Judgment of the wicked. Judgment of the righteous. The white throne judgment. All at different times! Says who? Not according to the judgment of the scriptures.
Not one time is the final judgment day of God, the day which begins with the return of Jesus, referred to in a plural form. It is judgment day – not judgment days.
I know premillennialism says otherwise. But that doctrine can’t say what it teaches if the scriptures are handled correctly (2 Timothy 2:15; 2 Peter 3:15-16).
Again, I will say the Bible calls it “Judgment Day” – not judgment days…not one time.
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Close to a year ago I read a story about a judge who spoke to a defendant standing before her after she recognized him as a childhood classmate.
Several days ago there was a follow-up on the story with a very interesting twist. As the defendant was being released from jail, the judge was actually there to meet him with a hug. Talk about a judge who wants someone to succeed!
Now that I mention it, there is actually a judge, who will be everyone’s judge, that wants us to succeed – and his name is Jesus.
Despite the fact that we’re all individuals and law-breakers who deserve to be found guilty (Romans 3:23), the judge of the world (2 Corinthians 5:10) wants to know us, and he wants us to receive a leniency of the highest order in order that we may live eternally in him and with him (John 6:37).
The next time you think no one wants you to make it, think about the judge who stretched out his arms wide for you upon the cross and who wants to greet you with the greatest hug ever given as we pass from this life to the next (2 Corinthians 5:8).
“Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 10:32-33)
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Jesus said the rich man “died and was buried,” “And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom” (Luke 16:23 NKJV). Though dead, his soul was in “Hades,” not Heaven, and stayed there. “Hades” means “unseen,” and holds departed souls until the Day of Judgment. Jesus taught that Lazarus was in Abraham’s bosom (Luke 16:23). “Hades,” then has a place where the good “are comforted” and the bad are “tormented” (Luke 16:25) separated by “a great gulf fixed” (Luke 16:26). When Jesus died, Peter preached that God did not leave His “soul in Hades” (Acts 2:27), but “raised Him from the dead” (Acts 13:30). After death, we will await the Day of Judgment in “Hades.” All souls do not go to Heaven.
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- in the context of Israel not waking up to what was going on around them – “Then the Lord awoke as from sleep, like a mighty man who shouts because of wine.” (Psalm 78:65)
- in the context of getting out of sin – “Therefore He says: “Awake, you who sleep, arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light.”” (Ephesians 5:14)
- in the context of being given direction in life – ” Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it.”” (Genesis 28:16)
Without doing damage to the original context with too much cut and paste here, the point is not that God actually sleeps or that our direction in life comes from dreams – the point is that it’s important to not test the patience of God. We must wake up from our spiritual slumber lest we find out too late that the Lord was with us but we were not with the Lord. Ignorance only goes so far (Acts 17:30) and that length is not one that we should be interested in measuring out. We must listen to the alarm before the alarm quits talking and the Lord starts shouting. Sound like a parable to anyone? Maybe one from somewhere around Matthew 25:1-13?
According to some people who profess to know him, God has softened his stance on repentance. According to what they say, Jesus is optional, sin can be rational and salvation is left up to what we want it to be. But is it so?
I for one say not so! Without a doubt I fail my Lord. Without a doubt sin can creep up on me. Without a doubt my salvation is important to me. But when it comes to God softening his stance on repentance toward him when it comes to unrighteousness there is some very serious doubt that those who say such things know what and who they’re talking about.
“Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.” (Acts 17:30-31)
While preaching to a group of men and women who were living as unbelieving pagans, old-fashioned sinners and individuals outside of the safety of God’s grace Paul plainly said God expects and requires repentance. This expectation and requirement wasn’t for individuals here and there – it was for everyone, everywhere. Judgment is coming and its basis will be upon the righteousness of God; that standard that we all fail to meet at one point in our life with many, many, many more to follow. And the judgment of God will be accomplished by the non-optional and solo sacrificed Savior of the world.
Has God changed his mind about repentance since Paul preached those words in the first century? Has God softened his stance on the necessity of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus? The way we answer the first question determines the way we answer the second, but the way we answer won’t change the way that God thinks.
“There were present at that season some who told Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And Jesus answered and said to them, “Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.”” (Luke 13:1-5)
This is Just-A-Minute. It was the apostle Peter who warned “scoffers will come in the last days, walking in lusts and saying, “Where is the coming of Jesus? Where is this Day of Judgment? All things continue just like they always have and always will.” So the skeptics sneer and the cynic chides, but so have they done in the past. They titter and snicker until it grows to a roar and howl; mocking with rancor those who believe until they again are distracted by their lustful pursuits. Am I alarmed and surprised by their sarcastic barbs? Not at all, for Peter told me to expect such narcissism. It is a mark of the last days, when corruptness prevails and perversity abounds. I believe! God will keep His promise and the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night in which the heavens will pass away with a loud noise and the earth and all in it will be burned up.