James 5:1-6 A Word to you who are rich: Weep and wail over the miserable fate about to come upon you. Your great wealth is rotten, your fine clothes have become moth-eaten, your gold and silver is corroded and all your riches will be used as evidence against you. Your flesh will be consumed as by fire.
The end of the age is upon you, but you continue to store up wealth! All your fraudulent and dishonest actions, all those whom you cheated will cry out to indict you and the Lord has heard their cry. The innocent peoples, who cannot resist you are trampled down, while you have lived a life of luxury and self-indulgence and you continue to gorge yourself on the. finest foods But the Day of your slaughter fast approaches. All the earth’s peoples will be judged on that Day.
James 5:7-11 My brethren, you must be patient until the Lord comes. Consider a farmer waiting for the precious crop from his land. He can only wait in patience until the early and late rains have fallen. You too, must be patient and strong in courage, for the Return of the Lord is near. My friends, do not grumble and blame your troubles on one another, so that you won’t come under condemnation, for look – the Judge is standing at the door!
As an example of patience under ill-treatment, look to the prophets who spoke the messages of God. They suffered persecution, but they persevered and are now blessed and honoured. See how Job kept his faith through many trials. That story demonstrates how the Lord tests everyone, then in His great compassion and mercy, He rewards those who remain faithful to Him. Ref. REB. CJB.
A terrible disaster is about to come upon all the world, Amos 8:4-6, Matthew 19:21-24, Luke 6:24-26, Revelation 6:12-17 It will fall on all those who refuse to acknowledge Him or follow His Laws. Isaiah 2:12, Isaiah 24:5, Romans 1:18, 2 Thess. 1:8 It will be triggered by an attack against Israel, Psalms 83, Micah 4:11-12, they will all be wiped out. Ezekiel 30:1-5, Zephaniah 2:4-6, Jeremiah 49:35-37
On the Day of slaughter, people will be consumed by fire, everyone will be judged by the Lord on His terrible Day of vengeance and wrath. Isaiah 66:15-17, Jer. 23:19, Ezekiel 7:5-14, Joel 1:15, Zephaniah 3:8, Luke 21:35, 1 Corinthians 3:13-15, Revelation 6:12-17
Now, the church age is nearly over and the Judge is ready: at the very door. Deuteronomy 32:31-36, Isaiah 42:14, Job 19:29, Acts 17:31
The glorious Return of Jesus for His Millennial reign is near, but a short time of Satan’s domination of the world must happen before the Return. Daniel 7:25, 2 Thess. 2:3-4, Revelation 13:5 Everyone will be tested, there is no ‘rapture’ out of it and the Lord will reward those who keep their faith in Him: Isaiah 40:10, Psalms 94:12-15, Matthew 13:40-43, Romans 8:18
Eventually, at the Great White Throne judgement, Revelation 20:11-13, all the living and the dead will be judged according to their deeds.
But this initial judgement/punishment of the nations by fire from the sun, Isaiah 30:26a, Malachi 4:1, Jeremiah 25:29-33, Psalms 50:1-3, the Sixth Seal event, will be another ‘reset of civilization’ of similar magnitude to Noah’s Flood. The survivors will establish a One World Government and the Lord’s people – righteous Israelites, faithful Christians of every tribe and tongue, Revelation 5:9-10, will gather and settle in all of the holy Land. Isaiah 66:18-21, Ezekiel 20:34. Psalms 37:29, Psalms 69:34-36, Amos 9:14-15, Romans 9:24-26