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Many people believe that anger is a sign of weakness, of lack of control; and that YaHuWaH the Almighty Elohim of Israel is absolutely incapable of anger. They also believe that a loving Elohim cannot possibly punish people for their sins. He's too good for that. These are very serious and dangerous misconceptions, which I hope to expose this morning: because millions of people in every country are in for a terrible shock in the very near future if that is what they believe. Let us now examine the Scriptures and learn something about another side of YaHuWaH 's character - His wrath, His fierce anger. To be sure this is an unusual subject, but knowledge of it could well save you from bitter sorrow later.
There are scores of examples in the Bible which give evidence of YaHuWaH 's wrath. He does get angry as we shall see. But what makes Him angry? Here are three examples of things that anger the Most High.
|And YaHuWaH said unto Moshe, Go, get thee down; for thy people, which thou broughtest out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves:
8: They have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them: they have made them a molten calf, and have worshiped it, and have sacrificed thereunto, and said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which have brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.
9: And YaHuWaH said unto Moshe, I have seen this people, and, behold, it is a stiffnecked people:
10: Now therefore let Me alone, that My wrath may wax hot against them, and that I may consume them: and I will make of thee a great nation.
|... The hand of our Elohim is upon all them for good that seek Him; but His power and His wrath is against all them that forsake Him.
|And when the people complained, it displeased YaHuWaH : and YaHuWaH heard it; and His anger was kindled; and the fire of YaHuWaH burnt among them, and consumed them that were in the uttermost parts of the camp.
|And while the flesh was yet between their teeth, ere it was chewed, the wrath of YaHuWaH was kindled against the people, and YaHuWaH smote the people with a very great plague.
34: And he called the name of that place Kibroth-hattaavah: because there they buried the people that lusted.
|And YaHuWaH said unto Moshe, Take all the heads of the people, and hang them up before YaHuWaH against the sun, that the fierce anger of YaHuWaH may be turned away from Israel.
|The wrath of Elohim came upon them, and slew the fattest of them, and smote down the chosen men of Israel.
|And it was so, that after YaHuWaH had spoken these words unto Job, YaHuWaH said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against thee, and against thy two friends: for ye have not spoken of Me the thing that is right, as My servant Job hath.
|And it come to pass, when he heareth the words of this curse, that he bless himself in his heart, saying, I shall have peace, though I walk in the imagination of mine heart, to add drunkenness to thirst:
20: YaHuWaH will not spare him, but then the anger of YaHuWaH and His jealousy shall smoke against that man, and all the curses that are written in this book shall lie upon him, and YaHuWaH shall blot out his name from under heaven.
Now that we know that YaHuWaH does get angry, let us consider His anger further. I am happy to report that YaHuWaH is SLOW to anger. He exercises enormous patience and control before He finally gives vent to His wrath.
|And refused to obey, neither were mindful of Thy wonders that Thou didst among them; but hardened their necks, and in their rebellion appointed a captain to return to their bondage: but Thou art an Elohim ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and forsookest them not.
|And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto YaHuWaH your Elohim: for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth Him of the evil.
|"... for I knew that Thou art a gracious Elohim, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repentest Thee of the evil.
YaHuWaH 's anger, when it finally explodes, can be FIERCE.
|... Turn from Thy fierce wrath, and repent of this evil against Thy people.
|1 Samuel 28:18
|Because thou obeyedst not the voice of YaHuWaH, nor executedst His fierce wrath upon Amalek, therefore hath YaHuWaH done this thing unto thee this day.
|: And when YaHuWaH saw it, He abhorred them, because of the provoking of his sons, and of his daughters.
20: And He said, I will hide My face from them, I will see what their end shall be: for they are a very froward generation, children in whom is no faith.
21: They have moved Me to jealousy with that which is not Elohim; they have provoked Me to anger with their vanities: and I will move them to jealousy with those which are not a people; I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation.
22: For a fire is kindled in Mine anger, and shall burn unto the lowest hell, and shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains.
YaHuWaH 's anger is SHORT-LIVED. It flares up to great intensity but soon subsides. Praise be His holy Name!
|Come, My people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast.
In short: the Almighty's anger is explosive. It may take long to ignite; but when it does it explodes in a devastating blast which, thankfully, is short-lived. In our zeal to explain the great Love and Mercy of YaHuWaH, let no one forget that the Most High can get very angry. We would not be presenting the truth about YaHuWaH if we hid these facts about His anger.
|But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment...
|The great day of YaHuWaH is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of YaHuWaH : the mighty man shall cry there bitterly.
15: That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness,
16: A day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and against the high towers.
17: And I will bring distress upon men, that they shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned against YaHuWaH : and their blood shall be poured out as dust, and their flesh as the dung.
18: Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of YaHuWaH 's wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of His jealousy: for He shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.
The seven last plagues are referred to as the Wrath of YaHuWaH ! They are described in detail in Revelation chapter 16. Let no one foolishly imagine that they will not occur; because the Scriptures must be fulfilled.
Is escape possible from such great anger? We are happy to report that there is a way of escape. That way is through Faith in YAHUSHUA; living faith expressed in obedience of the Almighty's commandments. As the old hymn said: Trust and Obey, there is no other way.
Yes, escape is possible through faith in YAHUSHUA the Messiah and obedience to His commandments. But I must repeat that it is 'living faith;' that is, faith which manifests itself in obedience. Living faith and obedience are the only effective insurance against punishment on YaHuWaH 's Day of Wrath - when the seven last plagues fall. The question we should ask ourselves is: How shall I escape? The writer of Hebrews gives this following advice:
Escape from YaHuWaH 's wrath is possible. Indeed, protection is promised to YaHuWaH 's obedient followers during the Day of Wrath. But first we must prepare with faithful obedience and prayer.
|Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast.
21: For, behold, YaHuWaH cometh out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the Earth for their iniquity: the Earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.
|And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of YaHuWaH, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days...
14: And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.
This passage clearly tells of a time when the Almighty's people will be miraculously protected during the 1260 days mentioned above.