The Judgment Day
DO YOU KNOW:
That the thought of the Judgment Day causes dread in many, usually† because they were mistaught that it is a 24-hour day, when, amid great† convulsions of nature-literal earthquakes, graves opening, etc.-Christ calls† from heavenly bliss and horrible torture the billions of the dead, places them† back into the old bodies they had at death, sentences them and then sends them† Back, some to eternal joy in heaven, but the vast majority to eternal torture by† fireproof devils-accordingly, the Judgment Day has been termed Doomsday (see† Dictionary)?
†* That this view, that originated in the Dark Ages, makes the Judgment Day quite† purposeless-a farce?
†* That because Adam disobeyed, God sentenced him (and the race in his loins) to† death, but that God in His great love caused His Son to be "made flesh," "a† little lower than the angels for the suffering of death ... that he by the grace† of God should taste death for every man" (#Ge 2:17; 3:17-19; #Ro 5:6-19; Matt.† 20:28; #Joh 1:14; 3:14-18; #Heb 2:9)?
†* That these "good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people," center† in Jesus, the "ransom for all, to be testified in due time"; they guarantee to† "every man" one (no second chance for any of Adamís race) full, fair opportunity† for everlasting life (either in this life or after being awakened from the† dead-#Joh 5:28, 29, R.V.), for God "will have all men to be saved [from Adamic† condemnation; but all will not be saved eternally], and to come unto the† knowledge of the truth" (#Lu 2:10; #1Ti 2:3-6; 4:10)?
†* That the term day is often used to mean a period much longer than 24 hours,† both in common usage (e.g., Lutherís day) and in Scriptural usage (#Ge 2:4;† #Heb 3:8, 9; #Ps 95:7-10; #2Co 6:2)?
DO YOU KNOW:
That the Gospel Age has been the Churchís judgment day (#2Th 1:4, 5; #1Pe 4:17), but that also God "hath appointed a day, in the which he† will judge the world in righteousness"-"the day of judgment and perdition† [destruction] of ungodly men; but ... be not ignorant of [forget not, R.V.] this† one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years" (#Ac 17:31; #2Pe 3:7, 8; #Ps 90:4)?
†* That Satan, "the god of this world," has for centuries blinded the minds of† the vast majority (#2Co 4:4), that darkness has covered the earth, "gross† darkness the people," but that in the worldís great judgment day he is bound,† "that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be† fulfilled" (#Isa 60:2; #Re 20:2, 3, 7)?
†* That "in that day," the 1,000-year reign of Christ, when He will judge† mankind, "the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters† cover the sea"; then "it shall be said ... Lo, this is our God; we have waited† for him, and he will save us ... we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation"† (#Isa 11:9,10; 25:6-9; 40:5; 52:10: #Jer 31:34; #Hab 2:14)?
†* That the word judge as used in the Scriptures does not mean merely to† sentence, but includes (1) instruction (#Ps 19:7-11; 25:8, 9; 106:3; 119:108;† #Isa 33:5; 56:1; 59:4, 8-15; #Eze 22:2; #Mt 12:18-20; 23: 23; #Col 2:16), (2)† testing (#Ps 26:1-3, comp. #Ps 139:23, 24; #Jer 11:20, Comp.#jer 20:12; #2Th 1:4, 5), (3) chastisement for correction (#Isa 26:9; #1Co 11:31, 32- comp. Luke† 12:47, 48; #Heb 12:5-11; #Re 3:19), and (4) passing a sentence (#Mt 7:1, 2;† #Joh 7:24; #De 1:16; #Ps 17:2)?
†* That Jesus "shall judge [by these 4 processes the quick [the living] and the† dead at [during] his appearing and his kingdom"; "he must reign [in His† 1,000-year reign], till he hath put all enemies under his feet; the last enemy† that shall be destroyed is death" (#2Ti 4:1; #1Co 15:24-26; #Ps 72:1-4;† #Isa 11:1-6; 32:1; #Jer 23:5, 6; #Ho 13:14; #Re 20:11-15)?
DO YOU KNOW:
That Christís "Bride" and Joint-heir, the true Church, will rule† with Him over the earth in the 1,000-year judgment day and assist in judging the† world, offering to them "the water of life freely" (#1Co 6:2; #Ob 21; #Mt† 19:28; #Lk 22:29, 30; #Ro 8:16-21; #2Ti 2:11, 12; #Re 3:21; 5:9,10; 20:4, 6; 22:17)?
†* That according to Godís Oath-bound promise, Abrahamís Seed, i.e., Christ and† the Church, will bless "all the families of the earth"; and this will be during† their 1,000-year reign (#Ge 12:3; 22:16-18; #Gal 3:7-9, 16, 29; #Heb 6:13-20;† #Ac 3:19-25)?
†* That those to be blessed include the dead as well as the living-that the dead† will be awakened from their "sleep" in death (#Ps 6:5; 146:4; #Da 12:2; #Joh 5:28, 29, R.V.; #Joh 11:11-14; #1Th 4:14; #2Pe 3:4) and will then be given an† exact knowledge of the truth and a full opportunity to gain everlasting life?
†* That eventually "God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there† shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any† more pain: for the former things [things of Satanís reign, including the curse† of sin and death] are passed away" (#Re 21:1-4; 22:1-3; #Isa 35:10; 65:17-25)?
†* That "when the Son of man shall come in his glory ... then shall he sit upon† the throne of his glory: and before him shall be gathered all nations: and† [under the testings of that great judgment day] he shall separate them one from† another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats"; and that those with† good characters, pictured as sheep, will be given everlasting life and "inherit† the kingdom" on earth (the meek shall inherit it-#Mt 5:5), whereas those who† will not have proved worthy, pictured as goats, will "go away into everlasting† punishment [Greek, kolasin, cutting off]," the Second Death, never to live† again-"all the wicked will he destroy"; "they shall be as though they had not† been" (#Mt 25:31-46; #Ps 145:20; #Ob 16; #Mt 10:28; #2Pe 2:1, 12; #Jude 12)?
DO YOU KNOW:
That the destruction of the wicked is symbolized by their being† cast into "the lake of fire," "which is the second death," into "everlasting† fire [fire is an apt symbol, not of preservation but of destruction], prepared† for the devil [who is to be destroyed, annihilated-#Heb 2:14; #Eze 28:19] and† his angels" (#Re 20:14,15; 21:8)?
†* That "the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through† Jesus Christ," that "the soul that sinneth, it shall die," that eventually† "every soul, which will not hear [obey] that prophet [Christ], shall be† destroyed from among the people" (#Ro 6:21, 23; #Joh 3:36; #1Jo 5:12; Psa.† 37: 38; #Eze 18:4, 20; #Ac 3:19-23)?
†* That the Bible shows that the worldís judgment day is not Doomsday, but† Salvation Day, when Godís Kingdom will rule on earth; so we should rejoice† greatly as we see it approaching-"Let the earth be glad ... for he [God] cometh† to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people† with his truth"; "all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God,"† and shall fear (reverence) Him (#Ps 96; 98; 67; #Isa 26:9; #Nu 14:21)?