Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial, which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: 1 Peter 4:13 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. Judgment will begin with the family of God. 1 Peter 4:17. Keep doing those things that are well pleasing in His sight, because He is the faithful creator of our new soul. We stopped an ongoing fellowship with the Lord. These elect, these chosen of God cannot be deceived. Gold will perish in he fire to come, but our faith that was given by God will endure to the end, even though it was tested by fire. What is this judgment that is to occur in the Final Tribulation Period? As you know, because of the wickedness of Pharaoh, God’s power was abundantly demonstrated throughout the land of Egypt. If we suffer let it be that we suffer unjustly, for the sake of Christ. They are judging your actions, your motives, the way you live, and so on. How long do you suppose God is going to put up with this? For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake; As you know, the gift of faith is a gift from God. They have judged us already and that is why fiery trials await us. That is why God ends it all, and all the nations of the world will mourn when they see Christ appearing on the clouds of glory. 1 PETER 4:17. We read in Daniel 7:7. Looking at these scriptures in the light of I Peter 5:6-8, and understanding that Peter is writing with his thoughts on Satan in the background, our feelings are especially vulnerable because it is natural for us to feel that we are being taken advantage of or not being treated as we should be, and our emotions begin to run wild. God is not only addressing the saints near the end of time who have to suffer through the Final Tribulation Period, but God is addressing the saints in the First Century AD just as well as the saints in every Century. We reached a plateau in our spiritual life. Jeremiah 25:26 1 Peter 4:7 The end of all things is near; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer. But God used this historical event to paint the picture as if Babylon did conquer the whole world. Is the nation of Israel the elect people of God? What does 1 Peter 4:17 mean? For the time has come for judgment to begin 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? And this is said, lest we should securely indulge ourselves, but carefully proceed in our course, and lest we should also seek the smooth and easy road, the end of which is a terrible precipice. 1 Peter 5:10 And then the Lord Jesus explained the nature of that tribulation in verse 24. This is clear language telling us that the faithful Churches, represented by the two witnesses, are killed (spiritually) and that God has used Nebuchadnezzar, representing Satan, to bring judgment on the Church worldwide because of the apostasy in the Church near the end of time. | Powered by WordPress, These are mighty solemn words for the household of faith. And if anyone objects to receiving God’s wrath, God says in verse 29. This is how Satan will destroy, not by physical destruction, but by spiritual destruction. Daniel 7:25 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. We will suffer because our Church is being judged by God, because of the apostasy committed by her. God made us hear the Gospel. It cost Christ everything He had, because we loved our sins too much. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. A judgment can be good or bad, in your favor or against you, but in the New Testament krima is usually bad. Judge not, that ye be not judged. Notice where the two witnesses are killed: The great city, which is representing the kingdom of Satan, which is spiritually called Sodom, the wicked city doomed for destruction, and it is spiritually called Egypt, which is a picture of the kingdom of Satan, and where also our Lord was crucified. In Jeremiah 25 God makes it abundantly clear that He is not just speaking about the destruction of Jerusalem. There was a time when we kept short accounts with God. The time “has come” for living in constant fellowship with God, but we keep postponing it. Study 1 Peter 4 using Matthew Henry’s Bible Commentary (concise) to better understand Scripture with full outline and verse meaning. Perhaps you have seen already that 1 Peter 4:17 is a verse, which is lodged in between a passage speaking about suffering. That Judgment begins at the House of God is a deduction from the vision of Ezekiel 9. Do your homework. Your email address will not be published. God is not unjust. We were on our way to the fires of Hell, and we were bound and determined to go our own way until God the Holy Spirit cast us down and rubbed our face in the mud. Then someone soured us. When the elect have left the Church, or when they have been driven out of the Church, then the Church has become a dead church. of God. It is the Greek word “Krima”, which means, “passing a condemning sentence”. That is not necessary. The unbelievers have engaged in judging other people, and Jesus warned them that they should abstain from judging because they themselves are subject to the Judgment of God. And what other suffering did God write about in 1 Peter 4? It is difficult to imagine anything that is not done for the glory of God. We must understand this carefully, however. In Daniel chapters 7 and 8 we find another confirmation of what is going to happen to the New Testament church near the end of time. Not even close. 1 Peter 5:1 Therefore, I exhort the elders among you, as your fellow elder and witness of the sufferings of Christ, and a partaker also of the glory that is to be revealed (NASB: Lockman) The Lord Jesus was crucified outside Jerusalem, which means in the kingdom of Satan. There is enough evidence of that. God says that we all will endure a fiery trial, which is to test us. God has a purpose for our suffering. In other words, the Lord Jesus said that this tribulation is a period of great trouble, because false prophets will bring false gospels that are so close to the true Gospel that even the elect would be deceived, if that were possible. Here in chapter 7 God showed Daniel four beasts. After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns. In the original Greek this word is krima which means decision or decree. However, a Christian will face discipline for stepping out of fellowship with God. This is supported by many verses. the meaning is, that God’s judgment would be dreadful against the ungodly, since the way to salvation was so thorny and difficult to the elect. We left, indicating we w… 1 Peter: Trials, Holy Living & The Lord's Coming Click chart to enlarge Chart from Jensen's Survey of the NT - used by permission Another Chart from Charles Swindoll - click chart on right side. The Bible says: NO! For he that hath suffered in the flesh— That hath so suffered as to he thereby made inwardly and truly conformable to the sufferings of Christ. KJV: King James Version 1 Peter 4:16-18 (ESV) Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name. Sometimes it is for the purpose of teaching others what it means to live for God’s glory. Although ultimately disappointed, Paul had taught that Jesus would return within his own lifetime, as we see most clearly in 1 Thessalonians 4:15–17. A few years ago, our friends from the Northwest called to ask that I visit a woman in a Dallas hospital who was dying of cancer. No doubt, Judgment begins with the House of God. Close. 1 Peter 4:16, ESV: "Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name." God says. These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth. 3 Wives, in the same way submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, 2 when they see the purity and reverence of your lives. In this chapter God makes it plain that the conquest of the Babylonian armies was a picture of the armies of Satan conquering the whole world. The New Testament saints have suffered at the hands of those who hated the Word of God. Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth. God does not need the test, but we do. I took a seminary student along with me, and because we were both wearing suits, the family greeted us eagerly. God used Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, as His servant to carry out this task, which totally fit within God’s plan. I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things. We have ceased from the confession of sin. We read in verse 21. Even the heathen cannot escape bringing glory to God. 1 Peter 4:17 1 Peter 4:12-13. 'St. The Little Horn (Daniel 7:7,8,21,25, Daniel 8:8-12,23-25). This judgment is a judgment in, The time “has come” for living in constant fellowship with God, but we keep. The Lord Jesus told us about the Final Tribulation Period in Matthew 24:21. He saved us by engraving our names with a nail in the palm of His hand. ( Log Out /  Likewise, if the heathen persecute us, remember the words of 1 Peter 4:14. 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