The Wrath Of God

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

NOTE: This Popular Post From The Past is a response to numerous questions I’ve received lately from people who have become confused about the timing and duration of God’s Wrath.

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?” (Rev. 6:16-17).

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).

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Death In The Millennium?

Q. Would you please clarify this  verse for us?

“Never again will there be in it an infant who lives but a few days, or an old man who does not live out his years; he who dies at a hundred will be thought a mere youth; he who fails to reach a hundred will be considered accursed. Isaiah 65:20.

It sounds like there will be death in the millennium.  Am I understanding that verse correctly?  I am also trying to understand in the millennium  - Rev 22:2 – that the leaves will heal the nations – why do the nations need to be healed?

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How Does That Glorify The Lord?

Q.  I must be missing something, I just don’t get it.  You say in your answer to when will animal sacrifices stop that when the Lord returns sacrifices will begin again and will continue throughout the Millennium.  Why?  How does the slaughter of innocent animals  for 1000 years glorify the Lord?  And why would a loving God want that?

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Who Populates the Earth?

Q.  I have a question about the sheep from the sheep and goat judgments. The sheep are ushered into the Kingdom and eternal life after the judgment. Would these people not be immortal since they have eternal life?  I am having trouble figuring out where the mortals who repopulate the millennium come from.  Are not all tribulation believers given eternal life and therefore no longer mortal?

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The Kingdom Of God. Now Or Later?

Q. I love your writings and follow your views 100% but recently I have come across another person’s teaching about the Kingdom of Heaven and/or the Kingdom of God as being now.  The church age.  I have always seen it as the time of His second coming and the 1,000 year reign of Christ on earth.  But I have to say now that I have heard this guys teaching, and now that I am reading through the 4 gospels chronologically I have been very confused.  I am starting to wonder about when is this Kingdom of Heaven and/or Kingdom of God?

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Two Prophecy Questions

Q. I have a couple of questions I would like your input on as I have wondered about these for some time. First, a lot of talk lately has been that the Antichrist may be a Muslim. What are your thoughts on this? It seems that there is a change in some of the thinking on this recently. Secondly, do you believe that those inhabitants who are living in their mortal bodies during the millennium may continue throughout eternity in their natural bodies? It would certainly add credence to all of the new extra-solar planets being discovered recently.

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What is Amillennialism?

Q.  It seems to me that more well-known non-denominational preachers are shifting towards Amillennialism teaching. I have even heard some preachers say that some seminaries take this stance. I cannot find anything in the Bible that supports their perspective. How could they believe that Satan is already bound and we are living in the 1000 year reign of Christ? Or am I completely misunderstanding what Amillenialism is?

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Living In The Millennium. Follow up

Q.  In the answer to your recent question “Living in the Millennium”, you state that the only people allowed in the New Jerusalem would be those who’s names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. As a result, you say, the Old Testament saints would come back and live on the earth in Israel, not in Heaven because their names are not written in the Lamb’s Book of Life which is reserved for the Church.

My question is why are the Church the only names written in the Book of Life? When Jesus went to the cross, he sacrificed himself for all sinners, past, present, and future. I thought the Book of Life contained the name of those who have been redeemed by the blood of The Lamb, thus including the old testament saint and giving them access to live eternally in heaven with the Lord?

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What Are the Criteria?

Q.  The past week I have been bothered by two questions that are connected by, I fear, our works: “How are our heavenly treasures determined” and “How are our roles in heaven determined”?

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Living In The Millennium

Q.  I was wondering about who lives where in the Millennium. To go a step further, say we go in the rapture but have a family member who gets saved during the Tribulation and survives. It is true to assume they could not visit us in the New Jerusalem, but that we could visit them on Earth? And where are the Biblical heroes and redeemed people of the Old Testament?

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