The Wrath of God: A Scriptural Study

Do not let God’s wrath pour upon you for eternity, surrender your life to Christ. Come to Christ NOW!


Editor’s Note: The link added at the end of this article is to an article I wrote long ago, it is I feel deeply relevant to the content of this excellent article by Dr. Whitchard.

By Dr. Donald Whitchard


In studying the Scriptures, much is said about the person, power, compassion, guidance, patience, love, and salvation of the LORD and would take up many pages to read and examine. What I would like to present in this article is a characteristic of God that I hear little, if any, messages or teachings about, and that is His inevitable wrath that will soon be outpowered in all its fury and totality upon a world that has forgotten Him at the least, and to murder Him at the worst. I have seen signs written by atheists and leftists in photos posted on the internet that are calling for the abortion of Jesus and the cry from some radical atheists to kill Him again when He returns.

The entrenched radicalism that is being spewed by this present generation from campuses, courtrooms, businesses, sports venues, the halls of government, and even from the pulpits of the world has convinced me that many of these professional agitators have hardened their hearts so firmly that they have sinned away their day of grace. They have crossed the deadline for any hope of reconciliation or redemption from God, Who, while desiring all men to be saved, knows by His Divine Sovereignty that men will rebel and hate Him despite showing love and concern for them. More and more the teaching of saving grace through the work of Jesus Christ on the cross is mocked, despised, blasphemed, cursed, ridiculed, and in many countries, a belief that is punishable by death.

This is not going to be a long article covering the numerous evils that we are witnessing taking place every minute of the day across the globe. What I would like to present are Scriptures that far too many preachers tend to sidestep or ignore as most of them want to keep their job intact. You certainly will not hear of this teaching coming from the religious drivel splashed on our televisions and computer screens, certainly not in this age of self-centeredness and entitlement that even professing believers have fallen for and have embraced for the most part. When was the last time anyone either preached on or told you about the wrath of God that will be poured out on rebellious, sinful men in the days to come before the return of Jesus Christ to rule and reign with a rod of iron? I sure have not heard any message about it in a long time, and I believe that the time is now for all of us to sober up spiritually and come to grips with this reality.

God’s wrath as described in the Scriptures is one of anger (Numbers 32:10-13), Divine Fury (Psalm 90:9), great and powerful (Zech. 7:12), revealed (Romans 1:18), stored up (Romans 2:5-8), abiding (John 3:36), and will be used to accomplish His work in the last days (Rev.6:16-17). His wrath is caused by the apostasy that has infiltrated the houses of worship (2 Chron. 34:24-25), man deciding to sympathize with evil (Leviticus 10:1-6), unfaithfulness towards Him by sinful men (Joshua 22:20), provoked by the evil words and actions of people (2 Kings 23:26), the desire of people to fellowship with evil (2 Chron.19:2), mocking from people (2 Chron.36:16), the worship of idols (Psalm 78:58-59), intermarriage with pagans (Ezra 10:10-14), profaning the holy days of God (Nehemiah 13:18), and any degenerate speech towards God (Psalm 78:19-21).

The effects of God’s wrath upon humanity and the world are written in the Scriptures as both a demonstration of the power of God over the affairs of His creation and as a warning to us of the consequences of disobedience and rebellion against His authority. It is also used as a call to us to repent and come to Him for mercy, grace, and salvation. His wrath is seen in the destruction of Egypt (Exodus 15:4, 7), the use of severe plagues (Numbers 11:33), having Israel wander in the wilderness for forty years due to their rebellion (Numbers 32:10-13), and the withholding of rain (Deut.11:17).

His wrath has called for the destruction of wicked nations that have threatened and harmed the nation of Israel (1 Sam.28:18), and the death of unrepentant people (Psalm 90:9). God showed His wrath in the destruction of Jerusalem for their rejection of Him and the Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 21:23-24). His ongoing, eternal wrath will be against the wicked in the Lake of Fire for their hatred and rejection of the Lord Jesus Christ (Rev.14:10, 20:11-15). It will be the Lord Jesus Christ who will judge all people at the end of days (Isaiah 11:4; Matt. 25:32; John 5:22; Acts 10:42, 17:31; Romans 2:16, 14:10; 1 Cor. 4:-5; 2 Tim.4:1; 1 Pet.4:5), and there will be no one forgotten or exempt from this time. Nobody will get away from their crimes and sins and there will be a full accounting for what they have done in this life (Hebrews 9:27). There will be true, lasting, and final justice for every victim of every evil deed and word done to them by their perpetrators. You are not going to get away with it, period.

We can be delivered from the wrath of God by accepting His atonement for our sins through the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ on the cross, a work that was fully completed and accepted by His resurrection from the dead. He IS the Savior of humanity, and there is none other (Luke 2:30; 5:24; John 3:16-17; 10:9, 14:6; Acts 2:38; 4:12; 13:38; 15:11; Romans 5:6-11; 7:25; Gal. 1:4; Eph.2:8-9; Phil. 1:19; 2:12; 1 Thess. 1:10, 5:9; 2 Tim.1:9, 2:10; Titus 3:5; Heb. 5:9; 9:28; 1 Peter 1:5, 9; 2 Pet.3:15). To ignore, mock, or scoff at what has been given here is to bring you one step closer to the cliff over which hangs the horrors of eternal hell and no hope, love, care, concern, empathy, or mercy if you reject the gift of salvation offered by the loving concern and care of a benevolent, graceful God Who desires that you be with Him in the bliss and joy of heaven, eternally free from sin, disease, sorrow, and troubles for all time (Rev. 21:1-7).

If you are still wondering about the seriousness with which God takes sin and its aftermath, I invite you to listen to two messages found on the internet that will settle the issue. One message is entitled “God’s Three Deadlines” by the late Dr. J. Harold Smith, and the other is “The Horror of Hell” by Pastor Charles Lawson. If you have never surrendered your life to Christ, I plead with you to read the verses I have used in this brief study and repent of your sins, surrender your life to Christ, and let Him guide and direct you beginning today. You have no guarantee of tomorrow. Do not let God’s wrath pour upon you for eternity. Come to Christ NOW!                   

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Luke 21:36 "Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man."

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