THE REASON FOR JUDGMENT
The Bible reveals judgment is necessary because of sin against God's law, ungodliness, unrighteousness, unbelief, trespasses, and evil deeds. Although these are different words, they are all words for sin:
SIN AGAINST GOD'S LAW:
For...as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law.
But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
GOD IS THE JUDGE:
For the Lord is our judge. (Isaiah 32:22)
...God the judge of all... (Hebrews 12:23)
God judges the sinful behavior of mankind. God's real desire is not judgment but that all men come to the knowledge of Jesus Christ:
For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved. (John 3:17)
The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
THE END AND ETERNITY
John describes the final resurrection of all the remaining dead:
And I saw a great white throne, and Him that sat on it from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
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.
And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and Hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
THE KING RETURNS TO HEAVEN
After Jesus appeared to many people over a period of forty days, He returned to Heaven. He will remain there until time for Him to return and establish the visible Kingdom of God in final form. You will learn more about this in the next chapter as you study the past, present, and future of the Kingdom of God. You can read about the return of Jesus to Heaven in Matthew 28:16-20, Mark 16:19-20, Luke 24:50-53, and Acts 1:1-11.
THE KING'S COMMISSION
THE LIFE OF THE KING
The books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John tell the story of the life of King Jesus. These books were written by four disciples of Jesus who ministered with Him during His earthly ministry.
THE MINISTRY OF THE KING
The ministry and teachings of Jesus are recorded in the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. In "Teaching Tactics," another Harvestime International Institute course, a complete list of Christ's teachings by subjects is given.
There is no kingdom without a king. In this chapter you will learn about the greatest King that has ever ruled, the King of Kings, Jesus Christ.
WHAT IS A KING?
A king is a sovereign ruler of a nation, tribe, or country. The word "sovereign" means he has the supreme power, highest authority, and is free from outside control.
In times past in the natural world there were many kings and kingdoms. In an earthly kingdom the king owned all the territory in the kingdom and had authority over everything in the kingdom including the people.
RULERS OF THE KINGDOMS
The Kingdom of Satan is ruled by Satan. You will learn more about
him and his kingdom in the "For Further Study" section of this
chapter. Satan was originally a beautiful angel created by God and
was part of the Kingdom of God, but he tried to take over God's
Kingdom. You can read about his rebellion in Isaiah 14:12-17 and
Ezekiel 28:12-19. Several angels joined Satan in this rebellion and
they were all cast out of the Kingdom by God. They formed their own
kingdom which is called the Kingdom of Satan.
This chapter concerns the natural and spiritual worlds. The natural
world is that which you can see, hear, touch, or taste. It is the
visible world around you.
But there is another world which surrounds you of which you are a
part. It is an invisible world which is composed of two spiritual
kingdoms. In this chapter you will learn about these spiritual
kingdoms, their rulers, and residents. You will learn of the
Kingdom of Satan and the Kingdom of God.
NATURAL AND SPIRITUAL
Man exists in two worlds: The natural world and the spiritual