Thank God for judgment! When judgment is at work, riffraff is not permitted to mingle with the righteous and pollute the place of the holy. Judgment fixes a great gulf, here in this life, and in the life to come, between the just and the unjust. True judgment rebukes the sinner, heals the backslider, and preserves the righteous.
Judgment is a verdict which is taken from evidence. Before a judge will give the verdict it is only fair that he consider the evidence of the case. Many times there is evidence long before judgment is openly given. Evidence is signs which can prove a person either guilty or innocent.
What is the need for judgment? God would not be God if there were no judgment laid when a human crosses His law. “The Lord is known by the judgment which he executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands.” Psalm 9:16. Sin goes against everything God is, and it is an abomination to Him. “He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.” Deuteronomy 32:4.
For judgment to be laid efficiently, it must come from the right foundation. “And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone.” Ephesians 2:20.
One way to know if judgment is right is to look at the foundation from which it has issued. Is it the unchanging Word of God? A false prophet may seemingly have all the right words and phrases, but is his life holy and pure? Does his life back up what he is saying?
From the beginning, judgment has been poured out on wickedness. God laid the foundation for judgment. Adam and Eve were the first to receive of it. God raised up Moses and others after him to judge and guide the children of Israel. It was in those times they would prosper. When Israel was in their backslidden condition, God in His mercy would take them back, if they would seek after and allow judgment to do its cleansing work.
Take a look at the apostles in the morning time. Do we not see a pouring out of judgment on sin and all unrighteousness? Ananias and Sapphira had swift judgment laid upon them. Acts 5:1-11. Paul, Peter, John, and others were some of the vessels whom God used to lay judgment. A constant cleansing was at hand. It was after the death of the apostles, or in their absence, that “grievous wolves” came in. We see this in the Dark Ages and various times throughout the Gospel Day, times when false prophets were a majority, and true and piercing judgments were hard to find.
This, the last time in which we live, is the time in which the God of heaven is again pouring out judgment mightily. Just as God used prophets and apostles throughout history to reveal His judgment to the people, He is now, in His great mercy, using His end time ministry. We as a people, with a free will, have been given the choice of what we will do with the judgment that is laid upon us.
Many professors of religion would try to say that it is wrong to judge, using the scripture in Matthew 7:1 and such scriptures, “which they do wrest…unto their own destruction” (2 Peter 3:16). The only reason for one to so blatantly reject judgment would be the fact that they are guilty and despise reproof.
The cry for judgment upon wrong has been the cry of the righteous down through time. “For when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.” Isaiah 26:9.
Oh, may the true prophets of God in these last and evil days take their liberty and proclaim the truth loud and strong! May they continue to pour out the vials into the air (Revelation 16:17)!