Make Way for the King

The earth went dark and the ground shook underfoot. The moon turned blood red and the sun was blotted out of the sky. The sound of a million screaming warriors filled the air. The trees groaned in the wind and dust swirled in the air. From the east formed a billowing thundercloud, with lightning bolts striking the ground below. Atop the rolling clouds a majestic figure stood, descending from heaven, accompanied by millions of mighty warriors. The figure resembled that of a man, and stood at the middle of a rainbow. His hair hung gracefully behind His shoulders, and His stature was that of a prince. His eyes were filled with holy fire. His face shone like the sun, contrasting the darkness below. Finally the man touched the earth. The ground cracked in the presence of His majesty and the trees fell before His feet. All prostrated themselves before Him, for His magnificence was undeniable. 
Suddenly the storm calmed and the earth was covered with a painful silence. The warrior to the man’s right loudly proclaimed, “Make way for the Son of Man, the Father of all Mankind, who was before Abraham! Make way, all you people, for the Lord, the Savior, the One who is and always shall be. Make way for Jesus the Christ, the Messiah who was sacrificed for you, mere mortals. Behold His mighty power, transcending majesty, and astounding glory. Make way for the King!”
The Son of Man separated Himself from His warriors. He looked across the people with eyes of fire, but also with great compassion. Another ear-splitting silence ensued. Finally, the Christ whispered in a voice like thunder. Calling each man by name, He separated all people into two groups: one two His right, and one to His left. Some families went together, while still more were separated. Sons and daughters were separated. Husband and wife were separated. Brothers and sisters were set apart, some to the Lord’s right, and some to His left.
The King looked to the people to His right, and proclaimed, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”
But the people to the Lord’s right were bewildered. They asked, “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?”
The King replied, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
Then the King turned to those to His left, “Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.”
They answered, “Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?”
The Lord replied, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.”[1]
Then the Son of Man raised His thunderous voice, “Lucifer, show yourself!”
A huge man presented Himself before the Lord. One could tell He must have been a mighty warrior, but now His countenance only displayed fear.
“You scoundrel, you have deceived my people for too long. You have been spreading your lies across the earth since the creation of mankind. You are the deceiver. You have nothing but evil in your heart. You are the devil.”
The Messiah gestured to the people to His left. “You have led these people—my children—to eternal punishment, and they shall descend to hell, with you at the lead!”
“Sovereign Lord,” Satan begged, “You created me masterfully, and I was the most beautiful angel. As for these people, I was only—”
“Enough!” the Lord screamed, and at that moment, one was inclined to think the whole universe might explode. “Your empty words do not entice me,” He scolded. “Go now, along the path that you have chosen.”
Then Satan was thrown into a lake of fire[2], where the screams of agony never cease to be heard, followed by all those to the Christ’s left. There was weeping and gnashing of teeth[3] like never heard before.
Then the Son of Man turned to those on His right, and said, “Now, you who remain, come with Me to the Father, and you shall have eternal life.”
Then a great mist came over them and the wind blew and lightning struck and thunder roared. Finally, the mist dispersed, and the people found themselves on a new earth and under a new heaven. There was no sun, for the Lord was the Light.
At last, all was made right, and the people could see the new Jerusalem. 


If you want to know what the new Jerusalem looked like, read Revelation 21 and 22. Also, read my post The New Jerusalem to understand exactly the size of the city.

Braeden Frantz,

[1] Matthew 25:33-46
[2] Revelation 20:10
[3] Matthew 13:42


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