The hour of His Judgment - Part One
Vindicating God’s Character
“Fear God and give glory to Him” says the message, “for the hour of His judgment is come” Revelation 14:7. The hour has come for God to bring every work into judgment, and every secret thing whether it be good or evil. When Christ ascended to heaven, He went to complete the work of redemption and to receive a kingdom. His kingdom is to be established through judgment and justice. Prophet Isaiah declares, “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder… Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon His kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.” Isaiah 9:6, 7.
Jeremiah in agreement to the prophecy of Isaiah writes, “Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.” It is without question that the offspring of David, the root of Jesse, came and lived among men as one like them, and finally died an ignominious death upon the cross of Calvary. But now Jesus is risen; He is alive forever more and is set down on the right hand of the throne of God. This same Jesus, will soon return to “give every man according as his work shall be.” Revelation 22:12. The message of the judgment hour prepares us for that great and glorious event, moreover it will vindicate the character of God which has been put on trial since the fall of Lucifer the covering cherub.
For, sin or rebellion had its origin in Heaven, right before the presence of God. Scripture tells us that, “there was war in heaven.” Revelation 12:7. How war can break out in the very presence of God may seem beyond our comprehension, yet without doubt the Bible asserts that “Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven” Revelation 12:7, 8.
Michael - meaning one who is like God - is none other than Jesus. He alone is “the brightness of His glory, and the express image of His person,” Hebrews 1:3, even He who is called “Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6. The great dragon that was cast out is “that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world.” Revelation 12:9.
When this war broke out in Heaven, God’s character was put on trial. Satan had accused God of being an unfair ruler, the Bible says, “his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth.” Revelation 12:4. A third of the angels of Heaven were deceived into believing his lies. They sympathized with this great rebel, and suffered the same fate. When he was cast out into the earth, his angels were cast out with him. (Revelation 12:9).
Through a “multitude of merchandise” and “the multitude of iniquity of traffick,” (Ezekiel 28:16, 19), he sought to falsify the word of God and had misrepresented His plan of government claiming that God was not just in imposing laws upon the angels; that in requiring submission and obedience from His creatures, He was seeking merely the exaltation of Himself. God’s abhorrence of this sin is seen in this command in His word, “Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people… I am the LORD.” Leviticus 19:16.
Even when Satan was cast out of Heaven, Infinite Wisdom did not destroy him. The inhabitants of heaven and of the worlds, being unprepared to comprehend the nature or consequences of sin, could not then have seen the justice of God in the destruction of Satan. They would serve God out of fear. God can only accept the service of love. Christ made it clear to His disciples that when He departs from them, He will send the Spirit of truth.
When the Spirit of truth is come “He will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment… of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.” John 16:8, 11. For the good of the entire universe through the ceaseless ages, Satan must more fully develop his principles, that his charges against the divine government might be seen in their true light by all created beings, and that the justice and mercy of God and the immutability of His law might be forever placed beyond all question.
The judgment will bring justice to God’s dear followers on earth. God has never been without true representatives on this earth who have made His interests their own. These witnesses of God have held fast to the promises of God which are built on His word; yea, even the glorious appearing of Jesus our Lord. Of all promises that are to be found in the word of God, this stands as the sum of them all. They counted all things but loss, for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus our Lord. They walked among men even as their Master walked; going about lightning the earth with the glory of God and defusing life and hope to those around them.
Yet the sacred pages tell us that “they were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.” Hebrews 11:37, 38. Thus this work of judgment will also work as a cleaver that separates between the sons of God and the children of the devil; the subjects of the kingdom of the Prince of Peace, the everlasting God, and the subjects of the kingdom of the prince of darkness, Satan the arch deceiver. Now, the natural question would be, when and where did this judgment take place?