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Topic: Valley (08/10/06)
TITLE: Valley of Decision (ii)
By Virginia Gorg
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“Jehoshaphat, my brother” exclaimed Joel. “It is good to see you again. I just heard that the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision.”
“It is nearer than you think. Gabriel announced that it will be only a matter of hours. He uses that phrase even though time as we once knew it is now irrelevant.”
Joel stroked his flowing beard, “I still grieve for those who have turned from Him. Once the Lord judges, it will be too late to change. And time will matter no more.”
Jehoshaphat’s blue eyes glistened as he reflected: “I remember setting up a justice system when I ruled Judah. I warned the judges to consider carefully their verdicts, for the Lord listened. I did not realize that my obedience to God was a harbinger of these final moments on earth.”
Joel peered into the valley. “There are certainly multitudes arriving. Many still appear arrogant.”
Jehoshaphat pointed, “Look over there – a group of people is bowing to the Lord.”
“But are they sincere?” wondered Joel. “I would like to listen.”
With that, the two men were able to hear the thoughts of some people for just a few minutes.
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The teenager wearing jeans was crying, “I am saved by Your mercy, Lord. I still continue to seek Your face.”
The thirty-something reflected, “Why didn’t I listen earlier to my parents when they talked about the rapture? But now I know Jesus. I’m sorry for my sins and wayward life. Thank You for Your mercy.”
The impeccably dressed middle-ager thought: “I have done good deeds. Oh, I hope I get to go to Heaven.”
The serious looking one mumbled: “If I continue to bow like these people, I can sneak into Heaven.”
A grandparent’s simple thought: “I praise You, my Lord, as I have all my life. You are glorious and awesome. I tremble before You as I put my trust in Jesus.”
Another young woman’s belief was: “I go to church. I know God will overlook that I’ve been living with my boyfriend. He knows I’m good at heart.”
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Joel looked at his friend and sighed. “I am troubled that some still misunderstand. It will cost them eternity.”
Jehoshaphat nodded. “Each day, decisions are made, but when the Lord judges, who will be found righteous?”
“Only One – our Lord Jesus Christ, for through Him alone comes salvation.” Joel continued to watch the people gather in the valley.
Jehoshaphat commented: “ As I cautioned the Judean judges so many years ago, the Lord does indeed listen, and will judge each one as they make their final decision. Will they choose Jesus?”
The men reflected on Jesus quietly.
Joel spoke softly and reverently: “I recall when the word of the Lord came to me, and I wrote, ‘And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ The multitudes have one final chance for salvation.”
Jehoshaphat replied solemnly: “No one escapes the judgement of God. So many do not understand the insignificance of the massive decisions that are made. They do not understand the concept of eternity. The splendor of clothes and chariots matters not, for where the heart is, there will be their treasure.”
Joel turned from the valley towards God. Awestruck, he fell to his knees in wonderment and anticipation. “Jehoshaphat, look, He Who is seated on the throne is opening the Book of Life. Judgment begins now in the Valley of Decision.”
Joel 3:14, 2:32
2 Chronicles Ch. 19 and 20
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