STORY OF JESUS 31
Day of Judgment
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The Day of Christ's coming is a day of judgment upon the world.
The Scriptures declare, "Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands
of His saints, to execute judgment upon all." Jude 14.
"Before Him shall be gathered all nations: and He shall separate
them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats."
But before that day, God warns men of what is coming. He has always given
men warning of coming judgments. Some believed the warning and obeyed the word
of God. These escaped the judgments that fell upon the disobedient and
Before He destroyed the world by a flood, God commanded Noah, "Come
thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before
Me." Genesis 7:1. Noah obeyed and was saved. Before the destruction of
Sodom, angels brought to Lot the message, "Up, get you out of this place;
for the Lord will destroy this city." Genesis 19:14. Lot heeded the warning
and was saved.
So now we are warned of Christ's second coming and of the destruction
that is to fall upon the world, and all who heed the warning will be saved.
The righteous, as they behold Christ at His coming, will exclaim,
"Lo, this is our God; we have waited for Him, and He will save us."
Because we know not the exact time of His coming we are commanded to
watch. "Blessed are those servants whom the Lord when He cometh shall find
watching." Luke 12:37.
Those who watch for the Lord's coming are not to wait in idleness. The
expectation of Christ's coming is to make men fear God's judgments upon
transgression. It is to awaken them to repentance for their sins in breaking His
While we watch for the Lord's coming, we are to be diligently working. To
know that He is at the door, should lead us to work more earnestly for the
salvation of our fellow men. As Noah gave the warning from God to the people
before the flood, so all who understand the word of God are to give warning to
the people of this time.
"But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of
man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and
drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into
the ark, and knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall
also the coming of the Son of man be." Matthew 24:37-39.
The people of Noah's day abused the gifts of God. Their eating and
drinking led to gluttony and drunkenness.
They forgot God, and gave themselves up to every vile and abominable
"God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that
every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually."
Genesis 6:5. It was because of their wickedness that the people of that time
Men are doing the same things today. Gluttony, intemperance, untamable
passions, evil practices, are filling the earth with wickedness.
In Noah's day the world was destroyed by water. God's word teaches that
it is now to be destroyed by fire.
"By the word of God, . . . the world that then was, being overflowed
with water, perished: 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." 2 Peter 3:5-7.
The people before the flood mocked at God's warnings. They called Noah a
fanatic and alarmist. Great and learned men declared that such a flood of waters
as he foretold had never been known, and that it would never come.
Today God's word is little heeded. Men laugh at its warnings. Multitudes
are saying, "All things continue as they were from the beginning of the
world. There is nothing to fear."
At this very time, destruction is coming. While men ask in scorn,
"Where is the promise of His coming?" the signs are fulfilling.
"When they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction
cometh upon them; . . . and they shall not escape." 1 Thessalonians 5:3.
Christ declares: "If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on
thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee."
Today men are still taken up with eating and drinking, planting and
building, marrying and giving in marriage. Merchants are still buying and
selling. Men are contending for the highest place. Pleasure lovers are crowding
to theaters, horse races, gambling hells. Everywhere excitement prevails; yet
the day of probation is fast closing, and the door of mercy is soon to be
For us were spoken the Saviour's words of warning:
"Take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be
overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so
that day come upon you unawares." Luke
"Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted
worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before
the Son of man." Luke 21:36.