“For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.” – Malachi 4:1
Many say, and rightly so, that God is love, but God is also holy. When God’s patience is finally exhausted with the constant provocations of the wicked against His love and mercy, and in His holiness He gives way to His wrath, no one is able to withstand Him (Psalm 2:1-5). He will do what He has already done many times in the Bible regarding unrepentant sinners. He will not let the wicked go on in their sins forever.
If we want to get a true picture of the nature of God, we should open the Bible and read about the crucifixion of His Son, Jesus. God laid the punishment that we deserve (for our sins, Isaiah 53:5) on the back, so to speak, of His only Son so that we might escape His wrath. God did this because, in spite of our sins, He still loves us; but when God finally says, “It is enough, the time for judgment has come,” I for one would not want to be caught unprepared.
Without Jesus, every unrepentant sinner will receive eternal justice in a lake that burns with fire and brimstone (sulfur; Revelation 21:8). Sinner, take heed — you cannot escape the wrath of God, even if you think you can! Repent and be saved!
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