The Great Day of God
In the closing book of the Old Testament, God tells His people what to expect on a future day which I will call the Great Day of God. It is a day of judgment of which we are closer to now then they were back then. Malachi 4:1-3, “For behold, the day is coming, burning like an oven, and all the proud, yes, all who do wickedly will be stubble. And the day which is coming shall burn them up.” Says the Lord of Hosts, “That will leave them neither root nor branch. But to you who fear my name, The Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healing in His Wings; and you shall go out and grow fat like stall-fed calves. You shall trample the wicked, for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day that I do this,” Says the Lord of Host.”
Notice, God is talking to two groups of people in this passage of scripture; the ‘Wicked’ and the ‘Righteous’, or those who fear His Name. He tells both groups there is a day coming, burning like an oven, the proud, and all who do wickedly will be stubble. This is not good news for those who do not fear His Name. He said they will be destroyed completely, leaving them neither root nor branch. Why would God do this to the wicked? You might be surprised to learn that God gave man the ability to make choices, to decide for himself how he will respond to any given situation. We are held responsible for the decisions we make. God honors them, and He hold us to them. In this story, the people had made the decision to be unthankful and ungrateful for the things He had done for them. And that decision carried with it an outcome that stated they will be burned in the oven and turned to stubble. If a person makes good decisions, they get good results, if they make bad decision, they reap the results of that decision as well. Therefore, God is telling the wicked people what will happen to them if they do not change course and start following His commandments. God does not send people to hell any more than a judge sends people to prison. People choose to go to hell, just like they choose to break the law and go to jail. God and the judge see that they honor their decisions. Making the decision to disobey the law carries with it a penalty of jail time. Disobeying God’s commands carries with it the penalty of death. The person makes the choice to disobey and reap the results of that decision. God does not force us to make bad decisions, we make bad decisions; and we will reap the results of those decisions. That is our privilege. We can’t blame God because we choose hell over heaven, and we can’t blame the judge because we choose prison over freedom. It is our choice. We decide where we will spend eternity, and we decide to keep our freedom. And both God and the judge will honor whatever we decide and that we abide by the decision we made.
I wrote a couple of days ago about a story in the book of Mark, chapter five, where a demon-possessed man who had two-thousand demons living in him and through whom the leader of the demons said to Jesus, “What have I to do with you, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you by God that you do not torment me before the time.” There are two things about this demon’s statement that will help us understand the reality of who Jesus is, and what hell is like. First, the demon knew who Jesus was; and called Him, the Son of the Most High God. So, this tells us, demons know Jesus is the Son of God, whether mankind wants to admit it or not. In all likelihood, the demon didn’t know why the Son of the Most High God was here on earth, but here was the Son of the Most High God standing before this demon in a human body. So the demon had to believe Jesus was on earth to judge them right then and there. He didn’t understand that the Son of the Most High God had come to earth to die for mankind and to give them the chance to escape this place of torment that had been made for the devil and his crowd.
The second point is; These demons were scared to death that Jesus was going to send them to this place of eternal torment before the scheduled time. As Malachi pointed out in his book, there is a scheduled time for all things, and everything is on schedule just as God has determined. Dear friend, If you are a wicked person and you are reading this blog entry, you need to understand that if devils don’t want to go to hell, it’s because they already know what is there waiting for them, and you have to be completely insane to want to spend eternity in a place from which there is no escape. No amount of what you call fun is worth going to hell for. No woman, no man, no parents, no children, no nothing on this earth should keep you from heaven. If you don’t want to go to heaven just because someone else doesn’t want to go; you are a fool and need your head examined. Hell is not a party place like so many people think; it is a place of eternal torment from which there is no escape and it last forever and ever. The demons know what’s there, that’s why in this story they were begging Jesus not to send them there before their time. Put aside your foolish thinking for a moment and think a real thought; “If these demons didn’t want to go hell; why do you?” You have a second change to get it right; they didn’t.
Now let’s look at the second group of people whom God said were righteous, or thankful people. “But to you who fear my name, The Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healing in His Wings; and you shall go out and grow fat like stall-fed calves. You shall trample the wicked, for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day that I do this,” Says the Lord of Host.” God has promised this group of people blessings and rewards for being thankful and grateful for what He had done for them in this life. Notice the word terminology God used, ‘stall-fed calves’, ‘trampling underfoot the wicked’ who shall be ‘ashes under the feet of the righteous’. Stall-fed calves is another way of saying they won’t ever have another need, and instead of being trampled underfoot as they were in this lifetime, they will be the one’s doing the trampling, and those who had trampled them will become ashes under the feet of the stall-fed calves. Wicked one, you can be the ashes being trampled on, or you can become a stall-fed calf, the choice is yours. Look past your selfish nature for just a moment and think about your eternal future. God is giving you a second chance to have a change of heart toward Him. Take advantage of His offer and let Him make something out of your life before you are made into a pile of ashes.
* Comments are welcome. However, opposing viewpoints that lack scriptural support will not be approved for viewing. DThrash