The term “Day of Reckoning” has different connotations to every individual; to Christians it is Judgment Day at the Seat of Christ; to many others the White Throne Judgment represents the ultimate accounting where the scales of justice are eternally set by an event that is really where formal sentencing takes place. It will be a both a terrifying and exhilarating time which Jesus describes as “wailing and knashing of teeth”.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weeping_and_gnashing_of_teeth
The concept of a “Day of Reckoning” has always been incorporated into our belief system. It our financial contracts it always appears to be a time in the distant future where the settling of accounts appears to never be of a concern at the moment. Impulsive buying by credit cards is an alluring thing since one can have what they want now and not worry about paying for it until much later. The reckoning seems far away and not too much to worry about. But that day invariably comes to settle one’s commitment. http://biblehub.com/isaiah/10-3.htm
Contracts to purchase cars and homes can make it seem an easy thing to do also because the reckoning appears quite a bit less intimidating by terms stretched over 48, 60, or 72 months for cars and 15, 20, or 30 years for homes. Getting into such contracts are far more easy than getting out of them as too many discover. The reckoning will stalk those with house payments the most relentlessly of all. The higher the cost, the more difficult the reckoning.
The Bible says that the borrower is a slave to the lender and warns about counting the costs before entering into an agreement or decision to do anything. It is a wise endeavor to take inventory of what one is willing or not willing to do and to measure the expense of doing or not doing either.
Such is the case with dealing with any day of reckoning. Pretending there is not a reckoning exposes one to unnecessary grief and penalties.
Jesus articulated a parable regarding a master of a house hold leaving on a long journey and giving three servants talents while he was gone. To one He have five, to another three, and to another servant one. Various behaviors were exhibited by each servant while the master was absent as each servant acted accordingly based on what was given by each servant’s ability. Each servant’s attitude reflected in their performance either positively or negatively.https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+25%3A14-30&version=NLT
When the reckoning finally came, each servant was dealt with by how well or how badly they performed when the master returned unexpectedly.
Human nature has not changed since Jesus shared His parable with those that have an ear, then let them hear. There are always those that will disregard warnings and pursue their own course as though there will never be an accountability for their actions. Jesus gave this analogy for today by saying people will behave “as in the days of Noah”, there will be marrying and giving in marriage and knew not until the flood carried them away.
There was doubt, ridicule, and discussion during the time Noah constructed the ark for 120-years while preaching salvation according to other accounts given in the New Testament. It was ridiculous for Noah to build the ark so far away from the water because after all….it had never rained before and therefore it could not happen. There was little consideration to what Noah was preaching until the day or reckoning arrived.
There is exactly the same culture of doubt, ridicule, and discussion today as the Day of Reckoning is treated as a wild, irrational, and false assumption manufactured by superstitious notions. After all, people have been talking about this before since our fathers walked about and their father’s fathers. The very words are being used as the Bible predicted and Jesus warned….”where is this coming?”
The reckoning that the Bible warns is a time of unparalleled consequences and unfortunately there are too many believing they have all the time in the world to make a decision or subscribe to the fallacy that nothing is ever going to happen.
Lazarus received judgment and too late realized the reality that awaits in the form of his own reckoning. He wanted to escape from his final destination and warn his brothers so they could avoid his fate. It could not be done because of the vast gulf separating the righteous from the unrighteous.
Jesus gave this somber prediction that is even true today regarding the coming reckoning. Jesus declared that the word of the prophets through the word of God was possessed by the people and they could make their decisions based on that truth.
“Besides, they will not believe even if one rises from the dead.” Then Jesus went out and proved it. There were those that were eyewitnesses to all of Jesus’ miracles and ministry, His death and resurrection, and still there were those that doubted.
Reckoning is a time where the settling of accounts amounts to giving you what you worked for, and there is not much God can do about it since we are given free will to do as each sees fit.
The reckoning merely pays off on your investment.