(305) – THE WRATH OF THE LAMB

The offspring of the ewe is a lamb, tender and young, which, when it grows up, becomes the sheep. The lamb is meek and defenseless, so it is a figure of the meek and humble, generally the children. They are the innocent lambs. Following this comparison, a lamb could never be a figure of a domineering and warrior king. This would be illogical and incoherent.

Jesus Christ is called Lamb in the Bible. John the Baptist saw Jesus coming in his direction, and said: “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29). But why is Jesus called “lamb”, if the lamb is the young sheep? The reason for this is that the submission and obedience of Jesus are so sublime that they can be compared to those of a pure and innocent child, only, that is, a lamb. Isaiah, the prophet, says about Jesus: “All we like sheep have gone astray. Everyone has turned to his own way; and Jehovah has laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, yet when He was afflicted he didn’t open his mouth. As a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and as a sheep that before its shearers is mute, so he didn’t open his mouth” (Is. 53:6-7). The apostle Paul wrote: “Have this in your mind, which was also in Christ Jesus, who, existing in the form of God, didn’t consider equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, yes, the death of the cross” (Phil. 2:5-8). The very Lord Jesus Christ speaks of himself, saying: “Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart” (Matt. 11:29). The brothers John and James, apostles among the twelve, made Jesus a request: “Grant to us that we may sit, one at your right hand, and one at your left hand, in your glory” (Mark 10:37). Jesus told them: “know that they who are recognized as rulers over the nations lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you, but whoever wants to become great among you shall be your servant. Whoever of you wants to become first among you, shall be bondservant of all. For the Son of Man also came not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many’” (Mark 10:42-45). Jesus is God (1 John 5:20). Being God, he became a servant of men. This is such lowliness that he can only be compared to a lamb. In the Old Testament, we have 94 verses speaking of lambs. Fifty of these refer to sacrifices, and 44 to offerings. Not once it speaks of angry lambs. In the gospels and in the epistles there are only three passages. In Acts 8:32, the first one, when a eunuch was reading the passage of Isaiah 53:7, mentioned above. The second in John 1:29, when John the Baptist said: “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” The third, when Peter declares that we were redeemed with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless (1 Pet. 1:19).

In the book of Revelations we read 28 verses with the word “lamb.” Some texts shock us. In the fourth letter, directed to the Church of Thyatira, we read that the Son of God, as a punishment to the prophetess Jezebel, who taught to deceive credulous Christians into becoming perverted through sacrifices of idolatry, is going to kill his children as vengeance (Rev. 2:20-23). The meek lamb is going to become a devouring wolf? “He was led as a sheep to the slaughter. As a lamb before his shearer is silent, so he doesn’t open his mouth” (Acts 8:32; Is. 53:7). Is Jesus, who delivered his life up for the lost, going to become a killer and shearer of sheep? Would it not be more divine and logic to cry for those who were lost, whom he loved so much?

In the same book of Revelations we read that the third angel called out saying in a loud voice: “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives a mark on his forehead, or on his hand, he also will drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is prepared unmixed in the cup of his anger. He will be tormented with fire and sulfur in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb” (Rev. 14:9-10).

That immaculate and unblemished lamb (1 Pet. 1:18-19), that lamb full of compassion for the condemned sinners — whose mercy is so infinite that Paul defined it as detainer of the mystery of piety — is going to bask before the torment of those who, through blindness, were lured by the devil? Would it not be more celestial and divine if the Son of God, who is love (1 John 4:8), cried for those who he loved so much, but who Satan perverted? (Acts 26:18). The immaculate and spotless lamb cannot change so much.

A third problem presents itself in the Revelations: “He who overcomes, and He who keeps my works to the end, to him I will give authority over the nations. He will rule them with a rod of iron, shattering them like clay pots; as I also have received of my Father” (Rev. 2:26-27). The book of Revelations is attributed to the apostle of love, and in the original Greek, it does not say that. The original renders POIMANOS, who is translated as WILL SHEPHERD. The text of Psalm 2:8-9 was placed in Revelations, in the past, in place of POIMANOS, by technicians of bane.

The fourth point is in Revelations 6:14-17, concerning the end of the world: “The sky was removed like a scroll when it is rolled up. Every mountain and island were moved out of their places. The kings of the earth, the princes, the commanding officers, the rich, the strong, and every slave and free person, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains. They told the mountains and the rocks, ‘Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne, and from the WRATH OF THE LAMB, for the great day of his wrath has come; and who is able to stand?’” It is incredible, but is the meek and gentle lamb going to become a wrathful killer? Jesus has his own nature. He declared that he does not judge those who do not believe, because he came not to judge the world, but to save it (John 12:47). He said more: “Don’t think that I will accuse you to the Father. There is one who accuses you, even Moses, on whom you have set your hop” (John 5:45). He also said: “For the Son of Man didn’t come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them” (Luke 9:56). Christ is the lamb, and lambs do not get angry, do not make war, do not kill, they are not tyrants. Their kingdom is a kingdom of love, justice, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit (Col. 1:12-13; Rom. 14:17). The very book of Revelations reveals how the eternity will be for the resurrected: These are those who came out of the great tribulation. They washed their robes, and made them white in the Lamb’s blood. Therefore they are before the throne of God, they serve him day and night in his temple. He who sits on the throne will spread his tabernacle over them. They will never be hungry, neither thirsty any more; neither will the sun beat on them, nor any heat; for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne shepherds them, and leads them to springs of waters of life. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes” (Rev. 7:14-17). And we read in the letter to the Hebrews: JESUS CHRIST IS THE SAME YESTERDAY, TODAY, AND FOREVER” (Heb. 13:8). The meek and loving Lamb will never change.

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