A lot of Christians tend to shy away from the book of Revelation. Some think that it cannot be understood. In others it creates fear – out of sight out of mind sort of thing. They just don’t want to think about it. Others seem to think since it has been almost 2,000 years and it hasn’t happened, then it’s not going to happen. And still others do not see God as judgmental – He loves everyone except maybe for Hitler, Stalin, Saddam, and a few other really ‘bad’ people.
Writing about the judgment of God is difficult. I believe it is difficult because none of us deserve His mercy and grace. Thus none of us have any authority to expound on it except that the Bible speaks of it. It is only because of His word that it must be brought to light. God spoke of it therefore we must. How loving would God be if He had never told us that He will judge us if we choose to ignore Him? …that there are no consequences for rejecting His Son? When we recognize what we deserve, we begin to realize the extent of His love for us. We become infinitely thankful for His warnings.
God has warned numerous times about judgment for disobedience and unbelief. Enoch the seventh generation from Adam prophesied that the Lord would come to execute judgment on the ungodly. (Jude 14,15) Noah was a preacher of righteousness before the flood came as judgment upon the world. (II Peter 2:5) God decreed to Israel over and over that they would be judged for their disobedience. (Deut 28:15-68; Lev 26:18-39; Josh 23:16; Jer 11:1-5) God forewarned through the prophet Isaiah that He will punish the world for its evil and the wicked for their iniquity. (Is 13:11) Jesus warned that those who reject Him would be subject to the wrath of God. (John 3:36) And the last book of the Bible gives us a detailed account of His final judgment, a final warning. Clearly God has warned mankind. But if you reject His warning you risk entering the most terrible time earth has ever experienced. You may be one of those hiding in the rocks and caves from “the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb.” (Rev 6:15,16) Worse yet if you were to die today you will “be punished with an everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the power of His glory…” (I Thes 1:9)
But the good news is that God loves you and has provided a way for you to avoid the judgment that is coming upon man. He demonstrated His love toward us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. (Rom 5:8) Jesus Christ paid the penalty for your sin and mine. By placing your faith in Christ as your personal Savior, you are justified (declared righteous) by His blood and shall be saved from wrath through Him. (Rom 5:9) And because He lives you will also live. (John 14:19) In the end every person will either be with Him or against Him. God has given us a final warning!