THE FINAL JUDGMENT
THE FINAL JUDGMENT
All the righteous “came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years.” Revelation 20:4. This is what is spoken of in 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17. The righteous have been taken off this planet and have returned with Jesus to the Holy City in heaven. There the righteous will open the books and judge the wicked and the evil angels. Every case will come up before them to judge. Was God just in letting me into heaven and not that person? Why was not that person allowed to come to heaven when he looked so religious in the eyes of man? All the answers will be written in their books for us to examine the secret things of their hearts.
The word “Abyss” in the NIV is much the same in meaning as the word, “formless” and “empty” in Genesis 1:2. There is nothing here. All has been destroyed. The devil is “chained” here and there is no one to tempt. How terrible for him! The rest of the dead are not alive suffering somewhere, they are dead “and did not come to life until the thousand years were ended.” Revelation 20:5.
The wicked are raised to life and the devil goes out “to deceive the nations in the four corners of the earth... to gather them for battle.” “They marched across the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of God’s people, the city He loves.” Revelation 20:8, 9.
As the army of Satan advances against the city, Jesus is lifted up. His throne rises above the city and seems to fill the whole sky. Every eye is riveted upon that face of love. He is the judge of the whole earth; yes the whole universe.
There is no doubt as to who is responsible for their salvation or death. Each one is judged according to what they have done. Each will look at his/her actions in the light of God’s eternal law, the Ten Commandments. Every rebellious act will be seen in its true, selfish light. After everyone has seen the part he/she has played in the warfare for this planet earth, the final judgment is passed out. The wicked, the rebellious, the stiff necked, the prideful, the selfish, the liars and all commandment breakers will all be sentenced to eternal death. All who made church more important than obedience to Jesus.
The concept here of “for ever and ever” does not mean that it will never go out. Jude makes very clear what is meant by that term. “In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.” Jude 1:7. Sodom and Gomorrah are not continuing to burn. But the destruction is eternal: for ever and ever.
This concept is expressed over and over in the Bible. Jeremiah 17:27 states, “But if you do not obey me to keep the Sabbath day holy by not carrying any load as you come through the gates of Jerusalem on the Sabbath day, then I will kindle an unquenchable fire in the gates of Jerusalem that will consume her fortresses.” Was the fire unquenchable? No. It went out after the Babylonians set it ablaze. But it was a fire that had to burn itself out. No one could put it out.
Matthew 3:12 explains it again. “His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will clear His threshing floor, gathering His wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” Unquenchable fire is the same as a fire that is for ever and ever. You cannot put it out. It is unquenchable. But after everything is burned up, it will go out naturally. But the effect of the fire is eternal.
“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away.” Rev. 21:1. The earth and the fire that devoured it and the wicked are no longer. Everything has been burned to “ashes under the soles of your feet.” Malachi 4:3. And when it is done burning, “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Revelation 21:4.
“It is done.” Revelation 21:6. No more sin. No more pain. No more burning. No more wickedness. All is clean. The universe now pulsates with the purity that has not been known since before the fall of Adam. But now it is clean. Once more to be pronounced by God as “good” as He did in the beginning. “God saw all that He had made, and it was very good.” Genesis 1:31. No burning there! Only those who have cleansed themselves through obedience to the Ten Commandments will be there. Only the pure who have been obedient to the Ten Commandments will be there. “But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars - their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.” Revelation 21:8.
I beg of you, as Jeremiah begged the people of Jerusalem to leave Jerusalem to save their lives, so I beg you to come out of your church. Leave it now. Open up your home and use this book to hold Bible studies with. Listen to one of my favorite Bible Scholars.
“Babylon must apply to religious bodies that were once pure and have become corrupt. . . According to this scripture, many of God’s people must still be in Babylon. And in what religious bodies is the greater part of the followers of Christ now to be found? Without doubt, in the various churches professing the Protestant faith. At the time of their rise these churches took a noble stand for God and the truth, and His blessing was with them. . . But they fell by the same desire which was the curse and ruin of Israel - the desire of imitating the practices and courting the friendship of the ungodly.” GC
Look around you. If your church is not teaching the teachings of Jesus: Stop sinning, be perfect and keep the Ten Commandments to “get” your eternal life, then you must get out. That is how Jesus lived and that is what He taught. If your pastor, church or denomination is not teaching or living by the teachings and example of Jesus, get out now. Take everyone with you whom you want to see in Heaven. (Remember, it was tithe paying, church-going, Sabbath keeping people who where looking for the Advent of the Messiah who put Jesus on the cross.) Get out now!
If you are not living the perfect, sinless life, you are lost. Please, save yourself. Listen to Jesus and Jesus only and begin now to change your life.