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SPECIAL PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 169A

April 27, 2004

The Future Judgments of Humans – Nr. 1


I recently received a query concerning what I believed about the future judgments.  Since my time is limited, rather than answer a query individually, if it is a rather general subject, I put my answer to the query in a series of Updates.  Lord willing, this will be the first of four Updates on the subject of future judgments.

First Future Judgment- The Judgment Seat of Christ!

Participants – All the saved from the Old and the New Testament Periods.

Judgment – For the things DONE IN their bodies after salvation, whether good or bad.

Character of Judgment – Praise or Rebuke

Kind of Judgment – Degree of Reward – Little to Much

Visibility of Judgment – Glory of the Glorified Body

Location of Judgment – In Heaven

Time of Judgment – After Seventh Trumpet Sounds

All of the souls of the saved in the Old Testament, with the exception of Enoch, Moses, Elijah, and possibly also the ones who came out of their graves immediately after Christ rose from the dead, shall stand before Christ’s Judgment Seat, and all the souls of the New Testament saved will appear with them. All will reap the things done in their bodies of flesh after they were saved. 

Galatians 6:7 – Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

II Corinthians 5:10,11 – For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things DONE IN his body, according to that he hath done whether it be good or bad. [11] Knowing therefore THE TERROR of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.

Many of the Old Testament Elders, who received a good report of the things done in their bodies as the children of God, are listed in chapter 11 of Hebrews, and shall receive great reward, as will those New Testament saints who followed their example called for by God in chapter 12 of Hebrews.  The ELDERS of chapter 11 are the “great cloud of witnesses” that “compassed” the New Testament saints in the Hebrew church.

Hebrews 11:2 – For by it the THE ELDERS obtained a GOOD REPORT.  (O.T. saved Hebrews 11:1 to 39)

Hebrews 11:39,40 – And THESE all, having obtained a GOOD REPORT through faith, RECEIVED NOT the promise: [40] God having provided some better thing for us, that THEY without US should not be made PERFECT. (THEY = O.T. Saved, US = N.T. Saved, and PERFECT = Receipt of Glorified Bodies)

Hebrews 12:1 –Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

The race we ran, the fight we fought, and the faith we kept, will be manifested in the glory of the new body we receive at Christ’s judgment seat.  All of us should want to work toward a judgment where we receive a “better resurrection.”

II Timothy 4:6-8 – For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. [7] I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: [8] Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

Hebrews 11:35 – Women received their dead raised to life again; and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a BETTER resurrection:

I Corinthians 15:38,41,42 – But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body. [41] There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory. [42] So also is the resurrection of the dead.

Daniel 12:3 – And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.

After the sounding of the last trump, the last of seven in the series, the mystery of God, the first resurrection, will be finished, and, for the first time, all the saved will have left the earth in body, soul, and spirit, such that all of the kingdom of God will be in heaven, and all the kingdoms of the earth will have become his possession.

I Corinthians 15:51 – Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

Revelation 10:7 – But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.

I Corinthians 15:52 – In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the LAST trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

Revelation 11:15,18 – And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever. [18] And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.

Revelation 16:15,16 – Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. [16] And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.

Revelation 3:3,4 – Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee. [4] Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.

Revelation 22:12-14 – And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according AS HIS WORK shall be. [13] I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. [14] Blessed are they THAT DO his commandments, that they MAY HAVE RIGHT to the tree of life, and MAY ENTER IN through the gates INTO the city.

Matthew 28:20 – Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Acts 2:42 – And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

I Corinthians 15:57,58 – But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. [58] Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.


SPECIAL PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 169B

April 29, 2004

The Future Judgments of Humans – Nr. 2

Second Future Judgment – Judgment of the Nations! –

The Judgment of the Living Survivors of Armageddon!

I covered “The Judgment Seat of Christ” in Number 1.  Number 2 has always been the most difficult for me to understand.  I was initially taught, and for many years believed, that it was a judgment of individual nations for their treatment of Israel.  Those nations that had survived the tribulation, and had favorably treated the Jews in the tribulation period, would be allowed to continue in the Millennial reign of Christ, while those who had not would go into eternal fire.  However, with the passage of time, I realized this teaching had synoptic problems, in that the carrying out of this judgment, in the manner I was presenting it, was flawed, because it rejected salvation by grace, and inferred salvation by works. Those nations that did good works toward Israel were informed by Jesus as follows: “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,” but those nations that failed to perform good works toward Israel were addressed by Jesus as follows: “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,” and then later Christ said to them,  “And these shall go away into everlasting punishment,” but to those nations that had favorably treated Israel, he said quite clearly, “but the righteous into life eternal.”  I now interpret Matthew 25:31-46 quite differently from when I first became pastor of Dardanelle MBC in 1974.

Matthew 25:31 – 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:

This is when Christ returns as King of Kings to this earth to establish his Millennial Kingdom.  It is the time of Luke 21:25-27, Revelation 1:7, and Jude 14.

Luke 21:25-27 – And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; [26] Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. [27] And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.

Revelation 1:7 – Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.

Jude 1:14 – And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,

Matthew 25:32 – 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 there were goat nations and sheep nations. Certainly there are some nations that are more wicked in deeds than others, and I could make of a list of what I considered to be “goat” nations as opposed to “sheep” nations, but this is talking of all the nations left on earth receiving judgment between the end of the tribulation period, and the beginning of Christ’s Millennial reign.  All of the nations will be gathered before him, but the judgment will be on individuals in all the nations.  This   judgment is for individuals that make up the nations, some will be American goats and some will be American sheep, some Russian goats, some Russian sheep, some French goats, some French sheep.  It is a judgment that separates saved sheep from lost goats.  The saved sheep go into life eternal, and the lost goats go into everlasting punishment.

The ones on the right are those saved during the period from the rapture to the end of the tribulation period.  They are sheep that received eternal life and go into the 1000 year reign of Christ in bodies of flesh. 

Matthew 25:33-34 – And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. [34] 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:

The goats are those who did not believe the gospel from birth to Armageddon.  They go into everlasting fire with the false prophet and antichrist.

Matthew 25:41 – 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:

Revelation 19:20,21 – And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. [21] And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.

And about 1000 years later the Devil meets the same fate as the antichrist, false prophet, and the goats.

Revelation 20:10 – And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

Now, for better clarity, let me define someone that is judged to be a goat.  They may be very religious, and may believe in God, and seen to have a belief in Christ if they can add a little to what he did on the cross.  James defines a goat as someone who may claim to know God, and even his Son, but his faith is at least partially in his or her ability to keep the law and add it to Christ’s righteousness, THEREBY DENYING THE SAVING POWER OF THE CROSS

James 2:10,11 – For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. [11] For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law.

I Cor. 1:17,18 – For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. [18] For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto US WHICH ARE SAVED IT IS THE POWER OF GOD.

II Timothy 3:5 – Having A FORM of godliness, but DENYING THE POWER THEREOF: from such turn away.

I Corinthians 2:2,5 – For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. [5] That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but IN THE POWER OF GOD.

I Timothy 6:5,6 – Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself. [6] But godliness with contentment is great gain.

James also describes a goat as someone who many claim to have his or faith in Christ Jesus alone for salvation, but their faith is a dead faith because it never produces works.  A saving faith is a living faith that does produce some degree of works because it is alive.

James 2:14-20 – What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? [15] If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, [16] 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? [17] Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. [18] 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. [19] Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. [20] But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

The understanding of a saving faith being a living faith in Christ, which produces a concern, particularly for other believers, is essential to understanding Matthew 25:31-46.  There will be people saved after the rapture, and their conduct toward one another in survival will manifest an active faith that marks a saved soul.

Galatians 6:10 – As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

The goats will be trying to imprison and kill the sheep that are saved after the rapture, but the sheep will be involved in helping the other sheep until the Second Advent of Christ.

Matthew 25:33-40 – And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. [34] 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: [35] 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: [36] Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. [37] Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? [38] When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? [39] Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? [40] 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.

But the goats did not have a living faith, as manifested by their selfish concern for their own survival, and not for the survival of others.

Matthew 25:41-46 – 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: [42] For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: [43] 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. [44] 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? [45] 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. [46] And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

 
         

Special Prophecy Update Number 171A

May 9, 2003

The Future Judgments of Humans – Nr. 3

Third & Fourth Future Judgment of Humans

The Judgment of Those Saved in the Millennium

The Judgment of all the Lost of all the Ages


The key to this third judgment involves the consistent chronological pattern followed from Revelation 19:11 to 21:1, which begins with the return of Christ at the end of the tribulation period in Revelation 19:11 – “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.” He deals with the antichrist, the false prophet, and finishes off their armies in Revelation 19:19-21 – “And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. [20] And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a  lake of fire burning with brimstone. [21] And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.”  Then the old Devil is cast into the bottomless pit for a thousand years in Revelation 20:2 – “And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years.” He is released when the thousand years are expired, leads a rebellion against the people of the Lord, has his armies devoured by fire out of heaven from God, and is cast eternally into the lake of fire and brimstone with the antichrist and the false prophet, as detailed in Revelation 20:7-10 – “And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, [8] And 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. [9] And they went up on the 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. [10] And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.”

Thus far, a pattern of perfect chronology has been laid out before us – not one break in it.  And it continues to be picture perfect right up to Revelation 20:15 – “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”  Now, we need to carefully examine Revelation 20:11-15 in this sequence of chronological events that begins in Revelation 19:11, and then continues in perfect contextual chronology for 26 verses to Revelation 21:1.

Revelation 20:11,12 – “And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. [12] 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.”

We see a group of men and women standing before God with the book of life and other books being opened, out of which they are judged according to their works.  The book of life is open because the names of this group are in it – they are all those men and women saved during the millennial reign of Christ.  They will be judged for rewards for their works, just as were the saved caught out more than a thousand years prior to this judgment. Following their judgment, they will be removed quickly from the great white throne locale. Then a second group will be collected from hell, the sea, and the grave and assembled before God

Revelation 20:13 – And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

The chronology has been perfect from Revelation 19:11 to 20:13, and it does not break down here.  There must be two different groups judged separately at the Great White Throne!  Why?  (Verse 12 – “And I SAW the dead, small and great, stand before God”).  (Verse 13 – “And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them:”).  How could John have actually SEEN the group in verse 12 standing before God to be judged, if they were not resurrected until verse 13?  The souls of all lost men and women are in hell.  The souls of all saved men and women are in heaven. The bodies of both the saved and the lost are either in water graves (the sea) or in land graves (death).  The particles of the bodies of the verse 13 resurrection, that historically held lost souls, are delivered from the dust or the liquid surface of the earth, and reunited with their souls that come up out of hell.  But the first group in verse 12 represents those who were saved in the millennium, and their souls in heaven will be reunited with glorified bodies that were resurrected before those in verse 13.  They will be judged separately from the lost.  The lost of all the ages will appear before the white throne immediately after the millennial saved.   All the lost of all the ages from Genesis through the millennium will be in the second group.  All the names of the first group will be in the book of life.  None of the names of the second group will appear there.

Revelation 20:11-15 – And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. [12] (Group 1) 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. [13] (Group 2) And the sea (water) gave up the dead (physically dead bodies) which were in it; and death (physically dead bodies in land graves) and hell (abode of spiritually dead souls) delivered up the dead (all the spiritual dead souls and physically dead bodies) which were in them (water of the earth, dirt of the graves on land, and hell): and they were judged every man according to their works. [14] And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. [15] And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.