The world as we know it will come to an end, and judgment is coming. The article explains what this judgment is about.
The goal of this paper is to weigh in the light of Scripture the best arguments set forth by annihilationists, those such as John Stott who argue that we should understand the Bible literally when it speaks of the damned as "perishing" or suffering "destruction." Stott assumes that these words speak of annihilation.
This is an entry in a theological dictionary on the Day of Judgment.
Once Christians were very familiar with the image of the Last Judgment. Yet today, many wonder what it has to do with the gospel message of the love of God, or with the Jesus of the Gospels who lived and died for the salvation of sinners. However, it is the Jesus of the Gospels who makes it clearer than anyone else that He will sit in judgment over people. He will distinguish the innocent from the guilty as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats in a mixed herd (Matthew 25).
Who can stand before the holy God? This is the main question this article addresses. The inevitability of death is noted, as well as the fact that everyone will have to stand at the judgment before God. The rest of the article establishes the ground upon which one can stand and be acquitted. Hence, it focuses on justification by faith in Jesus Christ as well as a life of holiness.
The author argues that when God finally executes his wrathful judgment on ungodly people on the last day, the saints will witness it. But what will be the effect on the saints in witnessing this event? The rest of the article attempts to answer this question. The author contends that the saved will not be brought to grief when they see the suffering of the wicked.
The consensus in orthodox Christianity regarding what awaits those whose sins remain uncovered by the blood of Christ on Judgment Day is that of unending conscious punishment. However, this belief is being questioned even by some Reformed theologians. The author addresses this subject, arguing in favour of the doctrine of everlasting punishment.
Will there be a future divine judgment? The focus of the article is the method employed to formulate this doctrine in the best possible way in today's context, and see it as an indispensable part of the Christian faith.
Robert Cook evaluated the post-mortem evangelism position held by Clark Pinnock in a recent article. He found Pinnock’s position rationally consistent. This article rejects Cook's analysis and the position Pinnock takes. It also suggests that this position is part of a failure to understand the radical nature of evil.
What does it mean that the final judgment will be according to works? This article analyzes the apostle Paul's different statements about the criteria by which the works of a person are measured in the last judgment. The study concludes that the same criteria applies to believers and unbelievers, i.e., the Torah as fulfilled by Jesus Christ. It is argued that the whole Torah is still valid in the time of the new covenant, but in a transformed and intensified way.
This article's thesis is that Luke 17:34-35 is about the sudden coming of the kingdom. Its concentrates on this coming as an occasion when some people are irrevocably separated from others without any apparent warning. The patterns of Lot and Noah and the exodus form the background for understanding this sudden and final separation and judgment.