GGJ04-141

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(AUDIO/VIDEO/TEXT The Wrath of God, Volume 4 - Chapter 141-145)

Chapter 141 - The wrath of God.

141,1. Then Cyrenius said, somewhat embarrassed: "Lord, I am the only one who has asked You anything, and it looks as if You, as My God, Lord and Creator, have some grudge against me as a result."

141,2. I say: “How can you misunderstand My words to this extent? How can I bear you a grudge when I continue to describe to you very seriously and very truthfully the essential things in life that all of you and every other human being should know? Consider just how limited your power of judgment is even now. When will it fully develop? How can the purest original love of all loves, which is in God, ever harbour a grudge?

141,3. Whenever you read about the wrath of God you should take these words to mean the eternally unchanging and inflexible seriousness of His Will; and this resolute will-power in God is the innermost core of that same very pure and mighty love which is the source of infinity and all its works in the same way that a baby chick hatches from an egg - surely, this love can never ever bear anyone a grudge in all eternity! Or does one of you think that God could be consumed by his anger, as a foolish man would be?"

141,4. The old senior chief Stahar comes to Me, saying: “Lord, forgive me if I permit myself to comment on one point regarding the wrath of God!

141,5. If a man endowed with a firm belief in God studies early world history, he could not completely escape the conclusion that God let mankind feel His wrath and His vengeance with quite pitiless severity if man broke the rules.

141,6. ‘Wrath and vengeance are Mine!’, says the Lord through the mouth of the prophet. That this is so, is amply demonstrated by Adam being cast out from Paradise, by the Great Flood in Noah’s time, God’s approval of Noah’s curse on one of his own sons as well as the later destruction of Sodom, Gomorrah and the ten cities at that locality which today we call the Dead Sea. At an even later date there were the plagues which befell the Egyptians and the Israelites in the desert; also the bloody wars ordained by God against the Philistines, the captives in Babylon and, finally, the total subjugation of the People of God under the thumb of the gentiles!

141,7. Lord, any one who even devotes a little of his attention and his mind to a consideration of God’s behaviour towards sinners, who are after all exactly as we are, can only reach one conclusion - than Jehovah has empowered Himself to exercise wrath and the utmost vengeance in the fullest measure!

141,8. Of course it could be said: This reflects the serious attitude which God adopts regarding His people’s upbringing and even entire nations, as He holds His disciplinary rod in His hand! These beatings and blows certainly do not appear to come from the hand of a very loving father, but rather seem to be inflicted by a punctilious judge granted power over life and death as well as pestilence and fire, even if the reproaches are in some ways quite justifiable!

141,9. This is just my opinion and its validity depends on whether world history tells us the full truth. However, if all the distressing stories of God’s deeds are only fictional, than this aspect we call “the wrath and vengeance of God” can indeed be at the core of His everlasting and most untarnished love. I only put this point forward since You Yourself, My Lord, have earlier drawn attention to the topic of wrath and vengeance!

141,10. It will most likely be as You, My Lord, have told us earlier. It is however strange that it frequently happened in times gone by if the wrath of God was predicted but people did not improve themselves and did not repent their sins, that the most merciless martial punishment was inflicted at both national and local levels, not just in a general way but in specific instances too. Now it would surely be helpful for us to be enlightened at this time as to how these actions can be reconciled with very pure love, devoid of wrath and vengeance!”

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