Judgment

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According to Matthew 25:31, there will be a judgment of the nations when Christ returns resulting in the righteous entering the kingdom vs. the unrighteous being turned away to eternal punishment. Is this the judgment of the "Day of Wrath" survivors in order to determine who enters the Millennial kingdom? If not, what is happening here?

The scripture you are referring to is the passage of the judgment of the sheep and the goats:

Matt 25:31 (NIV) "When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. 34 "Then the King will say to those on his right, ´Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.' 37 "Then the righteous will answer him, ´Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?' 40 "The King will reply, ´I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.' 41 "Then he will say to those on his left, ´Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.' 44 "They also will answer, ´Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?' 45 "He will reply, ´I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.' 46 "Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life." (emphasis added)

We are told of three judgments that will take place in the scriptures. The first is the Bema judgment. This is the judgment of the righteous ones who have been raptured. I describe the Bema judgment in detail at "PREWRATH > The 45 Days." Another judgment is the Great White Throne judgment and it is found in Revelation 20:11ff. The people judged at this time are described in verse 12...

Rev 20:12 (NIV) And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. (emphasis added)

Here those who are being judged are described as "the dead." I believe this is not necessarily a description of a physical state as it is a spiritual state. This is the judgment of those who have rejected Jesus Christ.

Then we come to the sheep and goat judgment. This judgment is unique in some specific ways. First, this judgment takes place after Jesus comes in glory with His angels. So, this judgment takes place following the battle of Armageddon. The battle of Armageddon and the return of Jesus WITH His angels are also discussed at "PREWRATH > The 45 Days."

It says "All the nations will be gathered before him..." So, this judgment deals with those who are of the nations at this point in time. The word for nations is "ethnos" which always refers to non-Jewish people and almost always to pagans. But the mere fact that these people remain requires that they had not taken the mark of the beast. The scripture is clear about those who receive the mark...

Rev 14:9 (NIV) A third angel followed them and said in a loud voice: "If anyone worships the beast and his image and receives his mark on the forehead or on the hand, 10 he, too, will drink of the wine of God's fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath. He will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb. 11 And the smoke of their torment rises for ever and ever. There is no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and his image, or for anyone who receives the mark of his name." (emphasis added)

Furthermore, the book of life is not mentioned, nor faith, or belief. The only criteria for this judgment is how these people treated "one of the least of these brothers of mine."

Therefore, I believe that this judgment is for those who are left on the earth, that have not professed Christ - and they are judged whether to enter the millennial kingdom based on how they treated the Jewish people who have been the object of persecution by the Antichrist.

We have a precedent in the book of Obadiah which is a book of judgment against Edom dealing with how they treated the Jewish people during this time of trouble.

So, the bottom-line answer to this question is yes, this judgment is a judgment to determine who (of those left on the earth) will enter the millennial kingdom.

 

 

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Last update: 2012-04-17 05:31
Author: Elbert Charpie
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