People have seen and experienced who God is even without realizing it. His works, miracles and all His splendor is in our sight daily. Some of the prophecies that the Bible foretold us about have been fulfilled. This in itself is proof that God lives and His word comes to pass. Often we get scientific explanations of why some of the prophecies have manifested and then get blinded to the fact that such occurrences are proof of God’s existence.
Jesus warns that those who reject His words will be judged. The same words Jesus spoke will be used to judge His adversaries. This thought comes from John 12:48. It is also true that the judgment ahead of us has levels, no wonder Paul says in James 3:1 those who teach will be judged more strictly.
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.
- 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).
- Giving solitary account of one’s deeds on earth (2 Corinthians 5:10). Even when a person colludes with other to commit some sins but on judgement day, each person shall be on his or her own.
- Fearful (Hebrews 10:27). Those that reject God today will have to go to a place of fury fire after judgement.
- How one’s end of life was will determine the destination. No good thing one has done will be remembered if they are far from God at their point of death (Ezekiel 18:24).
Jesus compares the judgement of Sodom and Gomorrah with that of a town that rejects Him. In Matthew 10:15 Jesus says that the judgement of Sodom and Gomorrah will be more tolerable than such a city. The sinful offenses that Sodom and Gomorrah committed are detailed 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 await judgement even though they were destroyed by raining sulphur thousands of years ago. Their painful death has not settled their matter with God even to this day. To me and you, it is clear that when we disregard the works of God and not realize the need to reconcile with Him we are worse than homosexuals, the xenophobic and disobedient.
Who will escape God’s judgment?
The only people that will escape the furry judgement of God are those who repent and abandon their sins. The starting point is receiving the free gift of salvation that can only be given to mankind through Jesus Christ. Those that hold tightly to the hope that God can be trusted to keep His promises (Hebrews 10:23), which promises include the promise that whoever shall call upon the name of the Lord Jesus shall be saved. Those that take the steps of making a relationship with Jesus Christ will have their sins completely forgotten by God (Hebrews 10:17). These are people who are really prepared for the judgement ahead.
If for any reason you doubt the message of salvation, get up for your life and ask around about why it is important to get it. You have the internet all available to you if you do not have confidence in the preachers nearby. I encourage you to do something about the free gift of salvation.