Then I heard a loud voice from the temple say to the seven angels, “Go and pour out the seven bowls of God’s anger on the earth.” 2 So the first angel poured his bowl on the earth, and a nasty and terrible sore appeared on the people who had the beast’s mark and worshipped its image. 3 The second angel poured his bowl into the sea, and the sea turned into blood, like the blood of a corpse, and every living thing in the sea died. 4 The third angel poured his bowl into the rivers and springs of water, and they turned into blood. 5 Then I heard the angel of the waters say, “You are just, holy one, who is and was, because you have given these judgments. 6 They poured out the blood of saints and prophets, and you have given them blood to drink. They deserve it!” 7 And I heard the altar say, “Yes, Lord God Almighty, your judgments are true and just.” (Revelation 16:1-7, CEB)
Revelation is a vision but it includes God’s anger being poured on the earth. God is a loving God who will wait and work to help all people see God’s love for them, yet we see in the scriptures a God who also is angry and vengeful on those who do not follow.
How long will the Lord wait and when is the acceptable time? And really what does God ask of us, that we love God and love everyone else, and isn’t that really what we all need, love?
What would the world be like if everyone was able to be who they are and still be accepted by all. If we looked out for the other more than we look out for self?
What would the wrath be of a God who sees creation caring for creation?