THE JUDGEMENT

 
     
 

MEMORY VERSE: And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. Rev. 20:15.

BIBLE PASSAGE: Revelation 20:4-15

INTRODUCATION: In our last lesson, we spoke about the certainty of judgements. We treated one of them in details. Can you recall which one? In this lesson, we propose to outline briefly some broad details of the other six. We shall study them by considering five basic points each.
(a) Who is being judged.
(b) Time of judgement
(c) Place of judgement
(d) The basic of the judgement
(e) The results of the judgement

THE JUDGEMENT AT CALVARY?
(a) The one who is being judged here was Christ heavily loaded with the sin of the entire world (Jn. 1:29).
(b) The time was about A.D. 30 when Christ was crucified
(c) The place was Calvary, (Jn. 19:17-19). The wrath of God was revealed in all its wakefulness from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men (Rom. 1:18). Unfortunately, it was the only man who never sinned who got the terrible punishment!
(d) The basis of the judgement was the law that declared the death penalty for every sin (Rom. 6:23, Ezek. 18:4).
(e) The results of the judgement was physical death for Christ but salvation and justification for believers (1 Tim. 4:10).

DAILY SELF-JUDGEMENT?
(a) The ones to be judged here are the saints and they are also the judges (1 Cor. 11:28).
(b) The time is anytime, not only during Holy Communion but daily.
(c) The place is any place, at home, at work in the Church, in the market place, everywhere and anywhere. Let us continually examine ourselves if we be in faith. Let us also be ready to heed the rebuke or pleading of the Holy Spirit.
(d) The basis of the judgement is our sonship (Heb. 12:6-7).
(e) The results of the judgement are:
(f) Purging, deliverance from weakness and death (1 Cor. 11:30).
(g) Forgiveness to the believer with joy and peace (1 Jn. 1:9).
These results certainly make daily self-examination necessary and beneficial.

THE JUDGEMENT OF THE JEWS?
(a) The people to be judged here are the Jews (Ezek. 20:34-38).
(b) The time is during the Great Tribulation when the Church is already ratured and gone with her Bridegroom
(c) The place will be Jerusalem and its vicinity (Jere. 33:7).
(d) The basis of the judgement will be their rejection of the Trinity (1 Sam. 8:7,Lk. 23:18, Acts 7:51).
(e) The results of the judgement will be the conversion of the Jews and their acceptance of Christ as Messiah (Isa. 66:8, Jere. 30:7).

THE JUDGEMENT OF THE NATIONS:
(a) The ones to be judged here are the Gentiles nations that are all nations except the JewS (Matt. 25:32).
(b) The time will be at the second coming of Christ (Matt. 25:31).
(c) The place will be valley of jehoshaphat (Joel 3:2).
(d) The basis of the judgement will be treatment of Christ’s brethren (Matt. 25:40).
(e) The results of the judgement will be punishment for the goats (Matt. 25:41) and blessings for the sheep (Matt. 24:34). What will you rather be: a goat or a sheep? (Jn. 10:14).

THE JUDGEMENT OF THE FALLEN ANGELS:
(a) The ones to be judged here are the fallen angels.
(b) The time is unknown (Probably at the time of the Great White Throne Judgement).
(c) The place is also unknowm.
(d) The basis of the judgement is probably the rebellion led by Lucifer (Ezek. 28:19).
That angels too will be judged should make us sit up for it shows that surely God is no Respecter of persons Any believer who fails to make heaven is surely in for a tough time (11 Pet. 2:4, 11 Pet. 2:20-22). Believers who stand firm till the endwill be judged instead of offenders (1 Cor. 6:3).

THE JUDGEMENT OF THE WICKED DEAD:
(a) The one to be judged here are those who died without being born-again.
(b) The time is after the thousand year reign of Christ on earth (Rev. 20:5).
(c) The place is at the Great White Throne (Rev. 20:11).
(d) The basis of the judgement is whether or not the names were recorded in the book of life and the works of these individuals (Rev. 20:15).
(e) The result is that the ungodly are to be cast into the lake fire (Rev. 20:15).

CONCLUSION
Where will you appear: before the Judgement seat of Christ to obtain your crowns or before the Great White Throne? Decide today. Anyone who appears before the Great White Throne is doomed!

QUESTIONS
1. Is self-judgement of believers compulsory
2. When will the Great White Throne Judgement take place
3. Who will judge the angels?

FURTHER READINGS: Heb. 2:9, 1 Jn. 2:3, Jam. 1:25, Isa. 14:12-17, Rev. 12:4.

 
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