The return of Jesus Christ heralds a RECKONING–not only for the world, but for ALL of the men who dwell in the world.
Many do NOT know what a reckoning is.
a settling of accounts
as in a day of reckoning
A ‘settling of accounts:’ that may be the ONE aspect of the last days which is–regardless of what men might claim–understood.
God’s Word declares that MOST men will have their day of reckoning on the day they depart this world; i.e., they die.
“And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment”
Some men, however, will have their day of reckoning during the time when Jesus Christ returns to earth.
So, the reckoning is a JUDGMENT.
And what is a JUDGMENT but a ‘settling of accounts’?
“And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.”
God’s Word relates that the men who dwell upon the earth will NOT be a happy lot when they see Jesus coming–primarily because Jesus Christ is coming to settle accounts–and except for the FEW who are members of the kingdom of heaven, all other men will be found wanting on that great day of reckoning.
“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.”
A few years ago, it was popular in some quarters to display posters and statues of “Buddy Jesus” or “Buddy Christ.”
Buddy was even a star of his own movie!
The icon consists of a statue of Jesus, smiling and winking while pointing at onlookers with one hand and giving the thumbs-up sign with the other hand. Buddy Christ was later produced as an action figure and a bobblehead. The image has since been turned into a popular Internet meme.
(One reason Buddy was popular is because so many thought of Jesus Christ as a loved-up Buddy Christ.)
Actually, Jesus Himself painted a completely different picture.
“Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.”
God’s Word paints a much more somber picture of Jesus the Judge.
Jesus will begin His judgment of God’s enemies at the battle of Armageddon.
“And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God. And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.”
“Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? this that is glorious in his apparel, travelling in the greatness of his strength? I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save. Wherefore art thou red in thine apparel, and thy garments like him that treadeth in the winefat? I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with me: for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment. For the day of vengeance is in mine heart, and the year of my redeemed is come.”
So, through all of the chaos and confusion surrounding the last days, one thing stands out: it will be a day of JUDGMENT.
A day of reckoning.
“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.”
Many men believe stories they have been told that they will NOT have to EVER face JUDGMENT or a time of reckoning for their behavior in this life.
These men are deceived.
One of the most terrifying times as a human has to be (believing that there will be NO reckoning or settling of accounts for one’s behavior), seeing Jesus Christ return, and waiting one’s turn to be judged.
God’s Word is CLEAR–at least a half-dozen times or more: all men will be judged by God through Jesus Christ and will be held responsible for their actions, good or bad (mostly bad).
There will be judgment.
There will be a reckoning.
“In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.”
IS the reader prepared to face his time of reckoning?
DOES the reader believe Jesus Christ is the Perfect Judge–OR, does the reader believe that Jesus Christ is your buddy?
It is not YET too late: there is still a little time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.
DOES the reader believe he is saved?
DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?
THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
–1 Corinthians 15:1-8
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: October 11 2021.]
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by Jeremiah Jameson
–with Mondo Frazier
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