The aim of this passage is to cause us to understand that the day of judgment will be a day of cleansing and a return of God’s glory to Israel.
Principle: God’s wrath is not a terror for those who are in Christ Jesus.
On the day of judgment, the glory of God will be beautiful and the land magnificent, of those that will escape judgment. These remnants will be holy because the land will be cleansed of its corruption and guilt through judgment and destruction by God. God will cover mount Zion with His presence in the same way that He led the Israelites through the wilderness, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night. His presence shall offer refuge.
The Bible is clear that God is not complacent with the wickedness of this world and that judgment is coming. There have been many instances of His judgment being visited on humans in the past. For example, the time of Noah, Egypt when the pharaoh refused to let the Israelites go, the Canaanites for their wicked religious practices, Israel for its idolatry e.t.c. This passage, however, assures those that are righteous that when people bring God’s wrath on themselves, they will have a different experience.
In 1 Thessalonians 5:9 we read, “For God appointed us not unto wrath, but unto the obtaining of salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.” This should comfort us whatever the future holds.
How does the account of the end times in Revelation make you feel? How does your belief in Christ Jesus offer you comfort?