The Nations Which Enter Into The Kingdom





In Matthew xxv:31 our Lord speaks of what will take place when He has

returned, "When the Son of Man shall come in His glory, and all the

holy angels with Him, then shall He sit upon the throne of His glory,

and before Him shall be gathered all nations, and He shall separate

them one from another as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats;

and He shall set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the

left." We are aware that this passage is often looked upon as teaching

a universal judgment of the whole human race; but it is not that. Not

a word is said by our Lord concerning the resurrection of the dead.

The dead are not included in this judgment. This judgment can

therefore not be identified with the Great White Throne Judgment of

Revelation xx. Nor is the Church in any way connected with this

judgment, because when that takes place the saints are with the Lord in

glory. It is the judgment of the living nations which the Lord finds

on earth at the time of His second coming. This judgment will cover

the first part of His reign as King, when He will first rule like David

in subduing His enemies, when Gog and Magog, under the leadership of

the Prince of Rosh, will also be dealt with in judgment (Ezekiel

xxxviii and xxxix), and that will be followed by His reign as Prince of

Peace, as foreshadowed by the reign of Solomon. Now, at this judgment

of the nations, when He divides them as a shepherd divideth his sheep

from the goats, there will be nations which He puts at His right hand,

and to which He saith, "Come ye blessed of My Father, inherit the

kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world." These

nations are therefore converted nations, righteous nations, declared to

be fit for that Kingdom over which He will reign. The question arises,

When were these nations converted? Though the Gospel has been preached

for about 1900 years yet we do not know of any converted nation on the

earth to-day. The nations which we term Christian nations are at

present engaged in the most bloody war of all history. Yet in as much

as the Lord finds converted nations on the earth when He comes back and

receives His throne, these nations must have been converted previous to

His coming. It is therefore an important and interesting question,

When and how were the nations converted which the Lord at the judgment

of nations calls blessed, and bids to enter the Kingdom on earth? They

were not converted by the preaching of the Gospel as it is done to-day,

for if they were converted as the result of the testimony of the Church

they would share in the glorious destiny, "Caught up in clouds to meet

the Lord in the air." The only alternative then is that they will be

converted after the true Church has been completed and taken into glory.



Sometimes before our Lord is manifested from Heaven with His holy

angels, a turning of nations to God must therefore take place. It will

be during the time when God deals with this earth in mighty judgments,

when the earth and the heavens are shaken, when Antichrist, Satan's

masterpiece, is on the earth and produces the Great Tribulation. It

will be one of the startling events of the end of the age, after the

Church has been removed from the earth. During these years of trouble,

judgment, and great tribulation, God will give a final witness to all

nations. Of this our Lord speaks in Matt. xxiv:14, "And this Gospel of

the Kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all

nations, and then shall the end come." Though the Gospel of Grace is

being preached world-wide, the preaching of the Gospel of the Kingdom

as a witness unto all nations has not yet taken place. It falls into

the seven years preceding the visible coming of our Lord.





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