Revelation 20 - Steve Wiggins Daily Devotional
“Then I saw a great white throne and the One seated on it. Earth and Heaven fled from His presence, and no place was found for them. I also saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the Book of Life, and the dead were judged according to their works by what was written in the books. Then the sea gave up its dead, and Death and Hades gave up their dead; all were judged according to their works. Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. And anyone not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.” Revelation 20:11-15
I have heard it said, by some “new age” and liberal religious types, that all roads lead to G_d. The foundation of their statement is a heresy, which assumes that all religions will eventually lead to some type of eternal salvation. To them, it doesn’t matter which road you choose, because they will all arrive at the same destination.
According to today’s passage, there is some truth to their assumption, though. All roads eventually DO lead to G_d. That is to say, they lead to Judgment of God. We will all, great & small, stand before the L_rd’s judgment. The real question should be, “Which road gets me past God’s Judgment?” There is only ONE true way, and if the “narrow path” had a street sign at its entrance, it would read: “MESSIAH YESHUA”…or perhaps, “THE Way”.
Some skeptics would argue that such an exclusive assumption is a New Testament fable, an idea that Judaism doesn’t teach. While there are many Tanakh (Old Testament) references to the “Day of the L_rd”, the “Last Day”, “The Judgment”, etc, consider this one from the prophet Zephaniah:
“Therefore wait for Me – the Lord’s declaration – until the day I rise up for plunder. For My decision is to gather nations to assemble kingdoms, in order to pour out My indignation on them, all My burning anger; the whole earth will be consumed with the fire of My jealousy.” Zephaniah 3:8
The Bible gives a symmetrical picture of salvation history. In its first two chapters, at the beginning of history, a sinless World is described. At the beginning of the third chapter (Genesis 3:1-7) Satan entices Eve and Adam into sin, resulting in damage both to humanity and to the World. G_d’s plan from the very beginning was to remedy this damage through the death & resurrection of Messiah. The remaining 1256 chapters of the Bible deal with the outworking of this plan.
Now at the end of history, in the third-to-last chapter, Satan is judged, with the wicked condemned to the lake of fire. Then, the final two chapters of Revelation present a newly-created world and a humanity restored to Eden-like sinless-ness.
~Steve Wiggins, Associate Leader, Worship Leader
Daily Devotional, Thursday, January 2, 2014