Because of the indecency of your uncleanness — since I tried to purify you, but you would not be purified from your uncleanness — you will not be pure again until I have satisfied My wrath on you. – Ezekiel 24:13
Most of us are familiar with the biblical imagery of purification whereby the dross (or impurities) within precious metals are removed through the application of extreme heat, but what about the idea of purification by God’s wrath?
Speaking through the prophet Ezekiel, God informed Judah that (due to their willful ignorance of His previous admonitions towards repentance) He would ultimately bring about their purification by satisfying His wrath on them. One might think this occurred during the Babylonian invasion and exile, but since the word “satisfied” carries the meaning of “completion,” I think this points to another future event.
The only place in time and history (to date) where God’s wrath has been “satisfied” (fully completed) in a way that offered purity was at the Cross of Christ. All of God’s wrath against sin was poured out upon our Savior and the result was that those who receive Him are made forensically righteous (pure). This offer of God’s own righteousness, made possible by God’s wrath on the Son, still stands for all those who will believe, repent, and receive. God’s satisfied wrath offers salvation and forgiveness in spite of our rebellion.
Turn to God from idols. For the sword of His wrath that had been aimed at you has been sheathed into the heart of His Son. And the arrows of His anger that had been put against your breast were loosed into the Lord Jesus Christ. Because He has died for you, you were forgiven. – Paris Reidhead