Wednesday, February 15, 2017
The angel messenger, who is depicted as flying in the midst of heaven with a loud voice, declares that this hour of judgment has already arrived! It is decision making time for God. He must decide, before He returns, who have proven true to His cause or not.
The children of God have been placed on trial, so that a decision concerning their eternal fate can be definite. How do I determine this? Again, let us go back to the source book – the Bible! Let us allow it to explain what that statement means.
1. Revelation 22:12 – This scripture declares that when Jesus returns to gather the saved of all the earth, He will bring with Him, His reward of (i.e. salvation or death) for all humankind. This means that just like any judge, in a court of law, must hear the case before making a final decision of – yea or nay; so God is NOW hearing the cases of all those who will be saved. Their lawyer, Jesus, the High Priest (sanctuary language) is now interceding on their behalf.
2. Hebrews 7:25 – Jesus is appearing before His Father, on behalf of all those who have come to Him confessing and forsaking their sins. When they come, He cleanses them and causes them to appear as though they had never done anything wrong. I John 1:9.
3. In the book of Daniel, we are given the scene, when the judgment in heaven actually begins. Let us look at it together:
“I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame and his wheels as burning fire. A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened.” Daniel 7:9-10
“I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man (Jesus) came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed”. Daniel 7:13-14
As we can see, the judgment has already begun. Now remember that when the judgment actually began, it started at the “house of God”. Therefore, beginning with righteous Abel, who was killed by his wicked brother Cain, as told in Genesis 4:1-8, up until the last living saint has been settled, the judgment referenced in the verses will go on. Consequently, every person who has ever accepted Jesus is now being considered for salvation. Every person who has failed to accept Jesus, as their savior, does not have an intercessor to plead on their behalf. Therefore, when Jesus does come back, they will be lost; no salvation.
It is a serious affair, which is why I made this statement, in one of my earlier posts: “… If there ever was a time that the Christian believer should draw close to God; return to Bible based teachings; to put known sin out of his or her life and to seek the well-being of others, it is now.”