I think anybody can take any Scripture and make it fit to what they want it to say. Ever heard of the term the power of suggestion? Let’s take a look at an example of this power of suggestion and see how you can take a word or phrase to make it fit what you want it to say, just by suggesting something.
I will suggest the verse, “For we are not appointed to wrath”. Paul says this to the Thessalonians in 1st Thessalonians 5:9. Your first thought is awesome! We are not appointed to wrath, how great is that! Then you look in the book Revelation and see all these bad things happening that are associated to this word wrath. You assume that since we aren’t appointed to this wrath, we will be “raptured” on outta here before all these horrible things happen. So, just by suggesting this one sentence “for we are not appointed to wrath”, you can expect that because you are a Christian, you will never have to go through any wrath, especially in the great tribulation…..right?
Well….they never finish the rest of the scripture that says “but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him”. Interesting right? Paul was referring to the resurrection and the second coming in the second half of this phrase. Looking back in context of this scripture, this wrath that we are not appointed for is the wrath that Jesus took upon Himself at the cross.
It was the wrath of God upon man starting with Adam in the Garden of Eden. Jesus took the cup of wrath that was filled with mine and your sins, and drank that cup to the very last drop. So that we could have salvation and everlasting life in Him and only Him, by making Him the Lord of our life. If we decide to turn from God’s only begotten Son, then not only are we deserving of this wrath (like all of us are anyways) but we will in fact drink of the cup that was originally meant for us in the first place. Lucky for us, Jesus drank of this cup and because of Him, we aren’t appointed for this wrath. The wrath we all deserve.
My point is this, you can take any Scripture anywhere in the Bible and make it say whatever you want it to say. We will go through this great tribulation that is coming no matter what some say. Some would like to say that this verse is proof that we won’t. But Paul says, whether we wake or sleep at His coming, our salvation through Him is secured. So let me suggest this…that we should be like the Bereans and search the scriptures daily so we don’t fall into a “suggestive” trap. Let the scripture interpret scripture and don’t fall for what these paper back prophets suggest.
“This is designed as an encouragement to effort to secure our salvation. The wish of God is to save us, and therefore we should watch and be sober;…If he had appointed us to wrath, effort would have been in vain, for we could do nothing but yield to our inevitable destiny.” – Albert Barnes, Commentary on 1st Thessalonians 5:9
“For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.”