After perusing my husband’s massive personal library recently, I discovered a wonderful little book by a brilliant man, named Charles Spurgeon (pictured here). The book is called “When Christ Returns” and the title aptly summarizes the theme of the entire book. After skimming through a few pages, I was riveted. I couldn’t put it down!
I will share one of the passages on death that hooked-me early in my reading. But before you read it below, take a moment to quiet yourself and engage your mind in the text. Dust off your imagination & turn it on full throttle as you follow Spurgeon’s description of the events that follow death for the unbeliever… it is a pretty intense read:
“Horrors are there, indeed, around the deathbed of the wicked, but these are hardly anything compared with the terrors of the Day of Judgment. When the sinner wakes from his bed of dust, the first thing he will see will be the Great White Throne and the Judge seated upon it. (See Revelation 20:11.) The first sound that will greet his ears will be the trumpet sounding this call:
Come to judgement, come to judgment, come to judgment, sinner come.
He will look up to see the Son of Man on His judgement throne with the King’s officers arranged on either side, the saints on His right hand and angels round about Him. Then the books will be opened. (Revelation 20:12). What creeping horrow will come upon the flesh of the wicked man! He knows his turn will arrive in a moment; he stands expecting it. Fear grips him while the eyes of the Judge look him through and through. He cries to the rocks to hide him and the mountains to fall upon him. (See Revelation 6:16.) Happy would he be now to find a friendly shelter in the grave, but the grave has burst its doors and can never be closed upon him again. He would even be glad to rush back to his former state in hell, but he must not. The Judgment has come; the indictment is set. Again the trumpet rings,
Come to judgment, come to judgment, come to judgment, come away.
Then the Book of Life is opened, and the dreadful sentence is pronounced. We discover this in the words of Scripture:
’14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.‘ (Revelation 20:14-15)
The condemned sinner never knew what death was before. The first death was just a flea bite, but this is death indeed. The first death he might have looked back upon as a dream compared with this taste of death, now that the Lord has come.”
For the believer reading this passage, I pray it has elevated your heart, as it has mine, with lofty praise and adoration to the Lord your God for sparing you an eternal fate such as the one described here. May it also encourage you to spare others from this fate by sharing the “good news” of Jesus Christ with them before it is too late!
For the unbeliever reading this… after reading this passage, my heart is renewed with an intense, deep sorrow for eternal fate that you may be facing. It is my earnest prayer that the Lord would be pleased to draw you unto Himself through a saving faith in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!