Statement of Fundamental Beliefs -

There are three great periods of judgment mentioned in the Bible:

1.  The Church Age during which God judges only His own people - those called out of the world into His Church (1 Peter 4:17).

2.  The Millennial Age in which all nations will be exposed to Christ's truth and to His wonderful way of life for 1,000 years (Isaiah 11:9; Revelation 20:2-6).

3.  the "Last Judgment" Age (called the "Great White Throne Judgment") in which all who have ever lived - yet who died in sin and ignorance of God's Truth and His way of life - will be resurrected to a physical life and will have the Word of God opened to their understanding (Revelation 20:11-14; Matthew 10:15; 11:21-24; 12:41-42; Ezekiel 37:1-14).

The Resurrection of Judgment

This is an excerpt from the Tomorrow's World article Who Is Burning in Hell? by Richard Ames. The rest of the article can be viewed here.

Will judgment take place immediately after you draw your last breath, or will it occur at some future time before the end of our present world? Notice what Jesus Christ said: "Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth—those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation [judgment]" (John 5:28–29).

Yes, there will come a judgment for every human being. "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad" (2 Corinthians 5:10). Yes, all human beings must stand before the judgment seat of Christ. Each of us will receive either reward or punishment. And, as we shall see, a lake of fire will be the ultimate punishment for unrepentant sinners.

What happens in that lake of fire? Most people have the idea that souls in the lake of fire will writhe in agony for all eternity. As a minister, I have seen the distress felt by people who spend their whole lives saddened by the belief that the soul of a friend or relative is right now suffering in agony, and will suffer forevermore. I have also seen the self-righteous pleasure that some people take, believing that the soul of someone they dislike—maybe a member of a different denomination—is suffering eternal torment.

Would it shock you to learn that the souls of your dead friends and loved ones are not suffering, because they are not immortal? Contrary to much popular opinion, the Bible does not teach that human beings have immortal souls. The phrase "immortal soul" never appears in your Bible! Certainly there is a "spirit in man" which sets us apart from the animals (1 Corinthians 2:11). That human spirit, and human brain, constitute the human mind. But this is not an immortal soul; it can be destroyed. Remember what Jesus warned us: "And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell" (Matthew 10:28). God can destroy the soul. The "soul" is not immortal!

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Key Scriptures

1 Peter 4:17 For the time has come for judgment to being at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?

Revelation 20:12 And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books.

Further Information

Is This the ONLY Day of Salvation?
By Roderick C. Meredith
What will happen to the billions of human beings who have never known the true God—who have never accepted any form of Christianity? Are they forever doomed to a burning Hell or an eternity in outer darkness? What is the real answer to these questions?   View >>

Judge Not?
By Adam West
Through the effective and powerful means of the media, the homosexual agenda—which first took root decades ago—has in the last decade propelled itself forward with juggernaut intensity! Homosexual activists are not emphasizing subtle tactics and persuasive rhetoric; in recent years they have been pushing to make their beliefs mainstream societal thinking.   View >>

The Wages of Sin!
By Roderick C. Meredith
When a nation rejects God's way, tragedy follows. Your nation may be suffering the effects of grave national sins, but Jesus Christ offers a way of escape for you personally, if you will strive to obey Him!   View >>