We do not know everything that will happen at the judgment, but, because of the Word of God, we can know some things about the judgment.
The first thing that we can be assured of is that Judgement will definitely happen.
The Judgment will Occur
For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God. (Romans 14:11-12)
God’s Judgment will be Correct
Every person will be judged and God’s judgment will be righteous. It will be the correct judgment. Today’s judgment is not wholly correct, and/or just.
There are many sins happening today that are not recognized by human authority. We will not list them, but, we know that people today do things completely contrary to the nature of God and seemingly walk around without judgment.
Also, human judges are imperfect in their decision making. Sometimes the penalty is too harsh and often punishment is too soft for the one who broke the law.
Human judges may be uncertain of the guilt or innocence of a person and must rely on their imperfect decision making processes to try to make the best decision. Yet, God will know the truth about every single individual.
Today, judges sometimes make wrong choices. Sometimes a judge might decide to free someone who is guilty or even punish someone who is innocent. Yet, God will not!
Since evil corrupts nations, sometimes the thing that is ‘evil’ is considered good, while the ‘good’ is considered evil. (Isa. 5:20) Sometimes judges make wrong choices because they have been influenced by their evil surroundings. God will not make wrong choices no matter how many people call something ‘good’ or how many call something “evil”.
We know for sure that The Judge of all the earth will do that which is RIGHT! (Gen. 18:25)
God Wants Us to Know the Judge
God’s Word informs us that Christ will be the Judge.
For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: (Joh 5:22)
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. (Act 10:42 )
For 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. (2 Co 5:10)
Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead. (Act 17:31 )
If Christ knows you as one of his faithful sheep, then there is no need to fear the judgment. (John 10:1-4; Psa 23)
Judged according to deeds, words, thoughts
No thought, action or word will escape the knowledge of the Judge. Notice a few passages as we consider this thought.
For 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. (2 Cor. 5:10)
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. (Matt. 16:27)
For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil. (Ecc. 12:14)
Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do. (Heb 4:13 )
The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good. (Pro 15:3 )
But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned. (Matt. 12:36-37)
The Word of God Will Judge Us
We will not be judged by creeds of man. We will not be judged by ideas and thoughts of certain religious leaders. We will not be judged by “how we feel” about a certain thing. We will not be judged in comparison to other people.
We will be judged by God’s Holy Word. Listen to the words of Jesus
He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. (John 12:48)
Notice what John wrote:
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. (Rev. 20:12)
Since we will be judged by the word of God, we must do our best to be obedient to His Holy Word.
Judgment will be Impartial
As mentioned previously, all will give account for how he has lived. God will not show partiality but will be just in his judgment
Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him. (Acts 10:34-35)
For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. (Rom 10:12 )
One of Two Sentences Will be Given
I encourage you to study Jesus words in his description of judgment as recorded in Matthew 25:31-46:
- Time of Judgment would be after the second coming of Christ
- The Judge would be Christ
- The subjects of judgment are to be all nations
- The sentences passed by the judge to the subjects would either be Eternal Life or Eternal Punishment
Notice the words of Paul as he discusses reward or punishment for those living in his day.
And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; (2 Thes. 1:7-9)
- Those who are “troubled” are the Christians in Paul’s day, their reward is “rest.”
- Those who “Know not God” are going to suffer God’s vengeance, that is, His punishment
- Those who “Obey not” will likewise receive God’s vengeance
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. 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. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. (Rev. 20:12-15)
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. 21:7)
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. (Rev. 3:5)
Knowing all of this awaits we should take heed to Paul’s instruction to Felix and Drusilla (Acts. 24:25) – and learn from God’s word about, “righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come,”
Judgment on the Last Day
When Christ returns, he will return to bring an end to this world and all things in it and all will rise to be judged.
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. (Mat. 16:27)
And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. 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. (Rev. 22:12-14)
For the unfaithful, I cannot imagine a greater fear than judgment. Yet for the faithful, there is no greater comfort.
A word for the unfaithful: There is no greater time to accept the Lord than now! (2 Cor 6:2)
A word for the faithful: Let us keep walking in the light (1 John 1:7) As we live faithfully, let us be comforted by the words of God through Paul:
That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing. But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words. (1 Thes. 4:13-18)
Knowing all of these things about the judgment, I urge anyone reading this to make their lives right with God.