“Then I saw a great white throne and Him who was seated on it” (Revelation 20:11).
Our final national park to visit during our western trip was Zion which likely has its name based on the Zion in the Bible (see here). We entered the park from the east on Utah state route 9, a very scenic highway. At the entrance I was pleased to be able to use my lifetime senior pass. But after pulling it out of my wallet to show it, I was told there was no need as it was a free pass day! That meant the park was very, very crowded.
Nevertheless the drive was beautiful although due to the crowds we didn’t go into the main part of the park which requires shuttles and even finding parking was hard. Maybe another time!
Zion is distinct from other canyon parks in that you drive through the canyon looking up at the walls rather than from along the rim looking down. You can’t drive through the Grand Canyon! However we did take a hike to a vista point overlooking the park.
A popular scenic point in Zion National Park is known as the Great White Throne. It is often used as a symbol of Zion National Park. Since that was in a portion of the park requiring a shuttle ride we didn’t get a photo but here’s one online.
We assume this also has a name based upon a Bible passage, our daily text. However please don’t forward this to the “Freedom From Religion Foundation”, a group that manages to find offense in any expression, display or reminder of this country’s Judeo-Christian foundations. Probably Zion would upset them as well!
The Great White Throne in our daily text is the place of final judgment. Those who are judged are assigned to their final state. The Bible does not indicate any chance for belief after this final judgment. The Great White Throne Judgment refers to a time in the future when all who have ever lived will stand before God in judgment, and He will decide who will be a part of His Kingdom, and who will receive eternal death.
The Apostles Creed forthrightly states that “He shall come to judge the quick (living) and the dead.” A spiritually healthy outlook in life includes a perspective of future judgment. The apostle Paul wrote to Timothy (and through Scripture to all of us): “In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead” (2 Timothy 4:1).
The secular reader will smugly smile at this. Although he certainly cannot deny the inevitability of death, he may chuckle at what seems to him the archaic notion of an appointment of future judgment and accounting to God.
The believer in Christ and the believer in the worldly system both have faith. Death is the final step of faith for both.
- One believes the record of the Bible, the other believes the record of “enlightened” man.
- One has faith that the words expressed in the Scripture are true, the other believes in what man has said.
- One believes we are uniquely created in the image of God, the other believes we are just a higher form of evolved animal life.
- One believes that following death there is judgment day with a heaven to gain and a hell to shun. The other believes that we are merely physical matter and at death we simply cease to be (although I find it interesting that at the death of a loved one, all, except for the most ardent secularist, tend to express belief in an after-life).
What do you believe today? You do believe one way or the other. There’s really no middle ground. I believe in the record of the Bible. I accept its words as truth. I believe in a future judgment. And I don’t want it to be merely “religious” belief that is compartmentalized but a dynamic, living faith that impacts every area of my life. The main thing in this life is to be ready for that final appointment, judgment day. I am trusting in Christ and believe I am ready. Are you?
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Daily prayer: Father, we read in Revelation 20 about the Great White Throne Judgment where all will stand and give account of his or her decision to follow after You or to rebel against Your righteousness. As believers we will stand before Your throne blameless because of Jesus’ righteousness which delivers us from the punishment we deserve. I want my faith to be living and active, influencing my every thought and motive, as I live out my life here on earth. In Christ’s name I pray. Amen.
Zion National Park
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