The Day of Wrath

The day of wrath is coming, and no one will be spared. Will we prepare to meet our God, as Amos urged? How can we do that?

Today’s Reading

Amos 4-6; Revelation 6

Selected Verses

Therefore thus I will do to you, O Israel;
because I will do this to you,
prepare to meet your God, O Israel!

 For behold, he who forms the mountains and creates the wind,
and declares to man what is his thought,
who makes the morning darkness,
and treads on the heights of the earth—
the Lord, the God of hosts, is his name! Amos 4:12-13

Then the kings of the earth and the great ones and the generals and the rich and the powerful, and everyone, slave and free, hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains, calling to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who is seated on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb, for the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?” Revelation 6:15-17

Reflections

If God poured out His terrible judgment on Israel, how much more will He pour out wrath on the whole earth which has rebelled against Him!

Amos continues to lay out for Israel how they have failed God. Repeatedly, he tells them that they ignored all of God’s judgments. “Yet you did not return to me!” he says. Looking at Israel’s history from a distance, it appears inexplicable. How could they not get the message? But they did not. But then, do we?

So Amos tells them to “prepare to meet [their] God.”

John’s vision reveals the contents of the scroll with the seven seals. One by one they are opened. All are frightening, but the sixth drives all the people great and small who are under the condemnation of the wrath of God and the Lamb to cry out for the mountains and rocks to fall upon them. Anything, they think, is better than to experience the full judgment of God.

Think about it

Here we have a picture of what is to come. The day of wrath of the One who is on the throne is before us. Will we prepare to meet our God, as Amos urged? There is a way to prepare. Bow before the Lamb who was slain for sinners and repent of your sins. Ask for His mercy and forgiveness. By His grace, you will stand in the day of wrath.

Life or Wrath

Today’s reading: II Kings 1-3; John 3:22-36

3 But the angel of the Lord said to Elijah the Tishbite, “Arise, go up to meet the messengers of the king of Samaria, and say to them, ‘Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are going to inquire of Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron? 4 Now therefore thus says the Lord, You shall not come down from the bed to which you have gone up, but you shall surely die.’” So Elijah went.                                                                 II Kings 1:3-4

34 For he whom God has sent utters the words of God, for he gives the Spirit without measure. 35 The Father loves the Son and has given all things into his hand. 36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.                                                              John 3:34-36

God does not overlook the rejection of those He sends to reveal His truth to Man. More than that, to reject God’s prophets and His Son is to incur eternal wrath.

Ahaziah, the king of Israel, attempted to turn to the pagan god, Baal-zebub, to learn whether or not he would recover from his injury. God intervened and sent Elijah to rebuke him and to tell him he would not recover because of his unbelief.

We are also warned in John’s gospel of the danger that comes if we do not believe in the One whom God has sent to utter His words. Those who heard Jesus were divided right down to the moment of His crucifixion. Some believed and some did not. The benefits or consequences were and are dramatic. Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life. Whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, and, furthermore, the wrath of God remains on him.

It is no small matter to disbelieve in God’s revelation of Himself. What will keep us from having eternal life is not our sins, but our unbelief in the One God sent so that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).

If you believe in the Son, praise God for His mercy. If you are like Ahaziah, seeking answers about your destiny from other gods or authorities, repent and believe in Christ. There is a God who knows all and controls all and He is not the god of this world, but the triune God revealed to us by the Son.