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[center:8c87e95f1a]JUDGMENT ON SIN[/center:8c87e95f1a]

by Betty Miller

Judgment is already falling. What's happening to church leadership? Their sins have found them out. The Word says our sins will find us out. "But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the Lord: and be sure your sin will find you out" (Nu. 32:23). If we have hidden sins, they're going to be exposed. So if we have any hidden sins, we need to go to God right now and cry out for deliverance. We need to get on our knees, pray and fast, and seek God for deliverance. If we don't, our hidden sins are going to be exposed. But if we take care of those sins in the prayer closet, they won't have to be exposed.

It's not by works that we gain deliverance from hidden sins. We cannot break sinful habits in our own strength. It's only by faith in God and by His power that we're able to gain the victory. Most Christians can testify of how God has delivered them from a major sin. Many have been delivered from alcohol, or tobacco, or adultery. If Jesus has delivered us from one sin, can He not also deliver us from the rest of them? We have the attitude, "Well, I'm just a sinner and can only continue sinning." No, God is saying He has given us the power over sin. He's telling us if we use His tools and His power we can overcome any sin in our lives. God is wanting us to deal with the sin problem.

"For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness" Rom. 6: 14-18.

Sin is the problem with the world. The world is full of problems because of sin. People go to counselors to get their problems smoothed over when they really need to be facing their sin problem. Many psychiatrists listen for hours on end to their patients when they need to tell them their problem is sin and they need to repent. That's what's causing the majority of people's problems. They've even verified that most of those in mental institutions are there because they cannot face the fact that they have committed wrong. Instead of facing their sin, they blame it on someone else. They don't take the responsibility; they excuse themselves. They blame their parents: "If they hadn't raised me the way they did I wouldn't be this way." They blame the car accident: "I'm injured today because of what the other driver did." Even when someone is physically injured, they don't have to take on bitterness and hatred. Some people pick up those negative emotions when they've been hurt or offended.

We've all been hurt in this world. It's inevitable since we're in the world that is under the power of the devil or the "beast system". It's how we handle those hurts and wounds that determines whether we're going to have victory. We need to give them to Jesus. Our prayer should be, "Jesus, somebody hurt me today. Forgive him and help me to overcome. Cleanse me from any bitterness."

In this hour of judgment, all who take "the mark of the beast" are going to be destroyed. "If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark on his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb" (Rev. 14: 9b-10).

This destruction will be upon those who've picked up that worldly humanistic thinking. They're going to fall. Because they don't have the thinking of God, they'll be destroyed by the plagues and other calamities that are in the world. In these last hours we're not going to be able to stand unless we've got the Word of God in our minds and hearts and are doing the works of God. That's the only way we're going to be able to stand. Otherwise we'll not be able to stand when, for example, whole cities are plagued with disease. Fear will grip our hearts and we'll be open to receive the diseases, too, if we're allowing fear to rule in our lives. What we're going to have to do is stand up and say, In Jesus' name, "God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind (II Tim. 1:7). I'll not receive a spirit of fear.

[center:8c87e95f1a]FEAR OF GOD, OUR PROTECTION [/center:8c87e95f1a]

One fear most Christians have not conquered is the fear of what man will say. We fear what our spouses, or church friends, or outsiders will say, more than we fear what God will say. We need to fear God more. Instead of fearing what man will say about us, we need to have that holy respect for God because our only safety is in Him. This is not a tormenting fear of God, but a respect for Him and His Word. If He says something, we respect what He says because we believe His Word.

If we're marked with God's Word in our minds and hearts and doing His works, then the devil is no match for us. The devil is the defeated one. He had a fatal blow struck to his head through Jesus Christ. We can now crush him under our feet with the Word of God, if we stand. But those Christians who aren't standing are being swept away even now. Loved ones are being snatched away as the enemy is creating terrible devastation upon the earth through such assaults as financial destruction, broken homes, kidnapped children, runaway teens, unwed mothers, terriblediseases, and so forth. What are we going to do in these times? We're going to stand on the Word because the Lamb has overcome the beast. We're not taking the beast's mark.
The Final Judgment - Revelation Chap. 20:11-15

Babylon, Beast, False Prophet, Satan and evil influences, now being out of the way, the time has at last come for the assignment of each and every Human Individual to his Final Habitation.

"Flight of the earth" from presence of Him who "sat upon the Great White Throne," Rev. 20:11, may be by Fire - 2 Peter 3:10-12.

Those who have already been judged as worthy of the First Resurrection will here have their judgment confirmed in the presence of the assembled universe.

The Judgment will be complete. Every person from every age and nation will be there. Every deed and motive will have been recorded. It will the the "Day when God shall Judge the Secrets of men," spoken of by Paul in Romans 2:16.

There will be only two classes: the Saved and the Lost. The "Books" will have the records of men's lives. The "Book of Life" will have the roll of the Saved. There are many of such mixed character that we would not know where to place them. But God knows.

The "Second Death" - Rev. 20:14, is the final doom, at the end, as distinguished from physical death which is the lot of all humanity. It is here called the "Lake of Fire." Jesus talked about it: the place where the "Fire is not quenched"; "Eternal Fire prepared for the Devil and his angels."
Literal Fire? Who knows? It may be more painful to the soul than literal fire is to the body.

Even Death Itself was cast into the Lake of Fire - Rev. 20:14. For those outside the "Lake," Death, the nightmare of earthly existence, will Never Again rear its hideous head - Rev. 21:4.

God Bless,