The Perfect Judgment of God

“For as the new heavens and the new earth that I make shall remain before me, says the Lord, so shall your offspring and your name remain. From new moon to new moon, and from Sabbath to Sabbath, all flesh shall come to worship before me, declares the Lord. ‘And they shall go out and look on the dead bodies of the men who have rebelled against me. For their worm shall not die, their fire shall not be quenched, and they shall be an abhorrence to all flesh.’ ” Isaiah 66:22-24.

“And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into hell, ‘where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.’ ” Mark 9:47-48.

“They shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment shall ascend up forever and ever. Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her. And again they said, Alleluia. And her smoke rose up for ever and ever.” Revelation 14:9-11; 18:20, 19:3

They who shall enter into [the] joy [of the Lord] shall know what is going on outside in the outer darkness. The saints knowledge, which shall be great, shall keep them acquainted with the eternal sufferings of the lost.
[Augustine – The City of God, Book 20, Chapter 22, “What is Meant by the Good Going Out to See the Punishment of the Wicked” & Book 22, Chapter 30, “Of the Eternal Felicity of the City of God, and of the Perpetual Sabbath”]

The sight of hell torments will exalt the happiness of the saints forever. Can the believing father in Heaven be happy with his unbelieving children in Hell? I tell you, yea! Such will be his sense of justice that it will increase rather than diminish his bliss. [Jonathan Edwards – “The Eternity of Hell Torments” (Sermon), April 1739 & Discourses on Various Important Subjects, 1738]

In the midst of all of the wickedness that we see around us today it is easy to become discouraged as it sometimes appears the wicked are getting away with their wickedness. In the midst of an election where there was clearly massive fraud, votes being pulled out of unsecured suitcases in secret caught on film, votes counted after poll watchers were sent home, voting laws illegally changed by courts and government officials without the legislature approving it, etc., and with not even the majority of Republicans or judges seemingly interested in reviewing the evidence, it is easy to become discouraged and even have hard feelings against the liberal miscreants. However, our duty is not to hate but to love even our enemies that hate and despitefully use us. (Matthew 5:44).

At the same time we can be comforted with the knowledge that God will judge the unrepentant wicked one day and they will be cast off into Hell. The smoke of their torment will rise forever and ever and we will rejoice at God’s righteous judgment. In fact, although I cannot prove this by scripture, I believe even Christians will be content with our own judgement and loss of reward (I Cor 3:15; II John 8). We will acknowledge that we deserve the loss of reward for the life we live compared to the life we should have lived just as the wicked deserve Hell for rejecting God. Even though it is hard to understand, God’s judgements will be so clearly just that we can even look on the tormented rebels in Hell and rejoice. We would deserve Hell as well but God’s salvation afforded to us by His Son’s death on the cross will cause us to say “Alleluia”.

The knowledge that the wicked will be dealt with at a later time by the perfect judgement of God rather than our imperfect judgement allows us to put aside our anger over the wicked and be a good example of love and righteousness to perhaps help lead some to repentance and avoid a terrible fate.

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