Wail, for the day of the Lord is at hand! It will come as destruction from the almighty. Therefore all hands will be limp. Every man's heart will melt and they will be afraid. Pangs and sorrows will take hold of them; they will be in pain as a woman in childbirth; they will be amazed at one another; their faces will be like flames. Isaiah 13:6-8
Jesus was asked by His disciples what would be the signs of His return and He answered them saying that there would be famines, earthquakes, pestilences and wars, but those things would only be the beginning of birth pangs. The earth has experienced these things for eons and Jesus hasn't returned, but I believe since 911 there has been the birth of the beginning of tribulation, not just in America but around the world.
One such sign which is undeniable is mass-murder, especially in America where we have had literally hundreds in the past 20 years. Another sign is the pre-meditated mass-murder of 60 million of God's precious, innocent children by abortion. If someone had told you that these things would happen 50 years ago they would have called you crazy, but now in these last days they have become a reality!
Imagine going to a concert to enjoy your favorite singers, standing there without a care in the world and suddenly it begins to rain down bullets upon the crowd. Not just your average ammo, but military grade, high velocity rounds designed to penetrate several people at a time. People are dropping all around you as terror fills everyone's heart and there is a stampede to escape the massacre! This is a major sign that "The Day of the Lord" is at hand, according to the prophet Isaiah.
Behold, the day of the Lord comes, cruel, with both wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate, and He will destroy its sinners from it. For the stars of Heaven and their constellations will not give their light; the sun will be darkened in its going forth and the moon will not cause its light to shine. Isaiah 13:9,10
A DAY OF PUNISHMENT
"I will punish the world for its evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; I will halt the arrogance of the proud, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible." (tyrants) Isaiah 13:11
Judgment day, the day God punishes sinners for their rebellion and arrogant lifestyles, having rejected Him and walked in the stubbornness of their own hearts! Because the preachers have been silent on sin and have refused to preach repentance "The Day of the Lord" will be a shock to many who thought because they were good and attended church that they would somehow escape His wrath being taught that God loves everyone unconditionally!
God does love everyone, but His love for us has conditions in order for us to enter eternal life and that is: we must be born again and have repented of our sins to receive His mercy. Millions will stand at the "Great White Throne Judgment" thinking that because they accepted Christ as their personal Savior by praying the "Sinner's Prayer" (another scheme contrived by greedy preachers) but never made Him Lord and lived all their lives for themselves, that He would somehow reward them, but this couldn't be farther from the truth.
In the recent Las Vegas Massacre the media kept saying that this was such a tragic event happening to innocent people, but most today are not innocent in God's holy eyes, they are guilty! If a man is not born again he is deemed lost and destined for Hell, created by God Himself for the devil and his angels and everyone else who doesn't repent and make Jesus their Lord! We are born in sin and must be redeemed by the blood of Jesus in order to escape damnation.
But in accordance with your hardness and your unrepentant heart you are storing up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, who will render to each one according to his deeds, eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor and immortality; but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness-indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish on every soul of man who does evil. Romans 2:5-9
THE FINAL JUDGMENT
Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. Revelation 20:11,12
Millions upon millions will stand before the Most High, those who rejected Christ's call to repentance and receive their sentence of eternal damnation in the "Lake of Fire," that place of eternal torment. Many will be good upstanding moral citizens of the world but chose to walk a different path, choosing instead to walk their own way and not His "Way!"
Jesus is the only way to salvation even though there are thousands of sects, denominations and religions touting their way to paradise, seducing millions to believe in their gods and goddesses. Even in the evangelical churches the gospel of Jesus Christ has been watered down to the point of simply accepting Jesus and they will be saved, no repentance, no conviction of sin, no blood, no self-denial, no muss, no fuss, just pray the magical prayer and "Poof" you're a Christian!
There will be judgment on thousands of preachers who compromised the gospel for fame and fortune and turned away from the truth that sets men free in order to pad their own pockets and hold men in bondage! The apostle Paul told the Galatian church that those who pervert the gospel would be accursed and so will those who were deceived into believing a lie that they were saved by their own goodness. Paul also said, "Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling!" In other words you had better know that you are born again and not just someone who walked an isle and muttered a worthless oath because your very soul and eternal destination depends upon it! May God open our eyes and have mercy on us!
The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to their works. Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire. Revelation 20:13-15
Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin