Category Archives: Final Judgment

THE LORDLY DAY

On the isle of Patmos, suddenly, John found himself “in the Spirit,” and projected into the “Day of the Lord” – Revelation 1:9-10

While exiled on the island of Patmos, John came to be “in the spirit,” where he found himself “in the lordly day” and received visions about the seven churches of Asia. Though his visions commenced in the first century, ultimately, they culminated in the final judgment, the “Day of the Lord,” when the wicked were punished and the righteous vindicated.

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THE GREAT EARTHQUAKE

The final day of wrath is characterized by unprecedented celestial and terrestrial events, including the “great earthquake” – Revelation 6:12-17. 

In four separate passages, Revelation refers to the coming “great earthquake,” and each time, it locates this event at the end of the age, the day of God’s final “wrath.” Chaos in the heavens and unimaginable seismic shifts on the earth will mark the arrival of the “Day of the Lord,” the Great Dénouement when God vindicates His people and punishes His enemies.

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HIS PAROUSIA – VINDICATION OR CONDEMNATION

The “coming” of Jesus will mean the vindication of the righteous, and the judgment and condemnation of the wicked

In the New Testament, several Greek terms are applied to the return of Jesus at the end of the present age, including parousia (“arrival”), erchomai (“coming”), and epiphaneia (“appearance”). Regardless of which term is used, in each instance, it is found in the singular number; it describes only one “coming” of Jesus. Each passage provides only a limited amount of information about the event.

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FINAL DAY AND HOUR

Revelation moves inexorably from the Death and Resurrection of Jesus to the final day when God judges the wicked and vindicates the righteous

At the conclusion of his ‘Olivet Discourse,’ Jesus presented the parable of the Sheep and the Goats. On the day when the “Son of Man arrives in his glory,” his angels will gather all the nations before him for judgment, then he will divide them into two, the “sheep” and the “goats.” The latter will “depart into everlasting destruction,” but the former “into everlasting life.”

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INHABITANTS OF THE EARTH

OVERVIEW – In Revelation, the “inhabitants of the earth” represent the men and women who are excluded from the “book of life” by their own decisions

In Revelation, the “inhabitants of the earth” constitute the group that is unrelenting in its hostility to Jesus and his servants, even rejoicing in the violent deaths of his witnesses. Unlike the “nations” and the “kings of the earth,” apparently, this group is beyond redemption, and their names are excluded from the “Lamb’s book of life.” But its eventual destruction in the “lake of fire” is a fate of its own making.

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