They called to the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us and
hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the
wrath of the Lamb!
For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?”
I saw in heaven another great and
marvelous sign: seven angels with the seven last plagues—last,
because with them God’s wrath is completed (Rev. 15:1)
For 20 centuries various forms of the
phrase “Wrath of God” brought one image to mind and that was the
period of end times judgments that immediately precede the 2nd
lately it has begun to mean different things to different
people. At the same
time phrases like the Wrath of the Lamb, the Wrath of Man, and
the Wrath of Satan have also crept into the discussion.
In addition, some have begun speaking of a period of
judgment they call the Wrath of God which is not mentioned in
the Bible. They say
it comes right after the 2nd Coming.
Others have even said the Wrath of God refers to the
eternal punishment that follows the Millennium.
So What Is The Wrath Of God?
From the Revelation quotes above we can see
that it's a period of judgment that begins during the seal
judgments of Rev. 6 and ends with the bowl judgments of
When some form of this phrase appears in the New Testament it's
almost always in reference to the end time judgments.
If that's the case what are these other
so-called periods of wrath we hear about?
The Wrath of the Lamb comes from Rev.
6:16. The very
next verse, Rev. 6:17, tells us it's also God's Wrath
which makes sense because in John 10:30 Jesus said, “I
and the Father are one.”
The Wrath of Man is a phrase that doesn't
appear in the Bible, but some commentators have used it to
describe what has traditionally been called the first four Seal
Judgments of Rev. 6, also known as the Four Horsemen of
the Apocalypse. Again, this is part of God's wrath. The four
horsemen symbolize the initial appearance of the anti-Christ and
his efforts to gain control of the world through conquest (Rev.
The Wrath of Satan comes from the King
James version of Rev. 12:12 where Satan is described as
having great wrath because he's been kicked out of heaven and
knows he has only a short period of time to accomplish his goal
of conquering Earth. His expulsion from heaven will happen at
the beginning of the Great Tribulation, shortly before the Bowl
judgments that complete God's Wrath are unleashed against him
and his followers. So you see, Satan is not the author of this
final series of judgments but is their target.
The Greek word used of Satan's wrath is thymos and while
it sometimes refers to God's wrath as well, orge is the word
most frequently used in connection with God's Wrath.
The difference between the two words as they're used here
is that God's wrath is the cause of punishment while Satan's
wrath is the reaction to punishment.
The judgments that immediately follow the 2nd
coming are described in Matt. 24:45-25:46.
They will determine who among the survivors of the Great
Tribulation will be welcomed into the Millennial Kingdom on
unbelieving survivors will be taken off the planet at that time.
The 2nd Coming, the judgments of Matt.
24-25 and preparations for the Kingdom will be completed in
the first 75 days from the end of the Great Tribulation (Daniel
12:12) which are never referred to as the time of God's
The same it true of the Great White Throne
judgment of Rev. 20:11-15. At the end of the Millennium
the unbelieving dead from all ages will be gathered for their
final judgment. Anyone whose name is not found in the Book of
Life will be thrown into the Lake of Fire for eternal
punishment. The Lake of Fire is never referred to as God's
From these and other passages we can safely
conclude that New Testament references to God's Wrath
overwhelmingly describe a specific period of judgment upon the
post rapture world, beginning early in Daniel's 70th
Week and ending just before the 2nd Coming.
His Wrath consists of three named sets of judgments and
and possibly an additional one that's unnamed.
Three Sets Of Judgments
The first set of named judgments is called
the Seal judgments because they occur as Jesus opens seven seals
on a scroll the Father will hand Him. They're described in
Rev. 6 as a period of time beginning with the perception
that peace has come to Earth and ending with the realization
that God's Wrath has begun.
In writing about this time Paul said,
“When people are saying 'Peace and safety' destruction
will come upon them suddenly, like labor pains on a pregnant
woman, and they will not escape” (1 Thes. 5:3). The first
six Seal Judgments will bring war, famine, plague and death to
1/4th of the world along with massive martyring of post rapture believers.
The seventh Seal is not a judgment in and
of itself but introduces the second named series, called the
Trumpet Judgments (Rev. 8:4-9:21). As seven angels blow
their trumpets in turn, the sound of each trumpet will introduce
This series of judgments will combine natural with supernatural
attacks upon humanity and by the time they're finished a third
of the earth's forests and fields will be ablaze, a third of the
sea creatures will have died, a third of Earth's water supply
will have been contaminated, and a third of the people who
survived the seal judgments will have died.
After the sixth Trumpet judgment an unnamed
event will be visited upon the Earth.
At a signal from a mighty angel seven thunders will
speak, and although John was forbidden from telling us what they
will say, scholars speculate that it might be an unannounced
judgment of some kind (Rev. 10:1-4).
The blowing of the
7th Trumpet will announce the commencement of
the Lord's reign over Planet Earth (Rev. 11:15-18).
War in Heaven will result in the permanent expulsion of
Satan and his angels (Rev. 12:7-12). Having been confined
to Earth, Satan will indwell his man, the anti-Christ, and will
cause him to announce from the Temple in Israel that he is God (2
Thes. 2:4). Jesus said this will kick off the Great
Tribulation, the worst disaster the world ever has or ever will
suffer. He warned the Jewish people who will be living in Israel
at the time to immediately flee for their lives (Matt.
This will take place in the middle of
Daniel's 70th Week and at this point the full force
of God's wrath will be loosed upon Satan and his followers in
the final series of judgments (Rev. 16-18). They're
called the Bowl judgments because they're symbolized by angels
pouring out seven bowls of God's Wrath upon the Earth.
The power of these judgments and the devastation they
cause is beyond description.
Jesus was correct in saying that if He didn't stop them
at the appointed time, not a single human being would survive (Matt.
I believe one effect of these judgments
will be to complete the demolition phase of the Earth's
restoration, which Jesus spoke of in Matt. 19:28, Peter
confirmed in Acts 3:21 and John described in Rev. 21:1.
speaks of the worst earthquake the world has ever experienced
causing every mountain to fall down, islands to disappear, and
the cities of the nations to be destroyed, while 100 lb.
hailstones bombard the Earth.
Believe me when I say you wouldn't wish this on your
Much of the world's remaining population
will die during this time, but because of it the Earth will be
ready for restoration to the condition it was in when Adam was
created. This will
happen at the time of the 2nd Coming.
What About Us?
Paul made it clear that the Church will not
be present on Earth during any of this time of judgment.
In 1 Thes. 1:10 he wrote that Jesus will rescue us
from the coming wrath.
(The Greek word translated from in this verse refers to
both the time and place of the coming wrath,
so we won't be present when it happens and we won't be
present where it happens.) He will do this because God did not
appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our
Lord Jesus Christ (1 Thes. 5:9).
If you believe you're a sinner, but that
God sent His Son to die for your sins,
and if you've accepted His death as having paid their
full penalty, then you won't have to face any of these
judgments. One day
soon, you'll disappear with the rest of us and will be in Heaven
with the Lord while all this is happening on Earth.
You'll see that your decision to believe in
what the Lord did for you was the defining moment of your life
and will understand that it made you into one of the world's
ultimate winners. You'll realize this is what God always
intended for you to do and you'll know why the Heavenly Host is
erupting into joyous celebration as you come into the presence
of the Lord. If you
listen carefully you can almost hear the footsteps of the