‘In the hand of the Lord is a cup full of foaming wine mixed with spices; he pours it out, and all the wicked of the earth drink it down to its very dregs’ ~ Psalm 75:8
The wrath and anger of God is portrayed as liquid. The Bible mentions numerous times whereby the wrath of God is said to be poured out. However, ‘The Lord, the Lord the compassionate God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness and rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished’ (Exodus 34:6-7). Before God pours out His wrath, He sends out warnings for a long time because He is patient. ‘While you were doing these things, I spoke to you again and again, but you did not listen; I called you but you did not answer’ (Jeremiah 7:13). God usually ‘warns you when you felt secure’ (22:v21) but when we do not heed, He says, ‘My anger and wrath will be poured out . . . and it will burn and not be quenched’ (7:v20).
When the Lord decrees the Day of Disaster in ‘the year of punishment’ (11:v23), He pours out His wrath in full measure. He says, ‘because I have spoken and will not relent, I have decided and will not turn back’ (v28). When wickedness has taken root in a person, place, or in the world, the Day of the Lord cannot be turned back, ‘that day belongs to the Lord, the Lord Almighty- a day of vengeance, for vengeance on his foes’ (45:v10). On that day He pours out his wrath saying, ‘I am going to fill with drunkenness all who live in this land’ (13:v13). ‘I will set out a feast for them and make them drunk, so that they shout with laugher- then sleep for ever and not awake’ (51:v39). In the cup of God’s wrath are four destroyers which the wicked drink to; ‘Those destined for death (plague) to death (plague), those for the sword to the sword; those for starvation, to starvation; those for captivity to captivity’ (15:v2).
When the wicked ‘drink it, they stagger and go mad’ (25:v16). Then God tells them, ‘Drink, get drunk and vomit, and fall to rise no more because of the sword I will send among you’ (v27). Because the wicked are stiff-necked, ‘The Lord has poured into them a spirit of dizziness’ (Isaiah 19:14) so that when disaster comes, they will not foresee it until it overtakes them- just like a drunkard who cannot perceive or escape danger in good time. The wicked ‘would not follow his ways; they did not obey his law. So he poured out on them his burning anger, the violence of war. It enveloped them in flames, yet they did not understand: it consumed them, but they did not take it to heart’ (42:v24-25). This is because ‘the way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble’ (Proverbs 4:19).
In these last days, God says, ‘I will punish the world for its evil, the wicked for their sins. I will put an end to the arrogance of the haughty and will humble the pride of the ruthless’ (Isaiah 13:11). He cautions, ‘Look! Disaster is spreading from nation to nation; a mighty storm is rising from the ends of the earth’ (Jeremiah 25:32). In these evil days, ‘the earth reels like a drunkard, it sways like a hut in the wind; so heavy is the guilt of its rebellion that it falls- never to rise again’ (Isaiah 24:20).
The wine of the wrath of God brings confusion, spiritual blindness, and error to those who are made to drink it. As we live in the last days, false ‘priests and prophets stagger from beer and are befuddled with wine; they reel from beer, they stagger when seeing visions, they stumble when rendering decisions. All the tables are covered with vomit and there is not a spot without filth’ (28:v7-8). In their drunken state, their ‘mind is busy with evil: practice ungodliness and spread errors concerning the Lord’ (32v:6) and those ignorant of the true Gospel become drunk. ‘The Lord has brought over you a deep sleep: He has sealed your eyes (the prophets), he has covered your heads (the seers)’ (29:v10).
When judgement comes to drunken earth, those not ‘filled with the Holy Spirit’ (Ephesians 5:18) succumb to confusion, disaster and ultimate destruction when God’s wrath is poured out. ‘Then I heard a loud voice from the temple saying to the seven angels, “Go pour out the seven bowls of God’s wrath on the earth”’ (Revelation 16:1). The day of judgment will also bring judgement to the god of this world and the beast system; ‘God remembered Babylon the great and gave her the cup filled with the fury of his wrath . . . with her, the kings of the earth committed adultery and the inhabitants of the earth were intoxicated with the wine of her adulteries’ (v19, 17:v2). On that day, those in Christ are assured, “Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance, with divine retribution he will come to save you” (Isaiah 35:4).