People have seen who God is even without realising is sometimes, His works, miracles and all His splendour. They have seen prophecies fulfilled and often thought its nature unfolding on its own and therefore haven’t taken it serious to the point of repenting if they have to.
Jesus warns that those who have seen all that God has done but disregarded it will have a severe judgement than those who have not. It is true that the judgment ahead of us has levels, no wonder Paul says in James 3:1 those who teach will be judged with greater strictness.
Qualities of God’s judgment
It may not be God himself judging the dead but we know that whoever will be executing it will be His messenger and therefore will abide by all strict rules. I therefore want to pick a few indicators of how we can expect the judgement to be.
- Burning like a furnace (Malachi 4:1). It will not be fire but it will be like fire. This means that the qualities of the fire we know may not all be present in this kind of fire, yet I do believe that the judgement fire will be much worse.
- Raging fire that will consume His enemies/adversaries (Hebrews 10:27). Those that reject God today will have nowhere to go when they face His judgment.
- Merciless (2 Peter 2:4 – 5 – For if God did not pare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell, putting them in chains of darkness to be held for judgment. And God did not spare the ancient world-except for Noah the seven others in his family. Noah warned the world about God’s righteous judgement) It is only mercy that can triumph over God’s judgment (James 2:13), but at this time no mercy will be shown (main scripture).
- No good thing one has done will be remembered if they are far from God at their point of death (Ezekiel 18:24).
The comparison of Sodom to the coming judgment to those that do not repent after having seen the wonders of Christ makes one want to know what the dwellers of Sodom did. The story of Sodom is found in Genesis 19. We learn that people of Sodom will be judged for homosexuality, rage and xenophobia (v9) and disobedience (v14). It is disheartening to learn that Sodom dwellers still awaits judgement even though they were destroyed by raining sulphur. Their painful death does not settle their matter with God.
To me and you, it is clear that when we disregard the works of God and not realise the need to repent, we are worse than homosexuals, the xenophobic and disobedient. Indeed God does not judge as human beings do.
Who will escape God’s judgment?
It is those who repent and show remorse for their sins. Those that hold tightly to the hope that God can be trusted to keep His promises (Hebrews 10:23). Those that do will have their sins completely forgotten by God (Hebrews 10:17).
I implore you to get prepared for the judgement ahead by all means. The only way to be safe is to have a healthy relationship with Jesus Christ through who all can reconcile with God the Father. I may have not given you all that you need to ponder on this subject but you are free and welcome to pick the Bible and study the Word of God to get His message on your own.