20 Apr 2020

Adult Sunday School - Part 24 - The Last Judgment

Adult Sunday School - Part 24 - The Last Judgment - by P.K.Odendaal
Originally written as Part 14 in October 2012.
Now rewritten in April 2020 during lockdown.

This used to send shivers up my spine, but not anymore - and you can prepare yourself for this to take the sting out of it. But sure as we live, there will be a Final or Last Judgement of the World. It will be like a court case for individuals and nations, and it is easiest to think about it in terms of a court case on earth.

Most of the free nations in the world use the Biblical laws as a basis for their common law – that of indictment, defence with witnesses, and prosecution - a justice system instituted by God for Israel.
I am writing this as a questions and answers article, as these are the questions people regularly ask me of the end times.
What is the form of the Last Judgment?
For simplicity, I set out the judgment in terms of what we know on earth. It will take the form of our court cases, or rather, we have taken God’s format of dealing with transgressions of the Mosaic Law as a basis for our court cases and procedures.
The form for any such a court case is the presence of:
A bank of judges: Jesus Christ and the saved in Christ
An accuser: Satan
The accused: Individuals, groups and nations such as unsaved ones, atheists and godless people, Satanists and lukewarm ‘Christians’.
Faithfull witnesses: anyone you wish to call
False witnesses: The fallen angels, called demons
The law: The Law of God and the Law of Jesus Christ
It is important to note that the Law of God and the Law Jesus Christ are not the same. The law of God is in righteousness and the Mosaic law and the law of Christ is in love and forgiveness … but you can only claim the latter if you believe in Jesus Christ and accept His words and advice. It is like there is a difference between English Law and Roman Dutch Law, only drastically more divergent.
We all know the procedures which will be followed. Satan will bring in an accusation against us, we will plead guilty or not, and if we plead innocence, we will need to defend ourselves with suitably prepared witnesses and arguments in terms of the Law and the rest of the Bible. Nothing sinister about that.
However, one thing is for certain: There will be no lies, perjury or excuses, as the milieu in which the hearings will be held will be holy and the lie can never exist there.  
Who will be the bank of Judges?
Jesus and the saints
John 5:22 For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son 
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 ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? 
Luke 11:32 The men of Nineve shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for they repented at the preaching of Jonas. 
Who will be the Accuser?
Rev. 12:10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
Who will be judged?
The dead and those in hell.
Rev 20:12-15 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. 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. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. 
It must be noted that everyone ever born in the flesh are called dead by God. We can only become alive again if we are born again. The reference above: ‘death and hell delivered up the dead’ means that there are people carnally alive in hell, but dead due to their sins.
You may think that in hell people will have a spiritual body, but that is not so. They all retain their carnal bodies, because that is all they have, and scripture is clear that they will burn in their flesh and that their flesh will be constantly renewed to burn for ever and ever. There are hundreds of testimonies on the internet of people testifying just that.
That is why God said to Adam: the day that you eat from the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil you shall surely die, whilst they kept on living carnally.
Matt. 8:21 And another of his disciples said unto him, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father. But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.
Will the indicted ones be sent to hell before they are judged?
Yes, for sure. When we die we go to heaven or hell, depending on our life. Those in hell will be brought back from hell, will be heard, receive their guilty judgment and terms of punishment, and go back to hell or the bottomless pit. We do the same on earth. Serious offenders stay in jail until their cases are heard.
Why go to all this drama of a judgment if they are already in hell?
God is a righteous God and will not send anyone permanently to hell without giving them their day in court, and giving them a fair trial. That is not rocket science. In fact, there are many testimonies on the internet of people who went to hell, who called on Jesus Christ from hell to give them another chance, and who were sent back to earth to remedy their lives. There is no testimony of anyone who went to hell, got reprieve to go back to earth and who then did not live a deeply godly life of dedication.
It is because of this that the idea of purgatory is believed in by the Catholic Church, but their belief is that you go from purgatory directly to heaven. That will never be.
How many witnesses will an accused need?
Deut. 19:15 One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity, or for any sin, in any sin that he sinneth: at the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be established.
The accused can also be regarded as a witness, but Jesus Christ may not witness for us, because a judge may not witness for and on behalf of an accused.
What defence may we put before the judge and how should we lead it?
Only His word – His whole word and nothing but his Word – that is the Bible.
Accuser (prosecutor):
Gentlemen, you have before you a sinner of the most dreadful, serious and vile kind. According to what I have seen and reports I have received, this person has often and continuously sinned and transgressed against God’s Law, and according to that law, he or she is to go into perdition.
These are the offences he or she committed:
Gal 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. 
I will now bring witnesses to that effect.
He will then parade many of his angels, which we know as demons, to testify against us. He may testify against us as well as a witness as he is not a prosecutor in the true sense - he has no authority for that - but only as an accuser. There is no way he will be allowed to lie and dish up false stories, although he will do his best to make it sound as damnable as possible. He will not be there mainly to only to accuse us, as he is more interested in proving to God that God’s own people also turned against Him, as he himself did long ago when he was cast out of heaven. The witnesses on his part will be a third of all the angles, those who rebelled against God:
Jud 1:6  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.
This is the defence we may put up:
Honourable judges, I have sinned as the witnesses have testified. However, the Word of God says:
1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin
I have confessed my sins in front of one or two witnesses, apart from myself, and I will now bring them in to testify for these events. Your word says that if we confess, you will forgive us those sins, thus I plead innocence, because the penalty for this has already been paid on the Cross.  I cannot be punished tice for the same sins – double jeopardy does not even exist on earth.
Verdict by the Bank of Judges:
Mat 25:21  His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
There is nothing strange about this. We know it so well.
It is important to note the following:
·             The Great White Throne Judgment will only cast the dead and hell into fire, because their names have not been written in the Book of Life. Our name can only be in the Book of Life if we ate from the Tree of Life, so to speak, which stands in the middle of God’s garden. This Tree of Life is Jesus Christ and that tree was barred from us by angels with swords, after the Adam and Eve committed sin. Jesus Christ first had to suffer in the Garden of Gethsemane, killed on the Cross and be buried in the Garden of Joseph of Aritmathaea.
·             If we have done, during our lives, what I have written under the defence which would be acceptable to God, we will not go into perdition, because in the process of the confession of our sins before one or more faithful witnesses, we have already judged yourself:
1 Peter 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?
John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. 
  • Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.   
·             There is a good example in scripture for us. When the judgement of God fell on the whole earth during the Flood of Noah’s time, God took the righteous out of the world before His judgment hit the world. They were safe in the Ark which is a type of the rapture and of being in Jesus Christ. We will be blessed to participate in the rapture when the saints are removed from this world on the sound of the first trumpet.
I have written elsewhere about the rapture. Be sure to prepare yourself suitably for that day, which is called the Day of the Lord.

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