“Look! I have cast fire upon the earth.. and now I am watching until it blazes.”
Some Extracts Concerning Judgment-Day
However, Jesus cried out and said: "He that puts faith in me puts faith, not in me only, but in him also that sent me; and he that beholds me beholds also him that sent me.
I have come as a light into the world, in order that everyone putting faith in me may not remain in the darkness. But if anyone hears my sayings and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I came, not
to judge the world, but to save the world. He that disregards me and does not receive my sayings has one to judge him.
The word that I have spoken is what will judge him in the last day; because I have not spoken out of my own impulse, but the Father himself who sent me has given me a commandment as to what to tell and what to speak. Also, I know that his commandment means everlasting life. Therefore the things I speak, just as the Father has
told me them, so I speak them."
For the hearers of the law are not the ones righteous before God, but the doers of the law will be declared righteous. For whenever people of the nations that do not have law do by nature the things of the law, these people, although not having law, are a law to themselves. They
are the very ones who demonstrate the matter of the law to be written in their hearts, while their conscience is bearing witness with them and, between their own thoughts, they are being accused or even excused. This will be in the day when God through Jesus Christ
judges the secret things of mankind, according to the good news I declare.
I solemnly charge you before God and Jesus Christ, who is destined to judge the living and the dead, and by his manifestation and his kingdom, preach the word, be it urgently in a favourable season, in troublesome season, reprove, reprimand, exhort, with all long suffering and the art of teaching.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, for according to his great mercy he gave us a new birth to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an incorruptible and undefiled and unfading inheritance. It is reserved in the heavens for
you, who are being safeguarded by God's power through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last period of time. In this fact you are greatly rejoicing, though for a little while at present, if it must be, you have been grieved by various trials, in order that the tested quality of your faith, of much greater value than gold that perishes despite its being proved by fire, may be found a cause for praise and glory and honour at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you never saw him, you love him. Though you are not looking on him at present, yet you are exercising faith in him and are greatly rejoicing with an unspeakable and glorified joy, as you receive the end of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
Furthermore, if you are calling upon the Father who judges impartially according to each one's work, conduct yourselves with fear during your alien residence. For you know that it was not with corruptible
things, with silver or gold, that you were delivered from your fruitless form of conduct received by tradition from your forefathers. But it was with precious blood, like that of an unblemished and spotless lamb,
even Christ's. True, he was foreknown before the founding of the world, but he was made manifest at the end of times for the sake of you who through him are believers in God, the one who raised him up
from the dead and gave him glory; so that your faith and hope might be in God.
However, there came to be false prophets among the people, as there will also be false teachers among you. These very ones will quietly bring in destructive sects and will disown even the owner that bought
them, bringing speedy destruction upon themselves. Further more many will follow their acts of loose conduct, and on account of these the way of truth will be spoken of abusively. Also, with covetiveness
they will exploit you with counterfeit words. But as for them, the judgment from of old is not moving slowly, and the destruction of them is not slumbering.
He delivered righteous Lot, who was greatly distressed by the indulgence of the Law-defying people in loose conduct for that righteous man by what he saw and heard while dwelling among them from day to day was tormenting his righteous soul by reason of their
Lawless deeds - God knows how to deliver people of godly devotion out of trial, but to reserve unrighteous people for the day of judgment to be cut off, especially those who go after the flesh with the desire to
defile it and who Look down on Lordship. Daring ,self-willed, they do not tremble at the glorious ones but speak abusively. But these men, like unreasoning animals born naturally to be caught and destroyed, will, in the things that they are ignorant speak abusively,
even suffer destruction in their own course of destruction, wronging themselves as a reward for wrongdoing. They consider luxurious living in the daytime a pleasure. They are spots and blemishes,indulging with unrestrained delight in their deceptive teachings while
feasting together with you. They have eyes full of adultery and unable to desist from sin, and they entice unsteady souls. They have a heart trained in covetiveness. They are accursed children.
Abandoning the straight path, they have been misled. A voiceless beast of burden, making utterance with the voice of a man, hindered the prophets mad course.
Beloved, I exhort you as aliens and temporary residents to keep abstaining from fleshy desires, which are the very ones that carry on a conflict against the soul. Maintain your conduct fine among the nations, that, in the thing that they are speaking against you as evil
doers, they may as a result of your fine works of which they are eye witnesses glorify God in the day for his inspection.
These are fountains without water, and mists driven by a violent storm, and for them the blackness of darkness has been reserved. For they utter swelling expressions of no profit, and by the desires of the flesh,
and by loose habits they entice those who are just escaping from the people who conduct themselves in error. While they are promising freedom they themselves are existing as slaves of corruption. For
whoever is overcome by another is enslaved by this one. Certainly if, after having escaped from the defilements of the world by an accurate knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they get involved
again in these very things and are overcome, the final conditions have become worse for them than the first. For it would have been better for them not to have accurately known the path of righteousness than
after knowing it accurately to turn away from the holy commandment delivered to them. The saying of the true proverb has happened to them: "The dog has returned to its own vomit, and the sow that was
bathed to rolling in the mire."
I Beloved ones, I am arousing your clear thinking faculties by way of a reminder, that you should remember the sayings previously spoken by the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior.
For you know this first, that in the last days there will come ridiculers with their ridicule, proceeding according to their own desires and saying: "Where is this promised presence of his?" Why, from the day
our forefathers fell asleep in death, all things are continuing exactly as from creation's beginning.
We know that everyone that has been born from God does not practice sin, but the One born from God watches him, and the wicked one does not fasten his hold on him. We know we originate with God, but the
whole world is lying in the power of the wicked one. But we know that the Son of God has come, and he has given us intellectual capacity that we may gain knowledge of the true one, by means of his Son Jesus
Certain men have slipped in who have long ago been appointed by the Scriptures for this judgment, ungodly men, turning the undeserved kindness of our God into an excuse for loose conduct and proving
false to our only Owner and Lord Jesus Christ.
In like manner, notwithstanding, these men, too, indulging in dreams, are defiling the flesh and disregarding lordship and speaking abusively
of glorious ones. Yet these men are speaking abusively of all the things they really do not know; but all the things that they do understand naturally like unreasoning animals, in these things they go
on corrupting themselves and have perished in their rebellious talk.
"Look! God came with his holy myriads, to execute judgment against all, and to convict all the ungodly concerning all their ungodly deeds
that they did in an ungodly way, and concerning all the shocking things that ungodly sinners spoke against him.
These men are murmurers, complainers about their lot in life, proceeding according to their own desires, and their mouths speak swelling things, while they are admiring personalities for the sake of their own benefit. In the last time there will be ridiculers, proceeding
according to their own desires for ungodly things." These are the ones that make separations, animalistic men, not having spirituality.