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Description of the last Judgment


Recently I read that the words spoken by Jesus below, found in Matthew 25, are the only passages in the Gospels (so the author believed) which describes specifically what will occur at the final or last judgment:

31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. 34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ 37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ 40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’ 44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ 45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ 46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

I can’t dispute this, for in trying to recall any others within the Gospels I can’t, but does anyone else recall another passage?

2 comments on “Description of the last Judgment

  1. Here’s some other points of view said and written differently though the end is the same for the right/sheep and the left/goats:

    Luke 13:22 He went on his way through towns and villages, teaching and journeying toward Jerusalem.
    23 And someone said to him, “Lord, will those who are saved be few?” And he said to them,
    24 “Strive to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.
    25 When once the master of the house has risen and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and to knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, open to us,’ then he will answer you, ‘I do not know where you come from.’
    26 Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in your presence, and you taught in our streets.’
    27 But he will say, ‘I tell you, I do not know where you come from. Depart from me, all you workers of evil!’
    28 In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God but you yourselves cast out.
    29 And people will come from east and west, and from north and south, and recline at table in the kingdom of God.
    30 And behold, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.”

    And then here’s another way He goes about skinning the cat:

    John 12:27 “Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But for this purpose I have come to this hour.
    28 Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven: “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.”
    29 The crowd that stood there and heard it said that it had thundered. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.”
    30 Jesus answered, “This voice has come for your sake, not mine.
    31 Now is the judgment of this world; now will the ruler of this world be cast out.
    32 And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.”

    Finally these verses too:

    John 16:1 “I have said all these things to you to keep you from falling away.
    2 They will put you out of the synagogues. Indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God.
    3 And they will do these things because they have not known the Father, nor me.
    4 But I have said these things to you, that when their hour comes you may remember that I told them to you. “I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you.
    5 But now I am going to him who sent me, and none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’
    6 But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart.
    7 Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you.
    8 And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment:
    9 concerning sin, because they do not believe in me;
    10 concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer;
    11 concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.
    12 “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.
    13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.
    14 He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you.
    15 All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.

    Each of these writings get you to the same end. Remember Jesus said it this way about the Kingdom:

    Luke 17:20 Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he answered them, “The kingdom of God is not coming in ways that can be observed,
    17:21 nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.”

    • Thanks Michael, all the verses you included do speak to the coming of God’s Kingdom, and the end.

      Matthew 25 does certainly tell us specifically on what we will be judged, doesn’t it…

      Just as important are what things aren’t mentioned by Jesus.

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