...every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.That passage (and its sister passage, Phil 2:10-11, and its parent passage, Is 45:23) has always given me the impression that even the sinners will be forced to give obeisance to God and acknowledge Him as supreme.
But last night at church was read Rev. 13:8 (HCSB), which says:
All those who live on the earth will worship him, everyone whose name was not written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who was slaughtered.I had never before noticed it until last night when the passage was read, but it seems to me that even the non-saved will actually "give worth" to God. It won't be a matter of being forced at sword-point to submit to God; it'll be a matter of being so awed by God's greatness that even the most die-hard atheist won't be able to help himself admiring and wanting and loving God. The enemies of God will finally "see".
God is just that awesome.