Top 7 Bible Verses About God’s Wrath

Top 7 Bible Verses About God’s Wrath July 27, 2015

Here are 7 Bible verses about the wrath of God that I hope will see how seriously God looks upon sin.

Romans 1:18 “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.”

In our pluralistic society today we have created a God in our own image, after our own likeness and put forth the doctrine that God is love and only love and would thus never punish sin but the truth is that God will judge all who have never repented and trusted in Christ. The wrath of God still abides on all who have not yet believed on Christ (John 3:36b) and to believe means to be obeying and doing what Jesus commanded and that is to abstain from all sexual immorality. Regardless of what the Supreme Court has ruled God overrules.

Proverbs 11:4 “Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death.”

There is no amount of money to remove the wrath of God but only the precious blood of the Lamb of God does this. No amount of good works will ever save us and God sees even our best efforts at good works to save us as filthy, dirty rags (Isaiah 64:4). Many believe that they’re a good person but the truth is not one is good (Rom 3:10-12) and all fall short of God’s glory (Rom 3:23). Repent or Jesus said you will perish (Luke 13:3) and die in your sins (John 8:21-24).

Psalm 2:12 “Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.”

Today, God’s wrath is being stored up and kept and being held back by the dam of His mercy but someday, perhaps soon, His righteous wrath will burst the dam and His judgment will come flooding down upon all unrepentant sinners because “God judges the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day” (Psalm 7:11).


Ephesians 5:6 “Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.”

There is no shortage of feel-good preachers out there today and they are deceiving many with empty words and these empty words are their messages; some say there’s no hell, no wrath, God accepts all sin, and condones human behavior but they are deceiving themselves and many others too but the wrath of God will be more fierce on those who teach such lies and omit from their pulpit messages the need for repentance, the necessity of forgiveness, the cross, living a holy life, and obeying God.

Romans 2:5 “But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed.”

This is similar to what I wrote earlier that God is storing up wrath for “the day of wrath” and that day is coming as surely as the sun rises tomorrow and when that day comes, it will be too late to beg for mercy for each man and woman will be judged according to their works and that culminates in the fierce wrath of God with unending torment (Rev 20:12-15). There will be some, no doubt, that read this and reject it but they will never forget this warning and regret it forever. I pray that’s not you.

Revelation 14:10-11 “He also will drink the wine of God’s wrath, poured full strength into the cup of his anger, and he will be tormented with fire and sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever, and they have no rest, day or night, these worshipers of the beast and its image, and whoever receives the mark of its name.”

God’s wrath is just as real as His mercy, love, and forgiveness is, but the wrath of God has been placed on His Son for all who have repented (turned away from and forsaken their sins) and then trusted in Christ. Anyone that trusts in their own goodness will drink from the cup of the wrath of God, full strength, and what a tragedy because they could have trusted in Christ and had that wrath removed from off from them this very day. Sadly, most will not.

John 3:36 “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.”

Jesus gives us all two choices. There are only saints and aint’s. Those who haven’t made a decision really have made a decision to reject Christ for those on the fence must understand that the fence along with all unbelievers will be cast into the lake of fire (Rev 21:8). Today, while you still can choose, choose to hear His voice because today might be your last day of choosing Christ for eternal life (2 Cor 6:2).


A final warning comes from Paul in Romans 5:9 where he wrote, “Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.” Choose life in Christ or separation from God for all time when the time for repentance will be long gone. If Christ returns today and you haven’t yet trusted in Him, your time will be up.

Article by Jack Wellman

Jack Wellman is Pastor of the Mulvane Brethren church in Mulvane Kansas. Jack is also the Senior Writer at What Christians Want To Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book Blind Chance or Intelligent Design available on Amazon.

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  • Theodore A. Jones

    Jn. 3:36 “obey the son” What do you think this term is referencing Jack?

    • Jack Wellman

      I think it means that we must do all that Jesus commands. Does that make sense sir?

      • Theodore A. Jones

        As it is plainly stated Pastor Wellman, “If you love Me keep my commandments.” In 2 Pt. 2:21 Peter refers to one of the Lord’s commands by the term “sacred command”. Which of His commands is Peter referencing?

        • Jack Wellman

          The context of 2nd Pet 2 is about false teachers. The sacred command could well be as Jesus said was the greatest “To love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, and soul and to love your neighbor as yourself” and false teachers do neither.

          • Theodore A. Jones

            I am aware what Peter is about in 2nd Peter. Those teachers he is referencing evidently knew the way of righteousness, according to the scripture, but they had turned their backs on the sacred command. Two things need identifying, “the way of righteousness” and the “sacred command”. What is Peter referencing and how is the “sacred command” relative to “the way of righteousness”?

          • SJ

            You probably just need to know that there are two types of law. The external law given in the Old Testament to regulate interpersonal boundaries and the internal law written on our hearts by the Holy Spirit that was given by Jesus.

            Once you realize there is an external and an internal law you can probably discern things better yourself.

            Most people don’t make an external/ internal distinction so they tend to toss the Old Testament Law out but God in the Old Testament acted like a mother firmly spelling out behavioral boundaries for the unruly Israelite children who kept getting in trouble with the even unrulier neighboring children because they didn’t have Christ to rule their hearts.

            The law is our tutor about sin….Not our ruler…just a guiding tutor or set of principles to refer to. Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior.

          • SJ

            Another way to look at this is the Word is Jesus Christ….Everything flows from him….even obedience to the Law we learn from him.

            God may have made the external law available before providing Jesus Christ but the Law flowed from His divine character.

            Lawfulness or law abidingness is a matter of character.

            When you have Jesus in your heart he makes you disposed to be peaceful and law abiding. How can you be a peacemaker if you haven’t made peace in your heart with God first?

            Peace begins in the heart….the law just showed us we needed to make our peace with God.

  • Josh

    I find it interesting that you call out the sin of sexual immorality in your first point, like it is the worst of all sins. C.S. Lewis believed pride was the worst of all sins, and God certainly appears to hate those who neglect the poor and needy and who don’t provide justice for those who need it.

    • Jack Wellman

      Thank you Josh. Which is worse? Lying or committing adultery. Paul wrote in 1st Cor 6 “Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body? For it is said, “The two will become one flesh.”b 17But whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit.c

      18Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body. 19Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”
      There were different levels of punishment given in the Old Testament and some required death while others were less severe. The worst were those like murder and adultery. Yes, I think C.S. Lewis has a great point but which is worse? Pride or adultery?

      • SJ

        Sin is sin. If you break any of God’s law you are guilty of breaking the whole law.

        The reason why some crimes were adjudged more severe penalties than others was because of the nature of the crime. God was concerned about the victim and making restitution to them. In the crimes where no restitution to the victim was possible like in the case of murder God gave the penalty of stoning because no restitution was possible.

        It’s a human idea that some crimes are worse than others but not in God’s eyes. Sin is sin and if you break one law then you’re guilty of the whole law.

        • Theodore A. Jones

          Well said sir.

          • SJ

            Lol…I’m a ma’am and I appreciate the kind words but I had the majority of what I know about God’s Law explained to me through the writings of Dr. Stephen E. Jones. He claims to be a mere bible teacher but he has a doctorate in both the Old and New Testament and reads Hebrew and you can tell when you read him that he’s one of the foremost bible scholars of this day or any day. The way he assembles the scriptures is quite amazingly accurate in my opinion and God’s Law is his area of specialization.

          • Theodore A. Jones

            Well. Excuse me ma’am. Regarding Dr. Stephen E. Jones.
            Many hold degrees and many read and speak Hebrew. They also should be where Dr. Jones is at. But article six in his statement of belief is in error.

          • SJ

            Why do you say that?

        • Jack Wellman

          So lying is equal to murder? Why were there different penalities in the Old Testament if “sin is sin?”

          • SJ

            A sin is a sin….All a sin is is missing God’s mark.

            I think humans tend to think murder is worse than theivery and theivery is worse than lying. We have our own human moral judgments and we communicate this to each other just like people communicate other things like fear. Until it become engrained in us to have these kind of human value judgments.

            But the bible never specifically categorizes any hierarchy of one sin being greater than amother. If it was up to me I’d say blasphemy was the greatest sin based on what I know about the bible but the bible never gives a hierarchy of sin. It is just missing God’s mark.

            If I could remember which book I read it in I would show you. I might come across it later. But an eye for an eye isn’t because God is punitive. We get this punitive idea from the Romans who used to punish people to control the Roman Empire so they transferred it into Christianity. An eye for an eye is a statement intended to communicate the rehabilitative nature of God’s Law. God’s concern was to make restitution to the victim not punish the sinner. For example, if you stole someone’s ox then you’d have to give the person you stole an ox from two oxen to compensate them.. But there are certain sins like murder or rape where no restitution is possible so then stoning was adjudged but even then a lot of rabbis had ways of commuting the sentences.

            Quote from wikipedia on sin:

            In a religious context, sin is the act of violating God’s will.[1][2][3][4] Sin can also be viewed as anything that violates the ideal relationship between an individual and God; or as any diversion from the perceived ideal order for human living. To sin has been defined as “to miss the mark”.[5]


          • SJ

            Off the top of my head I can’t remember which work I read Jones’ explanation of it in but here’s an article showing the Old Testament had rehabilitation not punishment as the motive behind the Law and that there were substitutions for the death penalty.

            Old Testament Law and Punishment

    • Jack Wellman

      BTW sir, the context of Romans 1 is clearly about sexual immorality. What do you think Josh?

  • SJ

    God’s not angry at the world any more if He ever truly was. He knew He would have to bring His children up in a series of stages and that children tend to fear and pay attention to their stricter parent so he gave His children a lot of structure with the Law in the Old Testament but we have Jesus Christ now to teach us to go with the flow of the Spirit and use the Law as a guideline because God’s wisdom is eternal and always right no matter how many people misinterpret His intentions in this New Testament Era that we are living in.

    We need to put away the condemnatory ” wrath ” message and stress that Jesus Christ is a spiritual fire ….and a spiritual fire is eternal life sustaining…if you make a literal fire out of God in the burning bush then all you get is dust and ashes but make an eternal spiritual fire out of God and you get eternal life.

    Our minds really need to work actively to grasp that a lot of God’s symbolism isn’t literal….it is a human mind that doesn’t process symbolism very well that keeps resorting to overly literal interpretations. God will never hurt anyone intentionally. We hurt ourselves because we don’t meditate enough on God to really know Him as well as we should. God has made all of His children to walk in newness of life. So be sure you aren’t living in a fearful Old Covenant driven mindset.

    We’re living in the New Covenant now and perfect love casts out fear….it casts fear right out of our hearts and minds….and when love casts fear out of your heart and mind then the devil can never capture you again and make you live in a fear prison because you are a whole new holy man.

    I am New, Jason Gray

  • pud

    Compulsory love…what a disgusting concept. It’s the psychology behind battered wives and abusive husbands. Don’t do right for rights sake, do it because if you don’t violence will fall upon your head. And you christians line up in droves to “worship” this monster celestial dictator wife beater? Instead of church you should be attending deprogramming classes and visiting domestic abuse shelters

    • Bonnie Morris


      • pud

        Hey lunatic! Hitting children is CHILD ABUSE! But that’s just fine for you sick delusional demented religion inspired infantile brain lunatics isn’t it?

        • Bonnie Morris

          You don’t love a child if you don’t discipline him/her.

          • pud

            You are a dimwit aren’t you?

            Hitting children is NOT discipline it is abuse

            Physical violence for any reason is abuse

            Is it ok for your husband to hit you to correct you? How about a boyfriend smacking his girlfriend out of love to correct her?

            This is why I’m so confident in calling you all deranged lunatics.

          • Bonnie Morris

            I see where you are coming from.

          • HChris

            Verbal abuse is also a thing.

          • Big Money Destiny Prime

            You have obviously never had children.
            If a child realises that there are no physical consequences/punishments for their actions, they now know they have free reign to do what they want.

            You are so obviously naive, it is so fucking funny. It is clear that you are some fucking nerkbeard, fedora tipping nerd loser with nothing better to do then to seek out people that think different to you, solely to shit on them like a engorged, festering asshole.

            Fuck you.

          • pud

            Maybe your toothless, drug abusing kids need a beating for having sex with their cousin in the back of your trailer but my two boys never were hit and are fine young men now who love their dad.

            While I loved and respected my children and wife received the same in return…had I though great misfortune ended up with you I no doubt would have punched your in the face more than once

          • Big Money Destiny Prime

            “NUH UH, YOUR anecdotal experience is WRONG, but MY personal anecdotal experience is actually RIGHT!!!!1 ”

            Literally go kill yourself. Stop with the LARPing, and pretence, it is clear you’re some lonely loser neckbeard autist roleplaying on the internet.

  • Bonnie Morris

    God’s wrath is a white hot passion for your good. It is corrective, not destructive… except to the things that keep you from being friends with Him…

  • There is no fucking God and there is no Wrath. Idiots.

    • Hamish Benham

      so…. you came here just for that comment huh?

    • Big Money Destiny Prime

      Wow, so everyone that doesn’t believe what you believe is an idiot?
      Go fuck yourself, you stupid fucking bitch

      • pud

        You forgot to add “praise jesus”

  • sheckyshabaz

    Actually i challenge everyone to learn some basic biblical greek (koine greek) and read through the kjv. take note of each time the phrase “wrath of god” or “god’s wrath” appears in English. Then with that list, compare it to the oldest original greek manuscripts and you’ll see that the oldest scripts never say “god’s wrath” or “wrath of God”. The word “theos” is never used. It’s always “Victim’s wrath”.

  • roberto sanmartin

    God’s divine Love is Propitiatory Love meaning Wrath removing, Wrath absorbing. To deny this is to remain in unbelief and under God’s divine Judgement. 1 John 4:10, John 3:36.