DEVOTIONAL – SEP 9
THE KING JUDGES
(SHEEP AND GOAT JUDGMENT)
Leslie M. John
The judgment of nations is distinct from the ‘Great White Throne Judgment. The nations are the living ones that survive through the ‘great tribulation’ period, when the gentiles, who are left-behind, are judged.
This is a period after the Church consisting of believers is ‘caught up’ to be with the Lord for ever and ever. In Matthew 5:31-46 there is a description of the judgment that takes place after Lord Jesus Christ reveals himself at His second coming to everyone upon this earth. These are the ones, who missed the blessings of being ‘caught up’ to be with the Lord Jesus for ever and ever, when He comes with the trump of God. When the believers are ‘caught up’ to be with the Lord, the dead shall be raised incorruptible and shall be changed in a moment in the twinkling of an eye.
The words of the King at this judgment are very sharp and shrewd. To those, who are on His right hand, the King will say that when He was hungry they gave Him meat, and He was hungry they gave Him drink, and when he was a stranger, they took Him; Naked, and they clothed Him, and when He was sick they visited Him, when He was in prison, they went to see Him.
The righteous on the right side of the King will be filled with the surprise and ask the King, when He was hungry, thirsty, naked, sick and in prison. Lord Jesus Christ was a Jew and these few words are spoken by Him with reference to the Jews who would face “Great Tribulation” for rejecting Him as the Messiah. This judgment is for those who have helped or not helped Jews in times of their troubles during “Great Tribulation” after the church is ‘caught up’.
“And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me” (Matthew 25:40).
Similarly, the King, who is our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will say very sharp and shrewd words to those, who are on His left side, that they did not give Him food when He was hungry, that they did not give him water when He was thirsty, that they did not take Him in when He was stranger, that they did not clothe him when He was naked, that they did not visit Him when He was sick, that they did not minister unto Him when He was in prison.
Those, whom the Word of God, calls as ‘goats’, (unsaved) ones, ask Him surprisingly, when they did not gave Him drink, food, and when was He naked that they did not clothe Him, and when was He stranger that they did not take Him in, and when He was sick that they did not minister unto Him, and when was in prison, that they did not minister unto Him.
“Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me” (Matthew 25:45)
The blessings that the King shall give unto the righteous are that they will ‘inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world’ and the punishment the King renders unto those, who are not saved will be ‘Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels’.
Apostle Paul writes that God did not cast away Jews
“For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in”(Romans 11:25)
What then happened exactly that their attitude and belief has not changed yet? Yes, it is because God blinded their eyes for a season, and gave them spiritual slumber that they should not see, and that they may not have ears for hearing unto this day.
Have Israel stumbled that they should fall then? Apostle Paul himself answers these questions (Romans 11th Chapter) that God did not blind them or made them deaf because they were stumbling blocks nor was it because they have stumbled, but because of God’s desire that everyone in the world, irrespective of Jews or Gentiles be saved and have eternal life.