“Ready for Judgement Day”
“Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision (Joel 3:14).”
They say there are two certainties in life – death and taxes. That’s not necessarily true. Some cheat on their taxes and for a relatively few people who are alive when the Lord returns they will not face death as billions have before. But there remains one absolute certainty that so many ignore – judgment! “And it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment (Hebrews 9:27).” The New Testament repeats that every one of us must stand before the judgment seat of Christ (John 5:22, 28-29, Romans 14:10, 2 Corinthians 5:10, Revelation 20:12). So, since we all have an appointment with the righteous Judge what must we do to be prepared for that day?
That Day is the last day (John 6:44, 11:24, 12:48) known only to God the Father (Matthew 24:36) and Jesus said that day will be one of separation – the sheep separated from the goats (Matthew 25:31-33) with a few going into everlasting life (Matthew 7:14, John 5:28-29) and many going into eternal condemnation (Matthew 7:13).
So what will the Judge be examining? Every word we have ever uttered we must give an account for on that day (Matthew 12:36-37, 5:22). Everything we have done in the flesh will be under consideration (John 5:29, 2 Corinthians 5:10). His laser sharp vision will even inspect the secrets of our hearts (Romans 2:16, Hebrews 4:13). The unrighteous will be without excuse as He has given all men notice of what He commands before that day. It is His Word that will be the standard of judgment (John 12:48) so that in essence, life is an open book test. He has commanded obedience to the gospel (2 Thessalonians 1:8, Romans 10:13-17).
There is some very comforting news for the faithful Christian concerning the Final Judgment. The one who is our Judge is now our Advocate (1 John 2:1). When we sin He is pleading our case if we continue to walk in the light and confess our sins to God (1 John 1:7-9). For the faithful, even our accuser (Revelation 12:10) cannot bring charges against us that He will hear. In fact there is none who can bring a charge against us (Romans 8:33-34) because God has justified us, declared us not guilty, by Christ’s blood and Jesus continues to intercede for us. So how does this work? Perhaps an illustration from the Old Testament gives us an understanding of this. The high priest Joshua, who represented God’s people, stood before the Angel of the Lord with dirty clothes and Satan opposed him. But the Angel rebuked the devil and took away Joshua’s filthy garments and gave him rich clean robes to wear (Zechariah 3:1-4). And so it is for us. We too were sin stained and could not deny the guilt our adversary charged us with. But when we became Christians we were washed and justified (Acts 22:16, 1 Corinthians 6:11) and we put on new clean clothes (Galatians 3:27), robes that were washed in the blood of the Lamb (Revelation 7:14). As His bride He continually cleanses us from sin (1 John 1:9) and is preparing us to present to Himself without spot or wrinkle (Ephesians 5:25-27). When He saves us He saves us completely as He continually intercedes for us (Hebrews 7:25) so that the devil’s accusations no longer stick to us.
Because Christ will be your Judge on that great Day you need Him now as your Savior, Advocate, and Intercessor.1 There’s a great day coming. Are you ready for the Judgment Day?
“For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God (1 Peter 4:17)?”
Perry B. Cotham, Beyond the Sunset, Grand Prairie, TX 2008, p.247