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Why Does the Bible Teach God will Judge the Righteous and the Wicked Both Together?

Chris McCann
March 27, 2019
Chris McCann

This is an e-mail sent from E Bible Fellowship to a group of FR listeners who still believe God is saving at this time:

If you wouldn't mind, can you ask the men at _____ a question for me? They seem so stuck on the shut door that they haven't addressed, as far as I know, the teaching that God's elect will make an appearance (2 Corinthians 5:10) before the judgment seat of Christ. I would like for them to respond to the doctrine the Lord has opened up to His people regarding the elect remaining on the earth to go through the Day of Judgment.

Specifically, why in Revelation 14:10-12 in the context of Judgment Day is the statement made:

Revelation 14:10 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God..."  ?

And, why in Isaiah 24, which is a chapter devoted to the destruction of the earth (and not judgment so much on the church):

Isaiah 24:6 Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left.

Why does it speak of the inhabitants of the earth being burned at that time, and yet, "few men left"? Please compare the few men left with Zechariah 13:8,9, and 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17.

And what does God mean when He says (about 3 or 4 times) that He is the judge of the quick and the dead? (2 Timothy 4:1 is one place this is stated).

Additionally, the book of Ecclesiastes tells us that there is one event to all (Ecclesiastes 9:2) to the righteous and to the wicked. Why is it that this Biblical principle (one event to all) holds true for everything that happens in this world—except for the final time of man's judgment? At that time, church theologians have taught that the elect are raptured away leaving only the wicked to face the judgment? Does that not violate the principle God established of having one event for all?

Also, Ecclesiastes says,

Ecclesiastes 3:16 And moreover I saw under the sun the place of judgment,that wickedness was there; and the place of righteousness,that iniquity was there.

17 I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.

The place of judgment is spoken of and we're told that God will judge (future tense) the righteous and the wicked there. I know the elect were judged in Christ as He bore our sins at the foundation of the world. Why then this reference to a future time wherein both the righteous and the wicked will be judged?

Hopefully they will see that there is a large portion of information in the Bible concerning the elect going through the judgment that they have cut themselves off from due to their mistake in going back from the fact that God brought the world into judgment on the day of May 21, 2011. If they do begin to realize that the Bible teaches the elect will be left on the earth and tried (see 1 Corinthians 3:11-16) then perhaps they'll realize their present understanding of the end (Christ comes and the world ends) does not allow for the wicked and righteous to experience the final judgment process of God.

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