Lesson 10 - A Date With Destiny: The Judgment

We have discovered an amazing truth. We are living in judgment hour. The Bible refers to the judgment more than 1,000 times. In 1844 God’s prophetic time clock struck the hour. Revelation’s angelic messenger announced, “The hour of [God’s] judgment has come” (Revelation 14:7, NKJV).* In the judgment, Christ is revealed as fully just and loving in His handling of the sin problem. Each case is decided for life or death. The entire universe recognizes that God has done everything possible to save every single person.

In the judgment God’s heart of infinite love asks, “Is there anything more I could have done?” There is nothing more. Love has done all it could. The entire universe sings with one accord, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing!” (Revelation 5:12, NKJV).

God’s matchless love is revealed in the judgment. All of heaven pauses to consider the choices each individual has made in the light of God’s incredible desire to save them. Today’s lesson unfolds the importance of our choices in the twenty-first century.

  1. How does the Bible describe the awesome scene of God’s judgment in the heavenly courts? Daniel 7:9, 10
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    a. Thrones were _____________________________________
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    b. The Ancient of Days was _____________________________
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    c. Thousands upon thousands ____________________________
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    d. The court was _____________________________________
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    e. The books were ____________________________________
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    All heaven is interested in this judgment. The destiny of the entire human race will be settled forever. The honor of God’s throne is at stake.
  2. How universal is God’s judgment? 2 Corinthians 5:10; Romans 14:12
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  3. What records are kept that will provide an accurate description of our lives in the judgment? Revelation 20:12
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  4. Whose names are in the book of life? Philippians 4:3; Revelation 3:5
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  5. What does God record in His “book of remembrance”? Malachi 3:16
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  6. Are our sins actually recorded before God? Jeremiah 2:22
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  7. How detailed is the judgment? How deeply does it probe into individual lives? Matthew 12:36, 37; Ecclesiastes 12:13, 14
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  8. Will anything remain hidden from God? 1 Corinthians 4:5
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  9. Does God consider the circumstances of our lives in the judgment? Psalm 87:5, 6; John 9:41; Luke 12:48
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  10. Who will preside during these proceedings? John 5:22
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  11. Who is our defense lawyer? 1 John 2:1
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  12. When Satan condemns us in the judgment, what does Jesus say to him? Zechariah 3:1, 2
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  13. What type of clothing is Joshua wearing and what new clothing does our Lord give him? Zechariah 3:3, 4
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  14. What is God’s standard in the judgment? James 2:12
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Jesus and His law are inseparable. To willfully disobey it is to wound Him. Will you not say in your heart, “Lord, I love You. Cover my sins with Your righteousness. Forgive me of my rebellion. Take away my desire to disobey. I choose now to be Your obedient child.”

* Texts credited to NKJV are from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1979, 1980, 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.