Category Archives: The Judgment

MULTIPLE FINAL JUDGMENTS?

SYNOPSIS – The three sevenfold series of Revelation all conclude with a final judgment scene at the end of the age

Final judgment scenes occur several times in the book of Revelation. For example, each of the sevenfold series of judgments, the “seven seals,” “trumpets,” and “bowls of wrath,” ends in a final judgment scene, each time punctuated by terrestrial and celestial upheaval – (Revelation 6:12-17; 11:15-19; 16:17-21).

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GREAT WHITE THRONE OF JUDGMENT

SYNOPSIS – Following the defeat of the “Dragon,” the final judgment unfolds at least before a Great White Throne – Revelation 20:11-15. 

At this point, the “Dragon,” the “False Prophet,” the “Beast from the Sea,” and “Babylon” have all been judged – Their conspiracy launched against the “Lamb” and his followers only sealed their own doom. What they intended for evil Yahweh, the “One Who Sits on the Throne,” employed to achieve His purposes.

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FINAL INGATHERING OF “GRAPES”

SYNOPSIS – The final ingathering of the “fruit of the vine” portrays the outpouring of the “wrath of God” on all men who take the “mark of the Beast” – Revelation 14:17-20

The “war in heaven” that began in Chapter 12 now reaches a climax in Chapter 14, but in two very different harvests – The reaping of the grain, and the ingathering of the fruit of the vine into the “winepress of the wrath of God.” At the end of the day, all humanity is divided into two camps – Those who follow the Lamb, and, the men and women who give allegiance to the “Beast.” A different “harvest” awaits each group accordingly.

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The Final Grain Harvest

SYNOPSIS – Two different “harvests” are to occur at the end of the age – The reaping of the “grain,” and the ingathering of the “fruit of the vine” – Revelation 14:12-16.

The book of Revelation continues to contrast two different groups – The men and women who follow the “Lamb,” and those who render obeisance to the “Dragon” – And now, the two very different fates that await each group.

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WRATH OF GOD

OVERVIEW – In Revelation, “wrath” refers to the final judicial sentence of God on His enemies and is not synonymous with “tribulation.” 

In Revelation, the “wrath of God” is NOT synonymous with “tribulation,” nor is identical with the individual “plagues” unleashed by the three sevenfold series of “seals,” “trumpets,” or the “bowls of fury.” Despite the devastation of the “plagues,” impenitent men continue to rebel against God until the very last moment. In fact, “wrath” refers to the final judicial sentence of God on His enemies.

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PAROUSIA – VINDICATION OR CONDEMNATION

The “coming” of Jesus will mean the vindication of the righteous, and the judgment and condemnation of the wicked

In the New Testament, several Greek terms are applied to the return of Jesus at the end of the present age, including parousia (“arrival”), erchomai (“coming”), and epiphaneia (“appearance”). Regardless of which term is used, in each instance, it is found in the singular number; it describes only one “coming” of Jesus. Each passage provides only a limited amount of information about the event.

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