Ezekiel 7:1-2a,6 “Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Also, thou son of man, thus saith the Lord God unto the land of Israel; An end, the end is come upon the four corners of the land. Now the end is come upon thee….And end is come, the end is come: it watcheth for thee; behold it is come.”
Time is up! We all have heard those words many times. That is exactly what God was saying to the house of Israel. He told Ezekiel to deliver a message of lamentation, mourning, and woe because of Judah’s idol worship, rebellion, and hard-heartedness. (2:10) The message of judgment now became reality. Time was up; judgment had come.
Perhaps you have heard the idiom, “pay the piper,” which means to face the results of one’s actions. For example, the body has a perfect memory. Later in life, it will remind you of how you have treated it.
God was proclaiming to the house of Judah that “the end has come, and it watcheth for thee.” Many believe the end is death. But death nor the end is up to our judgment. God has set the time and knows exactly when the end is. However, there is a small window of opportunity to heed the word of God and make decisions that will effect both today and eternity. The Bible says, “For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.”
Think of death as a parallel line that moves along side of you in the present and watches for you to set its trajectory according to your past and present choices. God has certainly numbered our days, but if we neglect the principle of sowing and reaping, the end may come sooner than we expected. Deuteronomy 30:19 “I call heaven and earth as witness this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live:”
Hebrews 9:27 “It is appointed unto man once to die, and after this the judgment.”
2 Corinthians 5:10 “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.”