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Milepost 69: Judgment of the Nations

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Milepost 69: Judgment of the Nations

Primary References: Matthew 25:31-46

 

The Bible does not specify how the nations present themselves before His throne but it seems reasonable that there will be representatives of each nation since travel issues make it unlikely that all citizens of the nations appear as groups before Jesus' judgment seat. If disarmed armies remain in Israel until this judgment, then alternative representations of the nations may be possible.

Jesus sorts the nations into those entering His millennial reign (the sheep) and those that cease to exist (the goats) with the basis being how they have treated Jesus' brethren. Have they met the needs and eased the suffering of these brethren or have they turned a deaf ear or even worse, have they piled on in their hours of need? A natural question is who are these brethren? They could be the church, the Jews, or both. Considering the judgment occurs immediately after the seven-year tribulation and Jesus is related to the Jews by birth, the Jews are the more likely choice. Assuming this to be the case, Genesis 12:1-3 gives the most likely standard for this sheep and goat judgment. The nations surviving this judgment, the sheep, enter Jesus' millennial reign and inherit the kingdom prepared for them. Since these people are still in their mortal bodies, they do not inherit the kingdom of God but instead inherit their earthly millennial kingdoms. The nations condemned in this judgment, the goats, are either thrown into the lake of fire or most likely, hell. Notice that Jesus throws the nation's entire population into hell. One must assume that any righteous in these nations died in the seven-year tribulation or were caught away with the rapture of the church so they now have eternal life. There is no reason to believe that God will ever throw any righteous person into hell for any reason.

Jeremiah 49:17-20 shows a possible of a goat nation, Edom while Ezekiel 29:14-15 shows an example of a sheep nation, Egypt. Though Egypt appears to barely survive this judgment, it is not unscathed. For the first forty years of Jesus' reign, is uninhabitable. After that, they become a minor nation and remain insignificant throughout Jesus' reign. Interestingly, after Egypt becomes a nation, they remain rebellious and are disciplined by Jesus (Zechariah 14:18). With Egypt's long history of opposition and persecution of the Jews, their survival suggests that Jesus is compassionate and eliminates few nations in this judgment.