The common christian teaching on the WRATH OF GOD has been misunderstood and therefore abused. The biblical concept of WRATH is not a threat of divine damnation but a promise from God that he will passionately restore human beings.
MISTRANSLATIONS OF WORDS HAVE TURNED JESUS INTO A MONSTER! ALL English bibles connect “fire brimstone and torture” with JESUS (Revelation 14:9-11).
But here’s the thing …
These ideas in the bible mean something very different than they do for us in western Christianity.
For one thing …
The Greek word for Sulfur or brimstone is the exact word as for “divinity”?!! Greek is theion! Sulfur was a cleansing agent in the first century used to ward off contagion.
The Greek word for torture is the word for “touchstone”. Greek basinos – where we get the word basanite. This stone was used for testing and refining metals! Master jewellers even today use “touchstone-basanite” in testing (torturing) the quality of jewellery. They use basanite and dip acid on it and this causes the impurities to rise up in smoke, (“The smoke of their ‘testing’ will rise up” Rev 14:11).
This is then used to determine the carat, or quality.
The Greek word for fire is PURos where we get PURIFY!
So when we connect these ideas with Jesus another meaning surfaces.
These words are about …
Purification that comes through refining as a person is soaked in the divine nature.
That’s the true meaning in the bible.