Knowing the Future
"And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done." Revelation 20:12
Would knowing the future alter a person’s behavior? Would the prospect of divine judgment draw people to the Lord? I don’t attempt to answer those questions but I am motivated to challenge you to confront the unsaved with their certain destiny.
Apostle John provides us two observations about death and judgment. Death is the ultimate equalizer. Death reduces the status of the powerful, influential, and the rich. Death does not excludes insignificant people. Whoever does not have his/her name written in the book of life faces God’s summary judgment. Second, death permanently changes everything. However a person has lived unless they come to Jesus Christ for salvation, they are assigned a permanent abode under the wrath of God.
Let’s help our unsaved friends, families and co-workers see their future. No we are not fortunetellers. In fact there is nothing fortunately about dying without Christ. It is however revealed: if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.
Let us labor for the Master from the dawn till setting sun, Let us talk of all His wondrous love and care;
Then when all of life is over, and our work on earth is done, And the roll is called up yonder, I’ll be there.
- James M Black “When the Roll is Call up Yonder.”
-- E. C. Malone 12/03/15