“And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, to execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him” (Jude 14-15).
Just as space has black holes which irresistibly draw objects into its pitch-black darkness forever, so the Creator of space has “reserved the blackness of darkness forever” for the ungodly. The truth of God’s judgment on the ungodly has been revealed since the days of Enoch, who was born about three hundred years prior to Adam’s death.
God’s timeless warning of His judgment on the ungodly needs somber consideration by every generation since Enoch’s. God’s pronouncement to the patriarch several millennia ago contains seven noteworthy characteristics.
God’s judgment is purposeful: “to execute judgment…” When Jesus came to earth as a baby in Bethlehem, He came with heaven’s offer of pardon for condemned spiritual criminals. In an invitation which seems almost too good to be true, He came not to be served but to serve and give His life a ransom for many (Mark 10:45). He came as the Lamb of God to bear the guilt of your sin (John 1:29).
And He did.
When He comes again, He will return as the Lion of the tribe Judah (Revelation 5:5). As the King of kings and Lord of lords, the Only Potentate, He will gather all nations before the throne of His glory and separate the righteous from the unrighteous (Matthew 25:31-46). His sheep (the righteous) will be welcomed into the final phase of the kingdom prepared from the foundation of the world, and they will enjoy eternal life. The goats (the unrighteous) will be sent away from Him into the everlasting fire, and they will be punished with eternal retribution. Righteous judgment will be executed.
God’s judgment is intentional.