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The Morning Star Rising on the First Day

 

What did Jesus mean when He Spoke about Judgment?

I read the following scripture this morning that pertained to judgment. The scripture is from Matt 7:

 1 “Do not judge so that you will not be judged. 2 For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. 3 Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.

I have previously written about the subject of “judgment” several times. Quite frankly, much of this writing communicated my personal Judgment Day experiences at a time that I was near death. These experiences were spiritual in nature and are fascinating in that they reveal the truth about what lies on the other side of this life. If you would like to read about these experiences you can follow the following hyperlinks to them:

Judgment-Day

Reliving-my-sins-before-the-Judgment-Seat-of-Christ

Gods-Question-on-Judgment-Day

Opening-the-Books-on-Judgment-Day

Repentance-Brings-Salvation-Even-on-Judgment-Day

The Judgment Seat of Christ

I have also written about Judgment from a definitional point of view. In it I stated that there are two components of Judgment. In one we attempt to determine the truth and then determine the guilt or innocence of the accused.  If found guilty then the second component of judgment is invoked, which is the punishment for the offence.

So, when we look to the scripture presented above, we should ask ourselves what component(s) of judgment is Jesus speaking about? It certainly can not be about knowing the truth as the Holy Spirit often gives us discernment about such things. In addition, we could also be an eye-witness to the act and therefore know the truth. Is Jesus asking us not to be such a witness? Certainly not! Therefore Jesus must be talking about the delivery of punishment to others. 

The words of Jesus are quite powerful here. What they reveal is that if we can simply stop punishing others for their offences, then God will refrain from punishing us at the Judgment Day. This is an amazing promise because it directly impacts our eternity. What is even more amazing is what Jesus does not say. So for example, He makes no reference to any sin that may have committed in our lifetime. In fact, He does not communicate any other condition that would prevent anyone from being free from His Judgment. Simply put, punish not and you will not be punished.

In essence, we then become our own judge, in that how we deal with others will determine our fate. The measure we use to determine an offence worthy of punishment is the measure that will be used to determine our own guilt. The severity of our actions will determine how we are treated.

Jesus on the Cross

Why would this be? I believe that it is because it requires an extraordinary kind of love to do something like this, but it is precisely this kind of love that God desires from us. Jesus commanded us to Love one another as He loved us and we know that the love He gave us was His life on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins. This is the ultimate love; to give up ones life so that others may live forever with God. This is the love that God wants from us!


The Morning Star Rising on the First Day

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Who is The Judge on Judgment Day?

In prior postings I have communicated how a life threatening illness sent me to the emergency room where the doctors did not expect me to live through the night. That night I left my body and entered the spiritual realm. I was taken to the Lake of Fire which is also called the second death. I was taken to Hell and felt the incredible hatred of Satan. Then I was taken the Judgment Seat of Christ and asked, “Why should you live?”

If you would like to go back and review the postings that tell the above story please use these hyperlinks:

The-Initial-Attack

The-Intensive-Care-Unit-and-the-Initial-Prognosis

Entering-the-Spiritual-Realm-of-Death

A-Journey-to-Golgotha

Inside-the-Lake-of-Fire-the-Second-death

Confronting-Satan-in-Hell

Judgment-Day

Reliving-my-sins-before-the-Judgment-Seat-of-Christ

Gods-Question-on-Judgment-Day

Opening-the-Books-on-Judgment-Day

Repentance-Brings-Salvation-Even-on-Judgment-Day

I believe that it is important to examine these events in the context of the Bible. By looking at these experiences from a biblical perspective we will learn that these events are a spiritual reality. They are not simply a bad dream as some may perceive them to be. As we proceed, I will reflect on my experience and validate and enhance it with scripture. In doing this I believe that the scriptures will bring to light fundamental messages that God has communicated to His people over the course of thousands of years.

In a previous postings (Judgment-Day, Reliving-my-sins-before-the-Judgment-Seat-of-Christ, and Gods-Question-on-Judgment-Day), I stood in a broad and peaceful place before the judge of the universe. However, I could not see anything because of the cloud like covering in this place.

The Judgment Seat of Christ

Since I was returned to the physical earth to continue my life, I was not judged and therefore did not suffer the second death. So the question becomes; to whom do I owe my salvation? Who sits on the throne of judgment?

And crying out with a loud voice, saying, Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb! (Revelation 7:10).

I was not judged deserving of the second death despite the fact that my garments were soiled with the visible stains of my sins. So the question has to be; who has the power to forgive sin?

But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins; He said to the paralytic, I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house (Mark 2:10 – 11).

Jesus heals the man at the pools.

I learned that there was only truth in the place where I was asked, “Why should you live?” But, who is it that judges the living and the dead?

I charge you, therefore, before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom (2 Timothy 4:1).

The answer is that Jesus the Christ of Nazareth is our Lord and Savior. I had made poor choices in my life but Jesus covered me with His blood and kept me from the fate I deserved, the second death.

Jesus Sheds His Blood on the Cross

This story provides insight into the meaning of our lives because it accurately describes the consequences of poor choices. I had made the poor choice of disbelieving in the existence of the devil and God revealed the truth to me. The truth is that the devil, hell, the lake of fire and brimstone, the judgment by Christ and the second death are the consequences of our poor choices. God, Jesus, heaven and life everlasting are the consequences of our good choices.

 

Read my amazing true life story about how the forces of good and evil battle for my life and the vision that God has given me. My book, “Possess the Vision,” communicates my supernatural experiences and as a result, provides insight into the realm of the spiritual warfare that is raging for our souls and our purpose. This is a must read for all Christians. Learn more by following this link: Possess-the-Vision-at-Amazon


The Morning Star Rising on the First Day

Read my story by ordering my book, “Possess the Vision”

Who Has the Keys to Hell?

In prior postings I have communicated how a life threatening illness took me to the emergency room of a hospital where the doctors did not expect me to live through the night. At some point during that night I left my body behind and entered into the spiritual realm. In the spirit I was taken to the Lake of Fire which is the second death. From there I was taken to Hell, where I faced Satan and felt his incredible hatred of me. All of this culminated on the Judgment Seat of Christ where I was asked, “Why should you live?”

The Last Judgment

If you would like to go back and review the postings that tell the above story please use these hyperlinks:

The-Initial-Attack

The-Intensive-Care-Unit-and-the-Initial-Prognosis

Entering-the-Spiritual-Realm-of-Death

A-Journey-to-Golgotha

Inside-the-Lake-of-Fire-the-Second-death

Confronting-Satan-in-Hell

Judgment-Day

Reliving-my-sins-before-the-Judgment-Seat-of-Christ

Gods-Question-on-Judgment-Day

Opening-the-Books-on-Judgment-Day

Repentance-Brings-Salvation-Even-on-Judgment-Day

I believe that it is important to examine the events I have already reported to you in the context of the Bible. By looking at these experiences from a Biblical perspective we will find that what some may perceive as a very bad dream was in fact, a spiritual reality. I say this because it is substantiated in the Bible and proclaimed by God’s prophets. As we proceed, I will reflect on my experience and contrast it to scripture. In doing this I believe that the scriptures will bring to light fundamental messages that God has communicated to His people over the course of thousands of years.

 

OK, so lets move on to looking at my experience in the lake of fire and later in the halls of hell where I faced the beast (Entering-the-Spiritual-Realm-of-Death, A-Journey-to-Golgotha, Inside-the-Lake-of-Fire-the-Second-death, Confronting-Satan-in-Hell). I knew that there was no way for me to escape these places on my own, so how did I get out? On the Judgment Seat I had faced the second death, but who has power over death; to let live or let die? The answer is Jesus! The following words from the book of Revelation are the words of the resurrected Jesus:

I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of death (Revelation 1:18).

Jesus pulls Adam and Eve from Hell

Jesus pulls Adam and Eve from Hell

Jesus has the keys and can release whom ever He chooses from the lake of fire or from the bondage of Hell and the devil. This is because His victory on the cross defeated the devil and the power he had previously held over mankind.


In our next posting we will look to the bible to identify the judge who whom I pleaded for my life and avoided the second death.

Until then, may all of God’s blessings be upon you.

 

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The Morning Star Rising on the First Day

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Repentance Brings Salvation – Even on Judgment Day

In my previous postings I have communicated to you about my severe trauma that landed me in the intensive care unit, dying. I told you about leaving my body and traveling in spirit, through space and time and entered into the Lake of Fire, the place of the second death. I told you how I swam in all of the horror there along with all the other lost soles. I communicated how I was transported to Hell and placed before Satin so that I could experience his extreme hatred of me. I conveyed how I was placed before the Judgment seat of Christ, where I relived my sins. In the past two postings I tell of God’s question for me on the Judgment Seat; “Why should you live?” In this posting I will tell you of my repentance and my bargaining with God on the Judgment Seat. So, with that said, we pick up where we left off.

The Judgment Seat of Christ

I was really desperate now as I knew the focus was back on me. I had to come up with something that would answer God’s question. At first, I blamed my problems on others and waited for a response. Silence was my answer.

Then, I realized that I could not blame others for my poor choices. So I told God that I would change. I pleaded with God, I made a case that if God would provide some things that were missing in my life, that it would make a difference. That was the last thing I remember about being in the gray place.

I awoke the next morning in the intensive care unit where I had been the night before.

Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him, on those who hope in His mercy, to deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine. (Psalm 33:18 – 19)

I had lived through the night by the mercy of God.

For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment. (James 2:13)

Yes, someone had been watching out for me again. Someone had saved me from the greatest tragedy of all. You would think that this time there would be no mistaking that it was God, but at the time I was still blind. I saw all of this as a terrifying dream, one that I did not care to dwell upon, and simply moved on.

But as you will fine in our future postings the devil was not done yet. He had not given up on defeating me and ending my purpose forever. He would attack me over and over again with physical problem and he would make my life miserable until I wised up and turned my life back over to God.

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In our next posting we will communicate why this experience is so important. Until next time, may God’s blessings be upon all of you.

Papa Joe Gordon

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The Morning Star Rising on the First Day

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God’s Question on Judgment Day

In my previous postings I have communicated to you about my severe medical condition that landed me in the intensive care unit, dying. There, I left my body and traveled through space and time and entered into the Lake of Fire, the place of the second death. I communicated how I swam in the Lake and of all the horror there. From there I traveled to Hell Itself where I was place before Satin and experience his extreme hatred of me. From there I was taken to the Judgment seat of God and relived all of my sins in an instant in time. Here is my account of what happened there:

The Last Judgment

Now I stand in the Judgment Place blind because of the fog and God asks me the question of the Judgment Place. The question was so profound that, quite frankly, it cut me to the core. It caught me by surprise and left me in a state of disarray. It was direct and to the point and it hit home like a sledgehammer. It is the question that demands an explanation. The question is simply: “Why should you live?”

But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you show contempt for your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written: “As I live, says the LORD, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God.” So then each of us shall give account of himself to God. (Romans 14:10 – 12)

At first, I was enamored by the voice because somehow there was an attraction that pulled you toward it. it was so perfect in every way. The voice was mellow and soothing, as love seemed to come from it. It was confident but not overly so. The voice was strong but not over bearing. It demonstrated perfect tempo being neither too slow nor too fast. The volume was perfect as well, being neither too loud nor too soft and enunciation and pronunciation were perfect as well.

At the same time, the voice conveyed a very real sense of caring and concern. Amazingly, the voice communicated all of these things by speaking only four words. Think about this, how could this be possible by asking a simple question?

There was no sense of anger in the voice. No inflection to reveal the acceptable response. Since the fog kept me from seeing the source of the voice, there was no opportunity to read body language or facial expression.

Eventually, I got over being intrigued with the voice as the ramifications of the question started to overwhelm me. I realized that this was a serious situation and I knew that my answer would determine my fate forevermore.

I thought: here I am being judged for all eternity. If I am being asked a question, there must be a right answer that can make a difference. Frantically, I started to think up excuses to rationalize my poor decisions and behavior.

The Last Judgment by Michelangelo

While I was doing this, another truth rocked me. It came to me from out of the blue. There were no lies here in this place, only truth existed. Even for someone like me, lies did not exist here because the one who asked the question already knew the truth.

In my next posting I will reveal the insights that came to be as I pondered my dilemma. I started to put things together and realized how great the consequences were of my answer.

Until then: May all of God’s blessings be upon you and your family.



The Morning Star Rising on the First Day

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Reliving My Sins Before the Judgment Seat of Christ

But then things changed. Standing there I began to experience certain portions of my life over again. It was as if I was actually living them over again. One after another they continued. It was as if I had been receiving electronic signals that enabled me to fully experience these seemingly random snippets of my life. I was reliving them with all of my emotions and senses fully activated; but then I realized that it was even more than that! I was also experiencing the thoughts, perceptions and emotions of the other people in these experiences as well. More specifically, I experienced how others were affected by my actions and choices. One by one, I was gaining insight into how my actions harmed others. I gained an intimate perspective of the people involved and how they felt about me.

The Last Judgment by Rogier Van Der Weyden

The Last Judgment by Rogier Van Der Weyden

Reliving these experiences was far superior to having lived them the first time because everything was so clear. All of this occurred without a sense of time as well. Instead of taking hours, days, months, or years to transpire, my life episodes were relived in an instant.

Then suddenly, all of this stopped just as quickly as it had started. The peace and quiet returned. I stood there thinking about what had just happened when the silence was interrupted by a voice that came through the fog. It was the voice of God.

He had a critical question for me. Find out what it was in my next posting on my Judgment Day experiences.

Until then, may all of God’s blessings be upon you and you family.

Read my amazing true life story about how the forces of good and evil battle for my life and the vision that God has given me. My book, “Possess the Vision,” communicates my supernatural experiences and as a result, provides insight into the realm of the spiritual warfare that is raging for our souls and our purpose. This is a must read for all Christians. Learn more by following this link: Possess-the-Vision-at-Amazon


Papa Joe Gordon