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Judgment on the Rich and Powerful
What does the Bible say about the rich and powerful and famous? A lot!
Psalm 39:5-6 Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah.  Surely every man walketh in a vain shew: surely they are disquieted in vain: he heapeth up riches, and knoweth not who shall gather them. [KJV] . . . The rich are merely heaping up wealth for someone else to spend. They should instead consider eternity . . . their soul in eternity!
Proverbs 11:4 Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivereth from death. [KJV] . . . Men can do and buy many things; but they CANNOT purchase their salvation, nor can they ever turn aside the wrath of God when it is poured out upon a wealthy, unrepentant sinner.
Zeph.1:12-18 And it shall come to pass at that time, that I will search Jerusalem with candles, and punish the men that are settled on their lees: that say in their heart, The LORD will not do good, neither will he do evil.  Therefore their goods shall become a booty, and their houses a desolation: they shall also build houses, but not inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, but not drink the wine thereof.  The great day of the LORD is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the LORD: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly.  That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness,  A day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and against the high towers.  And I will bring distress upon men, that they shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the LORD: and their blood shall be poured out as dust, and their flesh as the dung.  Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD'S wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land. [KJV] . . . This warns of approaching destruction. It refers to the great day of the Lord, the day in which he will show Himself by taking vengeance on them. This day of the Lord is very near; it is a day of God's wrath. It will be a day of trouble and distress to sinners. People are laying asleep today because of the patience of God. What is a man profited if he gain the whole world, and lose his own soul (Mat.16:26)? And what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? People should flee from the wrath to come, and choose the good part that shall never be taken from us (Luke 10:42). We should be prepared for what is certain to come, but very few are!
Luke 12:16-21 And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?  And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods.  And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.  But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?  So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God. [KJV] . . . If we value the beauty of holiness, we will not crave the luxuries of life. Instead, we should seriously consider . . . are we children of God? So many people today believe the FALSE doctrine of Universalism, which is everyone will go to Heaven. The Bible does NOT teach any damnable heresy such as this (2 Pet.2:1).
The Coming of Christ at the Rapture, to call His people to Him is the next scheduled event on God's time clock (1 Thes.4:13-18). NO one knows the time of His coming for us, so, we should always be ready.
People take care of their health, their homes, their families . . . but very few ever consider their eternal souls! We should always be ready . . . for we know NOT when Christ will come!
1 Timothy 6:6-10 But godliness with contentment is great gain.  For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.  And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.  But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.  For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. [KJV] . . . We cannot be poorer than when we came into this world. A coffin and a grave is all that the richest man in the world will have from all his wealth. The evil of covetousness persists in most people, rich or poor!
Most of those who are rich, place their happiness in their wealth and possessions. They give Satan the opportunity to tempt them, and allow him to lead them in many dishonest and wicked practices. It seems that the more a person has, the more they lust after more, even though they could not possibly use even a small portion of their riches in their life time. Rich people rarely think of their eternal destination in Hell, and the wrath of God they will feel on Judgment Day.
God CANNOT lie! It is coming!
Rev.3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: [KJV] . . . There are multitudes in Hell, who once thought they were far on the way to Heaven. These were poor; extremely poor. They said and thought they were rich. They could not see their true state, nor could they see that they were in any danger. They could not see that God CANNOT lie, and when He says judgment is coming, it is coming! God gives us this time on Earth to choose where we shall spend eternity. There are only two destinations: Heaven, Hell! Where will you go? What will God say to you on Judgment Day?
People are blind to the Truth of God's Word! They are naked, for they were without God, for only in Him does the soul of man find rest and safety.
Job 21:17-20 How oft is the candle of the wicked put out! and how oft cometh their destruction upon them! God distributeth sorrows in his anger.  They are as stubble before the wind, and as chaff that the storm carrieth away.  God layeth up his iniquity for his children: he rewardeth him, and he shall know it.  His eyes shall see his destruction, and he shall drink of the wrath of the Almighty. [KJV] . . . Even though the rich and powerful prosper, they are worthless and of no account to God, or to the wise. God is Judge of all the Earth, and He will ALWAYS do right by everyone. So vast is the difference between time here on Earth, and eternity . . . yet only a meager "few" (Mat.7:13-14) are wise enough to realize it!
Most wealthy, famous or powerful people NEVER once consider God and His judgment that is sure to come. But, unless they turn to God, they have nothing but God’s righteous wrath and judgment awaiting. Even in the peak of their glory and power, there is just ONE step between them and total destruction in the depths of an eternal Hell! God is Judge of all the Earth, and He always does right, whether it is one person, a group of people, or an entire nation . . . whether it is a poor beggar on the street or a ruler in a fancy palace!
So vast is the time of eternity! Most people, rich or poor, famous or an unknown, a ruler or just a citizen, never consider it! But, at the end of each person’s life, God has the last say! Depending upon how that person lived, and what that person believed, will determine where they shall spend eternity. It will either be sighing or singing! Moaning in Hell or rejoicing in Heaven! It all boils down to . . . the choice is yours!
Jesus says that only a “few” are willing to walk the narrow road to Heaven with Him (Mat.7:13-14). Most of the world walks on that big, broad, deceiving and slippery road to Hell. The longer a person stays on that road the harder it is to get off!
One day ALL who have ever lived shall stand ALONE before the Great Judge JESUS! Please consider these words. Judgment is certain! Judgment is sure! And His judgment is always right. When you hear the verdict, you will not be able say that He is wrong, because He is NEVER wrong! You will NOT be able to hide from His judgment. God shall punish sin! It is a Promise from Almighty God.
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Judgment on Egypt and Pharaoh
Judgement on Godly People
Judgment on Israel
Judgment on Many People
Judgment on OT Kings
Judgment on People in NT
Judgment on the Rich and Powerful
Judgment on Sodom and Gomorrah
Judgment on the Old World
Judgment on the Ungodly