Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
Matthew 3:10 ESV
Whether people are prepared for it or not, believe in it or not, care about it or not, the Lord’s judgement will come, and it will be quick… and it is irreversible.
When a tree is cut down at the root, it will not grow back:
Once the tree has been cut, the roots cannot grow anymore because the leaves are necessary to provide the food to fuel root growth.
This irreversible action is even furthered by the fact that the tree is thrown into fire. It’s burned to ashes, to exist no more. Irreversible times two.
His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and gather his wheat into the barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”
Matthew 3:12 ESV
A winnowing fork is a tool used in agriculture where the farmer gathers the grain, throws it up in the air, and the wind blows away the fine chaff while the true wheat falls back down at the farmer’s feet. The wheat will be gathered into the Lord’s barn and the chaff will, like it says of the tree, be burned.
For those who don’t believe that Jesus Christ is Lord, for those who are not saved, that day is coming. As I said, whether you believe or not, it will come. The forecast may call for rain and the sky may be cloudy and you can say to yourself, “It won’t rain”, but chances are, it will. Unlike weather forecasts, the day of the Lord is a sure thing.
The great day of the LORD is near, near and hastening fast; the sound of the day of the LORD is bitter; the mighty man cries aloud there. A day of wrath is that day, a day of distress and anguish, a day of ruin and devastation, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick darkness, a day of trumpet blast and battle cry against the fortified cities and against the lofty battlements. I will bring distress on mankind, so that they shall walk like the blind, because they have sinned against the LORD; their blood shall be poured out like dust, and their flesh like dung. Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them on the day of the wrath of the LORD. In the fire of his jealousy, all the earth shall be consumed; for a full and sudden end he will make of all the inhabitants of the earth.
Zephaniah 1:14-18 ESV
There are those who say, “I couldn’t worship a God like that” and by saying that, you’re speaking of yourself and not Him. You’re speaking of your own selfishness. Many see the God of the Bible as this ruthless, angry God… and while He can be both of those things (for good reason), He is also kind and loving. Many fail to look at what the Lord has done in His redemptive plan for man. And.. Many don’t think the concept of hell is ‘nice of Him’ however, neither are our idolatrous and disobedient ways. We all deserve hell, but the Lord was merciful in providing a way to His Only Begotten Son – Jesus Christ. He’s our bridge and our connection, our Saviour and Redeemer. How could we not love the One who gave His life for us ?
For those who are saved, or claim to be (there are many false converts unfortunately and very sadly), strive to make your calling and election sure (2 Peter 1:10) and work out your salvation with fear (reverence) and trembling (awe) as Philippians 2:12 says.
And the haughtiness of man shall be humbled, and the lofty pride of men shall be brought low, and the LORD alone will be exalted in that day. And the idols shall utterly pass away. And people shall enter the caves of the rocks and the holes of the ground, from before the terror of the LORD, and from the splendor of his majesty, when he rises to terrify the earth.
Isaiah 2:17-19 ESV