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The Four Future Judgements

Satan promulgates a lie that no-one will be judged, when in fact all will be judged, both Christian and non-Christian, Jew and Gentile. Not all judgement is judgement of sin, although sin contributes to all works or behaviours that are indicted. Romans 1:18 states – The wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. (ESV). God treats each and every person as responsible people, responsible for their own decisions and actions. Those that reject the punishment of sin taken by Jesus Christ must bear the punishment themselves: And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world (1 John 2:2 NKJV). God also punishes nations for its treatment of His people, Israel, and Israel for rejecting Messiah.

Judgement

Judgment Seat of Messiah

Judgment of the House of Israel

Judgement of Sheep and Goats; The Judgement of Nations

The Great White Throne Judgement

Scripture

Matthew 6:1-6

Matthew 7:26, 27

Romans 14:10-12

1 Corinthians 3:10-15

2 Corinthians 5:9-10

Ezekiel 20:33-44

Daniel 12:5-7

Joel 3:1-3

Zechariah 14:1-2

Matthew 25:31-46

Rev 20:11-15

Indictment

Judgement to reveal the quality of one's work where poor quality will be lost: wood, hay and stubble shall be burnt with fire – i.e. tested and destroyed.

Transgression against God, those that rebelled and worshiped idols, did not obey God, profaned God's holy name.

Treatment of the Jews 'the Brethren' in particular those that:

1. Scattered the Jews

2. Attacked Israel (Campaign of Armageddon)

3. Sold Jews into prostitution slavery

Individuals not in the Book of Life because they did not believe Jesus Christ is the Saviour.

All people have their name in the Book of Life (Ps 136:16), but their name is blotted out if they reject the Messiah (Ps 69:28). The "other books" used include Lamb's Book of Life the contains the names of born again individuals (Rev 13:8, 21:27).

Judge

Messiah

The Lord Jehovah (Lord GOD)

Son of Man: Messiah

Unnamed, but presumed to be the Messiah

Who

Church age believers

Israel – ie Jews

"All nations", the living, the Gentiles

Unbelievers of all time

Basis

Believers are to give an account of things done: they are to undertake good works. These are to be tested.

The covenant of God to Israel: obedience to the commands of God

Exodus 19:5

Deuteronomy 11:13, see also 28

Deals with Gentiles who hate Jews and therefore hate God; those that hate God enter eternal punishment; the remnant enter the Kingdom of God

To be saved a person needs to believe that Jesus Christ is the saviour (John 3:16). The degree of punishment will be based on one's works

Punishment

Bad works to be 'burnt', good works to be rewarded (recompensed)

Purging of "rebels" and those that transgressed against God. Exclusion from the Kingdom.

Eternal fire, prepared for the devil and his angels

Sets out the degree of punishment. All who are indicted in this judgement are destined for the second death: the lake of fire.

Audience

None

The world

The holy angels

All people

Where

Heaven at the Judgement Seat of Christ

The middle east, in particular Israel (but involves the whole world)

Earth, Jerusalem

Earth

When

After the rapture

The Tribulation

After the Tribulation

After the millennium

Purpose

To test the quality of the works of believers, ascertaining the foundation on which they were conducted: the works (not the sins) of believers; that which are useless (bad) to be lost as if burnt. Rewards believers according to the works they have done.

To separates Jews who hate God: they will not inherit the Land (will not enter the Kingdom), and so they will know the Lord Jehovah.

It is a count of those that know the Lord Jehovah; ie> will mark out the remnant, and ensure submission to the covenant of God. God will demand their mind, body and soul as an acceptable sacrifice to Him

To separate anti-semitics from pro-semitics, and to punish the antisemitics.

The pro-semitics will be given a placed in the Kingdom (Matt 25:24-40). These are the ones who provided for the brethren of Jesus during the great tribulation.

Determines the degree of punishment in hell; Matthew 11:20-24, Luke 12:47-48, John 19:11

David L Simon (23 August 2015)
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