18 And [kai] the nations [ethnos] were angry, [orgizo] and [kai] thy [sou] wrath [orge] is come, [erchomai] and [kai] the time [kairos] of the
dead, [nekros] that they should be judged, [krino] and [kai] that thou
shouldest give [didomi] reward [misthos] unto thy [sou] servants [doulos] the prophets, [prophetes]
and [kai] to the saints, [hagios] and [kai] them that fear [phobeo] thy [sou] name, [onoma] small [mikros] and [kai] great; [megas] and [kai] shouldest destroy [diaphtheiro] them which destroy [diaphtheiro] the earth. [ge] KJV-Interlinear
"And the nations were enraged, and Thy wrath came, and the time came for
the dead to be judged, and the time to give their reward to Thy bond-servants
the prophets and to the saints and to those who fear Thy name, the small and
the great, and to destroy those who destroy the earth." NASB
At the end of our
current dispensation, the Church Age, a great apostasy will take over the minds
and thoughts of the peoples of the world.
Apostasy is not just the
rejection of truth, but the embracing of lies. The numbers of new believers
which are added to the believing population will diminish to zero, and a great
gap in history will occur.
God will then remove all
believers at the Rapture, and thus will begin the seven year Tribulation, and
final seven years of the dispensation of the Age of Israel. The population of the
world immediately after the Rapture, will be a one-hundred percent unbelieving
But salvation is not yet
over. There will remain millions of people who will believe in Christ during
the Tribulation. They will just need some incentive to help them reach out to
faith in Christ. That incentive will be the ruined world due to mans failed utopia
policies, and from Gods judgments.
Just as the winepress is
squeezed down tighter and tighter, to get every last good drop of the juice, so
too, God will apply more and more pressure in the form of judgments to squeeze out
of an unbelieving world, the very last person who will believe in Christ.
At some point in the latter
half of the Tribulation, the good juice will finally be obtained, and the rest
of the bad, will finally be judged in ever increasing judgments.
In our verse, that point
will have been reached.
Likewise, every person
who has ever been born into life, has a reward waiting for them in heaven.
Those who reject Christ and die as unbelievers, lose their reward. Their reward
will be redistributed to believers.
But just to make a quick
note, for all believers who reject doctrine and do not grow up in their
spiritual life, their additional rewards of eternity will be lost to them as
well, and redistributed to those who do grow up in their spiritual lives. God
gives us all every incentive and every opportunity to grow up in our spiritual
All unbelievers and all
who reject truth, are in fact the destroyers of the world and life. There is no
such thing as a legitimate alternative opinion to replace truth.