Psalm 9:17 The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.
Brothers and sisters, just as the Psalm speaks of heaven as the destiny of the righteous (Psalm 23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever,) so they speak of hell as the destiny of the wicked (Psalm 1:6 For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, But the way of the ungodly shall perish).
It is a place from which the righteous want to be delivered (Psalm 86:13 For great is Your mercy toward me, and You have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.
Scriptures like this one confirm the New Testament affirmation of a day of final judgment in which the righteousness of God will be displayed and the wickedness of unrepentant humankind will finally receive punishment.
The Son of Man Will Judge Nations
Matthew 25:31-46 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. (32) All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. (33) and He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goat on the left. (34) 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. (35) For I was hungry and you gave Me food, I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; (36) I was naked and you clothed Me, I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to me. (37) Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? (38) when did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothed You? (39) or when did we see You sick, or in prison and come to You? (40)and the King will answer and say to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.(41) Then He say to those on the left hand, Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels. (42) For I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; (43) I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me. (44) They they also will answer Him saying, Lord when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick in prison, and did not minister to You? (45) Then He will answer them, saying, Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me. (46) And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.
Matthew 25:31 The final section of this discourse involves judgment. Matthew has been called the “Gospel of judgment” because the subject occurs so often. This is expected, since Matthew emphasizes the coming of the kingdom and thus the judgment that accompanies it.
(31) When The Son Of Man comes in His glory recalls the words of Daniel 7:13-14, 27 and anticipates the future reign of Christ Revelation 5:9-10; 19:11-18; 20:4-6
(32) Nations here means the Gentiles. Sheep and goats.
(34) The kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world indicates that this kingdom has always been God’s goal for humans.
(40) Three groups are referred to in vv. 31-46: sheep, goats, and My brethren. At the very least, these “brethren” are believers in Jesus Christ.
(46) Everlasting and eternal are used to describe both torment and life, indicating that one will last as long as the other.
Accept Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, today. Today is the day of salvation. Now is the accepted time. You may not really have tomorrow. Salvation is a free gift. Have a Blessed Day.
Written By Edward Jeffries