Jesus Christ will Judge Everyone according to his/her deeds
Jesus Christ will Judge Everyone according to his/her deeds
The Bible says that God will Judge everyone according to how they lived their lives during their time on this Earth. Most Christians do not agree with this Biblical teaching, arguing instead that they are forgiven, in advance, of all their sins. Irrespective of what today’s popular Christian culture believes, God is and will be the most righteous judge. Even the best of Christians will find themselves unable to bribe, coerce or deceive God. He will judge everyone righteously.
Christians don’t devote much thought to the topic of the final judgment of God, because it is not a big deal to them. They’ve convinced themselves they are exempt from the judgment. Christian liberals, argue that every person goes to heaven. Christian conservatives argue that every Christian goes to heaven. So, since both groups believe they will go to heaven no matter how they live, why worry about judgment? How bad, after all, could it be, since they get into heaven either way?
Are heaven and hell real places? Jesus Christ repeatedly taught us about heaven and hell – in fact, he spoke on this topic more than anyone else in the scriptures. Jesus confirms repeatedly that heaven, hell and the lake of fire are real. (Hell is the holding place until the judgment, then hell will be thrown into 'the lake of fire' (Revelation 20:14). There can be no question or doubt about this. So, you and I will spend eternity either in heaven or in the lake of fire. The stakes are high for us. Knowing this, we will be wise to find the truth about how to go to heaven. Anything short of the truth exposes us to the risk of eternal death. Falsely convincing ourselves that we are on our way to heaven is the most dangerous of lies. No amount of positive attitude or good love can substitute for the truth. ONLY THE TRUTH can save people from the lake of fire.
Recently, I read a story about the judgment of God; a story identical to one told me by a pastor eighteen years ago. This convincing but deceptive story has been in circulation for many years, and it unfortunately appears it will remain so. The story is convincing, and while completely false it is dangerously and subtly deceptive. If it was just another innocent fable, there would be no serious consequences, and it would matter little. This is not the case, however. This deceptive tale encourages people to live in complacency and sin. It encourages them to live in blissful ignorance, while this very ignorance brings upon them the wrath of God and their own eternal damnation. As I said before, the stakes are high. So, it is important that I explain to you the truth about the judgment according to the word of God. Only with the truth can you escape eternal damnation.
The judgment of God is real. It is coming for you and it is coming for me; it will not be avoided. Every one of us will have to face it. Romans 14:10 says: "...we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ." This verse does not say we will stand before Christ so he can hand us our 'get out of hell free' cards. We will stand before Christ, and we will be judged. Most preachers do not teach this truth because the truth discourages people; it shows them their faults and this does not draw crowds because it’s not a ‘popular’ theme. Instead, preachers make up more comfortable stories embellished with a few carefully selected scripture snippets, so that Christians feel OK about them. That’s not the message you’ll read in this article, nor is it the message you’ll find in this website. Let me move now to this false story, and expose its deception to you by shining the light of truth on it. My intent is to teach you the truth in such a way that you may detect the errors in this and any other such stories.
Now, let us look into the story and look at the errors it contains.
The Christian fairy tale/fake story goes like this: After he had lived a decent life on earth, a Christian found himself standing before the judgment seat of God. He awaited God's decision regarding the eternal verdict for his soul. The judge, God the Father, ordered the proceedings to begin. Satan, the public prosecutor (as always, the accuser of the brethren), presented the extensive history of the Christian, showing the man had lived a life filled from start to finish with sin. Closing his arguments, Satan confidently demanded eternal death as the verdict. The Lord Jesus Christ (the savior), presented the arguments for the defense. He said, "Satan was correct in saying that this man lived a life of sin, and I don't deny any of these allegations. Yes, the wages of sin is death, and this sinner deserves to be punished. But, I died on the cross so that this person might have eternal life. He has accepted me as his Savior. So, he is mine. His name is written in the book of life and no one can snatch him from me. This man is not to be given justice, but mercy. There is nothing else that needs to be done. I have done it all." On hearing the defense, the Judge gave the following verdict. "This man is free. The penalty for him is already paid in full. Case dismissed." The sinner was acquitted. The sinning Christian was saved from hell by our Saviour Jesus Christ. So ends the story.
Let's look at this story from today's perspective. Since most Christians commit sin, we identify with this sinner. As we hear the judge's decision, we are uplifted, since we are all equally guilty of sin, and his acquittal applies equally to us. This story has a happy ending, so we are happy. Every sinning Christian is comforted, and the acceptability of continuing on in sin is confirmed. But this comfort is short lived; it is not the truth of God. Christians write many such stories and thereby deceive themselves in this and other creative ways, but none change the truth of God, and none are true.
God tells his workers to preach the word of God for doctrine. He further cautions them not to substitute stories for biblical doctrine. 2 Timothy 4 says: "2) Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 3) For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4) And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables." The word of God says that false Christians desire the comfort of stories (fables) rather than the uncomfortable reality of the word of God.
In this story, God the Father is the judge and Jesus Christ is the defense attorney. According to the Bible, this is false; the Lord Jesus Christ is our judge. He is the most righteous judge, who judges by truth and not by favor. John 5 says: "22) For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: … 27) And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man." Revelation 16:7 says: "...Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments."
In the story Jesus Christ testifies that everything Satan said was true. But according to the Bible, Jesus Christ says Satan has no truth in him; he is a liar and the father of lies. John 8:44 says: "Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it."
In this story, Satan is assigned the role of public prosecutor. The author probably got this idea from the fact that Satan is referred as the accuser of the brethren. "Revelation 12:10 says: 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." It is true that, in Old Testament times, Satan was accusing the brethren during the period of time when he had access to heaven. But, Revelation 12:10tdoes not just refer to Satan as the accuser of our brethren; it also states that “the accuser of our brethren is cast down.” When was Satan cast down? Revelation 12:10 says he was cast down at the time of “the power of his Christ.” This ‘power of his Christ’ occurred at the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Philippians 2 says: "8) And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 9) Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10) That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11) And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." So, the New Testament believers, do not have to face the accusations of Satan that Job (Reference Job 2:1-7) had to face. Satan was cast down at the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Upon being cast down, Satan lost all access to heaven and to God; he has had no such access for the last two thousand years. He can never again accuse anyone before God.
In addition to having no access to God, Satan will no longer be around at the time of our judgment. This is because Satan will be thrown into the Lake of Fire before the judgment of Christ begins. "Revelation 20 says: "10) … the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. 11) And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them." Most Christians think that Satan is the master of hell. Christians even think that Satan, as hell’s ruler, will have the power to punish Christians in hell. No, No, No!!! Satan will be punished in hell and he will be burned in the lake of fire for all his lies and deceptions. He will have no authority over hell; in fact, he will have no authority at all as he burns for all eternity.
We have shown that this story, while it may seem comforting, is filled with falsehoods, misleading statements, and outright lies. Stories like this are dangerous, leading Christians away from the truth. Stories like this are not only the outcome of ignorance, but also intentional fabrications of sin-loving false teachers who serve Satan. 2 Corinthians 11 says: "13) For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. 14) And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 15) Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works." Outwardly the authors of these false tales appear to serve God, when in truth they serve Satan, and work for nothing more than their own profit and fame. God will judge them for their deception at the end.
Most Christians do not believe God will judge or condemn them. Instead, they believe that they will, by the mercy of God, gain eternity in heaven. For the few Christians who believe in the judgment of God, most think that either A) Jesus Christ stands before them; or B) Jesus Christ’s blood will cover their sins at the judgment. That is, they think that the Lord Jesus Christ will appear before the judgment seat and that God the Father, seeing the sinless Jesus Christ standing in as their proxy on the witness stand, will declare them 'not guilty'. Such stories are pure fantasy, designed to render void or ineffective the awesome and severe God. Christians who believe this fantasy are living in denial. These Christians don’t worry about hell, nor is hell a topic of concern for them.
Christians believe that after death they all will automatically go to heaven. Do you doubt this? If so, please visit a few Christian funeral homes, hear the messages, or ask the pastor whether the person who just passed away went to hell or to heaven. Those who mourn are saddened by the physical separation death entails, but there is no concern that the person may be in hell. Everyone takes for granted that the person attained heaven. If you still doubt this, just visit a few churches and enquire whether any of their members went to hell after death. You will be surprised to find that they all went to heaven. Even if the worst of them chose a life of sin, their simple formula for salvation easily corrects this and guarantees even that person is qualified for heaven. In their church, the path to heaven is wide and comfortable – if you have any concerns about going to heaven, they will quickly fix it for you.
God saves those who strive to obey his commandments, and he punishes those who do not obey. Hebrews 5:9 says: "... he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;" 2 Thessalonians 1 says: "7) … the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, 8) In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:" Revelation 22:14 says: "Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life,.." So, obedience to the commandments (i.e., the gospel) of Jesus Christ is the factor that determines whether or not a person will enter heaven. What is the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ? It is the none other than the Lord Jesus Christ preached . Hebrews 2:3 says: "How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him…." Matthew 4:23 says: "And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom,…" Matthew 28 says: "19) Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20) Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen." Here, the author of the gospel introduces the requirement to Preach Jesus Christ. What does it mean to preach the gospel? To preach the gospel is to preach the commandments of Jesus Christ to people, for them to obey. The gospel is the good news that enables them to inherit the kingdom of God.
The Lord Jesus Christ, at the final judgment, will be the judge. Matthew 16:27 says: "For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works." The Lord Jesus Christ, the most righteous judge, will judge all people. He will judge people according to their deeds; not according to what they say, feel, or intend to do. Romans 2 says: “5) But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; 6) Who will render to every man according to his deeds:” 2 Corinthians 5:10 says: "…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." Matthew 7:21 says: "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven."
The following verses describe the final judgment by the righteous Judge: the Lord Jesus Christ. Revelation 20 says: "11) …I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. 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. 13) 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." These books are opened and they are the final word; there are no witnesses to hear the case. One set of books contains the works, good and bad, of all people, and these people are judged according to what they have done. Another book, called book of life, lists the names of those who feared the Lord, who have the mind of the Lord and who have overcome. Malachi 3 says: "16) Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name. 17) And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. Revelation 3:5 says: "He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels." The names of sinners are blotted out of the book of life. Exodus 32:33 says: "And the LORD said unto Moses, Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book." Revelation 21:27 says: "And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life." Revelation 22:19 says: "And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book." This book is also the reference to be used for judgment. If a person’s name is not written in this book, that person will be thrown into the lake of fire. Revelation 20:15 says: "And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire." In short, past sins are forgiven to those who have quit sin, i.e., those for whom sinning has become a thing of the past,. These are the ones who have overcome sins. These are the ones who enter the kingdom of heaven. Romans 3:25 says: "Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God…." Revelation 3:21 says: "To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne."
Christians think that salvation is an opportunity to receive an 'acquittal' verdict at the judgment of God. Contrary to this belief, there is no 'acquittal' verdict. Jesus Christ states that as long as a person is in sin, he/she is a slave to sin and is not saved: this person will face eternal death. Salvation is an escape from committing sins. A person who has escaped sin will perform the works of righteousness. Heaven and the glory thereof are given as the rewards for works of righteousness. Those who are unrighteous will receive the reward of the lake of fire.
Christians are taught to believe that they are saved while they are serving sin. They are deceived by false teachers. Listen to the statement of Jesus Christ himself: John 8:34 says: "Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin." Listen to the statement of the Apostle Paul: Romans 6:16 says: "Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?" Listen to the statement of Apostle Peter: 2 Peter 2:19 says: "While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage." Listen to the statement of the Apostle John: 1 John 3:8 says: "He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil." Sin among God’s people is caused by the devil, and the Son of God will destroy this sin. This destruction of sin is the salvation of God. Matthew 1:21 says: "... thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins."
The bottom line is that we have to be saved from the practice of sin itself; our lives must be free of the commission of sin. Contrary to this truth, present day Christians live in captivity/bondage to sin, yet falsely declare themselves to be saved. This false declaration is the result of subtle deception by the devil. These Christians are taught to say they have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour, but they are not taught to obey his commandments. Luke 6:46 says: "And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?" Contrary to this verse, these Christians will not become servants of Jesus Christ; they will, instead, remain servants of sin. They call Jesus Christ their Savior. They think that Jesus Christ will has forgiven their past sins and will continue to forgive all their present and future sins, and this forgiveness will take them to heaven. They are taught to believe the lies of the devil and, despite sometimes good intentions, they have fallen prey to those lies. They should know that all liars will go to hell. Revelation 22 says: "14) Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. 15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie." Revelation 21:8 says: "But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death." Most Christians live in lies, and believe these lies because of the deception of Satan. Jesus Christ says that the blind and those who follow the blind both will fall into the ditch. God cursed not only Satan but also Eve and Adam. The deceiver as well as the deceived will be punished; ignorance of the lie is no excuse. Punishment is inevitable for both liars and for those who believe lies.
As people are saved from their sins, they become people who do the works of righteousness. Romans 6:18 says: "Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness." These righteous people will be rewarded for their righteous works. This reward is heaven and the glory which will be given them in heaven. Unsaved people, on the other hand, will have their part in the lake of fire. Revelation 21 says: "7) He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. 8) But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death." Revelation 22:12 says: "And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be." The judgment will be a reward ceremony to righteous people for their righteous works; it will be a punishment ceremony for all others for their unrighteous works.
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The Bible says that the Lord Jesus Christ advocates, intercedes, and mediates with God the Father. But, he will also be the Judge in the final judgment. Let us see how he does it all.
1 John 2:1 says: "My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:" The first portion of the verse says that the word of God is written with the purpose that his people should not commit sin. So, God’s people are to strive to live without sin. 2 Timothy 2:19 says … "Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity." Luke 13:24 says: "Strive to enter in at the strait gate:" But sinning Christians ignore this portion and choose the second portion, thinking that by this they can enjoy sin and escape hell. And, false preachers say that all Christians commit sin. But, the verse says ‘if any man sin,’ which means that the rest of the people in this group do not commit sin. Jesus Christ is the advocate to the people in this group, who still sin despite striving not to. He is not the advocate of those Christians who do sin and do not strive not to. The advocate is to work with God the Father, to redeem them from sinning, by giving them grace, spirit, and power, according to the will of God the Father. The purpose of being an advocate is not to brake the will of the Father, or to get an unrighteous verdict to free the criminals. But, it is to help convert sinners, not to sin. But, preachers say that Jesus Christ will be an attorney who looks for loopholes and tricks for Christian sinners to let them go free at the final judgment. Most Christians believe this. But, Jesus Christ will be the Righteous Judge, who will condemn them in the final judgment.
Romans 8:34 says: "Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us." This verse says that nobody can condemn us since Jesus Christ intercedes for us. Who does the term "US" refer to? Does it refer to Christians, to everybody in the whole world, or perhaps to whomever happens to read this verse? Let us look at the preceding verses. Romans 8:29 says: "For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30) Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. 31) What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?" God foreknew and approved a group of people who would live as Jesus lived while he was a man. God calls this group of people and makes them righteous as the man Jesus was righteous . Jesus Christ intercedes for this group of people, and God will glorify them as he glorified Jesus Christ. Hebrews 12:14 says: "… and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:" Hebrews 7:25 says: "…he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them." Jesus Christ intercedes for those who come to God through him with holiness. That is, he intercedes for those who come to God with righteous works; these righteous works constitute holiness.
God the Father so loved the whole world that he sent 'God the Word' to become a man (his beloved Son), and to die for the whole world as a propitiation for sinners. God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ desire that all people will be saved. God the Father gives grace and power through Jesus Christ and uses him as the mediator between God the Father and men. 1 Timothy 2:3 says: "For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; 4) Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. 5) For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus:" So as this mediator, Jesus Christ preached the truth as his gospel (the good news) to make people free. John 8:31 says: "Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; 32) And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." Believers should continue to obey the word of God in order to become disciples of God. Then they will know the truth. The Truth will make them free.
The Lord Jesus Christ, who is God, will judge righteously and without favoritism or partiality. Romans 2:11 says: "For there is no respect of persons with God. 12) For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law…." Acts 10:34 says: "Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: 35) But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him." Matthew 7:21 says: "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven." Revelation 16:7 says: "And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments."
Jesus Christ rewards obedient servants while taking vengeance on disobedient people (i.e., people who do not obey his gospel). Matthew 19:28 says "... Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29) And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life." 2 Timothy 2:11 says: "It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him: 12) If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:" Revelation 3:21 says: "To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne." 2 Thessalonians 1:8 says: "In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: 9) Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction."
God the Father has initiated all things from the beginning, including the plan for our salvation. Hebrews 10:7 says: "Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.... 9) Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God." So, it is not proper to think that we need 'God the Son' as a go-between to convince 'God the Father' to favor us. If we would simply learn to understand scripture verses in their contexts, then there would be no confusion.
The salvation of men was ordained by God the Father even before the foundation of the world. 1 Peter 1:19 says: "But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: 20) Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you." 'The Most High God' gave 'God the Word' to the world as his 'only begotten son' so that the world may be saved. John 3:16 says: "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." God the Father desires that all people be saved. 1 Timothy 2:3 says: "For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; 4) Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth." It is the good pleasure of God the father to give the kingdom to the little flock, which is the flock of the Lord Jesus Christ. Luke 12:32 says: "Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom." So, God the Father favors his people and wants to give them the kingdom.
God the Father will judge nobody; the Lord Jesus Christ will be the judge of all. Note, however, that Jesus Christ will judge according to the will of the Father. There will be no prosecutors and no defense attorneys. John 5:22 says: "For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: 27) And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man. 30) I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me." Acts 10:42 says: "And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead." Romans 2:16 says: "In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel." 2 Timothy 4 says: "I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;" John 8:16 says: "And yet if I judge, my judgment is true: for I am not alone, but I and the Father that sent me." Thus the will of God the Father will be executed in the final Judgment.
Satan is always glorified in false stories. Christians do not discern the deception, but believe these false stories. It is important for Christians to understand what the Bible says about Satan and his ways, so that they will not be misled by these false stories.
God created Satan as a cherub; an angel. God anointed him as the covering archangel. God made him wise and perfect in beauty. At one time, Satan had access to the Garden of Eden; even to the mount of God. Ezekiel 28:12 says: "...Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. 13) Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. 14) Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. 15) Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee." Satan, the beautiful, wise, covering archangel, was perfect in all his ways until he deceived Eve in the Garden of Eden. Eve then deceived Adam without even knowing that she was deceiving her own husband. God cursed all three of them. Some Christians consider Satan to be a rival to God; an enemy equal in status to God. They do not realize that Satan is a creation of God. Satan, Adam and Eve all stood before God in the same status – the status of created beings, and God cursed them. Satan, however, has more power than man because he is an angel, a spirit being. This limited power does not mean that Christians should give undue respect to Satan.
Many books claim either that Satan is god of hell or that Satan rules in hell. Most Christians believe these claims. In the fictional epic 'Paradise Lost', Satan says: "It is better to reign in hell than to serve in heaven.” Milton presents this statement as a motto of Satan; in the book’s setting, Satan makes the statement while giving a speech to the angels that followed him. Milton’s intention is to present Satan as a rebel and not as a king. But some readers misunderstand Milton’s intention, and think that Satan is the ruler of hell. This is incorrect. Satan was and still is a criminal who will end up in hell and in the lake of fire for his crimes.
The name Abaddon (Hebrew) or Apollyon (Greek) in the Bible identifies the angel who serves God; the angel who is king in the bottomless pit. This angel king is not Satan; rather, he is a servant of God. Christians are falsely taught that this angel king is Satan. Revelation 9:11 says: "And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon." Satan is a fallen angel, evil spirit, a devil. God created hell to punish the devil in everlasting fire; not to make him a king in hell. Matthew 25:41 says: "... into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:"
God cursed Satan at the Garden of Eden as soon as he deceived Eve, but God did not cast him out of heaven at that time. This delay gave Satan an opportunity to accuse the brethren to God as in the case of Job. Despite Satan’s accusations, God did not curse the brethren in the fashion that he cursed Satan, Adam and Eve. So, Satan continued his efforts to kindle people against God and Jesus Christ, not to obey them. Satan took also an active part in his crucifixion. John 8:40 says: "But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham. 41) Ye do the deeds of your father. 44) Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth,..." Luke 22 says: "3) Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve. 4) And he went his way, and communed with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray him unto them."
Jesus was crucified and died. God raised Jesus from the dead. God made him Lord, Christ and God. Acts 2:36 says: "Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ." Revelation 12:5 says: "And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne." At the glorification of Jesus as Lord and Christ, God send the archangel Michael to cut down Satan and his followers from the heaven of God. Their place in heaven was destroyed and they were permanently denied access to heaven. They are confined to earth, sky (heaven of earth) and its surroundings. So, the accuser of the brethren was cast down. Revelation 12:7 says: "... there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, 8) And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. 9) And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. 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." So, for the last two thousand years, there has been no accuser of the brethren before God. Even before his crucifixion, Jesus Christ told his disciples about the casting down of Satan as he gave them power over all evil spirits. Luke 10:18 says: "... he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. 19) Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you."
Lucifer had no knowledge of how God would establish the precedent for humans to inherit his kingdom. Still, Lucifer would have guessed that God’s plan would be fulfilled through Jesus Christ, and that God would raise Jesus Christ above all. Satan sought to stop God’s plan and take the place of God’s Son in heaven. Without knowing how God would raise Jesus Christ up above all, Satan took an active part in the crucifixion of Jesus to destroy the plan of God. Little did he know that this crucifixion was the plan of God, and that his participation helped bring God’s plan to fruition. Genesis 3:15 says: "And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel." 1 Corinthians 2 says: "7) But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: 8) Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.” Satan was blinded by pride and by his desire to exalt his throne above the stars of God. So, Satan bruised the heel of the seed of the woman (Jesus of Nazareth,)at the cross. For these actions, God cut the devil to the ground; and he will also be locked into hell for a thousand years during the time of the Millennium reign of the Messiah, Jesus Christ. Isaiah 14 says: "12) How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! 13) For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: 14) I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. 15) Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit."
Jesus Christ characterizes the devil primarily as a liar and a murderer. The devil is also identified as the father of religious people, including ungodly Christians and even Jews. John 8:44 says: "Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it." Acts 13:10 says: "And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?"
The inherent desire of people is to enjoy everything, including the things God says not to do. Somehow, Christianity offers people a license to enjoy the things that God says not to do, yet still escape hell and go to heaven. But, if they believe what God says, Christians will fear God and obey God. So, the devil preaches different gospel, which does not fear God. He teaches an easy but counterfeit salvation that enables sinning people to declare themselves saved. 2 Corinthians 11 says: "13) For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. 14) And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 15) Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works." Contrary to Satan’s false gospel, the Bible says that the true gospel is the gospel preached by the Lord Jesus Christ.
Satan and his followers are evangelizing the world with another gospel; a false gospel which requires neither fear of God nor obedience to God. This false gospel relies on the love of God (because he created them) toward all Christians. Contrary to this false gospel, the Lord Jesus Christ calls on us to obey and fear God. Luke 12:4 says: "…Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. 5) But 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." John 14 says: "15) If ye love me, keep my commandments. 24) He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings." 2 Thessalonians 1:8 says: "In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:"
Satan continues to rebel against God. Because of his rebellion, when Jesus Christ begins his thousand year rule, Satan will be bound in hell for thousand years. Revelation 20 says: "1) And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. 2) And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, 3) And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season." At the end of the thousand years, God will set Satan free from hell. Revelation 20:7 says: "And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison" After he is freed, Satan will deceive people again and will start a war. After this, God will throw Satan into the lake of fire. Revelation 20:10 says: "And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever."
Satan, the devil, the Old Serpent, will be thrown into the lake of fire, and then God will destroy the earth and the heavens. Then the Lord Jesus Christ, God of gods and Lord of lords will begin the judgment to the people. Revelation 20 says: "11) And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. 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." So, when the judgment starts, Satan will not be the public prosecutor (accuser of brethren) arguing cases in equal status with the Lord Jesus Christ. He won’t be busy as the prosecutor, but he will be busy burning in the lake of fire.
The word of God admonishes men of God to preach the word to reprove, rebuke, exhort with the doctrine of Jesus Christ. But the word of God also says that people will bring false preachers to teach them stories (fables), and these false teachers will turn the people away from the truth of God. How true is the word of God!!! 1 Peter 4:11 says: "If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God.…" 2 Timothy 4 says: "2) Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 3) For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4) And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables."
The truth of God is not necessarily the things we believe because of our common sense. As we believe God, we should continue to study his word to obey the truth of God. If we continue to obey Jesus Christ, then we will become his disciples. Then, and only then, will we know his truth. This truth will set us free. John 8 says: "31) Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; 32) And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." Evangelical formulas will set nobody free. Ceremonial or religious worships will set nobody free. Good (little white) lies will set nobody free. The truth of God, which will be understood by humble obedient people, will set them free. Matthew 1:21 says: "... call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins." As we become free, we will live a holy life. For these, the judgment day will be a day of ceremony of rewards.
Let me remind you about the false story at the beginning of this article. The grand finale of that story is the following verdict: "This man is free. The penalty for him has already been paid in full. Case dismissed." This is a comforting Christian cliché, but it is not the truth of the Bible. Most Christians accept this cliché as the truth because they hear this idea repeated over and over in different forms.
The truth in this matter, according to the word of God, is this: All of us commit sin from our youth. So, we have to be delivered (saved) from our sins. We are saved by receiving the grace of God, and by receiving grace upon grace from God as the Spirit of God leads us. If we are led of the Spirit of God, we will be delivered from sin and we will become the sons of God. If we are sons of God, we are heirs of God and we will inherit the kingdom of God. Matthew 1:21 says: "…thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins." Romans 8 says: "13) For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. 14) For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 17) And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together."
If we are his children, then for us, the judgment will be the ceremony of our official adoption into the family of God in heaven. God's children will look like the glorified Lord Jesus Christ, shining as the sun. This judgment will be a proclamation of rejoicing. 1 Corinthians 15 says: "54) So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 55) O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 56) The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. 57) But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." Alleluia!
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