The last days of history – Part 20
The Judgment Of The Ungodly. Cont.
It gives the impression of taking a dose of one’s own medicine. To drink it down to the dregs means to be punished completely.
Mat25: 31-46. Jesus Tells about the Final Judgment.
“All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats.” (Mat 25:32)
“Sheep from the goats.” The sheep and goat judgment occurs after the tribulation and Christ’s return to earth, but before the beginning of His earthly reign (cf. Dan7: 9-14; Rev5: 10; 19:11-20:4). (1) At the time of Christ’s coming, the saved and the lost who are living on earth and who survived the tribulation are still mingled together. (2) The judgment involves the separation of the wicked from the righteous (Mat25: 32-33; see 13:41). (3) The judgment will be based on outward works of love and kindness of those belonging to Christ and who are suffering. The expression of love and compassion is taken as an inherent part of true faith and salvation (25:35-46). (4) The wicked will not be allowed to enter Christ’s kingdom but will go into eternal punishment (vv. 41, 46; Rev14: 11). (5) The righteous will inherit eternal life (Mat 25:46) and the kingdom of God (v. 34; see Rev20: 4).
“And they answered and said to Him, “Where, Lord?” So He said to them, “Wherever the body is, there the eagles will be gathered together.” (Luke 17:37)
Luke 17:37“the body…the eagles.” This verse suggests the certainty of judgment upon those who are spiritually dead (cf. Mat 24:28; Rev 19:17-18). Just as surely as eagles, i.e., vultures come to the corpse, so judgment will come upon the wicked, when Christ returns.
(10iii) Those Who End Up In Hell
Those who mistreat the poor, the needy, the helpless and prisoners
“The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God. 18For the needy shall not always be forgotten; the expectation of the poor shall not perish forever.” (Ps9: 17,18) 9:18 The world may ignore the plight of the needy, crushing any earthly hope they may have. But God, the champion of the weak, promises that this will not be the case forever. The wicked nations that forget the Lord and refuse to help their people will be judged by God. He knows our needs, He knows our tendency to despair, and he has promised to care for us (see also 9:9, 12). Even when others forget us, he will remember.
Read Mat25: 31-46. Jesus Tells about the Final Judgment
“And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” (Mat25: 46)
25:34-40 This parable describes acts of mercy we all can do every day. These acts do not depend on wealth, ability, or intelligence. They are simple acts freely given and received. We have no excuse to neglect those who have deep needs, and we cannot hand over this responsibility to the church or government. Jesus demands our personal involvement in caring for others’ needs (Is58: 7).
“For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.” (Jas2: 13)
Read Luke16: 19-31. Jesus Tells about the Rich Man and the Beggar
“And he said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ 31 But he said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead” (Luke16: 30,31)
16:19-31 The Pharisees considered wealth to be a proof of a person’s righteousness.
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