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judgment of the servants occurs before the judgment of the nations. Mat. 25:31-46. See also 1 Pet. 4:17-13.25
II. The Judgment of the living nations, who are upon the earth at the Revelation. Jesus is Judge of the quick (or living) and dead.26
The Church or Saints, having been before caught up in the Rapture, come with Christ to execute judgment27 upon the world or living nations.28 This is the judgment of the quick, or those who are living upon the earth, when Christ comes at the Revelation. He separates the sheep from the goats, gathering out all things that doth offend (Mat. 13: 41-42), and sets up His kingdom (verse 43). The third party, His brethren, are the Israelites,29 who are never to be reckoned among the nations.30
Then follows the Millennium, which is one continuous day of Judgment (Acts 17:31), when the righteous Judge will be upon earth (2 Tim. 4:8), and when judgment shall
(25) 1 Pet. 4:17. For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? (26) Acts 10:42. And
us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead.
Also 2 Tim. 4:1; 1 Pet. 4:5.
(27) 1 Cor. 6:2. Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are yo unworthy to judge the smallest matters?
Also Jude 14-15.
(28) Mat. 13:40. As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.
41. The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity ;
42. And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
43. Then shall the righteous Shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear. (29) Psa. 122:8. For
my brethren and companions' sakes, I will now say, Peace be within thee.
(30) Num. 23:7. And he took up his parable and said, Balak the king of Moab hath brought me from Aram, out of the moun. tains of the east, saying, Come, curse me Jacob, and come, defy Israel.
8. How shall I curse, whom God hath not cursed? or how shall I defy, whom the Lord hath not defied ?
9. For from the top of the rocks I see him, and from the hills I behold him: lo, the people shall dwell alone, and shall not be reckoned among the nations.
be laid to the line and righteousness to the plummet. Isa. 28:17.
III. The judgment of the dead at the Great White Throne.31
IV. The Judgment of angels,34 into fire "prepared for
(31) Rev. 20:12. And I saw the dead, small and great, sta2d 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. 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.
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.
2 Pet. 2:9. The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptation, and to reserve the un just unto the day of judgment to be punished.
Also Mat. 10:15; 11:21-24; 12:41-42; Rom. 2:15-16.
(32) 1 Thes, 4:15. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
16. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17. Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
18. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
(33) Rev. 19:11. And I saw heaven opened, and behold а.
white horse; and he that sat upon him
was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness be doth judge and make war.
12. His eyes were as a fiame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a uame written, that no man knew, but he himself.
13. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood; and his name is called The Word of God.
14. And the armies' which were in heaven followed white horses,
clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
15. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations; and he shall rule them with a rod of iron : and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
16. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
19. 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.
(34) 2 Pet. 2:4. For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment.
the devil and his angels.” The ungodly go there first, Compare Rev. 19:20 with Rev. 20:7-10; 2 Pet. 2:4; Jude 6.35
Such events, requiring intervals of time, preclude the idea expressed in the term, "general judgment."
The “Day of the Lord” has two aspects, to-wit: Judgment on God's enemies, and deliverance and blessing on God's people.36
So we have the Judgment:
Of believers, as to their works, at the Judgment seat of Christ.
Of the living nations at the Revelation.
Jude 6. And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.
Also 1 Cor. 6:3; Rev. 20:10.
(35) Rev. 19:20. 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.
Rev. 20:7. 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.
deceived them was cast into th3 lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
And 2,Pet. 2:4; Jude 6.
(36) Isa. 2:2. And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.
3. And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob ; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
17. And the loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness
be made low: and the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day.
Also Isa. 4:1-6; Joel 2:2127.
3:12-17; Dan. 7:9. 14; Zech. 14:1-21; Zeph. 3:8-9; Mal. 4:1-3.
This name introduces to us one of the most solemn and foreboding subjects in the Word of God. An antichristone absolutely opposed to Jesus Christ-we are told, shall come. The spirit of antichrist is already in the world, denying the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh, either in the pasta or in the future.3
This spirit of antichrist, now possessed by many, will culminate in one person, the Antichrist, who will deny both the Father and the Son.4
That he is a single individual is plainly taught in 2 Thes. 2, where he is called "that man of sin” "the son of perdition”—“that wicked,” or properly, "the lawless one."
As Christ is the express image of God, so it appears that antichrist is the culminating manifestation of Satan, "the prince of this world.”6 His coming is “after the working (energy, or inward working) of Satan, with all power and signs and lying wonders and deceivableness of uprighteousness."
(1) 1 John 2:18. Little chil This is a deceiver and an antidren, it is the last time: and as christ. ye have heard that antichrist (4) 1 John 2:22. Who is a shall come, even now are there liar but he that denieth that Je. many antichrists; whereby we sus is the Christ? He is antiknow that it is the last time.
christ, that denieth the Father
and the Son. (2) 1 John 4:3.
(5) Heb. 1:3. Who being the spirit that confesseth not that
brightness of his glory, and the Jesus Christ is come in the flesh
express image of his person, and is not of God: and this is that
upholding all things by the word spirit of antichrist, whereof ye
of his power, when he had by have heard that it should come;
himself purged our sins, sat and even now already is it in
down on the right hand of the the world.
Majesty on high. (3) 2
John 7. For many (6) John 14:30. Hereafter I deceivers are entered into the will not talk much with you: world, who confess not that Je for the prince of this world com« sus Christ is come in the flesh. eth, and hath nothing in me.
He will be a "strong (or inward working) delusion, to them who believe not the truth.?
This mystery of Lawlessness (so the Greek) already worked in the days of the apostle, but there has been a hindering power, which, we believe, is the Holy Spirit, in His present manifestation, or office, viz.: as the reprover of the world and gatherer of the Church. When He, the restraining one, is taken out of the way (or out of the midst), at the rapture of the Church, then shall the mystery be unveiled, and the Lawless one be revealed. (Verses 7 and 8).
He will be received, even by the Jews, who, having returned to their own land and rebuilt their temple, will make a treaty with him, called by the prophet "a covenant with death and an agreement with hell."9 And antichrist
(7) 2 Thes. 2:3. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition ;
4. Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. 6. And now
ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
7. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
8. And then shall be revealed the lawless one, whom the Lord Jesus shall slay with the breath of his
mouth, and bring to bought by the manifestation of wis coming ;
3. Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders.
10. And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
11. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
12. That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
(8) John 5:43. I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.
(9) Isa. 28:14. Wherefore hear the word of the Lord, ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem.
15. Because ye have said, We have made covenant witb death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves.
16. Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation : he that believeth shall not make haste.
17. Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall