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SPECIAL PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 127C
July 9, 2003
A Judgment of Living Goats &
Sheep After Armageddon!
Matthew 24:29,30 – Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:  And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
Matthew 25:31,32 – When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:  And before him shall be gathered all NATIONS: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
I was taught initially that this Scripture pertained to the time when Jesus would return to the earth and judge all of the nations on the planet. All of the nations, which were good to Israel, would be rewarded, and those who did not would be punished. When I saw the sheep nations, who were good to Israel, inherited eternal life in God’s kingdom for doing so, but the goat nations, who did not, departed into everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels, I naturally asked the question, doesn’t that seem like salvation by works. And, I was told in a nice way, of course, that the Lord would take care of all things like that, and one day we would see his wisdom in taking that action. And, in all honesty, we will certainly know more about what the Scriptures meant in the sweet by and by. However, while we are waiting, may I suggest a different interpretation than the one I was taught as a youth? And, may I add, that I most assuredly do believe that God would have us support the nation of Israel in every way, but I don’t use Matthew 25:31-46 to support that belief. So what do I believe about the Scripture in question?
This is not an individual judgment of each one of the some 200 nations on the earth based on how they treated Israel during the tribulation period. The word used for NATIONS is ETHNE, from which our English word ETHNIC is derived. This is a judgment on individuals from the many ethnic groups on this planet. The judgment is to determine if they go into the millennium as saved men and women in sinful bodies of flesh, or if their bodies go to the grave and their souls go to hell.
Matthew 24:41 – Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
Matthew 25:46 – And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
This cannot be a judgment on each individual nation based on how they treated Israel. Why not? This would have certain nations going into everlasting punishment in hell, and others going into everlasting life in heaven, and it would be based on their works in relation to how they treated Israel. This is an individual judgment of all women and men on the earth from every ethnic group in every nation on this earth.
There will be people saved in the tribulation period after the rapture. They will receive the indwelling Spirit of Christ when they are saved, and the following Scripture will apply to them.
Philippians 2:13 – For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
It will be God’s Spirit working in them that causes them to minister to fellow believers being persecuted during the period from the rapture to the Second Advent.
Those who had Christ’s Spirit ministered to brothers and sisters in Christ. Those without his Spirit did not minister to believers. So those who ministered by the leadership of his Spirit go into the millennial reign in bodies of sinful flesh, and those who did not go into the everlasting punishment of hell. The faith that saved the ones after the rapture will be a true saving faith, and it will manifest itself in the attitude of believers toward all their brothers and sisters in Christ. We are saved by a living, loving faith, not a dead one.
James 2:15-18 – If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,  And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?  Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.  Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.
With all this in mind, let’s take a line-by-line look at the separation of the goats and the sheep, which are all together in one massive ethnic group following Armageddon. The sheep have the Spirit – The goats are void of the Spirit. The sheep ministered by the Spirit in them after the rapture. The goats did not have the Spirit in them to minister.
Matthew 25:31-46 – When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:  And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:  And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.  Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:  For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:  Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.  Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?  When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?  Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?  And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.  Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:  For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:  I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.  Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?  Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.  And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
John 3:7 – Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye MUST be born again.
James 2:26 – For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.