INTRO: In the first message on this parable we looked at Matthew 25:31-32a (read). We said we have two events here that are separated by a period of time. The first event is when the Lord Jesus comes from heaven with all His holy angels. The second event is when He sits on the throne in His glory to judge the nations. We saw that many events happen in between these two. Some Jews who have fled Jerusalem are holed up in the hills, and the Lord goes there to liberate them. Jerusalem is in the death-grips of the enemy, and the Lord delivers them. This is clear from Zechariah 14. The battle of Armageddon then takes place. And in my view, when all is said and done before the people of Matthew 25 are gathered together for judgment, all unbelievers will have died. Well, look at Matthew 25:31-32, "When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats.â€ť And let me now ask you this question I did not have time for in the last message: Where will this judgment take place? Washington DC? Moscow? Well, or Ottawa? Certainly not in Ottawa. Or, could it be Jerusalem? Or can we even know?
True in deed! I like the reference in the sermon to Dr. Harold Willmington. It is so wonderful to be able to learn from the likes. He in his comments on the Lords Prayer said "If you wonâ€™t forgive â€¦ you canâ€™t pray, â€śForgive us our debts."
And he also agrees that " we cannot make a final judgment concerning the salvation of any professing Christian, for only God knows those who truly belong to him."
It is so good to hear good solid teaching from the bible and be able to study further to the edifying of the saints.
Great Insight! From Dr. Harold Willmington:
Question: What kind of person is unable to pray the Lordâ€™s prayer?
If you donâ€™t know Christ â€¦ you canâ€™t pray, â€śOur Father.â€ť
If you glorify yourself â€¦ you canâ€™t pray, â€śHallowed be Thy name.â€ť
If you reject His rules â€¦ you canâ€™t pray, â€śThy kingdom come.â€ť
If you wonâ€™t submit â€¦ you canâ€™t pray, â€śThy will be done.â€ť
If your life is only for here and now â€¦ you canâ€™t pray, â€śOn earth as it is in heaven.â€ť
If you are self-sufficient â€¦ you canâ€™t pray, â€śGive us our daily bread.â€ť
If you wonâ€™t forgive â€¦ you canâ€™t pray, â€śForgive us our debts.â€ť
If you seek sin â€¦ you canâ€™t pray, â€śLead us not into temptation.â€ť
If you are a friend of evil â€¦ you canâ€™t pray, â€śDeliver us from evil.â€ť
If you build your own kingdom â€¦ you canâ€™t pray, â€śThine is the kingdom.â€ť
If you want power â€¦ you canâ€™t pray, â€śThine is the power.â€ť
If you always take credit â€¦ you canâ€™t pray, â€śThine is the glory.â€ť
And also:" we cannot make a final judgment concerning the salvation of any professing Christian, for only God knows those who truly belong to him. â€śNevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, the Lord knoweth them that are his. And, let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquityâ€ť (2 Tim. 2:19)."