God is a Killer

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In 2 Samuel 6:7, we read that the “anger of the Lord was kindled against Uzzah, and God smote him there for his error; and there he died by the ark of God.”

After David committed adultery with Bathsheba and had her husband killed, Nathan the prophet told David in 2 Samuel 12:10-15,

Now therefore the sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised me and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife.' Thus says the LORD, 'Behold, I will raise up evil against you out of your own house. And I will take your wives before your eyes and give them to your neighbor, and he shall lie with your wives in the sight of this sun. For you did it secretly, but I will do this thing before all Israel and before the sun.'" David said to Nathan, "I have sinned against the LORD." And Nathan said to David, "The LORD also has put away your sin; you shall not die. Then Nathan went to his house.

As you probably know, the baby died a short time later. God's Word warns us all in Hebrews 13:4,

“Marriage is honorable to all, and the bed undefiled; but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.”

In 2 Samuel 24:12-16, David, once more facing God's wrath, was given a choice of three judgments: either seven years of famine, three months of being chased by his enemies, or three days of pestilence in the land. He chose the plague and 70,000 people died.

In 1 Kings 13:7-28, a prophet was killed by a lion because he disobeyed the word of the Lord. Verse 26 says, “Therefore the LORD hath delivered him unto the lion, which hath torn him, and slain him, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake unto him.”

In 1 Kings 14:1-17, King Jeroboam's son was struck with sickness, and God refused to heal him.

In 1 Kings 20:35-36, a man who refused to obey the son of a prophet and the word of the Lord was attacked and killed by a lion because of his disobedience.

In 1 Kings 21:19-25, Elijah pronounced judgment against King Ahab and his wife Jezebel for having Naboth stoned. He stated that the dogs would lick up King Ahab's blood in the exact same place the dogs licked up Naboth's blood, and dogs would eat Jezebel's body along with their children.

In 1 Kings 22:19-38, God sent a lying spirit to some false prophets to persuade King Ahab to go into battle so he would be killed. During the battle, a random arrow struck King Ahab in the side, killing him. Afterwards, they washed his blood from his chariot and the dogs licked it up, fulfilling the word of the Lord through Elijah.

In 2 Kings 1:9-14, fifty-two men were consumed by fire before the Lord as they came to take Elijah forcibly away.

In 2 Kings 2:23-24, forty-two young men were mauled by female bears for mocking Elisha.

In 2 Kings 7:1-2, Elisha pronounced judgment on an unbelieving man for mocking the word of the Lord. In 7:16-20, we read that he was trampled to death the very next day.

In 2 Kings 9:30-37, the word of the Lord against Jezebel was fulfilled as she was thrown down and killed.

In 2 Kings 15:5, King Azariah was struck with leprosy and died for his sin of pride and rebellion.

In 2 Kings 17:25, God sent lions that attacked and killed men who refused to fear God.

In 2 Kings 19:34-35, 185,000 Assyrians were killed in one night by an angel of the Lord.

In 2 Chronicles 13:15,20, God smote Jeroboam so that he died.

In 2 Chronicles 14:12-13, God smote the Ethiopians and they “could not recover themselves: for they were destroyed before the Lord.”

In 2 Chronicles 20:22-24, God set [ambushes] against three enemy armies and they slew one another so that there were “died bodies fallen to the earth, and none escaped.”

2 Chronicles 21:11-15, Elijah wrote a letter to King Jehoram and his people, telling them that because of their sexual sins, He would smite them with a great plague. (Why are so many Christians today so quick to deny God's judgment in the outbreak of sexual diseases?)

2 Chronicles 21:18-19 says,

“And after all this the LORD struck him in his bowels with an incurable disease. In course of time, at the end of two years, his bowels came out because of the disease, and he died in great agony. His people made no fire in his honor, like the fires made for his fathers.”

In 2 Chronicles 26:16-21, King Uzziah was struck with leprosy for his pride, and God refused to heal him, so he died.

In 2 Chronicles 36:15-21, we read that Israel mocked, despised and misused the prophets “until the wrath of the Lord arose against his people, till there was no remedy.” Consequently, an enemy nation invaded and slew the young men right in their sanctuary. Young and old were killed.

Nearly all the prophets thundered the truth that God is a killer.

In Jeremiah 21:5-6, God said,

“I myself will fight against you with outstretched hand and strong arm, in anger and in fury and in great wrath. And I will strike down the inhabitants of this city, both man and beast. They shall die of a great pestilence.”

In Jeremiah 28:15-17, Jeremiah prophesied against the false prophet Hananiah, telling him he would die that year for giving a false message. He died that same year in the seventh month.

In Jeremiah 33:5, God said He would fill the place with “the dead bodies of men, whom I have slain in mine anger and in my fury, and for all whose wickedness I have hid my face from this city.”

Ezekiel 6:12 says,

“He who is far off shall die of pestilence, and he who is near shall fall by the sword, and he who is left and is preserved shall die of famine. Thus I will spend my fury upon them.”

In Ezekiel 14:21, God pronounced judgment on His chosen people, saying,

“For thus says the Lord GOD: How much more when I send upon Jerusalem my four disastrous acts of judgment, sword, famine, wild beasts, and pestilence, to cut off from it man and beast!”

Believe it or not, I have not come close to exhausting the numerous scriptures that could be listed, proving God is a killer. We could continue on for many pages. May dear friend, it is about time we allow God to be who He says He is. We must face up to the fact that “it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of a living God” (Hebrews 10:31). Is your God a killer? If He's not, then your god is not the God of the Bible.

© John Muncy
Excerpted by permission from
Whatever Happened to the Wrath of God?

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