The wrath of God abides upon all of mankind. John 3:36 KJV (36) He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. His wrath IS REVEALED from heaven against ALL ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who hold the Truth down in unrighteousness. All are perishing away to the grave. Romans 1:18-19 KJV (18) For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; (19) Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. The current heavens and earth which are NOW are “reserved”…that is, STORED NOW with “fire” against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. This day comes for everyone in the here and now. He is patient with us all not willing that any should perish from off this earth but that all should come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:7-9 KJV (7) But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. (8) But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. (9) The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. He turns man to destruction and says for us to “RETURN, ye children of men”. He is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. Psalms 90:3-4 KJV (3) Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return, ye children of men. (4) For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night. He has subjected the creature to vanity in HOPE that all should come to repentance. The creation itself shall be delivered from the bondage of “corruption”…DECAY…into the glorious liberty of the children of God who shall be revealed for all to see. Romans 8:18-22 KJV (18) For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. (19) For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. (20) For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, (21) Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. (22) For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. The creature was made subject to vanity. Vanity of vanities….all is vanity “under the sun”. What profit does a man have of all of his labor which he takes under the sun of God’s wrath? “under the sun” = abiding under God’s wrath. Ecclesiastes 1:1-4 KJV (1) The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem. (2) Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity. (3) What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun? The world and its lusts ARE PASSING AWAY NOW. No flesh is being saved under the sun. (4) One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever. God has given this “sore travail” unto the sons of man to be “exercised” therewith ….that is, to be MADE LOW….to humiliate… to depress in hopes that all should not perish but come to repentance.. Ecclesiastes 1:12-14 KJV (12) I the Preacher was king over Israel in Jerusalem. (13) And I gave my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all things that are done under heaven: this sore travail hath God given to the sons of man to be exercised therewith. (14) I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit. God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise. He has chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty and the base things of the world and things which are despised and things which are not to bring to NOTHING things that are. 1 Corinthians 1:25-31 KJV (25) Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. (26) For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: (27) But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; (28) And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: All of the world and its lusts ARE passing away NOW. This is a present, continuous thing. NO FLESH is being saved so that they can glory. The wise….the rich…all of the sons of men perish away from this earth “under the sun” of God’s wrath. NO FLESH can glory for all are passing away under the sun of God's wrath. No flesh of the world is being saved. The things of this world do not save the flesh of anyone...for all are dying. (29) That no flesh should glory in his presence. (30) But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: (31) That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. The rich are “made low”…for God has given the sons of man “sore traval” to be exercised (made low) therewith. The "sun" of His wrath rises with a burning heat to wither the grass (the flesh of men) and their glory fades and falls away. No flesh can glory in the presence of God. James 1:9-11 KJV (9) Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted: (10) But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away. (11) For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways. God has concluded all in unbelief so that He might have mercy upon ALL. Romans 11:32-33 KJV (32) For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all. (33) O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! The Scripture has concluded ALL under sin so that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that BELIEVE. Galatians 3:22 KJV (22) But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. Whosoever BELIEVES into Him should NOT PERISH but have an age-lasting life….in the here and now….in this world. John 3:14-21 KJV (14) And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: (15) That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. (16) For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world but that the world through Him might be saved. The world IS CONDEMNED ALREADY. The world and its lusts are passing away…for ALL are perishing in the here and now. NO FLESH is being saved. (17) For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (18) He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. This is the condemnation..... (19) And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. (20) For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. (21) But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. As many that receive Him, He has gave the power to become the sons of God…..to those that believe on His name….His authority…for they will do His commandment to have love for one another. The Word is made FLESH when we DO His commandments and we LIVE to the Age for all the world to see His glory. John 1:10-14 KJV (10) He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. (11) He came unto his own, and his own received him not. (12) But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: (13) Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. (14) And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. Let us hear the conclusion of the WHOLE MATTER: Fear God and keep His commandments. This is the “whole” of man: body, soul and spirit are saved in the here and now as we shall not perish “under the sun” of God’s wrath. Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 (13) Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. (14) For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil. The “sun” shall rise upon each of us. Our bodies shall break down as we decay away to the grave. The evil days come when we shall have no pleasure in them. Ecclesiastes 12:1-8 KJV (1) Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them; (2) While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain: The hands (keepers of the house) shall tremble with “age”. The legs (the strong men) bow themselves and the “grinders” (teeth) cease because they are few and the eyes become dim (the windows). (3) In the day when the keepers of the house shall tremble, and the strong men shall bow themselves, and the grinders cease because they are few, and those that look out of the windows be darkened (4) And the doors shall be shut in the streets, when the sound of the grinding is low, and he shall rise up at the voice of the bird, and all the daughters of musick shall be brought low; (5) Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail: because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets: (6) Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern. We eventually perish from off the earth and our spirit shall return to God who gave it. (7) Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it. (8) Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher; all is vanity. But those who will trust in God…doing what He says….shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. We shall not be any longer “under the sun” of God’s wrath but shall enter into His rest. Psalms 91:1-16 KJV (1) He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. (2) I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. (3) Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. (4) He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. (5) Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; (6) Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. (7) A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. We shall continue to live and see the reward of the wicked as we make Him our refuge. The sun...the heat....shall no longer strike us. (8) Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. (9) Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; The “dwelling” is our mortal body…. (10) There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. (11) For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. (12) They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. (13) Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet. (14) Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. (15) He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. With a LONG LIFE (“eternal life”) shall He satisfy us with. He will show us His salvation. (16) With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation. To be continued….