The Final Judgment
In the Final Judgement, God will do well with the believers that do good, and ill with the nonbelievers that do evil. “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad” (2 Corinthians 5:10). In that day, all will have a just hearing (Jude 15). No one will be judged in his absence, or by proxy (Romans 14:12; James 2:12, 13).
Today, believers are often most troubled, while the wicked may flourish (Psalms 37:35–39; Revelation 6:9–11). The final judgment is needed in order that Christ may gain victory over the evil one and his followers (Isaiah 45:23; Romans 14:10, 11; Philippians 2:10), and that He may receive that which He has bought with His own precious life (Hebrews 2:11–13; John 14:1–3). In addition, it is necessary to the vindication of God’s kingdom before the Universe (Psalms 51:4; Romans 2:5; 3:26).
Why Should believers Not Fear the Judgment?
1- Sin will be destroyed and will never rise again. “Affliction will not rise up a second time” (Nahum 1:9).
2- Everything Adam and Eve lost by sin will be regained. “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful” (Revelation 21:3–5).
3- In the final judgment, Jesus will be the judge, attorney, and witness. “For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son” (John 5:22 also 1 John 2:1; Revelation 3:14).
4- Judgment will be in favor of God’s children. “I was watching; and the same horn was making war against the saints, and prevailing against them, until the Ancient of Days came, and a judgment was made in favor of the saints of the Most High, and the time came for the saints to possess the kingdom” (Daniel 7:21-22).
5- Believers will be eternally safe from evil. “And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever” (Revelation 22:3–5).
6- Both the Father and Son love the believers but the devil will accuses them. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16 also 17:23; 13:1; Revelation 12:10).
7- The heavenly books will reveal God’s leading in the believers’ salvation. “At that time Michael shall stand up, the great prince who stands watch over the sons of your people; and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation, even to that time. And at that time your people shall be delivered, every one who is found written in the book” (Daniel 12:1).
8- There is no condemnation to the believers. “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit” (Romans 8:1).
9- The wicked will be turned to ashes—not tortured endlessly. “For behold, the day is coming, burning like an oven, and all the proud, yes, all who do wickedly will be stubble. And the day which is coming shall burn them up,” says the Lord of hosts, “that will leave them neither root nor branch” (Malachi 4:1).
10- God and His method of dealing with the sin problem will be vindicated before the universe. This is the main purpose of the judgment. “For true and righteous are His judgments, because He has judged the great harlot who corrupted the earth with her fornication; and He has avenged on her the blood of His servants shed by her” (Revelation 19:2).
In His service,