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by David Wilkerson
But Paul's faithfulness was also motivated by something else: the reverential fear of the hour he would stand before the Judge of the world--on Judgment Day!
Today, the vast majority of Christians possess only the first two motivations.
Virtually every believer claims to have the hope of eternal life. And many say
in all sincerity, "I know I
But what is missing in the church of Jesus Christ in these last days is that
third motivation--the awesome sense that one day we will stand before a holy
God and give an account of our every
Yet the truth of a coming day of judgment is the very thing that produces
serious, godly believers. Those who put it out of mind are usually cold, careless
and indulgent. But the fact remains
At this very moment, legions of angels stand ready for Jesus' command to gather
from the corners of the earth both the wicked and the righteous: "The Son
of man shall send forth his angels,
All the rich, famous and powerful of all ages will be brought to stand before
Him: "And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men,
and the chief captains, and the mighty
A famous actress is constantly talking about reincarnation. She claims she has lived many lives before, and that when she dies she'll come back to earth in another body.
What terror awaits her and her followers! An angel of the Lord will be sent to their grave sites, uniting body and soul-and they will suddenly discover there is not another life! Instead, they will be summoned by the Judge to the last court--a court of no appeals. And the only afterlife will be eternal damnation for all who rejected Him.
Indeed, the angels will gather together all the "tares"--the sinners and the ungodly--and drag them "in bundles to burn them" (Matthew 13:40, 30). These will not come willingly, but with weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth.
God Has Been Keeping
God has recorded every passion and motive of every person--every single thought,
word and deed. The motives of the Christian are entered in a "book of remembrance,"
which is the Book of Life.
"Then they that feared the Lord spake often to one another: and the Lord...heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the Lord.... And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him" (Malachi 3:16-17).
If you love Jesus with all your heart and you're cleansed by His blood. then your name is written in His book of remembrance. Such need not fear this message; in fact, it should bring great rejoicing to your heart as you see all that God has planned for those who love Him!
But there is the Book--and there are books. The Bible says each life has its own book, a record of an entire lifetime on earth:
"And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away.... And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened...and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged according to their works-- (Revelation 20: 11-13).
The wicked and ungodly will be judged by everything written in those books- one by one. before the judge of all!
Scripture says every person will have a resurrection body at that time. The sinner will have a body 'fitted to destruction" (Romans 9:22). But the godly will be given a new body, likened unto the Lord's! And when the judgment is over, the Lamb will rise up from His throne and lead His flock into eternal paradise.
Yet before the Judge does this, He will beckon us by His side as He judges the wicked: "To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne" (Revelation 3:21). Jesus is going to say to us, "Come--sit at My right hand as the judgments proceed!"
Try to Imagine the Scene ............That Takes Place as the Judgment Begins
Hitler cringes in agony as the Judge tells His angels to read the roll-call of names of every Jew he murdered. Six million names--those of every man, woman and child he killed! Every scream will be replayed, every cry from the ovens heard again. All his henchmen will share his terror.
Next comes the army of abortion doctors and nurses, huddled together before the Judge. They listen and shudder as the names of millions of babies are read. God has a name for every one-because according to the Scriptures they were named from eternity (see Jeremiah I :5)!
Every scream from the womb will be replayed--and the doctors who performed
those murderous acts will have to stand and endure each cry. Every mother who
allowed her baby to be killed will be
Then there are those who "neglected their salvation" (see Hebrews 2:3). They stand in great shock, not believing they are numbered with the transgressors.
Listen to their cries:
"We went to church,
But the Judge will say: "All (your righteousnesses are as filthy rags-'
(Isaiah 64:6). Others willsay,
But the Judge will answer, "I don't even know you. Depart from Me, you
An angel will stand among them, repeating to them the Scriptures they heard
during their lifetime: "You gave no earnest heed to the things which you
heard" (see Hebrews 2:1). "How do you hope
Also before the throne are many other faces I remember. I don't know their names; I only remember the hate I saw in their faces--and the awful blasphemies that poured from their lips:
There are the faces of three lesbians staring at me in front of an of building
in Manhattan. Operation Rescue was demonstrating in front of an abortion chamber.
And those three girls stood by, cursing and screaming,
There is the face of the abortion doctor--tbe man who made a fortune killing
There are the faces of flaunted homosexual lust. parading past Columbus Circle
during New York's "Gay Pride" march two years ago. I watched as some
250,000 homosexual activists marched
1t wasn't the blasphemous signs or the unbelievable arrogance that got to
me. It was the hate for Christ--the look that said if Jesus were there that
day, they gladly would have nailed Him
Yet here they all are before the judgment seat, bundled together in one group-paralyzed
with agony and fear! It is the day of God's wrath and vengeance. And now, as
each book is opened and
Those demonstrators couldn't move-they were paralyzed! And at that moment, I got idea of what it is going to be like for them to stand before Jesus on Judgment Day.
Scripture declares, "The ungodly shall not stand in the judgment" (Psalm 1:5) Look now at the others trembling before the judgment seat: Judges who allowed unborn babies to be murdered. Atheistic college professors who filled a whole generation full of apostasy and hate for Christ. Lying politicians who removed prayer and God from our society. Godless presidents, dictators and mob leaders. Actors and filmmakers who blasphemed Christ. Artists who depicted His Cross in a vat of urine. Bankers, business people, the rich, the once proud and powerful who had no time for Him. Now what will they do?
There they stand, listening and awaiting their turn. And the angel of the Lord cries out among them, "Be sure your sin will find you out!" (Numbers 32:23).
The Judge Will Call Forth
The Judge, Jesus Christ, is faithful-and He will call forth His witnesses. These will testify either for you or against you:
1. The first witness is the Word of God itself:
"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" (John 12:48).
For every sermon or gospel song ever heard, every Bible verse or tract ever
read, account must be given. Jesus says, "Every word I have spoken to you
will judge you on that day. My Word will be
2. Witnesses shall arise such as the men of Nineveh, the men of
Jesus says, "The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas: and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here. The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here" (Matthew 12:4142).
When you stand before the Judge and your book is opened, the vast multitudes
of Ninevites will step forward. Those who died in the holocaust of Sodom and
Gomorrah will come forth, as will
They will cry out, "This man's judgment ought to be worse than ours! How could he reject so many opportunities and deny such powerful light? We had no Bible, no constant reminders, no second opportunity.
But he had all this!"
Jesus says Sodom would have repented if they had heard what you've heard-
"For if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in
Sodom, it would have remained until this
3. Preachers and pastors will be called forth as witnesses.
"This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations" (Matthew 24: 14).
We shepherds will have to stand and bear witness that you were in attendance in the house of God. You heard the witness of the gospel preached. And we must affirm before the Judge of all people every truth you heard--either for you or against you!
Perhaps the Most Tragic ....Souls Standing Before the Judge Will Be
These were the servants--meaning, they called themselves by the name of the Lord.
As I prepared this message, this was the one group that burdened my soul the most. You see, the unprofitable servant" is the one who "hid" his talent. He was too lazy to invest his life and time in God's interests, and he became "slothful" in the things of God. This was the busy man or woman who came to God's house once a week to keep a semblance of religion.
Yet here is what the Lord will say of haphazard, halfhearted service to Him:
"Thou wicked and slothful servant thou knewest that I reap where I sowed
not...Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then
at my coming I should have received
What weeping and wailing there will be when the unprofitable servant's book
is opened! The Judge will show the world how much time and effort he spent in
making money, seeking personal
On that day God will bring forth the record of every neglected church meeting,
every lazy and self-centered activity. Then, right before this servant's eyes
will appear everything he spent
Suddenly, a spark leaps from the Judge's eye--the spark of a Lover who has been shunned--and it ignites everything like a hydrogen meltdown! Standing before the Judge is an angel, and in the angel's hands is a mound of dust. The Lord will turn to the unprofitable one and say, "This is what your lifetime of business amounted to! I needed you and called you, but you neglected Me. You gave Me so little of your time, until finally you pushed Me out of your life completely. You wasted your life for a handful of dust-yet you were warned it would all burn as grass in an oven!"
Oh, the regret there will be on that day for a man who has no time for God now! He attends the obligatory Sunday morning service with his wife and children, because it's "the American way." But he has no heart for God! You never see him in a prayer meeting or enjoying the true fellowship of the saints,encouraging and being encouraged in the Lord, as the Word commands.
Yet on Judgment Day, the Judge will say, Take that unprofitable servant and cast him out of My presence! His heart is not with Me; it never has been. He left his first love long ago. He has not made Me the Lover of his soul. Otherwise, in every waking hour I would have been on his mind--in his business, his family, all his doings. He would have put My interests first in everything!"
Oh. who will not be afraid on that at day of judgment-
What Does Judgment Day......... Mean for the Overcoming Children of God?
The first thing on the Judge's agenda will be to separate His sheep from among
the goats. He will not allow His righteous ones to be numbered with the transgressors.
Instead, He will call on
The Bible is very clear that those who have been abiding in Christ and looking for His appearing will have boldness and confidence on that day:
"And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear,
we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming" (I
John 2:28). "Herein is our love made perfect,
How can you have such boldness on the day of judgment--such joy and confidence?
It comes only through knowing the Judge--as your friend, brother, redeemer-kinsman,
Lord, high priest,
There is a test that will show whether or not you are prepared to go to the judgment as a sheep--with joy, confidence and boldness. The Bible says, "For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged" (I Corinthians 11:31). Are you willing to take the test--and to judge yourself?
If you are willing, ask yourself these three questions:
1. Have you been longing and yearning for the coming of the Lord?
Do you look forward to His coming?
"Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of
This world is not our home. But I ask you: Are you putting down roots? Or are you pulling up roots, praying, "Jesus, keep my heart awake!"
"Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God.... Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless" (2 Peter 3:12,14).
Jesus said, "Occupy till I come" (Luke 19:13). We all must go ahead
with our daily lives and work. But in every waking hour, our hearts should cry,
"Even so, come, Lord Jesus!" (Revelation
2. Have God's enemies become your enemies?
Are you engaged in the battle against those who oppose God? Have you taken up His fight against the flesh, the world and the devil? Or have you left the battle in the hands of other members of Christ's body?
If you're going to stand before the world and judge God's enemies on Judgment Day, you have to make them your enemies now. David said, "Do not I hate them, O Lord, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee? I hate them with a perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies" (Psalm 139:21-22).
Yes, Jesus said we are to love our enemies. But what about His enemies-those
who hate Him, refuse His grace and mercy, and defame His name and drag it through
filth? We are not to hate
Yet do you say in your heart, "This world has been wicked all along,
and it's only going to get worse. But what concern is that to me? I'll just
keep my garment clean before God." NO--YOU
God issues a call: "Who will rise up for me against the evildoers?"
(PsaIm 94:16). And when Judgment Day comes, I want to say with Paul, "I
fought a good fight!" I want to go out
3. Nave you not made a habit of forsaking the house of God?
It is no accident that the very next verse in this passage refers to "willful sinning" after the truth has been revealed. Indeed, it is a proven historical fact: People become most careless and neglectful just prior to judgment and calamity!
Always before any society spun completely out of control, people turned to
security, money-making, pleasures--everything but God. And at the last moment,
things got worse: Believers began
If your church on Sundays is nothing more than a TV program, then beloved. you are not assembling with believers You are not getting or giving encouragement. as God commands!
What is the judgment, but the final assembling together of His flock? Will you be there--faithful, expectant, willing and joyful? The Lord knows those who love Him so much they can't stand to be away from His body. I tell you, the books will be opened on that day--and the Judge is keeping an account right now!
Did You Pass the Test?
If you know in your heart you're not ready to stand before Jesus--and that
time is coming very soon--then you have to answer for what I have written here.
This one message is enough
Have your interests--your work, your possessions or even your ministry--become more important to you than the Lord's interests? Have you neglected your family? Are you satisfied because you go to church on Sunday and say, I've done my part for God"? God's Word to you is clear: It's not enough!
If you have judged yourself and come up short, then pray this from your heart
"Jesus, I need You.
by David Wilkerson
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