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The Judgment of the Gentile Nations (Part 5)

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TEXT: Matthew 25:41-46

41 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:

42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:

43 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.

44 Then shall they also 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?

45 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.

46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

The Judgment of the Gentile Nations (Part 5)

After discussing the actions and the reward of the sheep, Jesus turns to the actions and the reward of the goats. The goats are those Gentiles who do not believe in Christ in the last days and who do not help the Jews as they are being persecuted by the Antichrist. Jesus identifies Himself with His brethren in the flesh, saying, “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.”

Like the sheep, the goats state that they never saw Jesus in these conditions. But Jesus replies, “Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.” Most people, if they saw Jesus in need, would help Jesus of course. Jesus is perfect. He’s not like these other humans who don’t appreciate what you are trying to do for them. That’s how we think. But, what we don’t realize is that Jesus takes our treatment of others as treatment of Himself.

The goats did not act selflessly as the sheep did in caring for and helping to protect the Jewish people. They thought only of themselves and how they could escape persecution and discomfort. Jesus’ condemnation of the goats brings out an important principle, and that is that God holds us accountable for the sins of omission — those things that we do not do. The goats appear stunned that Jesus would say they were wrong for not helping others. But R.T. France said, “The ‘guilt’ of the cursed arises not so much from doing wrong things as from a failure to do right. To do nothing is seen as the road to condemnation.”

Furthermore, the lack of compassion and selflessness on the part of the goats proves that they are not part of the body of Christ.

The challenge for Christians from this passage is not just to check our actions and reform our behavior. Rather, it is to check our hearts and reform our hearts if need be. If we are not naturally compassionate toward others, including our Jewish brethren, we must examine our hearts and see if we are saved. The spirit of Christ is a spirit of compassion and love. It is a spirit of selfless sacrifice. It is a spirit that we ought to have if we do not want to be classified as goats and condemned to eternal punishment outside of God’s kingdom.

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If you are with us today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to share with you how you can trust Him for salvation so that you can be ready for His return.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

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The Judgment of the Gentile Nations, Part 4 (Second Coming Chapel)

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TEXT: Matthew 25:34-40

34 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:

35 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:

36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?

38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?

39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?

40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

The Judgment of the Gentile Nations (Part 4)

In our last message, we examined the behavior of those Gentiles whom Jesus identified as sheep. They are believers who live during the Tribulation who care for Jesus’ “brethren,” the Jews. They provide food, water, housing, and clothes to the many Jews who will be persecuted by the Antichrist in the last days. They visit those who are sick in hospitals and those who are in jail. Jesus counts these good deeds as being done in His name and even unto His own person.

The Gentiles who carry out these acts of kindness will be rewarded at the start of the Millennial Kingdom. Jesus tells them, “Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” The Millennial Kingdom, the thousand-year reign of Christ on Earth, is something that God had in mind from the time He created the world. His desire has always been to dwell with His creation, not just in spiritual proximity, but in physical proximity. The believing Gentiles of the Tribulation period will experience this proximity to God as they abide in His kingdom on Earth along with all true believers in God from the beginning of time.

Under the reign of Christ, the covenants that God made with the Jewish people will be fulfilled. This period of time will be characterized by peace, joy, and comfort. There will be no more wars and persecution. It will be a time of obedience and holiness as Christ rules as king. In Jerusalem, the capital of the world, many of God’s people will have roles in the new government under the Prince of Peace.

The faithful actions of the Gentile believers ought to inspire us in the here and now to do as they did. Feeding the hungry. Clothing the naked. Housing the homeless. Visiting those who are sick and in prison. Not just those who are Jews, but fellow Christians, and the unsaved as well.

We must remember that God judges how we treat Him by how we treat others. John W. Rittenbaugh said, “The true love of God is seen in the sheep of this passage. As the sheep respond to their brother’s need, they unwittingly, unconsciously, without hypocrisy, align themselves with Christ. Apparently, they are not even aware of what they were doing. This is a kind of love that cannot be faked or put on. ‘By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.'”

While our situation is not as dire as theirs will be, we too are living in times when the love of many is waxing cold. Those influenced by Satan and his world system will increasingly think only of themselves. But, those who belong to Jesus Christ will always be a beacon of hope as they love and serve others in the name of Jesus.

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If you are with us today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to share with you how you can trust Him for salvation so that you can be ready for His return.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

The Judgment of the Gentile Nations, Part 3 (Second Coming Chapel)

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TEXT: Matthew 25:34-40

34 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:

35 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:

36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?

38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?

39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?

40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

The Judgment of the Gentile Nations (Part 3)

Today, we are going to continue looking at the judgment of the Gentile nations who remain on the earth following the Second Coming of Jesus Christ just before the inauguration of the Millennial Kingdom. There will be two groups of people at this judgment — the sheep and the goats. The sheep will be blessed and rewarded and the goats will be cursed and punished. Right now, let us consider the behavior and the reward of the sheep.

The sheep are described as carrying out righteous deeds for Jesus. The Lord will tell these sheep, “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.” The actions of the Gentile sheep are significant because these are not actions carried out in ease and comfort. Rather, they will be carried out during a time of pain, grief, suffering, and tragedy during the last seven years on Earth as we know it. They will be carried out during a time when ‘the love of many will wax cold’ and when most people will be thinking of only how they can survive. While most people during the Tribulation will be thinking about themselves, the Gentile sheep will be thinking of others.

Now, when the Gentile sheep hear the commendation of Jesus Christ, they will respond with humble surprise. “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?” This shows that they did not do what they did for recognition or for a reward. They were not looking to be noticed or lifted up above others. They were just doing what they knew was right to do.

However, the Lord never overlooks the sacrificial deeds of His servants. “The King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” Who are the “brethren” Jesus is referring to?

Dr. John Walvoord and Dr. Roy Zuck state: “The expression ‘these brothers’ must refer to a third group that is neither sheep nor goats. The only possible group would be Jews, physical brothers of the Lord. In view of the distress in the Tribulation period, it is clear that any believing Jew will have a difficult time surviving. The forces of the world dictator will be doing everything possible to exterminate all Jews. A Gentile going out of his way to assist a Jew in the Tribulation will mean that Gentile has become a believer in Jesus Christ during the Tribulation. By such a stand and action, a believing Gentile will put his life in jeopardy. His works will not save him; but his works will reveal that he is redeemed.”

During the Tribulation, Satan will influence the Antichrist to wage war against the Jews, especially after they refuse to bow to him as their god in the rebuilt Temple. It will be a terrible time for God’s chosen people which will make them all the more ready to accept and receive Jesus Christ when He returns and defeats the Antichrist.

While, by God’s grace, we — the Gentile sheep of today — will be raptured before the Tribulation, we have a responsibility to respect and love the Jewish people. It was through the Jewish race that all the world was blessed with the arrival of Jesus Christ. It was through the Jewish race that God chose to first reveal Himself to man. The Jews are still God’s chosen people. Christians have not replaced the Jews, rather, we have joined them. The Bible speaks of us as having been grafted in. Although many of them still do not believe in Jesus, we ought to be grateful and thankful for the great spiritual foundation that we stand on because of them.

Every Gentile sheep, every Christian, yea all the world, owes a debt to the near-mythical march of the Jewish race throughout history. As the Jewish American immigrant author Marcus Eli Ravage wrote: “Our legends and our folk-tales are the sacred lore which you croon to your infants. Our poems have filled your hymnals and your prayerbooks. Our national history has become an indispensable part of the learning of your pastors and priests and scholars. Our kings, our statesmen, our prophets, our warriors have become your heroes. Our ancient little country is your Holy Land. Our national literature is your Holy Bible. What our people thought and taught has become inextricably woven into your speech and tradition, until no one among you can be called educated who is not familiar with our racial heritage. Jewish artisans and Jewish fishermen are your teachers and your saints, with countless statues carved in their image and innumerable cathedrals raised in their memories. A Jewish maiden is your ideal of motherhood and womanhood. A Jewish rebel-prophet is the central figure in your religious worship. We have pulled down your idols, cast aside your racial inheritance, and substituted for them our traditions and our God.”

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If you are with us today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to share with you how you can trust Him for salvation so that you can be ready for His return.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

The Judgment of the Gentile Nations, Part 2 (Second Coming Chapel)

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TEXT: Matthew 25:31-36

31 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:

32 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:

33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

34 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:

35 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:

36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

The Judgment of the Gentile Nations (Part 2)

Today we are going to continue answering some basic questions regarding the judgment of the Gentiles after the second coming of Jesus Christ and just before the Millennial Kingdom.

We have already seen:

1. Jesus Christ is the one who will preside over this judgment.

2. This judgment will take place after the defeat of the Antichrist at the Battle of Armageddon before Christ inaugurates his thousand-year reign.

3. Jerusalem will be the place where this judgment occurs.

Now, let’s consider, fourthly, who will be on trial (for lack of a better term) at this judgment? Jesus says, “Before him shall be gathered all nations…” As stated before, the word “nations” refers to the Gentiles. Every living non-Jewish person will come before Jesus Christ in Jerusalem at this time.

Fifth, what will be the purpose of this judgment? Jesus Christ says, “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.” Jesus Christ is described as the Great Shepherd, and the sheep are those who follow Him. The goats are the devil’s followers and those who worshipped the Antichrist.

During the Tribulation, some people will come to faith in Jesus Christ. However, because of the persecution of anyone who does not worship the Antichrist, there will likely be no public church buildings other than those that don’t believe the Bible, and any evangelism will be done in a quiet, underground fashion. Nevertheless, when Jesus comes, He will know those who belong to Him. When everyone comes before Jesus Christ in Jerusalem, the Good Shepherd will know the believing sheep from the non believing goats. No one who willingly worshipped the Antichrist will be able to switch their allegiance at this moment.

When I think about this judgment, I think about the last book in C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia. As the world of Narnia is coming to an end, the Lion Aslan stands with all the stars of that world on his right. The fierce light of the stars causes Aslan’s shadow to be cast “enormous and very terrible” to his left. All the creatures of the Narnian world from the beginning of time are called up and they begin streaming toward Aslan. One by one, they face him and look him in the eye. Those creatures who were evil immediately “swerved left, and disappeared into his huge black shadow” never to be seen again. While all the creatures who were good and who believed in Aslan swerved to his right and joined the stars.

That is what will happen at the Judgment of the Gentiles. Those who followed Satan will be sent away, unable to benefit from the blessings of the Millennial Kingdom. Those who followed Jesus will be accepted by Him and welcomed into the Millennial Kingdom to enjoy the blessings and benefits therein.

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If you are with us today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to share with you how you can trust Him for salvation so that you can be ready for His return.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

The Judgment of the Gentile Nations, Part 1 (Second Coming Chapel)

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TEXT: Matthew 25:31-36

31 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:

32 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:

33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

34 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:

35 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:

36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

The Judgment of the Gentile Nations (Part 1)

Today we are looking at another judgment which takes place in the end times. Some have called this judgment the “judgment of the nations” leading many to believe that Jesus will judge individual nations (and the people of those nations) based on their treatment of Israel. However, this judgment is a judgment of individual Gentiles. The word “ethnos”, which is translated “nations” in the King James Version, indicates all Gentile people.

Dr. John Walvoord and Dr. Roy Zuck state in their fine commentary, “When the Lord returns, He will judge not only the nation of Israel but also the Gentiles. This is not the same as the Great White Throne Judgment, which involves only the wicked and which follows the Millennium. The judgment of the Gentiles will occur 1,000 years earlier in order to determine who will and who will not enter the kingdom.”

Warren Wiersbe said, “We must not confuse this judgment with the Great White Throne Judgment described in Revelation 20:11–15. Some scholars merge both passages and call this ‘the general judgment.’ The Bible knows nothing of a ‘general judgment.’ This judgment takes place on earth immediately after the Battle of Armageddon. The White Throne Judgment takes place in space somewhere (‘the earth and the heaven fled away’). The judgment here in Matthew 25 takes place before the kingdom is established on earth, for the saved are told to ‘inherit the kingdom.’ The White Throne Judgment will take place after the 1,000-year reign of Christ.”

Jesus describes this judgment at the end of what is called His “Olivet Discourse.” This teaching took place shortly before the events of the Passover Week during which Jesus was crucified. Jesus spoke to His disciples at length on the events of the end times and what would happen just before His return. This discourse was when He told the parables of the ten virgins and the talents. Let’s ask some basic questions about this judgement.

First, who will preside over this judgment? The Bible tells us that this person will be “the Son of man.” “Son of man” is a name Jesus used often for himself in the Gospels. In fact, He called Himself the Son of man more often than He called Himself the Son of God. At first, it seems simply as though He is trying to emphasize His humanity. However, as John Piper points out, the title “Son of Man” is tied to the Old Testament prophetic passages in the book of Daniel. Piper said, “If you read [Daniel chapter 7] you’ll see that the Son of Man is a very exalted figure: not just a human figure but an exalted figure. It was Jesus’ favorite self-designation… [When Jesus called Himself the Son of Man], those with ears to hear could hear Daniel 7, in which he was claiming a very exalted role in the history of redemption.”

Second, when will this judgment take place? Jesus says, “When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him…” This ‘coming in glory’ is a reference to the second part of the Second Coming. This is not the Rapture. During the Rapture, Jesus alone appears to call His children up to Heaven. The coming with the holy angels occurs at the battle of Armageddon, when Jesus returns with the armies of Heaven to defeat Satan, the Antichrist, and the False Prophet. After the battle is over and the wicked army defeated, there will still be a whole world of people, many of whom had chosen to follow the Antichrist. That is when this judgment takes place.

Third, where will this judgment take place? Our passage continues, “then shall [the Son of Man] sit upon the throne of his glory…” We know from other passages of Scripture that Jesus will return to Jerusalem and establish His kingdom there. His throne will be there, and thus, this judgment of the Gentiles will take place in Jerusalem.

Fourth, who will be on trial (for lack of a better term) at this judgment? Jesus says, “Before him shall be gathered all nations…” As stated before, the word “nations” refers to the Gentiles. Every living non-Jewish person will come before Jesus Christ in Jerusalem at this time.

Fifth, what will be the purpose of this judgment? Jesus Christ says, “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.” Jesus Christ is described as the Great Shepherd, and the sheep are those who follow Him. The goats are the devil’s followers and those who worshipped the Antichrist.

During the Tribulation, many people will come to faith in Jesus Christ. However, because of the persecution of anyone who does not worship the Antichrist, there will likely be no public church buildings other than those that don’t believe the Bible, and any evangelism will be done in a quiet, underground fashion. Nevertheless, when Jesus comes, He will know those who belong to Him. The Bible says that God will put a Mark on all believers just as the Mark of the Beast will be applied to all of the Antichrist’s followers. We do not know whether this mark will be visible or invisible to the human eye, but when everyone comes before Jesus Christ in Jerusalem, the Good Shepherd will know the believing sheep from the non believing goats. No one who willingly worshipped the Antichrist will be able to switch their allegiance at this moment.

When I think about this judgment, I think about the last book in C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia. As the world of Narnia is coming to an end, the Lion Aslan stands with all the stars of that world on his right. The fierce light of the stars causes Aslan’s shadow to be cast “enormous and very terrible” to his left. All the creatures of the Narnian world from the beginning of time are called up and they begin streaming toward Aslan. One by one, they face him and look him in the eye. Those creatures who were evil immediately “swerved left, and disappeared into his huge black shadow” never to be seen again. While all the creatures who were good and who believed in Aslan swerved to his right and joined the stars.

That is what will happen at the Judgment of the Gentiles. Those who followed Satan will be sent away, unable to benefit from the blessings of the Millennial Kingdom. Those who followed Jesus will be accepted by Him and welcomed into the Millennial Kingdom to enjoy the blessings and benefits therein.

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If you are with us today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to share with you how you can trust Him for salvation so that you can be ready for His return.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

Jesus the Triumphant, Part 19 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 195)

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TEXT: John 12:48-50

48 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.

49 For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.

50 And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.

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Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to keep the main thing the main thing — and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents, politicians, and people, but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey the Lord’s Great Commission which is to, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to “pray without ceasing” for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.

This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”

This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 195.

Matt Chandler said, “The cross of Christ is first and centrally God’s means of reconciling sinful people to his sinless self. But it is bigger than that too. From the ground we see the cross as our bridge to God. From the air, the cross is our bridge to the restoration of all things. The cross of the battered Son of God is the battering ram through the blockade into Eden. It is our key into a better Eden, into the wonders of the new-covenant kingdom, of which the old was just a shadow. The cross is the linchpin in God’s plan to restore all creation.”

As Jesus delivers his final message to the Jews, He emphasizes once again His unity with God. He said, ‘The message I speak is not my own, but the message of the one who sent me. He told me what I am to say and that is what I am saying.’ Jesus is trying to get the people to understand that, while they might not respect Him or think highly of Him, they do not want to make the mistake of disrespecting God and refusing to listen to the message that He has sent.

You see, the power and significance of the message is determined by the one from whom the message is sent. If your next door neighbor comes to your house and says he is going to arrest you and take you to jail, you would probably laugh in his face. But if a uniformed police officer knocks on your door with a warrant for your arrest signed by a judge, it is a different matter. The judge’s name signed on the warrant carries authority and power.

Jesus not only came with a message from God; He was the message from God. The religious establishment blindly thought that they were opposing Christ alone. They made Jesus their enemy, but never considered the fact that they were actually fighting God.

Some today might think that the church or the preacher or Christians in general are their enemy. But when you reject the Gospel, you are not rejecting the church or the preacher, you are rejecting God. He is the one who gave the church the Gospel message to give to you.

Why was Jesus so faithful in proclaiming God’s message despite the persecution He received? He said, “I know that his commandment is life everlasting” — ‘that’s why I am going to keep on proclaiming this message: it’s life everlasting.’ Jesus knew what He had come to do. He knew the plan that God the Father had in place. Even though, at times, many of His own people wanted Him to stay quiet, the Gospel message was too important.

The Gospel is life-giving and life-transforming. It can change your life and shape your eternal destiny. Don’t shut your ears to Jesus’ cry and miss out on the opportunity of a lifetime. Don’t resist God and miss out on life everlasting.

Here is how you can receive Jesus Christ into your life today.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and I want to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please e-mail me at dw3@gospellightsociety.com and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

Jesus the Triumphant, Part 18 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 194)

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TEXT: John 12:44-48

44 Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me.

45 And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me.

46 I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.

47 And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.

48 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.

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Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to keep the main thing the main thing — and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents, politicians, and people, but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey the Lord’s Great Commission which is to, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to “pray without ceasing” for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.

This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”

This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 194.

W. Hall Harris III said, “‘He that rejecteth me’ is a strong expression, referring to the one who ‘rejects’ or ‘refuses to recognize’ Jesus deliberately. Again we see the polarizing emphasis of [John] the Evangelist in his recounting of these words — a person either accepts Jesus, trusting in him, or a person rejects him utterly, leading to eternal ruin.”

A young, married couple were struggling financially. One day, they got a letter in the mail from a bank where they had borrowed some money, but had not paid back. The wife, opening the letter and turning to her husband, cheerfully said, “The bank says this is our final notice. Isn’t it wonderful that they’re not going to bother us anymore?”

Ladies and gentlemen, it is never wise to ignore a final notice when it comes to money or any other serious matter in life. And what matter could be more serious than your relationship with God and the eternal destination of your soul? In our text for today, we find Jesus giving His final notice to the Jews. He is about to go to the cross to die for the sins of the world. Yesterday, we saw in the message of the dying God-Man a great urgency. He cried out that He is the Light in the darkness, the One come to save the world, not to judge it.

However, there is a more sobering side to Jesus’ final notice, especially for those who choose not to believe on Him. In verse 48, Jesus says, “He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.”

Jesus’ first coming was a day of grace. Everyone was invited to believe on Him then. Those who believed on Him began a relationship with God, began to grow into the likeness of Christ, received all the blessings that are promised to those who believe, and were given a home in Heaven. However, there were some who did not believe. These were those who ‘rejected’ Christ and ‘received not’ His words. They did not believe on Him or begin to obey Him. For these people, Jesus promises a ‘last day’ of judgment.

Jesus says that the person who rejects Him already “has one that judgeth him.” What is it that judges those who reject Christ? Jesus says it is “the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.” If you reject Christ, when you face God, you will be reminded of this very day when you heard the Gospel preached plain and clear. All the Jews in first century Palestine who heard Jesus’ words but still did not believe, would be reminded of what they heard on that last day of judgment. They would, as the Bible says, be without excuse.

Jesus’ warning of a day of judgment does not diminish his earlier proclamation that He had come to save, not to judge. As one commentator said, “Both the warning of judgment to come and the appeal to believe in Jesus now are expressions of God’s great love for sinners.”

Don’t ignore Jesus’ final warning. John Calvin said that Jesus “lays aside for a time the office of a judge, and offers salvation to all without reserve, and stretches out his arms to embrace all, that all may be the more encouraged to repent.” If the simple offer of salvation does not encourage you to believe in Jesus, perhaps the warning of judgment on the last day will encourage you to do so.

If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Saviour, John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and I want to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please e-mail me at dw3@gospellightsociety.com and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

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