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Eternal Judgment
Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to
maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in
God, instruction about cleansing rites, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and
eternal judgment.  Hebrews 6:1-2

One of the six basic teachings of Christ is Eternal Judgment.  All unbelievers will have to stand
before God someday and be judged as to how they lived their lives.  Christians too will have to
stand before God, but only those sins which have not been forgiven will be dealt with.  

And for your lifeblood I will surely demand an accounting. I will demand an accounting from every
animal. And from each human being, too, I will demand an accounting for the life of another human
being.  Genesis 9:5

For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat.  It is written:  ‘“As surely as I live,” says the Lord,
“Every knee will bow before me; every tongue will acknowledge God.”’  So then, each of us will give
an account of ourselves to God.  Romans 14:10-12

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due
to us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.  2 Corinthians 5:10

These scriptures clearly show us that everyone will have to stand before God someday and give
an account of how they lived their life.   This will happen in two stages.   Once for believers and
once for the unbelievers.   Believers will get to stand before God after the resurrection/rapture.  
Unbelievers after the 1000 year reign of Christ on earth.
If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not
forgiven.  John 20:23  

Even though this study is on Eternal Judgment, this scripture is relevant here.   What it means is
this.  If someone sins against you and you forgive them, the case is closed.  But if you do not
forgive them, it is left open, and they will have to deal with it when they stand before God.  So if
you run into a situation where someone wrongs you and you cannot rectify it with them, simply
turn it over to God and let Him deal with it for you when they appear before Him.  
Then I saw a great white throne and him who was
seated on it. The earth and the heavens fled from his
presence, and there was no place for them.  And I saw
the dead, great and small, standing before the throne,
and books were opened. Another book was opened,
which is the book of life. The dead were judged
according to what they had done as recorded in the
books. The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and
death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them,
and each person was judged according to what they
had done.  Then death and Hades were thrown into the
lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death.  Anyone
whose name was not found written in the book of life
was thrown into the lake of fire.  Revelation 20:11-15
This judgment happens after the 1000 year reign of Christ on the earth, after the devil is loosed
for a short time and leads another rebellion against God and is thrown into the lake of fire, and
after Jesus sends his angels to remove all the remaining wicked and rebellious out of his
kingdom.  At this point there are no more unbelievers left on the earth, they are all in their graves
awaiting their judgment.  So far they have not been judged for how they lived, they have only
been judged as being an unbeliever.   This is why they are not in heaven.  

In my study on Burn in Hell, I cover the scriptures that show that unbelievers will perish or be
destroyed as John 3:16 and many other scriptures indicate.  Here we will see how that will
happen.  All the dead will "come to life". Rev 20:5  They will not get eternal life, they will simply
come back to life just like Lazarus did when Jesus raised him from the dead.  The court is open,
the Judge is seated, and every person gets to have their "day in court".   They are judged
according to what was written about them in the books.  What we may not realize is that God
always sees everything that we do.  These things are written in books and it is by these things
that they will all be judged.  And this judgment is not to determine if they go to heaven or the
lake of fire, that has already been determined, it's to decide how long they will spend in the lake
of fire based on how they lived their lives and what they did.

For God to hand out the same judgment to everyone would be unfair.  It would be just as unfair
for everyone to spend eternity in the lake of fire as it would be for everyone to simply perish
immediately upon being thrown in. God is bound by his word to
"repay each person according to
what they have done"
. If someone simply did not want to serve God, but was a good person, lived
well, and even helped their fellow man, it would be unfair to give them the same sentence as
someone who took advantage of others, never helped anyone, and stole and cheated their whole
life.  This is why each person will be judged according to how each of them lived their life.   This
would not be necessary if everyone had the same sentence, this is why it is done fairly for all
and each person is dealt with differently.  This is similar to our current court and jail system.  
Everyone gets a different sentence depending on the crime.

But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against
yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed.  God ‘will repay
each person according to what they have done.’ To those who by persistence in doing good seek
glory, honour and immortality, he will give eternal life.  But for those who are self-seeking and who
reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger.  Romans 2:5-8

God will decide how long of a "sentence" each person will receive based on what is written in
the books.  Some will get a short sentence, and others a long one.   Basically what God will do is
extend each person's life to the end of their sentence.   In other words, some will live a few
months longer, and others a few years.   They will serve their sentence in the lake of fire and
then they will perish, or be destroyed, and they will exist no more.   This is NOT pergatory that
the Catholics believe in.   This is the final judgment from which there is no escape.   This is the
second death.   This is where all unbelievers perish and are gone forever, never to exist again.  
But those that did evil things are not going to get off lightly.  And this is why they get a day in
court where all truth will be presented, where they won't be able to lie about their intentions, and
the book of life will be double checked to make sure their name is not there before being
sentenced to the lake of fire for their crimes against God and humanity.
How do we know that it will happen this way.  Because the Bible says that all unbelievers will be
cast into the lake of fire.  Rev 20:15.   And we know they won't die instantly.
They will throw them
into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.  Matthew 13:42
There is only two places everyone goes:  heaven or the lake of fire.   Believers go to heaven,
unbelievers to the lake of fire.   Since this is so, why then should each of them be judged based on
their works?  It's not works that determines where we go, it's whether we chose to serve God or
not.  If they are already going to the lake of fire, why bother judging each person, why not line
them all up, pronounce them guilty, and push them in?  There can only be one reason for this:  To
be fair to each person.  To give each person a chance to defend their actions.   Because God is
always fair with everyone, he can't give everyone the same sentence. This makes it fair for all just
like when we now have the opportunity to go to court and defend our actions when we are
charged with a crime.  And if we are found guilty, the judge is obligated to sentence us to the
punishment that our crime deserves.  God will do the same.  After their day in court, there will be
no doubt what so ever about what each person did  because in this life they can lie, but when they
stand before God they won't be able to.   In this life they can get away with murder, in God's
judgment they won't be able to because the evidence and their actions and motives will all be
truthfully exposed.   So just because someone gets away with something in this life does not
mean they will get away with it forever.  They will have to answer for it in God's judgment.  And
then God will give them the sentence that their crime deserves.

Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to
avenge; I will repay," says the Lord.  Romans 12:19