Day of terror

John Martin: The Day of His Fierce Wrath

“They told the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb, for the great day of his wrath has come; and who is able to stand?”

Revelation 6:16-17

This will be a day of all days. If people were afraid of the phenomena that happened at the death of Jesus Christ, how will they stand on that dreadful day. They will not stand. They will be terrified. Their hearts will fail and they will wish to hide from Christ, but they have no hiding place. There is no covering for those who have not chosen the Lord, nor confessed their sin, nor exercised faith in the Son of God, Jesus, our Saviour. 

They hide from His face because it is the face of the mighty King of all Kings and they hide because He is their rightful judge. He was once a Saviour, but now is faced by them as the righteous judge of all the earth. 

The great day of His wrath has come and we are not saved. What a state to be found in- found wanting and found spiritually naked with no robe of righteousness to stand before a holy God and all-seeing judge. Nothing is hidden any more. 

Yet they seek covering. God made covering for Adam and Eve in the garden, but not here and not anymore for these convicted ones. They stand condemned and they know it. There is no defence, no counsel and no reprieve. They call on the stones and mountains to fall in them to cover them from this face of the Lord and hide them from His great wrath. 

There is now no more hiding place. That time has gone by and we face the judgment. All who remain unforgiven and destined for an eternity of wrath and facing the just penalty for their own sins. 

What kind of people ought we to be?

If you do not know Christ, now is the time to seek Him. You cannot be found without His protection and covering on your life. If you die unrepentant, or if the Lord should return, you will have missed your opportunity to come to the Lord and be in that celestial gathering forever. You will face the penalty for your sin alone forever.

If you are a Christian, then the reality of this situation that is surely coming, must grip you and you must tell the ones you love about their predicament. You cannot be so cold hearted to withhold the warnings and not tell those you say you love.

These facts that this world will end and we face eternal; judgment and justice, must impact on our lives.

“Seek the LORD while He may be found; call on Him while He is near. Let the wicked man forsake his own way and the unrighteous man his own thoughts; let him return to the LORD, that He may have compassion, and to our God, for He will freely pardon.”

Isaiah 55:6-7

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