Each Person Could Stand Under Four Judgments

posted by Jael Ever @ 16:30 PM
July 26, 2016

family-praying-together    In addition to each one’s individual judgment, God’s Word makes clear that families will be judged as a unit, as will cities and nations, standing at the judgment seat.

Contrasting examples of families judged for good or ill is in the Book of First Samuel. Before he was born, although she was not in an ideal family situation, Samuel’s mother, Hannah, prayed continuously that God would give her a son, so that she could branch out in a family of her own. After years of faithful intercession, Hannah made a bargain with God:

“And she vowed a vow, and said, O LORD of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the LORD all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head (1 Samuel 1: 11).”

She thereby dedicated her son into God’s service for all of his life. After she had weaned her son, when Samuel, was just a toddler, Hannah took him to the temple and turned Samuel over to the high priest Eli, who would train the boy for the priesthood, through which Samuel would serve God with strength and truth.

Now, although Eli was charged with praying ceaselessly for his nation, Eli failed God’s requirements for a father, and his sons’ failed likewise to be faithful men or faithful priests.  By the time Samuel (whose mother visited him every year with clothes and treats) was of age to become the high priest as Eli had trained him, Eli and his extremely sinful sons, along with their wives, perished in one day.

Further, The LORD Jesus makes clear that in addition to families, whole cities could go down together into hellish judgment: “Then began He to upbraid the cities wherein most of His mighty works were done, because they repented not: Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.

“But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you.  And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee (Matthew 11: 20-24).”

Moreover, the Bible repeatedly states that whole nations will be judged along with the people within leaving-the-citythem. King David writes: “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God (Psalm 9: 17).”

And The LORD Jesus states without equivocation: “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:

“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 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? 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. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal (Matthew 25: 31-46).”

Question: Do readers know where their families, city or country stand with God? Then perhaps it is time to begin earnest prayer for those in each one of these categories.

After all, wholesale Christian Bibles promise: “Then hear thou from the heavens, even from thy dwelling place, their prayer and their supplications, and maintain their cause, and forgive thy people which have sinned against thee (2 Chronicles 6: 19).”  And Apostle James adds: “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much (James 5: 16b).”

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