If you would, open up your Bibles with me to the book of
Revelations chapter twenty. Revelations chapter twenty.
We have been teaching on Revelations for the past three
meetings. Amen? Praise the Lord. And these are just some
of the messages that God has for His people in this hour. We
thank God that He gave John the revelation while he was on
the isle of Patmos (amen?), while he was in exile, while he
was all alone with the Holy Spirit.
Revelations chapter twenty, and verse one.
1. And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the
key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.
2. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is
the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years.
3. And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and
set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no
more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that
he must be loosed a little season.
4. And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment
was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were
beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God,
and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image,
neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their
hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand
Let us pray.
Most holy and gracious heavenly Father, we thank You for
this time of fellowship together with You in Your Name.
Father, hide Your son behind the cross that Your people
would see You and not me. Father, as I decrease, I truly ask
that You would increase. And Father, let the words of my
mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Thy
sight, oh Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.
Father, I thank You that every principality, ruler of the
darkness of this world, spiritual wickedness in high places is
bound and forbidden to operate. And every one of them I
loose from their assignment. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
Many of us have been led to believe that the judgment is just
one big event taking place at the end of the world, when saints
and sinners will stand up before the great white throne of God
to be judge.
But this is not the way that it is. Glory to God. As we read in
our Scripture (glory to God) there is a first resurrection. And
then there is the second resurrection.
I don't know about you tonight, but I plan to go in the first
resurrection. I don't plan to go in the... You don't hear me. I
don't want no part of the second death. I don't want any part
of the second resurrection. I want to be caught up in the first
When we look at the Scripture, it speaks (glory to God) of
five different judgments. And tonight we will talk about the
subject of each of the judgments. We will talk about the place
of each of the judgments, and the result of each of the
judgments. Glory to God. And what I have done is, I have
chosen to go into it just like this.
The judgment of the wicked and the dead is a determined day
after the millennium, after the thousand-year reign of Christ.
Come on and pray with me tonight. This judgment (glory to
God) is for the wicked and for the dead.
When we look at our Bible (glory to God) in verse eleven and
chapter twenty, John said,
11. And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it,
from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and
there was found no place for them.
12. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God;
and the books were opened: and another book was opened,
which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of
those things which were written in the books, according to
13. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and the
death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and
they were judged every man according to their works.
14. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is
the second death.
According to Scripture, as saints of God, we don't have to
worry about the second death. According to Scripture (glory
to God) we're going to be caught up in the first resurrection. I
don't know about you, but when He cracks the sky, I'm going
to be changed in a moment, in a twinkling of an eye. This
moral will put on immortality. This corruptible will put on
incorruption. Glory to God.
This second death is not for true saints. This second death is
for the wicked and the dead. When we look at Revelations
twenty and verse fifteen, it said,
15. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life
was cast into the lake of fire.
This is the result of that judgment, the time after the
millennium, the place before the great white throne, and the
result-cast into the lake of fire. This is the judgment of the
wicked and the dead.
Then we have the judgment of the nations. If you would, go
with me to Matthew chapter twenty-five. Glory to God. The
judgment of the nations. In Matthew chapter twenty-five,
verse thirty-one and verse thirty-two, it reads as thus and
31. When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the
holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his
32. And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall
separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his
sheep from the goats:
This is the time at the glorious appearing of Christ. Where is
the place? If you will, turn with me to Job chapter three. It is
in the valley of Jehosaphat. Glory be to God. This is the
place of the judgment of the saints, I mean, excuse me, of the
nations. And what is the result? According to Matthew
twenty-five and verse forty-six, some will be saved, and some
will be lost. He's going to separate the sheep from the goats.
You see, in the house of God, a lot of pastors try to separate
the sheep from the goats. But it's not the pastor's job to
separate the sheep from the goats. The goats got to... Oh, you
don't hear me tonight. The goats got to grow up with the
sheep, because every now and then a goat is going to turn into
a sheep. But in the mean time, saints of God, the pastor's got
to allow the goats to be milked. You don't hear me tonight.
The goats and the sheep will be separated at the judgment of
the nations. You don't have to worry about the goats in the
house of God. You don't have to worry about those that want
to buck. You don't hear me tonight.
You don't have to worry about those that always got
something to say. You don't have to worry about those that
don't have a teachable spirit. You don't have to worry about
those that can't agree with anything. You don't have to worry
about those that won't stand for anything. They'll be
separated at the judgment of the nations.
Next we have the conduct or works of believers that are to be
judged. If you would turn with me to Hebrews chapter ten.
Glory be to God. We're not going to be here all night. But I
just want to show you a few things. The time is going to be
when Christ comes. The place is going to be in the air. The
result to the believer is a reward or loss. But he himself shall
be saved according to Hebrews chapter ten and verse
seventeen. It said,
17. And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.
They will be saved (glory to God) but their works will be
burned up by the fire. But every work will be judged for what
it is (glory to God) according to the Word.
Our lives and our works must both line up with the Word of
God. Do you hear what I'm saying tonight? I can't do what I
want to do for me. Only what I do for Christ is going to last.
I can't stand before you (glory to God) for me. I've got to
stand before you for Christ. I can't come to you in my own
name. I got to come to you in the Name that's above every
name. Oh, you don't hear me tonight. Only what I do for
Christ is going to last.
I can look good all I want to look good. I can be eloquent all
I want to be eloquent. But only what I do for Christ is going
to last. Our lives and works will be reviewed by the Lord.
In Second Corinthians five, verse nine and ten, it says,
9. Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we
may be accepted of him.
10. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of
Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his
body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or
You see, we're going to be judged in the body according to
whether it was done good or whether it was done bad. We're
going to be judged (glory to God) for our works sake. But we
ourselves will be saved.
You see, when we get to heaven... You see, my reward may
be a little bit different from your reward. You see,
everybody's not going to get all the same thing. Some of us
are going to get (glory to God) more than other people get.
But still there'll be no jealous... You don't hear me tonight. I
won't be jealous of you, and you won't be jealous of me.
Because Satan has no place there. Glory to God.
Give Him all you got while you can. Work for Him while
you can. Work for Him while you have strength.
Many of us have callings on our lives, but we have not
answered that call. We've heard Him call, but we have not
answered. Don't be caught with your work undone.
Many people are trying to decide whether or not they want to
preach the Gospel. Paul said, "I count it a privilege and an
honor to be called to preach." Many people are called to the
ministry, the five-fold ministry, but they're still running from
it. God help them on the last day. Listen at what I'm saying.
Do what you can do while it is day, for the night is going to
come when no man can work.
If you got people that are trying to help you get where you're
going, then let them help you. Many of us are receiving help,
but we're pushing the help away. And then when we feel like
we're ready, then we want to come. But it may be too late
then. Your season in that place to get your help may be over.
Oh, you don't hear me tonight.
Your work is going to be judged for what manner it is.
In Romans fourteen and verse ten, it says,
10. But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou
set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the
judgment seat of Christ.
It's talking about believers. We judge ourselves by ourselves
more than the world judges us. The Bible says they that judge
themselves by themselves are not wise. We judge ourselves
by ourselves. Glory to God. We judge their anointing. We
judge how well they sing. We judge how well they preach.
We judge even the clothes that they wear.
Why do we judge each other so harshly? We judge each other
so harshly. But yet when it's our turn, we want to cry,
"Mercy. Have mercy on me." The Holy Spirit will judge.
Our Father will judge. Jesus will judge. Let's stop judging
ourselves by ourselves.
This is one of the major problems in the body of Christ. This
is one of the reasons why people leave churches hurt. Jesus
said, "If any man come to Me, I won't cast him out." So then
why do we cast each other out?
The only way you ought to leave a brother or sister alone is
for a little while, for the destruction of the flesh, when they're
in the flesh, and they refuse to come out of the flesh. But we
judge each other for everything.
Wave your hands to Jesus tonight.
Saints of God, listen. All we have to do is keep on working.
Keep on working. And when we make a mistake, then the
Lord will correct us of those mistakes. But if a brother's not
mature, then ye that are spiritual, restore such a one in the
spirit of meekness. Restoration is of God. Restoration is of
But as soon as someone makes a mistake, they're not worthy
any more to do the work of the Lord. Judge not and ye shall
not be judged. For the same measure ye mete, it will be met
back to you again.
The Word of God will convict and it will judge. When
someone's in sin, they will judge themselves. Saints, the
Lord is speaking to us. We go fast and slow. But every now
and then He wants you to meditate on something.
He's coming back soon. He's coming back soon. You don't
have time to talk about me, and I don't have time to talk about
you. All we have time to do is live holy and do what the
Word of God says to do.
It's in Matthew sixteen and twenty-seven that tells us that we
shall be rewarded according to our works. Revelations
twenty-two and verse twelve says
12. And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me,
to give every man according as his work shall be.
All of these Scriptures are talking about rewards and
Listen, saints. Many of you that are sitting out there, you
come to church, but you just sit down in church. But you've
got something to do for the Lord. Let Him use you. Let Him
The fourth one is the judgment of sin in the believer. The
time is any time. The place is anywhere. The result, the
chastisement by the Lord, if we judge not ourselves.
In First Corinthians eleven, verse thirty one and thirty two, it
31. For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be
32. But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord,
that we should not be condemned with the world.
Our judgment is not with the world. The only thing He is
going to judge is our works. He's going to judge your works
for what manner it was, if you're a real saint of God.
In Hebrews twelve and seven, it says,
7. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with
sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
Listen, saints. Many of us are being chastened of the Lord,
and we don't know that we're being chastened. And
sometimes we think it's the enemy that's on our track, when
it's the God Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob that's really dealing
with us to get us out of our sin. Glory be to God.
In John nineteen, verse seventeen through eighteen, it tells us
what Jesus did for us as saints, as saints. It said,
17. And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the
place of a skull, which is called in Hebrew Golgotha:
18. Where they crucified him...
In First Peter two and twenty-four, it says,
24. Who is own self bare our sins in his body on the tree...
In First Peter three and eighteen, it says,
18. For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the
unjust, that he might bring us to God...
He's coming back soon for a church without spot, wrinkle, or
blemish. He's coming back not for just True Vine Ministries,
but He's coming back for His Bride, those that have extra oil
in their lamps, those that are not ashamed of the Gospel of
Jesus Christ, those that have a testimony of who He is. That's
who He's coming back for.
In Galatians three and thirteen, it said He became a curse for
us by hanging on the tree.
In Second Corinthians five and twenty-one, it said He became
sin for us so that we could become the righteousness of God
With all that He's done of us, there's nothing that we should
not do for Him. We should be ready, and we should be
willing, no matter what the time, no matter what the season,
no matter what's going on in our lives. We should be ready
and willing to do whatever it is that the Lord is calling us to
In John five and verse twenty-four, it says,
24. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that hearth my word,
and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and
shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death
If you're a saint of God in this place, do the work that He's
called you to do. But if you're not a saint of God, the Bible
says that He doesn't hear sinner's prayers. But there's an
opportunity before He comes back for you to give your live to
Him. The Bible says He gives us a space to repent. He gives
us a season to get it right.
Close your eyes in this place tonight.
The Lord is here for His people. But He said, "I have not
come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance." That's
what He's done. He's come to call sinners to repentance.
The Bible says that no man knows the hour that the Son of
man cometh. He can come any time now.
I don't know about you, but I want to be ready. I want to be
ready when Jesus comes. I want to be ready when Jesus
comes. Yes, Lord Jesus.
You may be someone here tonight that knows that they're not
ready. But you want to be ready for Jesus. You want to give
your life to Him, that you don't have to stay down here and go
through the tribulation period, and that you'll have no part of
the second death.