Great White Throne Judgment – 2

When are you going to stand face to face with God? Do you realize that everyone of us will have that experience? Many people living today are actually very uncomfortable even going inside a church. If you are one of those, just think how you are going to feel when you actually stand before God Almighty.

Standing Before God Is An Awesome Experience

We will either stand before God at the Great White Throne Judgment or accept salvation through Jesus Christ and meet Him in heaven. Either way, we will stand in the presence of God. It will either be a marvelous experience or a devastating one.

Throughout the Bible we are told of how people felt when they experienced the actual presence of God. These experiences are recorded for us so that we will know what to expect when we stand before the Almighty God, either as a child of God or as an unrepentant sinner.

As we look at a few of these experiences, remember, these are God-fearing people, not people who have rebelled against God. Just think how sinners are going to feel.

Daniel Experienced The Presence Of A Heavenly Angel

This was not Almighty God, but only an Angel who had come from God’s presence. He could only describe him in this way. Daniel 10:5-6 (NIV): “I looked up and there before me was a man dressed in linen, with a belt of the finest gold around his waist. His body was like chrysolite, his face like lightning, his eyes like flaming torches, his arms and legs like the gleam of burnished bronze, and his voice like the sound of a multitude.”

When this angel appeared to Daniel, everyone who was with him at the time fled in terror. They could not stand to even look on this Angel. But look at what happened to Daniel, himself (and he was a man who walked closely with God).

Daniel 10:8 (NIV): “So I was left alone, gazing at this great vision; I had no strength left, my face turned deathly pale and I was helpless.” Even Daniel was so overwhelmed that he lost all of his strength.

Job Saw Almighty God

The Bible describes Job as a “righteous” man. The Hebrew word that describes Job as a righteous man carries the idea that Job was just and “right” in God’s eyes. In other words, Job was living exactly as God wanted him to live. If anyone should feel good in God’s presence, it was Job.

Yet look at what Job says after he actually saw God. Job 42:5-6 (NIV): “My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you. Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes.”

John Saw Jesus, Himself

John had walked with Jesus for about 3 years while He was here on the earth. Yet, when he saw Jesus in all of His heavenly glory, John just collapsed. If anyone should have been prepared to see Jesus face to face, it was John. Yet look at what happened when He experienced Jesus in all of His glory.

Listen to what John records. Rev. 1:17 (NIV): “When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: ‘Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last.’”

What Will The Ungodly Experience

I have heard the ungodly brag about going to Hell because “all their friends will be there.” They actually believe that Hell is going to be a place where they can be in charge and make things happen that they want to happen. They even imagine that they will enjoy being in Hell. Unless they repent, they are in for a rude awakening.

When those who God considers righteous find themselves humbled in the presence of God, imagine how the ungodly will feel. If you have not yet accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, how do you think you are going to feel standing in God’s presence?

None Of Us Are Righteous

Romans 3:10,12 (NIV) says: “There is no one righteous, not even one; All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.” We are all in the same boat. None of us are “good enough” to get into heaven, unless, God makes us righteous in His own eyes.

It is only when we are made righteous in God’s eyes that we will find meeting God face to face a exhilarating experience.

If we want to be “good enough” (made righteous in God’s eyes) to get into heaven, we have to do it God’s way. After all, it is God’s heaven. We do not have any say as to who gets in, even if we may think we do. And God has provided us a way to be “good enough.” All we have to do is to accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. Find out how to do this by going to “How To Live Forever.”

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