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throwback
06-21-2011, 08:59 AM
Throughout scripture we read of times of judgment and days of the LORD's wrath. In the Hebrew scriptures we have examples of these "Day's of Judgment" which were often carried out on ungodly nations who were the enemies of the people of God. We even have examples of judgment being promised to befall God's people caused by their rebellion and failure to keep their part of the covenant agreement between them and the LORD. It is fair to say that the Hebrew mindset as it was illustrated in scripture viewed the "Day of judgment" as the time when the wrath of God would be carried out on His enemies.
Beginning with a passage in Ecclesiastes, it seems that an idea of an individual judgment day was born. Eccl 12:13-14 reads in the 2001 Translation as follows:
But listen, for this is the end of the matter: Fear God and keep His Commandments… this is all there is for a man! All else leads to judgment by God, and it is found to be just bad or good.
The timing of this individual judgment would appear to be given in the 1st century scripture where the Hebrew writer in chpater 9 tells us the following:
And since it is reserved for all mankind once to die, and afterwards to be judged

Now we have a picture forming that seems to lead us to believe that after death we will be facing judgment. Texts like John 5:29 tell the reader that "the unjust" will be resurrected from death to face a judgment.
In addition to this, there is pictured what has come to be known as the "Great White Throne Judgment" (Matthew 25, 2 Cor 5) where Jesus separates sheep from goats and gives rewards based on the lives lived. Recently, some have argued that is "White Throne Judgment" is a judgment that was to take place when Jesus returned to gather his elect and that this judgment was exclusively of the elect. Those elect who were just were rewarded with a place in the reign of the Kingdom of Heaven while those who were not were literally left behind in this world to endure the remaining wrath of God poured out on Jerusalem around 70 a.d. (interesting, ain't it!?).

throwback
06-21-2011, 09:15 AM
cont...

In addition to this, at the end of the ages (I'm guessing after man has destroyed himself and his habitation) some believe that there will be another resurrection, this time it will include all men of all times who of course aren't numbered with those party to the "first resurrection." It is these resurrected individuals that some now believe the scriptures teach are the ones who are spoken of as having to face the judgment after being raised. They believe that those of this number who make it through this time of judgment "get their robes washed" and are an antitype or ultimate fulfillment of what John wrote about in Revelation 7:14 and revelation 22:14. It is these individuals who constitute those Jesus spoke of in John 5:29 who would be resurrected to be rewarded with life while those who do not "get their robes washed in the blood of the Lamb" during this time of judgment are those who will ultimately be destroyed.

So to make this long discourse come to a conclusion. Many now believe that the above is likely a correct understanding of scripture and they think that judgment is at least 2 fold. Initially it began with the "household of God" as 1 Peter 4:17 teaches and after the "last day" when Jesus has raised all from the graves it (judgment) will be a period of time when the final wrath of the LORD is poured out as opposed to a courtroom style opened booked judgment from the throne that the saints were involved in.

What are your thoughts?

Brother Les
06-22-2011, 07:07 AM
The Biblical, Days(s) of The Lord are Judgments on YHWHs Covenantal Peoples, not all of man kind were/are in Covenant with YHWH.

The 'End of The Ages' is not the end of time, or terra firma or the universe, it is the end of the age of convenantal death.... which has pasted

throwback
06-22-2011, 01:56 PM
The Biblical, Days(s) of The Lord are Judgments on YHWHs Covenantal Peoples, not all of man kind were/are in Covenant with YHWH.

The 'End of The Ages' is not the end of time, or terra firma or the universe, it is the end of the age of convenantal death.... which has pasted

Oftentimes what you expressed about the LORD's judgments is correct, but there were instances where HE judged nations like Babylon (Isaiah 13) who were not in a covenantial relationship with HIM.