What Does the Bible Say About . . . .
JUDGMENT & THE DAY OF THE LORD
"Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. Earth and sky fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what he had done. Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. If anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire." (Rev 20:11-15).
It is an inseparable doctrine of Christianity that the individuals of this world will someday have to account to God for every deed that they have ever done. Nothing is hidden from God's sight. Only those who have been forgiven and redeemed through the blood of Jesus Christ and have proven their repentance to be genuine through obedience to His commands will be saved in that great day.
The teachings of the Judgment, and of retribution and reward, runs counter to everything that Satan stands for. Through the teachings of evolution, reincarnation, or an immediate departure to heaven, hell or purgatory upon death, the concept of the Judgment has become meaningless to millions. In this rather lengthy, but fast paced Scripture compilation, we will be looking at the concepts of the Judgment, justice, mercy, vengeance and retribution and the events surrounding the great day of the Lord. Especially note the active role played by God in rendering judgment, as opposed to the passive view espoused by some. Additionally, we will look in a somewhat limited fashion at God's requirements for justice in our earthly judicial system. The books of life, record and remembrance all come into play at the Judgment so references to these have been included as well.
I hope that you will find this study as fascinating and informative as I did, as we look together at what the Bible has to say about, Judgment and the Day of the Lord. One final note of caution before you begin. Since this subject is potentially discouraging, you should have a good understanding of God's mercy and salvation, before you undertake this study. I recommend studying the Scripture compilation on Repentance, Forgiveness and Salvation before this one.
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