SYNOPSIS: The sixth seal opening ushers in the Day of the Lord, the time of wrath upon the inhabitants of the earth – No one can stand before the Lamb or the Throne – Revelation 6:12-17.
The Lamb next opens the sixth seal, causing celestial and terrestrial trauma as the Day of the Lord dawns. This is nothing less than the “great day of the wrath of God and of the Lamb.” Men from every societal rank panic at the very thought of the impending “wrath.” Every attempt by the “inhabitants of the earth” to hide from the Lamb and the “One Who sits on the Throne” is in vain. There is no escape for anyone; no one is able to “stand” before the Throne. Continue reading Sixth Seal Opening
SYNOPSIS – Just as sinners await the future judgment of God, so believers are waiting to receive their full salvation at the resurrection – Romans 1:16-23.
In his epistle to the Romans, Paul introduced his ministry and the “gospel” he proclaimed to Christians residing in the city of Rome. This “gospel” or “glad message” had been promised centuries earlier in the Hebrew scriptures, a message concerning the Son of God, but has now been revealed to all the nations in Jesus Christ, to both “Jew and Greek.”
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SYNOPSIS – In the book of Revelation, “wrath” refers to the final judicial sentence of God on His enemies – Revelation 6:12-17.
The book of Revelation refers to the “wrath” of God several times. This “wrath” is NOT identified with the several punitive actions executed against rebellious humans as events unfold – The “plagues” unleashed by the three sevenfold series of seals, trumpets, and bowls are not called “wrath.” Despite their devastation, men and women continue to rebel against God until the last moment. Rather, the term “wrath” refers to His final judicial sentence imposed against His enemies at the “end of the age.”
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SYNOPSIS – Paul anticipates receiving a “crown of glory” at the return of Jesus – The salvation of believers in Thessalonica – 1 Thessalonians 2:19.
Events forced Paul to leave the city of Thessalonica prematurely – Certain members of the local synagogue were fomenting opposition to him so that it became necessary for him to leave the city. Initially, some Jews from the synagogue welcomed his preaching; however, they turned against him once large numbers of Gentiles began to embrace the gospel – (Acts 17:1-9).
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SYNOPSIS – Jesus is “rescuing” his people from the future “wrath” to be unleashed on the Day of the Lord against every man who does not repent – 1 Thessalonians 1:9-10.
Opposition to the new faith had forced Paul to leave Thessalonica before his work there was finished. Segments of the local population were pressuring the young congregation to the point he was forced to leave the region. He later attempted to return but was thwarted “by Satan” – (1 Thessalonians 1:6, 2:14-18, Acts 17:1-8).
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In his epistle to the Romans, Paul introduces himself to Christians residing in that city: “Paul, a bond-servant of Jesus Christ, called apostle, separated for the Gospel.” This “good news” was promised in Israel’s scriptures and concerned God’s Son:
“Who came to be of the seed of David according to the flesh, was marked off as the Son of God by power, according to a Spirit of Holiness, by means of a resurrection out from among the dead” (Romans 1:1-4). Continue reading Righteousness and Wrath Revealed in the Gospel