Sermon Quotes: "The Terrifying Truth"

“The modern habit throughout the Christian church is to play this subject down. Those who still believe in the wrath of God say little about it; perhaps they do not think much about it. To an age which has unashamedly sold itself to the gods of greed, pride, sex and self-will, the church mumbles on about God’s kindness but says virtually nothing about his judgment…The fact is that the subject of divine wrath has become taboo in modern society, and Christians by and large have accepted the taboo and conditioned themselves never to raise the matter. We may well ask whether this is as it should be, for the Bible behaves very differently. One cannot imagine that talk of divine judgment was ever very popular, yet the biblical writers engage in it constantly. One of the most striking things about the Bible is the vigor with which both Testaments emphasize the reality and terror of God’s wrath…Clearly, the theme of God’s wrath is one about which the biblical writers feel no inhibitions whatever.” J.I. Packer

“The terrifying events of the first four Seals, which those who have to live through them might imagine to be signs of Christ’s return and of the close of the age, are in fact the commonplaces of history. The four horsemen have been riding out over the earth from that day to this and will continue to do so.” Michael Wilcock

“Accompanying the worldwide spread of God’s good news is the prolonged affliction of the church that bears this joyful message. The days on God’s calendar are marked off, one by one, in the blood of the martyrs.” Dennis Johnson

“Their earthly securities will be ripped away so that they will appear spiritually naked before God’s judgment seat on the last day. The “earth-dwellers” have not trusted in the Lamb who was slain for the sins of the world (1:5; 5:9). Therefore, they will have to suffer His destructive wrath and will not be able to withstand it. The gentle Lamb who was slain on the cross is now in an exalted position over the whole cosmos to pour out His wrath, because He is not only loving to His people but also a just judge of His enemies.” Greg Beale

“To be damned by Him who came to save sinners is to be doubly damned.” Thomas Boston

“Revelation 6:1-8 is intended to show that Christ rules over such an apparently chaotic world and that suffering does not occur indiscriminately or by chance. This section reveals in fact, that destructive events are brought about by Christ for both redemptive and judicial purposes. It is Christ sitting on His throne who controls all the trials and persecutions of the church.” Greg Beale

“There is no book in the Bible to which I turn more eagerly in hours of depression than to this, with all its mystery, all the details which I do not understand. I go back to it, to the throne, and to the Lamb as it had been slain; and my puzzled mind and troubled heart feel the healing virtue; and I hear the song, and am ready for another day’s fighting, for I know that Jesus shall reign.” G. Campbell Morgan

“It is a great comfort to know that justice will be done, and will be seen to be done; it is an even greater comfort to know that God is more forbearing than Christians.” D.A. Carson

“The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9

“The greatest peril facing every person, in every ethnic group, in every place on earth, at every time in history, is the righteous wrath of God against guilty sinners, leading to everlasting suffering-unless God himself rescues us from his own judgment. Poverty, hunger, disease, war, crime, climate change, addictions, homelessness, ignorance, sex trafficking: these bring great global suffering-and they pale in comparison to the peril of being under the wrath of God. They are all tragic, but they are all temporary. They may last a lifetime, but the wrath of God lasts forever.” John Piper