“You have time to build houses,
and in them dwell,
And time to do business, to buy and to sell;
But none for repentance or deep earnest prayer
To seek your salvation you have no time to spar
But time will not linger when help less you lie;
Staring death in the face, you will take time to die!
Then, what of the Judgment? Pause, think I implore
For time will be lost on Eternity’s shore.”
When the last curtain falls we shall rejoice in every moment we spent in the service of the Master. Every soul we helped to save (I Timothy 4:16) will be a source of extreme satisfaction. We shall be thrilled with the divine, sublime presence of the Godhead (Colossians 2:9) and in our deliverance from this sin-cursed earth. I John 3:3 says it tenderly:
“And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.”
When the final moment peals forth we shall understand even more fully the grace and mercy of God and the abundant life His Son fashioned for us (John 10:10). Does not John 3:17 fit this point perfectly?
“For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world but that the world through Him might be saved.”
But, when the curtain falls there shall be some regrets also. We will be ashamed of all the time we wasted “here and there” (I Kings 20:40) when we could have been working in the vineyard of the Lord (II Corinthians 6:1). We will deeply regret any compromise of Truth for nothing else can make us free (John 8:32). One of the leading contributions to Hell will be those “who received not the love of the truth that they might be saved…because they had pleasure in unrighteousness” (II Thessalonians 2:10-12). As we stand before Jehovah on that final Day of accounting we shall be filled with remorse over those we failed to teach because we were debtors to them (Romans 1:14; Ezekiel 3:17ff). Thousands will be sorry they failed to study and learn the Bible. Psalm 119:11 reminds us all:
“Thy word have I hid in mine heart that I might not sin against thee.”
Parents will regret improper training for their children that could cause the loss of all. When we fail to build our home on the Lord we labor in vain (Psalm 127:1) because our offspring are not raised in the cultured environment of Christianity (Ephesians 6:4). Hell will be even sadder if we take our children with us due to parental weakness, neglect and example! To sum it all up: If I go to Hell it will certainly be due to the fact that I just did not want to go to Heaven strong enough!
We will not make it to “the land of fadeless day” if we allow inherited religion, prejudice or emotionalism to overwhelm us. Materialism on the one hand and immorality on the other are twin deterrents to glory.
Those who attempt to guide themselves, instead of following the mandates of the Bible, will also miss the road that leads to mansions in the sky (John 14:1-6). Those who allow any mundane concern to hide the spiritual directives of Holy Scripture pose as the greatest enemy of their own eternal security. An absence of total commitment to the gospel of Christ is a sure reflection of one’s disenchantment with the cause of the Lord. Men should be willing to pay the very highest premium for Truth!
“Buy the truth and sell it not” (Proverbs 23:23).
Whatever sacrifice such a demand requires out to be speedily attended to. Heaven will be too sweet to miss. And, when the last curtain falls, we will be amazed at the vanity of many things we once deemed important, necessary and urgent. Only those matters performed in the name of Christ shall endure the shifting sands of time. Do we really want to go to Heaven? The way we live now is an honest mirror of our attitude toward and energy expended in the divine realm Hell will be full of folk who were not sincerely concerned with their conduct upon the earth. Sadly, such concern came to late! Death Has no Favorites was the gripping headline recently in a report of the fiery crash of a jetliner that claimed 137 lives. How very pertinent is that reminder! No one knows how many days there are remaining nor how many nights in which to sleep. But, one thing is very sure as stated in Acts 17:31 …
“But God has appointed a day in which He will judge the world.”
In view of that monumental appointment—which no one shall cancel—should we not each one soberly ask:
Am I Ready For That Day To Come?
Notice carefully the following conclusions. When The Last Curtain Falls:
1. Time Shall Be No More
2. Opportunity For Salvation Shall Have Passed
3. Judgment Awaits Us All
4. The Gates Of Hell Shall Open Wide
5. We Will Stand Face To Face With Christ
6. The Gospel Shall Be The Standard Of Judgment
7. Every Tongue Shall Confess The Lord
8. The Devil Will Have Lots Of Company
9. Heaven’s Portals Shall Shine Gloriously
10. We Shall Reap The Fruit Of Our Influence
Jesus invites us, this side of judgment, to open the door and let Him into our lives (Revelation 3:20). Our service in the Lord’s vineyard will not be in vain (I Corinthians 15:58). Since we are to be judged according to His blessed word (John 12:48) let us be wise enough to choose the way of the Cross and not the broad way of leisure.
“Two ways lay before me,
From them I must choose,
One way I must take
That I cannot refuse.”
When the last curtain falls let us pray that the rejoicing we hear is not from the demons in Hell but the angels in Heaven (Luke 15:10). For, when God rings down the curtain on the final act we cannot replay our part. The greatest drama the stage of life has ever known is now being enacted. It is called SALVATION and it demands our best.
In the piercing language of Joshua 24:15 we come to the final scene in this lesson:
“Choose ye this day whom you will serve.”
Friend, do not let the curtain fall on you indecision, rebellion or shame. Obey Christ today and live for Him until the drama has ended. You will never regret a performance like that!