Someone Cares Series
Information brochure No. 10
and the Judgment
In our last lesson we learned that Jesus is working
(ministering) for us in the heavenly sanctuary. We might call
this sanctuary Jesus' and His Father's office or court. The
ministering angels are their staff. There are many types of work
carried on in the sanctuary, but one of the most important is
that of judgment. Sometimes we think of judgment in negative
terms, but the purpose of this judgment is to declare us
"not guilty" -- if possible! In this lesson we shall
study the work of the judgment as carried on in the heavenly
1. What court summons do we hall have pending?
"For we must all appear before the judgment seat of
Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body,
according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad"
(2 Corinthians 5:10).
We must all stand in the judgment to answer for the things
done in this life, whether they are good or bad. To Christ has
been committed all judgment because He is the Son of man. Nothing
escapes His knowledge. However high the rank and great the power
of spiritual apostates, One higher and greater has borne the sin
of the whole world. He will see that obedience to God's commands
is rewarded and that transgressors receive judgment according to
their works. To His Son the Father has committed all judgment.
2. There are three parts to a court case: (1)
investigation, (2) sentencing, and (3) execution of the sentence.
When will the investigative part of the judgment be
done -- before or after Jesus comes?
"And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with
me, to give every man according as his work shall be"
When Jesus comes He is able to reward everyone as their work
shall be because the investigative part of the judgment will be
completed. There is not a second probation [preparation time] for
anyone. God has not revealed to us the time when this message
will close or when probation will have an end. The Word of the
Lord reveals the fact that the end of all things is at hand, and
its testimony is most decided that it is necessary for every soul
to have the truth planted in the heart so that it will control
the life and sanctify the character
3. Has God appointed a time in which He will judge
"Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he
will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath
ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that
he hath raised him from the dead" (Acts 17:31).
God has appointed a day in which He will judge the world.
Before any can enter the mansions of the blessed, their cases
must be investigated and their characters and their deeds must
pass in review before God. All are to be judged according to the
things written in the books and to be rewarded as their works
have been. This judgment does not take place at death. Here the
apostle plainly stated that a specified time, then in the future,
had been fixed upon for the judgment of the world.
4. Must we appear in person, or is there a record of
our lives that will be reviewed?
"And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before
God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened,
which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those
things which were written in the books, according to their
works" (Revelation 20:12).
We are all judged out of the books of record in heaven. When
we become children of God our names are written in the Lamb's
book of life, and they remain there until the time of the
investigative judgment. then the name of every individual will be
called and his record examined by Him who declares, "I know
thy works." If in that day it shall appear that all our
wicked deeds have not been fully repented of, our names will be
blotted from the book of life and our sins will stand against us.
5. With whom does this investigation of people's
"For the time is come that judgment must begin at the
house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be
of them that obey not the gospel of God?" (1 Peter 4:17).
In the great day of final atonement and investigative judgment
the only cases considered are those of the professed people of
God, those who claim to be His followers. The judgment of the
wicked is a distinct and separate work and takes place at a later
date. The books of record in heaven, in which the names and deeds
of men are registered, are to determine the decisions of the
6. What will happen to the record of the sins of God's
people who were converted and who repented of their sins?
"Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your
sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come
from the presence of the Lord;" (Acts 3:19).
Many are neglecting the preparation so needful, and are
looking to the time of refreshing and the latter rain to fit them
to stand in the day of the Lord and to live in His sight. None
can share the refreshing unless they obtain the victory over
every besetment, over pride, selfishness, love of the world, and
over every wrong word and action, so that our sins may be blotted
out of the record in heaven. Then we will receive the refreshing
from the Lord. He will give us a special measure of His Spirit.
7. There are various books of record in heaven. What
is the name of the register that records the names of those who
have accepted Jesus as their Saviour and Advocate?
"And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing
that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh
a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of
life" (Revelation 21:27).
There are various books of record in heaven and it is only
those whose names are retained in the Lamb's Book of Life who
shall enter into the Holy City. All their sins have been
confessed, pardoned, cleansed and blotted out of the Book of
iniquity in heaven.
8. What will happen to those who were once
"saved" and registered in this book of life, but who
continue to cherish sin?
"And Moses returned unto the LORD, and said, Oh, this
people have sinned a great sin, and have made them gods of gold.
Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin--; and if not, blot me, I
pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written. And the LORD
said unto Moses, Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I
blot out of my book." (Exodus 32:31-33).
God has promised that those who have sinned against Him and do
not repent will be blotted out of the Book of Life. As the books
of record are opened in the judgment, the lives of all who have
believed on Jesus come in review before God. Beginning with those
who first lived upon earth our Advocate presents the cases of
each successive generation, and closes with the living. Every
name is mentioned, every case closely investigated. Names are
accepted, names rejected. When any have sins remaining upon the
books of record, unrepented of and unforgiven, their names will
be blotted out of the book of life and the record of their good
deeds will be erased from the book of God's remembrance.
9. Will all who profess that Jesus is their Saviour,
and who claim to be saved, ultimately be saved?
"Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall
enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of
my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day,
Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name
have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from
me, ye that work iniquity" (Matthew 7:31-23).
The test of sincerity is not in words but in deeds. Christ
does not say to any man, what say ye more than others, but what
do you more than others (Matthew 5:47)? Full of meaning are His
words, "If ye know these things happy are ye if ye do
them" (John 13:17). Words are of no value unless they are
accompanied with appropriate deeds. This is the lesson taught in
the parable of the two sons (Matthew 21:23-32).
10. Will we be judged by our religious profession,
or by some other means?
"Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear
God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of
man. 14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every
secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil"
(Ecclesiastes 12:13, 14).
God will bring every work into judgment. It has to do with all
our acts and thoughts and feelings. It follows us and reaches
every secret spring of action. Bu indulgence in sin men are led
to lightly regard the Law of God. Many conceal their
transgressions from their fellow men and flatter themselves that
God will not be strict to mark iniquity. But His Law is the great
standard of right, and with it every act of live must be compared
in that day, when God shall bring every work into judgment with
every secret thing, whether it be good or evil. Purity of heart
will lead to purity of life. All excuses for sin are vain. Who
can plead for the sinner when God testifies against him?
11. Although we are saved by grace through faith alone
and not by works (for it is by faith that our sins are forgiven
and our lives are changed), by what will we be judged?
"For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his
Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man
according to his works" (Matthew 16:27).
When Christ shall come in Glory with His holy angels the whole
earth shall be ablaze with the terrible light of His presence.
"The Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with His
mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know
not God and that obey not the Gospel" (2 Thessalonians 1:7,
8). The unsullied light will shine from His splendor, and Christ
the Redeemer will be admired by all who have served Him. While
the wicked flee Christ's followers will rejoice in His presence.
Then it is that the redeemed from among men will receive their
12 How do our works reveal our faith?
"Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather
grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree
bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil
fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a
corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not
forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore
by their fruits ye shall know them" (Matthew 7:16-20).
The good tree will produce good fruit. If the fruit is
unpalatable and worthless, the tree is evil. So the fruit born in
the life testifies as to the condition of the heart and the
excellence of character. Good works can never purchase salvation,
but they are an evidence of the faith that acts by love and
purifies the soul. And though the eternal reward is not bestowed
because of our merit, yet it will be in proportion to the work
that has been done through the grace of Christ. It is not enough,
He says, for you to hear My words. By obedience you must make
them the foundation of your character.
13. When God showed Daniel the future of the earth
(Lesson 7), He depicted the rise of Babylon, Persia, Greece, and
Rome by four symbolic beasts. He then used ten horns to depict
the splintering of the Roman Empire into European fragments.
Wheat did Daniel see happening in the heavenly sanctuary, where
God's throne is, sometime after the division of Rome into the
"I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the
Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the
hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the
fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire. A fiery stream
issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands
ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood
before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened"
(Daniel 7:9, 10).
The books of record in heaven, in which the names and the
deeds of men are registered, are registered are to determine the
decisions of the judgment. Says the prophet Daniel, "The
judgment was set, and the books were opened." The revelator
(John) describing the same scene adds, "Another book was
opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out
of those things which were written in the books according to
their works" (Revelation 20:12). The book of life contains
the names of all who have ever entered the service of God.
14. Jesus offers to be our advocate in this court of
justice, but He does not plead everyone's case. Jesus said He had
never "known" (never represented or been the advocate
of) those who called Him "Lord" in Matthew 7:21-23. How
can we make sure that He will be our advocate, and thus win our
case, in the judgment?
"My little children, these things write I unto you,
that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the
Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation
for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the
whole world. And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep
his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his
commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso
keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected:
hereby know we that we are in him. He that saith he abideth in
him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked" (1
How careful is the Lord Jesus to give no occasion for a soul
to despair. How He fences about the soul from Satan's fierce
attacks. If through manifold temptations we are surprised or
deceived into sin, He does not turn from us and leave us to
perish. No, no that is not our Saviour. Christ prayed for us. Our
crucified Lord is pleading for us in the presence of the Father
at the throne of grace. He will not forget His church in the
world of temptation. He looks upon His tried and suffering people
and prays for them.
True religion is the imitation of Christ. Those who follow
Christ will deny self, take up the cross and walk in His
footsteps, following Christ means obedience to all His
commandments. No soldier can be said to follow his commander
unless he obeys orders.
The judgment in the heavenly sanctuary has eternal
consequences for every one of us. Do you desire to have Jesus as
your advocate in this judgment? Will you continue to learn from
Him, and to walk in the light that He is revealing to you, so
that you may have the assurance of eternal life in Him?