The Stewarton Bible School would be guilty of serious neglect if it failed to
warn its students of the divine judgement and retribution awaiting those who
reject the God of Israel's offer of salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ.
The Bible is very clear on the point that though the Almighty is a Being of
immeasurable goodness; and one who is merciful to a degree far beyond our ken,
He is nevertheless, in the interests of universal justice and personal
integrity, going to confront every unbeliever with proof of His divine presence
and punish every unrepentant sinner for his sins.
That time of manifestation and proof, of investigation and retribution, is
called the Day of Judgement. When that day - or rather when that time -
arrives, and there is every indication that it is very near, the universe will
witness an outpouring of wrath and punishment the like of which has never been
seen before, nor ever shall be seen again. That day will herald its approach
with a Time of Trouble on earth which will engulf our civilisation and reach
its climax when all mankind will stand before the Judgement Seat of Christ.
These are absolute certainties. Therefore let all who study the texts referred
to in this lesson give earnest attention to their lives and seek Yahweh's mercy
while it may be found. Because cold indifference to His offer of salvation
through His Son Yeshua and a wilful rejection of His law will avail nothing on
the terrible Day of Judgement. Indeed for multiplied millions the Day of
Judgement will be a day of retribution and regret, a day of disaster and doom,
a day of weeping and wailing - unparalleled in the memory of man.
For the obedient believer it will usher in eternal glory, peace and joy.
But for the unbeliever it will be a day of anguish and annihilation.
Here is Scriptural proof of these stunning facts.
We urge all readers to keep these awesome truths in mind and to act upon them.
- Every soul that has ever lived must appear before the High Court of
Heaven to be judged.
(Ecclesiastes 12:14, Romans 14:12, Hebrews 9:27)
- By divine decree Jesus Christ has already been appointed the Judge.
(John 5:22, Romans 2:16, 2 Corinthians 5:10)
- The eternal Law used in the great Day of Judgement will be none other than
the law given by God through His servant Moses and magnified by Jesus.
(Matthew 5:17-19, Romans 2:12-13, James 2:11-12)
- Every motive, thought, word and deed will be under close scrutiny in the
Day of Judgement. In view of this we should take heed as to how we live.
(Matthew 12:36, Revelation 20:12-13)
- The severity of the examination and the expectations of the Judge will be
in direct proportion to the opportunities a person has had to learn
and practice Yahweh's Law. "To whom much has been given, from him much
will be required."
(Matthew 11:23-24, Luke 12:47-48)
- Judgement will begin with the Household of God (the Church).
Unbelievers will be judged later.
(1 Peter 4:17-18, 1 Timothy 5:24, Revelation 22:10-12)
- The Day of Judgement has already been fixed. We cannot hasten or postpone
it. It has been fixed.
(Revelation 14:6-7, Revelation 11:18, Acts 17:30-31)
- The sentences passed at the judgement will bring joy to believers who
will obtain mercy for their sins. But unbelievers will leave the judgement
in terrible anguish.
(2 Thessalonians 1:7-9, Hebrews 10:26-30, Matthew 13: 41-43)
- The first signs of the coming judgement are already apparent and
their warning messages should be heeded by all students before it is
eternally too late.
- The only way to escape being condemned at the judgement is to seek
mercy and forgiveness NOW; to trust and obey Yahweh NOW - before the
decree goes forth. Yahweh's mercy, incidentally, is the only thing which
will enable repentant sinners - and this includes all the church - to
rejoice on the Day of Judgement.
But mercy must be sought before sentence is passed.
(Zephaniah 2:2-3, James 2:13 (last part), Luke 21:34-36)
Author: David B Loughran
Stewarton Bible School, Stewarton, Scotland