Have you been told that only members of your church will not be destroyed on Judgment Day?
- They will go to heaven.
- They will live on a paradise earth.
- Everybody else will be destroyed or burn in the lake of fire for eternity.
Have you been told that merely accepting Jesus as your personal savior is good enough for salvation? You have to obey God’s commandments.
Or works-based salvation? What about religious leaders and people who did all these good works but forgot that one important thing: Faith in God and Jesus.
Here are the two basic things:
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17King James Version (KJV)
16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
Revelation 20:12-15King James Version (KJV)
12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. 13 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 every man according to their works. 14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
So there is a first resurrection (1 Thess 4:16-17) and a 2nd resurrection/final judgment (Rev 20:12-15).
In review, the first resurrection requirements are stringent. These are who will go to heaven at Christ’s 2nd coming and are immune to the 2nd death. The rest are judged 1000 years later (and a small number MIGHT survive God’s wrath in 2 Peter 3:7) with two outcomes: eternal life or eternal torment. Also, Rom 2:14-16 says we are judged according to the law. If anyone recalls the story of Moses, when he went to the mountain and came back, he found they were worshipping a gold statue; even the “chosen” can be corrupted.
Revelation 7:4King James Version (KJV)
4 And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.
Revelation 14King James Version (KJV)
14 And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads. 4 These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb. 5 And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.
Revelation 20:4King James Version (KJV)
4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
Revelation 7:14King James Version (KJV) – the alive in Christ
14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
Who are the 144,000? Literally male virgins with no fault. The angel from the east in Rev 7:2 is who tells the four winds not to harm until they have been sealed.
A review of the timeline in 2 Peter 3:7-13…
2 Peter 3:7-13King James Version (KJV)
7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. 8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. 11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, 12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? 13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
Verse 10 says “laid bare” in NIV.
So now God’s wrath is invoked. The “system of things” is destroyed as will be the wicked. Will the earth be a paradise? Probably going to be a wasteland initially. Think about when Noah built the ark….. only 8 humans survived. Let’s say that a number of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Biblical Unitarians, and Armstrongists do survive and see the devastation because they led a Christian life and were led to believe about living in paradise; they will think they have been deceived. Next would be those who believe they were a part of the “true church” and they wonder why they aren’t in heaven. The remainder would simply be grateful to be alive. It is also quite doubtful any religious leaders will be left over (or very few).
Review Rev 20:1-10
Revelation 20:1-10King James Version (KJV)
20 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. 2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, 3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season. 4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. 5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years. 7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, 8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog, and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. 9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. 10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
So what will be happening down in Hades during the the 1000 years? If we remember from other blogs, Luke 16:22-31 is the parable of the rich man who died and described the burning flame. Also a few verses describe the Abyss as being a place of smoke. What about the not-so wicked dead who are awaiting the 2nd resurrection?
“This Was Your Life” describes that all of our actions are being recorded and played back for us when we stand in front of the throne. Many of the Chick Tracts, such as “Flight 144” and “Rev Mr. Wonderful” describe religious leaders who thought their works would save them. Works actually come with faith and should be automatic.
Now let’s get to the issue of a person who thought that accepting Jesus as his personal savior is sufficient enough for salvation. Matt 6:14-15 is about forgiving others. 1 John 3:15 and 1 John 4:20-21 are about hating your brother or sister. Heb 10:25 is about not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together (if somebody invited you to a worship service or fellowship and you turned it down because you didn’t feel like it and were perfectly capable, then you forsook). John 15 tells us about bearing fruit… sharing your faith is a good example and that is even something as simple as how your relationship with the Lord changed your life. Did you help someone who has fallen (although Deut 22:1-4 is about helping a donkey, it applies to your fellow human)?
Don’t ignore signs such as dreams (what struck me is a man who experienced being in front of the Throne on Judgment Day). Near Death Experiences. Acid trips (LSD causes a release of a hormone called Seratonin that produces hallucinations or extreme awareness). Why are you having a rash of car problems or why does it seem your finances are burning a hole in your pocket? What if you were so stressed out that you felt like hurting yourself or another person? What if you saw somebody was self-destructing (along that line, if someone sees you self-destructing don’t ignore it)? Why is your family plagued with tragedies (is it your doing or their own? ;sometimes the innocent are sacrificed)? A lot of this is correctable. What isn’t correctable is the loss of your own life, that of a friend or another person. “Reverend Mr Wonderful” (in the post “What Must I Do to be Saved) is a good tract about signs because God sent a messenger in the form of a destitute man to save a prominent religious figure.
Even motivating others to succeed is a good work. For that matter, motivating yourself to succeed. But not making others look bad in the process.
An ounce of prevention is a pound of cure. Ask forgiveness of your sins as part of your personal prayer to God in addition to the above.
Unfortunately, we don’t want to have to die to find out what will happen. We WANT to be saved and should not be motivated by fear of eternal torment. You want to be rewarded for a job well done and do/not do something because of the consequences.
Matt 5:8 says the pure of heart will see God. We’re not perfect. Also, how can God forgive us of our sins if we don’t forgive others and how can we love God (who we don’t see) if we hate people we do see?
The most unlikely ones in God’s favor are those who the so-called “beautiful people” consider misfits, “8-balls”, radicals, and so on. Remember Rev 20:12 “the small and great stand before God…..” When we die we end up in a hole about 7 feet long, 3 feet wide and 6 feet deep (unless we are cremated). Bikers happen to be some of the best Christians around. Think about the worthiness of the poor woman who gives 2 cents vs the rich man who gives $20; she gave all she had and $20 to the man is “pocket change.”
Religious leaders take note of the below video.
https://wordpress.com/post/religiousrealist.wordpress.com/1849 Points to ponder