One aspect that is very clear from Scripture is that there will be a Day of the Lord. 1 Daniel 7:9-19 describes that solemn day when God takes His seat in court, ‘As I looked, thrones were set in place, and the Ancient of Days took His seat…. Thousands upon thousands attended Him, ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him. The court was seated, and the books were opened.’ It will be the greatest court case of all times.
# The revelation of Jesus to John about that event is as follows,
‘Then I saw a great white throne and Him who was seated upon it…. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books… and each person was judged according to what he had done.’ 2
# The question is, will the followers of Jesus stand before that judgement seat?
Their sins are forgiven, they are filled with the Holy Spirit and they loved and obeyed the Lord. Isn’t that day only for those who rejected Jesus and who will gnash their teeth because of their eternal loss? The problem is, if only they will be there, who will testify to God’s great work of salvation through Jesus? How will the unsaved see and understand the magnificence of God’s redemption?
# The followers of Jesus will be His advertisement there.
- When somebody sells a product, but uses only the failures to demonstrate how effective it is, who will think the product is good? It is the same with Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. Unbelievers must know how good the ‘Product,’ Jesus, is. Because of Jesus’ magnificent rescue operation, ‘…God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him a name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.’ 3
- On Judgment Day God’s children, the elect, will testify to how wonderful, glorious and fantastic Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross was. The unbelievers will be astounded to see how God’s plan worked out, how people who were not wise by human standards, not influential, not of noble birth, will shame the wise, the strong, the scholars, et cetera. 4
- We will boast about our wonderful Lord. Then the lost, those who spurned Jesus, who poked fun at Him, will marvel at the miracle of God’s Kingdom plan. They will bow their knees before Him. The miracle of God’s salvation plan through Jesus and the Holy Spirit will not be lost on them.
Will the saved, the elect appear before the Judgment Throne? Yes! to bring glory to the King and to prove that through the Winner, Jesus, billions became winners and are destined to share in the glory of the Lord for ever.
- Joel 2:31; 3:14; Obadiah 15
- Revelation 20:11-15
- Philippians 2: 9-11
- 1 Corinthians 1:25-31