Teaching on the “coming wrath”.
No. 1 The phrase “the coming wrath comes from 1 Thessalonians. As such it must be interpreted against the whole book.
1 Thessalonians 1:10
10 and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead –Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.
The coming wrath. Means very soon.
2. The coming wrath already reached its limit at Paul’s day. The Lord’s patience had already reached its limit. The words “at last” means it is around the corner.
1 Thessalonians 2:14-16
14 For you, brothers, became imitators of God’s churches in Judea, which are in Christ Jesus: You suffered from your own countrymen the same things those churches suffered from the Jews, 15 who killed the Lord Jesus and the prophets and also drove us out. They displease God and are hostile to all men 16 in their effort to keep us from speaking to the Gentiles so that they may be saved. In this way they always heap up their sins to the limit. The wrath of God has come upon them at last.
3. You would also note that it was meant for the Jews who opposed Gentiles from the gospel. Not against the Gentiles.
4. It was made towards the Jews within that generation.
5. The Thessalonians knew when the day of the coming wrath would come. They were not caught by surprise.
1 Thessalonians 5:1-2
1 Now, brothers, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, 2 for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.
1 Thessalonians 5:4
4 But you, brothers, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief.
6. The day of the wrath happen on 9th av AD 70. The people who were destroyed were not believers.
1 Thessalonians 5:9-10
9 For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. 10 He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him.
It is not towards believers. Neither is it for unbelievers. It was for the Jews 40 years after Jesus rose again. Way in the past.