In the last days we will see more clearly than ever a massive collision between two powerful forces. The tribulations of the antichrist are released for a final manifestation in human history, but so is the wrath of God. As we watch the opening of the fifth and sixth seals on the scroll, well see this great collision at work. And it wont take long to discover which is stronger. But were not going to stop there. Were going to go further and take a look at that ominous term that well hear on the lips of unbelievers: . . . the wrath of the Lamb . . .. And as we do well discover something amazing, that even His wrath is an expression of His love. To do this well start with the fifth and sixth seals, then well step back and take a look at the big picture. Well study the process of how the Lamb brings His wrath upon the earth, and then well apply the lessons we learn to ourselves. Because, surprising as it may seem, the same principles we see at work in the Book of Revelation are already at work in the world today and in our lives. If we have the ears to hear we can gain a wisdom which will bring much blessing because well better understand the love of God and the wrath of God.
1) Scroll (5:1): unfulfilled prophecies about Christ
a) Lion of Judah (Ge 49)
b) Root of David (Is 11)
c) 7 horns/7 ears/7 Spirits (Is 11)
f) Natural disaster
g) Scroll opened (the wrath of the Lamb released)
B. Two Seals (Rev 6:9-17)
1) Fifth seal: widespread martyrdom because of the Word of God and their testimony (Rev 1:9)
2) Sixth seal: natural disasters (massive earthquake, polluted atmosphere, stars fall)
3) Gods response to the souls beneath the altar: wait because there are many more who will come to Me (Rev 7).
C. The Big Picture
1) Seals: waiting for evil to reach a threshold (Ge 15:16 . . . the iniquity of the Amonite is not yet complete.)
a) Warning unbelievers to repent for Gods wrath is near
Rev 8:1-6; Nu 10:1-9; Joel 2:1
3) Bowls: the wrath of God giving justice to those who have killed His people (Rev 16:6; 19:13, 15)
D. Three Principles We Discover in Gods Wrath
1) Patience (seals): God is slow to act
a) Lk 4:16-21
b) Is 61:2 . . . and the day of vengeance of our God . . .
c) Ps 94 How long . . . O Lord . . .
d) Ro 2:1-11
2) Mercy (trumpets): God brings His wrath incrementally so we have the opportunity to repent. Pattern of confrontation:
a) Conviction of the heart (conscience)
b) Blessing lifts (conscious presence)
c) Prophetic warning: God explains so youll understand.
d) Circumstantial hardship (divine opposition)
e) Untempered justice
3) Justice (bowls): God gives justice to those who refuse mercy
a) Rev 12:19
b) Rev 16:5-7
c) Rev 19:13, 15
E. Defining Gods Wrath
1) What its not: temperamental rage, the desire to get even
2) What it is:
a) Anger at sin, not people
b) An expression of His love (just as we are angered when things hurt those you love)
c) Something only intended for Satan (Jn 16:11 . . . concerning judgment because the ruler of this world has been judged.) Dont follow this ruler or youll end up sharing His judgment.
d) A commitment to free the righteous from the torment of evil.
F. The Goals of His Wrath
1) Repentance (Rev 7)
2) Justice (Rev 20:12)
3) Freedom from evil (Rev 7:16, 17)
G. Do We Face His Wrath?
1) Ro 5:9 . . . having now been justified by His blood we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.
2) 1Th 5:9 For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we will live together with Him.
1) Review the pattern of confrontation listed in the section entitled, Three Principles We Discover in Gods Wrath. Have you experienced any of these? How far down the list did you go before you repented?
2) Discuss what this statement means to you: God is not angry at me at all!