Universal Salvation: The Wrath of God Part Two
After The Wrath of God Part One, it is not difficult to see where you are with free will. If you really want to find out where you stand with free will, try going up against the Plan of God. Stand in the way of it, and you will find out exactly where your free will is; you will be swept right out of the way. Read Numbers, Chapter 16.
And remember what happened at the Flood; God swept away just about everyone on the earth.
Isaiah 40:15 says: "Behold, the nations are as a drop in a bucket, And are counted as the small dust on the scales; Look, He lifts up the isles as a very little thing."
Strength in numbers, and all of the most modern weapons in the world do not mean a thing to God; He is too powerful. Time and time again, armies came up against God's people, and time and time again, it was not part of God's plan for His people to be defeated at that time; God intervened, and the armies were defeated.
Emotion is one of Satan's chief weapons. God can not afford to make emotional decisions; He is clinical, which means that He will make the correct decision on every occasion. You have only to take a look at Moses to see that: although Moses was chosen to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt, he was not allowed to lead them into the Promised Land.
Numbers 20:1-12 gives us this account of God's dealings: "1 Then the children of Israel, the whole congregation, came into the Wilderness of Zin in the first month, and the people stayed in Kadesh; and Miriam died there and was buried there. 2 Now there was no water for the congregation; so they gathered together against Moses and Aaron. 3 And the people contended with Moses and spoke, saying: 'If only we had died when our brethren died before the LORD! 4 Why have you brought up the assembly of the LORD into this wilderness, that we and our animals should die here? 5 And why have you made us come up out of Egypt, to bring us to this evil place? It is not a place of grain or figs or vines or pomegranates; nor is there any water to drink.' 6 So Moses and Aaron went from the presence of the assembly to the door of the tabernacle of meeting, and they fell on their faces. And the glory of the LORD appeared to them. 7 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 8 'Take the rod; you and your brother Aaron gather the congregation together. Speak to the rock before their eyes, and it will yield its water; thus you shall bring water for them out of the rock, and give drink to the congregation and their animals.' 9 So Moses took the rod from before the LORD as He commanded him. 10 And Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly together before the rock; and he said to them, 'Hear now, you rebels! Must we bring water for you out of this rock?' 11 Then Moses lifted his hand and struck the rock twice with his rod; and water came out abundantly, and the congregation and their animals drank. 12 Then the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, 'Because you did not believe Me, to hallow Me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them.' "
Trust does not question God's destination for you.
And Psalm 106:32,33 says this: "32 They angered Him also at the waters of strife, So that it went ill with Moses on account of them; 33 Because they rebelled against His Spirit, So that he spoke rashly with his lips."
Moses, the meekest man on the earth, was provoked by the attitudes of the Israelites into an uncontrolled act of anger which failed to sanctify God, and he was punished for it. God did not turn and say, "Oh well, he did well most of the time. I have changed My mind, he can lead the Israelites into the Promised Land." No; He made a clinical decision, not an emotional one.
He dealt with Moses; He will deal with us. What is happening on the earth today is for real. God misses nothing; He sees all our attitudes, and is well aware of the person we really are. Do you realise what that means? There is no cheating. We can fool ourselves; we can fool other people; but we can not fool God. He knows who and what we really are, and will act accordingly. None of us will slip in through the back door. So the fact that the Plan of God is Universal Salvation is something to be very thankful for. That is why His wrath must legally protect anyone from getting in the way of His great Plan. If anyone were allowed to do that, there would be no great Plan. Wrath must therefore be part of God's ministry to us, and as such, is part of agape love. When God is wrathful, it is for our benefit, and is always done in righteousness, never in sin.
So now, we can read the book of Revelation and know that what is going to happen is for the benefit of us all; even for those who will temporarily lose their lives. Revelation 15:1 says: "Then I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous: seven angels having the seven last plagues, for in them the wrath of God is complete."
And Revelation 15:5-7 tells us this: "5 After these things I looked, and behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened. 6 And out of the temple came the seven angels having the seven plagues, clothed in pure bright linen, and having their chests girded with golden bands. 7 Then one of the four living creatures gave to the seven angels seven golden bowls full of the wrath of God who lives forever and ever."
The words for "wrath" in both of those scriptures are thumos and thumou. They indicate a more intense anger, but the principle is still the same: even though the situation may bring about intense anger, it can be controlled so as not to become sin. In God's case, it is a situation which has arisen that needs a legal clinical response, and which can not be ignored.
The situation in Revelation is such that Satan would destroy all life on earth, through man, if God did not step in and stop him. These seven last plagues will therefore bring about a situation in the universe whereby He will never have to intervene again. In other words, the results of the last seven plagues lead to perfection.
Revelation 21:1-5 says: "1 Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. 2 Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, 'Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. 4 And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.' 5 Then He who sat on the throne said, 'Behold, I make all things new.' And He said to me 'Write, for these words are true and faithful.' "
When Jesus returns and rules on the earth with the 144,000 for a thousand years, the rest of mankind are not perfect. This is the one-thousand year judgment period for the rest of the world, as spoken of at Acts 17:31, which says: "because He has appointed a day [1000 years] on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead."
Note that God has given assurance of this to 'all'.
The wrath of God helps to achieve His plan of Universal Salvation by seeing that nothing is allowed to get in the way of it.