All times are difficult for the evolving souls, but currently these are times extremely difficult for people who yearn for immortality in the love of Jesus Christ. These longings are sometimes not authentic because they are not supported by a personal effort but only by the illusory desire, which leads to negligence, to think wrongly, for example, only about how good God is, forgetting about his justice. Many think that there is no damnation, because God is so good that no one will be judged for damnation. In support of their interpretations, they argue that the Bible has been tampered and that there is no punishment for the offender, because God is love. They say aloud, God is love!, but they do not even mutter, “He is also justice.”
It is true that the Bible has been altered many times and there have been made several versions of it written by human hands, apparently by people so zealous of seeing published soon the work of their ingenuity, that they were not able to read the verse Revelation 22:18-19. Let us remember it: “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”. These verses do not refer only to Revelation; if the Bible is the word of God, and it is, and it is inspired by Him, who dares to amend the things of God for his own benefit?
If there were no rewards and punishments, what are the commandments and the beatitudes for?, what is law for?. What is the Bible for?. It is curious, to say the least, that those who say the Bible is manipulated, also manipulate it themselves when they teach that there are no punishments for evil deeds because, they say, and I repeat, God is good and He will forgive everyone. (Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous? Job 40:8)
But the word of God is powerful and it keeps the guideline of his mandates and moral standards throughout the length of the text, to enlighten and to guide the righteous man, helped by the Holy Spirit. The knowledge of all science comes from God and He gives understanding to the person who is “like a child”, sincere, innocent, eager for his love and for the wonders of his creation and the afterlife. Those who are not “like children” are locked behind the bars of their intellectuality, human reasons and egoic opinions, feeling free in their dark mental prison.
By reading the Scriptures, we learn that since the beginning, when Adam and Eve transgressed, the punishment for wrongdoing is the result of it. The subject of the punishment is set in both the OT and the NT, and is manifested in the words of Jesus in the parable of the Wheat and the Tares, and among others, in the one of the oven where the wicked will burn like dry straw. Revelation itself declares the end of the war between good and evil, a war that began in heaven… as you know. And the Bible does not only refers to sinners, but also to the lukewarm ones which “I will spue thee out of my mouth.” (Rev. 3:16).
Those who believe in the righteous judgment of God, which of course He applies it with the mercy of His love, may consider, among others, some attitudes that may assist us in these times in order to win His justice; practices that can also enrich our personal usual behavior and also help us to be prepared for the moment of being in front of the tribunal of God.
First, a devout life; second, search the Holy Scriptures because the faith and knowledge of God comes by hearing and reading His Word; Third, to live the Gospel every day, by transforming teaching to practice, and finally, praise the name of God and his Son, testifying of His glory.
When we speak of devout life, we also speak of prayer, repentance and sincere demonstration (to God) of the regret for having offended Him, so we are justified by our contrition, because the payment for the offenses which we were criminals, is with moral pain, spiritual pain; not with other pain. We must diligently study the Holy Scriptures, to strengthen our faith, because the faith comes by hearing and reading the written word of God, living in communion with the spirit, which means that we must reproduce in our character the influence of the Christic spirit through the imitation of Jesus, for the glory of God. That is how we must face the difficult times; and about living the Gospel daily, this will make us worthy of standing before the Almighty God and our beloved Savior. And finally, to testify for the glory of God, is working in favor of the Plan of Salvation, so that, complying with the purposes of the Father and of the Son, can be redeemed, at least in part, the greatest of his works: the Man.
The love of God for the Man in his actual state will clear a path to his merciful justice in order to separate the wheat from the tares. (Matthew 7:23 “And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”).
What is written in Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 is very important, because God reviews at the life of every living being, to determine his reward or recompense, either for salvation or for damnation. “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether be good, or whether be evil.”
At some point it will be changed the state from death to resurrection for eternal life; the book of sins and the book of love will be opened. An angel will carry us and show us to the court and it will be opened, showing what we did for all to see. If we want to avoid further shame and pain, we might suffer now voluntarily, in an act of recognition of our faults, the sincere sorrow for having offended God and the neighbor: let us ask for forgiveness, let us feel deeply our contrition and rectify ourselves, so that this pain lead us to forgiveness.
Today we are like the days of Noah. The Bible reminds us that the coming of the Son of Man will be like the days of Noah. He preached until he was ordered to get on the ark; an angel sealed the door. When The Flood came, people asked for help, his relatives shouted for help. Noah wanted to open the door, but he could not because it was already an angel that prevented it; what God closes, man can not open and vice versa.
In our time, the Lord wants us to be awake, so that even in this time of adversity we grow spiritually; He wants us to follow Him because of love, so that we are strong pillars that hold the spiritual wounded who may seek Him with fervor, so that in tribulations, pains and tragedies we can serve, so that there is no one who may have reasons for blaming God and unfairly turn the back on Him, so that anyone who has been persevering until the end would get his reward.
Let us remember the parable of the ten virgins, five of them were wise, and five were foolish. Be prepared for any instant. This is the attitude for this time, a state of permanent attention, as Revelation suggest, to keep what we have achieved with so much effort, not in material goods, but in virtues and self-control, in the control of ourselves to be owners of our actions, and thus deny the entry of the God’s enemy in our thinking and feeling.
Do you remember the wise servant? When the Lord comes, who will be the faithful and wise servant, whom He would find working? Working on what?; plowing the hard or fertile ground for sowing the seed of his divine word.
It was also said that from two women in a mill, one will be taken and the other will be left. Which will be taken? The woman that will be taken is the one who is working. Working on what? She has to be working on her spirit, fostering her virtues and washing the garments of her soul. It will be left the one which is not working on herself, that does not distribute the divine bread and water to the hungry and thirsty ones.
The Lord’s mercy is not enough to let go as innocent to the guilty. No one escapes from the law. When there is no knowledge about the Gospel, the conscience of the person is the responsible for discerning between the good and evil, so there is no reason for excuses. “For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another” (Romans 2:14-15).
We have to prepare ourselves to serve the others better and to serve the Church of Christ, to give the bread of life and the water that quenches thirst every time we have the opportunity to do so. Our clear attitude is of rejection of the antichrist and his henchmen (from now and from the past): “Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.”, “They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.” (1 John 2:18-19).
If we want to be invited to the heavenly supper, we must revise our attitudes, in order to amend, rectify and purify. We must respond to the love that God has for us, liviing a life according to His desires, also feeling for Him, besides love, reverential fear, because He is a jealous and just Father.
“He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.” (Matthew 12:30).