The Great White Throne is set. The Judge is seated. Angels and archangels are in attendance. All heaven assembles. Unnumbered millions, in breathless wonder, survey the fearful scene. With awe on every face, they wait. Time’s final drama is to be enacted. Nothing else matters now. Everything of a secondary nature has been forgotten. It’s God Almighty’s Judgment Day.
Presently, amid the awful silence, the dead appear; sinners great and small, from every clime and race, sinners of the deepest dye: murderers, sorcerers, liars, thieves, idolaters, adulterers, drunkards revelers, extortionists, blasphemers, Sabbath breakers, atheists, agnostics and criminals of the blackest type along with those who have neglected and forgotten God.
From the world’s great battlefields where their dust has lain for hundreds of years, they come; from ocean depths where ships were sunk long centuries ago, from graveyards innumerable long since forgotten, they come. Oh what a company and how they keep coming millions upon millions of them once the men and woman of earth summoned to appear before the God whom they have ignored and despised, to render an account. They glance this way and that way looking for a means of escape. They call for the mountains to fall on them and hide them from Him who sitteth upon the throne. But there is no escape, no help. It is the day of their doom.
And the books are opened the books filled with the record of their earthly lives. Every sin is recorded, every transgression entered, every failure and neglected opportunity written down deeds long since forgotten, vile things carefully hidden from the eye of man, all, yea, all are now revealed and the universe listens to the awful revelation. Aghast they stand terror-stricken they wait, dumb they hear. Finally, the Book of Life is brought “and whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:15). It is not now a question of the depth of their sin; for all alike are guilty. Only one enquiry, only one thought:
Is my name written there?
On the page white and fair
In the Book of Thy kingdom
Is my name written there?”
In vain they search; in vain they scan its pages. Their last chance is gone their final hope extinguished.
“And oh what a weeping and wailing,
As the lost were told of their fate
They cried for the rocks and the mountains,
They prayed, but their prayer was too late.”
My friend will you be there? Are you still unsaved and yet unmoved and if so, will you not be warned today, now, before it is forever too late? Do you not know that you will be judged? God’s word is very plain. It says: “so then every one of us shall give account of himself to God” (Romans 14:12). No one else can appear in your place nor will you be judged for the sins of another. You must answer for yourself. And unless you are saved, you will certainly be present. Who will be your Judge? Jesus Christ Himself the One who longs to be your Savior. Listen to His word once more: “for the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son” (John 5:22).
A criminal was about to be run over by a car when a man sprang out and saved him. Later on he stood in the prisoner’s box charged with a great crime. The judge was the man who had saved him from the car. The criminal appealed to him, expecting he would do for him again what he had done before. “That day,” explained the judge, “I was your Savior; today I am your Judge.” And he was sentenced.
Some day – God grant it may be now – you will own Jesus Christ as Lord of lords and King of kings. Will it be now or then? Now of your own free will, or then by compulsion will you have Him now as a Savior or then as a Judge? It must be one or the other. Which is it to be? My friend, I bid you accept Him, and accept Him NOW.
–By Oswald Smith
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