Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was no place found for them. 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
I read a vision from the writings of William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army that reminded me of the judgment of the lost that everyone that has ever lived on the planet will face who has rejected Christ's love and redemption.
In the vision was a great and stormy sea with huge waves, dark clouds, lightning and thunder and wind were accompanying the foreboding scene. Within the sea were souls crying out to be saved, drowning in an ocean of humanity. In the midst of the sea was a huge rock reaching high above the clouds and around the rock was a platform with multitudes of people who had been saved from the stormy sea.
On the platform some were concerned for the drowning souls and were doing all they could to rescue them from the raging sea, while others were going about concerned only for themselves and their daily life and pleasures, they seemed to forget where they came from and when they were rescued from the dark waters of certain death.
The vision pertains to the harvest of souls and the rock represents Jesus Christ, the rock of our salvation. The sea is the world and the platform around the rock is the church of the living God, commissioned to save the lost at any cost. Today millions are drowning in a sea of lost humanity, hopeless drug addicts, prostitutes, the poor, and those that nobody wants, the dregs of society.
In my previous message I wrote about the judgment seat of Christ where we as believers will be judged for what we did in the Church, but the Great White Throne judgment will be for the lost, those we are commissioned to save. We have been given the lifesaving gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ to throw out to those drowning in the vast sea of humanity. Imagine watching those that we could have saved standing before the Judge of all men and being sentenced to an eternity in the "Lake of Fire" a place reserved for the devil and his angels.
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 his works. Then death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. Revelation 20:13,14
Where are you on the platform, looking for souls who are drowning in sin, or living in an attitude of someone else will do it? The question should be on everyone's mind as we approach the storms of judgment and the Day of the Lord in which the world will be destroyed in the coming tribulation.
The world desperately needs a Savior and He has appointed us as His body to go into all the world and make disciples of all nations. This is the greatest commission of all time to be privileged to be His Lifeguards, diving headlong into the sea of humanity and saving those drowning in sin.
And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire. Revelation 20:15
Contrary to popular belief there is only one way to eternal life in Heaven and that is through the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, received by faith in His death, burial and subsequent resurrection. By making Jesus the Lord of your life and repenting of a selfish and evil lifestyle is the only way into the Lamb's Book of Life. Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father but through Me."
Millions of people are trusting in their goodness to save them from eternal destruction and because of the traditions of men and religious doctrine contrary to the sound words of Jesus Christ multitudes will lose their souls in a fiery eternity. The way has been clouded and the gospel has been ignored so that nice clean middle class tithers can be comfortable in their little sheep pens of complacency.
The uncompromised gospel of Jesus Christ will offend people and convict them of their sins and iniquities. Once preached it pierces the heart and they can no longer continue in a rebellious lifestyle of selfish pleasures, but are compelled to repent and turn away from sin. Today our churches for the most part have become social clubs and entertainment centers luring the seeker to come and experience their Sunday morning sideshow, leaving them empty, unfulfilled, untrained and unsaved!
Jesus never offered a comfortable way of salvation and His message offended multitudes, angering them and ultimately led to His demise on the cross. Ask the rich young ruler if the way of salvation was easy believism or a cross to bear in giving up his goodness and his wealth to follow Jesus. Preachers have co-hearsed millions down an isle to pray a little prayer, in many cases not understood, and not convicted of sin, they end up leaving lost and in worse condition than before because they have been convinced that they were saved.
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. II Timothy 4:3,4
Jesus said that the broad road would lead to destruction but narrow is the way that leads to eternal life. Today the gospel of your salvation has been widened so that everyone can get in, watered down, a little here, a little there and we can make it so easy, just pray the sinner's prayer and your ticket will be punched. No talk of repentance or the blood, no, we don't want to scare away the poor seeker, after all who would pay the overhead on our new family life center?
Wake up! All around us are people dying in a sea of sin and sickness crying out for you! We all have the responsibility to be lifeguards on the platform of life, ready to throw out the life-saving gospel of Jesus Christ! Look around you in your circle of influence, open your eyes and see the need in your world, the wounded, divorced, sick, drug addicted, the lonely, all destined to stand before a holy God and render an account of their life. But know this: they will remember you, that you were a Christian, but you never told them the truth and they died without Christ!
And He said to me, "It is done! I am the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. "He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son. "But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death." Revelation 21:6-8