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Just What Do You Mean - The Judgment!

Just What Do You Mean - The Judgment!

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By J Preston Eby
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The following book was placed into electronic format by Gary Jessup that the world may know thetrue nature of God's judgments apart from man's traditional concepts which are often simply man'sown concepts projected upon an image they call "god." This book is one of a series of 14 booksentitled "Just What Do You Mean«" The other books in the series are also available in electronic format.
The Saviour of the World Series
 
by J. Preston Eby
 
J. PRESTON EBY - P.O. Box 371240 - El Paso, TX. 79937-1240
 
THE JUDGMENT
 
Just What Do You Mean... THE JUDGMENT!
 
When we come to this thought of God's judgment we approach a subject upon which there has beena fathomless sea of ignorance and misunderstanding. Contrary to the popular opinions of thereligious systems there is no such thing as a GENERAL JUDGMENT for all men. Such a doctrine ispagan in origin and flows from the philosophies of demons. The idea that there is in the future
one particular time
and circumstance in which all creatures, whether celestial or terrestrial, shall bebrought before the bar of Divine Justice is contrary to the Word of God. The view generallyentertained is of Christ coming to earth, seated upon a great white throne, and that He will summonevery sinner in rank and file before Him to be judged, amidst great convulsions of nature -earthquakes, opening graves, rending rocks and failing mountains; that the trembling sinners will bebrought from the depths of everlasting woe to hear their many sins rehearsed, only to be againreturned to an eternal and merciless doom of torture; and that the saints will be brought from heaven(of course many saints have a fear that they may appear at that judgment as one judged) to witnessthe misery and despair of the damned, and return to heaven for eternity. I do not hesitate to say thatthis is a very crude conception, and is entirely out of harmony with the whole picture of judgment. Thisdistorted picture arises from a too-literal interpretation of a few verses of Scripture which were givenmerely as SYMBOLS, to be understood by the Spirit. There are far more judgments than people haveordinarily recognized. The fact is, the Scriptures speak of MANY JUDGMENTS! Some judgments arealready past, some are continuously present, and some are yet future. It is misleading to speak of "THE JUDGMENT" as though it were only one event limited to some time in the future. A careful andprayerful study of the Word will show that there are judgments of unholy angels (messengers), of Satan, of Israel, of cities, of nations, of sin, of death, of the believer, of servants, of sons, of unbelievers, etc., etc. Each takes place at a different time, in different surroundings, and in a differentway. It may aid our comprehension to list a few of the judgments of God upon sin. Before proceeding,however, we need to understand exactly what is meant by the word "judgment." Judgment istranslated in the Old Testament most often from the Hebrew word MISHPAT. MISHPAT meanssimply "a verdict" which may be either 
favorable
or 
unfavorable
. The only judgment most peopleunderstand is the negative aspect of judgment, the
unfavorable verdict 
, which is unto condemnationand wrath. It should require only a moment's reflection, however, to enable anyone to see that thevery same judge who sentences one man to pay a fine, another to die in the electric chair, maysuspend the sentence of a third man and declare yet a fourth man "not guilty"- acquitted! It is plainthat a great many different "judgments" or "verdicts" may come from this one judge. Thus, the work of the judge is not merely to condemn and mete out sentences, but to weigh all the facts and take all thecircumstances into consideration in each case and render a just verdict, favorable or unfavorable, as
 
the case may demand. Furthermore, the "judge" of a beauty contest does not condemn or damn
any 
 of the contestants who fail to receive the highest recognition. He merely renders a "verdict" as towhom, in his estimation, is "the fairest of them all"! In keeping with these principles the Hebrew wordMISHPAT indicates merely the rendering of a judicial verdict or decision, favorable or unfavorable, asthe case may warrant. The Psalmist spoke of this when he said, "For promotion cometh neither fromthe east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But GOD IS THE JUDGE: He putteth down one, andsetteth up another" (Ps. 75:6-7). The positive aspect of judgment, the rendering of a
favorable
verdict,is implored of the Lord by David in Ps. 43:1-2: "JUDGE ME, O God, and plead my cause against anungodly nation: for Thou art the God of my strength."The word "judgment," moreover, signifies even more than the rendering of a verdict. It includes theidea of a
trial 
, as well as the decision based upon that trial. And this is true not only in the Englishword judgment, but also of the Greek word it translates in the New Testament. In the Greek NewTestament there are a number of terms used in connection with the judgments of God. Each is basedon the "KRI" stem of "KRINO" meaning "I judge." There is the word KRISIS from which we derive our English word "crisis" and which carries basically the same meaning as our English word "crisis." Itdenotes an experience and time of crucial testing, and has reference to the experience oneundergoes out of which a decision, or judgment, is made KRIMA relates to the condemnation of the
criminal 
. KRIT'ES and KRIT'IKOS ("critical" in English) both speak of the judge and his decision, whileyet another Greek word, KRIT'ERION, refers to the basis for his decision or sentence (as "criterion" inEnglish).
 
PAST TIMES OF JUDGMENT
 
The first great judgment (trial and sentence) was at the beginning, in Eden, when the whole humanrace, as represented in its head, Adam, stood on trial before God. The result of that trial was theverdict - Guilty, disobedient, his sin being worthy of punishment and correction; and the penaltyinflicted was death - "Dying thou shalt die" (Gen. 2:17, margin). And so it is that "In Adam ALL DIE" (ICor. 15:21-22). Most have never thought of this as a JUDGMENT DAY for mankind, but such it was,for there was a trial, a sentencing, and the sentence was, and is, as we all know, fully carried out.That trial time in Eden was the world's FIRST JUDGMENT DAY, and the decision of the Judge hasever since been enforced. Again we read, "The wrath of God IS REVEALED from heaven against allunrighteousness of men" (Rom. 1:18). This wrath of God which is revealed against the ungodliness of men may be seen in every funeral procession. Every tomb and every grave stone is a witness to it.Dread diseases such as syphilis, gonorrhea, herpes and aids are a part of it. It is felt in every acheand pain, in every tragedy and sorrow, in every frustration and torment, in the ignorance, poverty, andfear men experience daily - all of which are the results of the first trial and sentence - the righteoussentence of God, that we are unworthy of the life and blessings originally provided for man whenobedient and walking in union with God. But, praise the Lord! mankind is to be recovered from thesentence of that first trial, for the penalty was not to be inflicted forever, only until the Redeemer should come and offer Himself as one sacrifice for ALL. And so it is written of Jesus: "Now we knowthat this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of THE WORLD" (Jn. 4:42). "The bread which I will give isMy flesh, which I give FOR THE LIFE OF THE WORLD" (Jn. 6:51). "God sent not His Son into THEWORLD to condemn THE WORLD; but that THE WORLD through Him might be saved" (Jn. 3:17)."And He is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of THE WHOLEWORLD" (I Jn. 2:2). "God was in Christ, reconciling THE WORLD unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation" (II Cor. 5:19)."Therefore
as
by the offence of one JUDGMENT CAME UPON ALL MEN to condemnation;
even so
 by the righteousness of One THE FREE GIFT CAME UPON ALL MEN unto justification of life" (Rom.5:18). Thus we see the scope of man's first judgment and the provision for his release from thepenalty inflicted. Bless His name!
 
There have been many other judgments beyond this general judgment that fell upon man in thebeginning. At various times in the past God has called peoples and nations to account for their actions and executed His judgments by bringing destruction upon them. The best known of these isthe world-wide deluge in the days of Noah of which we read: "And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evilcontinually. And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; for itrepenteth Me that I have made them" (Gen. 6:5-7). The destructive judgments of God have alwayscome as a result of the wicked conduct of the people in their daily lives. Sodom and Gomorrah aregraphic examples of this. God inspected those cities and determined that the sin of the inhabitantswas very heavy; He judged that the cities must be brought to ruin (Gen. 18:20-21; 19:14). Later Judewrote that those cities underwent the "vengeance (Gr: judgment)" of "fire" which brought destruction(Jude 7). So these cities experienced a "day" of judgment.God conducted a legal case against ancient Babylon, the longtime enemy of God and His people.Because of being unnecessarily cruel to the house of Judah, not intending to release them after theseventy-year captivity and crediting the god Marduk with the victory over God's people, Babylon wasin line for a destructive judgment. That came to Babylon in the year 539 B.C. when it was violentlyoverthrown by the Medes and Persians (see Jer. 51:36; Isa. 14:3-6,17; Dan. 5:1-4). Similarly,Jeremiah prophesied that God would "put Himself in judgment" with Edom, among others (Jer. 25:17-31), hence that nation that had shown repeated hatred for the Lord and His people experienceddestructive judgment and was obliterated from the earth. Likewise, when Judah and Jerusalembecame unfaithful and merited the Lord's displeasure, He promised to "execute JUDGMENT in themidst of her" (Eze. 5:8). This destructive and corrective judgment came when Nebuchadnezzar cameand plundered the land destroyed the city and the temple, and carried the people away slaves toBabylon (Eze. 7:19). However, another and more severe "day" or time of judgment on Jerusalem wasprophesied. Joel foretold an outpouring of the Spirit of God which would begin "before that great andterrible day of the Lord" (Joel 2:28-31). Under the anointing of the Spirit Peter, on the day of Pentecost, explained that they were then experiencing the fulfillment of that prophecy (Acts 2:16-20).That particular day of destructive judgment came in A.D. 70 when the Roman armies executed judgment upon the Jews, destroying their city and temple, pillaging their land, murdering more than amillion of its inhabitants, dispersing the survivors and catapulting them into a "judgment day" thatlasted for nineteen long and tortuous centuries!
 
FUTURE TIMES OF DESTRUCTIVE JUDGMENT
 
The Word of God specifically foretells a number of yet future judgments which are destructive in their nature. Revelation points to the time when "Babylon the Great" or "Mystery Babylon" will be judged.Mystery Babylon signifies the universal worldly church system. Now, I am aware that there is even ahigher meaning of Babylon which is found in a condition within the mind and spirit of man, whichmeans that we have all, at one time or another, and perhaps even until now, been partakers of her even if we have separated from the religious systems of this world. The Lord has special inwarddealings, judgmental processings by which He shall purge the very last vestige of Babylon out of thehearts of all His elect sons, praise His name. But the Spirit of the Lord makes me know that in theframework of the prophecies in Revelation chapters 17-18, He is specifically speaking of theCHURCH SYSTEMS, as such. Babylon is called "a woman." A woman, used as a symbol in the NewTestament, signifies a church. The woman in Rev. 12 is the true church, the glorious body of Christwalking in the Spirit of God. The woman of Rev. 17 also signifies a church, but her character isimpure and corrupted, for she is herself a harlot, and the mother of daughters like herself.Mystery Babylon is not limited to any single ecclesiastical body, but is composed of many, indeed of  ALL who are walking apart from the LIFE OF THE SPIRIT and the HEADSHIP OF JESUS CHRIST.

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