Judgment Day and the Great Divide

We all watch the news in horror. Does God see what our television cameras see?  Yes. Quickly, I’ll give two examples:

1. Sodom–20 And the Lord said, “The outcry of Sodom and Gomorrah is indeed great, and their sin is exceedingly grave. 21 I will go down now, and see if they have done entirely according to its outcry, which has come to Me; and if not, I will know (Genesis 18).”

2. Days of Noah–Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. The Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved [e]in His heart (Genesis 6). 

 

 

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Very soon, Judgment Day will be upon us and we will stand before God, the small and the great, each to give account. Revelation 11:18 ; Matthew 12:36 ; Romans 2:5 ; 2 Peter 2:9 ; 2 Peter 3:7 ; 1 John 4:17

In January, I wrote a blog titled “A Little Oil Will Not Do in 2014”.  Isn’t that the truth?  What a year this has been–from the Tetrad Blood Moons that prophesied a dramatic shift for Israel to brutal clandestine war tactics against and savage killings of innocent, unarmed, unsuspecting Christians in Iraq.

But you know, after the blog was published by Charisma News Service on the internet, it received some backlash from angry Christians.  They wanted to debate what the “oil” meant and a few other heated accusations from people who are oftentimes emboldened to be unkind while using nameless handles on a website.  But maybe that’s good.  Maybe the true “oil” rose to the top?  I don’t know.  That’s for God to decide.  I really wasn’t offended.  I let it roll off of me like “oil off of a duck’s back”.  Okay, enough oil jokes!  It must have struck a chord with some folks because more than 1,300 people shared it on Facebook and it struck 800 likes.

I get the feeling that what I share today will “divide” the flock yet again.  Why?  Judgment day is all about the great divide.  Before we sail off into the light and glory of our wonderful God, there is a great divide.  Jesus talked about it CONSTANTLY.  Here’s a quick peek of what we can expect:

The Fish Divide  

They gathered the good fish into containers, but the bad they threw away.
They gathered the good fish into containers, but the bad they threw away.

 

47 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet cast into the sea, and gathering fish of every kind; 48 and when it was filled, they drew it up on the beach; and they sat down and gathered the good fish into containers, but the bad they threw away. 49 So it will be at the [y]end of the age; the angels will come forth and [z]take out the wicked from among the righteous, 50 and will throw them into the furnace of fire; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth (Matthew 13 NASV).

 

thumbnail harvestThe Wheat Divide  

24 Jesus presented another parable to them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven [m]may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field. 25 But while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed [n]tares among the wheat, and went away. 26 But when the [o]wheat sprouted and bore grain, then the tares became evident also. 27 The slaves of the landowner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? [p]How then does it have tares?’ 28 And he said to them, ‘An [q]enemy has done this!’ The slaves *said to him, ‘Do you want us, then, to go and gather them up?’ 29 But he *said, ‘No; for while you are gathering up the tares, you may uproot the wheat with them. 30 Allow both to grow together until the harvest; and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather up the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them up; but gather the wheat into my barn (Matthew 13 NASV).”’”

 

The Sheep Divide  

He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.
He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.

 31 “But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; 33 and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left (Matthew 25 NASV).

 

The Virgin Divide

“Then the kingdom of heaven will be comparable to ten virgins, who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were prudent. For when the foolish took their lamps, light-up-old-lanternthey took no oil with them, but the prudent took oil in flasks along with their lamps. Now while the bridegroom was delaying, they all got drowsy and began to sleep. But at midnight there was a shout, ‘Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. The foolish said to the prudent, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the prudent answered, ‘No, there will not be enough for us and you too; go instead to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.’ 10 And while they were going away to make the purchase, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding feast; and the door was shut. 11 Later the other virgins also came, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open up for us.’ 12 But he answered, ‘Truly I say to you, I do not know you.’ 13 Be on the alert then, for you do not know the day nor the hour (Matthew 25 NASV).

Question.  Are all these parables talking to Christians about Christians?  Kind of.  I’d say yes.  If you look at this closely, you will see that the fish, the wheat, the brides, and the sheep all blended in together.  The fake and false stood right beside the true and faithful on the earth.  To get a good picture of this you need to see yourself standing in church or in an assembly of believers and some know Jesus as their Savior and some do not.  Perhaps some people know that they are living a lie and faking it as a true believer.  But I think many people think they are a stalk of wheat just because they are standing in a wheat field.

I want us all to THINK about this.  THINK.  The people we rub elbows with every day and call believers and brothers and sisters may be in for the worst shock of their lives if they get to Judgment Day and discover they really don’t know God.  How can we help?

  1. Search our own hearts.  Do I really KNOW God?
  2. Encourage people around us to KNOW God.

We live in a critical hour.  A little oil will not do in 2014.  And I want every person who reads this blog to be on the right side of The Great Divide on Judgment Day.

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My day job is writing--I'm an author and publisher of a number of books. More on that later. But there is nothing of greater importance to me than the early morning hours I spend with the Creator of the Universe. Although He knows everything there is to know, His greatest delight isn't to give us knowledge, but to give us love. My highest joy is to watch the sun rise with notebook in hand and write the words he speaks to my heart. I want to share some of those words with you here . . . words on the cross.
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5 Responses to Judgment Day and the Great Divide

  1. Larry Who says:

    “But I think many people think they are a stalk of wheat just because they are standing in a wheat field.”

    Great point. One of the problems with the traditional church system versus the small home group system is that you don’t really know people. Anyone can be a spectator for an hour or two each week without making a decision, but it’s hard to do that in intimate family-like settings of a home. Maybe we need more home groups?

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  2. Small home groups made up the New Testament Church. Apostles stood at the temple and preached, but it was temple leadership that crucified Jesus. Apostles recognized that many who went to the temple were tares among the wheat, people who did not recognize the Messiah. They preached with passion in those settings, with a heart to break the deception. But the real prayer and commissioning went on in small gatherings. I think of Lydia who went to the riverside with a group of women to hold a prayer meeting and Cornelius who wasn’t concerned for his church or career colleagues, but for his family. We remember Peter was sprung from prison. He didn’t go to the temple to tell his testimony, he went to the home of prayer warriors. I don’t think buildings are wrong, but I think you make a valid point, Larry, that we come to know and help one another more in a home group setting.

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  3. Mary Davis says:

    Let me suggest that the divide isn’t about people but about sin and righteousness. The chaff part of me is my old nature, sin …all that is not of God and cannot inherit the Kingdom. The chaff will be threshed and destroyed and whatever kernel of wheat is left that says Yes to God, is what will be saved. Our enemy is not flesh and blood but spiritual forces of darkness in high places.

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    • Mary, please forgive me for missing this comment! I’m glad you jumped in on this discussion, Sister. Yes, our works will be tried by fire. But the tares are sown into the wheat by the wicked one. So we look at two judgments here (in our discussion), one where our works are judged and the second where it all depends on whether or not GOD KNOWS ME. Jesus warned repeatedly that at judgment the sheep and goats are divided between those who know him and those who don’t. Example: I know about President Barack Obama, but I don’t know him personally. I know my husband Scott personally and we “do life together” day by day. Huge difference. What do you think? Anyone else want to chime in?

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