The bold prophet John the Baptist and the great apostle Paul both spoke of the wrath to come. It is something to “flee” and to be “rescued” from!
Hell and hell’s fire are very real. Jesus spoke very clearly of hell as a dreadful place of condemnation and never-ending punishment, to be avoided at all costs:
God is a holy God. Again and again in Scripture He says that — for example: “You must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy. For the Scriptures say, ‘You must be holy because I am holy’.” (1 Peter 1:15-16, NLT) Sin is not a trivial thing with God. In fact, He Himself says that “your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you” (Isaiah 59:2).
In this separated condition, all unrepentant sinners are destined upon death for the wrath of God in hell. And as the Scripture above says, the God-rejecters and Christ-rejecters who happen to be alive at Jesus’ Second Coming will experience the Lord’s “flaming fire vengeance” against all who choose not to know God and not to obey the wonderful saving gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. These things are not negotiable! “People are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). Those who have come to God in repentance for sin and faith in Jesus Christ the Savior will upon death enter joyous eternal life in the Lord’s presence (Psalm 16:11). Those who in life chose to reject Jesus as Savior will spend eternity in fiery torment for having rejected God and His supreme loving sacrifice of sending His Son Jesus to earth to die for our sins in order to bring us back to God.
Does “the wrath to come” frighten you? If you’ve come to God the Father through Jesus the Son and are now walking with Him and not against Him, you have no need to fear God’s wrath. You are forgiven, you have been born again into eternal life, and you are now a son or daughter of God Almighty (2 Corinthians 6:18).
If you have not received Jesus as Lord and Savior, you face a catastrophic eternity of torment under the deserved wrath of God for having rejected Him and His Son Jesus, whom He sent to redeem you from sin and restore you to fellowship with God. Why wait another minute? Please read the encouraging, life-changing verses below. I appeal to you by the love of God, if you’re not yet saved, come to Jesus today! You'll be eternally glad that you did.
The choice is crystal clear: (1) believe in Jesus as Lord and Savior, come to God through Him in repentance and faith, and you will be saved unto joy-filled eternal life with God. Or (2) “reject the Son [and you] will not see life, for God’s wrath remains” on you. Be sure of this: it is not God’s desire that you experience His wrath — “God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.” God’s Word says that. But be sure also of this: if you reject God’s provision for your salvation — that is, his Son Jesus, whom He sent to die for the forgiveness of your sins — you will at your death enter into God’s eternal, irreversible, fiery wrath for having spurned and despised His gracious offer of salvation. In the person of His crucified and resurrected Son Jesus, He paid a huge price for you! Don’t allow the Lord’s love and grace to you personally to go unaccepted.
The solution is simple: it’s the Lord Jesus Christ! The great apostle Paul preached everywhere this liberating message of repentance and faith unto eternal life. And it’s all—and only!—through Jesus Christ. The apostle Peter also preached this saving message: “…by the name of Jesus Christ … Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:10,12, KJV).
The New Testament writers clearly speak of God’s grace-filled offer of eternal salvation and eternal life. As the apostle Paul said, it boils down to (1) turning to God in repentance for sin and (2) having sincere faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the crucified and resurrected Savior. I appeal to you by God’s grace: come to Jesus and enter into life!
If you would like to read some faith-inspiring Bible verses about getting saved, I’ve listed some of those at How to be Saved and Go to Heaven. On that page you’ll see a link to evangelist’s Billy Graham’s help in praying a prayer of salvation. You can also go directly to that link here. If God is speaking to your heart, don’t let this “day of salvation” pass you by.
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