“The Seven Judgments of God”
- Did you know that there are only 7 notes on a piano?
- There are only 7 colors also?
- Your body changes every 7 years.
- The human body has 7 members (male and female).
- The book of Revelations lists 7 churches, 7 vials, 7 trumpets, 7 angels, 7 personages, and 7 seals.
- Whatever God does, He does by 7s.
- Before we can understand “God’s Judgments” we must understand God.
- It is not God’s desire to see wicked or evil people die.
- Ezekiel 33:11…Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?
- God’s Judgement upon sinners is a fact.
- WHY? Because God abhors (hates) sin.
- God will never let a sin go unpunished.
- At the final judgement God will condemn all sinners who do not repent and cast them into the lake of fire.
- To not repent is rebellion against God. If you do not repent, you are telling God I reject your Laws.
- God has given us a choice. Accept His Son (Jesus) or reject His Son (Jesus).
- Acts 17:30…And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:
- Why did God command all men everywhere to repent?
- Look at verse 31) Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained (That man whom God ordained is none other than Jesus Christ); whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.
- For the next several weeks I believe that God wants us to understand “The 7 Judgments of God”
- The Judgment of sin at Golgotha
- The Judgment of Jerusalem
- The Judgment seat of Christ (The Bema seat)
- The Judgments of the Tribulation period
- The Judgment of the anti-Christ and false prophets
- The Judgment of the nations
- The Final Judgment
I. The Judgment of Sin at Golgotha
A) Two facts
- Romans 6:23…For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
- What are the 2 facts in Romans 6:23…
- “For the wages of sin is death;” To continue in sin will result in “Spiritual death,” and separation from God for eternity.
- “…but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” To accept Jesus Christ as your Lord will allow you to escape death and have eternal life in heaven.
B) About our Lord Jesus
- The Old Testament prophecy of Jesus is found in Isaiah 53:1…Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?
- No one believed the O.T. prophets who told of the messiah coming. They did not believe their description of the Messiah here in Isaiah’s prophecy.
- Now then Isaiah proceeds to describe our Lord, the Jews Messiah in verse 2)
- “For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: meek, humbleness and humility will surround him. He will be from a land that is despised by many (Galilee).
- “… he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. He will not be handsome or buff.
- 3a) He is despised and rejected of men; More people will reject Him than accept Him.
- 3b)…a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: Sorrow and grief will surround Him and those who are associated with Him.
- 3c)… and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. The sorrow and grief would cause those close to Him to hide their faces in shame…as one who is cursed hanging on a tree. The Jews furthermore did not recognize Him as their Messiah.
- 4) Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. Many recognized later that He was the Christ. Some of the Jews now recognized whom they had considered cursed of God, and so they spat upon Him and later crucified Him. Have you done something before and later realized your error?
- 5) But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: He was hung on the cross to atone for our transgressions (rebellion) ridiculed and criticized for our iniquities (perversions of the truth).
- 5b)…the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. The peace that He gives to us was paid by the stripes He received from being scourged (beat with a whip).
- 6) All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. For all have sinned and therefore need a savior because our minds are perverted.
- 7) He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. Jesus accepted the false charges against Him and did nothing to prevent God’s plan of Salvation from taking place.
- 8) He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. For the Jew, Jesus was beaten.
- 9) And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. Jesus was buried in the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea located on Mt. Calvary.
- The moment when the burden of the world’s sin was laid upon Jesus, a dark cloud separated Him from His Father.
- Jesus fully served the death penalty which God had imposed upon sinners, and subsequently arose triumphantly from the dead.
- Jesus now offers forgiveness for sins and a new life to all repentant sinners who receive Him as their Saviour.
- The fact that the Lord Jesus has paid the price for our sins means that we will not come into judgement:
- Romans 8:1…There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
- Revelation 3:10…Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
II. The Judgment of Jerusalem
A) On its people
- For centuries during the Old Testament, Israel was being prepared on the coming of the Messiah.
- The temple service with its sacrifices was a preparation for the final sacrificial Lamb of God (Jesus) to be the final atonement for sins.
- It is obvious that if Israel would not accept the atoning sacrifice which the Messiah brought on their behalf they would, as God’s chosen people, be under His judgements.
- Because of this they would also forfeit the privilege of being special instruments in God’s hand to evangelise the world. The Great Commission would be entrusted to Christ’s disciples among all nations.
- Jerusalem and its inhabitants, who constituted the core of the Jewish nation, were judged by God in 70 AD after the leaders of the nation had committed treason against the Messiah by rejecting Him.
- The Lord Jesus said to them: “Matthew 23:37…O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! 38) Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.”
- In Luke He said: Luke 19:43…For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side, 44) And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation. Israel’s unbelief was severely penalised.
- However, there was escape for the true believers from the judgement which ended in Israel’s dispersion from their home land: Luke 21:20…And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. 21) Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto. 22) For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.
- Divine wrath was poured out upon Israel and their capital city, but before that time the Messianic Jews had fled to Pella across the Jordan. They did not come into the judgement of the apostate Jews.
- Israel’s dispersion would continue throughout the church dispensation (Lev. 26:33) until, at the end of this period (The church age), they would return to their land and their city to face their Messiah again at His second coming.
- On this occasion (The 2nd Coming) the whole remnant of Israel will fully accept Him
- The prophecy of Israel fully accepting Jesus is inZechariah 12:10…And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.