The Final Exam
At the very end, after the tribulations have ended, and the clock moved ahead to usher in the seventh day in advance -- all the people of the world will be gathered together at the throne of God to stand in judgment.
God will have His angels divide them into two groups.
"When the Son of Man comes in his glory, escorted by all the angels, then he will take his seat on his throne of glory. All the nations will be assembled before him and he will separate men one from another as the shepherd separates sheep from goats. He will place the sheep on his right hand and the goats on his left.
Then the King will say to those on his right hand, 'Come, you whom my Father has blessed, take for your heritage the kingdom prepared for you since the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food; naked and you clothed me, sick and you visited me, in prison and you came to see me.
Then the virtuous will say to him in reply, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you; or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and make you welcome; naked and clothe you; sick or in prison and go to see you?' And the King will answer, 'I tell you solemnly, in so far as you did this to one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me." (Mt.25:31-40).
To the others -- to those who are brought into judgment, the Lord will say, "Go away from me, with your curse upon you, to the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you never gave me food; I was thirsty and you never gave me anything to drink; I was a stranger and you never made me welcome, naked and you never clothed me, sick and in prison and you never visited me." (Mt.25:41-43).
God has published all the answers to His final exam. He has posted them in scripture so that no one will be caught unawares. Since all Christians presumably know these questions (and their answers), who are all the people who have to ask? Who is it that God is saving that stand before Him so surprised?
There is a serious enigma here. One whose final answer seems to lie beyond the boundaries of creed. Jesus has called us into action, not to lip service. Those who act in accordance with His words will live forever. We have His word on that.
1. 'The Last Days of Babylon, Chapter 32, 'Day of Reckoning'
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