The Judge of All Nations
Main Thought: God brings judgment to all nations, but gives grace to His people.
In this text God shows that He will bring judgment to the nations, but will have grace to those who turn to Him.
I. First, God brings judgment to the nations.
A. God brings judgment Egypt
Psalm 110:5-6- The Lord is at your right hand; he will crush kings on the day of his wrath. He will judge the nations, heaping up the dead and crushing the rulers of the whole earth.
B. God judges the idolatry of nations
C. God brings judgment to the Philistines
Daniel 2:21- He changes times and seasons; he sets up kings and deposes them.
D. The fate of nations today
II. Second, God brings deliverance to His people out of His permanent judgment.
A. A glimpse of grace
B. Temporal discipline from God
Romans 3:19-26- Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin. But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.
C. God’s promise of grace
D. Fulfillment in Jesus
Revelation 7:9-10- After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice: "Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb."