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Judgment of the Gentile Nations

The Judgment of the Gentile Nations

In the book of Isaiah, we read these words: ” He shall judge between the nations, and rebuke many people; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore. O house of Jacob, come and let us walk in the light of the LORD” (Isa. 2:4-5).

The prophet, Joel, saw a vision of the last days: “For behold, in those days and at that time, when I bring back the captives of Judah and Jerusalem, i will also gather all nations, and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; and I will enter into judgment with them there On account of My people, My heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations; They have also divided up My land” (Joel 3:1-2). The valley of Jehoshaphat is the valley that separates the Mount of Olives from the “Temple Mount” on Mount Zion.

However, at that time the valley will be different and larger. “Then the LORD will go forth and fight against those nations, as He fights in the day of battle. And in that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which faces Jerusalem on the east. And the Mount of Olives shall be split in two, From east to west, making a very large valley; half of the mountain shall move toward the north and half of it toward the south” (Zech. 14:3). Today the valley runs north and south, it appears that it will be changed to run east and west.

The prophet, Isaiah, gives us even more amazing insight as he sheds light on the future roles of Israel and the Gentile nations. “The sons of foreigners shall build up your walls, and their kings shall minister to you; For in My wrath I struck you, but in My favor I have had mercy on you. Therefore your gates shall be open continually; they shall not be shut day or night, that men may bring to you the wealth of the Gentiles, And their kings in procession. For the nation and kingdom which will not serve you shall perish, and those nations shall be utterly ruined” (Isa. 60:10-12). It appears that the Gentile nations will pay homage to Israel during eternity. Whereas, in the past, the Gentiles have placed the Jews in bondage and persecuted them, now they will honor them. Those nations that will not honor the Jews will be judged and will perish.

It is important that we realize that Christ is judging nations and not individual Gentiles at this point. Each individual Gentile will be judged based upon their faith and confession of the Lord Jesus as Savior and Lord. They have refused to take the mark of the beast during the great tribulation. If they have not taken the mark of Christ, they will be cast into hell. But it seems clear that some national identities will survive, and these verses refer to the judgment of those nations. Individual Gentiles, who are saved, will go into the kingdom as members of one of these surviving nations.

As Jesus departed out of the temple of Jerusalem for the last time, just before His crucifixion, He turned to His disciples, and announced that the temple would be thrown down. In their astonishment, three questions were asked and recorded in Matthew 24:3. When shall these things be? What shall be the sign of thy coming? What will it be like at the end of the ages? Jesus’ response is recorded in what is called the Olivet Discourse in Matthew chapters twenty-four and twenty-five. Beginning with verse thirty-one of chapter twenty-five, He speaks of the judgment of the nations.

“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. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.'” “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matt. 25:31-34, 41).

It is reccomended that you study “The Church and the Rapture” next before going to the study of Revelation.