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    Re: THE WRATH OF GOD REVEALED Romans 1:18-32

    Your articulation of God's wrath then, now, and to come is terrifying. Hard to press the like button (because of the subject matter) on your truthful and informative outline of the consequences of a debased and sinful world. He who has ears let him hear. Thank you for your post, reaffirming the truth, and conviction on the spiritual state of the world, our nation, our community, and the human race.

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    THE WRATH OF GOD REVEALED Romans 1:18-32

    Please read Romans 1:18-32

    the wrath of God is revealed from heaven - Wrath here means anger, vengeance and indignation. Revealed means to be uncovered or laid open. Heaven means the heavenlies or God's dwelling place. Is there ever a time this verse is not true? The anger of God has been, is being, and will be revealed from heaven. God's wrath is revealed in two ways. Directly and indirectly.

    1. Directly. Most of us have probably not seen God's wrath revealed from heaven directly, but we do have a record of it. Some examples of what God has done: Gen 6:12-13 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth. And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth. Gen 19:24-25 ...the Lord rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven; And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground. We also have a record of what God will do: Rev 16:1-6 And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth. And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image. And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea. And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood. And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus. For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy. 2 Pet 3:10-12 ...the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?

    2. Indirectly. We also have a record of the wrath of God revealed from heaven in an indirect way. One example is Israel, specifically the kingdom of Judah, which was overcome and carried away captive out of their land because of their disobedience. 2 Chron 36:15-17 And the Lord God of their fathers sent to them by his messengers, rising up betimes, and sending; because he had compassion on his people, and on his dwelling place: But they mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words, and misused his prophets, until the wrath of the Lord arose against his people, till there was no remedy. Therefore he brought upon them the king of the Chaldees, who slew their young men with the sword in the house of their sanctuary, and had no compassion upon young man or maiden, old man, or him that stooped for age: he gave them all into his hand. That kind of revealing of the wrath of God has happened many times and will continue to happen.

    The question I would like to answer: Is America now seeing the wrath of God revealed from heaven against her? I believe the answer can be found here in Romans chapter one.

    against all ungodliness – Here we see why and upon whom the wrath of God is poured out. Ungodliness means a lack of reverence toward God, or wickedness. God is the Creator and as such He has a right to expect us to accept Him as He is. When men seek to make God a god of their own choosing they show an extreme lack of reverence for Him. Listen to what God said to Israel in Isa 1:10-12 Hear the word of the Lord, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah. To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the Lord: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats. When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts? That's how God views religious practice when people fail to accept and reverence Him for who He is. It's fair to say the majority of religious people in America have a God of their own making. Wickedness is the result of rejection of God's authority. It was said of Israel in Jud 17:6 In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes. That's the basic condition of America. We have abortion, homosexuality, transgenderism, same sex marriage, pornography and sorcery (drug and alcohol abuse). We have the majority of people deciding and doing that which is right in their own eyes.

    unrighteousness of men - Unrighteousness here is injustice as when a judge perverts judgment because he or she fails to acknowledge real truth. When people reject God's truth, even unintentionally, they become a danger to themselves and others and there is a great curse of injustice in the land. I will remind you that when such injustice prevails there will always be a persecution of real truth and those who embrace it.

    who hold the truth in unrighteousness - Holding the truth in unrighteousness is establishing truth that's void of God and His influence. Just one example is evolution, a theory that has never been proven. It's the little bit of leaven that's leavened the whole lump. To many people evolution has become a fact and used as a platform from which to establish truth void of a creator God. People who do not correctly view God as Creator will not see Him as the Savior He is.

    1:19 Because that which may be known of God - Here we see why the wrath of God is revealed. Because means on the account of. God is just in pouring out His wrath from heaven against all ungodliness and now we will see the reasons why. Known here means acquainted with or notable. That which may be known of God is that which is notable, the things He wishes us to be acquainted with. If we keep this in context with what follows, that which may be known of God is His eternal power and Godhead. Eternal means everlasting and power is mighty work, strength and virtue. God's everlasting strength and virtue may be known by everyone.

    is manifest in them, for God hath shewed it unto them - Manifest = shining or apparent. God as Creator has made us in such a way that when we look at the things He has made His eternal power and Godhead is apparent to us. Ps 19:1-3 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. The question is not whether there's any evidence of God, but what will we choose to do with the evidence He has given us?

    1:20 the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen – The invisible things are His eternal power and Godhead. The creation of the world speaks of the building and ordinances of the universe. What's foundational to know about God can be known through what He has made. The great variety and complexity we see all around us is a testimony of a wise and powerful Creator. You must choose to believe otherwise.

    they are without excuse – The reason the wrath of God is revealed from heaven and people who have never heard the name of Jesus will be condemned to hell is because creation itself leaves them without an excuse. The rejection of God as Creator has come about by a process which Paul will now explain.

    1:21 when they knew God they glorified Him not as God - "Knew" means to know, perceive or understand. "Glorified" means honor, magnify or make glorious. The first step away from God is knowing there is a Creator God, but rejecting Him.

    neither were thankful – The second step builds on the first. Those who do not glorify God as Creator for what He has made become unthankful for their existence, leading to a desire for things which can never be satisfied.

    became vain in their imaginations – The third step builds on the first two. "Became vain" means to have made empty or foolish. "Imaginations" means reasoning or thoughts. Empty, foolish reasoning and thought leads to an understanding which is void of God's influence.

    their foolish heart was darkened – The final step continues to build on the first three. "Foolish" means without understanding. "Heart" means the hidden part of man, the seat of the thoughts, passions, desires, appetites, affections, purposes, and endeavors. "Darkened" means to be absent of light. A foolish, darkened heart is without God's truth and therefore, doomed to failure and destruction, left in a condition where possibly only the wrath of God is the remedy.

    1:22 Professing themselves to be wise they became fools – He we see the deception of those who are under God's wrath. Professing means to say or affirm. Wise means to be skilled or an expert. Those who have walked away from God into darkness think themselves to be skilled experts in the meaning of life, our origin and purpose. They have truth based on the imaginations of their own foolish, darkened heart and cannot see such truth is useless and will lead to destruction.

    1:23 changed the glory of the uncorruptible God – Here we see what self-professed wisdom does. Matthew Henry said, "It was the greatest honor God did to man that He made man in His image, but it is the greatest dishonor man has done to God that he has made God in the image of man." When people take God's magnificence, His excellence, and His very name which all command respect and reverence and change them to fit their imaginations they make God like the creature, instead of the Creator. Such people will experience the wrath of God.

    1:24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness – Here is where we begin to see the wrath of God poured out in an indirect way. "Gave them up" means to give into the hands of or to give over unto. Uncleanness is physical and moral impurity. As man rejects the influence of God, God leaves him to be judged by his own uncleanness. Our country and the world is perishing in physical and moral impurity. Is their really any question we are seeing the wrath of God poured out?

    to dishonour their own bodies between themselves – Here we see the result of physical and moral impurity. Dishonor means to treat shamefully, despise or suffer shame, this is the way a deceived people treat their own bodies. I will not here glorify some perverse act by mentioning it specifically, but will instead share with you the dangers of sexual impurity. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates nearly 20 million new cases of reportable Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD's) occur each year in the United States, almost half of them among young people ages 15 to 24." Notice in that statement the word “reportable” meaning the ones they have identified and can test for. How many are not identified and can not be tested for? How can we not see we are under the judgment of God?

    1:26 God gave them up unto vile affections – Here we see God's abandonment, allowing those who have rejected Him to destroy themselves. "Gave them up" means to deliver into the hands of. "Vile" means shameful, reproachful, disgraceful. Affections = lusts or passions. These are people that have been abandoned by God to live in disgraceful lusts and passions.

    for even their women did change the natural use - One expositor wrote, "in most cultures women are generally last to give in to moral collapse and that's why Paul mentions them first here. He's showing the utter corruption that takes place when God is rejected. In context here the natural use refers to the fact God created men and women different, each needing the other to reproduce, each endowed specifically for their role, each made to compliment and complete the other. A darkened heart leaves the natural use to walk a perverted path to destruction.

    1:27 men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet - "Recompence" means repayment, reward or compensation. For decades, that we know of, the world suffered because of a disease specifically transmitted by perverted sexual acts between men. It spread to other portions of the population and has now been brought under control through the spending of billions of dollars on medical research. All of which is the result of God's ways being rejected. We have not seen the end of God's wrath for these abominations and others.

    1:28 gave them over to a reprobate mind – Here we continue to see the result of God's abandonment, allowing people to destroy themselves. Reprobate means castaway or rejected. Mind speaks of the understanding which determines the way we feel, judge and determine. A reprobate mind is to have an understanding that is useless or of no value. The world, along with America, is destroying itself because a useless understanding is prevailing.

    1:32 Who knowing the judgment of God – What people around our country and the world have done and continue to do they have done and are doing because they have made a choice to reject the true Creator and His truth. As a result they have been abandoned by God, in that He is allowing them to destroy themselves. That doesn't mean they can't be saved! It does mean they are without the ability to see things for what they are. Their only hope is the light of God shining through His people.

    Conclusion: As a nation we are under the judgment of God. God's wrath is being poured out upon us. We need to recognize it and take action. At this point we Christians are left with two unpleasant choices. 1. Suffer persecution as the cost of standing with God. 2. Suffer the wrath of God along with those who reject Him. Just remember this, God is not dead, neither doth He sleep, the wrong shall fail, righteousness will prevail. It's time to make a choice, I hope you will stand with God.