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Judgment roles inflicted Then they struck everyone in the crowd blind, and none of them could even find the door. Genesis 19:11 Swallowed up by earth As soon as Moses said this, the ground under the men opened up and swallowed them alive, together with their families and everything they owned. Then the ground closed back up, and they were gone. Judgment roles inflicted The rest of the Israelites heard their screams, so they ran off, shouting, “We don’t want that to happen to us!” Numbers 16:31-34 Death by fire during worship Suddenly the Lord sent a fire that burned up the two hundred fifty men who had offered incense to him. Numbers 16:35 Old Testament justice Saul was dead. Meanwhile, David had defeated the Amalekites and returned to Ziklag. Judgment roles inflicted Three days later, a soldier came from Saul’s army. His clothes were torn, and dirt was on his head. He went to David and knelt down in front of him. David asked, “Where did you come from?” The man answered, “From Israel’s army. I barely escaped with my life.” “Who won the battle?” David asked. The man said, “Our army turned and ran, but many were wounded and died. Even King Saul and his son Jonathan are dead.

” David asked, “How do you know Saul and Jonathan are dead?” The young man replied: I was on Mount Gilboa and saw King Saul leaning on his spear. The enemy’s war chariots and cavalry were closing in on him. When he turned around and saw me, he called me over. Judgment roles inflicted

 went and asked what he wanted. Saul asked me, “Who are you?” “An Amalekite, ” I answered. Then he said, “ Kill me! I’m dying, and I’m in terrible pain.” So I killed him. I knew he was too badly wounded to live much longer. Then I took his crown and his arm-band, and I brought them to you, Your Majesty. Here they are. Right away, David and his soldiers tore their clothes in sorrow. Judgment roles inflicted They cried all day long and would not eat anything. Everyone was sad because Saul, his son Jonathan, and many of the Lord’s people had been killed in the battle. David asked the young man, “Where is your home? ”The man replied, “My father is an Amalekite, but we live in Israel.” David said to him, “Why weren’t you afraid to kill the Lord’s chosen king? And you even told what you did. It’s your own fault that you’re going to die!” Then David told one of his soldiers, “Come here and kill this man!” 2 Samuel 1:1-16 Famine as judgment While David was king, there were three years in a row when the nation of Israel could not grow enough food. Judgment roles inflicted So David asked the Lord for help, and the Lord answered, “Saul and his family are guilty of murder, because he had the Gibeonites killed.” 2 Samuel 21:1

God’s judgment, man’s Before David even got up the next morning, the Lord had told David’s prophet Gad 12-13 to take a message to David. Judgment roles inflicted  Gad went to David and told him: You must choose one of three ways for the Lord to punish you: Will there be seven years when the land won’t grow enough food for your people? Or will your enemies chase you and make you run from them for three months? Or will there be three days of horrible disease in your land? Think about it and decide, because I have to give your answer to God, who sent me. Judgment roles inflicted  David was really frightened and said, “It’s a terrible choice to make! But the Lord is kind, and I’d rather have him punish us than for anyone else to do it.” 2 Samuel 24:11-14 Sword of judgment Then the Lord commanded the angel to put the sword away. Judgment roles inflicted When David saw that the Lord had answered his prayer, he offered more sacrifices there at the threshing place, because he was afraid of the angel’s sword and did not want to go all the way to Gibeon. That’s where the sacred tent that Moses had made in the desert was kept, as well as the altar where sacrifices were offered to the Lord. 1 Chronicles 21:27-30 Judgment fairness You have always been fair when you punished us for our sins. Nehemiah 9:33 Meeting God in court God isn’t a mere human like me. Judgment roles inflictedI can’t put him on trial. Job 9:32 Self-concern for error Even if I have sinned, you haven’t been harmed. Job 19:4 Let God be judge You shouldn’t say, “We know what’s right! Let God punish him.” Job 32:13 Reward for one’s deeds and I am very kind. ”The Lord rewards each of us according to what we do. Psalm 62:12 Time set for judgment You have set a time to judge with fairness. Psalm 75:2 

God withheld judgment Yet God was kind. He kept forgiving their sins and didn’t destroy them. He often became angry, but never lost his temper. Psalm 78:38 God judges with equity Order the rivers to clap their hands, and all of the hills to sing together. Judgment roles inflicted Let them worship the Lord! He is coming to judge everyone on the earth, and he will be honest and fair. Psalm 98:8-9 All-seeing judge The Lord sees everything, whether good or bad. Proverbs 15:3 Guilty, innocent The Lord doesn’t like those who defend the guilty or condemn the innocent. Proverbs 17:15 National judgment Your country lies in ruins; your towns are in ashes. Judgment roles inflicted Foreigners and strangers take and destroy your land while you watch. Enemies surround Jerusalem, alone like a hut in a vineyard or in a cucumber field. Zion would have disappeared like Sodom and Gomorrah, if the Lord All-Powerful had not let a few of its people survive. Isaiah 1:7-9 Coming day of judgment The Lord All-Powerful has chosen a day when those who are proud and conceited will be put down. Judgment roles inflicted The tall and towering cedars of Lebanon will be destroyed. So will the oak trees of Bashan, all high mountains and hills, every strong fortress, all the seagoing ships, and every beautiful boat. When that day comes, everyone who is proud will be put down. Only the Lord will be honored. Idols will be gone for good. 

You had better hide in caves and holes—the Lord will be fearsome, marvelous, and glorious when he comes to terrify people on earth. On that day everyone will throw to the rats and bats their idols of silver and gold they made to worship. Judgment roles inflicted The Lord will be fearsome, marvelous, and glorious when he comes to terrify people on earth—they will hide in caves and in the hills. Isaiah 2:12-21 Babylon, as prophesied The city of Babylon is glorious and powerful, the pride of the nation. But it will be like the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah after I, the Lord, destroyed them. Judgment roles inflicted No one will live in Babylon .Even nomads won’t camp nearby, and shepherds won’t let their sheep rest there. Only desert creatures, hoot owls, and ostriches will live in its ruins, and goats will leap about. Hyenas and wolves will howl from Babylon’s fortresses and beautiful palaces. Judgment roles inflicted Its time is almost up! Isaiah 13:19-22 Judgment likened to storm Only the Lord is strong and powerful! His mighty hand will strike them down with the force of a hailstorm or a mighty whirlwind or an overwhelming flood. Isaiah 28:2 Those who trust in their wickedness Y ou hid behind evil like a shield and said, “No one can see me! ”You were fooled by your wisdom and your knowledge; you felt sure that you alone were in full control. But without warning, disaster will strike—and your magic charms won’t help at all. Isaiah 47:10-11

Cup of divine fury Jerusalem, wake up! Stand up! You’ve drunk too much from the cup filled with the Lord’s anger. You have swallowed every drop, and you can’t walk straight. Isaiah 51:17 Wicked plight, righteous fulfillment I, the Lord God, will give food and drink to my servants, and they will celebrate. But all of you sinners will go hungry and thirsty, overcome with disgrace. My servants will laugh and sing, but you will be sad and cry out in pain. Isaiah 65:13-14 Destruction of wealth, security This nation will eat your crops and livestock; they will leave no fruit on your vines or trees. Judgment roles inflicted And although you feel safe behind thick walls, your towns will be destroyed and your children killed. Jeremiah 5:17 Harvest judgment I will wipe them out. They are vines without grapes; fig trees without figs or leaves. They have not done a thing that I told them! I, the Lord, have spoken. Jeremiah 8:13 Mercy follows judgment The Lord said: I gave this land to my people Israel, but enemies around it have attacked and robbed it. So I will uproot them from their own countries just as I will uproot Judah from its land.  But later, I will have pity on these nations and bring them back to their own lands. Judgment roles inflicted They once taught my people to worship Baal. But if they admit I am the only true God, and if they let my people teach them how to worship me, these nations will also become my people. However, if they don’t listen to me, I will uproot them from their lands and completely destroy them. Judgment roles inflicted I, the Lord, have spoken. Jeremiah 12:14-17 Varied judgment The Lord said to me: Even if Moses and Samuel were here, praying with you, I wouldn’t change my mind. 

So send the people of Judah away. And when they ask where they are going, tell them that I, the Lord, have said: Some of you are going to die of horrible diseases. Others are going to die in war or from starvation. The rest will be led away to a foreign country. Jeremiah 15:1-2 Peril of forsaking the Lord You are a spring of water giving Israel life and hope. Judgment roles inflicted But if the people reject what you have told me, they will be swept away like words written in dust. Jeremiah 17:13 Breaking potter’s jar The Lord said: Jeremiah, go to the pottery shop and buy a clay jar. Then take along some of the city officials and leading priests and go to Hinnom Valley, just outside Potsherd Gate. Tell the people that I have said: I am the Lord All-Powerful, the God of Israel, and you kings of Judah and you people of Jerusalem had better pay attention. Judgment roles inflicted I am going to bring so much trouble on this valley that everyone who hears about it will be shocked. The people of Judah stopped worshiping me and made this valley into a place of worship for Baal and other gods that have never helped them or their ancestors or their kings. And they have committed murder here, burning their young, innocent children as sacrifices to Baal. I have never even thought of telling you to do that. So watch out! Someday this place will no longer be called Topheth or Hinnom Valley. Judgment roles inflicted It will be called Slaughter Valley! You people of Judah and Jerusalem may have big plans, but here in this valley I’ll ruin those plans. I’ll let your enemies kill you, and I’ll tell the birds and wild animals to eat your dead bodies. I will turn Jerusalem into a pile of rubble, and every passerby will be shocked and horrified and will make insulting remarks.

And while your enemies are trying to break through your city walls to kill you, the food supply will run out. You will become so hungry that you will eat the flesh of your friends and even of your own children. Jeremiah, as soon as you have said this, smash the jar while the people are watching. Judgment roles inflicted Then tell them that I have also said: I am the Lord All-Powerful, and I warn you that I will shatter Judah and Jerusalem just like this jar that is broken beyond repair. You will bury your dead here in Topheth, but so many of you will die that there won’t be enough room. Judgment roles inflicted I will make Jerusalem as unclean as Topheth, by filling the city with your dead bodies. I will do this because you and your kings have gone up to the roofs of your houses and burned incense to the stars in the sky, as though they were gods. And you have given sacrifices of wine to foreign gods. Jeremiah 19:1-13 Absence of joy and productive activity I will put an end to your parties and wedding celebrations; no one will grind grain or be here to light the lamps at night. Jeremiah 25:10 Cup of God’s wrath The Lord God of Israel showed me a vision in which he said, “Jeremiah, here is a cup filled with the wine of my anger. Take it and make every nation drink some. They will vomit and act crazy, because of the war this cup of anger will bring to them. Judgment roles inflicted ”I took the cup from the Lord’s hand, and I went to the kings of the nations and made each of them drink some. I started with Jerusalem and the towns of Judah, and the king and his officials were removed from power in disgrace. Everyone still makes insulting jokes about them and uses their names as curse words. The second place I went was Egypt, where everyone had to drink from the cup, including the king and his officials, the other government workers, the rest of the Egyptians, and all the foreigners who lived in the country. 

Next I went to the king of Uz, and then to the four kings of Philistia, who ruled from Ashkelon, Gaza, Ekron, and what was left of Ashdod. Then I went to the kings of Edom, Moab, Ammon, and to the kings of Tyre, Sidon, and their colonies across the sea. After this, I went to the kings of Dedan, Tema, Buz, the tribes of the Arabian Desert, Zimri, Elam, Media, and the countries in the north, both near and far. I went to all the countries on earth, one after another, and finally to Babylonia. Judgment roles inflicted The Lord had said to tell each king, “The Lord All-Powerful, the God of Israel, commands you to drink from this cup that is full of the wine of his anger. It will make you so drunk that you will vomit. And when the Lord sends war against the nations, you will be completely defeated.” The Lord told me that if any of them refused to drink from the cup, I must tell them that he had said, “I, the Lord All-Powerful, command you to drink. Starting with my own city of Jerusalem, everyone on earth will suffer from war. Judgment roles inflicted So there is no way I will let you escape unharmed.” Jeremiah 25:15-29 Ironical declaration of “freedom King Zedekiah, his officials, and everyone else in Jerusalem made an agreement to free all Hebrew men and women who were slaves. No Jew would keep another as a slave. And so, all the Jewish slaves were given their freedom. But those slave owners changed their minds and forced their former slaves back into slavery. That’s when the Lord told me to say to the people: I am the Lord God of Israel, and I made an agreement with your ancestors when I brought them out of Egypt, where they had been slaves. Judgment roles inflicted As part of this agreement, you must let a Hebrew slave go free after six years of service. Your ancestors did not obey me, but you decided to obey me and do the right thing by setting your Hebrew slaves completely free. You even went to my temple, and in my name you made an agreement to set them free. But you have abused my name, because you broke your agreement and forced your former slaves back into slavery. You have disobeyed me by not giving your slaves their freedom.

So I will give you freedom—the freedom to die in battle or from disease or hunger. I will make you disgusting to all other nations on earth. You asked me to be a witness when you made the agreement to set your slaves free. Judgment roles inflicted And as part of the ceremony you cut a calf into two parts, then walked between the parts. But you people of Jerusalem have broken that agreement as well as my agreement with Israel. So I will do to you what you did to that calf. I will let your enemies take all of you prisoner, including the leaders of Judah and Jerusalem, the royal officials, the priests, and everyone else who walked between the two parts of the calf. These enemies will kill you and leave your bodies lying on the ground as food for birds and wild animals. These enemies are King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylonia and his army. Judgment roles inflicted They have stopped attacking Jerusalem, but they want to kill King Zedekiah and his high officials. So I will command them to return and attack again. This time they will conquer the city and burn it down, and they will capture Zedekiah and his officials. I will also let them destroy the towns of Judah, so that no one can live there any longer. Jeremiah 34:8-22 Second judgment upon evil king I had told Baruch what to write on that first scroll, but King Jehoiakim had burned it. Judgment roles inflicted So the Lord told me to get another scroll and write down everything that had been on the first one. Then he told me to say to King Jehoiakim: Not only did you burn Jeremiah’s scroll, you had the nerve to ask why he had written that the king of Babylonia would attack and ruin the land, killing all the people and even the animals. Judgment roles inflicted So I, the Lord, promise that you will be killed and your body thrown out on the ground. The sun will beat down on it during the day, and the frost will settle on it at night. And none of your descendants will ever be king of Judah. You, your children, and your servants are evil, and I will punish all of you. I warned you and the people of Judah and Jerusalem that I would bring disaster, but none of you have listened. So now you are doomed! After the Lord finished speaking to me, I got another scroll and gave it to Baruch. Then I told him what to write, so this second scroll would contain even more than was on the scroll Jehoiakim had burned. Jeremiah 36:27-32 

Certain judgment Don’t fool yourselves into thinking that the Babylonians will leave as they did before.  Even if you could defeat their entire army, their wounded survivors would still be able to leave their tents and set Jerusalem on fire Jeremiah 37:9-10 Multiple judgment The Lord told me to speak with the Jews who were living in the towns of Migdol, Tahpanhes, and Memphis in northern Egypt, and also to those living in southern Egypt. He told me to tell them: I am the Lord All-Powerful, the God of Israel. You saw how I destroyed Jerusalem and the towns of Judah. Judgment roles inflicted They lie empty and in ruins today, because the people of Judah made me angry by worshiping gods that had never helped them or their ancestors. Time after time I sent my servants the prophets to tell the people of Judah how much I hated their disgusting sins. Judgment roles inflicted The prophets warned them to stop sinning, but they refused to listen and would not stop worshiping other gods. Finally, my anger struck like a raging flood, and today Jerusalem and the towns of Judah are nothing but empty ruins. Why do you now insist on heading for another disaster? A disaster that will destroy not only you, but also your children and babies. You have made me angry by worshiping idols and burning incense to other gods after you came here to Egypt. Judgment roles inflicted You will die such a disgusting death, that other nations will use the name of Judah as a curse word. When you were living in Jerusalem and Judah, you followed the example of your ancestors in doing evil things, just like your kings and queens. Even now, your pride keeps you from respecting me and obeying the laws and teachings I gave you and your ancestors. Judgment roles inflicted  I, the Lord All-Powerful, have decided to wipe you out with disasters. There were only a few of you left in Judah, and you decided to go to Egypt. But you will die such horrible deaths in war or from starvation, that people of other countries will use the name of Judah as a curse word. I punished Jerusalem with war, hunger, and disease, and that’s how I will punish you. None of you will survive. You may hope to return to Judah someday, but only a very few of you will escape death and be able to go back.

Jeremiah 44:1-14 Inevitable judgment A large number of Jews from both northern and southern Egypt listened to me as I told them what the Lord had said. Most of the men in the crowd knew that their wives often burned incense to other gods. Judgment roles inflicted So they and their wives shouted: Jeremiah, what do we care if you speak in the Lord’s name? We refuse to listen! We have promised to worship the goddess Astarte, the Queen of Heaven, and that is exactly what we are going to do. We will burn incense and offer sacrifices of wine to her, just as we, our ancestors, our kings, and our leaders did when we lived in Jerusalem and the other towns of Judah. Judgment roles inflicted We had plenty of food back then. We were well off, and nothing bad ever happened to us. But since the time we stopped burning incense and offering wine sacrifices to her, we have been dying from war and hunger. Then the women said, “When we lived in Judah, we worshiped the Queen of Heaven and offered sacrifices of wine and special loaves of bread shaped like her. Our husbands knew what we were doing, and they approved of it.” Then I told the crowd: Don’t you think the Lord knew that you and your ancestors, your leaders and kings, and the rest of the people were burning incense to other gods in Jerusalem and everywhere else in Judah? And when he could no longer put up with your disgusting sins, he placed a curse on your land and turned it into a desert, as it is today. This disaster happened because you worshiped other gods and rebelled against the Lord by refusing to obey him or follow his laws and teachings. Then I told the men and their wives, that the Lord All-Powerful, the God of Israel, had said: Here in Egypt you still keep your promises to burn incense and offer sacrifices of wine to the so-call Queen of Heaven. Judgment roles inflicted Keep these promises! But let me tell you what will happen. As surely as I am the Lord God, I swear that I will never again accept any promises you make in my name. Instead of watching over you, I will watch for chances to harm you.

Some of you will die in war, and others will starve to death. Only a few will escape and return to Judah. Then everyone who went to live in Egypt will know that when I say something will happen, it will—no matter what you say. Jeremiah 44:15-28 Sword of the Lord You ask how long will I continue to attack you with my sword, then you tell me to put it away and leave you alone. But how can my sword rest, when I have commanded it to attack Ashkelon and the seacoast? Jeremiah 47:6-7 Tyre, city of luxury, brought down The Lord said: Ezekiel, son of man, sing a funeral song for Tyre,  the city that is built along the sea and that trades with nations along the coast. Judgment roles inflicted Tell the people of Tyre that the following  message is from me: Tyre, you brag about your perfect beauty ,and your control of the sea. You are a ship built to perfection. Builders used cypress trees from Mount Hermon to make your planks and a cedar tree from Lebanon for your tall mast. Oak trees from Bashan were shaped into oars; pine trees from Cyprus were cut for your deck, which was then decorated with strips of ivory. Judgment roles inflicted  The builders used fancy linen from Egypt for your sails, so everyone could see you. Blue and purple cloth from Cyprus was used to shade your deck. Men from Sidon and Arvad did the rowing, and your own skilled workers were the captains. Experienced men from Byblos repaired any damages. Sailors from all over shopped at the stores in your port. Judgment roles inflicted Brave soldiers from Persia, Lydia, and Libya served in your navy, protecting you with shieldsand helmets, and making you famous. Your guards came from Arvad and Cilicia, and men from Gamad stood watch in your towers. With their weapons hung on your walls, your beauty was complete . Merchants from southern Spain traded silver, iron, tin, and lead for your products. The people of Greece, Tubal, and Meshech traded slaves and things made of bronze,  and those from Beth-Togarmah traded work horses, war horses, and mules. You also did business with people from Rhodes, and people from nations along the coast gave you ivory and ebony in exchange for your goods. Edom traded emeralds, purple cloth, embroidery, fine linen, coral, and rubies.

Judah and Israel gave you their finest wheat, fancy figs, honey, olive oil, and spices in exchange for your merchandise. The people of Damascus saw what you had to offer and brought you wine from Helbon and wool from Zahar. Vedan and Javan near Uzal traded you iron and spices. The people of Dedan supplied you with saddle blankets, while people from Arabia and the rulers of Kedar traded lambs, sheep, and goats. Judgment roles inflicted Merchants from Sheba and Raamah gave you excellent spices, precious stones, and gold in exchange for your products. You also did business with merchants from the cities of Haran, Canneh, Eden, Sheba, Asshur, and Chilmad, and they gave you expensive clothing, purple and embroidered cloth, brightly colored rugs, and strong rope. Judgment roles inflicted Large, seagoing ships carried your goods wherever they needed to go. You were like a ship loaded with heavy cargo and sailing across the sea, but you were wrecked by strong eastern winds. Everything on board was lost —your valuable cargo, your sailors and carpenters, merchants and soldiers. The shouts of your drowning crew were heard on the shore. Every ship is deserted; rowers and sailors and captains all stand on shore, mourning for you. They show their sorrow by putting dust on their heads and rolling in ashes; they shave their heads and dress in sackcloth as they cry in despair. Judgment roles inflicted In their grief they sing a funeral song for you: “Tyre, you were greater than all other cities. But now you lie in silence at the bottom of the sea. “Nations that received your merchandise were always pleased; kings everywhere got rich from your costly goods. But now you are wrecked in the deep sea, with your cargo and crew scattered everywhere. People living along the coast are shocked at the news. Their rulers are horrified, and terror is written across their faces. The merchants of the world can’t believe what happened. Your death was gruesome and you are gone forever.” Ezekiel 27:1-36

The Lord God said:Ezekiel, son of man, tell the king of Tyre that I am saying: You are so arrogant that you think you’re a god and that the city of Tyre is your throne. You may claim to be a god, though you’re nothing but a mere human. You think you’re wiser than Daniel and know everything. Your wisdom has certainly made you rich, because you have storehouses filled with gold and silver. You’re a clever businessman and are extremely wealthy, but your wealth has led to arrogance! You compared yourself to a god, so now I, the Lord God, will make you the victim of cruel enemies. Judgment roles inflicted  They will destroy all the possessions you’ve worked so hard to get. Your enemies will brutally kill you, and the sea will be your only grave. When you face your enemies, will you still claim to be a god? They will attack, and you will suffer like any other human. Foreigners will kill you, and you will die the death of those who don’t worship me. I, the Lord, have spoken. The Lord said: Ezekiel, son of man, sing a funeral song for the king of Tyre and tell him I am saying: At one time, you were perfect, intelligent, and good-looking. You lived in the garden of Eden and wore jewelry made of brightly colored gems and precious stones. Judgment roles inflicted They were all set in gold and were ready for you on the day you were born. I appointed a winged creature to guard your home on my holy mountain, where you walked among gems that dazzled like fire. You were truly good from the time of your birth, but later you started doing wicked things. You traded with other nations and became more and more cruel and evil. So I forced you to leave my mountain, and the creature that had been your protector now chased you away from the gems. Judgment roles inflicted It was your good looks that made you arrogant, and you were so famous that you started acting like a fool. That’s why I threw you to the ground and let other kings sneer at you. You have cheated so many other merchants that your places of worship are corrupt. So I set your city on fire and burned it down. Now everyone sees only ashes where your city once stood, and the people of other nations are shocked. Your punishment was horrible, and you are gone forever. Ezekiel 28:1-19 The Lord judges like enemy The Lord had no mercy! He destroyed the homes of Jacob’s descendants. In his anger he tore down every walled city in Judah; he toppled the nation together with its leaders, leaving them in shame. Lamentations 2:2

The Lord was like an enemy! He left Israel in ruins with its palaces and fortresses destroyed, and with everyone in Judah moaning and weeping. Lamentations 2:5 I will show no pity that I will show no pity. I will punish you for the evil you’ve done, and you will know that I am the Lord. Ezekiel 7:4 Judgment justified And those who survive will be taken from their country and led here to Babylonia. Ezekiel, when you see how sinful they are, you will know why I did all these things to Jerusalem. Ezekiel 14:22 Instrument of judgment Ezekiel, son of man, tell the people of Jerusalem: Judgment roles inflicted I have sharpened my sword to slaughter you; it is shiny and will flash like lightning! Don’t celebrate—punishment is coming, because everyone has ignored my warnings. Ezekiel 21:9-10 Full penalty So in my fierce anger, I will punish the Israelites for what they have done, and they will know that I am furious. I, the Lord, have spoken. Ezekiel 22:31 Books of judgment and flames were dashing out from all around him. Countless thousands were standing there to serve him. The time of judgment began, and the books were opened. Daniel 7:10 Certain judgment Israel, the time has come. You will get what you deserve, and you will know it. “Prophets are fools,” you say. “And God’s messengers are crazy.” Judgment roles inflicted Your terrible guilt has filled you with hatred. Hosea 9:7 Coming day of the Lord Sound the trumpet on Zion, the Lord’s sacred hill. Warn everyone to tremble! The judgment day of the Lord is coming soon It will be dark and gloomy with storm clouds overhead. Judgment roles inflicted Troops will cover the mountains like thunderclouds. No army this powerful has ever been gathered before or will ever be again. Joel 2:1-2 Judgment Valley Then in Judgment Valley I will bring together the nations that scattered my people Israel everywhere in the world, and I will bring charges against those nations. They divided up my land Joel 3:2 I won’t change my mind For continued sinning, certain judgment The Lord said: I will punish Syria for countless crimes, and I won’t change my mind. They dragged logs with spikes over the people of Gilead.

Amos 1:3 The Lord said: I will punish Philistia for countless crimes, and I won’t change my mind. They dragged off my people from town after town to sell them as slaves to the Edomites. Amos 1:6 The Lord said: I will punish Phoenicia for countless crimes, and I won’t change my mind. They broke their treaty and dragged off my people from town after town to sell them as slaves to the Edomites. Amos 1:9 The Lord said: Judgment roles inflicted I will punish Edom for countless crimes, and I won’t change my mind. They killed their own relatives and were so terribly furious that they showed no mercy. Amos 1:11 The Lord said: I will punish Ammon for countless crimes, and I won’t change my mind. In Gilead they ripped open pregnant women, just to take the land. Amos 1:13 The Lord said: I will punish Moab for countless crimes, and I won’t change my mind. They made lime from the bones of the king of Edom. Amos 2:1 The Lord said: I will punish Judah for countless crimes, and I won’t change my mind. Judgment roles inflicted  They have rejected my teachings and refused to obey me. They were led astray by the same false gods their ancestors worshiped. Amos 2:4 The nature of sin in each of these judgments The Lord said: I will punish Israel for countless crimes, and I won’t change my mind. They sell honest people for money, and the needy are sold for the price of sandals. Amos 2:6 Chosen people’s severe judgment Of all nations on earth, you are the only one I have chosen. Judgment roles inflicted That’s why I will punish you because of your sins. Amos 3:2 Judgment for all nations The day is coming when I, the Lord, will judge the nations. And, Edom, you will pay in full for what you have done. Obadiah  Divine response to those who repent When God saw that the people had stopped doing evil things, he had pity and did not destroy them as he had planned. Jonah 3:10 The Lord slow to anger The Lord is powerful, yet patient; he makes sure that the guilty are always punished. He can be seen in storms and in whirlwinds; clouds are the dust from his feet. Nahum 1:3 

Time of great judgment It will be a time of anger—of trouble and torment, of disaster and destruction, of darkness and despair, of storm clouds and shadows, It will be a time of anger—of trouble and torment, of disaster and destruction, of darkness and despair, of storm clouds and shadows, of trumpet calls and battle cries against fortified cities and mighty fortresses. Zephaniah 1:15-16 Silver and gold valueless in judgment Not even your silver or gold can save you on that day when I, the Lord, am angry. My anger will flare up like a furious fire scorching the earth and everyone on it.” Zephaniah 1:1 8 God of judgment becomes God of mercy When your ancestors made me angry, I decided to punish you with disasters, and I didn’t hold back. Judgment roles inflicted Now you no longer need to be afraid. I have decided to treat Jerusalem and Judah with kindness. Zechariah 8:14-15 Judgment concludes Old Testament He will lead children and parents to love each other more, so that when I come, I won’t bring doom to the land. Malachi 4:6 The Savior who brought a sword Don’t think that I came to bring peace to the earth! I came to bring trouble, not peace. came to turn sons against their fathers, daughters against their mothers, and daughters-in-law against their mothers-in-law. Matthew 10:34-35 Parables concerning final judgment After Jesus left the crowd and went inside, his disciples came to him and said, “Explain to us the story about the weeds in the wheat field. ”Jesus answered: Judgment roles inflicted The one who scattered the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, and the good seeds are the people who belong to the kingdom. The weed seeds are those who belong to the evil one, and the one who scattered them is the devil. The harvest is the end of time, and angels are the ones who bring in the harvest. Weeds are gathered and burned. That’s how it will be at the end of time. The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will gather from his kingdom everyone who does wrong or causes others to sin. Then he will throw them into a flaming furnace, where people will cry and grit their teeth in pain.

But everyone who has done right will shine like the sun in their Father’s kingdom. If you have ears, pay attention! Matthew 13:36-43  Judgment roles inflicted The kingdom of heaven is like what happens when a net is thrown into a lake and catches all kinds of fish. When the net is full, it is dragged to the shore, and the fishermen sit down to separate the fish. They keep the good ones, but throw the bad ones away.  That’s how it will be at the end of time. Angels will come and separate the evil people from the ones who have done right.  Then those evil people will be thrown into a flaming furnace, where they will cry and grit their teeth in pain. Matthew 13:47-50 Separating sheep from goats  Judgment roles inflicted When the Son of Man comes in his glory with all of his angels, he will sit on his royal throne. The people of all nations will be brought before him, and he will separate them, as shepherds separate their sheep from their goats. He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. Then the king will say to those on his right, “My father has blessed you! Come and receive the kingdom that was prepared for you before the world was created. When I was hungry, you gave me something to eat, and when I was thirsty, you gave me something to drink. When I was a stranger, you welcomed me, Matthew 25:31-35 Jesus eager for judgment to come I came to set fire to the earth, and I wish it were already on fire! Rejoicing angels Jesus said, “In the same way God’s angels are happy when even one person turns to him.” Luke 15:10 As in days of Noah Judgment roles inflicted When the Son of Man comes, things will be just as they were when Noah lived. People were eating, drinking, and getting married right up to the day when Noah went into the big boat. Then the flood came and drowned everyone on earth. When Lot lived, people were also eating and drinking. They were buying, selling, planting, and building. But on the very day Lot left Sodom, fiery flames poured down from the sky and killed everyone. The same will happen on the day when the Son of Man appears. Luke 17:26-30 Jesus came to save, not judge God did not send his Son into the world to condemn its people. He sent him to save them! John 3:17 

Redeemer, Judge Judgment roles inflicted The Father doesn’t judge anyone, but he has made his Son the judge of everyone. The Father wants all people to honor the Son as much as they honor him. When anyone refuses to honor the Son, that is the same as refusing to honor the Father who sent him. I tell you for certain that everyone who hears my message and has faith in the one who sent me has eternal life and will never be condemned. They have already gone from death to life. I tell you for certain that the time will come, and it is already here, when all of the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God. And those who listen to it will live! The Father has the power to give life, and he has given that same power to the Son. And he has given his Son the right to judge everyone, because he is the Son of Man. John 5:22-27 Graves give up both good and evil Don’t be surprised! The time will come when all of the dead will hear the voice of the Son of Man,  and they will come out of their graves. Everyone who has done good things will rise to life, but everyone who has done evil things will rise and be condemned. John 5:28-29 Right judgment Don’t judge by appearances. Judge by what is right. John 7:24 Jesus came to save, not judge I am not the one who will judge those who refuse to obey my teachings. Judgment roles inflicted I came to save the people of this world, not to be their judge. John 12:47 Wisdom of Gamaliel You killed Jesus by nailing him to a cross. But the God our ancestors worshiped raised him to life and made him our Leader and Savior. Then God gave him a place at his right side, so that the people of Israel would turn back to him and be forgiven. We are here to tell you about all this, and so is the Holy Spirit, who is God’s gift to everyone who obeys God. When the council members heard this, they became so angry that they wanted to kill the apostles. Judgment roles inflicted But one of the members was the Pharisee Gamaliel, a highly respected teacher. He ordered the apostles to be taken out of the room for a little while. Then he said to the council: Be careful what you do with these men. 

Not long ago Theudas claimed to be someone important, and about four hundred men joined him. But he was killed. All his followers were scattered, and that was the end of that. Judgment roles inflictied Later, when the people of our nation were being counted, Judas from Galilee showed up. A lot of people followed him, but he was killed, and all his followers were scattered. So I advise you to stay away from these men. Leave them alone. If what they are planning is something of their own doing, it will fail. But if God is behind it, you cannot stop it anyway, unless you want to fight against God. The council members agreed with what he said, and they called the apostles back in. Judgment roles inflicted They had them beaten with a whip and warned them not to speak in the name of Jesus. Then they let them go. Acts 5:30-40 Guilty in judgment of others Some of you accuse others of doing wrong. But there is no excuse for what you do. When you judge others, you condemn yourselves, because you are guilty of doing the very same things. Romans 2:1 Judged according to personal record But you are stubborn and refuse to turn to God. So you are making things even worse for yourselves on that day when he will show how angry he is and will judge the world with fairness.  God will reward each of us for what we have done.  He will give eternal life to everyone who has patiently done what is good in the hope of receiving glory, honor, and life that lasts forever. 8 But he will show how angry and furious he can be with every selfish person who rejects the truth and wants to do evil.  All who are wicked will be punished with trouble and suffering. Judgment roles inflicted It doesn’t matter if they are Jews or Gentiles. But all who do right will be rewarded with glory, honor, and peace, whether they are Jews or Gentiles.  God doesn’t have any favorites! Romans 2:5-11 No condemnation in Christ If you belong to Christ Jesus, you won’t be punished. The Holy Spirit will give you life that comes from Christ Jesus and will set you free from sin and death. Romans 8:1-2 Only God can judge If God says his chosen ones are acceptable to him, can anyone bring charges against them? Romans 8:33 Earth’s certain judgment The Lord will be quick and sure to do on earth what he has warned he will do.” Romans 9:28 Congregational discipline I have heard terrible things about some of you. Judgment roles inflicted In fact, you are behaving worse than the Gentiles. A man is even sleeping with his own stepmother. 

You are proud, when you ought to feel bad enough to chase away anyone who acts like that. I am with you only in my thoughts. But in the name of our Lord Jesus I have already judged this man, as though I were with you in person. Judgment roles inflicted So when you meet together and the power of the Lord Jesus is with you, I will be there too. You must then hand that man over to Satan. His body will be destroyed, but his spirit will be saved when the Lord Jesus returns. Stop being proud! Don’t you know how a little yeast can spread through the whole batch of dough? Get rid of the old yeast! Then you will be like fresh bread made without yeast, and that is what you are. Judgment roles inflicted Our Passover lamb is Christ, who has already been sacrificed. So don’t celebrate the festival by being evil and sinful, which is like serving bread made with yeast. Be pure and truthful and celebrate by using bread made without yeast In my other letter I told you not to have anything to do with immoral people. But I wasn’t talking about the people of this world. You would have to leave this world to get away from everyone who is immoral or greedy or who cheats or worships idols. Judgment roles inflicted I was talking about your own people who are immoral or greedy or worship idols or curse others or get drunk or cheat. Don’t even eat with them! Why should I judge outsiders? Aren’t we supposed to judge only church members? God judges everyone else. The Scriptures say, “Chase away any of your own people who are evil.” 1 Corinthians 5:1-13 Importance of self-judgment That’s why you must examine the way you eat and drink. If you fail to understand that you are the body of the Lord, you will condemn yourselves by the way you eat and drink. Judgment roles inflicted That’s why many of you are sick and weak and why a lot of others have died. If we carefully judge ourselves, we won’t be punished. But when the Lord judges and punishes us, he does it to keep us from being condemned with the rest of the world. 1 Corinthians 11:28-32 Importance of conduct on earth After all, Christ will judge each of us for the good or the bad that we do while living in these bodies. 2 Corinthians 5:10 No favoritism with God But Christ has no favorites! He will punish evil people, just as they deserve. Colossians 3:25 Excluded from God’s presence Their punishment will be eternal destruction, and they will be kept far from the presence of our Lord and his glorious strength. 2 Thessalonians 1:9 Causing difficulty among believers Warn troublemakers once or twice. Then don’t have anything else to do with them.

You know that their minds are twisted, and their own sins show how guilty they are. Titus 3:10-11 Penalty paid for everyone What we do see is Jesus, who for a little while was made lower than the angels. Because of God’s wonderful kindness, Jesus died for everyone. Judgment roles inflicted And now that Jesus has suffered and died, he is crowned with glory and honor! Hebrews 2:9 Forbidden God’s rest God became angry and told the people, ‘You will never enter my place of rest!’ ” Hebrews 3:11 Like double-edged sword What God has said isn’t only alive and active! It is sharper than any double-edged sword. His word can cut through our spirits and souls and through our joints and marrow, until it discovers the desires and thoughts of our hearts. Hebrews 4:12 Nothing kept secret from God Nothing is hidden from God! He sees through everything, and we will have to tell him the truth. Hebrews 4:13 Judgment for sin If two or more witnesses accused someone of breaking the Law of Moses, that person could be put to death. But it is much worse to dishonor God’s Son and to disgrace the blood of the promise that made us holy. Judgment roles inflicted  And it is just as bad to insult the Holy Spirit, who shows us mercy. We know that God has said he will punish and take revenge. We also know that the Scriptures say the Lord will judge his people. Judgment roles inflicted It is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of the living God! Hebrews 10:28-31 Christ will return to reward faithful Keep on being brave! It will bring you great rewards. Learn to be patient, so that you will please God and be given what he has promised. As the Scriptures say, “God is coming soon! It won’t be very long. The people God accepts will live because of their faith. But he isn’t pleased with anyone who turns back.” Hebrews 10:35-38 All must give account to God Now your former friends wonder why you have stopped running around with them, and they curse you for it. 

But they will have to answer to God, who judges the living and the dead. The good news has even been preached to the dead, so that after they have been judged for what they have done in this life, their spirits will live with God. 1 Peter 4:4-6 Sure judgment upon false teaching Sometimes false prophets spoke to the people of Israel. False teachers will also sneak in and speak harmful lies to you. But these teachers don’t really belong to the Master who paid a great price for them, and they will quickly destroy themselves. Many people will follow their evil ways and cause others to tell lies about the true way. Judgment roles inflicted They will be greedy and cheat you with smooth talk. But long ago God decided to punish them, and God doesn’t sleep. God did not have pity on the angels that sinned. He had them tied up and thrown into the dark pits of hell until the time of judgment. And during Noah’s time, God did not have pity on the ungodly people of the world. He destroyed them with a flood, though he did save eight people, including Noah, who preached the truth. Judgment roles inflicted God punished the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by burning them to ashes, and this is a warning to anyone else who wants to sin. Lot lived right and was greatly troubled by the terrible way those wicked people were living. He was a good man, and day after day he suffered because of the evil things he saw and heard. So the Lord rescued him. This shows that the Lord knows how to rescue godly people from their sufferings and to punish evil people while they wait for the day of judgment. The Lord is especially hard on people who disobey him and don’t think of anything except their own filthy desires. Judgment roles inflicted They are reckless and proud and are not afraid of cursing the glorious beings in heaven. 2 Peter 2:1-10 Facing our Lord unashamed Children, stay one in your hearts with Christ. Then when he returns, we will have confidence and won’t have to hide in shame.1 John 2:28 Bed of suffering But I still have something against you because of that woman Jezebel. She calls herself a prophet, and you let her teach and mislead my servants to do immoral things and to eat food offered to idols. I gave her a chance to turn from her sins, but she did not want to stop doing these immoral things. I am going to strike down Jezebel. Everyone who does these immoral things with her will also be punished, if they don’t stop. Revelation 2:20-22

Like a thief Remember the teaching that you were given and that you heard. Hold firmly to it and turn from your sins. If you don’t wake up, I will come when you least expect it, just as a thief does. Revelation 3:3 Redeemer qualified to judge In the right hand of the one sitting on the throne I saw a scroll that had writing on the inside and on the outside. Judgment roles inflicted And it was sealed in seven places. I saw a mighty angel ask with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?” No one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or see inside it. I cried hard because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or see inside it. Then one of the elders said to me, “Stop crying and look! The one who is called both the ‘Lion from the Tribe of Judah’ and ‘King David’s Great Descendant’ has won the victory. He will open the book and its seven seals.” Then I looked and saw a Lamb  standing in the center of the throne that was surrounded by the four living creatures and the elders. The Lamb looked as if it had once been killed. It had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God, sent out to all the earth. Judgment roles inflicted The Lamb went over and took the scroll from the right hand of the one who sat on the throne. After he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders knelt down before him. Each of them had a harp and a gold bowl full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people. Judgment roles inflicted Then they sang a new song, “You are worthy to receive the scroll and open its seals, because you were killed. And with your own blood you bought for God people from every tribe, language, nation, and race. Revelation 5:1-9 Four horsemen At the same time that I saw the Lamb open the first of the seven seals, I heard one of the four living creatures shout with a voice like thunder. It said, “Come out!” Then I saw a white horse. Its rider carried a bow and was given a crown. He had already won some victories, and he went out to win more. When the Lamb opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come out!” Then another horse came out. It was fiery red. And its rider was given the power to take away all peace from the earth, so that people would slaughter one another. He was also given a big sword. When the Lamb opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come out!” Then I saw a black horse, and its rider had a balance scale in one hand. 

I heard what sounded like a voice from somewhere among the four living creatures. It said, “A quart of wheat will cost you a whole day’s wages! Three quarts of barley will cost you a day’s wages too. But don’t ruin the olive oil or the wine.” Revelation 6:1-6 Earth shaken by great earthquake They shouted, “Master, you are holy and faithful! How long will it be before you judge and punish the people of this earth who killed us? ”Then each of those who had been killed was given a white robe and told to rest for a little while. Judgment roles inflicted They had to wait until the complete number of the Lord’s other servants and followers would be killed. When I saw the Lamb open the sixth seal, I looked and saw a great earthquake. The sun turned as dark as sackcloth, and the moon became as red as blood. The stars in the sky fell to earth, just like figs shaken loose by a windstorm. Then the sky was rolled up like a scroll, and all mountains and islands were moved from their places. Judgment roles inflicted  The kings of the earth, its famous people, and its military leaders hid in caves or behind rocks on the mountains. They hid there together with the rich and the powerful and with all the slaves and free people. Then they shouted to the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us! Hide us from the one who sits on the throne and from the anger of the Lamb. That terrible day has come! God and the Lamb will show their anger, and who can face it?” Revelation 6:10-17 Sounding forth cry of doom Then I looked and saw a lone eagle flying across the sky. Judgment roles inflicted It was shouting, “Trouble, trouble, trouble to everyone who lives on earth! The other three angels are now going to blow their trumpets.” Revelation 8:13 Those not having seal of God on foreheads The locusts were told not to harm the grass on the earth or any plant or any tree. They were to punish only those people who did not have God’s mark on their foreheads. Revelation 9:4 Judgment and rewards When the nations got angry, you became angry too! Now the time has come for the dead to be judged. It is time for you to reward your servants the prophets and all of your people who honor your name, no matter who they are. It is time to destroy everyone who has destroyed the earth.” Revelation 11:18 Conclusion of God’s wrath After this, I looked at the sky and saw something else that was strange and important. 

Seven angels were bringing the last seven terrible troubles. When these are ended, God will no longer be angry. Revelation 15:1 Beverage of judgment Then I heard the angel, who has power over water, say,“You have always been, and you always will be the holy God. Judgment roles inflicted You had the right to judge in this way. Revelation 16:5 They poured out the blood of your people and your prophets. So you gave them blood to drink, as they deserve!” Revelation 16:6 Agony of those who refuse to repent The fifth angel emptied his bowl on the throne of the beast. At once darkness covered its kingdom, and its people began biting their tongues in pain. And because of their painful sores, they cursed the God who rules in heaven. But still they did not stop doing evil things. Revelation 16:10-11 Binding of Satan I saw an angel come down from heaven, carrying the key to the deep pit and a big chain. He chained the dragon for a thousand years. It is that old snake, who is also known as the devil and Satan. Then the angel threw the dragon into the pit. Judgment roles inflicted He locked and sealed it, so that a thousand years would go by before the dragon could fool the nations again. But after that, it would have to be set free for a little while. Revelation 20:1-3 Satan, false prophet and the unredeemed At the end of the thousand years, Satan will be set free. He will fool the countries of Gog and Magog, which are at the far ends of the earth, and their people will follow him into battle. Judgment roles inflicted They will have as many followers as there are grains of sand along the beach, and they will march all the way across the earth. They will surround the camp of God’s people and the city that his people love. But fire will come down from heaven and destroy the whole army. Then the devil who fooled them will be thrown into the lake of fire and burning sulfur. He will be there with the beast and the false prophet, and they will be in pain day and night forever and ever. The Judgment at the Great White Throne I saw a great white throne with someone sitting on it. Earth and heaven tried to run away, but there was no place for them to go.

I also saw all the dead people standing in front of that throne. Every one of them was there, no matter who they had once been. Several books were opened, and then the book of life was opened. The dead were judged by what those books said they had done. Judgment roles inflicted  The sea gave up the dead people who were in it, and death and its kingdom also gave up their dead. Then everyone was judged by what they had done. Afterwards, death and its kingdom were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death. Anyone whose name wasn’t written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire. Revelation 20:7-15 Cast into lake of fire But I will tell you what will happen to cowards and to everyone who is unfaithful or dirty-minded or who murders or is sexually immoral or uses witchcraft or worships idols or tells lies. They will be thrown into that lake of fire and burning sulfur. Judgment roles inflicted This is the second death. Revelation 21:8 When the die is cast Evil people will keep on being evil, and everyone who is dirty-minded will still be dirty-minded. But good people will keep on doing right, and God’s people will always be holy. Revelation 22:11 Reward for what one has done Then I was told: I am coming soon! And when I come, I will reward everyone for what they have done. Revelation 22:12

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