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The mental picture that many have of judgment day is quite frightening. So many people think that billions of souls will be brought before the judgment seat of God, and standing before God, God's judgment will be passed upon each individual. The judgment could either be heavenly bliss or eternal torment, what is your viewpoint of judgment day? Certainly that could be quite disturbing. If we use the Bible as our guide we can find a very comforting answer to this topic, when and what is Judgment day At 2 Tim 3:16-17 we can use this as a guide in determining the answer to this question “all Scripture is inspired of God and beneficial for teaching for reproving for setting things straight, for disciplining in righteousness and, that the man of God may be fully competent completely equipped for every good work. The apostle John received the revelation while he was on the penal isle of Patmos he wrote at revelation the 20th chapter verses 11 and 12 we read the apostle John's description of judgment day “I saw the great white throne and the one seated on it from before him the earth and the heaven fled away and no place was found for them I saw the dead the great and the small standing before the throne and scrolls are opened. But another scroll was opened; it is a scroll of life. And the dead were judged out of those things written in the scrolls according to their deeds”. Who is the judge described here? The ultimate judge of mankind is Jehovah God; however he delegates the actual work of judging to his son Christ Jesus. As recorded at Acts 17: 31 it states, “Because he has set a day in which he purposes to judge the inhabited earth in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed, and he has furnished a guarantee to all men in that he has resurrected him from the dead.” When does this time period begin? When does Judgment Day Begin? The war of the great they of God the Almighty spoken of in the book of Revelation and described as the war of Armageddon, also revelation shows that judgment day begins after this war, and Satan's entire system on earth will be destroyed . This will be a time of great relief for mankind because Satan and his demons will be imprisoned in an abyss for a thousand years. And during that time the Bible book of Revelation also reveals that 144,000 heavenly joint heirs will be judged and will serve as Kings with Christ for a thousand years so we can conclude that judgment day is not some hurried event lasting a mere 24 hours, judgment day will last 1000 years. What will take place during this thousand year period? When will judgment take place? Jesus Christ will judge the living and the dead, the living will be the great crowd that survives this cataclysmic event called Armageddon the apostle John also saw the dead standing before the throne of judgment as Jesus promised and John5:28-29 those in the Memorial tombs will hear Christ voice and come out by means of the resurrection, an interesting question that needs to be addressed is what is the basis that these individuals will be judged. Let's go back to the vision that the apostle John saw about scrolls being open and ask a very important question, since the dead were judged out of these things written in the scrolls according to their deeds, are the scrolls a record of people's past deeds? No the judgment will not focus on what people did before they died. Why do we say that? How do we come to that conclusion? Because the Bible says in Romans the six chapter verse seven “he who has died has been acquitted of his sin”. So then those resurrected start off with a clean slate so to speak, so these scrolls represent Jehovah God's requirements during this thousand year reign. To gain everlasting life the Armageddon survivors and those that are resurrected will have to live by these requirements during this thousand year reign of Christ Jesus. So the basis of judgment for each individual will be on what they do during that Judgment Day or thousand year period. What is Judgment Day? Judgment Day is a time when righteous hearted people need not fear. It will be a time when billions will have an opportunity to conform to Jehovah’s divine will, and live forever in the promised paradise earth forever. This happy prospect awaits all who survive the end of this judgment time and will have “come to life” fully as perfect humans. Judgment Day will thus see the restoration of mankind to its original perfect state, just as God originally purposed the earth to be. The Bible’s promise: “The righteous themselves will possess the earth, and they will reside forever upon it.” (Psalm 37:29) So when and what is Judgment Day? Yes, Judgment Day will be a blessing to all faithful mankind!
Romans 2:12 For as many as have sinned without law will also perish without law, and as many as have sinned in the law will be judged by the law. Revelation 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books.
Those of us that have put our faith in Christ for salvation, will be at the judgement seat of Christ. We will not be judged for our sins because Jesus paid for all of them. He nailed them to His cross and washed them away with His blood. However, we will be judged on the oportunities we had to do good. God looks on our hearts and knows when we do things because we love Him or because we are just trying to make our selves more righteous. He see,s the intents of our hearts, not our outward things where man judges. He knows when we have true compassion on others not even thinking of our own righteous works. It is those things of the heart that we will be judged on according to our works. We are not saved by anything we do but we will receive rewards on how closely we followed the Lord by Love for Him and others. If we judge others by our own standard of righteousness we can loose our reward in heaven. Only those sins clearly spelled out in the bible can we judge others by and always to bring them back into submission to Christ. It is appointed to man once to die, and after that the judgement. Believers names are all written in the Lambs book of life and are saved by His righteousness He gave us when we first believed. If there was one law that could save us then Jesus died in vain. I try to live my life like David of old that was also a sinner, that when I come before the judgement seat the Lord will say I was a man after His own heart. And of course the other where He will say "well done thou good and faithful servant". But I fall so far short I will probably be a street sweeper in heaven. Just another sinner saved by grace.
We Christians will be judged by Jesus in heaven after the church is raptured. As Michael mentioned, the basis of this Bema judgment (Judgment seat of Christ, Greek) will be our works which we did after we were saved (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10). See the Ryrie Study Bible for more information.
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