Foundation Doctrine, Part 6 ETERNAL JUDGMENT

judgmentHeb 6:1-2 “Therefore leaving the elementary teaching about the Christ, let us press on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of…” 

(1) Repentance from dead works and

(2) of faith toward God, of instruction about;

(3) washings, as well as

(4) the laying on of hands, as well as

(5) the resurrection of the dead,

(6) and eternal judgment.”

didaché  διδαχή (did-akh-ay’) = “Instruction, doctrine, what has been taught, the teaching.”

How is a foundation made?  Well first you:

  • Dig out and remove the old dirt
  • Put up the support walls/forms for filling in cement
  • Fill in the forms with cement
  • Smooth out the cement ensure it settles properly
  • Remove the shell (forms) and a new foundation appears
  • Ensure the foundation is level and sturdy

If you build the foundation correctly, it stands. If you build it incorrectly, you must tear it down and start over.

Draper’s Book of Quotations for the Christian World: God will not look you over for medals, degrees, or diplomas, but for scars. Elbert Green Hubbard (1856-1915)

God judges a man, not by the point he has reached, but by the way he is facing; not by distance, but by direction.    James S. Stewart (1896-1990)

He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat. He is sifting out the hearts of men before his judgment seat.  Julia Ward Howe (1819-1910

Transliterated Greek: Kai Krimatos Aioniou [Ahee-o-nee-oo]
“And Judgment Eternal.”

“And” – Kai – καί, which means, “and, even, also.”

“Judgment” – Krimatosκρίματος is in the Genitive, Singular, Neuter, of Krima [which comes from the word Krino], and it means, “judgment; decision, verdict; condemnation, punishment; lawsuit (1 Cor 6:7); power or authority to judge (Rev 20:4).”

1 Cor 6:7 Actually, then, it is already a defeat for you, that you have lawsuits with one another. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be defrauded?

“Judgment” – Krimatos – κρίματος in a forensic sense:

  • The sentence of a judge.
  • The punishment with which one is sentenced.
  • Condemning sentence, penal judgment

Acts 24:25 is the only other time this word is used in the genitive singular.

Paul uses this word in witnessing to the Roman Governor Felix who was also judge over him. Acts 24:10. In Paul’s witnessing to Felix, he discusses faith in Christ including: righteousness, self-control, and the judgment to come.

Righteousness: Man has human righteousness, which is considered. (-R) (Job 35:2, 7, 8)

God imputes His righteousness to us at the moment of salvation (one of the 40 things we receive at the moment of salvation). (+R) Rom 4:11-24; James 2:23

Righteousness = integrity, virtue, purity of life, rightness, correctness of thinking, feeling, and acting.

  • You now have perfect correctness = Righteousness
  • Righteousness = Holiness
  • God is perfectly holy because of His Righteousness.
  • He is without fault.
  • The believer is holy because of God’s imputed Righteousness.  You are without fault.

Based on the indwelling of all three members of the Trinity, you also have their righteousness available to you.

God’s Righteous is gained only one way, through Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.  Gen 15:6; James 2:23

“Abraham believed God and it was reckoned to him as righteousness.”

Rom 3:23 For all have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God.

Rom 3:10 There is none righteous, not even one!

Self-control: Taking every thought captive, not giving into the Old Sin Nature. 2 Cor 10:1-5; Rom 6:3-17, 20, 23

Our warfare is against the unseen forces of Satan and the fallen Angels. Eph 6:10-12, 2 Cor 2:11

2 Cor 2:11so that no advantage would be taken of us by Satan, for we are not ignorant of his schemes.”

2 Cor 10:5We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.”

“Speculations and lofty things” = Arrogant, pseudo and false doctrines from the cosmic system.

“Every thought captive” = A sinful thought is not sin; it’s only temptation!

Temptation is not sin.  Temptation becomes sin when we dwell on, develop, or devise a plan around the thought.

Isa 32:7 “As for a rogue, his weapons are evil;
He devises wicked schemes
To destroy the afflicted with slander.”

Dwelling, developing, or devising are Mental Attitude sins, which can lead to Verbal or Overt sins if not cut short.

If a sinful thought enters your mind, cut it off in its tracks. Recognize it for what it is and end the thought, moving on to something else.

That’s exercising your volition. Your volition is involved in all three areas:

Cut off the Thought, if no, cut off the Verbal, if no, cut off the Overt.

“Punish” –  ekdikeoô [ek-dik-eh’-o] = Help (someone) get justice, to vindicate, retaliate, punish – avenge.

“Disobedience” – parakoeô [par-ak-o-ay’] = Unwillingness to hear, disobedience.

“Obedience” – hupakoeô [hoop-ak-o-ay’] = Attentive hearkening, compliance or submission.

2 Cor 10:6 “We are ready to vindicate/avenge all unwillingness to hear when you receive the completed work of your willingness to hear.”

 “Complete” = Pleroo –  πληρόωin in the Greek, and it is a Verb in the:
Subjunctive Mood – Maybe.
Aorist Tense – View from finished standpoint.
Passive Voice – You receive the action.

The only way to take captive those sinful thoughts is through the power of God’s word resident in your soul.

“The Judgment to come.” [our doctrine]

“Eternal” = Adjective, Genitive, Neuter, Singular, [from the Greek word:  ἀεί – aei = Ever; and aión – αἰών = Age]. Aioniou – αωνίου: [ahee-o’-nee-ou]eternal (of quality rather than of time).

Linked with the word “Judgment” – It emphasizes an exact/perfect judgment, not a judgment process that lingers eternally. The act of judging is done swiftly.  The results of the judgment last forever.

Eternal, unending, everlasting, for all time = Speaking to the act and results vs. the process.

Eternal = Without beginning or end, that which always has been and always will be, never to cease, everlasting.

God is not bound by time. God created time!


I.  The Cross.  1 Pet 2:24

2 Cor 5:21 “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”

Our Lord was sustained in His humanity on the cross, while bearing our sins, by the omnipotence of the Holy Spirit inside the Divine Dynasphere and by +H (God’s happiness).

This is the judgment of Jesus Christ for our sins. God the Father imputed our sins to Him as our substitute.

This judgment ends Spiritual Death for all, yet it is only effective for the believer.

This sets up the second judgment, the right of the believer to judge his own sins.

II.  Rebound.

The self-judgment of the believer. 1 Jn 1:9

1 Cor 11:30-31 “For this reason many among you are weak and sick, and a number sleep. 31But if we judged ourselves rightly, we would not be judged.”

There are three types of discipline from God:

  • Warning – Rev 3:20
  • Intensified – Psa 7:14
  • Sin Unto Death – 1 John 5:16; Psa 118:7-8

“Judge” – διακρίνω – diakrinó [dee-ak-ree’-no] a Verb, Imperfect (tense), Active (voice), Indicative (mood), First Person, Plural.

It is an Imperfect tense which refers to continuous or linear action in past time.

Continuous = Action without interruption.

It means: “To separate thoroughly, evaluate, judge; recognize, discern; make a distinction.”

The second word “judged” is in the Passive, Imperfect

If we do not judge ourselves, we will be judged.

1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.”

“If we confess” – (ean homologoômen).  [ Third-class condition with ean and present (tense), active (voice), subjunctive (mood), of homologeo] = “if we keep on confessing.”

It means, “confess; admit; declare, say plainly; promise; claim.”

This judgment is available for you and all believers of the church age after salvation.

When you confess your sins, you are cleansed, and God the Holy Spirit can operate inside of you once again.  2 Tim 2:21

2 Tim 2:21 “Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from these things, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work.”

Sanctified = Experiential Sanctification

Positionally, we are already clean – John 15:3

Experientially, we need to continually clean ourselves – John 13:5-10

You acknowledge your sin(s) to God without any emotion or feeling about that sin.  Heb 4:16

You do not need to have an attitude of penance. How you feel is absolutely inconsequential.

* How you think about the sin is the key.

God has forgotten your sins, so should you. Psa 103:12

Isa 43:25 “I, even I, am the one who wipes out your transgressions for My own sake, And I will not remember your sins.”

Isa 44:22 “I have wiped out your transgressions like a thick cloud And your sins like a heavy mist.  Return to Me, for I have redeemed you.”

Phil 3:13 Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, 14I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Confession or judging ourselves also means turning away from the sin (separate thoroughly).

When we confess our sins, we are fulfilling the commandment of Eph 5:18 and are once again filled with the Holy Spirit.

When we confess our sins, we are brought to a place of rest.  Gen 18:1-5

We have the right as Royal Family to just cite the sin and judge it ourselves. 1 Peter 2:5, 9

This judgment ends temporal death of believers in time.

III.  The Judgment Seat of Christ

After the rapture, the church is evaluated on how well they advanced spiritually in time. 2 Cor 5:10; Rom 14:10.

2 Cor 5:10 “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.”

The verse speaks of the Day in 1 Cor 3:13.

Rom 14:10 “But you, why do you judge your brother? Or you again, why do you regard your brother with contempt? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God.”

We are commanded to judge our own sins as believer Priests.

We are never commanded to judge the sins of someone else. That’s the job of the Royal High Priest.

“Judgment Seat”béma – βῆμα [bay’-ma]; it is a Noun, genitive, neuter: and means, “judicial bench, place of judgment, court.”

Our Human good is evaluated and burned.

This ends the function of human good of the Church Age Believer.  Heb 6:7-12

2 Tim 2:11 “It is a trustworthy statement:

    For if we died with Him, we will also live with Him;

12 If we endure, we will also reign with Him;

    If we deny Him, He also will deny us;

13 If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.”

2 Tim 2:11 “It is a trustworthy statement: For if (Ei Gar = If For – 1st class) we died (Aorist, Active, Indicative) with Him, we will also live (Future, Active, Indicative) with Him;

12 If (1st class) we endure (Present, Active, Indicative), we will also reign (Future, Active, Indicative) with Him;

If (1st class) we deny (Future, Middle Deponent, Indicative, plural) Him, He also will deny (Future, Middle Deponent, Indicative, Singular) us;

13 If (1st class) we are faithless (Present, Active, Indicative), He remains faithful (Adjective), for He cannot (is unable to) deny (Aorist, Middle Deponent, Infinitive – purpose, result, cause) Himself.

IV.  The Judgment of the Unbelieving Jews at the Second Advent. Ezek 20:30‑38

This is a part of the Baptism of fire.

In Ezekiel 20:37, we have the Hebrew word:

“Rod”shebet – שָׁ֫בֶט – From an unused root probably meaning, “to branch off; a stick (for punishing, writing, fighting, ruling, walking, etc.) or (figuratively) a clan: dart, rod, sceptre, staff, tribe.”

“I will cause you to pass under the rod” – This speaks to the ancient custom of tithing sheep. The sheep were all penned; and the shepherd stood at the door of the fold, where only one sheep could come out at once. The shepherd [had in his hand a rod dipped in a marking solution (vermillion), as the sheep came out, he counted one, two, … nine; and as the tenth came out, he] marked the sheep with the rod, and said, “This is the tenth;” and that was set apart for the Lord. w/ Lev 27:32

Jeremiah 33:13 “In the cities of the hill country, in the cities of the lowland, in the cities of the Negev, in the land of Benjamin, in the environs of Jerusalem and in the cities of Judah, the flocks will again pass under the hands of the one who numbers them,’ says the LORD.”

Micah 7:13 “Shepherd Your people with Your scepter,

    The flock of Your possession

    Which dwells by itself in the woodland,

    In the midst of a fruitful field.

    Let them feed in Bashan and Gilead

    As in the days of old.”

Romans 11:7-11 “What then? What Israel is seeking, it has not obtained, but those who were chosen obtained it, and the rest were hardened; 8just as it is written,

    “God gave them a spirit of stupor,

    Eyes to see not and ears to hear not,

    Down to this very day.”

9And David says,

    “Let their table become a snare and a trap,

    And a stumbling block and a retribution to them.

10 “Let their eyes be darkened to see not,

    And bend their backs forever.”

11I say then, they did not stumble so as to fall, did they? May it never be! But by their transgression salvation has come to the Gentiles, to make them jealous.

“I will bring you into the bond of the covenant.”

The parallelism between this line and the preceding one suggests that: While discipline may be implied by mention of the rod, it also carries the positive message of Israel’s being under the watch of the shepherd.

There are Five Covenants to Israel: (Four Covenants are unconditional and one is conditional.)

The Abrahamic Covenant defines the race for client nation Israel. Abraham became a Jew at age 99; circumcision was the sign, Gen 12:1‑3; 13:15‑16; 15:18, 22:15‑18; 26:3‑4; Ex 6:2‑8.

The Palestinian Covenant defines the land for client nation Israel, Gen 15:18; Num 34:1‑12; Deut 30:1‑9; Josh 1:3‑4.  This is the real estate of the client nation.

The Mosaic Law defines the policy for client nation Israel (both spiritual and temporal policy).  This is the one conditional Covenant.

  • Codex 1: 10 Commandments, Decalogue, Freedom Code
  • Codex 2: Ordinances, Spiritual Code
  • Codex 3: Judgments, Establishment Code, National Heritage

The Davidic Covenant defines the dynasty for client nation Israel, 2 Sam 7:8‑16; Ps 89:20‑37.

The New Covenant defines the restoration of the client nation Israel at the Second Advent and its millennial modus operandi.
Jer 31:31‑34.

God’s process of purification will mean that only true sheep will enjoy the Covenant of Blessing.

At the end of the Tribulation, God will regather Israel to the land of promise for the Millennium. Ezek 36:14-38; 37:21-23

Ezekiel 37:21-23 “Say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “Behold, I will take the sons of Israel from among the nations where they have gone, and I will gather them from every side and bring them into their own land; 22and I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel; and one king will be king for all of them; and they will no longer be two nations and no longer be divided into two kingdoms. 23“They will no longer defile themselves with their idols, or with their detestable things, or with any of their transgressions; but I will deliver them from all their dwelling places in which they have sinned, and will cleanse them. And they will be My people, and I will be their God.

Before the Millennial reign, the Israelites will be required to stand before the Lord for judgment. Those who have placed their trust in Him will be allowed to enter the land and participate in His kingdom (cf. John 3:3). Those who have not believed will be judged for their sin and banished to everlasting suffering.

John 3:3 “Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

Ends the function of Jewish unbelievers at the end of the Tribulation.

V.  The Judgment of the Unbelieving Gentiles at the Second Advent. Joel 3:1‑2, 11‑13; Mt 25:31‑46

Joel 3:12 Let the nations be aroused and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat, for there I will sit to judge all the surrounding nations.

Mat 25:31 “as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats;”

Ends the function of Gentile unbelievers at the end of the Tribulation.

This is also a part of the Baptism of fire.

Baptism of Fire


  • The Baptism of Fire is defined as the judgment of the Tribulational unbelievers at the Second Advent. They are removed from the earth and placed in fire for 1000 years until the last judgment.
  • Both Jews and Gentiles, who are Tribulational unbelievers, are involved in this Second Advent judgment.
  • This judgment results in the Millennium beginning with believers only, Mt 3:11‑12; Lk 3:16.

The Baptism of Fire is one of seven different baptisms in the Bible. There are 4 Real and 3 Ritual Baptisms.

Real Baptism is without water.
Ritual Baptism is with water.

  • Real Baptism = Baptism of Moses, Baptism of Cross, Baptism of Holy Spirit, Baptism of Fire.
  • Ritual Baptism = Baptism of John, Baptism of Jesus Christ, Baptism of Church Age believers.

Water baptism was a training aid to represent what happened at salvation.  It taught the baptism of the Holy Spirit until the canon was completed.  There is no present linear aktionsart imperative for this ritual, as is mandated for the Lord’s Supper.

The time of the Baptism of Fire is at the second advent. 2 Thes 1:7‑9; Mt 3:11‑2

The announcement of the Baptism of Fire was given to John the Baptist.  Mt 3:11‑12; Lk 3:16‑17

The baptism of the Holy Spirit and the Baptism of Fire demonstrate the power of Jesus Christ.

  • Jesus’ Baptism by John demonstrated power received / power given.
  • The Baptism of Fire demonstrates Christ’s own Power

Both demonstrate the power available to Jesus Christ.

In the days of Noah, all unbelievers were removed from the earth by water; at the Second Advent, it will be by fire.

The analogy to the Baptism of Fire is found in Mt 24:36‑41. 

The one left in the field is the mature believer;
the one taken is the unbeliever.

The Second Advent is compared to the days of Noah when people had no time for doctrine, because they were too distracted by the pleasures of normal living.

Parables of the Baptism of Fire.

  • The wheat and the tares,  13:24‑30, 36‑40.
  • The good and bad fish,  13:47‑50.
  • The ten virgins,  25:1‑13.
  • The sheep and the goats,  25:31‑46.
  • The talent test,  25:14‑30. (The one talent man represents the unbeliever.)

The Jewish Baptism of Fire.  Ezek 20:34‑38; Isa 1:25‑27

All Jewish unbelievers of the Tribulation go into fire, Mal 3:1‑6, 4:1‑2.

Christ judges them in the desert – Jehoshaphat.

The Gentile Baptism of FireMt. 25:31‑46

  • The Baptism of Fire is used to motivate and evangelize Jews of the Church Age.  Heb 12:27‑29
  • The punishment area for the Baptism of Fire is torments where all unbelievers await the last judgment.
  • The Baptism of Fire vindicates the character of Jesus Christ. Rev 19:11
  • The Baptism of Fire is necessary for the beginning of a new civilization in the Millennium.

In each civilization, man has a different life span.

Each civilization has its own climate and its own variation in species.

All civilizations begin with believers only.

A civilization is the Divine protection of the human race during the Angelic Conflict. There are four civilizations: antediluvian, postdiluvian, millennium, and eternity.

Applications of this Doctrine:

  • The application to the Jews in the church age, from Heb 12:27‑29, is that you cannot handle life if you are easily shaken. If you are distracted by emotional preaching, you will be shocked by disaster.
  • It is important to believe in Christ in crisis opportunities.
  • The integrity of our Lord is vindicated.
  • The Baptism of Fire is necessary to start a new civilization.

VI.  The Judgment of Fallen Angels.  Rev 20:10-15

Throughout the centuries, as anticipated in the enmity mentioned in Genesis 3:15, there has been constant warfare between the holy angels who minister to God’s people and Satan and his unholy angels, the demonic spirits.

Nevertheless, God has manifested His power by defeating Satan and his hordes. For God’s own purposes, Satan has been allowed to continue his nefarious schemes.

Scripture speaks of three sure events regarding the activity of Satan and his demonic forces:

  • His binding during the Millennium,
  • His short release.
  • His final incarceration in the Lake of Fire.

All opposing powers against the Lord will be dealt with in judgment. Rev 20:1-3, 7-10; 2 Pet 2:4; Jude 6; 1 Cor 15:24-26

After the millennium, all fallen angels are cast into the lake of fire. Fallen angels along with Satan are already sentenced to the Lake of Fire. Mat 25:41

Mat 25:41 “Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire, which has been prepared for the devil and, his angels.”

Their sentence was passed before time began, but its execution is not carried out until the end of human history. Rev 20:10-15

To resolve this Angelic Conflict, an inferior creature was placed and limited to one planet, Earth.  Psa 8:3-5; Heb 2:7

Jesus Christ died for man and angels. Col 1:20

Col 1:20 “and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.”

The angels’ rejection of Christ’s efficacious work on the Cross is eluded to in the passage of Hebrews 2:7.

7 “You have made him for a little while lower than the angels;

    You have crowned him with glory and honor,

    And have appointed him over the works of Your hands;”

Satan objected to this judgment, and in objecting, he charged God’s character.

“How can a loving God cast His created being into a Lake of Fire.”

No scripture in the Bible is worded this way.

However, it is a scriptural conjecture derived from comparing many passages; also, it is strongly reverberated throughout unbelievers in the human race.

The actual blasphemous appeal of Satan is unknown to us, but the fact that an appeal was filed with God is deduced from the lapse of time between the sentence of fallen angels (Mt 25:41) in eternity past and the execution of that sentence at the termination of human history (Rev 20:10).

The very fact that the sentence has not been carried out, and that Rev 20:10 reveals the sentence will be carried out at the end of human history, causes our conclusion.

His appeal was to God’s love. Turning justice into sentimentality.

The Hebrew word “Satan” means, “a slanderer, as well as an adversary, accuser.”

In the Hebrew, ha Satan means, “an attorney who slanders but gets away with it because of some legal loophole.”

In the Greek, his name was translated Diabolos, which means exactly the same thing: “an adversary, an attorney in opposition in law, or a slanderer.”

This is how God reveals him to us, because Satan became the defense attorney and leader of the fallen angels.

When God sentenced Lucifer and all fallen angels to the Lake of Fire, it was inevitable that Satan would appeal the sentence, and at the same time impugn the character of God.

The blasphemous appeal of Satan was based on some legal principle, possibly one which has come down to us today.

His argument, “how can a loving God put his own creature into the Lake of Fire forever?

The pattern of negative volition started with Satan’s original sin described in Isa 14:12‑14.

Satan’s negative volition is the pattern for man’s own negative volition.

Then followed angelic rejection of whatever was the issue, (probably rejection of Christ, from the Greek of Rev 12:4), in which one‑third of all the angelic creatures became negative toward God and joined Satan.

God’s answer to his accusation came from God’s essences of absolute righteousness and justice.

Human history is not only coterminous with the appeal trial of Satan and his fallen angels, but Human history is the actual function of the trial, and mankind was created to resolve that trial.

Man possesses one thing in common with the super-angelic creatures:  he has a similar soul which contains a rational mind and a free will or volition.  Ps 8:3‑5; Heb 2:7

This new creature, homo sapien, would demonstrate, in a system called history, the fairness of God, the perfection of His integrity, and the righteousness of His judgment on fallen angels in prehistoric times.

Heb 1:4 “so he [Jesus Christ in his humanity] became superior to angels, since he has inherited a superior title to theirs [third royal title.” 

Our Lord became the victor of the angelic conflict as an inferior creature to angels.

Heb 1:6 “and again [second advent], when he brings his first‑born into the world he says, [Ps 97:7], `Let all the angels of God worship him.'”


  • History is a very short time compared to all eternity.  Your time on earth is a drop in the bucket compared to eternity.
  • All of you who place other things in life above doctrine, in your false scale of values, are losing all the equal privilege and opportunity God has provided for you in time to advance spiritually.

All those “other things” will become so very meaningless to you in eternity, at most adding up to your regret in eternity.

The Latin phrase sic transit gloria mundi means, “The glory of this world passes away.”

  • In eternity, you will realize that the things you considered important were not important at all.

Although you cannot lose your salvation, if things in life are more important, you will be a loser.

While on earth, you have the opportunity to make your life count in a fantastic way.

The opposite of a fantastic life with God is choosing to follow the plan of Satan for human life on this earth.

  • This study sheds light on the importance of mature Church Age believers glorifying God by tactical victory.

The suffering the mature believer endures, under evidence testing, is a major factor in breaking the back of Satan.

Two things break the back of Satan:

  • The strategic victory of our Lord on the cross.
  • The tactical victory of those who advance to spiritual maturity.

This judgment ends the Angelic Revolution.

VII.  The Judgment of all Unbelievers after the Millennium.  Rev 20:11-15

The second resurrection occurs when all unbelievers are raised from the dead.

There are two general Resurrections:

  • For believers only:  Resurrection to eternal life.

The resurrection body is eternal and permanent, superior to that of angelic creatures, Dan 12:2; Jn 5:24-29; 1 Cor 15:20-22; Rev 20:6,13. 

This resurrection is called the “first resurrection.”

  • For unbelievers only:  Resurrection and cast into the lake of fire forever, Mt 25:41; 1 Cor 15:24; Rev 20:5-15. 

This is called the “second resurrection” or the last judgment.

The first resurrection is pictured as a battalion pass-in-review, and therefore is divided into four echelons. 1 Cor 15:20-24

The first resurrection in all of human history is that of our Lord at the end of the great power experiment of the Hypostatic Union.

  • Alpha Company:  Resurrection of Christ at the end of the great power demonstration of the Hypostatic Union. Mt 28; Mk 16; Lk 24; Jn 20-21; Acts 2:31-34.
  • Bravo Company:  Resurrection of the Royal Family of God at the end of the great power demonstration of the Church Age.  Jn 14:1-3; Phil 3:20-21; 1 Cor 15:51-57; 1 Thes 4:13-18; 1 Jn 3:1-2
  • Charlie Company:  Resurrection of the Old Testament believers and Tribulational martyrs at the end of the Tribulation and the 2nd Advent. Dan 12:13; Isa 26:19-20; Mt 24:31; Rev 20:4.
  • Delta Company:  The resurrection of the Millennial saints at the end of the Millennium.

Then there is the 2nd resurrection.

  • Epsilon Company: The resurrection of all unbelievers throughout human history.  Rev 20:11-15

There are two directions for the two resurrections.

  • For the 1st resurrection:  Eternal Life.
  • For the 2nd resurrection:  Eternal condemnation and judgment.

The difference between the two is one’s attitude toward Christ.

Jn 3:36 “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life; He that believeth not the Son shall not see life but the wrath of God abideth on him.” 

As long as anyone is alive, he has the opportunity of entering into the first resurrection simply by believing in Christ. They are then judged based on the human good works they performed on earth. Those works, no matter how good, are never good enough to reconcile the sin in their lives. Their human good righteousness is shown to not even compare to God’s righteousness.

Only Christ’s perfect work on the Cross and righteousness can reconcile sin.

Therefore, unbelievers are cast into the lake of fire after the millennial reign along with the fallen angels.

This judgment also ends the last human revolution. (Gog vs. Magog)

Each of these judgments by God ends something begun by Satan, which is evil.


I.  The Cross.  1 Pet 2:24; 2 Cor 5:21

This ends Spiritual Death for the believer, begun by sin in the world.

II.  Rebound1 Cor 11:30-31; 1 Jn 1:9

This ends temporal death of the believer, begun by Old Sin Nature temptations.

III.  The BEMA of Christ2 Cor 5:10; Rom 14:10.

This ends the function of human good of the Church Age, begun by Satan’s arrogance

IV.  Judgment of Unbelieving Jews at the 2nd AdventEzek 20:30-38

Ends the function of Jewish unbelievers of the Tribulation, spun by Satan’s rebellion.

V.  The Judgment of the Unbelieving Gentiles at the 2nd Advent.  Joel 3:1-13; Mt 25:31-46

This ends the function of Gentile unbelievers, also spun by Satan.

VI.  The Judgment of Fallen AngelsRev 20:10-15

This ends the Angelic Revolution, begun by Satan’s arrogance in Eternity Past.
Isa 14:13-14 = 5 “I will’s”

VII.  The Judgment of all Unbelievers after the Millennium.  Rev 20:11-15

This ends the last human revolution.