While God loves us with a never-dying love, He also hates sin with a never-dying hatred. When someone persists in being identified with sin, even though God has provided a way to be separated from the enslavement of sin, then that person will inevitably suffer the fate of receiving the full weight of the wrath of God. This was true of Israel then and it is true of individuals today. Take comfort…our God is a God of mercy. The nations would be sifted, the sinners would be punished, but not one of His true worshipers would be lost.