Hope in the Judgment

Who can stand against the Judgment of God?  No one.  The nations of Israel and Judah learned this the hard way.  The northern kingdom, Israel, had 19 kings who were all fundamentally evil and turned the country farther and farther from God.  One of them, King Ahab, was perhaps the worst Israelite King of all and the one that Elisha and Elijah prophesied against.  In 722 B.C (200 years after the kingdoms split), a nation called Assyria came and destroyed the northern kingdom.  The ten tribes that made up this nation have been fully absorbed into Assyria and later Babylon, who would take of Assyria in 612 B.C.

The Southern Kingdom, Judah, had twenty kings, who had a roller coaster experience with good and bad kings.  Eventually, the evil lifestyle would lead them so far away that God would bring exile judgment to them as well.  Babylon would overtake Assyria and continue to march toward Jerusalem, the capital of Judah.  In 586 B.C. (136 years after the fall of Israel), Babylon would sack Jerusalem, taking the southern kingdom’s inhabitants into captivity.

Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 5:10, “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.”  No one will escape the judgment of God.  All we can do is make preparation for it by placing our faith in Jesus Christ.  By doing so, we come under Romans 8:1, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”

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