He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that He may judge His people: “Gather My saints together to Me, those who have made a covenant with Me by sacrifice.” Let the heavens declare His righteousness, for God Himself is Judge. Selah
This prophetic psalm highlights God’s position as the judge of all. This call is for the saints (those that have made a covenant by sacrifice). This call is for the called out ones; it’s a call for the church.
Good morning friends. In the Old Testament’s legal system, in order for the death sentence to be passed, their needs to be two or three witnesses. The patriarch emphatically declared in his written work:
he shall not be put to death on the testimony of one witness.
Physical death is only cessation of our body; our spirit continues existence in sleep mode until the day of judgement. While alive, we can also experience spiritual death through sin and rebellion against God; this affects the harmony between our spirit and God’s, until the process of realignment through repentance. To strengthen this argument, Paul writes to friends in Rome:
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
This principle of witness or testimony is embedded all through scriptures, affirming God’s edicts, decrees, verdict and judgement on the affairs of humankind. This also strengthens the authenticity of biblical texts, and its prophetic credentials. So, in line with this principle, let’s look at two New Testament testimonies or perhaps witness statement.
Paul wrote to the church in Corinth in the spirit of fatherhood, amidst a culture of sin and rebellion:
This will be the third time I am coming to you. “By the mouth of two or three witnesses every word shall be established.” I have told you before, and foretell as if I were present the second time, and now being absent I write to those who have sinned before, and to all the rest, that if I come again I will not spare
And Peter also made this profound statement to friends in Jerusalem, indicating that the time is upon us:
For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?
The call is upon us dear friends, Jesus said, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock”. The call for the gathering of the saints for judgement; for without judgement, there will be no rewards or punishment.