Vol. 4, No. 20 – May 19, 2019
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says . . . –Revelation 2:29
Churches need to be careful; too often, they operate as if positions, ministries, membership, and even denominations get people to Heaven. That is not what God says. Some are hiding, focusing on self instead of obedience to God.
Seven Categories of People who hide from the Wrath of God
1 – Kings and Queens of the Earth
There are rulers, princes, presidents, dictators, and prime ministers that think they must be all right because of the positions they have accomplished. Not so. Without a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, there is no hope to go to Heaven.
2 – Great Leading People of the Earth
Some are just plain arrogant in their thinking: politicians, educators, institutional leaders, union leaders, merchants, business magnates, all thinking they have “earned privileges.” All are equal before a holy God; no one is above Him. It takes a relationship, not a title or a position. Many of the great leading people of the earth will attempt to argue their way in to Heaven – it will not work.
3 – Wealthy upon the Earth
It is interesting how the wealthy think. Often the wealthy think that because they are so successful, God must favor them. The rich, bankers, Wall Street tycoons, investment brokers, real estate holders, holders of great amounts of gold – what else could speak of approval before Almighty God? Only the first consideration, a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ!
4 – Commanders upon the world scene
Commanders are a special lot. They have tremendous power and resources. When they bark, people listen. They are military giants from every nation and tribe. They hide in their power; however, their power melts as they stand before the judgment seat of Christ.
5 – The Courageous of the Earth
Many men and women are courageous, fearless, and confident. These characteristics are self-imposed; they are self-made men and women. How abrupt will be the response when they stand before Holy God! Man’s strength never equals God’s strength.
6 – The Laboring Class
Well, sure. Working people deserve more! Right? Wrong. Working people are measured the same as every other person before God. It matters not how hard you have worked, thinking you have demonstrated your value to God; what matters is His measurement. You cannot hide behind your work.
7 – The Free People and the Enslaved People
I am free to choose how I believer or even if I want to submit. Yes you are. I am enslaved, others have made it difficult for me to live; I am entitled. You cannot hide from the wrath of God under the rubric of your station in life. It still requires a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.
Seven categories; we could very well include more in each category. The principle remains that God has already determined the path to Heaven. We can attempt to revise it so that we might hide from His wrath, but we cannot.
Have you heard of God’s last grace effort? It requires your response.
The Scriptures are clear. These have been written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name (John 20:31).
Where is your relationship to Christ today?
Behold, Jesus is coming soon to take you home to Heaven; His words are faithful and true (Revelation 22:6).