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Great White Throne Judgment And Lake Of Fire, Laying Hands On Suddenly, In Jesus' Hands, Conclusion, Reading Resources
Of course, when it comes to this act of laying one's hands on somebody, we also know that the final Person to do this will be the Lord Himself; for in the distant future, after the one thousand year Millennium, when the Great White Throne Judgment occurs, we are told that the Lord will do His final house cleaning. He will lay hold on that old serpent called the Devil and Satan, and cast him into the Lake of Fire; along with Azazel and his cohorts, and all of the other incorrigible and unrepentant Children of the Goat:
"And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire."
Revelation 20:10-15, KJV
Before concluding this article, let us take a look at one more verse which deals with the laying on of hands. In his first Epistle to his beloved son in the faith, Timothy, the Apostle Paul wrote the following:
"Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men's sins: keep thyself pure."
1 Timothy 5:22, KJV
It seems that some Christians have erroneously interpreted this verse as a warning from Paul regarding the laying on of hands. They suggest that Paul is saying that just as we can impart spiritual and physical blessings to others, if one is not careful regarding upon whom he lays his hands, this same process can also work in reverse; so that a person may pick up a curse or something evil from that person. I tend to believe that Paul wasn't referring to the spiritual gift of the laying on of hands, but rather to laying our hands upon someone in a moment of anger, as we see occurring with the Children of the Goat. When Paul talks about not partaking of other men's sins, he is not talking about having their sins transferred to us through a laying on of hands, but rather to things like the following from his Epistle to the Ephesians:
"Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil. Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you."
Ephesians 4:25-32, KJV
"I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting."
1 Timothy 2:8, KJV
Notice that Paul talks a lot about wrath and evil speaking in the previous verses. He talks about using our hands in a good way, to be a blessing; and not in an evil way, as do the Children of the Goat. When a person lays their hands suddenly on another person, doesn't it involve wrath, anger and evil speaking, exactly as Paul states? So again, I think this may be what Paul really meant by not laying one's hands suddenly upon any man; because that is precisely what the enemies of Christ and His Disciples actually did, and which they continue to do to this very day. They grab the Children of the Lamb, His dear foreign missionaries, in anger, and speak evil of them. They cast them into prison and torture them, and sometimes even kill them. The reports we hear of Christian persecution in some of the communist and Muslim countries are absolutely alarming. As we draw closer to the end, Satan is becoming more and more furious, because he knows that his time is short:
"Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time."
Revelation 12:12, KJV
To conclude this article on a positive note, consider the fact that at the end of this life, just like Jesus, our eternal High Priest, who committed His Spirit into the Hands of His Heavenly Father, because He knew that He came from God, and would return to God, we too, the Children of the Lamb, shall commit our spirits into the Hands of the Lord Jesus Christ, because we are His sheep; we are not goats; and He has paid for us with His own Blood on the Cross. Consider the following verses:
"And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost."
Luke 23:46, KJV
"Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me."
John 8:42, KJV
"Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God;"
John 13:3, KJV
"And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand."
John 10:28, KJV
"All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out."
John 6:37, KJV
"Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity."
2 Timothy 2:19, KJV
In conclusion, which are you? Are you a Child of the Lamb, or are you a stubborn and rebellious Child of the Goat? If you are not sure, please accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour today. It's not too late. He stands waiting with outstretched arms. Don't delay; please do it today! You'll be glad you did!
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For additional information, you may want to refer to the list of resources below which were either mentioned in this series, or which contain topics which are related to this serie. All of these articles are likewise located on this very same Bill's Bible Basics website:
Are the Gifts of the Spirit for Today?
Are You Clean Every Whit?
Hell, the Lake of Fire and Universalism
Is God a Racist?
Judgment of Azazel: Scapegoat of the High Priest
Revelation's Babylon the Great
The Children of God and Politics
The Fruits of Disobedience
The Lamb of God Was a Goat!