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The Promised Judgment of God
A great shame in today's 'modern' churches is the absolute neglect of the reality of the coming judgment of God on this entire world. People do NOT want to part with their sin and they certainly do NOT think they will be judged and cast into Hell!
Some misguided people say that God is dead; others say that He is just a figment of man's imagination; others simply say "A loving God would never send me to Hell." I have some in my immediate family who have said this! People just erase any type of judgment from their mind. My friend, Judgment Day IS coming! EVERY person who has ever lived shall stand before the Great Judge Jesus! You may TRY to erase it from your mind, but what are you going to do when it is YOUR turn to stand before Him in all His glory? Judgment is a REALITY! Face it!
Some churches have already denied the existence of angels and Satan. These people may deny it, but they are WRONG! Some ask: "Do we really know for sure if we really have the Word of God today?" Seminary theologians?? attack the Bible with their ridiculous reasoning and phony philosophies, passing down their damnable heresies to students who when they graduate, then pass them on from the pulpit. Jeremiah 23:1 Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the LORD. (KJV)
The Holy Word of God has been utterly mishandled and attacked, and its Truth has been questioned and denied. This alone shall bring down the wrath of God in an impending judgment. God's holiness will be vindicated and ALL His enemies will be silenced one day! Count on it! What a person believes does not really make it truth. Just because a person believes there is NO judgment and NO Hell, does NOT make it true! The strange part is, most people believe there is a Heaven! My friend . . . IF there is a Heaven . . . there is also a Hell! The fact that you do NOT believe it, does NOT mean that you are right and God is wrong!
GOD AND HIS JUDGMENT MOCKED
SO many of these modern days people utterly reject the idea that ALL people SHALL be held accountable for the way they have lived. People lie, cheat, steal and do whatever their lust calls for, and think that it is OK, because everyone else is doing it. People just do not seem to have a conscience any more! To so many, they don't even think that what they are doing is SIN in God's eyes. Our society seems to deny the reality that sin exists. In today's world, when there is a person with morals, that person is mocked and scorned.
2 Cor. 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. (KJV) . . . Satan blinds unbelievers to the Truth of the Gospel. I also believe that Satan also blinds the minds of the unbeliever to not only reject the Truth, but to reject, lessen and weaken of the fruits of the Gospel, meaning the moral aspects of God's will for us. Today, we are witnessing an explosion of immoral living in the world. A sinful lifestyle has become normal because the minds of millions are blind to sin.
Psychology is a Denial of God
Not so many years ago, it was unheard of for someone to go to a therapist! In my opinion, these 'doctors' are raping a person's mind and wallet! And this goes for "Christian" Psychology too! Psychology is simply the science of trying to blame others for something that you have done!
Phil. 3:13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, (KJV) . . . We ALL make mistakes! What should we do when we do? LEARN from it! Do NOT do it again! Then . . . FORGET it! It is water under the bridge. You can NEVER re-do the past!
In my opinion, psychologists do nothing but inflate a person's "problems." A person will NEVER progress in their life until they completely abandon their therapist. I don't know why people just don't go to the Great Physician! He can heal them, body, mind and spirit . . . and if He decides not to heal, He will walk with them in their troubles. 2 Cor.12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (KJV) . . . He will NEVER leave us, nor forsake us! (Heb.13:5). What more could we ask?
Psychologists do their best to keep a person at a certain level. They do NOT want the person to progress, to get better! For that would mean loss of income! As you know by now, I think that psychologists are something that a TRUE Christian should stay away from! MY opinion!
An "atheist" is really agnostic (doubter, unbeliever). I do not think there is a true atheist, because "atheist" means "no God," and ALL people worship something or someone. There has NEVER been any human on Earth that has ever proved that God does not exist. I think people TRY to convince themselves there is NO God, for then there would be NO accountability to God. You have heard it many times I'm sure: "If there is a God then why is there so much suffering?" Did you ever consider just how much suffering there would be without the one and only Almighty Creator God who restrains sin so it does not reach the boiling point? That judgment would result in the destruction of mankind as we know it!
God has a specific time table
Genesis 15:16 But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full. (KJV) . . . Here we see where God would not judge the Amorites until their iniquity was full . . . then JUDGMENT!
Galatians 4:4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, (KJV) . . . And here we read that Christ came at the appointed time. God has set timetables for everything in this world and Judgment Day is NO exception.
Judgment serves no purpose???
Once you are dead, you are dead. Here is another stupid thing people say . . . but it is one of the most popular teachings today is that when a person dies, they cease to exist. The Jehovah's Witnesses teach this, believing in annihilation. An unbeliever sees a dead body and think that is the end. Nothing could be further from the truth. Evangelist David Ring says: "If you don't believe in Hell now, one second after you die, you will!" I agree 100%! Right on David!
James 2:26-a For as the body without the spirit is dead, - - - - - - - - (KJV) . . . This tells us that the body without the spirit is dead. SO! Don't you think we had better consider WHERE the spirit goes! The body goes into the ground, and the decaying process begins, until it is completely dust. Genesis 3:19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return. (KJV) Ecc.12:7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it. (KJV) . . . VERY clear! We ALL will die unless Jesus comes and takes us home before death. (1 Thes.4:13-18). The Bible is very clear as to what happens after death to both classes of people on earth, the saved and the unsaved.
Believers . . . 2 Cor. 5:8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. (KJV)
Unbelievers . . . Isaiah 5:14 Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it. (KJV)
This Passage tells us of two PLACES where souls go after death. Luke 16:22-23 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;
23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. (KJV) . . . Jesus' words. These verses tell us that the believer goes directly into the Presence of the Lord when they die, but the unbeliever goes to a place of silence to be raised on the last day to face judgment for their sins and then they will be cast into eternal hell for their sins. See: What happens to the souls of those who have died?
Some Reasons WHY God Must Judge Us
****His absolute holiness demands it. Today's preachers shall be judged for not teaching the holiness of Almighty God! Do they think that the New Testament period of grace (Rom.6:14) in which we live, that God no longer requires holiness? NOT so! The God of the Old Testament is the exact same God of the New Testament! Many churches today teach just the New Testament, neglecting the teachings of the Old Testament. They may touch on the 23rd Psalm and the Proverbs but they certainly don't go near the judgment teachings in Amos, Hosea, Nahum, or Zephaniah. Romans 15:4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. (KJV)
All through the Bible, God continually reminds us that He is HOLY and that we are to be holy for He is holy. The word holy is used 628 times and HOLINESS is used 49 times in the Bible. That makes 677 times God's holiness is mentioned. God's holiness must be defended in this wicked world. Psalms 30:4 Sing unto the LORD, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness. (KJV) Psalms 96:9 O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth. (KJV)
****Our sin demands it. There certainly is one thing that we all can agree on, and that is that we ALL are sinners (Rom.3:10,23). Every last one of us have done wrong and bad things which are in violation of God's Holy Word. Since Adam and Eve sinned, the human race plunged deeper and deeper into the practice of sin. 1 Peter 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? (KJV) . . . This tells us that God has begun to judge His people, His children. But what about those not saved, not in the house of God? They shall shall receive eternal damnation. ALL sin SHALL be judged, no matter how small it may seem to us, for it is rebellion against our Holy God.
Consider these things
****No second chance after death. Heb. 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: (KJV) . . .
Once a person has died, their eternal fate is sealed and CANNOT be changed. There is absolutely NO second chances after death. Either a person goes to be with the Lord (12 Cor.5:8) OR they go to a temporary holding place, Hades, to await Judgment Day. See: Hades.
Consider the word "appointed." It could be translated "reserved" which means each of us seems to have a time reserved for our death, IF the Lord Jesus does not return in our lifetime. I truly believe that we are given this life on Earth for the purpose of deciding WHERE we will spend eternity. The decision lies with us, it is OUR choice! If we believe God, Heaven awaits. If we refuse to believe God, and reject His one and only Way of salvation, it will be eternal destruction in the Lake of Fire (Rev.20:15). There are only TWO destinations. We must decide while we are still alive. After death, it is too late! Again I bring you David Ring's words from his sermon on 'Heaven.' "If you don't believe in Hell now, one second after you die, you will!" Think about it! He is absolutely right according to the Bible!
****Separation. 2 Thes. 1:8-9 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: 9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; (KJV) Mat.25:30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (KJV) Jesus' words. . . . I do know that Hell is eternal separation from a good and loving God and all good things, and that alone is enough for me to KNOW I do NOT want to go there! There will NO parties or NO fun in Hell as some fools may think. Now, think about the following fact!
**** Eternal Destruction, Damnation and Agony. Rev. 14:11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name. (KJV) Luke 16:23-24 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. 24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. (KJV) Jesus' words . . . Eternal destruction and damnation will be the final judgment on all unbelievers. Hell's agony and torment is the complete opposite of Heaven! There will be NO escape, NO plea bargaining, NO second chances, NO mistrials, NO crooked judges that can be bought and NO exit doors. Once you are there. . . you are there forever! God's judgment will be final. This is NOT speaking of annihilation, obliteration, extinction or eradication. This actual punishment will be realized by the condemned for all eternity. Please, please listen to God!
By what means will people be judged?
****The Books. Revelation 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. (KJV) . . . I think these "books" could be symbolic because God knows ALL things! He really does not need books, but I think this was written in terms we can understand. He is telling us here that all the evil acts we committed in our life will be recorded and will be used at our trial. Isaiah 46:9-10 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, 10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure: (KJV) . . . God knows everything! John 12:48 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. (KJV) Jesus' words. . . . "Jesus is not here on Earth, so I can't hear the word He has spoken." This will be an excuse many will use. BUT, read this!
Luke 10:16 He that heareth you heareth me; and he that despiseth you despiseth me; and he that despiseth me despiseth him that sent me. (KJV) . . . Do you understand what Jesus is saying in this verse? He was talking to His disciples . . . then and NOW! Anyone who accepts a disciple's message is also accepting Jesus! WE, those in the TRUE church, are Jesus' disciples today! And anyone who rejects a disciple of Jesus is rejecting Jesus! And going a step further, anyone who rejects Jesus is rejecting God, who sent Jesus.”
Here is yet another verse. John 13:20 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me; and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me. (KJV) Jesus' words. . . . Any time that Jesus starts out with "Verily, verily," we had better listen because it is important! Jesus is telling us that anyone who welcomes His messenger is welcoming Him, and anyone who welcomes Jesus is welcoming the Father who sent Him. So . . . IF you hear or read the Gospel and reject it and Jesus, judgment awaits! You will NOT have an excuse on Judgment Day!
WHAT WILL BE JUDGED?
**** Every Work. Ecc. 12:14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil. (KJV) . . . Many people do bad things and think that no one saw them. That could be true as to another human . . . BUT . . . God sees everything that you do, and He is keeping a record on it. Come Judgment Day, you will have forgotten many things, but each and every one shall be made public and you will re-live them! Every work that you ever did in your life will come under judgment, both secret and revealed.
**** Every Idle Word. Mat.12:36-37 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. 37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned. (KJV) Jesus' words.
. . . Any time our Lord says: "But I say unto you," a hard lesson follows.
The word "idle" means useless, pointless, fruitless, vain, wasted, etc. It also means blasphemous! How many times in the last day did you ABUSE or MISUSE the Name of Almighty God? What about the Name of our precious Saviour and Lord, Jesus Christ? What about nasty swear words? What about the "F" word? What about gossip and slander? How much evil came out of your mouth today? All these are common and accepted in today's world, but your speech shall be judged the same as your works.
**** Your Thoughts. Gen. 6:5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. (KJV) Eze. 11:5 And the Spirit of the LORD fell upon me, and said unto me, Speak; Thus saith the LORD; Thus have ye said, O house of Israel: for I know the things that come into your mind, every one of them. (KJV) . . . I know the things that come into your mind, every one of them. . . .
Not even your personal THOUGHTS can be hidden from God. You may think they are neatly tucked away in the safe place and only you can see them. WRONG! God knows your thoughts and they shall come into judgment. Thoughts will be judged the same as works and words. When was the last time you lusted after someone and no one knew but you . . . and GOD? When was the last time you had evil thoughts against someone in your mind and no one knew but you . . . and GOD? Your thoughts, words and deeds are all known by God . . . and unless you repent and become born again into God's family, you will face each single one at your trial on Judgment Day.
See our article on What Will Christ Judge? in The Judgment Seat of Christ. This is in regards to believers.
I am certain that many times you have heard the saying "The final resting place" in reference to the burial place of someone. Those are really false words. The grave is NOT a final resting place but instead a holding place until the resurrection.
Daniel 12:2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. (KJV) John 5:28-29 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,
29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation. (KJV) Jesus' words . . . ALL the unsaved will stand for judgment and then be cast into Hell for their sins.
God accepts one of two payment plans for sin:
1. You humbly accept the Sacrifice of His Son on the Cross for you, . . . OR
2. You pay for your own sins in Hell. See our article on Hell.
Many Judgments in the Bible
Many Judgments . . . AIDS
Many Judgments . . . Are You Ready
Many Judgments . . . Everywhere!
Many Judgments . . . Evils of Disney
Many Judgments of God, ALL Perfect!
Many Judgments . . . Millions of Reprobate Minds
Many Judgments . . . Promised by God
Many People Blind to God's Judgments!
Judgments on Homosexuals
Judgments on Today's Sodom and Gomorrah
Web Sites for Judgment:
http://www.believersweb.org/view.cfm?ID=405 . . . (Judgment Day Sermon)