In this chapter, God’s wrath comes against those that mock Him. Israel is in the world today as a show of God’s Holy name. When Jesus Christ came, we who accept Him are adopted into that family. What applies to Israel applies to Christians in one way or another. Israel has the New Jerusalem established in 1948, and all the family together will inherit the New Jerusalem in the new heaven and new earth. Israel will suffer worldly attacks to their earthly nation and persons, and Christians will be persecuted as well. The Word of God is entrusted to Israel as the Church in the Old Testament, and the Word of God is entrusted to the Church of the Christians today. Much of this is common sense. The whole world of Christians isn’t required to move to Israel to fulfill a specific prophecy, but Israelites did. When the world rejoices at the sufferings of Israel they are also rejoicing at the suffering of Christians.
There is a lot of tribulation and judgment coming and a person might wonder what it is all about. There is a force in the world that is hostile to human sentimentality and the Spirit of Jesus Christ. That creates a lot of sour attitudes while closing off all routes to remedy that, such as the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Then add the fact that the society of human robots, those who live by the mark of the beast, doesn’t include everybody. A lot of humans are left out of having a life and develop hostile sentiments towards their oppressors. Then, add the fact that it is a global, national, state, and local form of government. The government operates through the mark of the beast and has the masses of human robots to work through. It is a very powerful and domineering system that puts itself above all other forms of government and religion.
Having a testimony for Jesus Christ puts a person on the wrong side of government authorities. That’s because we choose Jesus Christ above the mark of the beast, and that means we choose Jesus over the present form of government. For that reason, war is made against the Gospel of Jesus Christ and God’s love. Christians, along with the things of God, are being kicked out of “their” world. Anyone, especially Christians, who reject this present form of government are not treated favorably. There is a lot of friction around the world. Thus, world tribulation is coming, God’s wrath is coming, this present system will collapse, and Jesus Christ is coming soon. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
Those on the receiving end of God’s wrath are rubbing salt into an injury. They say things like, “Aha, I knew it!” when the church of God is desecrated along with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. When things go wrong for Christians, they dance and rejoice with malice in their heart. They have hatred and spite for those who choose Jesus Christ over the mark of the beast. Also, they say that the people of God are like everyone else and that the Cross of Jesus Christ is nothing of value. Their spiteful and hateful vengeance is directed towards God’s people, and they are very guilty at doing that. For that reason, God will wipe them out from among the nations and exterminate them. They will be destroyed.
“For this is what the Sovereign Lord says: Because you have clapped your hands and stamped your feet, rejoicing with all the malice of your heart against the land of Israel, therefore I will stretch out my hand against you and give you as plunder to the nations. I will wipe you out from among the nations and exterminate you from the countries. I will destroy you, and you will know that I am the Lord.’” Ezekiel 25:6-7
Destruction is coming, great tribulation is coming for the whole world, and this present system of government will collapse. Jesus is coming soon. In the New Jerusalem, God’s people will rule over nations. Those who hold to the testimony of Jesus Christ, those whose names are written in the Book of Life will be in the New Jerusalem.