The Bible teaches that God is perfectly holy. Because of this attribute of His character, He cannot co-exist with sin. The Bible also says that God must deal with sin and He does so in one of two ways – either by His Grace or by His wrath.
And the Lord passed by before him, and proclaimed, The Lord, The Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth,
Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation. Exodus 34:6-7
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16
Some say that God is too loving to torment and destroy the unrepentant sinner. They say that if He really does this to the wicked then we will serve him out of fear. Can we serve God out of love when He deals with the unrepentant in this way? The only answer we can give is CALVARY; remembering that if you or I were the only sinner on this planet, Christ would leave heaven, come to this world and die for us. Yes! We can serve God out of love and not fear.
Jesus said “ If ye love me, keep my commandments”. John 14:15
God is a God of love, but he is also a God of justice. he will destroy sin and unrepentant sinners.
Malachi 4:1 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.
Then verse 3 And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the Lord of hosts.
Revelation 20:9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.
Matthew 13:41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;
42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
There is going to be a mass cremation of living humans.
Not only does God destroy the unrepentant sinners but He also torments some of them. Some beaten with few…some with many stripes. This is His justice.
Some are destroyed as in a moment, while others suffer many days. All are punished “according to their deeds GC p673
Some were many days consuming, and just as long as there was a portion of them unconsumed, all the sense of suffering remained. Said the angel, “The worm of life shall not die; their fire shall not be quenched as long as there is the least particle for it to prey upon.” EW p294
The Fear of the Lord
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: Proverbs 9:10
And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Matthew 10:28
DOES GOD GET ANGRY?
Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it. Isaiah 13:9
For the indignation of the Lord is upon all nations, and his fury upon all their armies: he hath utterly destroyed them, he hath delivered them to the slaughter. Isaiah 34:2
Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup. Psalm 11:6
God is jealous, and the Lord revengeth; the Lord revengeth, and is furious; the Lord will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserveth wrath for his enemies. Nahun 1:2
And the Lord said unto Moses, I have seen this people, and, behold, it is a stiffnecked people: 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. Exodus 32:9-10
For they provoked him to anger with their high places, and moved him to jealousy with their graven images. When God heard this, he was wroth, and greatly abhorred Israel: Psalm 78:58-59