Sheep and Goats at the Judgment

The son of man shall come in his glory and before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.  At that time nobody shall be able to escape or to change his or her mind, for receiving another outcome in front of Jesus’ judgment seat. Man has to make the proper choice before he dies. Jesus shall place the sheep on his right, and calling them the blessed ones by his Father, who will inherit the kingdom prepared for them from the foundation of the world.

Answers Concerning Prophecies and things future #33

Sheep and Goats at the Judgment

“ And before him shall be gathered all nations, and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd separateth the sheep from ye goats.” (Mt 25:32 GenevaBible)

“ Then shall ye king say to them on his right hand, Come ye blessed of my father: take the inheritance of the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” (Mt 25:34 GenevaBible)

“ Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, and fed thee? or a thirst, and gave thee drink?” (Mt 25:37 GenevaBible)

The word-picture of the Lord Jesus Christ as given by Matthew (xxv. 32) is undoubtedly that of the judgment of the responsible — quick and dead — in the day when the secrets will be revealed.

The whole of the account precludes the idea of any political application of the parable. Verses 34 and 37 seem to rule out of account the idea of “nations”, which some have read into the narrative.

The Judge will not call any nation righteous, much less invite them to inherit the Kingdom, and give them eternal life (verse 46).

“ And these shall go into everlasting pain, and the righteous into life eternal.” (Mt 25:46 GenevaBible)

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Preceding

Answers Concerning Prophecies and things future #1 Introduction: What is Prophecy? – Prophets, fortune-tellers and Prophecy

Answers Concerning Prophecies and things future #2 Shiloh

Answers Concerning Prophecies and things future #3 Job’s Redeemer

Answers Concerning Prophecies and things future #4 Judah — Gods Battle Axe

Answers Concerning Prophecies and things future #5 Evening Morning Period

Answers Concerning Prophecies and things future #6 Daniel’s Seventy Weeks

Answers Concerning Prophecies and things future #7 Toes of the Image

Answers Concerning Prophecies and things future #8 The Fourth Beast

Answers Concerning Prophecies and things future #9 Michael the Great Prince

Answers Concerning Prophecies and things future #10 Gog

Answers Concerning Prophecies and things future #11 King of the North

Answers Concerning Prophecies and things future #12 The Little Horn of the Goat

Answers Concerning Prophecies and things future #13 Antiochus Epiphanes

Answers Concerning Prophecies and things future #14 Tarshish

Answers Concerning Prophecies and things future #15 More about Tarshish

Answers Concerning Prophecies and things future #16 Weapons of War as Fuel

Answers Concerning Prophecies and things future #17 Temple of Ezekiel’s Prophecy

Answers Concerning Prophecies and things future #18 Shape of Ezekiel’s Temple

Answers Concerning Prophecies and things future #19 Annual Pilgrimage to Jerusalem

Answers Concerning Prophecies and things future #20 King of the South

Answers Concerning Prophecies and things future #21 Messiah the Prince

Answers Concerning Prophecies and things future #22 Micah’s Forty Years

Answers Concerning Prophecies and things future #22 Wounded in the House of My Friends

Answers Concerning Prophecies and things future #23 Elijah Before Christ

Answers Concerning Prophecies and things future #23 Riches of Egypt

Answers Concerning Prophecies and things future #24 One of a City, Two of a Family

Answers Concerning Prophecies and things future #25 Called My Son Out of Egypt

Answers Concerning Prophecies and things future #26 That it might be Fulfilled

Answers Concerning Prophecies and things future #27 Mount Olivet Prophecy

Answers Concerning Prophecies and things future #28 The Number of the Beast

Answers Concerning Prophecies and things future #29 The Sign of the Son of Man

Answers Concerning Prophecies and things future #30 Sacrifices in the Millennium

Answers Concerning Prophecies and things future #31 Transport to the Judgment Seat

Answers Concerning Prophecies and things future #32 Identity in the Resurrection

Atonement And Fellowship 6/8

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Additional reading

  1. Matthew 24:42-51 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Stay Awake!
  2. Matthew 25:31-46 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Judgment on the Realm of Heaven #1 Matthew 25:31-34
  3. Matthew 25:31-46 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Judgment on the Realm of Heaven #2 Matthew 25:34-36
  4. Matthew 25:31-46 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Judgment on the Realm of Heaven #3 Matthew 25:37-40
  5. Matthew 25:31-46 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Judgment on the Realm of Heaven #4 Matthew 25:41-46
  6. His Life for the Sheep
  7. Only once and with consequences
  8. Looking for a shepherd for the sheep and goats

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Related

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  2. The Civility of Sheep and Goats
  3. Healing Our Nation (Mt 25:31-40)
  4. Divine Judgment

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