Judgment

  1. Scripture plainly tells us there is a judgment of believers that will determine for all eternity our positions or roles in heaven.  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2616.
  2. “Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame” (Re. 16:15).
  3. Hebrews 9:27-28:  Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.  Man dies once.  After she had been dead one thousand years, Jesus declared the Queen of Sheba would rise up in judgment (Matthew 12:42). He didn’t say, “The Queen of Sheba would rise up in judgment if she was still around—but now she’s Elizabeth Taylor or Shirley MacLaine or someone else.”  When Elijah and Moses appeared on the Mount of Transfiguration, Jesus didn’t say to Peter, James and John, “Meet Rajneesh. He used to be Moses.” No, he was still Moses.  Take those who say the Bible doesn’t teach against reincarnation to this passage—and wallop ’em. - From commentary on Hebrews 9:27 from Courson’s Application Commentary by Jon Courson.
  4. The Bible teaches two eternal judgments, one for unbelievers and one for believers (John 5:28-29). All true believers will pass the judgment of faith in Christ. All unbelievers will fail the judgment of their faith in Christ at the great white throne, since their names are not written in the Book of Life (Revelation 20:11-15).  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2617.
  5. For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil. I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” - From Matthew 12:34-37 of the the ESV Bible.
  6. But faith is not the only thing judged. Scripture repeatedly states that all men, not just unbelievers, will be judged for their works (Proverbs 24:12; Ecclesiastes 12:14). The unbeliever’s judgment of works comes at the great white throne (Revelation 20:11-12). The believer will not be condemned at the great white throne, but nonetheless he or she still faces a judgment of works, at what is called the “judgment seat of Christ.”  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2620.
  7. “Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning” (Mk. 13:35).
  8. When the last judgment has been completed the Lord will speak the word that will end the existence of our universe, rolling it up like a scroll.  He will then speak the word that will form the new heavens and earth in which His resurrection rightteousness will exist forever. - from page 57 of the book Illustrating Great Themes of Scripture by Donald Grey Barnhouse.
  9. “And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire” (Re. 20:11-15).
  10. The Lord’s evaluation of the seven churches in Revelation 2 and 3 makes clear that he is watching us, evaluating us. He is “keeping score.”  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2623.
  11. “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Mt. 26:41).
  12. To Christians, Jesus says, “I am he who searches hearts and minds, and I will repay each of you according to your deeds” (Revelation 2:23).   - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2625.
  13. God’s judgment is coming to this earth. Every one of us will have to give an account for what we have done. No person will escape the impending judgment of God. Each person is destined to die, and after death, to face judgment (He. 9:27). Death is a reality we are all aware of. We know that we will die; the appointed day is coming. However, most of us choose to ignore the impending day. To be honest, considering how swiftly time flies, death lies right over the horizon for every one of us. Life is but a vapor that appears and then quickly vanishes. It scarcely lasts longer than a leaf that appears in the spring and quickly drops to the ground in the fall. As the leaf faces decay and ruin when it falls to the ground, so we will face destruction and ruin if we have continued to walk in sin. If we have never accepted Jesus Christ as our Savior, we will face the coming judgment of God. Listen to God’s warning about the impending judgment:
    “For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works” (Mt. 16:27).
    “And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory” (Mt. 24:30).
    “Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels” (Mk. 8:38).
    “And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Th. 1:7-8).
    “Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen” (Re. 1:7).
     - From the “Thought 1" reading in Isaiah 5:24 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  14. Scripture teaches with unmistakable clarity that all believers in Christ will give an account of their lives to their Lord (Romans 14:10-12). We will be judged by him according to our works, both good and bad (2 Corinthians 5:10). The result of this will be the gain or loss of eternal rewards (1 Corinthians 3:12-15; 2 Corinthians 5:9-10; Romans 14:10-12).  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2626.
  15. “In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel” (Ro. 2:16).
  16. “So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God” (Ro. 14:12).
  17. “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad” (2 Co. 5:10).
  18. God’s Word treats this judgment with great sobriety. It does not portray it as a meaningless formality or going through the motions before we get on to the real business of heavenly bliss. Rather, Scripture presents it as a monumental event in which things of eternal significance are brought to light and things of eternal consequence are put into effect.  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2629.
  19. And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire” (Re. 20:11-15).
  20. Our works are what we have done with our resources—time, energy, talents, money, possessions. The fire of God’s holiness will reveal the quality of these works, the eternal significance of what we’ve done with our God-given assets and opportunities. The fate of the works will be determined by their nature.  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2636.
  21. “We must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad” (2 Corinthians 5:10).  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2640.
  22. “And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be” (Re. 22:12).
  23. “Whether good or bad” in the above verse may be the most disturbing phrase in the New Testament. It’s so disturbing, in fact, that I’ve found any honest attempts to deal with it are met with tremendous resistance. Equally disturbing is the direct statement to Christians that not only will they receive reward from Christ for their good works, but “anyone who does wrong will be repaid for his wrong, and there is no favoritism” (Colossians 3:25).  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2642.
  24. Someday soon, every one of us will stand before God to give an account for the kind of life we have lived (2 Co. 5:10). Christ will examine us and reveal what we did with all He entrusted into our care:➢ Our time—the time utilized and the time wasted
    ➢ Our talents—the abilities used and the abilities not used or misused
    ➢ Our treasure—the wealth used for good and the wealth wasted or stored up
    ➢ Our testimony—the righteous behavior and the sinful behavior we demonstrated before the world


    God’s Holy Word graphically describes this somber scene:
    “Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire”
    (1 Co. 3:13-15).

    Tears will be shed at the judgment seat of Christ:
    ➢ Tears of joy will be shed by those who are graciously rewarded for their service to the Lord.
    ➢ Tears of regret will be shed by those who have misused the trusts that God placed into their hands. They will have little or nothing to show for their lives—lives that were redeemed by the blood of Christ. Imagine the great remorse and shame of standing face-to-face before the Lord Jesus emptyhanded. Only those things of eternal duration will be rewarded. All else will perish with this sin-cursed world. 
    - From the reading about Ecclesiastes 3:16-22 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  25. Our sins are totally forgiven when we come to Christ, and we stand justified in him. Nevertheless, Scripture speaks about a coming judgment of our works, not our sins. When we commit sins or neglect doing righteous acts we should have done, we are not doing what we could to lay up precious stones on the foundation of Christ. Therefore, these sins contribute to our “suffering loss.” Through this loss of reward, the believer is considered to be receiving his “due” for his works “whether good or bad.” So what we do as believers, both good and bad, will have eternal effects.  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2646.
  26. “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him” (Jn. 3:36).
  27. God is for us, not against us (Romans 8:31). He has assured us we won’t face the Great White Throne Judgment. He wants to commend us at the judgment seat of Christ. He doesn’t want the works of our lifetime to go up in smoke. He wants us to have eternal rewards—and he has given us every resource in Christ to live the godly life that will result in those eternal rewards (2 Peter 1:3).   - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2653.
  28. “Also unto thee, O Lord, belongeth mercy: for thou renderest to every man according to his work” (Ps. 62:12).
  29. For those who have served Christ faithfully, the judgment seat will be a time of commendation and celebration. He will reward us for acts of love that no one else even noticed.  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2656.
  30. “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. But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up” (2 Pe. 3:7-10).
  31. “Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh” (Mt. 24:42-44).
  32. Before the judgment seat of Christ, my service will be judged not by how much I have done, but by how much I could have done. In God’s sight, my giving is measured not by how much I have given, but by how much I could have given and how much I had left after I made my gift.  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 4570.
  33. “He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth,” said the prophet Isaiah of the coming Messiah; “with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked.” The nouns — mouth, breath, lips — seem oxymoronic when paired with such fierce verbs. - From location 2399 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  34. “I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings” (Je. 17:10).
  35. Matthew 25:31-46 - The judgment identifies sins of omission as most serious. All one needs to do to miss out on God’s grace is to ignore Him. “All that needs to happen for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing!” We saw this same sin of omission in the Parousia parables; the foolish virgins neglected to bring oil, the unfaithful servant was rejected for doing nothing, and those on the left hand are rejected for failing to minister to the needy about them. The passage emphasizes that the gospel always has social implications, even though not all social service has the gospel. The story of the Good Samaritan is the classic illustration of Christian social action.  - From the Preacher’s Commentary Series, Volumes 1-35: Genesis - Revelation by Stuart Briscoe.
  36. The strong declaration: A day of accounting is coming (Ecc. v. 3:15).
    Every individual must face God in judgment. No one is exempt. A day of accounting is coming for every person (v. 15). And Scripture reveals that there will be two days of reckoning for two different groups of people.
    ➢ Those who have not received Christ as Savior must face the Lord at the great white throne judgment. At that time, all of their sins will be exposed, and they will be separated from God forever—all because of their unbelief and their rebellion against God.
    “And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire” (Re. 20:11-15). 
    - From the reading about Ecclesiastes 3:15 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  37. Those who have received Christ as Savior must face the Lord at the judgment seat of Christ. All of us who are true believers will give an account for what we have done while living in these earthly bodies.
    “But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ….So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God” (Ro. 14:10, 12).
    “Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire” (1 Co. 3:12-15).
    “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad”
    (2 Co. 5:10).  
    - From the reading about Ecclesiastes 3:15 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  38. This is an ominous warning to every citizen of every nation: God will execute true justice on the 1 as well as the wicked. Yet, as Solomon dwelt on the matter of the unjust judges of the world, he found solace in this thought: a day was coming when…
    • they would stand before God and face His scrutiny
    • they would answer to God for their gross miscarriages of justice
    • they would be rewarded according to their deeds
    Again both the righteous and the wicked have been appointed a time when they must give an account to God. The appointment is already set:
    ➢ Nobody can cancel it.
    ➢ Nobody can change it.
    ➢ Nobody can avoid it.
    Every human being must stand before God to give an account for his or her every activity and every deed (Ro. 14:12). God’s records are painstakingly detailed and thorough. Therefore, we must not be deceived into thinking that some things in life slip by God or escape His attention. Instead, we should carefully heed the very last admonition of the Teacher’s message:
    “For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil” (Ec. 12:14).   
    - From the reading about Ecclesiastes 3:17 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  39. “And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him” (Jude 1:14-15).
  40. In 1 Co. 3:9, Paul tells us that “we are laborers together with God.” Notice what he said about our labor for the Lord: “According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire” (1 Co. 3:10-15).
    Consider Solomon’s principles in this passage in light of our spiritual work:
    (1) We must always work cautiously and be prepared for the risks that come along with our work. We are no threat to the devil when we are idle, but when we are fully engaged in the Lord’s work, we must expect the serpent to spring into action against us. When we are tearing down his walls, he is going to strike.
    (2) We should use the sharpest tools, the most relevant and effective methods, in reaching people for the Lord Jesus Christ. Our message never changes, but our methods do… and they must. In a constantly changing culture and society, we must use whatever acceptable means it takes to get the job done.
    (3) We have been given tools—spiritual gifts—to use in service for the Lord. We should develop those gifts, sharpen our skills, and be the best implements possible in the fields of the world as we bear witness for the Lord.
    (4) No work is of greater importance than the Lord’s work: impacting people for eternity by reaching them and winning them to Christ. It is a work that deserves our very best efforts, our diligence, our strength, and our faithfulness. There is no room for shortcuts or halfhearted labor in the business of soul-winning. We must do our best, and give our best, to the One who gave His all for us.
    “For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that showeth mercy, with cheerfulness” (Ro. 12:4-8).
    “Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will” (1 Co. 12:4-11).
    “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Co. 15:58).
    “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them” (Ep. 2:10).
    “Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery” (1 Ti. 4:14).
    “Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands” (2 Ti. 1:6).
    “For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have showed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister” (He. 6:10).
    “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world” (1 Pe. 5:8-9). 
    - From the reading about Ecclesiastes 10:8 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  41. Make wise choices: Remember that everything you do will be judged by God (Eccl. 1:9b).
    Solomon enthusiastically endorses fun and enjoyment, but this is not a free pass for the young to experience everything in life. He is not providing the young with a license to indulge their every desire before the heavier obligations of life bear down upon them, and age impedes them.
    The solid counsel in the last words of verse nine provides clarification. In looking at the complete statement, we must recognize that Solomon is issuing a strong warning to us all:
    Know that for all these things God will bring you to judgment.
    Young person, before you engage in those things that promise happiness, before you act upon those things that appear enjoyable, before you follow the desires of your heart and your eyes—remember that God will judge you for your behavior. Therefore, you must let your behavior be molded by the sober realization of this fact. This solemn reminder should bring balance to your life and stir you to obey God’s holy commandments.
    While you are young, you are to enjoy all that life has to offer, as long as it falls within the boundaries of God’s Word. Do not step outside of God’s lines; do not cross the fence into sin. Do nothing that will cause you to shrink back from the flaming holiness of God’s presence, because you must face His judgment.
    You cannot fully experience the joy Solomon prescribes when you indulge your fleshly appetites in disobedience to God. You may enjoy the temporary pleasures of sin (He. 11:25), but your joy will be handicapped by a sense of God’s coming judgment on sin.  
    - From the reading about Ecclesiastes 11:9 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  42. “And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on me” (Jn. 16:8-9).
  43. “Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen” (Re. 1:7).
  44. At the same time, coming judgment is a source of great comfort and encouragement to those who serve the Lord:
    “That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly....But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly....That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly” (Mt. 6:4, 6, 18).
    “Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God” (1 Co. 4:5).
    Solomon did not know all that we who hold the completed Word of God know about judgment, for example, how the judgment of saints differs from that of sinners. But Solomon knew the day was coming when he would stand before God to answer to Him for all he had done in his life. This is the reality that haunted him as he approached death. This is what made him sleepless as he lay in bed at night. This is the truth he leaves for us: we must remember our Creator in the younger years so we may end life…
    • with rejoicing rather than regret
    • with confidence when meeting God rather than with fear and anxiety
    • with a full, satisfied heart rather than an empty, unfulfilled one
    - From the reading about Ecclesiastes 12:14 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  45. First, on that great and final day, the wrath of God will explode upon the world like the bursting of a dam, with the mountains dissolving in mud-slides of human blood (v. 3). God is patient with human evil, more patient than we would be. He is giving everyone a chance. But his patience will have an end, because he is also just, more just than we are, more just than we wish he would be. Secondly, the sword of God will descend from Heaven. And how can we run from that? What canopy of defense can deflect the tip of the sword of God?  Thirdly, there will be a final sacrifice. All the moral guilt not paid for by the sacrifice of Christ will be paid for by the guilty themselves. Someone will be sacrificed for your sins, either Christ as your substitute or you yourself. But God will balance out the scales of justice in your case. Fourthly, all this terrible finality has actually been scheduled on the calendar of this human history in which we are living. The Lord has a day. It is coming. God will not leave things hanging forever. He will vindicate the faith of everyone who trusts him (“for the cause of Zion,” v. 8). - From the readings located in the section “Two Final Outcomes in Isaiah 34-35 in Preaching the Word Commentary Series (40 Vols.) by R. Kent Hughs et al., Crossway Publisher.
  46. Judgment:  When the Day of the Lord comes, the reaction of the people will be that of terror and panic (vv. 10-21).People will seek to escape, hiding in the rocks and caves of the earth, fleeing from the majestic glory and splendor of the Lord. Having denied and rebelled against the Lord all of their lives, they will finally see that Jesus Christ is the Lord God of the universe. His majestic glory will humble the arrogant and prideful of this earth, and they will be brought low. The Lord alone will be exalted in the day of His majestic glory and judgment (v. 11).
    In fact, the whole world will be humbled in the Day of the Lord (vv. 12-18):⇒ All the proud and lofty—all who have exalted themselves—will be humbled.⇒ All the exalted beauty of creation, such as the cedars of Lebanon and the oaks of Bashan, will be humbled before the majestic glory of the Lord.⇒ All the towering mountains and high hills of the earth in their splendid, natural beauty will be humbled before the Lord’s majestic glory.⇒ All the world’s military power and defenses, every lofty tower and fortified wall will be humbled in the face of the Lord’s terrifying judgment.⇒ All the businesses and economies of this earth, every great commercial ship and every small commercial and recreational boat will be humbled before the glory of the Lord.⇒ All the arrogance and pride of man will be brought low and humbled, and the Lord alone will be exalted in the day of his terrifying judgment.⇒ All the idols and false worship will be totally destroyed in that great Day of the Lord (v. 18).

    - From the reading about Judgment in Isaiah 2:6 - 4:1 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  47. “And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left….Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels” (Mt. 25:32-33, 41).
  48. Isaiah was to warn the people against continuing to resist to the point of no return. The people could reach a point of never being able to repent, the point of never being able to escape the coming judgment (v. 10). People must be warned: the Lord is not playing a game with the human race. His Word must be taken seriously, not trifled with, ignored, neglected, and certainly not disobeyed. Yet despite God’s warnings, history has shown that people do harden themselves toward the Lord and His Word. They even deny God’s existence and exalt man as lord over his own destiny. These individuals often harden their consciences to the point that they no longer sense conviction of wrongdoing. In doing so, they reach a point of ultimate resistance, a point of never being able to return to the Lord. In other words, a person can become so hardened toward the Lord that he will never repent. The result is sad and tragic, for the person will never be able to escape the coming judgment. He has doomed himself to spending eternity separated from God. It is not God who deliberately hardens the hearts of people, making their ears deaf and their eyes closed. Rather, it is the people who continually resist God’s truth. It is the stubbornness of people’s hearts, their repeated refusal to hear the Word of God and to surrender their lives to Him that dooms them to never accept the wonderful salvation God offers. 
    - From the reading about Judgment in Isaiah 6:9-13 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  49. God warns us of His wrath to come. The terrifying Day of Judgment is imminent for all who oppose God’s people and stand against them. When a person threatens us—whether verbally or physically—he will face the terrifying judgment of God. No mistreatment or injustice escapes the eye of God, especially the abuse of people and, in particular, genuine believers. If we refuse to heed God’s warnings, we will not escape. Listen to His warning of terrifying judgment:
    “The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished” (2 Pe. 2:9).
    “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 Pe. 3:7).
    “Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him” (Jude 14-15).
    “Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen” (Re. 1:7).
    “And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire” (Re. 20:11-15). 
    - From the Thought 1” reading about Judgment in Isaiah 8:5-10 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  50. Isaiah 13:1-27:13 - In these prophecies, one nation after another received scathing rebukes for their rebellion against God and their sinful lifestyles. Instead of trusting in the Lord, people placed their trust in the military power and economies of nations. But in the day of judgment, these worldly securities will be useless. Rebellion against God and sinful behavior will bring terrible judgment upon nations and individuals.
    But within the prophecies of certain judgment preached by Isaiah, the main theme of God’s message comes shining through: the Lord saves. Hope for salvation is found in repentance and in turning to God. The Lord will defeat all enemies who oppose Him and His people. He will establish His kingdom on earth. Furthermore, His kingdom will usher in a world of peace and protection for His people. The day is coming soon when God will nurture and shelter His people, arousing the whole world to establish a right relationship with Him. That day will be when Jesus Christ returns to set up His kingdom on earth. All who are willing to turn to the Lord to worship Him alone will escape the coming wrath. 
    From the “ Divis ion Overview” reading about Isaiah 13:1-27:13 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  51. The world is going to face a day of final judgment. All nations, governments, civilizations, cultures, societies, cities, communities, and people will face God. God is going to execute justice upon this earth, avenging all the injustices and evil deeds that have ever been done. No mistreatment of other people has ever escaped the eye of God. Every thought, word, and deed has been seen and heard by God. Scripture even declares that a record is being kept of every word and thought ever spoken or conceived by a person (Mt. 12:36; 2 Co. 10:3-5). Everything we have ever done, whether in our bodies or outside our bodies, will face the judgment of God. Just as God’s predicted judgment fell upon Babylon, so it will fall upon this earth and upon every human being who has lived upon this earth.
    “For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works” (Mt. 16:27).
    “When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left” (Mt. 25:31-33).
    “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad” (2 Co. 5:10).
    “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (He. 9:27).
    “The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished” (2 Pe. 2:9). 
     
    - From the 
    Thought 1” reading about Judgment in Isaiah 13:1-22 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  52. One of the basic principles of judgment is this: whatever we sow, we will reap. If we become intoxicated and then drive an automobile, get into an accident, and injure ourselves—we reap what we have sown. For instance, if we sow adultery, we reap conflict in our marriages, which often leads to divorce. And we cause our children tremendous pain and suffering. Another principle of judgment is this: whatever we measure will be measured back to us (Lu. 6:38). If we are friendly and kind to others, most people will be friendly and kind to us. If we are helpful to others, most of them will help us. If we turn to Christ and love and worship Him, God says He will turn to us and love and accept us. These are just two of the basic principles of judgment that God has put in place.
    Messages of judgment are not intended to frighten us. They are warning flags meant to protect us and teach us how to live fruitful, productive lives on earth. The Lord wants us to walk victoriously in the world, conquering all the trials and difficulties of life. But as we walk, there are obstacles and potholes that we must avoid, or else we run the risk of harming ourselves and others. This is the reason God warns us about the coming day of judgment.
    One day all human beings will give an account of their lives to God. Judgment is a warning that if we walk through life without Him, we will continue without Him for eternity. Alienation from God in this life means alienation from God in the next life. Knowing that the Day of Judgment is coming warns us that we must stop rebelling against God and turn to Him now if we wish to live with Him throughout eternity. 
     
    - From the Isaiah 
    (14:24–16:14) Introduction:
     reading in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  53. “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea….And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away….He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death….And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel….And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever” (Re. 21:1, 4, 7-8, 12; 22:3-5).
  54. What a picture of God’s innermost being! Even in judgment, the Lord’s heart flows out in love and compassion for the doomed. When He executes judgment, He does not lose control of His emotions and act out of anger. He exercises His judgments with perfect justice, so that all people receive exactly what they deserve. On earth we often suffer for things we have not done, but divine justice never makes a mistake. God will never declare us guilty of an offense we have not committed.
    God’s judgment is executed not only in justice, but also in love and compassion. His heart flows out to us when He is correcting us. Every chastisement, every discipline is meant to correct us and turn us back to Him. No matter what the judgment or discipline may be, God’s motive is to correct His people in love. Even in the terrifying judgment of the end times, the heart of God will be full of love and compassion for the doomed. His greatest desire will always be that the lost will choose to love and worship Him. Listen to what God’s Holy Word says about His love, mercy, and compassion:

    “But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd” (Mt. 9:36).
    “And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick” (Mt. 14:14).
    “Then Jesus called his disciples unto him, and said, I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat: and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in the way” (Mt. 15:32).
    “So Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him” (Mt. 20:34).
     
    From the “ Thought 1” reading about Isaiah 15:5 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  55. If we forget God, we will also feel His hand of judgment. The person who forgets God naturally turns his back upon Him and walks through life seldom, if ever, thinking about Him. The Lord will never tolerate the haughtiness and pride that prompt people to dismiss Him, to consign Him to oblivion, to a meaningless position of unimportance or 1.
    Above all beings in the universe, the Lord is anything but meaningless. He is supreme, the great Creator and Sustainer of all that is, the majestic Lord who rules and reigns over all. Every good and perfect gift on this earth has come from the hand of the Lord God Himself (Ja. 1:17). For this reason, there is no possibility that He will ever allow a person to dismiss Him. If a person forgets God and walks throughout life with his back to God, then he will continue to walk right on through eternity with his back to God. The person will be alienated from God eternally because he never turned around and faced God, never humbled himself and acknowledged God as the Lord of the universe. Listen to what God’s Holy Word says about forgetting Him:
    “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him” (Jn. 3:36).
    “I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins” (Jn. 8:24).
    “Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward; How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him” (He. 2:1-3). 
    From the “ Thought 1” reading about Isaiah 17:1-14 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  56. This is an excellent description showing the Lord’s judgment upon a nation that denied and turned against Him. Quickly glance back to the Scripture and outline, noticing the eightfold punishment spelled out.
    Every nation and citizen of this world will eventually face the judgment of God. And if we live wicked lives, denying and turning away from the Lord, we will face the terrifying judgment of God. Severe punishment will fall upon every nation and individual who denies God’s existence and disobeys His Holy Word. How could the Lord of this universe—the sovereign Creator and Sustainer of all that is—do anything less? The Lord who sits upon the throne of the universe is perfectly holy, pure, and righteous. Therefore in righteousness He must execute justice upon this earth. All the nations and individuals who have done wrong against Him or His followers must be held accountable. In view of this fact, the execution of true justice upon earth is inescapable. The hand of God’s judgment will fall upon all who are unjust and unrighteous. All who deny or turn against the Lord will be punished.
    Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (Mt. 7:21-23).
    “When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Mt. 8:10-12).
    “As they went out, behold, they brought to him a dumb man possessed with a devil. And when the devil was cast out, the dumb spake: and the multitudes marvelled, saying, It was never so seen in Israel. But the Pharisees said, He casteth out devils through the prince of the devils. And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.” (Mt. 9:32-35).
    “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” (Mt. 10:28). 
    From the “ Thought 1” reading about Isaiah 19:1-15 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  57. “For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly….The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished” (2 Pe. 2:4-5, 9).
  58. “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire” (Re. 20:15).
  59. The Lord is the only hope for any of us to escape judgment. Instead of ignoring, denying, or defying Him, we should turn away from sin and ask Him to accept us in Christ. Only then will we escape the terrifying judgment of God. Christ has paid the penalty for our sins, which is death, hell, and eternal separation from God. When Christ paid the ransom for our souls, He set us free from the judgment to come. Through Him we are made acceptable to the Lord. Thus, our great need is to repent, to turn away from our sins and to the Lord.
    “I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish” (Lu. 13:3).
    “Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee” (Ac. 8:22).
    “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land” (2 Chr. 7:14).
    “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon” (Is. 55:7).
    “But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die” (Eze. 18:21). 
    From the “ Thought 1” reading about Isaiah 21:11-12 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  60. Judgment is not a pleasant subject. No one enjoys thinking about being punished, especially being punished eternally by God in a place called hell. Many of us deny the coming judgment, the fact that God will ever punish people. Yet we must always remember: denying the truth never voids the truth. Truth cannot be invalidated, for a truth is fact. Therefore, because God cannot lie, His pronouncements of judgment, punishment, and hell are indisputable truths. But because God loves us, He warns us of the dangerous pitfalls lying out in the future, pitfalls that we must avoid. If a person continues to walk in defiance of God, denying His very existence, that person is dooming himself. Some day God will judge the world, punish all who have denied and defied Him. Thus, all who rebel against God will be doomed to a special place He has prepared, the place called hell.Yet even in the midst of pronouncing judgment, God pours out His grace upon us by making a way for us to escape it. The way is Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world. This is the practical message of the present passage in which Isaiah describes God’s coming judgment and the wonderful grace He extends to us. 
    - From the “Introduction" reading about Isaiah 22:1-25 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  61. What a terrifying picture of impending judgment! And it is one that applies to every generation. God’s judgment lies right over the horizon for all of us. We will face the Lord, either when we die or when Christ returns for us. No matter how hard we try to refute the facts, denying that God exists or that His judgment is coming does not change the truth. God does exist and He Himself plainly declares that a day of judgment is coming. Everyone will give an account for what he has done, whether he has obeyed the commandments of God or not. When we deny the truth, we only deceive and doom ourselves. We miss the truth and bring the consequences down on our own heads. The day of judgment is coming:
    Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (Mt. 7:21-23).
    “When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. But the children of the kingdom [people who have a false profession] shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Mt. 8:10-12).
    “And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory” (Mt. 24:30).
    “When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.…Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels” (Mt. 25:31-33, 41).
    “Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation” (Jn. 5:28-29).
    - From the “Thought 1" reading about Isaiah 22:1-7 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  62. “Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation” (Jn. 5:28-29).
  63. “And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Th. 1:7-8).
  64. “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (He. 9:27).
  65. “The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished” (2 Pe. 2:9).
  66. “Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him” (Jude 1:14-15).
  67. When God’s judgment fell upon Tyre, the known world of that day was humbled. The day is coming when our world will also be humbled. God forewarns us: the day of judgment is coming. Either we humble ourselves now, or God will humble us in that day. We will either bow the knee before Christ now, or we will bow the knee on Judgment Day. The choice is ours alone. If we reject or deny the Lord, defying His name in this world, He will humble us. No defiant person will escape. Any person who refuses to acknowledge God’s Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, will be humbled. God loves His Son above all else, so much that He will never tolerate abuse of Christ’s name. If a person walks through life defying and cursing the Lord’s name, there is no chance this person will ever escape the hand of God’s judgment. This person will come to the end of life and suddenly be snatched into the next life, still continuing in his defiance, unbelief, and cursing. And he will continue to be separated from God forever. God will reject the person because he never bowed the knee to humble himself and acknowledge Jesus Christ as God’s Son, the Savior of the world. Listen to what God says about humbling ourselves and acknowledging the Lord:
    And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted” (Mt. 23:12).
    “I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish” (Lu. 13:3).
    “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” (Jn. 3:17-18).
    “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him” (Jn. 3:36).
    “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness” (Ro. 1:18). 
    From the “Thought 1” reading from Isaiah 23:1-14 in the  Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  68. Isaiah said that God Himself will be the agent of judgment (v. 1). The Lord personally is going to summon all people to appear before Him. Everyone will give an account for what he or she has done. All sin, evil, and wickedness—the lawlessness, violence, destruction, and immorality man has brought to earth—will face the terrifying judgment of God. Even the earth itself, with all its pollution and corruption, will be emptied and made waste. All the inhabitants of earth will be scattered over the face of the earth. At long last the stream of human history will come to that inevitable day when everything that has been corrupted will face the Lord in all His perfection and glory.
    When the Lord executes judgment, it will be universal (v. 2). He is going to summon all people to appear before Him. And the judgment will be impartial, for God is no respecter of persons (Ac. 10:34). He will execute perfect justice, showing no partiality whatsoever. The high and the low, the rich and the poor alike will receive perfect justice. Neither position nor power, neither wealth nor fame will provide an escape from the coming judgment of God. Note how Isaiah listed six classes of people grouped in pairs, ranging from one extreme to the other. No matter who they are, they will face the judgment of God.
    Third, God’s universal judgment will devastate the earth itself (vv. 3-4). The earth will be completely emptied and totally plundered. Other Scriptures tell us that God’s purpose is to create a new earth that will be free of pollution and the violent, destructive forces of nature. In the present Scripture, the subject is the terrifying judgment of God that is coming upon the whole earth. Just as the earth itself will be scorched and withered, so will haughty people. Those who exalt themselves above others will be stricken by the hand of God’s judgment. They will languish, waste, and fade away. People who have based their lives upon power, wealth, and fame will be stripped of everything. The blazing holiness of God will scorch and dry them up.
    From the reading from Isaiah 24:1-4 in the  Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  69. The response of righteous believers to God’s judgment will be entirely different from that of unbelievers. Genuine believers will see God’s judgment as the execution of perfect justice upon the earth. They will praise the name of the Lord from everywhere—in the west, east, and the islands of the seas. Why? Because God will erase all the pollution and corruption and remove all oppressors and persecutors of God’s people from the earth. Only believers will remain. Although Isaiah does not mention the fact in this passage, the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ, will be ready to establish His kingdom on earth. Only those who truly trust the Lord will be left to live with Him and serve Him eternally (see 2:1-5; 4:2-6; 9:1-7; 11:1–12:6; 19:1-22; 25:1-12; 26:1–27:13). From the ends of the earth, true believers will praise the Righteous One for executing justice, for the earth will then be a righteous place, and justice will fill it.
    But note Isaiah’s surprising response as he pondered the vision of the coming judgment: he cried out in shock and grief (v. 16). He realized that most people would continue in their sinful, wicked ways. Their dishonesty and deception would continue. People would not change their conduct. They would refuse to repent and turn back to the Lord. Consequently, they would become hard-hearted and suffer the terrifying judgment of God. From the reading from Isaiah 24:14-16 in the  Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  70. Once a person places his trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, this person is saved. The person’s sins are forgiven, cleansed through the blood of Jesus Christ. Christ died for the sins of the world. The penalty for sin has been paid by Christ; consequently, any person who truly trusts Christ will be forgiven his sins. He or she will be accepted in the righteousness of Christ. Standing in the righteousness of Christ, the person is counted perfect before God. The person becomes acceptable to God. So it is with any of us who have truly trusted Christ. Our sins are forgiven, and we are accepted by God. Consequently, we will never face the judgment of God, never be doomed to be separated from His presence. Listen to the wonderful promise of God’s Holy Word. 
    “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” (Jn. 3:16-18).
    “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life” (Jn. 5:24).
    “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit” (Ro. 8:1).
    “I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins” (Is. 43:25).
    “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon” (Is. 55:7).
    From the Thought 1 reading from Isaiah 24:14-16 in the  Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  71. Another work of God is to execute His judgments on earth (v. 9b-11). Note that the Lord has a very specific purpose for His judgments: to teach people to live righteously. When disaster strikes people, they tend to turn to the Lord, seeking His strength and deliverance. The Lord hears when the wicked cry for help, and though He often meets their need, they still refuse to learn His righteous ways. Even when they live in a so-called land of righteousness, they continue to live sinful lives, no matter how much kindness the Lord shows them or how many blessings He bestows upon them. Although the Lord lifts His fist to warn them of coming judgment, they refuse to see the disaster that lies right over the horizon. But a day of rude awakening will come. In that day of coming judgment, all the wicked will see God’s zeal in saving His people and putting the wicked to shame. The fire God has reserved for His enemies will consume the wicked (v. 11).
    Thought 1. The wicked of the earth have no spiritual understanding of the Lord or His Word. They are dull of hearing. They have closed their minds and chosen to be ignorant of the Lord, the only living and true God. Likewise, they reject Him and His warning of coming judgment.
    From the reading from Isaiah 26:9-11 in the  Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  72. Isaiah gave three reasons why believers must be prepared.
    1) Believers must be prepared because the Lord is coming to punish the people of the earth for their sins. The implication is that believers must not be participating in the wicked behavior of unbelievers.
    2) Believers must be prepared because the earth will no longer hide murderers, no longer conceal the sins of those who attempt to hide their wicked deeds. In that day no sin will be hidden from God, no matter how long it has been kept secret. The blazing purity of God’s holiness will expose all sin, whether major or minor. All believers who are committing secret sin will have their sin exposed.
    3) Believers must be prepared because the Lord will punish the serpent Leviathan; that is, the nations who oppose God and His people (27:1; 30:7; 51:9; Eze. 29:3). Mentioned in the myths of that day, Leviathan was probably a sea monster that became a symbol of cruel, wicked nations. Thus in that day of God’s terrible judgment, the Lord’s sword (His Word, Ep. 6:17) will slay all the monsters of the earth and its seas—all the nations who have opposed God and His people.

    From the reading from Isaiah 26:20-27:1 in the  Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  73. In the day of His terrifying judgment, God’s discipline will be not only thorough but also just. He will show neither mercy nor partiality. Note why: because the people have no understanding, no spiritual insight into the truth of the Lord. Although He is their Maker and Creator, they continue to deny Him and to reject His claim on their lives. Because of their unbelief and defiance, He will show no compassion and no favor to them—not in His day of wrath and justice.
      c. God has promised to restore Israel and His people (vv. 12-13). In that day the Lord will gather His people from the Euphrates to Egypt, from one end of the world to the other (Ac. 1:9-11; 1 Co. 15:50-58; 1 Th. 4:13-18). Isaiah predicted that the Jews would be set free from the Assyrian and Egyptian exile, as well as from the Babylonian captivity. But he is also pointing to a future gathering of God’s people, which will take place at Christ’s return. In that day the great trumpet will sound, and God’s people will be set free from captivity to worship the Lord in the New Jerusalem.
    “Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven” (Mt. 26:64).
    “Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not” (Lu. 12:40).
    “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also” (Jn. 14:2-3). -
    From the reading from Isaiah 27:12-13 in the  Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  74. “But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words” (1 Th. 4:13-18).
  75. The Lord makes a most wonderful promise to any person who will trust Him. He is going to place a foundation stone in Jerusalem, a cornerstone that will serve as the foundation for any life built upon it. Whoever trusts this stone will be secure and never have to flee from the coming judgment of God (v. 16). This stone is a clear reference to the coming Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ. Christ is the One upon whom believers and the church are built (Mk. 12:10; Ac. 4:11-12; Ro. 9:33; 10:11; 1 Co. 3:11; Ep. 2:20; 1 Pe. 2:4-8). All who build their lives upon the foundation of Christ will no longer have to run here and there seeking protection from enemies. Christ is the foundation stone that supports His followers amid the stormy trials and temptations of this world.
    c. At the same time, people must understand this fact: if they reject the foundation stone God offers, they will face judgment (vv. 17-22). God will inspect the foundation of every person’s life and measure it by the standard of His justice and righteousness. If they have based their security on Egypt (the world), they will be swept away by the flood of God’s judgment. They will be guilty of ignoring the Lord and trusting in the arm, the power of the flesh. 
    - From the reading about Isaiah 28:16-17 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  76. The coming judgment of God will be very personal. Each of us will stand before Him and hear His verdict on what we have done. If we have trusted Christ—trusted that He has taken our sins upon Himself and borne the penalty for them in our behalf—the verdict will be wonderful news: “Not guilty.” He will not find us guilty of sin, for Christ has already paid the penalty for us. When He died on the cross, He died for our sins. Trusting Christ makes us acceptable to God and frees us from the guilt of sin. But if we have not trusted Christ, we will stand before God bearing our own sin. We will hear the terrifying verdict:
    ⇒ “Guilty of rejecting God’s Son, the Lord Jesus Christ”
    ⇒ “Guilty of refusing to accept the forgiveness God offers”
    ⇒ “Guilty of disobeying God’s Holy commandments”
    ⇒ “Guilty of living selfish, unrighteous, and wicked lives”
    ⇒ “Guilty of worshiping in a routine, formal, and hypocritical way”
    ⇒ “Guilty of ignoring, rejecting, defying, and rebelling against God”
    “For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works” (Mt. 16:27).
    “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad” (2 Co. 5:10).

    “And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire” (Re. 20:11-15).
    “And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be” (Re. 22:12).
    “Also unto thee, O Lord, belongeth mercy: for thou renderest to every man according to his work” (Ps. 62:12).
    “If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain; If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works?” (Pr. 24:11-12).
    “Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord God. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin” (Eze. 18:30).
    “I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings” (Je. 17:10).
    “Great in counsel, and mighty in work: for thine eyes are open upon all the ways of the sons of men: to give every one according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings” (Je. 32:19).
     - From the “Thought 1” reading about Isaiah 29:1-4 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  77. God’s judgment is sure. It is definitely coming. Nothing can stop His hand of judgment from falling upon earth. His day of judgment is fixed, already determined and set. When that day and hour come, Christ will rend the skies above and strike this earth in judgment. Every one of us will face the wrath of God, and the Lord will be unwavering in executing judgment against us unless we have accepted His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, and been forgiven our sins.
    “When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left…Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels” (Mt. 25:31-33, 41).“And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh” (Lu. 21:25-28).“And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Th. 1:7-8).
    “The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished” (2 Pe. 2:9).
     - From the “Thought 1” reading about Isaiah 33:13-14 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide