The fierceness and wrath of Almighty God!
Edwards, "Sinners In Zion Tenderly Warned"
"But the day of the Lord will come as a thief
in the night; in the which the heavens will
disappear with a roar, and the elements shall
melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the
works that are therein shall be burned up." 2 Peter 3:10
The heat of that great fire which will burn the
world, will be such as to melt the rocks, and the
very ground, and turn them into a kind of liquid
fire, so that the whole world will probably be
converted into a great lake, or liquid globe of
fire, a vast ocean of fire, in which the wicked
shall be tossed to and fro, having no rest day
nor night, vast waves or billows of fire
continually rolling over their heads.
But all this will be only an image of that
dreadful fire of the wrath of God, which the
wicked shall at the same time suffer in their
We read in Rev. 19:15 of "the fierceness and
wrath of Almighty God." This is an extraordinary
expression, carrying a terrible idea of the future
misery of the wicked.
If it had been only said of the wrath of God
that would have expressed what is dreadful.
If the wrath of a king be as the roaring of a lion,
what is the wrath of God? But it is not only said
the wrath of God, but the fierceness and wrath
of God, or the rage of his wrath; and not only so,
but the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
O what is that! the fierceness and rage
and fury of Omnipotence! of a being of
infinite strength! What an idea does
that give of the state of those worms
that suffer the fierceness and wrath
of such an Almighty Being!