Jesus Christ will Judge Everyone according to his/her deeds



Bible says that God will Judge people according to how they lived their life on earth. Most Christians do not agree with it. However, God is and he will be the most righteous judge. Even good Christians can not bribe, butter or deceive God. He will judge very righteously.

The topic of the final judgment of God is not a big deal to Christians. However, Christian liberals argue their case to show that every person goes to heaven and Christian conservatives argue their case to show that every Christian goes to heaven. Jesus Christ taught about hell and heaven more than anybody. So, hell or lake of fire and heaven are real. You and I will go either to heaven or to the lake of fire. It is wise to find the truth about how to go to heaven, rather than convincing people that they are on their way to heaven. The truth is better than a positive attitude. It may save people from the lake of fire.

Recently, a story about the judgment of God was sent to me through e-mail. I have heard the same story preached by a pastor eighteen years ago. This story has been in circulation for many years and I am afraid that it may continue to be in circulation for many more years. The story is very convincing, but it is far from the truth and it is deceptive. If it is just a fun story, which does not bring any serious consequence, then it does not matter. But, this story is deceptive, encourages people to live in complacency and sin. It brings upon them the wrath of God and eternal damnation. So, it is important that we give the truth about the judgment according to the word of God, so that you may know the truth.

The judgment of God is a reality and every one will have to face it. "Rom 14:10 ...we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ." Most preachers do not tell the truth because the truth will not draw crowds. Instead, they make up stories with a touch of scripture so that Christians may believe them. Nevertheless, we rebuttal this false story and give the truth in such a way that you may detect the errors in any such stories. Now, let us look into the story and look at the errors as we go along.

1. The Fake Story of the Judgment of God

This is the summary of the fake story. {After lived a decent life on earth, a Christian was standing before the judgment seat of God to receive the eternal verdict. The judge, God the Father, ordered to proceed. Satan, the public prosecutor (accuser of the brethren), presented all the sinning history of the Christian and required eternal death as the verdict. The defense attorney (Saviour), Lord Jesus Christ, presented the following argument. He said, "Satan was correct in saying that this man had sinned, I won't deny any of these allegations. Yes, the wage 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 is acquitted. The sinning Christian is saved from hell by our Saviour Jesus Christ.}

Since most Christians commit sin, we identify ourselves with this sinner. As we hear the judgment, we are all happy, since we are all acquitted with him. This story has a happy ending. Every sinning Christian is comforted. But this comfort is short lived since it is not the truth of God. Christians write many such stories and deceive themselves.

God tells his workers to preach the word of God for doctrine and cautions them not to preach stories for doctrine. "2 Tim 4:2 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." Word of God says that false Christians desire stories (fables) to be preached, but not the word of God.

2. Analysis of the above Story

In the story, God the Father was the judge and Jesus Christ is the defense attorney. But according to the Bible, Lord Jesus Christ is the judge. He is the most righteous judge, who judges by truth and not by favor. "John 5:22 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. Rev 16:7 ...Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments."

In the story Jesus Christ testifies that Satan told all the truth. But according to the Bible, Jesus Christ says, Satan has no truth in him; he is a liar and the father of it.  "John 8:44 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, 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 was given the status of the public prosecutor. Probably they got this idea from the fact that he was referred as the accuser of the brethren. "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." Of course, in the period of Old Testament he was accusing the brethren since he had access to heaven. But, the above verse did not just refer Satan as the accuser of our brethren, but it was a statement that “the accuser of our brethren is cast down.” The time Satan was cast down was the time of “the power of his Christ,” which happened at the resurrection of Jesus Christ. "Phil 2:8 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 we, the New Testament believers, do not have to face what Job has faced. Satan is cast down at the resurrection of Jesus Christ and he has no more access to heaven or to God, for the last two thousand years. He can no more accuse anybody to God.

Further more, Satan will be thrown into the Lake of Fire even before the judgment of Christ begins. "Rev 20:10the 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 will 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.

Such stories are not only the outcome of ignorance but also the fabrications by sin loving false teachers, who are servants of Satan. "2 Cor 11:13 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 they serve God, but truthfully they serve Satan for their own profit and fame. God will judge them for their deception at the end.

3. Final Judgment of God according to Churches

Most Christians do not believe in the judgment of God, but they think they go to heaven by the mercy of God. Among those who believe in the judgment, most Christians think that either Jesus Christ stands before them or his blood covers them at the judgment of God. That is, they think that Lord Jesus Christ will appear before the judgment seat for Christians as a proxy for them and God the Father, seeing the sinless Jesus Christ standing on criminal stand, declared the verdict as not guilty. Such stories are preached to make the judgment of God ineffective or void. So, Christians are living in denial. and hell is not a topic of concern for them.

Christians believe that after death they all go to heaven automatically. If you doubt this, please visit a few Christian funeral homes, hear the messages, or ask the pastor whether the person just passed away went to hell or to heaven. Those who mourn the death of the person, mourns the physical separation by death, but do not mourn for the person went to hell. It is taken for granted that the person attained heaven. If you still doubt this, you may visit a few churches and enquire whether any of its members goes to hell after death. You will be surprised to find that they all went to heaven. Even if any of them have a problem, they have a very simple formula to correct it and make the person qualify for heaven. If you have a concern about going to heaven, they will fix it for you also.

4. Final Judgment of God according to the Bible

God saves those who strive to obey his commandments and he punishes those who do not obey. "Heb 5:9  ... he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him; 2 Thes 1:7… 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: . Rev 22:14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life,.." So, the factor that determines whether to enter heaven is the obedience to the commandments (gospel) of Jesus Christ. The gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ is the gospel preached by the Lord Jesus Christ. "Heb 2:3 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; Matt 4:23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom,..Matt 28:19 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." Preaching Jesus Christ is the introduction of the author of the gospel. Preach the gospel is to preach the commandments of Jesus Christ to people, for them to obey, so that they shall inherit the kingdom of God, which is the good news.

The Lord Jesus Christ will be the judge at the final judgment. "Matt 16:27 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 will be the most righteous judge and he will judge all people according to what they have done and not according to what they say. "Romans 2:5 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 Cor 5:10we 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. Matt 7:21 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 final judgment by the righteous Judge the Lord Jesus Christ is seen in the following verses. "Rev 20:11 …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." There are no witnesses to hear the case but some books are opened. The works, good and bad, of all people are written in one set of books and the people are judged according to what they have done. The names of those who feared the Lord, who have the mind of the Lord and the overcomers are written in another book that is called book of life. "Mal 3:16 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. Rev 3:5 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 blot out from this book.  "Ex 32:33 And the LORD said unto Moses, Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book. Rev 21:27 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. Rev 22:19 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 referred for judgment. If the name of a person is not in this book, that person will be thrown into the lake of fire. "Rev 20:15 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, whose sinning have become their past, who overcame sins and they enter the kingdom of heaven. "Rom 3:25 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; Rev 3:21 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."

5. Final Judgment is the Reward for our good or bad Works
It is not Salvation

Christians think that salvation is to get the verdict of acquittal at the judgment of God. Jesus Christ says that as long as a person is in sin he/she is a slave to sin and is not saved, and he will face eternal death. Salvation is an escape from sin. A person who escaped sin will do the works of righteousness. Heaven and the glory in heaven are given as the reward for the works of righteousness. Those who are unrighteous will receive their rewards in the lake of fire.

A. Salvation is the Escape from Sin, and they will will not go to Hell

Christians are taught to say 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 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. Listen to the statement of Apostle Paul: Romans 6:16 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: 2Peter 2:19 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 Apostle John: 1John 3:8 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. The Son of God will destroy the sinning of his people that is caused by the devil. This is the salvation of God. "Matt 1:21 ... thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins."

Bottom line is that we have to be saved from sin itself. Present day Christians are not saved from the bondage of sin, but are taught to proclaim themselves as saved. This is the subtle deception of the devil. They are taught to say that they have accepted Jesus Christ as the Lord and Saviour, but not to obey his commandments. "Luke 6:46 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?" They will not become servants of Jesus Christ, but will still remain as the servants of sin. They call Jesus Christ as Saviour. They think that Jesus Christ will keep them in their sins and will take them to heaven. They are taught to say the lies of the devil and they believe those lies. They should know that all liars will go to hell. Rev 22:14 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. Rev 21:8 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.” Most Christians live in 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 is punished.

B. Heaven or Hell is the Reward for Our Works

As the people are saved from their sins, they will be doing the works of righteousness. "Romans 6:18 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 to them. At the same time the ungodly people will have their part in the lake of fire. "Rev 21:7 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. Rev 22:12 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 for the righteous works or for the unrighteous works of the people which they did while they lived on earth.

6. The Lord Jesus Christ and the Final Judgment

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.

A. Jesus Christ the Advocate

Most Christians think that Jesus Christ is an advocate as our attorneys are. Our attorneys favor their clients and work for their fees and fame. But the Lord Jesus Christ is holy and righteous. He is not a respecter of persons. He does not have brokers (ministers) to receive any fee. "Matt 10:7 And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. 8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give." You can neither give money to God nor convince God by giving money to evangelists, pastors, churches, etc.

"1John 2:1 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 strive to live without sin. "Luke 13:24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate:" The second portion of the verse says that if any man sin, which denotes that the rest of the people in this group do not commit sin. Jesus Christ is the advocate only to such people, if anyone sin among those who strive not to commit sin, but he is not advocate to all Christians. Further, he will be the Righteous Judge in the final judgment, but not an attorney.

B. He make intercession for us

"Romans 8:34 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." The verse says that nobody can condemn us since Jesus Christ intercedes for us. Who are these “US?” Are they Christians, or everybody in the whole world, or whoever read this verse? Let us look at the preceding verses. "Romans 8:29 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 foreknow and approved a group of people who will live as Jesus lived while he was a man. God calls them and makes them righteous as Jesus was righteous as a man. Jesus Christ intercedes for them and God will glorify them as he glorified Jesus Christ. "Heb 12:14 …holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: Heb 7:25 …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 that is holiness.

C. One Mediator between God and Men

God the Father so loved the whole world, he sent 'God the Word' to become a man as his beloved Son and to die for the whole world, as a propitiation for sinners. God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ wish that all people are saved. God the Father gives grace and power through Jesus Christ and uses him as the mediator between him and men. "1Tim 2:3 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 the mediator Jesus Christ preached the truth as his gospel (good news) to make the people free. "John 8:31 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." Believers should continue to obey the word of God in order to become the disciple of God. Then they will know the truth. The Truth will make them free.

D. The Lord Jesus Christ will be the Righteous Judge

The Lord Jesus Christ, who is God, will judge righteously without favoritism.  "Romans 2:11 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 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. Matt 7:21 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. Rev 16:7 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. "Matt 19:28 ... 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 Tim 2:11 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:  Rev 3:21 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 Thess 1:8 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."

7. God the Father and the Final Judgment

God the Father has initiated all things from the beginning, even our salvation plan. "Heb 10:7 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' in the middle to convince 'God the Father' to favor us. If only we learn to understand the scripture verses in their contexts then, there will be no confusion.

A. God the Father is for His People

The salvation of men was ordained by God the Father even before the foundation of the world. "1Peter 1:19 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 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 desire that all people be saved. "1 Tim 2:3 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 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom."  So, God the Father is for his people.

B. Jesus Christ Judge according to the Father

God the Father will judge nobody and the Lord Jesus Christ will be the judge. However, the Son will judge according to the will of the Father. There will be no lawyers.  "John 5:22 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. 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 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 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel. 2Tim 4:1 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 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.

8. Who is Satan and What can he do?

Satan is always glorified in such false stories. Christians do not discern it, but believe the stories. So, it is proper to explain the Bible facts about Satan and his ways to Christians so that they may detect Satan and his made up stories.

A. Satan was a creation of God, he has sinned and God cursed him

God created Satan as a cherub, an angel. God anointed him as the covering archangel. God made him wise and perfect with beauty. Satan had access to the Garden of Eden, even to the mount of God. "Ezek 28:12 ...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 deceive Eve at the Garden of Eden. Eve deceived Adam without even knowing that she was deceiving her own husband. God cursed all three of them. Some Christians consider Satan as a rival to God and an enemy of equal status with God. They do not realize that Satan is also a creation of God. Satan, Adam and Eve, all stood before God in the same status of created beings, and God cursed them. However, Satan has more power than man since he is an angel, a spirit being. That does not mean that Christians should give undue respect to Satan.

B. Is Satan Ruler of Hell?

Many books are written either to say that Satan is god of hell or Satan rules in hell. Most Christians believe it. The famous epic, 'Paradise Lost' put words in the mouth of Satan to say, "It is better to reign in hell than to serve in heaven." Milton presents this statement as a motto of Satan and Satan made the statement while he was giving a speech to the angels that followed him. But, John Milton presents Satan as a rebel and not as a king. But some readers misunderstood the epic, and think that Satan is the ruler of hell. But Satan was and still is a criminal, who will end up in the lake of fire for his crimes.

The name Abaddon (Hebrew) or Apollyon (Greek) appears as the angel who serves God in the Bible, who is king in the bottomless pit. This king is not Satan, but he is an angel and a servant of God. Yet Christians are taught that this angel is Satan. "Rev 9:11 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 the everlasting fire, not to make him a king in hell. "Matt 25:41 ... into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

C. Satan Crucified the Man Jesus

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. It gave Satan chances to accuse the brethren to God. But, God did not curse the brethren in the fashion as he cursed Satan, Adam and Eve. So, Satan continued his efforts to kindle people against God and his beloved son, Jesus Christ and took an active part in his crucifixion. "John 8:40 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 22:3 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."

D. Accuser of the Brethren was Cast Down

Jesus was crucified and dead. God raised Jesus from the dead. God made him Lord, Christ and God. "Acts 2:36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ. Rev 12:5 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 and cut down Satan and his followers from the heaven of God. Their place in heaven was destroyed and they will have no more access to heaven. They are confined to earth, sky (heaven of earth) and surroundings. So, the accuser of the brethren was cast down. "Rev 12:7 ... 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 brethren before God. As usual, even before his crucifixion, Jesus Christ told his disciples about the casting down of Satan and he gave them power over all evil spirits. "Luke 10:18 ... 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."  

E. Lucifer was Cut Down because of Pride and Greed

Lucifer had no knowledge of how God will set a precedent for humans to inherit his kingdom. But, he would have guessed that the plan of God will be fulfilled through Jesus Christ and God would raise Jesus Christ above all. Satan wanted to stop the plan of God and desired to get the place of the Son of God in heaven.  Without knowing how God would raise Jesus Christ to the top, Satan took an active part in the crucifixion of Jesus to destroy the plan of God, where as the crucifixion was the plan of God. "Gen 3:15 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. 1Cor 2:7 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." He was too proud that he wanted to sit in the high place. So, he bruised the heels of the seed of woman, Jesus of Nazareth, at the cross. Therefore, God cut the devil to the ground and the devil will be locked into hell for a thousand years. "Isaiah 14:12 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."

F. Satan Preaches False Gospel

Jesus Christ characterizes the devil primarily as the liar and a murderer. Also, the devil is identified as the father of religious people, including ungodly Christians and even Jews. "John 8:44 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, 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 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 has told them not to do. Somehow, Christianity offers people license to enjoy the things that God told them not to do, escape hell and go to heaven. But, if they believe what God says, they will fear God and obey God. So, the devil preaches another gospel which has no fear. He teaches simple counterfeit salvations to declare sinning people as saved. "2Cor 11:13 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." But, 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 which has neither fear of God nor obedience to God but the love of God toward all Christians, whereas the Lord Jesus Christ calls us to obey and fear God. "Luke 12:4 …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 14:15   If ye love me, keep my commandments. 24 He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings. 2 Thess 1:8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:"

G. What will happen to Satan?

Satan continues to rebel against God. Because of his rebellion, when Jesus Christ starts his thousand year rule, Satan will be bound in hell for thousand years. "Rev 20:1 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 let Satan go free from hell. "Rev 20:7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison" Satan will deceive people again and will start a war. At this time God will throw Satan into the lake of fire. "Rev 20:10 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, was thrown into the lake of fire, and then God will destroy the earth and heaven. Then the Lord Jesus Christ, God of gods and Lord of lords starts the judgment to the people. "Rev 20:11 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, but he will be busy burning in the lake of fire.

9. Do not be deceived by False Preachers

The word of God admonishes that the man of God must preach the word to reprove, rebuke, exhort with the doctrine of Jesus Christ. But the same word says that people will bring false preachers to teach them stories (fables) and the false teachers will turn the people away from the truth of God. How true is the word of God!!! 1 Peter 4:11 If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; … 2 Tim 4:2 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 with our common sense. As we believe God, we should continue to study his word to obey them. If we continue to obey Jesus Christ, then we will become his disciples. Then only, we will know his truth. This truth will set us free. "John 8:31 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 the humble obedient people, will set them free. "Matt 1:21 ... call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins." As we become free, we will live a holy life. Then, the judgment day will be a day of ceremony of rewards.

10. Conclusion: The Truth against the Story

Let me remind you about the false story that started this article. The grant finally 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 very good Christian cliché, rather than the truth of the Bible. Most Christians accept this as the truth because this idea is often repeated to Christians in different forms. The truth in this matter, according to the word of God, is this. All of us are born as sinners. But we have to be delivered (saved) from our sins, by receiving the grace of God, and by receiving grace upon grace from God as the Spirit of God lead us. If we are lead 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 then we inherit the kingdom of God. "Matt 1:21 thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. Romans 8:13 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 children, then 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 a sun. This judgment will be a proclamation of rejoicing. "1 Cor 15:54 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!

God Bless You

I am a retired pastor of the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.

If we love God with reverential fear, we will obey God and We will stop sinning.

 

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