Sunday, July 27, 2008

Judgement of God

Judgment of God

By Abraham Israel

Do you believe that God executes righteous judgments in the land today...such as He did back in the days of the Old Testament? Like when He would warn and warn of sin and if the people did not repent, then there would be consequences? Or do you believe all of God's judgment is saved until the great white throne judgment?

I believe that God reached out to humanity through the chosen people of Israel in the Old Testament times. He chose Abraham for this purpose to bless the world (Gen 12:1-3), so only Jesus Himself said to the gentile Samaritan woman, "...Salvation is of the Jews...” (John 4:22) and He said to Pharisees "...Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel land and sea to win one proselyte, and when he is won, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves." (Matt 23:15; Rom 2:24). In other words Jesus Himself agreed that God has placed them to be a light to the gentiles in the Old Testament times but they were very corrupted due to depending on their own righteousness and breaking the commandments of God to keep the traditions of men (Matt 23:23,26-28; Mark 6:6-13,20-23). Because they failed in this duty, Jesus came to fulfill it through His death and resurrection and hence fulfilling and giving everlasting righteousness to the gentiles (Isaiah 49:6;Matt 5:17;Dan 9:24).

I believe that the judgment of God will happen first to the house of God first whether in the Old Testament or the New Testament (1 Peter 4:17-18;Acts 5:1-11;Exodus 32:21-35). In the Old Testament as shown earlier, Satan knew that God was going to bless the world through a deliverer [Messiah the Christ] who will fight against Satan and defeat Him ultimately at the end (Gen 3:14-15), hence Satan instilled the feeling of enmity in the surrounding region of nations towards the Israelites to wipe them off the planet which Satan is still trying to do to thwart the ultimate purpose of the world getting blessed by God, which Satan hates as a enemy of humanity and God who loves it. So God Started judging those nations to fulfill the purpose of God and the very reason God gave commandments for the Israelites is for them to be prevented from following the heathen customs and be set apart, so that Messiah the Christ can ultimately come out of it to bless the world (Duet 18:9-14;Exod 19:4-6). This is also the reason that God held the tribe of Judah and the house of David in the land of Judah, showing mercy to them in spite of their wickedness [which was not the same with the other 10 tribes of Israel] because God remembered David [the Messiah (Is 49:6;Ez 34:23-31;Matt 22:41-45)] his servant so that ultimately the Christ the Son of David can come out of it and bless the world (Matthew 22:41-46;21:9; 2Kings 17:18,23-24;18:11-12).

At the same time God because He is sovereign king over the world under whose authority Satan is ruling the world, He judges the wickedness of the world by allowing devil to pursue his will in destroying when people of the world love wickedness more than His truth for humanity to live by
(Ps 95:3;Prov 20:8;16:10;20:26,28;29:4,14;1 Samuel 18:9-10;Exodus 20:5;Rom 1:18,25-26). Even the tribulation of the Anti-Christ in the coming days will happen in the same way, when God will allow those who will not believe Jesus through the Gospel to go in to deception of the Anti-christ whose motive empowered by Satan will be to destroy humanity seeking worship as God, which God will judge as the righteous king and will execute the judgment through Jesus Christ because He has given it in to His hands (John 5:22; Is 9:6,7;2 Thess 2:8-12). Even during the tribulation time the Bible says power was "granted to him [Anti-christ]" or he was "given authority". This man [Anti-christ] was given authority by God to rule the world in righteousness, but he will choose to be empowered by Satan and hence ultimately will be judged by God at the end which is His [Jesus] second coming (Rev 13:2,5,7;1 Peter 2:13-17). Here a unholy exchange has happened when Anti-christ knowingly will exchange the God given authority to Satan in exchange for the power to influence the world through supernatural spirit world of lies which will influence every man in the soulish level through his deception. This exchange Satan will do so that People will be made to worship Satan openly (Rev 13:2-4;2 Thess 2:9-12). In this way only Satan rules the world as called the "god of this age" (2 Cor 4:4) in the Bible.

The curse on humankind is not because Satan is cursing it in his power, but ultimately as each man influenced by Satan, breaks the righteous law of God, God's takes off His hand of blessing, of wisdom, provision and protection and hence Satan takes over and destroys those people with his evil ways
(Exodus 11:4-8; 12:12-13,23,26-28,29). It is God who says I have created the destroyer to destroy (Isaiah 54:16). In other words God is saying the creator of Satan is me and I am in control of everything and everything happens by My permission. Through these God's judgments the inhabitants of the world will learn God's righteousness as they live in this earth physically (Isaiah 26:9;45:7). Even the judgment that God executes inside the Church is done through the same way, so only Apostle Paul told to believers to give a disobedient believer to be given in to the hands of Satan so that his flesh may be destroyed but his spirit will be saved during the rapture of saints at least, by the mercies of God (1 Cor 5:1-5). Sickness, diseases and sin which eventually ends in death, came to everyone as a curse upon mankind for his disobedience to Him in the Garden of Eden, which is nothing but the evil work of Satan fulfilled through humans. So only Jesus healed all of these people without any second thought and it is the will of God to stay healthy as long as we live and die healthily when God takes our breath out of our body in His appointed time (Acts 10:38;Ps 91:16; 92:14;Eph 6:3;1 Peter 3:10).

When God judged the Corinthian Church, He did nothing but withdrew the blessings that came as a part of the New Covenant through partaking the Lord's Table, as a result many became weak, sick and many died eventually. This is the result of God taking His hand of protection away from these believers
(1 Cor 11:27-31). There are various degrees by which chastening comes from the Lord, what has been shown above is severe very high degree of chastening where people had died as a result of what happened in the Corinthian Church (Heb 12:3-11;Matt 18:34-35). Sickness is the evil of Satan and it is not from God as we see in the life of Job. When God allows, Satan’s uses all his energy to destroy mankind through his evil murderous way (Job 2:3-7; John 10:10; 1 John 3:4-9). God allows these things either because the person desires these evil or to purify His servants from these evil and bless them ultimately (1 Peter 3:7-17;Job 42:10,12; 2 Thess 2:10-12). The last white throne judgment is about eternal spiritual judgment and all the other judgments are physical and mostly temporal in nature which will directly influence the eternal. The Bible says that the natural comes first and then the Spiritual afterwards (Rev 20:11-15;1 Cor 15:46). The first death is physical death and the second death is a spiritual eternal death (Rev 20:14-15), but both are connected very closely as a judgment from God, for the sin of lawlessness present in our flesh (Ps 51:5;Rom 7:17-21;8:3;6:23;1 John 3:4). The Bible says it is appointed for man to once die and after this the judgment [i.e. eternal judgment] (Heb 9:27). Hence all that is physical will one day culminate in the ultimate spiritual reality of God and His ways, therefore all the Physical judgment that has happened will one day end in the eternal judgment of every unbelieving soul [i.e. Eternal White Throne judgment](Matt 10:28). In those days the warning came from prophets during the Old Testament times and judgment came through other ungodly nations as we have discussed above (Jer 23:3-14). In these days warning has come through God’s only Son to all the people of the World and judgment will come directly from Jesus through various ways (Heb 1:1-2;Acts 17:30; 26:20; 24:15).

All the warnings that the Son of God has told at His first coming has been happening by and by and we are presently living in the endtimes [i.e. latter days, perilous times (times of stress), days of the Son of Man, this generation] and have come nearly to the time of the end [i.e. Seven year period of Anti-christ's Covenant with the nation of Israel]. God the Son judges the Churches in various ways in the New Testament time as shown in first three chapters of Revelation (Rev 2:5,16,21-23;3:3—5,15-19). The things that are happening in the world around us as Jesus prophesied is because of the judgment that is coming upon the world because of its increasing sinfulness (Rom 1:18—32;2:1-16). Jesus gave to us the responsibility to discern the times we live through these catastrophic events happening around us and look for redemption (Luke 12:54-56;13:1-9;21:28-36;Matt 24). Satan will cause destruction only as God allows it by His permission and gives him the power to do it (Job 1:7-2:7). He cannot do it without His permission and His power. Hence Satan himself is used as an instrument of judgment against sinners and for purification for saints (Daniel 11:31-36).


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