If ISIS, Al-Qaeda, and Boko Haram are Not Going to Hell, Please Tell Me Where They are Going (Part 2)

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TEXT: Revelation 20:11-15

To the families of James Foley and Steven Sotloff, I want to say that our prayers and the prayers of Christians around the world are for you and for the thousands of others who have been affected by the actions of such groups as ISIS, al-Qaeda, and Boko Haram. If President Obama cannot get some justice against these terrorists on earth, you can rest assured that God will get justice because He said, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay.”

Some years ago, a man in Spain raped a thirteen-year-old girl at knifepoint. He was caught and sentenced to prison, however, he was let out on a three-day pass. While he was out, he returned to his hometown and happened to pass by the mother of the girl he had raped in the street. He allegedly taunted the woman before going into a crowded bar. Shortly after, the girl’s mother followed him into the bar with a bottle of gas. She poured the gas on him, struck a match, and set him on fire. The rapist suffered 60% burns and later died at a hospital.

Why did this mother feel the need to react in such a way when she saw her daughter’s rapist out on the street, enjoying his freedom, going to get a drink at a bar like any other ordinary citizen? Perhaps she felt as if justice had been lacking in that particular case. Perhaps she felt that the man who violated her daughter should be subjected to much harsher punishment than what he had been subjected to. I can imagine her saying with Abraham, “Will not the judge of all the earth do right?”

Today, we are witnessing gross atrocities around the world. Violent terror groups such as ISIS, al-Qaeda, and Boko Haram are ravaging innocent people in Africa and the Middle East. They are not just slaughtering those who dare to oppose them, but they are hunting down and going after those who disagree with their diabolical ideology. In recent days, they have tortured and slaughtered Christians and other minorities — men, women, and children. They raped the wife and daughter of a Christian man in front of him, and that man later committed suicide. They have beheaded two American citizens, videotaped it, and broadcast it to the world. They have executed hundreds of Syrian and Iraqi soldiers and left their bodies to rot in the desert. Some reports say that they have hoisted the severed heads of their victims on poles in celebration. One member of the minority Yazidi group said 2,000 of his people were killed by ISIS in one day.

When we look at these events, perhaps we, too, must ask the question, “Will not the judge of all the earth do right?”

I am here to tell you that the answer to that question is “yes.” God, the judge of all the Earth, will ensure that those who seemingly get away with their crimes will receive just punishment according to their deeds at the Great White Throne Judgment.

Today, we are going to continue looking at the Great White Throne Judgment.

1. What is the nature of this judgment? John says, “I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God.” All of these dead are the unsaved people who did not accept Christ as their Savior while they were alive. So, we already know the fate that awaits them based on other passages of Scripture.

2. What is the purpose of the Book of Life? John says that as these condemned dead are standing before God, “the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life.” The opening of the book of life is a bright spot in this passage for us as Christians.

3. What is the purpose of the other books? John writes, “the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.” The other books that are opened at this judgment apparently contain a record of the works of those who died in their sins.

When we look at the world, it is easy to adopt a spirit of hopelessness. It seems as though atrocities go unpunished and sometimes unnoticed. But, the Bible assures us that every atrocity, every beheading, every murder, every rape, every lie, every sin is recorded in the books of Heaven. Not one crime escapes the eyes or the knowledge of God. He will ensure that justice is done. Romans 12:19 says, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.”

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