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THE DAY OF THE LORD

- The END of this age -

- Judgment Day -

compiled by Rachel Cory-Kuehl, July 2012

Last edited June, 2019

Scripture from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted.


At His glorious return:

      1. Christ will resurrect His own to everlasting life.


      2. Christ will resurrect the rebellious to “everlasting condemnation” (Daniel 12:2-3).

These, along with the still living rebellious, will face Christ for judgment, and will then be “cut off” from His kingdom.


Matthew 13:41-42The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His     kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, and will cast them     into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.

 

      NOTE: The “beast” and the “false prophet” are both thrown “into the lake of fire” on the day that Christ returns for judgment (Rev. 19:20). “The beast” and “the false prophet” are not individuals. They are powers composed of multitudes in the service of the Evil One, who have fought against the LORD and against His people down through history, using religious falsehood, false prophecy, and evil rulers.

 

Matthew 13:49-50So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come forth, separate the wicked from among the just, and cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.”

 

The final 7 plagues begin on the day that Christ appears for judgment. The “furnace of fire” will be this earth. According to Peter, this earth will be “burned up”.


      3. The Book of Life will determine who is raised to eternal life, and who will be “cut off.”


       4. The “rest of the dead” will NOT be resurrected on this day.

                  They will not “live again” until the 8th millennium.





THREE groups are detailed:

the redeemed - the wicked - the rest


THE RETURN OF CHRIST


      1. In a cloud (Luke 21:27)

2. With His angels (Matthew16:27, 25:31; Mark 8:38, Jude 14-15, Luke 9:26)

3. With power and great glory (Matthew 24:30; Mark 13:26; Luke 21:27)

4. With a great sound of a trumpet (Matthew 24:31; 1 Cor. 15:52; 1 Thessalonians 4:16)

5. With a shout (1 Thessalonians 4:16)

6. With the voice of the Archangel (1 Thessalonians 4:16)

7. With brightness (2 Thessalonians 2:8)

8. With great noise (2 Peter 3:10)

9. In the glory of His Father (Matthew 16:27; Mark 8:38; Luke 9:26)

10. In His own glory (Luke 9:26 Matthew 25:31)

11.In flaming fire (2 Thessalonians 1:7,8)

      12. As the lightning flashes from east to west (Matthew 24:27)  

      13. He is coming with clouds (Revelation 1:7)

14. Every eye will see Him (Revelation 1:7)

 

Acts 1:11-12 [Two angels speaking to the disciples.] “This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.”


Revelation 1:7 “Behold He is coming with clouds; and every eye will see Him.”


Where are the Dead? Hell - What It’s Not Millennium

The Book of Life Who are Israel?


      If you are not familiar with these foundational studies,

            you are NOT ready for this study.



LET’S GET STARTED.

            At the end of this age, when Christ returns in glory, there will be a great resurrection!

      BOTH the justified AND the condemned will be resurrected on that day.

 

Daniel 12:1-3 “There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. But at that time your peopleeveryone whose name is found written in the book--will be delivered. Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt.” NIV



 

“Multitudes” will awake - that’s a resurrection! Concerning those raised to “shame and everlasting contempt” - that is a forever judgment. Those “cut off” will be left behind to die in the last plagues. There is no reason to wake them AGAIN, to execute them AGAIN.

 

We will get to the special “Lake of Fire” in another study. The Book of Life will determine who is raised to shame, and who is raised to everlasting life.

 

NOTE: Daniel 12:2-3 does NOT say that every person who has ever lived, will be raised on that day. It says “multitudes who sleep in the dust.” Multitudes is a whopping lot of people. But it is NOT everyone.


            This leaves room to ask. Are there some who will NOT be raised on that day?



BOTH THE JUST AND THE UNJUST

 

John 5:28-29 “Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth – those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation.”

 

This verse might seem to speak of two resurrection events - one to life, and the other to condemnation - but Daniel 12:2-3 tells us this is ONE resurrection event - at “the hour” - when TWO types of people are raised - those who have remained faithful to covenant, and those who have refused or have forsaken covenant (Hebrews Chapter 6).

 

In context, Jesus was talking to Jews about judgment day. “All” of Israel would be resurrected to face judgment at “the hour.” The term “Israel” today includes all of the redeemed. The term also included the informed “mixed multitude.” One LAW applied to everyone.

 

For an understanding of the term “Israel” in the context of the Second Coming please see the study “Who are Israel?



BOTH THE JUST AND THE UNJUST

 

Acts 24:15 “I have hope in God, which they themselves also accept, that there will be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and the unjust.”


     NOTE: “a resurrection” - singular - involving BOTH the just and the unjust.






SHEEP AND GOATS

 

Matthew 25:31-34 & 41When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left.

Then the King will say to those on His right hand,`Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world’... Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels:’”

 

We will address the “everlasting fire” in an upcoming study. Here we simply wish to show that the return of Christ IS a judgment event for the knowingly rebellious.

 

Romans 2:5-11 “But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God's wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed. God ‘will repay each person according to what they have done.’ To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger.” (NIV) [Paul then says that both Jews and Gentiles will receive their due reward or punishment.] “For God does not show favoritism.”

 

From Romans 2:5-11, we conclude that: The “day of God’s wrath” is the DAY “when His righteous judgment will be revealed.” This is the DAY when He “will repay each person according to what they have done.” But what if some are not righteous because they never heard of Yahweh? They never understood His law. They never heard the Gospel of Christ either? They didn’t rejected the truth, because they never heard it. They may have been mentally challenged, or have died as children, or they may simply have died before missionaries could teach them. Will they be judged on that day?

 

            My answer is NO. They will not. Whatever sins they have committed, are covered by the blood of Christ UNTIL they have HEARD and UNDERSTOOD the choice they must make - to serve God, or to refuse Him.

 

2 Timothy 4:1 I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom:”

 

At the appearing of Christ, the wicked (those still living and those resurrected) will face judgment. Those “in Christ” will not. They have already been justified.




THOSE IN CHRIST

     WILL NOT BE JUDGED

 

John 5:24 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.”

 

John 10:14 “I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own.”

 

John 10:27 “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.

 

Romans 8:1 “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.”

 

I want to quote a portion of the 91st Psalm. I find it very comforting, when subjects like the Second Coming, and judgment, and last plagues - comes up.

 

Psalm 91:5-9:

         “You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,

        Nor of the arrow that flies by day,

        Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness,

        Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.

        A thousand may fall at your side,

        And ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you.

        Only with your eyes shall you look,

        And see the reward of the wicked.

        Because you have made the LORD, who is my refuge,

        Even the Most High, your dwelling place . . .”



HE COMES TO EXECUTE JUDGMENT

                NOT JUST TO DELIVER HIS OWN

 

Jude 1:14-15 “Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also, saying, ‘Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints [holy ones], to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.’”


 

 

Matthew 13:47-50 “So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come forth, separate the wicked from among the just, and cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.”

 

The “furnace of fire” will be this earth, which “will be burned up” (2 Pet. 3:10). In the study “Hell - What It’s NOT” - I discuss the “gnashing of teeth”.



THE DAY OF HIS WRATH

 

Romans 2:5 “But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, who "will render to each one according to his deeds": eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality; but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness-- indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek; but glory, honor, and peace to everyone who works what is good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For there is no partiality with God.”


           Some receive “eternal life” and others “wrath” on the same day.

 

Revelation 11:15-18 [The seventh angel sounded.] “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever!’” [This is Daniel 7:14!] . . . The nations were angry, and your wrath has come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that You should reward Your servants the prophets and the saints, and those who fear Your name, small and great, and should destroy those who destroy the earth.’”

 

When dominion is given to “the Son of man,” the time has arrived to execute judgment on the stubbornly rebellious, both living and resurrected from death, AND to reward the saints. It’s all at the same time!! And by the way, if the wicked were consigned to “Hell” when they died, then why resurrect them just to hear judgment pronounced, and then throw them back into Hell? That makes no sense!

 

Zephaniah 1:14-18 “. . . On the day of the Lord’s wrath; And all the earth will be devoured in the fire of His jealousy, For He will make a complete end, Indeed a terrifying one, of all the inhabitants of the earth.” NAS



 

 


2 Peter 3:7 “But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are     reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.”

 

In context Peter is definitely writing about events associated with the Second Coming. “Perdition” simply means destruction. The “ungodly” are judged and destroyed ON THIS DAY - the day that the heavens and the earth are destroyed by fire!

 

2 Peter 3:10 & 12 “However, the Day of the Lord will come ‘like a thief.’ On that Day the heavens will disappear with a roar, the elements will melt and disintegrate, and the earth and everything in it will be burned up.” . . . as you wait for the Day of God and work to hasten its coming. That Day will bring on the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt from the heat; (CJB)

 

Read this passage a couple more times and then tell me how any human being left on this earth could survive. This is WHY Jesus returns - to REMOVE His own people from this planet! This is the Noah story and the Lot/Sodom story. The LORD rescues His own, just as doomsday arrives. The wicked - who are judged and then left behind - will die. Their bodies will burn up in the fire that consumes this planet.

 

When Jesus said His angels will gather the rebellious and the lawless, and throw them into a lake of fire, He was talking about this earth - on fire and burning up (Matt. 13:41-42, 49-50). John the Revelator saw “the Beast” and “the False Prophet” “thrown alive into the lake of fire” (Revelation 19:20). “The Beast” is not just one person, or even one seriously evil angel. The Beast is an entire system of evil, led by Satan, which has persecuted the people of God.


My point is that ALL OF THIS will happen ON THE SAME DAY.

 

Please see the studies: “Millennium” and “Hell-What It’s NOT” for more Scriptural support concerning the death of the wicked at the Second Coming, and the destruction of the earth.

 

NOTE: Some believe “the earth” is “the land” promised to Abraham. The Hebrew word is the same. They believe the destruction will only effect the area of land that was promised to Abraham. I can’t accept this interpretation, because all the wicked who have ever lived on this planet, do not, and did not live within the confines of that land area.

 

            WILL HE EXECUTE THEM TWICE? If the wicked are raised to face judgment and death on the day that Christ returns, will He resurrect them AGAIN, to judge them AGAIN, and execute them AGAIN - after 1000 years have past? That would certainly make our God seem rather vindictive. How much punishment is enough? The question concerns the identity of “the rest of the dead(Revelation 20:5). It concerns the identity of “the nations” who come up to attack Jerusalem AFTER Satan is loosed following the 7th millennium?



MORE LIGHT - MORE GUILT

 

Matthew 10:14-15 “And whoever will not receive you nor hear your words, when you depart from that house or city, shake off the dust from your feet. Assuredly, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city!”

 

Matthew 12:41The men of Nineveh will rise up in the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and indeed a greater than Jonah is here.”

 

Matthew 12:42The Queen of the South will rise up in the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and indeed a greater than Solomon is here.”

 

The Queen of Sheba, and the people of Nineveh will be resurrected on the day of judgment, with the generation of Christ’s day. Once again, we see BOTH righteous and wicked resurrected on the same day.

 

And why do the men of Nineveh and the Queen of the South condemn the people of Christ’s day? Because the people of Christ’s day had more “light”. They actually heard Christ teach. They saw Him. They heard the Apostles explain how Christ fulfilled the prophecies. They saw the miracles. More light means more guilt, if we refuse it.

 

We use the same standard today. Those trained in a certain speciality are held to a high standard.

 

Matthew 11:23-24 “And you, Capernaum, who are exalted to heaven, [by the presence of Christ Himself] will be brought down to Hades; for if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I say to you that it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment than for you.”

 

Mark 6:11 “And whoever will not receive you nor hear you, when you depart from there, shake off the dust under your feet as a testimony against them. Assuredly, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city!”

 

The verses from Matthew, Mark and Luke tell me that those who heard the truth (or refused to hear the truth) will be judged on the day that Christ returns in glory.

 

 


Revelation 1:7 “Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, and they also     who pierced Him.

 

Those who “pierced Him” were the Jewish authorities, who urged Pilate to give the order for execution. The LORD did not hold the Roman soldiers responsible for His death. Their sin was one of ignorance. It was “covered” until such time that these men could HEAR the truth.

 

Matthew 26:64 Christ told the high priest who condemned him: “hereafter you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven.”

 

Certainly - no one thinks that Caiaphas will be raised to everlasting life. The point here, is that Caiaphas will be resurrected to face judgment on the DAY that Jesus comes in the clouds of heaven.



THE DAY OF ATONEMENT

 

Let’s return to the prophecy of the Tabernacle, the priesthood, and the LORD’s “appointed times”. Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) was THE DAY when Israel (along with the informed “mixed multitude”) anciently faced judgment. Those who refused to bring a sin offering prior to that day, and to humble their hearts toward the LORD were “cut off” from the people on that day (Lev. 23:29).

 

To be “cut off” was a death sentence.

 

Let’s bring this prophecy TYPE forward to our day. Israel today consists of all those who have entered into covenant with God the Father, through Jesus Christ. The “mixed multitude” consists of all those who live and work with believers, but have refused to surrender to the LORD. Please see the study: “Who are Israel?

  

In the Book of Exodus, the “mixed multitude” were fellow slaves and some Egyptians who left Egypt along with the Children of Israel, following Moses to the Mountain of God. They heard God speak His Ten Commandments. They traveled alongside Israel, through the wilderness. They understood His Law. They could not claim ignorance. Today I equate the “mixed multitude” with all of those who live and work alongside committed believers, but have not believed or entered into covenant with HIM.

 

On the Day of Atonement, the confessed sins of Israel were transferred to the “scapegoat”, which was then banished to the uninhabited place. Please see the study titled “Millennium” which has more information about the ancient ceremonies performed on that day.






WRITTEN IN THE BOOK

 

Daniel 12:2-3 “There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. But at that time your people everyone whose name is found written in the book will be delivered. Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt.” NIV

 

The fulfillment of this prophecy, was placed (by the angel who spoke to Daniel) at “the time of the end.” Daniel would “arise” to his own “inheritance at the end of the days” (Dan. 12:13). The Beast rules on earth during a 1260 day period leading up to the END. During this time period, the Beast from “the land” will rule on earth, and will demand that everyone worship the Beast’s image. “All who dwell on the earth will worship him (the Beast), whose names are not written in the Book of Life . . . “ (Rev. 13:8).

 

Some translations read “whose names have not been written,” but that is not a necessary translation of the Greek.



THE BOOK OF LIFE

 

There is a study at this website titled “The Book of Life.”

 

Exodus 32:33 “And the LORD said to Moses, ‘Whoever has sinned against Me, I will blot him out of My book.’”

 

The obvious inference is that the LORD has a “book” - a record of those who have entered into covenant with Him. The names of those who have broken this covenant - without repentance - will be “blotted out” of that Book.



DOMINION - AND JUDGMENT

 

Christ does not presently have authority to blot anyone out of that book - not yet. Only when Dominion (of this earth) is given to Him, will He then have this authority. We see that moment in Daniel Chapter 7. Thrones are put in place, and the Ancient of Days is seated (v.9-10). The Son of Man is then brought before this “court”. The conclusion of this judgment condemns Satan and transfers all authority over the earth, from Satan to “the Son of Man”. Jesus was looking forward to this moment in John 5:22, when He said, “The Father judges no man, but has committed all judgment to the son.” This is the moment when “the kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ” (John 11:15). We know this is the END because the 7th trumpet sounds at this very moment.

 

Look at the events:

 

 

Daniel 7:14Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, Which shall not pass away, And His kingdom the one which shall not be destroyed.”

 

Daniel 7:21 [In the same context] “I was watching; and the same horn was making war against the saints, and prevailing against them, until the Ancient of Days came, and a judgment was made in favor of the saints of the Most High, and the time came for the saints to possess the kingdom.”

 

A judgment for Christ is a judgment in favor of those who belong to Christ. They will share His dominion.. This is why they are said to “reign with Him”.



LET’S LOOK AGAIN AT Daniel 12:2-3

 

Daniel 12:1-3 “There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. But at that time your peopleeveryone whose name is found written in the book--will be delivered. Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt.” NIV

 

Everlasting contempt is a forever judgment.

 

I have found no evidence that the LORD, having judged them, and given them to destruction, will resurrect them AGAIN at a future time to punish them AGAIN. Growing up I was taught that “the rest of the dead” (Rev. 20:5) - resurrected to live again after the 1000 years of the 7th millennium - will be all of the wicked from the 6000 years of this age. I now find that very objectionable. Is not one execution enough?

 

I now believe “the rest” will be (Rev. 20:5) those who lacked the knowledge or the maturity to make an informed choice for or against the LORD during their lifetimes. They will be the ignorant, the uninformed, children, and the mentally disabled. These will “live again” - but not until 1000 years have passed. When they are resurrected at the 8th millennium, they will learn the ways of the LORD. Then they will have to choose whether to serve Christ, or to rebel against Him. Their choice will be tested by their peers and their society.

 

Everyone will have to CHOOSE, and everyone will be TESTED. Those who are granted eternal life, will have CHOSEN to serve Jesus Christ, and will have remained steadfast in the face of testing.

 

The resurrection at Christ’s glorious return, is for “multitudes” (Strongs #07227), but not necessarily for ALL of those “who sleep in the dust.” The wording allows for OTHERS - who will NOT be raised on that day.


THE IGNORANT - not judged

 

1Timothy 1:12-13 [Paul writes.] “And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry, although I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man; but I obtained mercy because I did it ignorantly in [sincere] unbelief.”

 

Acts 17:30 “Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent,”

 

John 9:41 “Jesus said to them, ‘If you were blind, you would have no sin; but now you say,`We see.' Therefore your sin remains.’”

 

Hebrews 9:7 “But into the second part the high priest went alone once a year, not without blood, which he offered for himself and for the people's sins committed in ignorance;”

 

NOTE: On Yom Kippur - sins “committed in ignorance” were covered by the blood of the Lord’s goat.

 


THE JUSTICE OF GOD

 

My book - “The 8th Day” is really about God’s justice. Is it just and right, for God to condemn someone who does not understand what is expected of him? Is it just to condemn babies and ignorant pagans to “Hell” because they were not baptized? Is it right for God to leave a slave unsaved, because he never heard the Gospel of God’s love? Most would agree that it is neither just nor right.

 

And by the same standard, is it right or just to give eternal life to babies or ignorant pagans, because they were judged to be ignorant? They did NOT choose to serve Christ as King. They did NOT choose to obey the Law of God. To by-pass choice, is to take away free will. Is it not? How will such people live in harmony with the rest of the “saved” (who chose to be there) unless the LORD somehow were to manipulate their minds.

 

Personally, I don’t believe the LORD would ever manipulate minds. If He were to do that - Oh my. Well - He should have done it in the beginning, and skipped this whole awful mess!

  

These are human beings. All should be judged by the same standard - their willingness to serve Our Creator. And to do that - to serve Him - they must know that He exists. They must know what He expects of us. That is only right. And I might add. Knowing how much He loves us goes a long way towards winning hearts and minds.


 

 

 

Revelation 20:5 “The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were completed. This is the first resurrection.” (NAU)

 

I like the New American Standard, which simply says “the rest of the dead did not come to life” at this time.

 

Passages such as these convince me that “the rest of the dead” on THAT JUDGMENT DAY, are those who have lived and died in ignorance. They will not be raised to condemnation, but they are not “in Christ” either, because they were never “called.” They have NOT rebelled against HIM, but they have NOT entered into covenant either - BECAUSE they had no understanding. They may have died as children, or been mentally handicapped, or simply have lived at a time, or in a place where the truth of God was unknown.

 

Think of individuals raised in an ancient pagan culture, or in a Muslim culture without exposure to Christian thought, except in derision. The Jesus Film Ministry testifies of thousands today who have never heard the Gospel or known of Jesus the Son of God. And they might even be under our very noses - raised by atheist parents and educated in an atheist school system.

 

In our study of “The 8th Day,” are passages describing many from the nations coming up to Jerusalem to learn the ways of the LORD. Many from these nations will choose to enter into covenant with HIM. Others will rebel. This will be the Gog-Magog battle. We will look closely at the Gog-Magog battle in a future study.

 


OUR GOD

DOES NOT - AND WILL NOT - MANIPULATE MINDS

 

I must make a very important point here. Salvation is not about keeping score - sins committed vs sins forgiven. It is about a trust relationship - which includes obedience. In my study on “Universalism” I said that our God does not manipulate the minds of His created intelligent beings. He allows us free choice.

“Then Peter said unto them, ‘Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ’ (Act 2:38 KJV). Only persons of adult age can make the informed, intelligent choice to “repent.” That is why we do not punish juveniles who commit crimes, as we would adults.

 

If our God will manipulate the mind of a young child admitted to His eternal kingdom - to ensure that child does not sin in the future, then WHY did HE not simply manipulate the minds of Adam and Eve (and angels too) to prevent this horrible, painful history of sin. The history of this earth is the greatest evidence that our God will NOT manipulate minds.






 

Each person resurrected to everlasting life at Christ’s return, will have chosen to serve Christ as LORD. Each person will have been tested. This is WHY I believe that each human being who died as a child - before the age of responsibility - will NOT be raised at the Second Coming, but rather will be raised at The 8th Day, when he or she will grow up in the Kingdom of Messiah on earth, then to choose whom he or she will serve.


            Choice - not accident - determines destiny.           



RAISED TO LIFE - AT THE 8TH DAY

 

Revelation 20:5 “The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were completed. This is the first resurrection.” (NAU)

 

In the study titled “The 8th Day” I site passage after passage describing Gentiles from the nations” living on the earth with Israel returned to the land - with Israel serving as priests of the LORD. I hope you will take a look at that study. You may begin to consider a different scenario for the “unreached” then the one most often taught.



THE BATTLE WILL CONTINUE

 

The battle for humanity is NOT FINISHED at the Second Coming. Yes - a judgment and cleansing will take place when Christ returns. But million will NOT be resurrected. They were not able to choose.

 

Our Savior will NOT abandon any created human being, simply because he or she did not have the information, the maturity of age, or the intellectual capacity to choose HIM as LORD. HE will not manipulate minds. He must resurrect these people at a later time, to continue their lives. He must give them the information needed, and then allow them to choose - whether to serve Him or not.







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CHAPTER SUMMARY


1. Yeshua Messiah (Jesus Christ) will return in glory at the end of this age.


2. Christ will resurrect every person who knew of God’s existence and His Law.

(This includes the intentionally ignorant - those who just would not listen.)


3. He will reward those who entered into covenant and remained faithful.

 

4. He will judge and condemn those who have forsaken their covenant with Him,

            without repentance.


5. He will judge and condemn those who refused to honor Him by obeying His Law.


6. He will judge and condemn those who have knowingly persecuted His people.


7. Some will be “consumed by the brightness of His coming” (2 Thess. 2:8).

Others will die in the seven last plagues.

            Their bodies will be “burned up” as the earth is consumed in fire.


8. The condemned will never be resurrected again.

      Their cases will be reviewed in the final judgment,

but these persons will never be resurrected to continue their physical lives.

 

We will consider the final judgment and the final“lake of fire” in an upcoming study.


9. Christ will NOT at this time resurrect the ignorant who never knew of Him.

 

The ignorant (“the blind” - the unaware - the uninformed - including children) will sleep on - through the 7th millennium. They are “the rest of the dead” who will be raised to continue their lives - at The 8th Day.



We pray this study will prove a blessing.

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