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Adult Sunday School -
Part 14 - The Last Judgment - by P.K.Odendaal - October 2012.
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 of it in
terms of a court case on earth, as what we have on earth is based on a justice
system instituted by God for Israel.
The basis for any such a court case is the presence of a
judge (Jesus Christ), an accuser (Satan), an accused (me and you), witnesses
(anyone we wish to call), and the Law (Mosaic Law and the Bible). 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. Where can we get some more
information on it?
20:12 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. v:13And 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. v:14And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second
death. v:15And whosoever was not found
written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
Jud 1:14And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam,
prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his
saints, v:15To execute judgment upon all, and to convince
all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have
ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners
have spoken against him. v:16These are
murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh
great swelling words, having men's persons in admiration because of
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.
5:10For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every
one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he
hath done, whether it be good or bad.
And that is the whole gruesome truth about it - and still
millions of people live in a kind of fool's paradise that they will never be
called upon to answer for their sins or actions.
We know God superficially as a very strict, jealous and an
all-consuming fire from the words in scripture : Thou shalt not ... and if thou
do, thou shalt surely die like in:Exo
32:9And the LORD said unto Moses, I
have seen this people, and, behold, it is a stiffnecked people:
v:10Now therefore let me alone, that my
wrath may wax hot against them, and that I may consume them: and I will
make of thee a great nation.
But that is not the whole story. There are also mitigating
circumstances. There is a way we can make sure that we do not end up in
perdition, and that hope we get from these scriptures:
1.Just later in the last quoted text it says:
Exo 32:14And the LORD repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his
2.We find a very interesting conversation
between god and Job in:Job 40:10Deck thyself now with majesty and
excellency; and array thyself with glory and beauty. v:11Cast abroad the rage of thy wrath: and behold
every one that is proud, and abase him. v:12Look on every one that
is proud, and bring him low; and tread down the wicked in their
place. v:13Hide them in the dust
together; and bind their faces in secret. v:14Then will I also confess unto thee that thine
own right hand can save thee.
read it, God says here to Job: If you can visit judgment on the wicked and kill
them off, then even I will praise you (in my own words), because I cannot do
it, because I love sinners.
3.The next remarkable text we find also in
Job:Job 23:3 Oh that I knew where I
might find him! that I might come even to his seat! v:4I would order my cause before him, and
fill my mouth with arguments. v:5I
would know the words which he would answer me, and understand what he
would say unto me. v:6Will he plead
against me with his great power? No; but he would put strength in
me. v:7There the righteous might dispute
with him; so should I be delivered for ever from my judge. v:8Behold, I go forward, but he is not there;
and backward, but I cannot perceive him:
Here Job wants God to judge him
(prematurely), but he cannot find God, purely because God has not come to judge
us. He is a God of Love and he has given the judgment to Jesus Christ and us:1Co 6:3Know ye
not that we shall judge angels?
4.We have an opportunity now to judge
ourselves, so that we might miss the last judgment:1Pe 4:17For 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?
Luk 12:2For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid,
that shall not be known. v:3Therefore whatsoever ye
have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have
spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops. v:4And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid
of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.
v:5But I will forewarn you whom ye
shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell;
yea, I say unto you, Fear him.
And I presume that the opposite is true
as well as in: If we confess our sins in the light, it will remain in the dark
The best advice that I can give you, is that you conduct
your defence on the following lines:
Satan (to Jesus
Christ, the Judge):
You have before you a sinner of the most dreadful kind. He
has often and continuously sinned and transgressed against your law, and
according to your law, he is to die and go into perdition.
Sinner:I have sinned, but the Word of God says that:1Jn 1:9If we confess our
sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us
from all unrighteousness. I have taken your advice and confessed my sins
in the presence of a faithful witness, which I will call now to witness as to
the event. In terms of your word, I need one witness to vouch for me: Deu 17:6At the mouth of
two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall he that is worthy of death be put to
death; but at the mouth of one witness he shall not be put to death. In
terms of your word I cannot be put to death.
Jesus Christ: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.