Judgment Days are periods of time during which the Supreme Court in heaven sits to render judgment. The heavenly court is made up of the Supreme Judge, Jehovah God, and His associate Judge, Jesus Christ. (Isaiah 33:22) Judgment means the act of determining what is conformable to law, or, Scripturally, God's expressed will. Judgments with God are righteous and according to His own high standards of justice. Once pronounced they are never subject to reversal. They can be either judgments of divine favor or judgments of divine condemnation. The resulting favor or condemnation may extend individually or to an entire family, community or nation, depending on the nature of the offenses. In all judgment periods, past, present and future, the death sentence always means everlasting destruction with no hope of resurrection.
Jehovah's Judgments Are Righteous and Occasions to Rejoice
Psalm 96:10-13 "Say among the nations, Jehovah reigns: the world also is established that it cannot be moved: He will judge the peoples with equity. Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice.... He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with His truth."
Isaiah 26:9 "With my soul I have desired you in the night; yea, with my spirit within me I will seek You earnestly: for when Your judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness."
Romans 11:33 "Oh the depth of God's riches and wisdom and knowledge! How unsearchable His judgments are and past tracing out His ways are!"
Edenic Judgment Day (c.4025 B. C.) Brought Condemnation to Adam and Eve and Disabilities to Their Offspring
Genesis 3:8-21 "And unto Adam He said, Because you hast hearkened unto the voice of your wife, and have eaten of the tree, of which I commanded you, saying, You shall not eat of it: cursed is the ground for your sake; in toil shall you eat of it all the days of your life; thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to you; and you shall eat the herb of the field; in the sweat of your face shall you eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; ... for dust you are, and unto dust shall you return."
1 Timothy 2:14 "Also Adam was not deceived, but the woman was thoroughly deceived and came to be in transgression."
Romans 5:12, 16 "That is why, just as through one man sin entered into the world and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men because they had all sinned— . .. For the judgment resulted in condemnation from one trespass."
Judgment of Noah's Day (Ending 2370 B.C.) a Pattern of End of World
Luke 17:26, 27 "Moreover, just as it occurred in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of man: they were eating, they were drinking, men were marrying, women were being given in marriage, until that day when Noah entered into the ark, and the flood arrived and destroyed them all."
Genesis 6:5, 7, 9, 13, 18 "The Lord saw that the wickedness of man on the earth was great, and that the whole bent of his thinking was never anything but evil, [ Jehovah determined:] 'I will blot the men that I have created off the face of the ground, both men and animals, reptiles, and birds of the air; for I regret that I ever made them.'... Noah alone among his contemporaries was a pious and exceedingly good man; Noah walked with God.... 'I have resolved on the extermination of all mortals; for the earth is full of wrong-doing through them; I am going to exterminate them from the earth. But with you I will make a covenant; you shall enter the ark, accompanied by your sons, your wife, and your sons' wives.'"
2 Peter 2:5 "And He did not hold back from punishing an ancient world, but kept Noah, a preacher of righteousness, safe with seven others when He brought a deluge upon a world of ungodly people."
Judgment Day of Sodom and Gomorrah (a.1919 B. C.) Also Foretells Finality of Judgment
Luke 17:28-30 "Likewise, just as it occurred in the days of Lot: they were eating, they were drinking, they were buying, they were selling, they were planting, they were building. But on the day that Lot came out of Sodom it rained fire and sulphur from heaven and destroyed them all. The same way it will be on that day when the Son of man is to be revealed."
Genesis 19:24, 25, 29 "Then Jehovah rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from Jehovah out of heaven; and He overthrew those cities, and all the Plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground. And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the Plain, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when He overthrew the cities in which Lot dwelt."
2 Peter 2:6-9 "And by reducing the cities Sodom and Gomorrah to ashes He condemned them, setting a pattern for ungodly persons of things to come, and He delivered righteous Lot. ... Jehovah knows how to deliver people of godly devotion out of trial, but to reserve unrighteous people for the day of judgment to be cut off."
Romans 9:29 "Also just as Isaiah had said aforetime: 'Unless Jehovah of hosts had left a seed to us, we should have become as Sodom and we should have been made just like Gomorrah.' "
Also: Jude 7.
Fleshly Israel's Day of Judgment A. D. 29-70
Matthew 3:10-12 "Already the ax is lying at the root of the trees; every tree, then, that does not produce fine fruit is to be cut down and thrown into the fire. I, on the one hand, baptize you with water because of your repentance; but the One coming after me is stronger than I am,... and will gather His wheat into the storehouse, but the chaff He will burn up with fire that cannot be put out."
John 4:35-38 "You say, do you not, that there are yet four months before the harvest comes? Look! I say to you: Lift up your eyes and view the fields, that they are white for harvesting. Already the reaper is receiving a reward and gathering fruit for everlasting life."
John 9:39-41 "And Jesus said: 'For this judgment I came into this world: that those not seeing might see and those seeing might become blind. ... If you were blind, you would have no sin. But now you say, "We see." Your sin remains.' "
Hebrews 9:26 "He has manifested Himself once for all time at the consummation of the systems of things to put sin away through the sacrifice of Himself."
Matthew 23:33 "Serpents, offspring of vipers, how are you to flee from the judgment of Gehenna?"
Acts 13:45-48 "Paul and Barnabas said: 'It was necessary for the word of God to be spoken first to you. Since you are thrusting it away from you and do not judge yourselves worthy of everlasting life, look! we turn to the nations. In fact, Jehovah has laid commandment upon us in these words, "I have appointed you as a light of nations, for you to be a salvation to the most distant part of the earth." ' "
Christ Jesus Thoroughly Qualified as Judge
John 5:21, 22, 26-30 "For just as the Father raises the dead up and makes them alive, so the Son also makes those alive whom He wants to. For the Father judges no one at all, but He has committed all the judging to the Son. ... And He has given Him authority to do judging, because Son of man He is.... I cannot do a single thing of My own initiative; just as I hear, I judge, and the judgment that I render is righteous, because I seek not My own will but the will of Him that sent Me."
Acts 10:42 "Also He ordered us to preach to the people and to give a thorough witness that this is the One decreed by God to be judge of the living and the dead."
Isaiah 11:1-4 "And there shall come forth a shoot out of the stock of Jesse, and a branch out of his roots shall bear fruit. And the spirit of Jehovah shall rest upon him,... the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of Jehovah. And his delight shall be in the fear of Jehovah; and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither decide after the hearing of his ears; but with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth; and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked."
Also: Matthew 12:18-21; John 8:16.
Jesus' Death of Integrity Brought Divine Condemnation to Satan and His Old World
John 14:30 "I shall not speak much with you any more, for the ruler of the world is coming. And yet he has no hold on Me."
John 16:11 "Concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged."
John 12:31-33 "Now there is a judging of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out. And yet I, if I am lifted up from the earth,... This He was really saying to signify what sort of death He was about to die."
1 Corinthians 11:32 "When we are judged, we are disciplined by Jehovah, that we may not become condemned with the world."
144,000 Associate Judges After 1918
1 Corinthians 6:2 "Do you not know that the holy ones will judge the world?"
Revelation 20:4 "And I saw thrones, and there were those who sat down on them, and power of judging was given them.... And they came to life and ruled as kings with the Christ for a thousand years."
Judgment Day for God's House, Spiritual Israel, Begins A.D. 1918
1 Peter 4:17, 18 "For it is the appointed time for the judgment to start with the house of God.
Now if it starts first with us, what will the complete end be of those who are not obedient to the good news of God? 'And if the righteous man is being saved with difficulty, where will the ungodly man and the sinner make a showing?' "
2 Timothy 4:6-8 "I have fought the right fight, I have run the course to the finish, I have observed the faith. From this time on there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me as a reward in that day, yet not only to me, but also to all those who have loved His manifestation."
1 John 4:17 "This is how love has been made perfect with us, that we may have freeness of speech in the day of judgment, because, just as that One is, so are we ourselves in this world."
Also: Psalm 50:3-6; Malachi 3:1-6; Romans 2:2-11; 1 Corinthians 4:2-5; Revelation 11:15-19.
Judgment Day for the Peoples of the Nations Since 1918
Matthew 24:14, 21, 22 "And this good news of the Kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for the purpose of a witness to all the nations, and then the accomplished end will come."
John 3:19 "Now this is the basis for judgment, that the light has come into the world."
Luke 19:40 "I tell you, If these remained silent, the stones would cry out."
Isaiah 55:11 "So shall My word be that goes forth out of My mouth: it shall not return unto Me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it."
Zephaniah 3:8, 9 "Therefore wait for Me, says Jehovah, until the day that I rise up to the prey; for My determination is to gather the nations, that I may assemble the kingdoms, to pour upon them My indignation, even all My fierce anger; for all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of My jealousy."
Matthew 25:31, 32, 46 "When the Son of man arrives in His glory and all the angels with Him, then He will sit down on His glorious throne. And all the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate people one from another, just as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And these will depart into everlasting cutting-off, but the righteous ones into everlasting life."
Also: Ezekiel 9:4-6; Joel 3:9-13; Acts 24:25.
Judgment of Condemnation Enforced at Armageddon, Resulting in Annihilation
1 Timothy 5:24 "The sins of some men are publicly manifest, leading immediately to judgment, but as for other men their sins also become manifest later."
Matthew 12:31, 32 "On this account I say to you, Every kind of sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the spirit will not be forgiven. For example, whoever speaks a word against the Son of man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the holy spirit, it will not be forgiven him, no, not in the present system of things nor in that to come."
Numbers 35:31 "Moreover you shall take no ransom for the life of a murderer, that is guilty of death; but he shall surely be put to death.'
Psalm 145:20 "Jehovah preserves all them that love Him; but all the wicked will He destroy."
Proverbs 10:7 "The memory of the righteous is blessed; but the name of the wicked shall rot."
Jeremiah 51:57 "And they shall sleep a perpetual sleep, and not wake, says the King, whose Name is Jehovah of hosts."
Also: Romans 2:1-3; Hebrews 10:26, 27; James 2:13.
Family or Community Condemnation Includes Children with Wicked Parents
Ezekiel 9:5, 6 "Let not your eye spare, neither have pity; slay utterly the old man, the young man and the virgin, and little children and women; but come not near any man upon whom is the mark."
Numbers 16:23-33 "And Dathan and Abiram came out, and stood at the door of their tents, and their wives, and their sons, and their little ones.... And it came to pass, as he made an end of speaking all these words, that the ground clave asunder . . . and swallowed them up ... and the earth closed upon them, and they perished from among the assembly."
Joshua 7:24-26 "And Joshua, and all Israel with him, took Achan the son of Zerah, and the silver, and the mantle, and the wedge of gold, and his sons, and his daughters, and his oxen, and his asses, and his sheep, and his tent, and all that he had: and they brought them up unto the valley of Achor. And Joshua said, Why have you troubled us? Jehovah shall trouble you this day. And all Israel . . . stoned them with stones."
Meritorious Favor of Righteous Parents Extends to Dependent Children
2 Samuel 21:7 "But the king spared Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, because of Jehovah's oath that was between them, between David and Jonathan the son of Saul."
Joshua 2:12-14 "Now therefore, I pray you, swear unto me by Jehovah, since I have dealt kindly with you, that ye also will deal kindly with my father's house, and give me a true token; and that you will save alive my father, and my mother, and my brethren, and my sisters, and all that they have, and will deliver our lives from death. And the men said unto her, Our life for yours, if ye utter not this our business; and it shall be, when Jehovah gives us the land, that we will deal kindly and truly with you."
1 Corinthians 7:14 "For the unbelieving husband is sanctified in relation to his wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified in relation to the brother; otherwise, your children would really be unclean, but now they are holy."
Parents Not Responsible for Course of Children Who Have Reached Age of Individual Accountability
Genesis 19:12-14 "And the men said unto Lot, Have you here any besides? son-in-law, and your sons, and your daughters, and whomsoever you have in the city, bring them out of the place: for we will destroy this place.... And Lot went out, and spoke unto his sons-in-law, who married his daughters, and said, Up, get you out of this place; for Jehovah will destroy the city. But he seemed unto his sons-in-law as one that mocked."
Ezekiel 18:20 "The soul that sins, it shall die: the son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son; the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him."
Numbers 26:9-11 "And the earth opened its mouth, and swallowed them up together with Korah, when that company died; what time the fire devoured two hundred and fifty men, and they became a sign. Notwithstanding, the sons of Korah died not."
Community, National, Ruler Responsibility
Exodus 17:8, 14, 16 "Then came Amalek, and fought with Israel in Rephidim. And Jehovah said unto Moses, Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua: that I will utterly blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven. And he said, Jehovah has sworn: Jehovah will have war with Amalek from generation to generation."
2 Samuel 21:1 "And there was a famine in the days of David three years, year after year; and David sought the face of Jehovah. And Jehovah said, It is for Saul, and for his bloody house, because he put to death the Gibeonites."
2 Samuel 24:10-17 "And David's heart smote him after that he had numbered the people. And David said unto Jehovah, I have sinned greatly in that which I have done: but now, O Jehovah, put away, I beseech You, the iniquity of Your servant; for I have done very foolishly.... So Jehovah sent a pestilence upon Israel from the morning even to the time appointed; and there died of the people from Dan even to Beer-Sheba seventy thousand men."
2 Chronicles 21:11-15 "Because you have not walked in the ways of Jehoshaphat your father, nor in the ways of Asa king of Judah, but have walked in the ways of the kings of Israel, and have made Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to play the harlot, like as the house of Ahab did, and also have slain your brethren of your father's house, who were better than yourself: behold, Jehovah will smite with a great plague your people, and your children, and your wives, and all your substance."
Matthew 10:14, 15 "Wherever anyone does not take you in or listen to your words, on going out of that house or that city shake the dust off your feet. Truly I say to you, It will be more endurable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah on Judgment Day than for that city."
Romans 5:18, 19 "So, then, as through one trespass the result to men of all kinds was condemnation, likewise also through one act of justification the result to men of all kinds is a declaring of them righteous for life. For just as through the disobedience of the one man many were constituted sinners, likewise also through the obedience of the one person many will be constituted righteous."
Also: Joshua 7:5, 13-21; Exodus 5:1, 2; 9:13-16; 1 Samuel 8:4-22; Genesis 12:17; 20:9, 17; 26:10; Deuteronomy 13:12-18.
Jehovah Sets Judgment Periods
Hebrews 9:27 "And as it is reserved for men to die once for all time, but after this a judgment."
Acts 17:30, 31 "True, God has overlooked the times of such ignorance, yet now He is telling mankind that they should all everywhere repent. Because He has set a day in which He purposes to judge the inhabited earth in righteousness by a man whom He has appointed, and He has furnished a guarantee to all men in that He has resurrected Him from the dead."
Psalm 72:4, 7, 8 "He will judge the poor of the people, he will save the children of the needy, and will break in pieces the oppressor. In his days shall the righteous flourish, and abundance of peace, till the moon be no more. He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth."
1,000-Year Day of Test Comes After Armageddon
Revelation 20:1-3, 11-13 "And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven with the key of the abyss and a great chain in his hand. And he seized the dragon, the original serpent, who is the devil and satan, and bound him for a thousand years. And he hurled him into the abyss and shut it and sealed it over him, that he might not mislead the nations any more until the thousand years were ended. After these things he must be let loose for a little while. And I saw a great white throne and the One seated on it. From before Him the earth and the heaven fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, . .. and they were judged."
2 Peter 3:8 "However, let this one fact not be escaping your notice, beloved ones, that one day is with Jehovah as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day."
Comes upon Those on Earth in New World After Armageddon
Hebrews 2:5 "For it is not to angels that He has subjected the inhabited earth to come, about which we are speaking."
2 Timothy 4:1 "I earnestly beg you before God and Christ Jesus, who is destined to judge the living and the dead, and by His manifestation and His kingdom."
Revelation 20:12 "And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and scrolls were opened."
John 5:28, 29 "Do not marvel at this, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear His voice and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life, those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgment."
Favorable Judgment Based on Right Stand on Kingdom Issue Now
Luke 17:29-35 "But on the day that Lot came out of Sodom it rained fire and sulphur from heaven and destroyed them all. The same way it will be on the day when the Son of man is to be revealed. . . . Remember the wife of Lot.... I tell you, In that night two men will be in one bed; the one will be taken along, but the other will be abandoned. There will be two women grinding at the same mill; the one will be taken along, but the other will be abandoned."
Matthew 25:34-40 "Then the king will say to those on His right: 'Come, you who have My Father's blessing, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the world's foundation. For I became hungry and you gave Me something to eat, I got thirsty and you gave Me something to drink. I was a stranger and you received Me hospitably; naked, and you clothed Me. I fell sick and you looked after Me. I was in prison and you came to Me. ... To the extent that you did it to one of the least of these My brothers, you did it to Me.'"
Individually Judged as to Those Works They Perform According to Requirements During That Test Day
Ezekiel 18:20-23 "The soul that sins, it shall die: the son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son; the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him. But if the wicked turn from all his sins that he has committed, and keep all My statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die. None of his transgressions that he has committed shall be remembered against him: in his righteousness that he has done he shall live. Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked? says the Lord Jehovah; and not rather that he should return from his way, and live?"
Revelation 20:12, 13 "And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and scrolls were opened. But another scroll was opened; it is the scroll of life. And the dead were judged out of those things written in the scrolls according to their deeds. And the sea gave up those dead in it, and death and hades gave up those dead in them, and they were judged individually according to their deeds."
Final Test When Satan Released at End of 1,000 Years
Revelation 20:7-10 "Now as soon as the thousand years have been ended, Satan will be let loose out of his prison, and he will go out to mislead those nations in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together for the war. The number of these is as the sand of the sea. And they advanced over the breadth of the earth and encircled the camp of the holy ones and the beloved city. But fire came down out of heaven and devoured them. And the Devil who was misleading them was hurled into the lake of fire and sulphur, where both the wild beast and the false prophet already were; and they will be tormented day and night for ever and ever."
Faithful Given Reward of Everlasting Life, but All Others Destroyed
Luke 20:35, 36 "But those who have been counted worthy of gaining that system of things and the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage. In fact, neither can they die any more, for they are like the angels, and they are God's children by being children of the resurrection."
Isaiah 65:20 "There shall no more come thence an infant of few days, nor an old man that shall not have the full length of his days; for as a lad shall not die a hundred years old; and as a sinner shall be accursed he who (dies) at a hundred years old."
Revelation 20:5, 14, 15 "(The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended.) And death and hades were hurled into the lake of fire. This means the second death, the lake of fire. Furthermore, whoever was not found written in the book of life was hurled into the lake of fire."
Romans 6:23 "For the wages sin pays is death, but the gift God gives is everlasting life by Christ Jesus our Lord."
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