February 14, 2018 - We hear much uncertainty about what many call “the end times” though there is no “end time” but only a “new time” to come.
And yes, there is much uncertainty about just what is going to be when that time does come, when the Lord God passes final judgement.
While there are many uncertainties please let me show you an absolute which is going to happen, as the Lord speaks through the 75th Psalm; “At the set time that I appoint I will judge with equity.” (Psalm 75:2) God is saying that at the time he has appointed that he will judge all people fairly without consideration to race, creed or color. But, only by the lives that they have lived will all be judged.
“When the earth totters, and all its inhabitants, it is I who keep steady its pillars.” (Psalm 75:3) In Revelation 16 we find this time when there will be a great shaking of the earth and giant hailstones falling from heaven and every island shall flee, the sea will be no more, and no mountains will be found. A time like none other in history.
“I say to the boastful, “Do not boast,” and to the wicked, “Do not lift up your horn; do not lift up your horn on high, or speak with haughty neck.” (Psalm 75:4-5)
God cautions the boastful and the wicked about being proud or haughty when they are called to him for repentance. God is warning them not to be snobbish nor arrogant but to be humble and follow his will and not their own.
“For not from the east or from the west and not from the wilderness comes lifting up, but it is God who executes judgement, putting down one and lifting up another.” (Psalm 75:6-7) There you have the absolute of judgement, it is God and God alone who will execute judgement on all.
There are disagreements between various groups about how this is to happen. Will there by only one judgement or will there be two.
The Bible speaks in Revelation chapter 20 of such when it speaks of a first resurrection when it says; “Blessed and holy is the one who shares in the first resurrection! Over such the second death has no power.” (Revelation 20:6) And it speaks of a judgment which it calls, “The Great White Throne Judgement” when Satan is finally defeated and he and all his followers are thrown into the “lake of fire”.
“Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had done. Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.” (Revelation 20:13-15)
Though many may debate these judgements as to whether they are separate or only one, the fact remains that God and God alone is going to be in charge of all that happens and God alone will judge each one with equity. Being just, God will allow the lives we have lived to be our evidence of service to him. Our profession of faith in the Lord Jesus as our proof of salvation.
Folks, this will certainly happen, the question now is; will you be ready, are you ready, if he calls us today will your name be found in the book of life? May his blessings be yours today...