The Day of God’s Wrath!

By Samuel M. Frost, Th.D.

In my recent debate with Stacey Turbeville, he entirely did not answer the objection I raised against his insistence that he, a Full Preterist, still “preaches the Gospel.”  Indeed, a good deal of Full Preterists claim to preach the Gospel today, even though “all things” have been “fulfilled”.

However, what I brought up was the fact that Paul stated that his Gospel message included the doctrine of the Day of Judgment.  In Romans 2.5, we find Paul speaking of, “the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God.” In 2.16 he wrote, “on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus.”  What happens on this day?  “God will give to each person according to what he has done” (2.6).

The phrase, “God will give to each person according to his deeds” is found in Job 34.11; Psalm 62.12; Proverbs 24.12; Jeremiah 32.19; Revelation 2.23; Revelation 20.12,13.  The context of Proverbs 24.12 has long been regarded as Paul’s thought, as it states, “If you say, “Behold, we did not know this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it, and will he not repay man according to his work?”  Indeed, Jesus stated, “I am he that searcheth the reins and hearts. And I will give to every one of you according to your works” (Revelation 2.23).

For Paul, then, this “Day of God’s Wrath” and “Day of Judgement” is when God will judge the “secrets” of our hearts, of every human being.  It is the Day pictured in Revelation 20 – the End.  Up until this point, Paul wrote, “Do you suppose, O man – you who judge those who do such things and yet do them yourself – that you will escape the judgment of God?  Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?” (Romans 2.3-4).  It is here that he mentions, “But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed” (2.5).  At the end of this thought is, “as my Gospel declares” (2.16).

We find the exact same message in Paul’s preaching of the “Gospel” to the non-Jews, i.e., the Greeks, in Acts 17.22-ff.  There he says concerning God’s patience and longsuffering, all people “should seek God, in the hope that they might feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us” (Acts 17.27).  Indeed, God is “near”; not “far”.  And then he says this: “The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent” (Acts 17.30).  Note this: in times of ignorance, God overlooked.  He exercised patience and forbearance, which leads to repentance.  He wrote the same sentiment in Romans 3.25, “because in his divine forbearance he had passed over the sins previously committed.”  Indeed.  God has shown grace and patience, bringing people to repentance and salvation.  He has not brought about the Day in which “each man will give an account for his deeds.”  The Last Day.

But, Paul continues his “gospel” message in Acts 17: “The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead” (Acts 17.30-31).

Thus, we can see the clear message: Patience and Grace brings repentance – and in repentance God “overlooks” sins and ignorance, and does not bring “the Day” of eternal judgment.  However, “because” of the resurrection of the man, Christ Jesus, Paul can plainly announce, “he has fixed a Day in which he shall judge the world”.  When he will “give to each man according to his works.”  This, Paul concludes, “as my Gospel declares.”

So, why is it that Paul is so firm and certain that this Day will come?  “Because” that Day will be the Day of the resurrection of the Just and Unjust, the resurrection of the dead (2 Corinthians 5.10), as John saw in the vision given to him by Jesus: “And I saw the dead, great and small, standing in the presence of the throne. And the books were opened: and another book was opened, which was the book of life. And the dead were judged by those things which were written in the books, according to their works” (Revelation 20.12).  That Day will be the Day of Resurrection.  However, Jesus, the First Fruits of the Resurrection, has been (and remains as) the First Immortal Man to receive the glorification of justification in resurrection – that is, Jesus of Nazareth demonstrates that the resurrection of the dead is not some pipe dream; some never-to-be-realized hope.  Rather, his resurrection demonstrates the end of God’s design for God’s People: glorification and immortality; eternal, indestructible life.  What Paul is arguing is plain to see: If God raised this man from the dead, then he shall raise all from the dead; his resurrection is the guarantee of the resurrection of the dead on the Day of Judgment.

What this also means is that God, until that Day, demonstrates patience, grace, and mercy, which brings about repentance generation after generation until his “wrath” and “judgement” in “that Day” comes.  When that Day occurs, the patience of God, and the love of God as demonstrated in a sin sick, evil infested “world” will be made “complete” in his people.  From that Day onward, the love of God will be made fully manifest in his people, and his people shall fully love him from their hearts…without the slightest interruption of sin.

Therefore, the Gospel of Paul – the Gospel – includes within it the message of the Day of Judgment to come, when God will render to each human being according to their deeds; those he deems Just, and Unjust.  The severity of this Judgment Day is directly in comparison with the kindness and richness of his grace now demonstrated to mankind, putting up with their evil, and sin, letting them flourish, and live so that they may find him, for now he is very near, and not far away.  He is nearer now in the man, Christ Jesus, who came down from heaven and became flesh, and is now talked about all over the world.  The love of Jesus Christ manifested in the world through the Gospel contains within it the plea to a sin-sick world: Repent!  Come to the Waters of Life!  Be forgiven of your sins!  Let the Spirit dwell in your mortal bodies, before these very bodies are raised to appear before him in Judgment.  The gift is free of charge!  Confess the man, Jesus of Galilee as Risen Lord!  Place your allegiance to Him!  Join in with those being gathered together upon Him!  And love one another as he has loved you!  Do you think you will escape the Judgment of God?  No man will escape the day: “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil” (2 Corinthians 5.10).

It is quite plain, then, that this Day has not yet occurred.  It was not 70 AD, either!  That notion, laid aside the message contained in Paul’s Gospel, is ludicrous.  And, for the Full Preterist, if you say you continue to “preach the Gospel”, does it include what Paul’s did: “the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ, according to my gospel”?  If that “Day” has already come and gone, then what Gospel are you preaching?  A Gospel message without the coming Day of Judgment is no Gospel at all.  The logic is inescapable.

Author: Samuel M. Frost, Th.D.

Samuel M. Frost has gained the recognition of his family, peers, colleagues, church members, and local community as a teacher and leader.  Samuel was raised in the Foursquare Gospel tradition and continued in the rising Charismatic Movement of the early 1980’s.  While serving in local congregations he was admitted to Liberty Christian College in Pensacola, Florida where he lived on campus for four years earning his Bachelor’s of Theology degree.  It was there under the tutelage of Dr. Dow Robinson (Summer Institutes of Linguistics), and Dr. Frank Longino (Dallas Theological Seminary) that he was motivated to pursue a career in Theology.  Dr. Robinson wrote two books on Linguistics, Workbook on Phonological Analysis (SIL, 1970) and Manuel for Bilingual Dictionaries: Textbook (SIL, 1969).  It was under these teachers’ guidance that Frost entered into his Master’s studies, being granted a scholarship for Greek I and II at Pentecostal Theological Seminary, accredited, in Cleveland, Tennessee (adjunct of Lee University).  Frost completed his study under Dr. French Arrington (The Ministry of Reconciliation, Baker Books, 1980), who used the text of J. Gresham Machen, New Testament Greek for Beginners. Frost studied Hebrew for two years under Dr. Mark Futato (author, Beginning Biblical Hebrew, Eisenbrauns, 2003) and Dr. Bruce K. Waltke (author, An Introduction to Biblical Hebrew Syntax, Eisenbrauns, 1990) at Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando, Florida. With combined credits from PTS and RTS, Samuel completed his Master of Arts in Christian Studies and Master of Arts in Religion from Whitefield Theological Seminary in Lakeland, Florida under the direct tutelage of Dr. Kenneth G. Talbot, co-author of the well reviewed work, Hyper-Calvinism and Arminianism (Whitefield Media, 2005) with Dr. Gary Crampton (and Foreword by the late, Dr. D. James Kennedy).  Dr. Talbot also oversaw Samuel’s Dissertation, From the First Adam to the Second and Last Adam (2012) earning him the Magister Theologiae (Th.M.) degree.  He also helped put together A Student’s Hebrew Primer for WTS, designed and graded exams for their Hebrew Languages course. Samuel’s studies lead him into an issue in the field of Eschatology where his scholarship and unique approach in Hermeneutics garnered him recognition.  Because of the controversial nature of some of his conclusions, scholars were sharp in their disagreement with him.  Frost’s initial work, Misplaced Hope: The Origins of First and Second Century Eschatology (2002, Second Edition, 2006 Bi-Millennial Publishing), sold over four thousand units.  While arguing for the Reformation understanding of sola Scriptura as defined by the Westminster Confession of Faith, Frost’s book launched a heavily footnoted argument for a total reassessment of the doctrine known as the Second Coming of Christ.  The conclusion was that the events of the war of the Jewish nation against their Roman overlords in 66-70 C.E. formed the New Testament authors’ eschatological outlook, and went no further than their own first century generation; a view otherwise known as “full” or "hyper" Preterism.  Internationally recognized Evangelical author and speaker, Steve Wohlberg remarked, ‘On the “preterist” side today…we have such influential leaders as Gary DeMar, Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr., David Chilton, R.C. Sproul, Max King, James Stuart Russell, Samuel M. Frost, and John Noe.  To these scholars…the beast is not on the horizon, he’s dead” (Italics, his)” (End Time Delusions, Destiny Image Publishers, 2004, page 133).  It should be noted that only Noe, King and Frost supported the “full” Preterist position. Thomas Ice and co-author of the best selling Left Behind series, Tim LaHaye, quote Frost’s work, Misplaced Hope, as well in their book, The End Times Controversy: The Second Coming under Attack (Harvest House Publishers, 2003, page 40).  Dr. Jay E. Adams, who single handedly launched “a revolution” in Christian Counseling with his work, Competent to Counsel: An Introduction to Nouthetic Counseling, (1970, Zondervan), also wrote an analysis of Frost’s work in Preterism: Orthodox or Unorthodox? (Ministry Monographs for Modern Times, INS Publishing, 2004).  Adams wrote of Misplaced Hope as a "useful, scholarly work" (p.6 - though he disagreed with the overall thesis).  Dr. Charles E. Hill, Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando, wrote of Misplaced Hope that Frost, “attacks the problem of the early church in a much more thoroughgoing way than I have seen” (When Shall These Things Be? A Reformed Response to Hyper Preterism, Ed. Keith Mathison, Presbyterian & Reformed Publishing, 2003, ‘Eschatology in the Wake of Jerusalem’s Fall’ p. 110-ff.).  There were several other works as well that took the scholarship of Frost seriously, like Ergun Caner in The Return of Christ: A Premillennial Perspective, Eds., Steve W. Lemke and David L. Allen (B&H Publishing, 2011). Because of the controversial nature of Frost’s conclusions on these matters, it was difficult to find a denomination within the Church-at-Large to work in terms of pastoral ministry.  That situation changed when Samuel was called by a Bible study group in Saint Petersburg, Florida to found a congregation.  Christ Covenant Church was established in 2002 operating under the principles outlined by Presbyterian historian James Bannerman’s work, The Church of Christ: A Treatise on the Nature, Powers, Ordinances, Discipline, and Government of the Christian Church (Banner of Truth Trust, 1974, original, 1869).  By-Laws and a Constitution were drawn up in the strictest manner for what was considered an “Independent” establishment of a Presbyterian Church, granted that a “call” was received and recognized by Presiding Elders duly ordained from existing and recognized denominations.  Two Elders, one ordained in the Reformed Presbyterian Church (Mike Delores), and another ordained in the Presbyterian Church of America (Dr. Kelly N. Birks, now deceased) tested and reviewed the call, ordaining Samuel on October 20th, 2002, the Twenty Second Sunday after Trinity.  Proper forms were submitted to Tallahassee, Florida with the stamp of a Notary Public Witness.  Christ Covenant Church (CCC) functioned as a local church for five years with a congregation as large as 30 members.  Frost was gaining recognition after Misplaced Hope had been published in January of that year, and conferences were hosted that included debates with another prominent "full" Preterist educator, Don K. Preston.  CCC hosted best-selling authors, Thomas Ice, and Mark Hitchcock from Dallas Theological Seminary; and Dr. James B. Jordan (Westminster Theological Seminary), well-known author/pastor in Reformed theological circles.  Frost was invited for the next several years to speak at over 25 conferences nation-wide, was featured in articles and an appearance on local news in Tampa for one of CCC’s conferences.  The Evangelical Theological Society also invited Samuel to speak at the Philadelphia conference (Frost is currently a Member of ETS as well as Society of Biblical Literature). During this time Samuel had submitted one more book, Exegetical Essays on the Resurrection of the Dead (TruthVoice, 2008; repr. JaDon Publishing, 2010); and co-wrote, House Divided: A Reformed Response to When Shall These Things Be? (Vision International, 2010).  Frost also wrote several Forewords for up and coming authors who were influenced by his teaching materials, as well as cited many times in books, lectures and academic papers.  However, because of certain aspects of Hermeneutics and Frost’s undaunted commitment to scholarship (with always a strong emphasis on the personal nature of devotional living to Christ), several challenges to the "hyper" Preterist view he espoused finally gave way, largely due to the unwavering commitment to Samuel by the Dean of Whitefield Theological Seminary, Dr. Kenneth G. Talbot, who continually challenged him.  In what shocked the "hyper" Preterist world, Samuel announced after the Summer of 2010 that he was in serious error, and departed the movement as a whole, along with Jason Bradfield, now Assistant Pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church, Lakeland, Florida .  Christ Covenant Church had dissolved after 2007 while Samuel continued as a public speaker and writer, largely due to reasons that would unravel Frost’s commitment to "hyper" Preterism as a whole. The documentation of Frost’s departure was published by American Vision’s Founder, Gary DeMar, with a Foreword by Dr. Kenneth L. Gentry.  Why I Left Full Preterism (AV Publishing, 2012) quickly ran through its first run.  The book was later republished under the arm of Dr. Kenneth L. Gentry and is sold today (GoodBirth Ministries Publishing, 2019; though still available in Kindle form from American Vision).  Dr. Gentry also gave mention to Frost in his book, Have We Missed the Second Coming: A Critique of Hyper Preterism (Victorious Hope Publishing, 2016), noting him as "one of the most prominent" teachers within Full Preterism (135).  Dr. Keith Mathison, Professor of Systematic Theology at Reformation Bible College in Sanford, Florida, endorsed the book as well.  Samuel has gone on to write, Daniel: Unplugged (McGahan Publishing House, 2021); The Parousia of the Son of Man (Lulu Publishing, 2019); God: As Bill Wilson Understood Him, A Theological Analysis of Alcoholics Anonymous (Lulu Publishing, 2017).  He is also active as a certified Chaplain with the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Indiana, and enrolled with ICAADA (Indiana Counselor’s Association on Alcohol and Drug Abuse), and worked directly under Dr. Dennis Greene, Founder of Christian Counseling and Addictions Services, Inc., for a year.  Frost’s passion is in the education of the local church on various issues and occasionally works with Pastor Alan McCraine with the First Presbyterian Church in Lewisville, Indiana, and Bethel Presbyterian Church, Knightstown, Indiana, where he periodically is called upon to give the sermon. Samuel, with his wife, Kimberly, helped to establish Heaven’s Bread Basket food pantry that donates food items to local families in need once a month – a ministry of the Session of First Presbyterian Church, Lewisville, Indiana. Samuel also works part time at Ace Hardware in New Castle, Indiana for several years.  He has a solid, family reputation in the community, and has performed local marriages and funerals.  He also sits on the Board of the Historical Preservation Committee in New Castle. Recently, he has completed his two year quest for a Th.D from Christian Life School of Theology Global, Georgia.

One thought on “The Day of God’s Wrath!”

  1. But we all haven’t died yet. So, we all haven’t been judged yet.  Hebrews 9:27 “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:” Hebrews 3:13-15 “But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end; While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.

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