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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
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
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
5:22 For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the
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?
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.
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.
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
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?
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
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.
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
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 1:6And 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 25:21His 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.