History is the sum total of what has ever been going on in the world on the macro level as well as the regional/micro level. All of that of course is also the sum total of what individual humans have ever lived; it is of unfathomable and inextricable proportions; it is a fact that the God of the universe alone, creator of everything, is able to know, understand and judge the history of all mankind; this is impossible for man to do; that is why He has determined that one day he would judge the living and the dead.
1 Chronicles 12:32 "Of the sons of Issachar, men who understood the times, with knowledge of what Israel should do, their chiefs were two hundred; and all their kinsmen were at their command".
Knowing this, we should be very careful in our own lives as well as in our corporate societies to learn how to not only live our daily lives and services but also to recognize seasons, times, trends in history and how they impact us for the short term, long term and do this also in light of the judgement to come from God in heaven.
The Bible is very clear on that reality and even non christians have a feeling that we will eventually not be able to escape judgement because God put in us the thought of eternity.
Ecclesiastes 3:11 "He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also set eternity in their heart, yet so that man will not find out the work which God has done from the beginning even to the end".
This is no light topic for we are all concerned, christian and non-christian. And although the christian's judgment has been dealt with by Jesus's sacrifice is no excuse to live as if the final judgment did not exist, for the Church will also stand at the judgment seat of Christ.
2 Corinthians 5:10 "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad".
I Peter 4:17 "For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?"
So God is the final Judge of all things and has decided given us these Scriptures to help us prepare and forewarn us.
Hebrews 9:27 "And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment".
2 Timothy 4:1-2 "I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word".
The Apostle Paul made it also very clear that he had to deliver the whole counsel of God to the churches he served and it should also be our norm.
Acts 20:25-27 "Therefore, I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all men. For I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole purpose of God".
God will judge this world sooner or later and it's not going to be over, till he says it is. He will have the last word.
I Peter 4:3-5 "For the time already past is sufficient for you to have carried out the desire of the Gentiles, having pursued a course of sensuality, lusts, drunkenness, carousing, drinking parties and abominable idolatries. In all this, they are surprised that you do not run with them into the same excesses of dissipation, and they malign you; but they will give account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead".
Jude 1:14-15 "It was also about these men that Enoch, in the seventh generation from Adam, prophesied, saying, “Behold, the Lord came with many thousands of His holy ones, to execute judgment upon all, and to convict all the ungodly of all their ungodly deeds which they have done in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.” These are grumblers, finding fault, following after their own lusts; they speak arrogantly, flattering people for the sake of gaining an advantage".
Revelation 14:6-7 "And I saw another angel flying in midheaven, having an eternal gospel to preach to those who live on the earth, and to every nation and tribe and tongue and people; and he said with a loud voice, “Fear God, and give Him glory, because the hour of His judgment has come; worship Him who made the heaven and the earth and sea and springs of waters”.
History was meant to not only be the expression of our individual and collective lives and personalities, but through the redemptive work of Christ, was meant to reflect His Story. Since we are so far from it, Jesus also tells us that …
Matthew 12:36-37 "But I tell you that every careless word that people speak, they shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
For those who might cringe from the doctrine and reality of judgement or clearly put it aside, in favour of the doctrine of grace, let us remind ourselves that the teaching of eternal judgment is part of the basics of the christian faith.
Hebrews 6:1-2 "Therefore leaving the elementary teaching about the Christ, let us press on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, 2 of instruction about washings and laying on of hands, and the resurrection of the dead and eternal judgment".
Let us also take to heart this warning of Paul the Apostle, who so long ago talked and warned the Church of what has become a very current and modern-day problem, not being able to make the difference between right and wrong, let alone enduring sound doctrine.
1 Timothy 4:3 "For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths. 5 But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry".
All these elements point to the need to live our lives in the fear and love of God, learning how to trust him and depend on him daily so that our own and collective history will not only be blessed but a blessing to as many as possible.