WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY
The Bible Definition of Judgment
-- Betty Miller
Judgment On Sin -- Betty Miller
Judgment Hangs Over Our Nation -- Betty Miller
THE BIBLE DEFINITION OF JUDGMENT
usually has an evil connotation to it (the execution of the penalty for
sin), it also has a positive side. Judgment has to do with the sowing
and reaping process. This is defined in Galatians 6:7-9: " Be
not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall
he also reap. 8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap
corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap
life everlasting. 9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due
season we shall reap, if we faint not."
From this, we can see that the negative side of judgment is that evil
reaps destruction, while on the positive side, good that is sown through
Jesus is rewarded. God's judgment on evil is seen by the curse that is
on wicked men, while God's judgment for the righteous will manifest in
His blessings and rewards on them. This is true for individuals as well
As a nation (the
USA), we have sown good and evil. I believe God has been gracious and
merciful to us because we have reached out to help the other nations of
the world. The church has sent many missionaries around the world.
Christians in this nation have supported many missionary works, while
Christians and others have supported humanitarian works in every nation.
The United States government has poured billions of dollars into foreign
aid and forgiven billions of dollars of indebtedness to other countries.
We are one of the first on the scene to arrive with aid and assistance
when natural disasters, such as earthquakes, strike other countries.
America has helped the oppressed and poor of other nations. She has
helped rebuild infrastructures, railways, etc. after nations have been
ravaged by war. I could name many more, but this should suffice.
As a nation, we
have also sown much evil. We have exported our ungodly music, movies,
pornography, tobacco, alcohol. Our tobacco companies cannot sell their
wares to the young people in our nation but they are allowed to export
it to the youth of other nations. We have been hypocritical in calling
ourselves a Christian nation when we allow abortion. Many Americans are
drug addicts, and are consumed with pornography and vile movies. We
commit adultery without blushing and are sex-crazed. I have noticed that
the most prevalent types of ads that daily come across the Internet are
ads selling something pertaining to sex, ads that tell you how to become
a millionaire, and those that encourage gambling. Instead of being a
good example to the world, we export our vices. Sharing Christ with
other nations is difficult when they see our lust and materialism. Our
American culture has been shot through with all types of sinful
temptations designed by the devil to keep us weak and fearful and
powerless to fight against him. Yes, judgment comes upon us as we reap
what we have sown. God wants to bless us with good things, but our sins
prevent God from blessing us.
5:25: "Your iniquities have turned away these things, and your sins have
withholden good things from you."
We are all being
judged by the Word of God daily. When we fail to keep God's laws and
Christ's commandments, we are judged in that respect. When we honor God
and keep His Word, we are also judged as faithful. There is one way we
can avert judgment. When we repent of our sins and walk in a daily
relationship with Jesus, we no longer come under judgment. Jesus took
our judgment on the cross to save us from hell, which is the penalty for
our sins. We must pray that the church comes to true repentance that
will produce a genuine revival in our nation and the world.
12:47-48: "And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him
not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. He that
rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the
word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day."
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JUDGMENT ON SIN
by Betty Miller
Judgment is already falling. What's happening to church leadership? Their sins have
found them out. The Word says our sins will find us out. "But if ye will not do
so, behold, ye have sinned against the Lord: and be sure your sin will find you out"
(Numbers 32:23). If we have hidden sins, they're going to be exposed. So if we have any
hidden sins, we need to go to God right now and cry out for deliverance. We need to get on
our knees, pray and fast, and seek God for deliverance. If we don't, our hidden sins are
going to be exposed. But if we take care of those sins in the prayer closet, they won't
have to be exposed.
It's not by works that we gain deliverance from hidden sins. We cannot break sinful
habits in our own strength. It's only by faith in God and by His power that we're able to
gain the victory. Most Christians can testify of how God has delivered them from a major
sin. Many have been delivered from alcohol, or tobacco, or adultery. If Jesus has
delivered us from one sin, can He not also deliver us from the rest of them? We have the
attitude, "Well, I'm just a sinner and can only continue sinning." No, God is
saying He has given us the power over sin. He's telling us if we use His tools and His
power we can overcome any sin in our lives. God is wanting us to deal with the sin
"For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but
under grace. What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace?
God forbid. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants
ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? But
God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that
form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the
servants of righteousness" (Romans 6: 14-18).
Sin is the problem with the world. The world is full of problems because of sin. People
go to counselors to get their problems smoothed over when they really need to be facing
their sin problem. Many psychiatrists listen for hours on end to their patients when they
need to tell them their problem is sin and they need to repent. That's what's causing the
majority of people's problems. They've even verified that most of those in mental
institutions are there because they cannot face the fact that they have committed wrong.
Instead of facing their sin, they blame it on someone else. They don't take the
responsibility; they excuse themselves. They blame their parents: "If they hadn't
raised me the way they did I wouldn't be this way." They blame the car accident:
"I'm injured today because of what the other driver did." Even when someone is
physically injured, they don't have to take on bitterness and hatred. Some people pick up
those negative emotions when they've been hurt or offended.
We've all been hurt in this world. It's inevitable since we're in the world that is
under the power of the devil or the "beast system". It's how we handle those
hurts and wounds that determines whether we're going to have victory. We need to give them
to Jesus. Our prayer should be, "Jesus, somebody hurt me today. Forgive him and help
me to overcome. Cleanse me from any bitterness."
In this hour of judgment, all who take "the mark of the beast" are going to
be destroyed. "If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark on
his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which
is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented
with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the
Lamb" (Revelation 14: 9b-10).
This destruction will be upon those who've picked up that worldly humanistic thinking.
They're going to fall. Because they don't have the thinking of God, they'll be destroyed
by the plagues and other calamities that are in the world. In these last hours we're not
going to be able to stand unless we've got the Word of God in our minds and hearts and are
doing the works of God. That's the only way we're going to be able to stand. Otherwise
we'll not be able to stand when, for example, whole cities are plagued with disease. Fear
will grip our hearts and we'll be open to receive the diseases, too, if we're allowing
fear to rule in our lives. What we're going to have to do is stand up and say, In Jesus'
name, "God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and
of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). I'll not receive a spirit of fear.
Fear of God, Our
One fear most Christians have not conquered is the fear of what man will say. We fear
what our spouses, or church friends, or outsiders will say, more than we fear what God
will say. We need to fear God more. Instead of fearing what man will say about us, we need
to have that holy respect for God because our only safety is in Him. This is not a
tormenting fear of God, but a respect for Him and His Word. If He says something, we
respect what He says because we believe His Word.
If we're marked with God's Word in our minds and hearts and doing His works, then the
devil is no match for us. The devil is the defeated one. He had a fatal blow struck to his
head through Jesus Christ. We can now crush him under our feet with the Word of God, if we
stand. But those Christians who aren't standing are being swept away even now. Loved ones
are being snatched away as the enemy is creating terrible devastation upon the earth
through such assaults as financial destruction, broken homes, kidnapped children, runaway
teens, unwed mothers, terrible diseases, and so forth. What are we going to do in these
times? We're going to stand on the Word because the Lamb has overcome the beast. We're not
taking the beast's mark.
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JUDGMENT HANGS OVER THE NATION
By Betty Miller
Judgment Begins at God's House
1 Peter 4:17 says, "For the time is come that judgment
must begin at the house of God." Ezekiel 8 speaks of the abominations in
God's temple and throughout Israel. Sin had become so vile that a holy God could tolerate
no more. The command came to destroy all that was an abomination. Likewise, today sin
exists in God's house. There's lying and cheating, greed and materialism, adultery and
other sexual sins in church leadership. Many abominations can be found in our churches;
such sin deeply grieves the Holy Spirit.
Obviously, sin abounds in our country too. As a result, our nation is racing toward
judgment. It's going to take wholesale national repentance to avert judgment.
spared because it repented upon hearing Jonah's proclamation. America, too, can be spared
since prophetic words of judgment are conditional. This principal applies to all nations
of the world. Fortunately, repentance averts judgment. First, though, the judgment is
taking place within the church. Because God is purging His people, we see churches falling
and sin in leadership being revealed. Hidden filth is being uncovered. Once the church is
clean, she can enter into the glory promised her. Let's intercede for those within the
church who are yet walking in filthiness. Let's cry and sigh for purity.
God Marks the Intercessors
Ezekiel 9:4 says, "And the Lord said unto him, Go through
the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads
of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst
thereof." Is your heart grieved over abominations taking place in the church
today? Sin is not restricted to the world, for the world's abominations have crept into
the church. There are unmarried couples living together who think it's acceptable since
certain pastors no longer hold a standard against adultery. There are even homosexual
pastors. God can and wants to deliver people from homosexuality which is a sin that many
have condoned, whereas God considers it an abomination. God loves the homosexual and wants
to free him or her, however God hates the sin. We're allowing sins in the church that were
never allowed before.
We're to be sighing and crying over the abominations in the church, crying out, "O
God, this isn't holiness, this is impurity." According to Ezekiel 9:4,
those who have a burden over the lack of holiness in the church are going to be marked by
God. God says He's going to mark those who are grieved over sin, those who are holy and
pure in heart, those of who see the abominations and cry out for holiness in the church.
Was the mark spoken of in Ezekiel 9:4 a literal mark? I don't believe it
was. Instead, I believe these intercessors were spiritually marked two ways. First, they
had the mind and heart of God as they were intercessors. Second, they had angelic
protection assigned to them so that no harm could befall them.
Holiness is no longer a popular thing to teach. Many feel that the grace of God covers
everything, no matter what we do. The way God's grace covers everything is by our first
repenting of the sin. Repentance means to turn from the sin, not to keep doing it. In
error, many have been taught we can keep on sinning and sinning and sinning, and God will
keep on forgiving and forgiving and forgiving. God is merciful and forgiving but there is
a point that if we've refused to turn away from our sin, the sin will overtake us and drag
us right into Satan's territory. That's because being sorry is not true repentance, thus
God can't forgive it. We must turn from sin. True repentance is turning from sin, not just
saying we're sorry for doing it. Many are sorry they've been caught, but they're not sorry
from their heart; they're not truly repentant for the sin. Judas was sorry for his
betrayal of Christ, but he was not truly repentant.
Ezekiel 9 deals with holiness. The mark of God is going to be put on
those seeking holiness. Do we think this is going to be a literal mark? Are we going to
have G-O-D written on our foreheads? Of course not. We recognize that mark is a spiritual
one. To be marked with God's mark on our forehead is to be marked with the mind of Christ.
What we're to have is the mind of Christ, God's thinking, His Word indelibly written into
our mind that we might think His thoughts and speak His words from our hearts. That's what
it means to have His mark set upon us. In the natural, if we spend enough time with
someone we become marked by that exposure. If we're around Jesus long enough, we're going
to act like Him, we're going to look like Him, we're going to speak the words He speaks.
But if we stay around the devil's crowd long enough, we're going to act like them, think
like them, and speak the way they speak. So we're going to either be marked by the Word of
God or marked by the enemy, the beast system, the world system. If our minds are not
marked by the way of the Lord, they're going to be marked by Satan's ways. Revelation
14:1 describes this marking also.
We need to understand this concerning the mark of God. In Ezekiel, His mark went upon
those crying over the abominations. Remember Lot, his soul was vexed day and night while
he was in corrupt Sodom. We should be vexed over what's taking place in the church today
when we confront it or hear of her sin. Continually I'm grieved over things I hear, such
as the condoning of homosexuality to the point of allowing homosexual church leadership.
Too many pastors are not holding up the holy standard of God's Word. Instead they're
yielding to the beast system; they're being marked with that system rather than with the
mark of God and the mind of Christ.
Ezekiel 9:5 says, "And to the others he said in mine
hearing, Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have
ye pity." This speaks of the hour of judgment coming. When Jesus came to the
earth the first time, He came as a Lamb. When He comes the second time, it will be as a
lion, that is, with judgment to deal boldly with sin. So many Christians have no
understanding of this. They think Jesus is coming again to deliver them out of all this
earthly mess. In reality, He's coming to judge them of the self-pity and apathy in their
lives, sin, etc. Too many Christians are crying out for God to deliver them out of their
situations, when God wants them to be a minister of deliverance to those around them in
those situations. They're to be on fire for God, doing warfare for Him, taking territory
for His kingdom. They shouldn't be crying to get out of this earth when God has placed
them here to be His useful instruments.
In this judgment that's coming upon the church, He says, "Spare not" (Ezekiel
9:5). A time is coming in which God says, "This is the end of the grace
period." It's payday. Every man is now going to be paid for his deeds, whether they
be good done unto God or evil done unto the devil. That's what judgment is--it's payday.
We get paid for what we've done. It's a day of justice, equity, and fairness. This does
not mean we're saved by works; we're saved by grace. But we are to do good works. Our good
works show that we have been saved. If we're truly Christians, we're going to be doing
good works. If we're not doing good works, we need to examine our Christianity. Good works
show that we have a relationship with Jesus. They don't get us to heaven; Jesus does that.
But Jesus says those who love Him will keep His commandments (John 14:21).
We'll not keep on sinning if we love Him, and God will empower us to overcome that sin.
Judgment for evil is hanging over this nation and others as well. The only way it can
be lessened or averted is for the church to repent, be cleansed and begin to pray and obey
the will of God. My prayer is that each of us will do our part so that our own nations can
fulfill their destinies for good in the earth. May the judgment coming to the U.S.A. be
unto repentance and not unto destruction of our nation.
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