and worship of our glorious God and Savior, Jesus.
EVEN SO, COME QUICKLY, LORD JESUS. YOUR SCROLL IS SWEET IN OUR MOUTHS, FOR WITH IT, YOU PREPARE THE EARTH FOR YOUR PEACEFUL KINGDOM.