The Judgment Of The Sheep And Goats

By Merrill Olson

After the Second Coming of Christ there is an interval of time that is frequently overlooked before the Lord inaugurates His millennial kingdom. This means that the Millennium does not commence right after the Great Tribulation. This space of time is given in Scripture as a seventy-five-day period.

The Word of God says, “And from the time that the daily sacrifice is taken away, and the abomination of desolation is set up, there shall be one thousand two hundred and ninety days. Blessed is he who waits, and comes to the one thousand three hundred and thirty five days” (Daniel 12:11-12).

It is known from Scripture that the last half of the Tribulation exists for three and a half years or for one thousand two hundred and sixty days. It was in the beginning of these years at the midpoint of the Tribulation “that the daily sacrifice is taken away, and the abomination of desolation is set up” (Daniel 9:27; Matthew 24:15).

Therefore, “the abomination of desolation” will last for one thousand two hundred and sixty days. However, there is an additional thirty days as given in the one thousand two hundred and ninety days (Daniel 12:11). There is also added another forty-five days in the prophetic timetable when Daniel proclaimed the words “Blessed is he who waits, and comes to the one thousand three hundred and thirty five days” (Daniel 12:12).

There are certain events that will take place during this interval of seventy-five days.

It will be during this time when Satan is bound and cast into the “bottomless pit” until the end of the millennial kingdom (Rev. 20:1-3). Another occurrence will be that the false prophet and the Antichrist are cast into “the lake of fire and brimstone” (Rev. 20:10). The devil will join them shortly after the millennium and “they will be tormented day and night forever and ever” (v. 10).

On a more glorious note, the Old Testament saints will be resurrected from the dead during this interval (Isaiah 26:19; Daniel 12:2) along with the martyred tribulation saints who will “reign with Christ for the thousand years” (Rev. 20:4).

This period of seventy-five days also includes a major judgment that Jesus describes in Matthew 25:31-46. In these verses He explains the judgment of the nations comprised of “sheep and goats” that symbolize the saved and the lost of the Gentiles. They have survived the Great Tribulation and are intermingled and require separation. The “sheep” are the saved people who will enter the Lord’s Millennial Kingdom and the “goats” are the unsaved that will experience the eternal fires of hell (vv. 41, 46). The “sheep” proved their relationship with Jesus by how they reached out to the Jews during the terrible times of the Tribulation as He illustrates in the next verses (vv. 35-40).

There will, also, be a separating judgment of the surviving Jews (Ezekiel 20:34-38). The saved will be in their moral bodies and will bear babies throughout the millennium.

Therefore, as people seek answers, the Bible is God’s divine source!

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