The books of First and Second Peter have a lot to say about past, present and future judgment. While there is no such thing as an evolutionary “Big Bang,” there is a biblical “Big Bang.”
“But the Day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which heavens will pass away with a great noise and the elements shall melt with fervent heat.” (2 Peter 3:10).
The warning by Peter of future judgment needs to be heeded by every God-fearing Christian. We are two thousand years closer to this judgment than we were when Peter wrote about it. Peter spoke of scoffers who would deny the coming judgment of God.
He reminded them of the Flood of Noah’s day that destroyed all but eight people. God is long-suffering and not willing that any should perish (verse 9), but world-wide judgment will come. Peter reminds us that a thousand years is as one day to the Lord (verse 8), so what if it has been two thousand years since the warning was issued? This is nothing to God.
Noah was a preacher of righteousness (2:5), but no one heeded this warning and all were destroyed. Noah preached for many long years while the ark was prepared and NO ONE turned to the Lord. Talk about discouraging! The devil can quickly discourage us when it comes to winning souls to Christ, but we must not quit.
I recently worked a five hour shift at a soul-winning booth in Florida. It was a large state fair and the weather was beautiful. On this particular day, literally thousands of people walked by the front of our booth.
My partner and I spoke to hundreds of these people and many took gospel tracts, but only one person stopped and prayed to get saved. However, on another day with far fewer people passing our booth, we led fourteen people to the Lord in four hours. So do not let the slow, discouraging time stop you from witnessing to people.
We live in perilous, dangerous days. We need to be warning everyone of judgment to come, but there is peace and safety in Jesus Christ. Jesus spoke of wars and nations in conflict before the end of this age and surely we are seeing such.
Peter gave further illustration of the sure judgment of God by using Sodom and Gomorrah as an example (verse 6). These cities were completely destroyed because of their extreme wickedness. Even when some angels sinned, they were cast down to Hell and delivered in chains of darkness to await judgment (verse 4). Judgments of the future are as sure to come as those of the past.
As a people and a nation, Israel and the Jews have probably suffered the judgment of God more than anyone else has. It is because of their privileged position and rebellion against God that they have suffered so greatly.
Chosen of God to be a peculiar people unto Him, they have repeatedly failed in their calling, but God isn’t through with them yet. The full fury of the Lord is yet to be poured on the Gentile nations for their ill treatment of Jews and the nation of Israel will be spared.
And then there is a final judgment, The Great White Throne Judgment. The scope and magnitude of this is almost beyond comprehension. Multiplied billions of people will stand before the Lord to give account of themselves. The books will be opened. Works will be judged. Souls will be cast into the lake of fire (Revelation 20:11-15).
Have you prepared your heart and life to escape this eternal tragedy? Turn to Jesus, accept His blood-bought salvation and never worry about the lake of fire. He paid the full penalty for your sins and wants to save your soul this very minute.