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“And I Saw the Dead, Small and Great”

February 26, 2008

Job 21:7-9  “Wherefore do the wicked live, become old, yea, are mighty in power?  Their seed is established in their sight with them, and their offspring before their eyes.  Their houses are safe from fear, neither is the rod of God upon them. “

Two familiar sayings come to mind as this topic is entered into.  One has been around for generations and reads “Only the good die young.”  It implies that one who is given to wicked devices will seem to prolong their days under the sun.  Without a doubt, all of us have known someone who seemed to prosper, despite the shadiness of their dealings.  Another saying; this one being more contemporary, reads “He who dies with the most toys WINS!”  This is an attempt to make light of the way in which our society is enfatuated by the acquisition of “stuff for a season.”  There is, however, a more accurate twist to this second saying. “He who dies with the most toys…still dies!” 

The appearance of prosperity as a result of disingenuousness has been present in every generation.  An observer witnessing as Cain slew his brother Abel would have concluded “Hey!  The righteous perished and the wicked one is still alive and well.  That’s wrong!”  In Psalm 73, the author observes that the wicked seem to have it all and are not troubled like the average citizen.  Today, in the year 2008, the illusion of prosperity and hapiness as a result of wicked devices is often promoted in theater and emulated by a generation that’s running to and fro without a vision.  Job continues:

Job 21:10-12  “Their bull gendereth, and faileth not; their cow calveth, and casteth not her calf.  They send forth their little ones like a flock, and their children dance.  They take a timbrel and harp, and rejoice at the sound of the organ.” 

Steady as the seasons; they go about their business as though the status quo will go on forever.  A false sense of indefinate continuance is generated and the concept of dependance upon the God who created all that is seems outdated.  Just as the rich man who built larger barns with the intention of enjoying years of ease, (Luke 12:15-21) they place their confidence in the realm of the physical which, thus far, has never let them down.  Yet the very breath of life is in the hand of God and “he alone” determines when the final breath has been taken.

Job 21:13  “They spend their days in wealth, and in a moment go down to the grave.” 

Proverbs 10:28  “The hope of the righteous shall be gladness: but the expectation of the wicked shall perish.”

In short, regardless of how much a person acquires, or by what means they employ to do so, they will, at some point, leave this venue and all of it will be lost.  As Paul stated in I Timothy 6:7, “For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.”  Everyone will leave this theater, everyone will stand before God, and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.  Everyone; the rich, the poor, the professors, the politicians, the procrastinators (hmm) the baby boomers, the generation x-ers, the church-goers, the peach growers, and everyone who passes through the land of the living, will stand before the Lord. 

It’s easy to bercome distracted; even discouraged at the apparent success and promotion of those given to evil devices.  We’re coming into a time in which this illusion (it is an illusion) will seem to encompass every facet of society.  The world is being prepared to receive the man of sin who will appear, to those outside the household of faith, as “the one” who can put it all together.  While they who know their God will understand the events that are playing out, the world will wonder after the son of perdition.   Daniel 11:32)  The politically acceptible speeches, accompanied by supernatural fireworks which are only designed to put on a show, will result in a situation where the agents of iniquity appear to be, not only prospering, but doing away with the testimony of Jesus Christ. 

It’s imperative that we maintain an eternal perspective; not only for our own spiritual well-being, but for the sake of those around us to whom the Lord may grant repentance to the acknowledging of the truth.  Despite the appearances in this life, “every knee is going to bow and every tongue is going to confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.  May we do all to encourage those around us to come to Jesus before it’s too late.  There is no power in the second resurrection!  There’s another old saying (though not a very popular one) that reads “hell is full of believers.”  People who will, throughout the eons to come, remember every time that they rejected the Lord Jesus who shed his blood on Calvary to keep them out of that place of everlasting despair. 

Revelation 20:12  “And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.”

Small and great.  The wealthiest of the wealthy and the poorest of the poor.  Kings, governors, merchants, athletes, soldiers, hypocrites, prisoners, partisans; people from every walk of life who trusted in a way that seemed right, but was merely a facet of the broad way which leads to destruction.   When we grasp the seriusness of this, we’ll not be bothered so much by the appearances of ill-gotten gains, but heartbroken over the souls who are headed needlessly into everlasting torment. 

In his book “23 Minutes in Hell,” Bill Wiess tells how the Lord Jesus showed him the “place” where lost souls were dropping into eternity.  (link to the book at www.soulchoiceministries.org  This book will sober up the most unsobered of folks)  He writes it as such:

“I was instantly sobered as he allowed me to see a steady stream of people falling into a tunnel-one after the other, after the other, after the other-into an open cavern, into the terror that I had just escaped.  While watching this scene, Jesus allowed me to feel just a small amount of the sorrow He feels for His creation that is going to hell.  His love is so far beyond our capacity and is infinitely greater than our love.  I couldn’t stand feeling even a fraction of the anguish Hefeels.  I said, “Please stop!”  I couldn’t bear it.” 

A worldly perspective will cause us to become dismayed when wicked devices seem to bring about reward.  An eternal perspective will, not only cause us to see the end of the road, but if the love of Christ is “truly” in us, will cause us to grieve over the souls who are created in the image of God, but on the road to an eternity apart from him.  (The following link is to a post written about the first two chapters of the book by Bill Wiess.  https://timbob.wordpress.com/2008/01/28/ask-me-who-i-was/   If I had read the third chapter prior to posting, it would have been written in a somewhat different style, but is accurate nonetheless.) 

Well, it’s about time to close as I’m over my word limit.  Our plant is currently on strike and this should result in increased time for a host of things.  I hope that this will also mean more time to make the rounds in the blogosphere.  Probably not to the extent of a year ago at this time (when I posted and commented daily for an average of five hours) but more than in recent months.  Time will tell; and time is running out.  Well, so long for now.  I wish to all, a blessed day in Jesus. 

John 7:37-38  “In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood up and cried, saying,  If any man thirst, let him come to me, and drink.  He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.”

 

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2 comments

  1. Hi timbob, long time since we commented on each other s blogs. I have a problem and since a few people here in blogland know the Lord so much better than I do, I wonder if you could find the time and read a few posts on my blog and comment to me what you think about me and being a christian and the problems I face so severely with my son.
    I would really appreciate any feedback from you
    http://heaintthroughwithmeyet.wordpress.com/2008/02/26/what-an-awful-picture-of-a-christian-i-am/

    Love
    Andrea


  2. Thank you, Lil’ Bro!
    I have to confess, so that you will know to pray with me over this, that it gripes me to be around a braggart on any scale.
    The idea that a politician is being tagged as some sort of messiah/savior in different ways and makes comments of “building our own kingdom right here on earth” and the doomsday vault is called a “Noah’s Ark” or “frozen Garden of Eden” and so on and so forth, makes me angry and sad. It truly is like watching a huge mass become players in a ridiculous soap opera that ends tragically in the final episode. I understand something you said a couple of months ago regarding politics about stepping back from watching and reading too much of the nonsense. It’s too upsetting to recognize just how deceptive satan is while so many really think they’re “evolved and educated”—I actually read that “religious people are less intelligent”. If they don’t “know”, how can they determine such? It’s so very sad.

    In respect to having gifts, tangible or intangible, Luke 12:48 teaches the more we have, the more is required (not to infer giving or works are equal to salvation).

    Thank you for always reminding me to continually look toward eternity with Jesus.

    In Christ’s Love.



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