There is a visible manifestation of the wrath of God upon unrepentant sinners. We instinctively attribute great “natural disasters” to His judgment upon the reprobate. Since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 6:23), He is perfectly just in executing His temporal just judgment upon evil, wicked sinners. This wrath of God executed upon willful betrayers and traitors of our marvelous Lord and Savior is a forecast of the terror that sinners can expect for all eternity if they don’t repent of their sin and put their faith in Jesus Christ.
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for god has shown it to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, 21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Romans 1:18-21
10 As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one; 11 There is none who understand; There is none who seeks after God. 12 They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one.” 13 “Their throat is an open tomb; With their tongues they have practiced deceit”, “The poison of asps is under their lips”, 14 “Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.” 15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood; 16 Destruction and misery are in their ways; 17 And the way of peace they have not known.” 18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.” Romans 3:10-18
That the wrath of God brings personal tragedy into the life of the sinner is attested to by Christ in the thirteen chapter of the gospel of Luke. We all have a short time upon this earth and then we must answer to God.
1 There were present at that season some who told Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2 And Jesus answered and said to them, “Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things? 3 I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. 4 Or those eighteen on whom the tower of Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem? 5 I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.” Luke 13:1-5
Once death has come, there is no recourse, but all sinners will stand be for God Who will judge them in His wrath and justice. No one, once dead gets a second chance.
27 And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment,…Hebrews 9:27
Sinners who do not repent of their sins and place their faith in Jesus Christ will answer to Him and then will be cast into the lake which burns with fire for all eternity. They will be judged according to their deeds, and while there may be degrees of punishment in hell, no one in their right mind wants to spend eternity in torment. It is real and should be avoided at all costs as Jesus counseled the Jews in His day.
42 “But whoever causes one of the little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea. 43 If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed, rather than having two hands, to go to hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched—44 where ‘Their worm does not die, And the fire is not quenched.’ 45 And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame, rather than having two feet, to be cast into hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched—46 where ‘Their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.’ 47 And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire—48 where ‘Their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.’” Mark 9:42-48
Jesus Christ the Savior of mankind makes it perfectly clear that eternal torment in the fires of hell is something to be avoided at all costs. He promises to judge each one according to their deeds. There is a record in heaven being kept on every human being from the time of Adam and Eve until the end of the Millennial reign of Christ. All who do not repent of their sin and bow the knee to Jesus Christ will be found guilty of their wicked opposition to Him and will suffer eternally in hell fire.
11 Then I say a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things written in the books. 13 The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each on according to his works. 14 Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15 And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire. Revelation 20:11-15
In case you think that you are a moral rejecter of God, as if such a person ever existed, here is a list of the sins that guarantees that you will partake of the second death and spend eternity in the lake of fire.
8 “But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” Revelation 21:8
There is hope, but only for those who repent of their sins and put their faith in Jesus Christ. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, but God in His mercy justifies the sinner who has faith in Jesus Christ (Romans 3:21-27). Flee to Christ as your sure refuge from God’s just wrath! God bless us.
26 He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. 27 And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, 28 so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation. Hebrews 9:26-28