“And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.”
Lost men from all the ages are led by Satan to oppose Christ. We are told here that “they went up on the breadth of the earth”, which is a phrase describing their resurrection from the dead, which will allow them to stand before Christ and receive the judgment for their sins.
Revelation 20:12 – “And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.”
The resurrection of the lost dead is described elsewhere in the Bible….
Daniel 12:2 – “And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.”
John 5:29 – “And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.”
Acts 24:15 – “And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust.”
According to the above verses, the resurrection of the “unjust” will lead to “shame”, “everlasting contempt” and “damnation” for lost mankind.
The judgment of their sins at the hands of a Just, Almighty God will result in them facing great public embarrassment (“shame”), as the Lord reveals their wicked actions as he compares them to the standards found in His Word.
As they are found guilty, and sentenced to eternal punishment, they will find themselves facing the endless revulsion of God (“everlasting contempt”) as they are condemned to punishment (“damnation”).
As God’s people, we too, are deserving of this same end. However, through the grace of our Lord we have been delivered from the judgment that we deserved. As His servants, we have been given the great responsibility to reach lost mankind with the gospel of Christ, both as individuals, and especially through the ministry of local churches.
May we all faithfully take the good news of God’s grace to the lost world around us. May we be motivated from a heart of love and appreciation for the Lord and all He has done for us. And may we always take the gospel to the lost with a heart of compassion and concern for their well-being seeking to help them escape the wrath that is to come.
Colossians 1:27-28 – “To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:”
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