One day God will JUDGE us for ALL our ACTIONS
September 2 Bible Reading: Ezekiel Chapters 22-24
"I, the Lord, have spoken it; it shall come to pass, and I will do it; I will not hold back, nor will I spare, nor will I relent; according to your ways and according to your deeds they will judge you, says the Lord God." (Ezek. 24:14)
Prophet Ezekiel was far away in Babylon, yet he knew what was happening in Jerusalem through a revelation from God. As Amos 3:7 tells us: "Surely the Lord God does nothing, unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets." Bible historians confirm that on the very same day the siege of Jerusalem began, Ezekiel spoke the parable of the boiling pot recorded in Ezekiel 24:1-14, which were his final prophecies of doom against Jerusalem. This day of national calamity was on January 15, 588 B.C., the day when the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar began his siege of Jerusalem.
In the parable, the pot was Jerusalem and the pieces of meat were the people of Israel. The pot was about to boil, and revealed the city’s wickedness. This pot had scum in it, which was the lewdness of idolatry. In the fire of God’s judgment Jerusalem’s “impurities” floated to the surface. As the fire of judgment grew hotter, only the scum appeared on top and overflowed outside. After the pot was thoroughly emptied, it would be burned to remove the scum. The “empty pot” (Jerusalem without its inhabitants) was to be “set on the coals” until its rust was burned away. The city itself had to be destroyed to remove its spiritual impurities. This was how God would purge His people of idolatry and other wickedness!
This no doubt has an implication for the future, as well as for the present. At the time of the end, at Christ’s second coming, full reconciliation will be made for iniquity. "Seventy weeks are determined for your people and for your holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end of sins, to make reconciliation for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy, and to anoint the Most Holy." (Dan. 9:24)
God’s mercy prompts Him to withhold judgment as long as possible to enable people to repent (2 Pet. 3:8–10), but He will not wait indefinitely. The Bible clearly teaches there will be a day of reckoning for everyone. Hebrews 9:27 clearly says, "And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment.” The Bible speaks about two judgments: (1) the judgment of the lost, which is called the Great White Throne Judgment (see Rev. 20:11-15); and (2) the judgment of the saved, which is called the Judgment Seat (see I Cor. 3:10-23). This is where rewards will be given based on life here on earth to people who have accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
We need to understand that everyone will appear before God at one of these two judgments. Which judgment one stands before is determined simply by one fact: whether one has believed and trusted in Jesus Christ as their Savior or not. If we believe God's word and receive Jesus as our Savior, we will be judged at the Judgment Seat to receive our rewards from Christ and then go to heaven to enjoy our rewards. If we refuse to believe and die without receiving Christ, we will be judged at the Great White Throne Judgment and everyone there is cast into the "Lake of Fire" or Hell, and eternally separated from God. "He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him." (John 3:36)