Good Morning! Today’s Bible Reading is Matthew 25:31-46
Brother James Jones gave us his resignation at church last night, we are sorry to see him leave us but I texted him this morning asking if I could still use some of his devotionals from his books and he said I was very welcome to but as far as his decision the LORD is leading him in another direction, that He loves the people of our church and there are no ill feelings on his part. His devotional on this passage is a great theological breakdown of this passage and gives us a Biblical worldview on how we should be as a nation toward Israel… the only thing I would add is to not miss the personal message as to how you should be with the people you are privileged to influence and help: Christly compassion demands you do what is necessary when need arises to the extent of your ability… it actually comes down to what is in your heart, now to Brother James’ entry.
The Kings Judgment
Throughout History, nations have given lip service to peace, while preparing for war. The world has already experienced World War I and II. There will be a World War III when the anti-Christ summons the nations of the world to fight against God. Someday, the LORD will bring all nations into judgment – Joel 3:9-17. Jesus described them as being “sheep” and “goats” nations (25:33). The judgment of nations is for Gentiles. God deals with Israel in a separate way because they are His chosen people. The judgment of nations takes place on earth immediately following the battle of Armageddon at the end of the Tribulation period and just before the millennial reign of Christ – Zechariah 14:1-9; Revelation 19:11-16. Jerusalem will be the place of this judgment. Jesus will place His feet on the Mount of Olives. In Heaven Jesus has been waiting for the time when His enemies will be made His footstool – Psalms 2; Psalms 110.
Like a shepherd He will separate the nations “as a shepherd divideth His sheep from the goats” (25:32). As the Good Shepherd, He knows His own. Jesus will claim His title as King over all the earth (25:34). The government will be on His shoulders. The purpose of the Judgment of Nations will be to determine how nations will participate in Christ’s millennial reign. Apparently, some will not lose their identity, even though their population may be small as a result of the Great Tribulation Period. How the nations have treated the Jews will be the key to their status in the Millennium (25:35-40). The nations who failed to support the LORD’s brethren will lose their identity. They will be grouped together with the non-believers and be sentenced to the everlasting punishment of Hell. Every nation which harms the Jewish nation is in danger of punishment from God. In like manner, those who bless Israel will be blessed – Genesis 12:3. Our nation needs desperately to see its need to stand firm with Israel at all times, regardless of world opinion.
– From page 20 of “Lighting the Path, New Testament” by Brother James Jones