Sheep and Goats Parable
This parable pictures the Kingdom conditions after the
Church is glorified and the Kingdom established. It will begin fulfilment
"When the Son of Man shall come in His glory, and all the holy angels
with Him." All nations, including those now asleep in death, will be
on trial before Christ's Judgment Seat, to determine their willingness or
unwillingness to come fully into harmony with God, and to receive the
Divine blessing of life everlasting, or, contrariwise, to be destroyed in
the Second Death.
Those developing the wayward, goat-like disposition will
pass to Messiah's disfavor, represented by His left hand. At the close of
the Millennium, the separation will have affected the entire human family,
and have brought all into one of two classes. One class will be rewarded
with "the gift of God, eternal life." The other class, unworthy,
will get the punishment which God has provided, namely, destruction--kolasin,
cutting off from life. "The soul that sinneth, it shall die."
Their destruction is symbolically represented by fire,
and was illustrated by the fires in the Valley of Hinnom (mistranslated
"Hell"), in which the garbage of Jerusalem was destroyed. The
Valley of Hinnom (Greek, Gehenna) was once quite deep. Only dead carcasses
were put into it, including those of very vicious criminals. It symbolized
hopelessness--annihilation. Jesus used Jerusalem as a figure of the New
Jerusalem. This valley--Gehenna--prefigured the Second Death, from which
there will be no redemption--no recovery.
Gehenna was earlier called Tophet. When Israel became
idolatrous, the image of Moloch was erected there and children were
roasted alive in the arms of the image--sacrifically-- devilishly. Good
King Josiah defiled it for garbage purposes.
Our pious fathers provided worse idols for
us--Creed-idols! To these we were taught to sacrifice millions of
heathens, and non-elect infants. But their day is gone! Thank God! Saner
views of God are ours, and a truer interpretation of the Bible.
Moloch Prototype of