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The Judgment

 

John 12:31 Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out.

Serious Matter! Lucifer, a great leader of the angelic host, on becoming defiant and rebellious is expelled from heaven with one third of sympathizing angels. (Isaiah 14:12-14; Ezekiel 28:12-17; Revelation 12:4, 9)

On earth, Lucifer deceived our first parents and extended his dominion upon the earth. And when the Son of God came to be with us in human nature, Satan tried the most to destroy Jesus. The inhabitants of the vast universe of God heard the accusations of Lucifer blaming the character of God and the law of His government, and in some minds a doubt could remain. Instead of destroying Lucifer at once, God is allowing time until the fruit of lawlessness and rebellion gets ripe and His creatures in judgment could vindicate the justice and love of God.

The Judgment is carried out in three different phases.


The first part or Investigative Judgment is taking place right now: "the hour of his judgment is come." (Rev. 14:7) In vision, Daniel saw the beginning: "I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit ... thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened ... I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him." (Daniel 7:9-13)

The Son of man is Jesus, the Advocate, the Lawyer, who represents each penitent sinner that comes to Him for help. "And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous." (1 John 2:1)

What needs to be cleansed in heaven? The record of sins of Adam and Eve, Abraham, David, Peter, my sins, your sins, and the sins of the world; plus the sins of Satan and of the fallen angels. "For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil." (Ecclesiastes 12:14)

"Sin is the transgression of the law." (1 John 3:4) Sin is the breaking of any of the Ten Commandments. (Exodus 20:2-17)

When sins are forgiven by Jesus in response to a heartfelt confession, in the judgment Jesus sustitutes His perfect life for the guilty one, and Jesus victory is counted for his salvation. Sins are blotted out and names remains free from sins in the book of life. Thanks Lord, for divine mercy!

God is love: no force, no coercion, free choice to follow the Lord, or to follow the devil. Jesus Christ voluntarily became the Lamb of God to provide the blood of redemption and the hope of the resurrection. Jesus Christ is the high priest of the heavenly sanctuary to take care of the confessions, repentance and forgiveness of those who choose to follow the Lord. "Seeing then that we have a great high priest that is passed into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession." (Hebrews 4:14) And now also Jesus Christ is the Advocate in the judgment who seals the names of the redeemed from earth for the Kingdom of God.

The ears of the High Priest are open at any moment a confession of repentance is send to heaven for forgiveness and power over sin. "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (1 John 1:9)

The prophecies of Daniel tell us when the judgment began: "Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then the sanctuary be cleansed." (Daniel 8:14) One day in prophecy is equal to one year. "I have appointed thee each day for a year." (Eze. 4:6; Num. 14:34) The seventy weeks or 490 years of Daniel 9:24-27 that began in 457 BC and ended in 34 AD are the first part of the long span of 2300 years. The second part takes us to 1844 AD to begin the judgment.

The Judgment is in session, the door of salvation is still open. How long? At the end of the judgment, the three angels message has proclaimed the last call of mercy and the dreadful warning to the unbelievers. (Rev.14:7-11) Tensions are very high, but the mighty hand of God protects those sealed for salvation: "Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus." (Rev. 14:12)

At the end of time, the last choice has been made, there is no more repentance coming up from earth. In the Judgment, Christ stands up and pronounces the closing verdict: "He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still." (Rev. 22:11) The names of the saved are sealed in the book of life; and salvation closes its doors forever.

From that day, the seven last plagues start falling upon the wicked until the Second Coming of Christ. (Rev. 16) "For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God; and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord." (1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17)

The hope of the human race, life with Christ and eternal life is fulfilled with the Second Coming and the resurrection of the dead in Christ. By the testimony of the Scriptures, Jesus cloud could be very large to receive all God's children. With great joy the redeemed will see Abel, Abraham, David, Peter, Paul, John, and millions upon millions more. They sing: "O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?" (1 Corinthians 15:55) as the joyful throng, guided by Jesus, flights by distant stars and galaxies in route to the city of God. (John 14:1-3)

Down here is planet earth, depopulated, dark, cold, and broken by the mighty global earthquake. (Jeremiah 4:23-28) The ones who chose to worship the beast and the power image fell lifeless to the ground, they were drunk with the wine of Babylon the Great. (Rev. 17:2-5) And they didn't pay attention to the last call of mercy: "Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues." (Rev. 18:4) Sad, very sad, the fate of the lost; but it was their choice.

With no man to tempt, Satan is bound by the circunstances, for a thousand years. (Rev.20:1-3)


The second phase of the judgment, the Consultive Judgment, begins when the redeemed are in heaven with Christ, for a thousand years. They go over the record of life of each one of the lost in the books of heaven. "Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priest of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years." (Rev. 20:6)

Among the millions of the redeemed in heaven, pretty soon they find out that some dear family or friend is not there. Why my pastor is not here? Why my husband, wife, father, mother, brother, sister, friend, is not here? The records of life of every person ever lived on earth is there and will be opened for every one to see why he failed to take care of his salvation with the Savior, and why he or she chose to be with the lost. "He that covered his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy." (Proverbs 28:13)

"Do you not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?" (1 Corinthians 6:2)

If Cain never repented, his name could be the first one to be judged by the saints. In time, the names of those who took the Just One, Jesus, to the cross will come up to mete out their punishment. And the list could go on with the names of all the wicked and criminals on earth; and every one whose name was not on the Lamb's Book of Life. (Rev. 21:27; 20:15) The wicked are dead in the dust of the ground, and they continue unconscious dead in the ground for the entire millennium. "For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not anything ..." (Ecclesiastes 9:5)

The judgment also takes care of the fallen angels and Satan: "Know ye not that we shall judge angels?" (1 Corinthians 6:3)

At last the redeemed have reviewed the records of life of each name in the book of the lost, and even with tears in their eyes, they see the love, mercy and justice of God in every case. Once more they praise the name of the Lord: "Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God: For true and righteous are his judgments ..." (Rev. 19:1, 2)


The third phase of the judgment: the Executive Judgment. Christ returns to earth with the redeemed and the New Jerusalem to establish the capital of God's Kingdom on planet earth. (Rev. 21 and 22)

On coming down, Christ calls back to life all the wicked of six millenniums who were dead on the dust of the ground. "But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished." (Rev. 20:5)

Christ comes down until His feet touches the mount of Olives and the ground opens a great plain for a seat to the New Jerusalem. "And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south." (Zechariah 14:4)

The redeemed are inside the New Jerusalem, but the wicked are as the sand of the sea on the surface of the earth. You could see those near the site speedily fleeing before the unexpected tsunami of dirt as the city descends.

Satan feels free now with billions of human beings ready to obey his orders. "And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison. And he shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle; the number of whom is as the sand of the sea." (Rev. 20:7, 8)

Since the number of people outside following Satan is far greater than those with Christ inside the city, Satan is able to convince the great war generals of all time that they can take the city by assault, and conquer the earth. Soon they had the weapons and the armies ready to march, "And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city..." (Rev. 20:9)

Suddenly the armies stop their march when they see a great white throne going up on top of the city. "And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away..." (Rev. 20:11) On the throne is the Majesty of heaven, Jesus, the Lamb of God, Almighty God, to execute the final judgment upon rebellion and unrepentant sinners.

Down there as head of the attacking army is Satan, the rebel angel who once was the covering cherub; (Ezekiel 28:14) who for the sake of ego grandeur drawed under his rebellion a third of the angelic host with deceiving promises of a better government. (Rev. 12:4, 9) Behind Satan are all who didn't accept for their own salvation the redeeming blood provided by the Lamb of God; therefore they are lost, their names are not in the Lamb's Book of Life. (Rev. 21:27) Every human being that ever lived on earth is present and alive at this moment of the final judgment: the saved around the Savior; the lost behind Satan.

John could not explain the technology God used at this moment to show to each person the plan of redemption in vivid panoramic view, and the scenes and words when each one of the lost rejected the oportunity to be saved. And the judgment applied by the saints during the thousand years in heaven, the sentence, is passed now to each one standing outside the city. "And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works." (Rev. 20:12)

The selfish, the unjust, the filthy, the rebel one and whoever name is not in the Book of Life is outside the walls of the city waiting for death. But they could be inside as part of the saved if only they had gone to Jesus the Savior with a repentant heart confessing their sins: "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."(1 John 1:9) No, they did not come to Jesus, their present was full with the pleasures and the things of the world that the devil brought to mind.

There was a time, before death, when repentance and salvation were touching each heart, but they who are outside of the city despised and rejected the Savior. Clearly, they see it now, but it is too late. Moved by the love, mercy, justice and majesty of the Judge, every one kneels down before the throne of God. "For it is written, as I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God." (Romans 14:11)

From the enormous congregation of the wicked around the city rises a loud chorus of confession: "Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of the saints... for thy judgments are made manifest." (Rev. 15:3, 4)

After Satan surprised himself on his knees before the Creator, he jumped to his feet to order the attack on the city; but no one moved, no one believed him anymore. The Judgment has unmasked the devil and everybody sees Lucifer as the grand deceiver. The wicked become very angry for being deceived so much, and with the weapons in their hands they rise up to assault, not the city, but the grand deceiver and those who in this life kept them under that fatal deception. They run against Satan: "Behold, therefore I will bring strangers upon thee, the terrible of the nations: and they shall draw their swords againts the beauty of thy wisdom, and they shall defile thy brightness." (Ezekiel 28:7)

"Thou has defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thy iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee." (Ezekiel 28:18)

"And they went up on breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them." (Rev. 20:9) "And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire..." (Rev. 20:10) "And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire." (Rev. 20:14, 15)

After the earth cools down, the redeemed could go out of the city: "And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day I shall do this, saith the Lord of hosts." (Malachi 4:3)

No more sin and sinners. The redeemed could see and hear the Mighty Creator bringing the earth back to be the beauty of the universe. Will you and I be there? If we surrender our lives to Christ-the Savior, we will be there with Him. Amen.

 

 

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