The Judgment Continues Index

Daniel has revealed to us the astonishing truth of the beginning of the judgment in 1844. We have seen that this pre-advent judgment deals primarily with the saints. This judgment is not conducted in order for God to find out who is going to be saved. God brings people into this judgment in order to reveal to the entire universe that these people that He is about to take to heaven are safe to be saved. Jesus Christ pleads their case, and He never loses a case that's entrusted to him.

Another question arises: if the righteous are judged in the pre-advent judgment beginning in 1844 and ending at the second coming of Christ, when will the wicked be judged? Just as God does not need to have judgment to find out who's going to be saved, neither does God need to have a judgment in order to find out who's going to be lost. The main purpose of the judgment is to insure that everyone will be fully satisfied with the way that God has dealt with sin.

There are actually three phases to the judgment:

  1. Pre-advent judgment - 1844 to the Second Coming
  2. Review of God's Judgments of both the righteous and the wicked during the 1000 years
  3. Exec uti ion of the judgment at the end of the 1000 years

The judgment of the righteous satisfies the angels, while the judgment of the wicked will satisfy the riotous people of the justice of God. Therefore, this judgment of the wicked must occur after the righteous have been saved.

1. When will the judgment begin? Daniel 8:14 And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.  
2. Since judgment begins at the house of God (the righteous), with whom does it end? 1 Peter 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? Clearly, the judgment begins with the righteous but continues with the wicked.
3. Who will be involved in the judgment of the wicked? 1 Corinthians 6:2, 3 Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life? Evidently, the righteous will share in this judgment of the wicked and of the evil angles.
4. When do the saints engage in judgment? Revelation 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither has image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. Here is a time when the saints sit on thrones and engage in the work of judgment, reigning with Christ for 1000 years. In order to get the full picture of this second phase of the judgment, let us study carefully Revelation 20 and the 1000 years.
The Beginning of the 1000 years
5. What event marks the beginning of the 1000 years? Revelation 20:6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.  
6. Is this a resurrection of the righteous or the wicked? Revelation 20:6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.  
7. If there is a first resurrection, there must also be a second. When does this second resurrection take place? Revelation 20:5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. The righteous will be raised at the first resurrection. The wicked will be raised at the second resurrection at the end of the 1000 years. The 1000-year period separates the two resurrection.
8. How many resurrections did Jesus talk about? John 5:28, 29 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.  
9. When does the first resurrection occur? 1 Thessalonians 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first. Please note that the second coming of Christ marks the beginning of the 1000 years.
10. What happens to the righteous who are alive when Jesus comes? 1 Thessalonians 4:17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. What a fantastic event! Not only are the righteous dead resurrected from their graves, but the righteous living are caught up and meet the Lord in the air.
11. Where does Jesus take the righteous dead and the righteous living?

John 14:1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.

John 14:2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

John 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

Jesus promises His followers that He would go back to the Father and prepare a special place for them in the Father's house. He would then return to earth to take His followers where He was. the purpose of the second coming of Christ is to take the redeemed, the living righteous and the resurrected righteous, to the Father's house. What a glorious privilege it will be to go to heaven itself with Jesus.
12. What happens to the wicked when Jesus comes? 2 Thessalonians 2:6 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of His mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of His coming.  
13. How bright will the second coming of Christ be? Matthew 25:31 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.

When Christ rose from the dead, one lone angel opened the tomb. At this angel's appearance the Roman guards fell as dead men. When Christ returns, He will come in His own glory, plus the glory of all the holy angels. No wonder the wicked are destroyed by the brightness of His coming.

14. How does the prophet Jeremiah describe the destruction of the wicked at the second coming of Christ? Jeremiah 25:33 And the slain of the LORD shall be at that day from one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth: they shall not be lamented, neither gathered, nor buried; they shall be dung upon the ground. Jeremiah pictures a very gruesome scene: The wicked are slain by the Lord. Nobody gathers them, nobody buries them; they rot upon the surface of the Earth. Why doesn't anyone bury them? Why doesn't anyone mourn them? There is no one left alive upon the earth. The righteous have all been taken to heaven. the wicked who were already dead remain dead until the end of the 1000 years, and the wicked who were alive have been slain by the brightness of His coming. Events transpiring at the beginning of the 1000 years very quickly depopulate the earth. The righteous have all gone to heaven; the wicked are all dead. No person is now alive on planet earth.
Events During the 1000 Years
15. What happens to Satan during the 1000 years?

Revelation 20:1 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.

Revelation 20:2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years.

Obviously, this does not mean that God takes a rope and places it around Satan. He is bound by a chain of circumstances beyond his control.
16. Why is Satan Bound? Revelation 20:3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season. Satan's main work is to tempt and to deceive men. If he is bound, he is thereby prevented from doing his work of deception. Since the righteous are in heaven, Satan cannot touch them. Since the wicked are all dead, Satan cannot touch them. Therefore, he is bound by a galling chain of circumstances that is beyond his control. There simply is no one for him to tempt. God leaves Satan and his angels alone on planet earth for 1000 years to reflect on the ruin they have caused. Satan claimed that he could rule better than God. Now, god gives Satan 1000 years to see the results of his kind of government.
17. How does Jeremiah describe the earth during the 1000 years?

Jeremiah 4:23 I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was without form, and void; and the heavens, and they had no light.

Jeremiah 4:24 I beheld the mountains, and, lo, they trembled, and all the hills moved lightly.

Jeremiah 4:25 I beheld, and, lo, these was no man, and all the birds of the heavens were fled.

Jeremiah 4:26 I beheld, and, lo, the fruitful place was a wilderness, and all the cities thereof were broken down at the presence of the LORD, and by His fierce anger.

Jeremiah sees the earth in absolute desolation. He states categorically that there is no man on the earth. This condition, he states, is brought about by the presence of the Lord. Jeremiah sees the earth in the very same condition as John in Revelation 20 - a time of universal desolation caused by the coming of Christ which has taken the righteous to heaven and totally destroyed the wicked.
18. What are the righteous doing in heaven during the 1000 years? Revelation 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither has image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

Here is phase two of the judgment. The saints share in the reign of Christ over the entire universe during the 1000 years. They are not reigning on the earth, they are reigning with Christ in heaven. During this time, God opens the records and shows the righteous why the wicked are not there. Our God is so fair and just that He wants all questions answered completely. Perhaps the saints may wonder why certain people are not in heaven. During this 1000-year judgment session, they will be able to find out. God wants all the questions answered in order that everyone will clearly see His justice in finally destroying sin and sinners.

Phase Number One of the judgment is for the benefit of the angels. In this phase of the judgment God vindicates the saints before he takes them to heaven. That phase began in 1844 and concludes at the second coming of Christ.

Phase Number Two of the judgment begins at the second coming of Christ and is for the benefit of the righteous so their questions in regard to God's destruction of the wicked will be answered.

Events at the End of the 1000 Years
19. What happens at the end of the 1000 years? Revelation 20:7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison. Satan is no longer bound, and he's ready to tempt again.
20. What happens to the wicked at the end of the 1000 years? Revelation 20:5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. Since Satan is loosed, there must be people for him to tempt. At the end of the 1000 years, the second resurrection takes place, and all the wicked are raised from their graves.
21. What city does God bring to the earth at the end of the 1000 years? Revelation 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of haven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. At the end of the 1000 years, all the righteous return to the earth inside the New Jerusalem.
22. Where will Christ and the Holy City land on the earth at the end of the 1000 years? Zechariah 14:4 And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.  
23. Why does Christ come back with all His saints? Jude 14, 15 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of His saints, to Execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinner have spoken against Him. Please note that the purpose of Christ returning with all His saints is for the execution of the judgment. This is phase three of the judgment that began in 1844. This judgment is for the benefit of the wicked, including Satan and his angels. The righteous and the good angels have already been fully satisfied that God is just. That's why Judge says this phase of the judgment will convince the ungodly of all their ungodly deeds. God will be fully vindicated before every inhabitant in the universe.
24. What does Satan do to the wicked? Revelation 20:8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of who is as the sand of the sea. Satan hasn't changed in 1000 years. He still wishes to battle God. He still wishes to capture God's city. He actually convinces the wicked to believe that they can go up and conquer the holy city.
25. As the wicked come up and surround the holy city, what happens to them? Revelation 20:9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. It sounds absolutely incredible, but true. Satan actually deceives the wicked into thinking that they can conquer the holy city. As they come up and surround the city, fire comes down from God out of heaven and devours them. However, before the wicked are destroyed, God very clearly causes them to see that they have been warring against God. In the next few verses, John the Revelator goes back over the events once again, showing us how God is vindicated among the wicked.
26. What do the wicked see in the city? Revelation 20:11 And I saw a great white throne, and Him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.  
27. Was there any place found for the wicked as they stood before the great white throne? Revelation 20:11 And I saw a great white throne, and Him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.  
28. What were opened as those who had been dead now stood before God? Revelation 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.  
29. What happens next to the wicked?

Revelation 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

Revelation 20:13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

Here is phase number three of the judgment. god opens the records, and the wicked clearly see that their exclusion from heaven is just. The wicked see that they have been rebelling against God. No one now questions the justice of God.
30. What happens to the wicked after they are judged?

Revelation 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

Revelation 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

God does not arbitrarily destroy the wicked. The whole purpose of their being resurrected at the end of the 1000 years is to prove to everyone without a doubt that God has given the wicked every opportunity to be save, but they have rejected every offer of salvation sent by God.
31. Will the wicked then acknowledge that God is truly the Lord? Philippians 2:10-11 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

At last thee comes a time when everyone in the universe has fully admitted the justice of god. Rebellion arose in the beginning because Satan questioned the justice of God. Now there is no longer any question. Everyone has been fully satisfied and convinced during the three-phase judgment.

  1. Phase one: the pre-advent judgment from 1844 until the second coming of Christ has vindicated God to the entire universe of unfallen beings.
  2. Phase two: the judgment during the 1000 years has vindicated God before all the righteous.
  3. Phase three: at the end of the 1000 years the wicked themselves vindicate God's judgment by admitting His judgment is just.
32. Those who invite Jesus to handle their case now can be inside the city at the end of the 1000 years. Do you desire to be inside the city with Jesus?