“But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.” (Psa. 75:7)
It is interesting in today’s world how so many people who believe in God as our Father, who protects us, cannot also see him as the judge of this world. They can speak so easily of God’s love and guidance but try to speak to them of his judgments on this earth and they turn away. This they cannot comprehend.
The Bible speaks very clearly of God as the judge of the earth. Psalm 82:8 says “Arise, O God, judge the earth: for thou shalt inherit all nations”. Throughout the Bible there are many examples of how God judged an evil and disobedient world. There are the examples of Adam and Eve who are driven from the Garden of Eden. The great flood sent to destroy the evil in Noah’s time, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah and the ten plagues in Egypt are only a few examples of God’s past judgments on the earth. The righteous judgment of all things by God is the underlying theme throughout all teaching in the Bible. This is spoken of in the law, through the prophets and through Jesus Christ and the apostles. It is made very clear in the books of Proverbs, Job and Ecclesiastes that we are to be judged. “For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.” (Eccl. 12:14) The New Testament speaks in Acts and Romans of how God will judge us through Jesus Christ. Jesus himself says “For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son:” (John 5:22)
The New Testament speaks clearly of a day of judgment and the wrath of God. It is Jesus who is our Saviour, our divinely appointed judge. “And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead.” (Acts 10:42)
God is both a lawgiver and a judge who loves righteousness and hates iniquity. His judgment is moral as well as factual. He knows what is in our hearts and not just the face that we put on in public. “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.” (2 Cor. 5:10) God’s very character is expressed through His Divine judgments. His righteous judgment is to reward good to those who have done good and to reward evil to those who have done evil. His judgments are wise, just and moral.
As we approach that great judgment day we must reaffirm our faith in our wonderful Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. He is the only one that can save us from all the judgments that are happening on this earth. There appears to be no doubt that today we are living in a time of judgment. The world is in a time of great chaos. It is an amazing time with evil everywhere and our Israel nations sinking further and further into their sin. I sometimes find it hard to believe what is happening and how far we have fallen. It appears that only our Lord can save us now. We must pray that the Lord will open our eyes soon.
Whether we want to believe it or not God will judge this earth!
“And the LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; and who can abide it? Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for his is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.” (Joel 2:11-13)
“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.” (Rev. 20:12)