MAJOR EVENTS TAKING PLACE ON THE FINAL JUDGMENT DAY
1. The separation of the saved and
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.
2. The examination and judgment of all people
And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
-Revelation 20: 12
In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.
3. The revelation and the giving of
an account of all thoughts,
words, and actions
For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil. -
Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.
-I Corinthians 4:5
4. The pronouncement of God's perfect judgment regarding everyone's state and degree of glory or punishment
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that everyone eay receive the things done in his body, .cording to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.
-II Corinthians 5: 10
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.
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.
5. The execution of God's sentence
So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just,
And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
The execution of God's sentence will be of eternal importance. Man's never-ending state will be either eternal death in hell or eternal life in heaven. Which shall it be for you?
The nature of man's future, final, and eternal state in hell or heaven is examined in the following sections of this chapter.