September 3: Sheep and Goat Judgment

Read Matthew 25:31-46

The Tribulation is going to be the worst event this world has ever known. The plagues that will be released on this world will bring horror upon every person still on earth. Some will go their entire life without trusting God with their lives; some will even doubt God exists.

As hard as it may be to imagine, there is hope for those who are left behind. God is a god of love and reconciliation. Despite people cursing His very existence, God still offers hope. During the tribulation described in the book of Revelation, people will have the opportunity to come to salvation, while others will become even more hardened against God. Those who come to Jesus will spend eternity in Heaven while the others will be damned to Hell.

After the Tribulation has concluded, God will gather the rest of the people to Him and judge them based upon their belief or lack thereof. Matthew 25 references this as the “Sheep-Goat Judgment.” To His right will be the sheep (believers) and to His left, the goats (nonbelievers).

Jesus uses this phrase, “. . . I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink . . . etc.” To this, the “sheep” will respond by questioning when they ever provided for Jesus Himself. Jesus responds by telling them that their actions toward other people are what has set them apart. “. . . to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.” James 2:14-26 tells us that men will know someone is saved by his or her actions. One of the ways God knew these “sheep” were saved was because their actions proved the life change that occurred in their hearts during the Tribulation.

It still amazes me how God would allow people one last chance to come to Him. He is truly a God that desires to be with those He created (2 Peter 3:9). Imagine the stories these believers from the Tribulation will have! Sadly, there will still be people that will blow every opportunity God offers them. Allow this to inspire you to serve your “5” in faith, knowing you could save them from so much!

jdl

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