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The Final Judgment
The Final Judgment
The final Judgment Day is coming; and when that day comes, all the unsaved dead will be resurrected and stand before God. Then the books will be opened and those unsaved people will be judged according to what they had done in their lives.
From the Bible:
The rest of the dead did not come to life until the end of the thousand years; this is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy are those who have part in the first resurrection. The second death will have no power over them. They will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years.
When the thousand years have ended, Satan will be released from his prison. He will go out to deceive the nations in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them for battle. In number they are like the sand on the seashore. They marched across the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of God's people, the beloved city of God. Then fire came down from God out of Heaven and devoured them.
The devil, who had deceived them, was thrown into the Lake of Fire, burning with sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night forever.
Then I saw a great white throne and Him who was seated on it. The Earth and the 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 the 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.
(Revelation, Chapter 20, Verses 5 through 12)
Who are the saved? They are the people who believe in Jesus Christ as their savior. Those who die the first death will take part in the first resurrection; the second death will have no power over them. They will rule with Jesus for a thousand years, which is called the Millennium. Satan, the Devil, will be imprisoned during that time.
After the Millennium Satan will be released from his prison. He will go around the world to deceive countless unsaved people and gather them for battle. Satan and his army will march across the earth and surround the camp of God's people. Then fire will come down from Heaven and devour them. Satan will be thrown into the Lake of Fire, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown, and be tormented forever. In this case, forever, meaning that he will be tormented until he dies and the fire consumes him.
Who are the unsaved? They are the billions of people who have died or will die and are not forgiven for their sins. Each human being is born with a sinful nature; then most become accountable for their decisions and actions. Then they can either follow their sinful desires or they can choose to follow a path that leads to eternal life.
What is the path that leads to the truth and eventual eternal life? The truth is that we need God's forgiveness for our sins if we want to be saved from destruction. God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sins. If you believe that and give up your sinful ways, God will forgive you. Then you would be saved; that is the simple truth.
From the Bible:
A third angel followed them and said in a loud voice, "If anyone worships the beast and his image and receives his mark on the forehead or on the head, he too will drink of the wine of God's fury that has been poured full strength into the cup of His wrath.
He will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb; and the smoke of their torment will rise forever. There is no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and his image or for anyone who receives the mark of his name." This calls for patient endurance on the part of those who obey God's commandments and remain faithful to Jesus.
(Revelation, Chapter 14, Verses 9 through 12)
What will happen to the unsaved after the final judgment? After they are resurrected from their graves and judged according to what they had done in their lives, they must be punished. These unsaved people, whose names are not found in the Book of Life, will be thrown into the Lake of Fire, which is the second death.
The unsaved will be tormented with burning sulfur. Their torment will continue until they die and are consumed, but the smoke of their torment will rise up forever. In addition, death and the grave will be thrown into the Lake of Fire, symbolizing the end of death and the grave.
From the Bible:
The sea gave up the dead that were in it. Death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them and each person was judged according to what he or she 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 or she was thrown into the Lake of Fire.
(Revelation, Chapter 20, Verses 13 through 15)
The first death is temporary; this is when the body stops breathing and ceases to live, and the mind ceases to function. Death is the opposite of life, meaning that in death there is no life. A human being who dies the first time will someday be resurrected by God.
There will be two resurrections; those who are saved will be resurrected first and will have eternal life. Those who are unsaved will be resurrected last. The final judgment will result in the unsaved being thrown into the Lake of Fire, which is the second death.
The second death is permanent. The unsaved who die will be resurrected last and appear before God for their final judgment. Then they will be thrown into the Lake of Fire where they will be destroyed for eternity. This is the second death from which there is no return to life.
Many believe that human beings will somehow live for eternity whether their sins are forgiven or not. They believe that humans are immortal. Some believe that, right after the first death, the saved go to Heaven and live for eternity; some believe that the unsaved go to Hell and burn for eternity. In addition, there are many other beliefs about the hereafter that imply the immortality of humans.
The Bible, however, says that the saved will be resurrected and go to Heaven and that there will be a second resurrection and final judgment of the unsaved. Therefore, all those who have died the first death must rest in their graves until they are resurrected. Then at that time every human being will either be rewarded if saved, or punished if unsaved.
Would God's final judgment of the unsaved result in their being punished by being thrown into a lake of fire and burning for eternity? The Bible calls this punishment the second death. It does not say that they live for eternity in the fire. They die; therefore, they don't live. The fire would consume their bodies, turning them to ashes. They would not live anymore.
Do human beings have an immortal soul? Many believe that humans have an invisible spirit called the soul. They believe that when a person's body dies, the soul of that person lives on in some way. However, the body is part of the soul and, when the body dies, the soul stops living.
From the Bible:
When He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and the testimony they had maintained. They called out in a loud voice, asking, "How long O Lord, holy and true, until You judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?" Then each of them was given a white robe and told to wait a little longer until the number of their fellow servants and brethren, who were to be killed as they had been, was completed.
(Revelation, Chapter 6, Verses 9 through 11)
John saw the souls of those who had been slain; this tells us that the soul is not invisible. These souls were able to call out to the Lord; this tells us that they had a voice. These souls were given a white robe, indicating that they had a body.
From the Bible:
Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both body and soul in Hell.
(Matthew, Chapter 10, Verse 28)
The soul is the living part of the body. When the body dies the first death, its soul becomes dormant. The saved souls will someday be resurrected with their restored bodies and go to Heaven. This is the first resurrection. After that, the unsaved souls will someday be resurrected with their restored bodies and face the final judgment. This is the second resurrection. After that, the bodies and souls of the unsaved will be destroyed in the Lake of Fire.
In Summary; everyone is on a path; for some, it is a path to eternal life. These are the people who are saved by believing in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who died for our sins. For others, it is a path to eternal destruction. These are the unsaved who must face the final judgment.
We all need God's forgiveness for our sins. Sin causes the world and everyone in it to be imperfect; sin causes human beings to die. Without God's forgiveness, we cannot be saved from our sins. In addition, our sins prevent us from having eternal life.
Human beings are not immortal unless they first believe in Jesus Christ as our savior. Without Him we would die without the possibility of having eternal life. Many believe that human beings are immortal; however, the Bible says that only those who believe in Jesus will not perish, but will have eternal life. But all others will be destroyed in the Lake of Fire after the final judgment.
We are all imperfect people, living in an imperfect world. And most of the people are on the wrong path, which is the path to destruction. Although we all die, some will be resurrected to eternal life; that is the first resurrection. The others will be resurrected for their final judgment; that is the second resurrection.
Those who face the final judgment will suffer the second death in the Lake of Fire. The second death will destroy both body and soul; this death is permanent.
Everyone has a choice, eternal life or eternal death. We can only have eternal life through Jesus Christ, our savior. Those who believe in Him will be saved from destruction. Someday they will become perfect and not have to suffer the consequences of the final judgment.
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