The Judgment of God
Our God is not only a God of love but also a God of judgment. He is a just God. He is a righteous God. He is a holy God. He cannot tolerate evil or sin. The Bible says that God hates the following and they are an abomination unto him: proud look, lying tongue, shedding innocent blood, wicked imagination, mischief, false witness, discord (Proverbs 6:16-19). The Bible says that He will reward the just and punish the wicked. God is loving, tender hearted, merciful, gracious, kind, gentle and long suffering, but at the same time He is also a jealous God and a consuming fire (Deuteronomy 4:24). From the book of Genesis until the book of Revelation we can see clearly that our God as a God of Judgment, also a consistency and pattern in execution of His judgment. The different aspects or characteristics of Godís judgment can be listed as follows
The Reality of Godís judgment
The Equity of Godís judgment
The Severity of Godís Judgment
The Surety of Godís judgment
The Universality of Godís judgment
A. THE REALITY OF GODíS JUDGMENT
God punished Cain severely when he killed his brother. God told Cain that the ground would not yield its strength when he tilled and that he would be a vagabond and a fugitive in the earth (Genesis 4:12). When Cain heard it he said, that his punishment was greater than what he could bear.
In Genesis 6:5, it is written that in the days of Noah, God was grieved because the wickedness of man was great and every imagination of his heart was continually evil. Therefore he utterly destroyed every living creature on the face of the earth, by floods of water by causing it to rain for forty days and forty nights. However, God preserved Noah and his family in an ark, because he was a just man and he walked with God.
In chapter 19 of the book of Genesis we read that God destroyed the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, by causing brimstone and fire to come upon them from heaven (Genesis 19:24). However, God let Lot escape from that destruction.
When Pharaoh refused to let the children of God leave Egypt from the bondage they were in, God brought ten gruesome and terrible plagues upon Egypt, through his servant, Moses. These plagues were turning the water into blood smiting all the borders of Egypt with frogs turning all the dust into lice bringing a grievous storm of flies smiting the people with pestilence causing it to rain a very grievous hail bringing locusts into the coastbringing total darkness in the land of Egypt for three days causing all the cattle of Egypt to die causing boils to break forth with blains upon men and upon beast smiting all the first born in the land of Egypt (Exodus 7-11).
God punished severely Korah and others that provoked Him. The earth opened her mouth and swallowed them up, and they all went down alive into the pit and the earth closed upon them (Numbers 16:32-33). Then it is stated in the same passage in verse 35 that there came out a fire from the Lord, and consumed the two hundred and fifty men that offered incense.
When the prophet Elisha was going to Bethel, some little Children came out of the city and mocked him saying "bald head." When he turned back, looked on them and cursed them in the name of the Lord, two she-bears came and tore forty-two of them (II Kings 2:23-24). For laying and being unfaithful, God brought the leprosy of Naaman upon Ghehazi (the servant of Elisha) and his seed forever (II Kings 5:27).
When David committed the sin of numbering the people without trusting in the Lord, God gave him three choices of punishments: seven years of famine, fleeing three months before their enemies or three daysí pestilence. David preferred to be smitten by the hands of the Lord, and the Lord sent a pestilence in which 70,000 men died (II Samuel 24:12-15).
B. THE EQUITY OF GODíS JUDGMENT
C. THE SURETY OF GODíS JUDGMENT
In the last days during the Great Tribulation, Godís wrath is
going to be poured upon people who are going to be left behind after the Rapture
takes place. During these terrible days as we read in the book of
Revelation there will be three kinds of judgments (seven-seal judgment,
seven-vial judgment and seven trumpet judgment). Further it is said that
in flaming fire God will take vengeance on them that know not God and they that
obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ (II Thessalonians 1:8).
During this time of judgment several terrible things will happen including the following
(i) Hail and fire mingled with blood will fall on the earth (Rev. 8:7)
(ii) Locusts with the power of scorpions will come out of the bottomless pit and strike men and torment them for five months (Rev. 9:5)
(iii) Rivers and fountains of water will turn into blood (Rev. 16:4)
(iv) Men will be scorched with great heat (Rev. 16:9)
These are just a few examples of the terrible judgment that is going to be faced by the sinners. Eventually all the sinners will be cast into the lake of fire burning with brimstone (Revelation 19:20).
D. THE SEVERITY OF GODíS JUDGMENT
(i) Destruction by Flood
(ii) Destruction by Fire and Brimstone
(iii) Being Stoned to Death
(iv) Getting Leprosy
(v) Being Swallowed by the Earth Alive
(vi) Being Killed by Pestilence
(vii) Being Tormented by Plagues
(viii) All the First Born Children being Killed
(ix) Being Cursed
(x) Being Torn by the Bears and Lions
E. THE UNIVERSALITY OF GODíS JUDGMENT