"Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but give place to wrath; for it is written, 'Vengeance is Mine. I will repay.' says the Lord." [Romans 12 19].
Earlier I wrote about the two roles of Jesus Christ; the Lamb slain for our sins, and the avenging Lion of the Tribe of Judah. To some these seem contradictory and mutually exclusive. "How can He be both?" they ask and their answer has been to pull the teeth of the Lion and huddle in the warmth of their Ecumenism.
Supposedly a toothless lion guarding the gate of Truth and Righteousness would (for them) be more inclined to say, "Oh well! It's O.K. C'mon in (to heaven). Churches began implementing their exodontia/tooth-pulling theology in the 20th century as more and more things became expedient and were stripped of their "abomination" labels.
Belief in Creation was left behind in favor of Evolution. Jesus Christ as the only Way was abandoned in favor of a more "inclusive" theology. More recently the Sins of Sodom are embraced and ordained to show the church more "loving, accepting, and diverse"
The teeth of the lion were being pulled---by the church! (Does anyone think this has not gone on in the Seventh-day Adventist Church??)
Of course, this has not gone unnoticed by many theologians and church historians of all denominations.
Probably you know, perhaps you don't but John records in the book of Revelation what happens in the Temple of God during the time that the Seven Last Plagues are being poured out. You can find it in chapter 15, starts with verse five and goes on through 16:1.
Picture this: "After these things I looked, and behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened. And out of the temple came the seven angels having the seven plagues, clothed in pure bright linen, and having their chests girded with golden bands. Then one of the four living creatures gave to the seven angels, seven bowls full of the wrath of God who lives forever and ever. The temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from His power, and no one was able to enter the temple till the seven plagues of the seven angels was completed. Then I heard a loud voice from the temple saying to the seven angels, "Go and pour out the bowls of the wrath of God on the earth."
This is the voice of the Lion of the Tribe of Judah. He has all His teeth. Man's attempts to strip Him of Power and Authority are failed.
In an anthropomorphic sense (the only way I can try to understand what is happening), God goes to His Room, alone, and the Trinity goes it alone in unleashing millenia of rejected Love, Patience, Shed Blood, Reviling, and whatever else God has suffered at the hand of Satan and sinners. In full solitude, without any observers nor witnesses, God avenges millenia of wrongs done to His children; and He does it in complete and uncontestable righteousness.
"You are righteous O Lord...because You have judged these things. For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and You have given them blood to drink, for it is their just due." [Revelation 16:5, 6].
This is the Lamb of God taking His place as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah.
God Bless. e.c.