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Judgment Day
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By Louis Gander
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Judgment Day

You float above your body,

ascending to the sky.

You hear the angels singing

but really not sure why.

You hear them a Cappella,

for just a song or two -

and then the instruments chime in

which take your breath from you.

 

Tall, massive sculptured columns

hold alabaster beams -

so high above your vantage point.

It, overwhelming, seems.

The granite steps are pure as glass

which reach the massive doors.

They open up, reveal in full,

the warmest parquet floors.

 

A light so bright just draws you in,

down through the polished halls.

You hear those massive doors go shut.

The hollow echo calls.

But you have done no walking here.

You simply float along -

until you enter room that holds

ten thousand angels strong.

 

With bulging eyes, your jaw now drops.

You hear a massive "boom"!

Intimidated, you've become

in center of the room.

The ceiling seems a mile high,

with walls a mile wide!

There is no time to make amends.

There is no place to hide.

 

The gong still echoes in your ears -

You see God on the throne!

Possessions?  Not a single one.

You're naked there alone.

You knew that judgment day would come -

but why was it so soon?

Vacation days are not used up.

It wasn't even noon.

 

Your earthly life, you quick relive.

Oh, what did you achieve?

Exposed, you're feeling guilty now.

Just who did you believe?

Wide and open, hangs your mouth.

There's silence, not a squeak.

And then you start to wonder when

and if the Lord will speak.

 

Bright lightning cracks with thunder and

you think it all so odd -

but then you understand it all.

It is the voice of God!!

You knew this time would one day come.

You knew with certainty.

If only you had one more chance...

but it will never be.

 

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How consequential is this world

which passes quickly by?

Are you prepared to see God now?

Are you prepared to die?

Does Jesus knock on your heart's door

or have you seized control?

Why not allow Him in right now

so He can make you whole?

 

For wide, the gate, that leads to death

because of selfish sin.

More difficult, the narrow gate

where few will enter in.

Not even you can be so bad

that love escaped your heart.

For Christ has died for everyone -

including you, so start.

 

Begin confessing all your sins,

Repent of every wrong -

and if it's not just all pretend

you'll cry out loud and long.

Then ask Him to forgive you too.

He will if you're sincere.

When you obey and humbly do,

your guilt will disappear.

 

Now God does not want someone who's

too proud to shed some tears.

So don't be like a 'macho' man

who thinks he's great, but fears -

that someone might poke fun of him -

that friends might think he's odd.

Don't put your popularity,

ahead of your own God.

 

God's grace is something you can't buy.

It's offered to you free -

but only if you put Him first

and follow faithfully.

Don't be dismayed if tears should come.

It's only natural -

to shed a tear for what you've done

(the pain and cross and all).

 

Two thousand, plus some years ago,

it took a real man

to sacrifice Himself for you.

Repent in tears.  You can.

You'll soon wake up on judgment day.

It's then, you'll really care.

Will it be Jesus or your friends

who stand up for you there?

 

©2014 louis gander

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Matthew 24 (NASB)

 

10 At that time many will fall away and will betray one another and hate one another.

11 Many false prophets will arise and will mislead many.

12 Because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold.

13 But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved.


James 1 (NASB)

 

11 For the sun rises with a scorching wind and withers the grass;

and its flower falls off and the beauty of its appearance is destroyed;

so too the rich man in the midst of his pursuits will fade away.

12 Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial;

for once he has been approved,

he will receive the crown of life

which the Lord has promised

to those who love Him.

 


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Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2014

Last Updated: Friday, January 3, 2014

About the Poet
Born in Richland Center, Wisconsin in 1954. It's the poem's message that matters- not the poet.


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