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Homer Dewayne Shappley
TRUE JUSTICE only after
Do you love and support JUSTICE? If you do, then you are, in that respect, wonderfully in sync with the eternal Author of Justice. 2 Thessalonians 1:5-6. If, on the other hand, justice is not important to you, if you ignore it in your daily dealings, if you are known, even by your family and people on the street, as “UNJUST, HARD and SOULLESS,” though you may not receive your just deserts in this life, true justice, impartial and irrevocable, will be applied to you after your DEATH! Unless you repent in time. For you will, believe it or not in this life, survive, as a soul, as a spiritual being, the death of your physical body. The One who is Life, who gives and takes life, not willfully but purposely, according to his own laws of justice, says: “It is appointed for mortals to die once, and after that the judgment.” Hebrews 9:27. The physical body dies once; the soul goes on to judgment.
Do you laugh at my remarks and deride? Surely you do not think yourself more a devil than Satan himself. If you do, you may wish to consider that even the devils fear and tremble when they contemplate their coming JUST JUDGMENT. James 2:19; Jude 1:8-10
Don’t believe in devils, Satan, angels, God, the soul, the spirit, or a just judgment? Is that because you just don’t want to or because you have sincerely studied the pros and contras, intelligently deciding that it is more reasonable not to believe in them than the contrary. Whatever the case, neither your emotion-based decisions, nor your supposedly more “intelligent” ones, trump what the Creator God has revealed on these matters. Setting yourself above him and judging him would be quite a bold move on your part. If that is perchance your mindset, may I respectfully urge you to reconsider.
After dying physically, “the JUDGMENT.” A JUST JUDGMENT. Human history is filled, by the train loads, with injustices and wrong judgments, including perverse, evil ones. Never set straight in this life. Not by earthly judges, lawyers, or courts, higher or lower. Victims number in the hundreds of millions, perhaps even several billion over the timeline of our race. For them, right judgments and real justice, if they are to be had, must come after death, the physical death of all human beings.
And the only true and living God, wholly just in his proceedings, has planned for that very thing to happen. “He has fixed a day on which he will have the world judged in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed, and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.” Acts 17:29-31. That “man” who will judge “the world… in righteousness” is Jesus Christ, the Son of God. You may read a full account of this truth in John 5:22-29.
Personally, I am glad the just God has “fixed a day” for a righteous judgment after the physical death of all human beings because my own very humble sense of fair justice and judgment leads me to think that physical death alone, even though it strikes prematurely and violently, would come up very short as just punishment for so many, many human beings throughout the history of humankind, depraved in numberless ways, unjust, cruel, destructive, morally rotten, vice-ridden, who persecute, torture, and kill even on a heartrending, bone-chilling, unbelievable scale.
A just judgment requires sentences in proportion to facts, acts, and intensions. The sentence God has plainly and repeatedly warned he will hand down on “the day” of his “righteous judgment” to all hardened, unrepentant, evil souls he describes as “the SECOND DEATH,” from which there will never, ever be any reprieve, any resurrection; effectively, an eternal “death sentence.” Revelation 20:14
As unpleasant as it may be, especially for good, righteous, humble, delicate souls, let us look back and even around us today, identifying some human beings who will confront a just judgment in their life after this earthly life. No life-long
imprisonment, not even a physical death sentence, would have been a sentence commensurate with the evils they committed. They merit the sentence of “the SECOND DEATH” to be handed down after their physical death in the divine judgment of souls who no longer occupy a physical body. Let us begin with…
Adolf Hitler, Heinrich Himmler (Head of the SS and Gestapo, responsible for the deaths of some 14 million civilians), Martin Bormann, Hermann Goring, Joseph Goebbels, and the hundreds of thousands of politicians, military, philosophers, sociologists, police, professors, and engineers who were one with them, deliberately unleashed the Second World War in the 20th century and carried out genocides, pogroms and banishments that resulted in the violent death of tens of millions of combatants, dissidents, disabled, sick, non-Aryans, women, children, young people and old, including about six
million Jews and millions of Poles and Ukrainians. Photographic evidence is so powerfully shocking and sickening that I have elected not to include any here. If you have the need to know and the stomach for it, enter keywords such as “Nazi death camps” in any of the major sources of pictures on the Internet.
Prisons, solitary confinement for life, the death penalty, suicide, or long, very painful illnesses ending in a tortured, natural death would be, for the guilty, like two or three light lashes in comparison with their monstrous crimes. Of such great magnitude that the mind of the decent and just human being finds it impossible to form even a small realistic picture of what took place. Witness, for example, the Holocaust in Germany and other largescale genocides in Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, etc.
But God knows everything those megalomaniacs did, with their hordes of accursed henchmen, the torturing “locusts” of the Fifth Trumpet of Revelation 9, and he will make them stand before him and the huge multitudes of their accusers.
The sentence to be dictated is found in the “New Covenant” (“Second… better… covenant.” Hebrews 8:8-13. “…the perfect law of liberty.” James 1:25) of the Kingdom of God, but neither just nor unjust will comprehend the seriousness and finality of it until they are in the future scenario (perhaps nearer than many think) of the Judgment of the “Great White Throne.” Revelation 20:12-15; Hebrews 9:15-17
“They shall suffer the punishment of eternal destruction and exclusion from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His might.” 2 Thessalonians 1:9. They will be “thrown into the lake of fire.”
This is the “SECOND DEATH.” This is the “righteous judgment of God” on the soul-spirit of Hitler and his evil coreligionists, Joseph Stalin and his, Pol Pot and his (responsible for the Cambodian genocide), and all other “world rulers of this present darkness,” as well as of all earthly times and places.
Hundreds of millions of souls-spirits of human beings killed unjustly and cruelly cry out for “JUSTICE! JUSTICE!” Only God can respond to their reclamation. He will do it, unfailingly, “on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed.” Romans 2:5
The earthly International Criminal Court sentences against people guilty of genocide, war, torture, violent exploitation, and other crimes against humanity do not satisfy the ardent desire of the masses of oppressed and martyred for true justice. Only the Celestial Court of Almighty God has the power to reach beyond physical death and impose true justice on evil, unrepentant souls, and their resurrected bodies made spiritual, but not glorified. John 5:26-29; Revelation 20:11-15
Having begun with the evilest ones in the tragic “List of culprits with citations to appear in the Celestial Supreme Court,” who would be NEXT? Among probable candidates: Drug lords, together with their dealers throughout the world, for being destroyers of countless lives and souls of young and old who become addicts. Practitioners of abortions. Traffickers in women, sex, and pornography. Traffickers in slaves. Mafiosos.
NEXT? Some candidates would be the instigators and administrators of the Holy Inquisition, in reality, unholy, vile, and inhuman, with their sadistic tortures and murders of hordes of “heretics.” Popes, cardinals, bishops, and executioners. And the fanatical religious of all times and places who have maimed or assassinated hundreds of millions of dissidents.
“The souls” of martyrs cry “out with a loud voice, ‘Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long will it be before you judge and avenge our blood on the inhabitants of the earth?’” “Rest a little longer,” they are told, and justice will be done. Revelation 6:9-11. “AMEN,” shout the lovers of justice: “Just punishment for religious apostates, false prophets, and criminals!”
NEXT? Scientists, philosophers, and teachers who reduce humans to the status of animals without souls. Darwinist evolutionists, humanists, and other ATHEISTS. Coldly irreligious, mocking, narcissistic
secularists. Social engineers who promote lifestyles contrary to nature. All of them, destroyers of an infinite number of souls, who suffer little or no punishment here on Earth for their horrendous spiritual crimes. But they will NOT ESCAPE the just judgment of God!
NEXT? “WAIT! Enough already!” You may exclaim. However, should I not continue because this is such an uncomfortable, disquieting, lugubrious subject, the picture of the “Day of the righteous judgment of God” would be incomplete, justification for it not fully established, and the proper identification of other culprits left out. Actually, it is God himself who identifies other groups of culprits. The guilty revile him for it, and even weak Christians shy away, but those who love truth, righteousness, and justice understand why the Supreme, Just God boldly lists once and again in his “perfect law, the law of liberty” (James 1:2-27) those he will call to give an account before his judgment seat if they do not repent, stipulating in no uncertain terms the just punishment they will receive. Not because he does not love them but because he does, wanting all men to be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth before the time of grace comes to a close. 1 Timothy 2:4. In this regard, the following are some of his explicit lists.
“…the cowardly… unbelieving… polluted… murderers… fornicators… sorcerers… idolaters and all liars” who die without repenting. They suffer the “second death.” Revelation 21:8
WRATH and FURY on “…men who by their wickedness suppress the truth … filled with all manner of… evil, covetousness, malice… envy, murder, strife, deceit, malignity, they are… haters of God… who are factious and do not obey the truth, but obey wickedness.” Romans 1:18, 29; 2:8
“…scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites… full of extortion and rapacity.” Matthew 23:25
“…condemned” all “who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” 2 Thessalonians 2:12
“…he who does wrong will be repaid for what he has done.” Colossians 3:25. Including false prophets with their false signs. The Supreme Judge will say to them: “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!” Matthew 7:21-23
And the covetous, Judaizing pastors whose “judgment has not been idle, and their destruction does not slumber.” 2 Peter 2:1-3
Many of those cited have “lived on the earth in pleasure and luxury.” Have “condemned” and “murdered the just.” Have deceived and robbed laborers, whose “cries” “have reached the ears of the Lord.” “…weep and howl for your miseries that are coming upon you,” oppressors and exploiters, in the “Day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God.” James 5:1-6; Romans 2.5
“For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy.” But “Mercy triumphs over judgment” for those who have been merciful; for those who, though “they do not possess the law, do instinctively what the law requires.” James 2:13; Romans 2:13-16. This is confirmed by the apostle Peter when he says to the Gentile Roman centurion Cornelius, his household, and friends present: “…in every nation… whoever fears” God “and works righteousness is accepted by Him.” Acts 10:34-35
Dear reader, if your heart is heavy and your spirit deeply troubled by the above statements from God, perhaps thinking he dwells too much on negative, destructive, unrepentant human beings and the severe sentences he pronounces on them, light and relief may come, as they do to me, by taking into serious consideration the fact that for every such statement in his “New Covenant” there is usually, in the same context, a positive one. Just one example. That powerful explanation on “Judgments” in Romans 2:1-16. Hope you will read it all.
After addressing, reproving, and sternly warning those of a “hard and impenitent heart,” in the same context, in verse 7, he speaks of “those who by patiently doing good seek for glory and honor and immortality,” saying that “he will give” them “eternal life.” Then embellishes his offer in verse 10: “…glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek.” This is the inspiring “Balance” between light and darkness, the positive and the negative, the earthly and the heavenly, found so frequently in the Bible as a whole, a reflection, obviously, of the “Balance,” the impartiality, that exists first in “the mind of the Lord,” in “the mind of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 2:16. “For God shows no partiality.” Romans 2:11
GREAT NEWS for the innumerable victims of the harsh, impenitent unjust: True justice will be justly applied in the Celestial Court! This event confirms the existence of the living and just God as He is revealed in the Bible. If it did not take place, true justice would be forever greatly and bitterly frustrated!
GREAT NEWS for lovers of true justice and the just God who is its
Author. Any person who hears His Word and believes, obeying it by repenting and being baptized “for the forgiveness of sins” (Mark 16:15-16; Romans 10:17; Acts 2:37-47), remaining faithful to death, “shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.” John 5:24. Now that is truly marvelous indeed, and cause for great rejoicing by any sensible human being who loves right conduct and justice. In the “new earth,” where “RIGHTEOUSNESS DWELLS,” he will enjoy this blessing eternally! 2 Peter 3:13. Do you believe it? Do you want just that? It is definitely within your reach. God be praised!
Text and document composition by Homer Dewayne Shappley
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