I received a very significant dream a few nights ago. In the dream I was talking to someone about Jesus, not as the Savior, but as the Judge. I awoke with a revelation and an urgency to write what I believe is a word from the Lord.
The end meaning of the dream is this: Many professing Christians have a veil over their hearts and lack proper discernment because they don’t know Jesus as the Judge, therefore they don’t fear Him. They only know Him as the Savior. It is the world that needs to know Jesus as the Savior, for Jesus did not come to judge the world but to save them (Jn. 12:44-48), but the Church needs to know Him as the Judge.
The very essence of His Person and His throne is righteousness and judgment.
“I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom” (2 Tim. 4:1).
“Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God“ (Rev. 19:11-13).
“Righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne” (Ps. 97:2). Justice has to do with judgment.
Until we understand Jesus as the Judge in the light of God’s eternal judgments, truth cannot prevail and equity (honesty, integrity, uprightness, straightforwardness) will not have access into our lives.
“Justice is turned back, and righteousness stands afar off; for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter” (Is. 59:14).
In order to be clothed with glory the Church must know Jesus as the Judge. True judgment and justice removes the facade and smokescreen of how things appear to be, and reveals them according to their true nature. THE LORD does not judge things by appearance, but as they really are. At the judgment seat of Christ “we will be revealed as we are” (2 Cor. 5:10 – Amp.), and “each one’s work will become clear” (1 Cor. 3:13). As we walk with this knowledge down here on the earth we are in fact beholding Jesus with an unveiled face, and are changed from one degree of glory to another. There will be no glory in the Church until there is true judgment.
“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord” (2 Cor. 3:18).
In the dream I was saying that there were not enough judges on the earth and in the Church. As a result the Church was falling short of judging spiritual matters. “Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others judge” (1 Cor. 14:29).
“For I indeed, as absent in body but present in spirit, have already judged (as though I were present) him who has so done this deed” (1 Cor. 5:3).
“But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner—not even to eat with such a person. For what have I to do with judging those also who are outside? Do you not judge those who are inside? But those who are outside God judges. Therefore “put away from yourselves the evil person” (1 Cor. 5:11-13).
One of the principle doctrines of Christ is eternal judgment (Heb. 6:1-2). That would include both the Great White Throne Judgment (Rev. 20:11) and the Judgment Seat of Christ (Rom. 14:10). Eternal Judgment is one of the doctrines that is referred to as the milk of the Word (Heb. 5:12-14). Yes, the milk of the Word! Spiritual babes in Christ are to desire the milk of the Word. “Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby”…(1 Pt. 2:1-2).
Some believers think they are mature when they are really babies. I believe that the complacency and lack of the fear of the Lord we see in the Church today is partly due to these missing ingredients in our spiritual diet known as the first principles of the doctrine of Christ. Eternal judgment is just one of them.
Do you realize that most Christians who are weak, sickly, and die prematurely are those who have not judged themselves? That is quite a compelling thought.
“For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep. For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged” (1 Cor. 11:30-31).
The Church must understand that righteousness and justice are the foundation of God’s throne. Until we see that, we cannot walk in true discernment, clarity, and the liberty of the Spirit. It is in “beholding the goodness and severity of the Lord” (Rom. 11:22) that we are kept free from the veils of deception.
For more on this theme please refer to my book, Purity Of Heart.