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When the Son of man shall come in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then shall He sit upon the throne of His glory:
And before Him shall be gathered all nations: and He shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats;
And He shall set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left.
Then shall the King say unto them on His right hand, Come, ye blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
For I was an hungred, and ye gave Me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave Me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took Me in:
Naked, and ye clothed Me: I was sick, and ye visited Me: I was in prison, and ye came unto Me.
Then shall the right answer Him, saying, Lord, when saw we Thee an hungred, and fed Thee? or thirsty, and gave Thee drink?
When saw we Thee a stranger, and took Thee in? or naked, and clothed Thee?
Or when saw we Thee sick, or in prison, and came unto Thee?
And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it to one of the least of these My brethren, ye have done it unto Me.
Then shall He say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from Me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
For I was an hungred, and ye gave Me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave Me no drink:
I was a stranger, and ye took Me not in: naked, and ye clothed Me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited Me not.
Then shall they answer Him, saying, Lord, when saw we Thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto Thee?
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 25:31-45


    What did Jesus picture by the following terms?

    -The field
    -The good seed
    -The sower
    -The tares (weeds)
    -Both grain and weeds growing together
    -Harvest time
    -The barn and the burning

If a person's soul is judged and sent to heaven or hell when he dies, why is the final judgment necessary? Does not everyone know his sentence already? The final judgment is necessary for the following reasons:.

1.The righteous justice and mercy of God must be publicly declared -God's justice shall be glorified before all people and angels in the condemnation of the wicked, and His mercy, in the salvation of the saved.

2. Jesus Christ and His people must be publicly glorified -. Jesus was publicly humiliated during His life on earth and especially upon the cross. Only His people witnessed a resurrected Christ. His people were also frequently despised and rejected on earth. On the final judgment day, Jesus shall publicly appear in His glory and all knees shall bow and acknowledge Him as God. His people will also be publicly exalted at Christ's right hand.

3. Both soul and body must be judged and sentenced -The exact degree of glory or punishment everyone will receive in soul and body shall be pronounced. Prior to this time, everyone's judgment and its execution pertained only to their souls; it was only spiritual.

4. Those still living upon the earth when Jesus returns need to be judged and sentenced -This will also take place in their eternal bodies, for their mortal bodies shall be instantly changed by God into immortal ones.

Several tremendously important events, events of eternal consequence, shall take place on the final judgment day. These events are summarized with appropriate example texts in the chart on the corresponding page.


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