If an enemy army was amassing at our borders and threatening to destroy us, or if a disease like Ebola or worse was spreading across the land and causing death and suffering, people would take notice and take action to protect themselves and their loved ones. But a much greater threat is on the horizon and people simply ignore the warnings and do nothing to save themselves or their children.
The eminent threat and destruction on the horizon of which I speak is the judgment of the Almighty God upon this world and all who continue in rebellion and disobedience to the Lord of all! The warnings are not new. They have been recorded for all mankind to hear and heed for thousands of years, but the day draws near.
Jesus described it in this way (Matthew 24:29-30): “Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: and then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.” In Revelation 1:7, it says: “Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they [also] which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.”
Jesus said His coming will be sudden and unexpected: “As the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be” (Matthew 24:27).
And, of course, many go to this judgment already, whether they die from old age or disease or are killed suddenly through an accident, violence or war. The Bible says: “It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).
Though some say God’s judgment will not come because everything continues on as it has for centuries, consider that God’s Word says (2 Peter 3:9-10): “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.”
What’s my point? Why do people completely ignore the warning signs and do nothing to be ready for that day when they must stand before the judgment seat of the Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God and judge of all creation?
The Bible makes clear that none of us can be ready to stand in that day by our own life or works. The psalmist wrote: “If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?” (Psalm 130:3), and the obvious answer is, no one, for “there is none righteous, no, not one” and “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:10,23). Who can stand faultless before the holy God?
The only way to be ready for that day is to acknowledge our sinfulness and failure and look to God for salvation and deliverance. He provided a way for sinners like us to be saved when He sent His only-begotten Son into this world as a true man – Jesus Christ. Jesus kept God’s commandments for us – perfectly in thoughts, desires, words and deeds (cf. Hebrews 4:15). And God took your guilt, my guilt and the guilt of the whole world and laid it upon His own Son and punished Him in our stead when Christ Jesus suffered and died upon a Roman cross at Jerusalem. As the Bible says, “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:6); and, “God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them” (2 Corinthians 5:19).
Christ Jesus paid in full the punishment for all our sins and rose again on the third day that we might have forgiveness and life through faith in His name (cf. 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 4:25). In Jesus “we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace” (Ephesians 1:7; cf. Colossians 1:14). We who have sinned and come short have been “justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” (Romans 4:24). Though none of us could stand in God’s judgment based on our own works or life, for the sake of Jesus and His innocent sufferings and death upon the cross, the psalmist writes of the LORD God: “[there is] forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared” (Psalm 130:4).
Nothing we can do will stop God’s judgment from coming upon this world, and no one can escape it. But we can be ready for that day by turning from our sinful ways to Christ Jesus, God’s own dear Son, our Savior and our Judge, for pardon and forgiveness and life.
Again, Jesus said: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life” (John 5:24). Those who turn to Jesus in faith will be spared in that day of judgment and will receive, instead of death and condemnation, the everlasting joys of heaven!
Yes, it’s high time to wake up and be ready for the judgment of God upon this world and its people! The day is coming!