Deliverance

Throughout Scripture God always delivered His Children before His wrath fell upon mankind. Paul wrote in his first letter to the believers in the church at Thessalonica in Greece, “God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,” (5:9). God’s wrath fell at least three times in the early years of recorded history that reveals the truth of Paul’s writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

Noah had found grace in the eyes of the Lord but those living around him had not. In Genesis 6:5 it is written, “God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” The following verses tell of how it repented the LORD that He had made man on the earth and how He determined to destroy man from off the face of the earth. He had given them over 1,500 years to repent and they had not. The cup of His wrath was full and it was going to fall full force upon the earth. Noah and his family were provided an Ark to escape God’s wrath and survive the devastation that was to come.

Lot had moved to the choicest land available when he and Abraham separated, pitching his tent toward Sodom. It was not long before Lot moved his family into Sodom and they became members of the community. When Lot became “vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked” (II Peter 2:7), God sent His angels to rescue Lot, his wife and their two daughters from the city before His destruction fell upon the city and all the cities of the plain in the form of fire and brimstone because of their great wickedness, except Zoar where Lot and his two daughters fled when his wife turned into a pillar of salt (Genesis 18-19).

The plagues of Egypt during the days of Moses fell only on the Egyptians, sparing the Children of Israel who were being held in bondage and denied permission of the Pharaoh “To let My people go.” On the night the death angel passed over Egypt, all of the firstborn of the Children of Israel escaped death while there was “a great cry throughout all the land of Egypt, such as there was not like it, nor shall be like it any more… for there was not a house where there was not one dead” in the Egyptian households (Exodus 5-12).

Before God’s judgment falls on the world He always removes and secures His Children from His wrath that is to come. Before the seven years of great tribulation in the Book of Revelation, God promises to remove those who are His Children, those who have believed and trusted in His Son as their Savior from their sins, and usher them safely into Heaven through the clouds (I Thessalonians 4:13-18; 5:1-11). Just as He “saved Noah… a preacher of righteousness” (II Peter 2:5), “delivered just Lot” (II Peter 2:7), and “did bring the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt” (Exodus 12:51), He will take His Children out of this world before His wrath falls again for the last time because of the wickedness of man who continue to gnash their teeth at God, refusing to bow the knee to Him (Luke 13:27-28).

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