I solemnly charge you, in the sight of God and of Christ Jesus, who will one day judge the living and the dead--I charge you by his Appearing and by his Kingdom:--
Further, God charged us to proclaim to the people, and solemnly affirm, that it is Jesus who has been appointed by God Judge of the living and the dead.
I charge you solemnly, before God and Christ Jesus and the Chosen Angels, to carry out these directions, unswayed by prejudice, never acting with partiality.
Remind people of all this; urge them solemnly, as in the sight of God, to avoid controversy, a useless thing and the ruin of those who listen to it.
And now the crown of righteousness awaits me, which the Lord, the just Judge, will give me on 'That Day'--and not only to me, but to all who have loved his Appearing.
For the Son of Man is to come in his Father's Glory, with his angels, and then he 'will give to every man what his actions deserve.'
When the Son of Man has come in his glory and all the angels with him, then he 'will take his seat on his throne of glory';
He said: "A nobleman once went to a distant country to receive his appointment to a Kingdom and then return.
On his return, after having been appointed King, he directed that the servants to whom he had given his money should be summoned, so that he might learn what amount of trade they had done.
The Father himself does not judge any man, but has 'entrusted the work of judging entirely to his Son,'
Because he has fixed a day on which he intends to 'judge the world with justice,' by a man whom he has appointed--and of this he has given all men a pledge by raising this man from the dead."
On the day when God passes judgment on men's inmost lives, as the Good News that I tell declares that he will do through Christ Jesus.
The very purpose for which Christ died and came back to life was this--that he might be Lord over both the dead and the living.
For, though I am conscious of nothing against myself, that does not prove me innocent. It is the Lord who is my judge.
Therefore, whether in our home or absent from our home, our one ambition is to please him.
When the Christ, who is our Life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
This we tell you on the authority of the Lord--that those of us who are still living at the Coming of the Lord will not anticipate those who have passed to their rest.
And to give relief to you who are suffering, as well as to us, at the Appearing of the Lord Jesus from Heaven with his mighty angels, 'in flaming fire.'
Then will 'Wickedness Incarnate' appear, but the Lord Jesus will destroy him with the breath of his lips, and annihilate him by the splendor of his Coming.
I urge you, as in the sight of God, the source of all life, and of Christ Jesus who before Pontius Pilate made the great profession of Faith--
And, as it is ordained for men to die but once (death being followed by judgment),
that the genuineness of your faith--a thing far more precious than gold, which is perishable, yet has to be tested by fire--may win praise and glory and honour at the Appearing of Jesus Christ.
But they will have to answer for their conduct to him who is ready to judge both the living and the dead.
Then, when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will win the crown of glory that never fades.
For thus you will be given a triumphant admission into the eternal Kingdom of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
For he received honour and glory from God the Father, when from the Glory of the Divine Majesty there were borne to his ears words such as these-- 'This is my Son, my Beloved, in whom I delight.'
Yes, my Children, maintain your union with Christ, so that, whenever he appears, our confidence may not fail us, and we may not be ashamed to meet him at his coming.
'He is coming among the clouds!' Every eye shall see him, even those who pierced him; 'and all the nations of the earth shall wail for fear of him.' So shall it be. Amen.
Then I saw a great white throne, and him who was seated on it. 'The earth and the heavens fled from his presence; no place was left for them.'