Judgement and Judgement Day
I guess I had to write a bit more about judgement and judgement day as my previous article, sin suffering sacrifice and judgement, did not delve much into judgement or judgement day. Please look up the Bible further reading on judgement and judgement day. I will probably have more articles on judgement and judgement day but for now I quote 1 Samuel 3:1-21
A case of judgement day: The Lord Calls Samuel
The boy Samuel ministered before the Lord under Eli. In those days the word of the Lord was rare; there were not many visions.
One night Eli, whose eyes were becoming so weak that he could barely see, was lying down in his usual place. The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was. Then the Lord called Samuel.
Samuel answered, “Here I am.” And he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”
But Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.” So he went and lay down.
Again the Lord called “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”
“My son,” Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.”
Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord: The word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him.
The Lord called Samuel a third time, and Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”
Then Eli realised that the Lord was calling the boy. So Eli told Samuel “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say ‘Speak Lord, for your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.
The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel, Samuel!”
Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”
And the Lord said to Samuel: “See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make the ears of everyone who hears of it tingle. At that time I will carry out against Eli everything I spoke against his family – from beginning to end. For I told him that I will judge his family for ever because of the sin he knew about; his sons made themselves contemptible, and he failed to restrain them. “Therefore, I swore to the house of Eli, ‘The guilt of Eli’s house will never be atoned for by sacrifice or offering.
Samuel lay down until the morning and then opened the doors of the house of the Lord. He was afraid to tell Eli the vision, but Eli called him and said. “Samuel my son.”
Samuel answered, “Here I am.”
“What was it he said to you?” Eli asked. “Do not hide it from me. May God deal with you, be it ever so severely, if you hide from me anything he told you. So Samuel told him everything, hiding nothing from him. Then Eli said, “He is Lord; let him do what is good in his eyes.”
The Lord was with Samuel as he grew up, and he let none of his words fall to the ground. And all Israel from Dan to Beersheba recognised that Samuel was attested as a prophet of the Lord. The Lord continued to appear at Shiloh, and there he revealed himself to Samuel through his word. And Samuel’s word came to all Israel.
Everyday the Lord judges and is Judgement Day
When I first read the passage, my first thoughts were “What a wonderful God, he actually comes to you to speak to you.” He calls you by your name. Then I realised that there was a lot more to this passage. The Lord God does not wait for Judgement Day to pass judgement on all of us. There is someone somewhere in this world at this very moment that he is passing judgement on. Any man who says that there is only one judgement day is wrong and is probably a false prophet. It’s every day. Every day is a judgement day somewhere. We cannot escape the Lord God’s judgement of our sins … unless someone saves us. That is why the Lord God always asks us to be just and merciful because that standard you use to judge others will be used against you. Jesus says in Mathew 7:1-2 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way as you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
Results of Lord’s Judgement on your judgement day.
The Lord God mentions many blessing for doing good and obeying his commandments and many curses for disobeying him or for being wicked and evil. Generally, if you hate the Lord God or show contempt for his commandments you and your family will suffer for at least three to four generations. If you honour him and are obedient to him he will bless your family for a thousand generations.
A true case of judgement and judgement day for a couple of swindlers and con artist.
I will tell you a true case that happened many years ago in Malaysia. it relates to people who did not believe in divine judgement or judgement day. Let us call the people involved as Mr. A, Mr. B and Mr. C so as not to reveal their identities. Mr. B was running a small factory and was losing money everyday. Mr. A was an honest hardworking guy and an experience factory ‘officer’ and was unemployed for a few years. Mr. C was Mr. B’s ‘friend’. Mr. B called upon Mr. A to help him to turn around his factory operations and promised him a salary. So Mr. A joined Mr. B to help him. Mr. A worked long hours to solve all the problems and turned around the factory sales from zero to enough to cover operations. That took Mr. A about 9 months and in those 9 months Mr. B did not pay Mr. A any salary because he didn’t have the money. Mr. A still worked for Mr. B as he thought he was helping out a friend. What he didn’t realise was that Mr. B didn’t have any plans to pay him.
One day Mt. C turned up at Mr. B’s doorstep and said he could do better and bring in sales of millions of dollars a month. He managed to get rid of Mr. A and took over Mr. A’s position of a almost well running factory. After a few days Mr. C quitely disappeared. After a month of Mr. C’s disappearance Mr. B called Mr. A for help. Mr. A was unemployed and asked for a commission from the sales instead of a salary because he knew from past experience what would happen.
Three months later Mr. C re-appeared and gave another ‘big plan and multi million dollar sales’ pitch to Mr. B. Mr. B then got rid of Mr. A. So Mr. A had lost his livelyhood and was broke again. About three months later the factory closed down and the landlord sold off all the machinery to collect payment for his rent.
Ten years later Mr. A heard that Mr. B had terminal throat cancer and Mr. C was sufferign from hypertension, high blood pressure, kidney failure and his new partners had swindled him of two million dollars. Mr. C now owed suppliers the two million dollars – an impossible amount to pay back.
Firstly, the Lord God had ensured that, Mr. B with the throat cancer, could not tell anymore lies or false promises. Secondly, he was showing Mr. B that all the money in the world would not be able to help him because money cannot cure cancer. As for Mr. C as he had taken away Mr. A’s job and tried to destroy his life, the Lord God in turn destroyed Mr.C’s life and took away his ability to work.
It does not matter whether you are Christian, Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist, Taoist, Jewish, Atheist, Free Thinkers or what ever, judgement and judgement day comes to all of us as we are all the Lord God’s creation. At the time of the incident above, none of them, Mr. A, Mr. B or Mr. C were Christians.
What was the moral behind this judgement day story?
The moral behind this judgement day story is that you should not be evil or wicked in the eyes of the Lord God. Do not harm the innocent or the naive for the judgement will be more severe. Jesus himself mentioned this when he said in Mark 9:42 “And if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a large millstone tied around his neck.” When the time for judgement comes, your judgement day, the Lord God will judge you by the standard you used to judge others. Jesus mentions ‘little ones’ and this means children who are by nature innocent and naive and that includes people who are honest, innocent or naive.
If you show no mercy or justice, the Lord God’s judgement is “An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth”. This is the spiritual law, the Lord God uses, but you and I cannot use this standard of measure or else will be be dealt with severely for our sins. We will be judged by the “An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth” standard for our sins if we apply this standard on others. Jesus said in Luke 6:37-38 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, and shaken together and running over, will be poured onto your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
This article, “Judgement and Judgement Day”, was researched and written by Peter Achutha.