1) Judgement of Believers
Believers, those who trust Jesus' shed blood at Calvary to pay for their sin, have a special judgment at what Paul calls the Judgment Seat of Christ or Bema Seat (2Cor 5:10).
When we visit Ancient Corinth in Greece, the Bema Seat, to which Paul referred, is still standing. The verdict from the Bema Seat was final and without appeal.
Believers have already been judged for salvation due to Jesus' payment on the cross (John 5:24). So we'll only be judged for potential rewards.
Since our earthly works done in the flesh are worth less than used menstrual cloths (according to the literal translation of Isaiah 64:6) there won't be much worthwhile to judge!
But for those times we allowed Jesus to work through us, we will be richly rewarded (Phil 4:13)
"Therefore do not go on passing judgment before the time, but wait until the Lord comes who will both bring to light the things hidden in the darkness and disclose the motives of men's hearts; and then each man's praise will come to him from God. 1Cor 4:5
There are five specific rewards or crowns mentioned in scripture that we as Believers can receive at the Believer's Judgment:
> Witnessing -
Those who have shared with others what Jesus has done in their life. 1Thes 2:19,20
>Mature Believers -
Those who were zealous for Jesus and His written Word. 1Cor 9:24-27
Those who answered God's call to shepherd their God-given flock. 1Pet 5:2-4
>Bible Prophecy Enthusiasts -
Those watching the signs for Jesus' Coming. 2Tim 4:5-8
Those who stand boldly for Jesus under undo hardship or martyrdom. James 1:12
There could be more....considering Jesus looks at our heart, not our actions, and knows every thought we think. There's no telling what all will be considered. But if we do receive a crown, we'll place it at Christ's feet.
Most importantly, even if everything we do burns up, we are still saved (1Cor 3:15). That's a wonderful way to live, knowing we've ALREADY WON! We can't even mess it up. Yea! So Judgment will be a great and wonderful day for Believers.
2) Judgment of the Survivors of the Tribulation
This judgement is for everyone who survives the seven years of Tribulation that follows the Rapture. It's for both Jews and Gentiles.
Some people have referred to this as the "Judgment of the Nations." But the text is clear that they are individuals who are judged and sent to hell or into the Millennium. The Greek word used for "nations" in Matthew 25:32 could easily be translated "Gentiles" as it was 99 other places in the New Testament.
"But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. And all the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on His right, 'Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. Then He will also say to those on His left, 'Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels;" Matt 25:31
3) The Great White Throne Judgement
That leaves one more human judgement--the judgment for those who die without belief in Christ, the Savior. It won't be pretty. Each is judged according to their works and each is cast into hell.
No "works" will stand God's righteous test and there are no excuses. There are no compromises. There won't be a liberal ACLU attorney to complain that their diapers were pinned too tightly as a baby.
"And I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds. And death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. Rev 20:11-14
Which brings us back to our current national leadership. Each and every one will one day be judged by Jesus Christ. It is an inescapable fact.
"But the present heavens and earth by His word are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men." 2Pet 3:7
Mr. Obama, your ego won't save you on Judgment Day. Nor will your teleprompters. If you haven't bent your knees and bowed your heart to Jesus Christ the Creator God of this universe before you die, you will be thrown into the Lake of Fire where you'll burn FOREVER.
"...and will cast them into the furnace of fire; in that place there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth." Matt. 13:42
Mrs. Clinton, your buddies won't save you on Judgment Day. If you haven't trusted the shed blood of Jesus, and His resurrection, you will join the ranks of hell. But you won't know who's there because it will be dark... and very hot... FOREVER.
"And cast out the worthless slave into the outer darkness; in that place there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth." Matt. 25:30
Kermit Gosnell, the thousands earthly abortive murders you preformed are legendary and nothing will save you on Judgment Day unless you repent of the evil in which you were born. You must seek the only One who can save you, or you'll also wind up in the painfully horrific eternal fires of hell... without appeal...and WITHOUT END.
" ... 'Bind him hand and foot, and cast him into the outer darkness; in that place there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'" Matt. 22:13
George Soros, your money won't save you on Judgment Day. Unless you give up money [Satan] being your god, and seek after the only thing that will truly satisfy you, you'll split the gates of hell wide open into an everlasting hopelessness that you could never imagine.
"There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth there when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but yourselves being cast out." Luke 13:28
Tiger Woods, your pride won't save you on Judgment Day. Neither will a long putt. Unless you confess Jesus as your Lord and Savior you'll find out first-hand Buddha won't save you from hell's unquenchable flames.
"and will cast them into the furnace of fire; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth." Mat 13:50
In the Church Age, the time in which we live, we all are born without the Spirit of the Living God in us. We are born sinners, separated from God... all born "ungodly."
Every human is born headed for the same assigned fate--the fires of hell. To escape this sentence, one must recognize that sin separates us from God. One must Believe that through Jesus' shed blood they can be saved.
Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and in the Spirit of our God." 1Cor. 6:9-11
Jesus offers the same promise of heaven to every person on earth, small or great, rich or poor. That's why we call it the Gospel or Good News.
"Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father, but through Me." John 14:6
Mr. Obama, to be saved you must be born again, born both of the flesh and again of the Spirit who will come permanently into your life when you trust Jesus' death, burial and resurrection (John 3:1-8). With His Spirit in you comes eternal life in heaven. Without His Spirit in you comes the horrors of hell. There are no exceptions!
We've said many times, the only thing that really matters in this life is who goes to heaven and who goes to hell. This life is just a vapor. It's only a minute long compared to eternity. Yet, there are those who either deny that fact, or unwilling to deal with that fact. But the fact remains. And most men seek short-term riches instead of long-term security.
"For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul? Mark 8:36
Scripture is true regardless of what your name is. Scripture is true whether you agree with it or not. Scripture is true whether you know about it or not. Scripture is the measuring stick for all judgment, whether you like it or not.
And scripture says you, Mr. Obama, and all your cohorts WILL in the future bow to the righteous God Jesus. Just like everyone else.
"so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth," Phil 2:10
At the time of Jesus there was also a major leader who had all the privileges offered those of elite status. His name was Paul.
But on the Road to Damascus, Paul saw the Light. He decided it was better to give up what he could not keep in order to gain what he could not lose.
We can only pray that you too, Mr. Obama, will see the light.
And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost. Rev 22:17
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