Posted on Facebook 8/29/16 There are two words used in the New Testament for God’s Wrath. — we will explore Thumos vs Orge.
Ephesians 4:26 Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger (Thumos wrath),.
Also see Ephesians 4:31. This verse implies that we as humans have this emotion and that we are to control it so it does not lead to sin.
“Let all bitterness and (Thumos wrath) and (Orge anger) and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.” These sins are apparently tied together. One does not clamor and slander without anger and bitterness (Eph. 4:31).
So then these emotions are out of control when mixed together, and if not dealt with can mold our character. If not put off they will cause one to sin grievously. Why? Because if held on to, we in essence begin to play a god role. These emotions — (Thumos wrath/anger) and (Orge wrath) are only controllable by God Himself. Orge wrath being judicial righteous indignation if we attempt to embrace it it will destroy us. Scripture seems to reserve it only for God — we are not to play God. We are incapable of properly utilizing righteous indignation. Our attempt at judiciously handling this wrath could only result in sin as we in and of ourselves are incapable of righteousness. Romans 12:19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave the way open for God’s wrath and His judicial righteousness; for it is written in Scripture, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.
God’s Wrath is problematic due to the English translation from the original.
So there are two main greek words that are translated “wrath” in the KJV & NASB they are thumos and orge. We see these together in the Revelation.
–there are thumos verses such as this one:
Luke 4:28 And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath (Thumos),
wrath = thumos or Thumos the original Greek word is translated Wrath, but it is not always translated such in the Greek.
1) passion, angry, heat, anger forthwith boiling up and soon subsiding again
2) glow, ardour, the wine of passion, inflaming wine (which either drives the drinker mad or kills him with its strength)
The word seems to be speaking of an inflamed passion that subsides.
Example of an “orge” verse
Matthew 3:7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath (Orge) to come?
Here it seems a characteristic of this word that it is something reserved for the future.
wrath = orge
1) anger, the natural disposition, temper, character
2) movement or agitation of the soul, impulse, desire, any violent emotion, but especially anger
3) anger, wrath, indignation
4) anger exhibited in punishment, hence used for punishment itself
4a) of punishments inflicted by magistrates
This word seems to be speaking of judgment or the sentence handed down. Something possibly related to ones understanding of justice and predetermined in the eye of its deliverer.
both thumos and orge are employed in these following verses.
Rom 2:8 But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation (Thumos) and wrath (Orge),
indignation and wrath = thumos and orge
Rev 19:15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the (fierceness Thumos) and (wrath Orge) of Almighty God.
fierceness and wrath = thumos and orge
now this verse says
1Th 5:9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath (Orge) but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
God has not appointed us to orge. In every verse in the Epistles that tells us we will escape God’s wrath, wrath is Orge. I think that is important.
and this verse says
John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath (Orge) of God abideth on him.
the orge of God abides on the unbeliever whereas he that endures to the end in Christ Jesus has eternal life. In Every verse in the New Testament (outside of revelation) that warns man WITHOUT CHRIST of Gods wrath– wrath is Orge.
1Th 1:10 And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath (Orge) to come.
Thumos and Tribulation:
Rev 15:1 And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvellous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath (Thumos) of God.
Now — Consider other Revelation verses using Thumos — references:
Revelation 12:12; Revelation 14:8; Revelation 14:10; Revelation 14:19; Revelatiagon 15:1; Revelation 15:7; Revelation 16:1; Revelation 16:19; Revelation 18:3;
Revelation 19:15 (in this verse both Thumos and Orge are used.)
All other verses using WRATH in Revelation are ORGE, and each of these relates to the day of the lord which if you read chapter 3 of my book you know is not the Tribulation. Orge in every case in Revelation is related to or associated with a prophesied Judgment which will occur when Jesus returns.
Moreover, according to the Book of Revelation, “Thumos” wrath is poured out on groups that are related only to — the mark of the Beast, the Antichrist and those of his kingdom or lands.
With the vials or bowls of “Thumos” in Revelation the world is still given the opportunity for repentance, but these offers are refused (Revelation 9:20-21; 16:9-11). When the “orge” wrath comes, however, there is no such offer for repentance. According to these and other scriptures we will be here on earth to witness these events right up until the Orge wrath of the second coming and the last trumpet in Revelation 11:15, at which point we are then immediately gathered together to Messiah just before the “orge” wrath comes upon the wicked.
For further study on Wrath see the following pages from AND THEN THE END SHALL COME.