The Great and Terrible Judgment

“Come near, you nations, to hear; and heed, you people! Let the earth hear, and all that is in it, the world and all things that come forth from it” (Isaiah 34.1). 

The LORD is angry with the nations. He will come to judge them. One day “all the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled up like a scroll” that the LORD has finished reading (Isaiah 34.4). Jesus taught that “immediately after the tribulation of those [yet future] days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken” (Matthew 24.29). 

The LORD is patient and longsuffering. He doesn’t want anyone to perish but wants all to come to repentance (2 Peter 3.9). But His patience will run its course. He will destroy this world by fire one day. All rebellion against Him shall cease. 

If people reject the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus for their sins, they themselves will be sacrifices to God. All who fall short of the glory of God will face judgment and eternal destruction. Those who have arrayed themselves against Israel, the apple of God’s eye, will face the consequences of a great and terrible judgment. 

So many people continue through life unaware of this judgment. They simply do not care. They live here as if they will never stop living. When I read about such terrible future judgement, it is terrifying. But I have humbled myself before God. I have called out to Him to save me from judgment for my sins. Jesus died and suffered the wrath of God for my sin. A person must decide to trust in the once and for all sacrifice of Christ on the cross for sin or they will continue to trust in themselves and live on exalting themselves. Jesus said, “Whoever exalts himself will be humbled and he who humbles himself will be exalted” (Matthew 23.12).  Either humble yourself or God will humble you.

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