Understanding the different Judgments, Part 1

Judgment begins with the House of God

In this study we will be looking at several different judgments, which are recorded in the Bible. Our aim
is to find out when these judgments take place, and to whom exactly they apply.

The first thing we need in order to avoid any misunderstandings and/or confusion is to have a correct
understanding of the word “
judgment” and what it implies. The word “judgment” as used in John 5: 29
the resurrection of judgment”, is from Strong’s # 2920, which in the Greek is rendered, “krisis,” a
decision, or “
turning point”, subjective or objective, for or against, a tribunal, the process of trying or
testing the fitness, truth, strength, and/or other quality of a person or thing, thus “
the process of
judgment
”.

The word judgment as found in
1 Pet 4:17, Strong’s # 2917 is “krima,” the result of judging, the final
decision
or conclusion of judgment, conclude, determine, sentence to, the judgment (pronounced).

Thus the word,
judgment includes the idea of a trial time (krisis) as well as a decision based on that
trial
(krima). For example when Adam was tried in the Garden of Eden, this was his “krisis” period,
(testing) to determine whether or not he would obey God, he felled and thus came the judgment or
krima”, the sentence of death. “…Dying thou shall die.” Gen 2:17

This was the first judgment rendered one which not only affected him personally, but likewise
all those within his lions, i.e. all mankind who share in the results of his failure, his judgment,
and his sentence.

Because "…by one man’s disobedience all were made sinners…” Rom 5:19

Thus “There is none righteous, no, not one…” Rom 3:10

So “…through one man’s offense the sentence came (extensively) to all men resulting in
condemnation (death)…”
Rom 5:18

“The fathers (Adam) have eaten a sour grape (sinned), and the children’s (all of Adam’s children)
teeth are set on edge (The nature of the fathers, being polluted by sin, is transmitted to the children,
who come under the death sentence for having the same nature or disposition as the fathers)
.”
Jer 31:29

“…as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all
men…”
Rom 5:12

But God in his mercy foresaw the fall of Adam due to his inexperience with evil, and so provided a remedy,
the “
ransom”, “the free gift”, “For if through the offense of one many be dead, much more the
grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto
many.”
Rom 5:15

“…so also through one righteous act, the judgment or sentence to justification of life came to all
men (
co-extensively). Rom 5:18

“It is not that God considers his decision in the first sentence unjust, but that he has provided
redemption from the penalty...
in order that he may grant another judgment (trial) under more
favorable conditions to all mankind
— all having then had experience with sin and its results. This
coming judgment will be on the same principles as the first. The same law of obedience will be presented,
with the same reward of life, and the same penalty of death. And as
the first trial had a beginning,
progressed, and culminated with a sentence, so also will the second
; and the sentence will be life to
the righteous, and death to the unrighteous.

Let us now examine this future judgment to come.

The scriptures divide the judging of mankind into
two separate judgments, the judging of the Lords
people, believers, and the judging of the world, which includes not only non-believers, but also many of
those, who do believe, but who have not been obedient.

The first to be judge are the Lords people, now during this gospel age,

“For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God, and if it first begins with
us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?”
1 Pet 4:17

Next shall be the world,

“…God…
hath appointed a day, in which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man
whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath risen
him from the dead.”  
Acts 17:31

We will take a closer look at these two scriptures; first, starting with, 1 Pet 4:17

Our word judgment may be properly applied to not only the process of the trial, but also to the result of
the trial that is the decision or verdict. In the former sense
the judgment (krisis) of the Church began
over nineteen hundred years ago
, and has been progressing ever since. But in the latter sense it (the
krima), is due in the end of the harvest of the Gospel age.

When it states, that judgment begins with the “house of God”, we must understand that both the true
house
, and the false house have existed together for most of these many centuries but, only the
true house has been under judgment sense its conception
, It began with the Head of the “house of
God
,” with our Lord Jesus Christ, who was tempted (tried) in all points like as are we (Heb 2:18), but
now at the end of the age the time has come to separate the true and the false Christian, the
wheat and the tares in the nominal (professing) church
.

As our Lord stated in
Matt 13:30 “Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of
harvest
I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to
burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.”

And in Matt 13:38-40 “The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but
the tares are the children of the wicked one; the enemy that sowed them is the devil;
the
harvest is the end of the world
(age); and the reapers are the angels. As therefore the tares are
gathered and burned in the fire;
so shall it be in the end of this world (age).”

We can now see by having a proper understanding and meaning of the word ‘judgment’ what the
statement made in
1 Pet 4:17 means, which states that “judgment must begin at the house of God
That is the “
krisis”, or testing time, for every true Christian, (the wheat class), which began, when at
first, the individual made his or her
consecration to the Lord, the individual was then, at that time,
placed on trial for life, and as they progress or regress the final decision “
krima” is being decided in their
individual cases by the Lord.

And since the Church is not to be brought into judgment with the rest of the world, their trial must of
necessity take place now, in the Gospel age. “
For the time is come” not only for the true, but for the
false likewise.

As
we have reached the end of the age, the harvest, it is time for the “krima” of the nominal
professing Church,
the organization, NOT the individual members, the individual members are only
being judge so far as to separate the true, (the wheat), from the false, (the tares), the true are now
coming to the “
krima” decision for their part, but the false are only being judge as a system, this is not
the time for their individual judgment, that will come latter in the “
appointed day”,

For now judgment has come upon the system, “
Babylon”.

“Fear God and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that
made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.”
Rev 14:7

This judgment against Great Babylon has already taken place, the “krima” or final decision has been
rendered, and thus the sentence:

“Thou have been weighed in the balances, and have been found wanting…”  Dan 5:27

“Behold, thy house is left unto you desolate.” Matt 23:38

(Compare Isa 8:14) The nominal Jewish house, the fleshly of the Jewish age and the nominal Christian
house, the spiritual of the Gospel age stand related to each other as type to antitype.

Babylon hath been (was) a golden cup in the Lord’s hand, that made all the earth drunken: the nations
have drunken of her wine (
false teachings); therefore the nations are mad. Babylon is suddenly fallen
and will be destroyed
: howl for her; take balm for her pain, if so be she may be healed. We would
have healed Babylon, but she is not healed: forsake her, and let us go every one into his own
country: for
her judgment reacheth unto heaven, and is lifted up even to the skies.Jer 51:7-9

…Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every
foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. For all nations have drunk of the wine of the
wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the
merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. And I heard another voice
from heaven, saying,
Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye
receive not of her plagues.”
Rev 18: 2-4

“And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with
violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all
. And the
voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and
no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone
shall be heard no more at all in thee;
And the light of a lamp shall shine no more at all in thee; and
the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy
merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.”
Rev 18: 21-
23

These are but a few of the scriptures which show that the “krima" or judgment has already been made,
now at the end of this age, in the case of
‘Babylon the Great’, ‘the false house’, but let us make
clear that Babylon’s judgment or final decision is a judgment upon the system not the individual
members
.  

In our next segment we will take a look at our second scripture
Acts 17:31 concerning the judgment of
the world.


                                                      
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