Eternity, Judgment, Heaven and Hell


            Universal judgment prior to eternal destiny has already been note in Matthew 25:31-46 ("all the nations") ; 2 Peter 2:4; and Jude 6 (the angels that sinned). It is likewise evident from Revelation 20:11-15 ("the dead, the great and the small"). It will be a judgment of "the world," in regard to "righteousness" (Acts 17:30-31), and according to each individual’s works (Revelation 20:13). "For we must all be made manifest before the judgment-seat of Christ; that each one may receive [for] things done in the body, according to what he hath done, whether it be good or bad" (2 Corinthians 5:19).

            According to Acts 17:30-31, God will do the judging, but do it by Jesus Christ; and in Matthew 25:31-46, we learn that universal judgment will take place at the second coming of Christ, at which time "all that are in the tombs shall hear his voice, and shall come forth: they that have done good , unto the resurrection of life [eternal life]; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of judgment [eternal punishment]" (John 5:28-29). But prior to their respective assignments, they will be gathered before him as he sits "on the throne of his glory," and shall be separated one from the other, "the sheep" on the right hand, and "the goats" on the left (Matthew 25:31-32).