Day of Judgment

The Day of Judgment.


127. The Day of Judgment is a day promised by all of Gods religions: The Day of Judgment is a day looked upon by many Christians with dread, while others look upon it with hope. Many people envision God sitting on a huge mighty throne with all of mankind spread out before Him in judgment of the whole human race.

Mandaean symbol-15pix SABEANISM: “A throne is set up for The Lord of Radiance, For The Lord of Radiance a throne is set up, And The Lord of Radiance sitteth thereon.” “Before Him are set up recompenses Which He delivereth to the perfect, To the perfect doth He deliver them” “And said: ‘To each according to the works of his hands It is awarded.” “And He said: ‘Every man who toiled And was long-suffering shall come and take with both hands, But he who did not toil nor endure, Standeth empty in the House of Dues.”’ “He will seek but will not find, And ask, but naught will be given him, Because he had in his hand and gave not, He will search there in his bosom and will find nothing.” “Thou art praised, Manda-d-Hiia.” (Sabeanism, Ginza Rba- chapter 123)

This is what many people envision when they hear the term Day of Judgement, but other people do not see The Day of Judgment quite like this, but see it as a time in which mankind will be judged to see if we recognize Gods new message for the day and recognize Gods new manifestation for the day. This is one of the meanings of The Day of Judgment found in the Bahá’í Faith and in the Holy Bible; if we look for it: the cross-5pix CHRISTIANITY: 1 Peter: 4:17 “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God.” If we look at the Day of Judgment this way then every time a manifestation of God appears in the world The Day of Judgment is at hand. the greatest name 8 pixBAHA’I FAITH: “And the time of the dead, that they should be judged means that the time has come that the dead, that is to say, those who are deprived of the spirit of the love of God and have not a share of the sanctified eternal life — will be judged with justice, meaning they will arise to receive that which they deserve.”

(Bahá’í Faith, Abdu’l-Baha, Some Answered Questions, p. 58)

The shrine-17pix BABI RELIGION: “True resurrection from the sepulchers means to be quickened in conformity with His Will, through the power of His utterance.” “The Day He revealeth Himself is Resurrection Day (Judgment Day) which shall last as long as He ordaineth.”

(The Bab, Selections from the Writings of the Bab, p. 157)

What happens at this time is that, for one thing, we are judged to see if we are truly spiritually attuned to and understand the words of the previous messenger. This is one thing that Christ did, he judged mankind to see if they truly believed the words of Moses or whether they blindly followed the traditions and false beliefs of the previous generations. Christ’s very own words tell us this: CHRISTIANITY: John: 5:46 “For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me.” John: 5:47 “But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?” The other things mankind is judged for is do we recognize the new messengers words as being part of the same holy words from God that we previously accepted, and do we recognize Gods new world redeemer for the day as being sent from God.

If there is some question about the days Jesus Christ was on this earth being the days of judgment, Isaiah prophesied that Jesus was coming to judge mankind in the Old Testament: Jewish symbols star-8pix JUDAISM: Isaiah: 42:1 “Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment….” Isaiah: 42:2 “He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street.” Isaiah: 42:3 “A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth.” Isaiah: 42:4 “He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law.” Isaiah prophesies in the Old Testament that when Jesus comes he will bring forth judgment and set judgment in the earth. This is later followed by Matthew’s assertion that Jesus Christ is the one Isaiah was talking about: the cross-5pix CHRISTIANITY: Matthew: 12:18 “Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment….” Matthew 12:19 “He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets.” Matthew: 12:20 “A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment….”

If this isn’t enough to cause one to pause and realize the spiritual and symbolic nature of The Day of Judgment, Jesus Christ comes straight out and tells us he has come to judge mankind: the cross-5pix CHRISTIANITY: John: 9:39 “And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.” John: 12:31 “Now is the judgment of this world:” Now is the judgment of this world? It couldn’t be stated any clearer. Christ came to judge the world of man and Christ’s day was The Day of Judgment for that day. John: 5:22 “For The Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son:” John: 5:27 “And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.” John: 5:30 “I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of The Father which hath sent me.” 1 Peter: 4:6 “For this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.” 1 Peter: 4:17 “For the time is come that judgment must begin.”

The shrine-17pix BABI RELIGION: “THE Day of Resurrection is a day on which the sun riseth and setteth like unto any other day. How oft hath The Day of Resurrection dawned, and the people of the land where it occurred did not learn of the event. Had they heard, they would not have believed, and thus they were not told!

(The Bab, Selections from the Writings of the Bab, p. 78)

This does not mean that men will not be judged when we pass on, beyond this mortal realm: Jewish symbols star-8pix JUDAISM: Proverbs: 24:12 “If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not He that pondereth the heart consider it? and He that keepeth thy soul, doth not He know it? and shall not He render to every man according to his works?” the cross-5pix CHRISTIANITY: Hebrews: 9:27 “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:” Once we pass beyond this mortal world we are judged according to our actions in this life, which only makes sense.

the greatest name-12pixBAHA’I FAITH: “Bring thyself to account ere thou art summoned to a reckoning, on the Day when no man shall have strength to stand for fear of God, the Day when the hearts of the heedless ones shall be made to tremble.”

(Bahá’í Faith, Baha’u’llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, p. 236)

The shrine-17pix BABI RELIGION: “For hadst thou uttered ‘Here am I’ at the time We sent thee the Book, We would have admitted thee to the company of such of Our servants as truly believe, and would have graciously praised thee in Our Book, until the Day when all men shall appear before Us for judgement.”

(The Bab, Selections from the Writings of the Bab, p. 29)

All of the religions of God indicate this will happen when we pass on out of this life; we will be confronted with the things we have done. Jewish symbols star-8pix JUDAISM: 2 Samuel: 3:39 “The LORD shall reward the doer of evil according to his wickedness.” 2 Chronicles: 6:30 “Then hear thou from heaven thy dwelling place, and forgive, and render unto every man according unto all his ways, whose heart thou knowest; for thou only knowest the hearts of the children of men:” the cross-5pix CHRISTIANITY: Romans: 14:12 “Every one of us shall give account of himself to God.” Revelations: 20:12 “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.” 20:13 “And they were judged every man according to their works.”

This, as I said earlier, is The Day of Judgement envisioned by most of the Christians when they envision Christ’s return. the cross-5pix CHRISTIANITY: John: 16:8 “And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:” But this in general is not what is being talked about on Christ’s return, as Christ indicates with some of his comments about the time he was on the earth: the cross-5pix CHRISTIANITY: Luke: 20:37 “Now that the dead are raised, even Moses shewed at the bush, when he calleth The Lord the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” Luke: 20:38 “For He is not a God of the dead, but of the living: for all live unto Him.” Christ is not talking about a time somewhere off into the future, he is talking about what was taking place right then and there. the cross-5pix CHRISTIANITY: Thomas: 2:51 “His (Jesus’) disciples said to Him, ‘When will the repose of the dead (the rapture) come about, and when will the new world come?’ He (Jesus) said to them, ‘What you look forward to has already come, but you do not recognize it.” (The Gospel of Thomas) According to Luke and Thomas the dead have already risen. Jesus tells us in Luke that he considers the dead to have already risen during his ministry, “Now that the dead are raised,” and Jesus earlier in Matthew states that “the resurrection of the dead,” was happening, and in Luke: 20:36 “The children of the resurrection.” which he states in Luke: 20:37 “Are the dead being raised,” which argues the point that the spiritual dead had risen from the graves of their bodies and became living souls believing in Christ. And this is further re-enforced by Thomas stating that according to Jesus the raising of the dead and the coming of the new world had already happened and they just didn’t recognize it for what it was. 1 Peter: 4:16 “Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.” 1 Peter: 4:17 “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God; and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

The shrine-17pix BABI RELIGION: “O concourse of divines! Fear God from this day onwards in the views ye advance, for He Who is Our Remembrance in your midst, and Who cometh from Us, is, in very truth, the Judge and Witness.” “O MY servants! This is Gods appointed Day (Judgment Day) which the merciful Lord hath promised you in His Book; wherefore, in very truth, glorify ye abundantly the name of God while treading the Path of the Most Great Remembrance…”

(The Bab, Selections from the Writings of the Bab, pp. 43 and 71)

The shrine10 pix “God hath, in very truth, destined for thee, and for such as circle round thee, on The Day of Judgement, a responsible position in His Path.”

(The Bab, Selections from the Writings of the Bab, p. 39)

Islamic symbol-10 pix ISLAM: “Remember that this world is working under the laws ordained by Him, and it consists of assemblage and aggregation of actions and reactions, causes and effects, calamities and reverses, pains and pleasures and rewards and punishments, but this is not all which the picture depicts, there are things in it which are beyond our ken, things which we do not and cannot know and things which cannot be foreseen and foretold, for example the rewards and punishments on The Day of Judgement.”

(Ali b. Abi Taalib, Letters from Nahjul Balaagh)

Islamic symbol-5pix “We have tarried according to the Book of God, until The Day of Resurrection;’ and this is The Day of Resurrection (judgment), but ye do not know.”

(The Qur’an (E.H. Palmer tr), Sura  30 – The Greeks)

Islamic symbol-5pix 56. “This is the Day of Resurrection: but ye were not aware!”

(The Qur’an (Yusuf Ali tr), Surah  30)

Muhammad, like Jesus, told his followers that the day of resurrection was occurring right then and there while he was talking to them; and they were just unaware, again like Jesus, told his followers. Islamic symbol-5pix ISLAM: 113. “The Jews say: ‘The Christians have naught (to stand) upon;’ and the Christians say: ‘The Jews have naught (to stand) upon.’ Yet they (profess to) study the (same) Book. Like unto their word is what those say who know not, but Allah (God) will judge between them in their quarrel on the Day of Judgment.”

(The Qur’an (Yusuf Ali tr), Surah   2)

Islamic symbol-5pix 19. “(O unbelievers!) if ye prayed for victory and judgment, now hath the judgment come to you: if ye desist (from wrong), it will be best for you: for verily Allah is with those who believe.”

(The Qur’an (Yusuf Ali tr), Surah   8)

The day of judgment, again Muhammad tells us was right then and there during his lifetime, which, again, argues the point that The Judgment Day and The Resurrection of the dead occurs during the lifetime of Gods manifestation when they are on the earth. 11. “But to no soul will Allah grant respite when the time appointed (for it) has come: and Allah is well-acquainted with (all) that ye do.”

(The Qur’an (Yusuf Ali tr), Surah  63)

Islamic symbol-5pix 25. “For to Us will be their Return;” 26. “Then it will be for Us to call them to account.”

           (The Qur’an (Yusuf Ali tr), Surah  88)

Islamic symbol-5pix 139. “Say: Will ye dispute with us about Allah (God), seeing that He is our Lord and your Lord; that we are responsible for our doings and ye for yours;” and He is The Judge of both of us, “and that we are sincere (in our faith) in Him?

          (The Qur’an (Yusuf Ali tr), Surah   2)

Islamic symbol-5pix 30. “On the day when every soul will be confronted with all the good it has done, and all the evil it has done, it will wish there were a great distance between it and its evil. But Allah cautions you (to remember) Himself. And Allah is full of kindness to those that serve Him.”

           (The Qur’an (Yusuf Ali tr), Surah   3)

Though Muhammad, like Christ, indicates that God will also judge mankind once they pass out of this life. As far as, when The Day of Judgment occurs, the older religions are less clear on this point, which deals with man and how he acts with religion as time progresses. Ahura Mazda symbol-8pix ZOROASTRIANISM: 14. “These things I ask Thee, O Ahura, (God) how will these come and happen — the dues, that in accord with the records are appointed for the righteous, and those, O Mazda, for the followers of the Druj, — how shall these be when they come to the reckoning, (judgement).” Ahura Mazda symbol-8pix 14. “Fulfill upon them through their actions and judgments that judgment which at the last shall bring them to the House of the Lie.”

(Zoroaster, The Zend-Avesta, Avesta – Yasnas 31and 51)

Zoroastrian symbol-12pix ZOROASTRIANISM: 1. “According as it is with the laws that belong to the present life, so shall the Judge act with most just deed towards the man of the Lie and the man of the Right, and him whose false things and good things balance in equal measure.” “By vision assure me how to set up the judge that heals the world. Then let him have Obedience coming with Good Thought unto every man whom thou desirest, O Mazda.”

(The Zend-Avesta, Avesta – Yasna 33 and 44)

Ahura Mazda symbol-8pix “Hear the best with your ears, and discern by pure mind. Choose the ought, man by man (every man), for his own self. Before the great trial comes, wake up to this my counsel.” ZOROASTER, Hymns of Atharvan p. 87)

Ahura Mazda symbol-8pix Denkard. Zoroaster, “Be it known that the final judgment of the soul bears a relation to its desires and capacities.”

Hindu symbol-10pix HINDUISM: 2. “Bound by the fetters of the fruits of good and evil, like a cripple; without freedom, like a man in prison; beset by many fears, like one standing before Yama (the judge of the dead);”

(Hindu, Upanishads vol. 2, Maitrayana-Brahmaya-Upanishad)

Hindu symbol 5-pix “Give us strong succour on the day of trial:” On the Day of Judgment.

(Hindu, Vedas, Rig Veda – Book  6)

Buddhist wheel symbol-10 pix BUDDHISM: “Wrong-doers grieve in this world, and they grieve in the next; they grieve in both. They grieve and are afflicted when they see the wrong they have done.” “Many do not realize that we must all come to an end here;” “And further, people take the evil way in deeds, the evil way in words, the evil way in thoughts; and by taking the evil way in deeds, words, and thoughts, at the dissolution of the body, after death, they fall into a downward state of existence, a state of suffering, into perdition, and the abyss of hell. But, this is the misery of sensuous craving, the heaping up of suffering in the future life, due to sensuous craving, conditioned through sensuous craving, caused by sensuous craving, entirely dependent on sensuous craving.” “Not in the air, nor ocean-midst, Nor hidden in the mountain clefts, Nowhere is found a place on earth, Where man is freed from evil deeds.”

((The Eightfold Path), Buddha, the Word (The Eightfold Path))

Dharma wheel Buddhist symbols-5pix “Here and beyond he is punished. The wrong-doer is punished both ways. He is punished by the thought, ‘I have done Evil,’ and is even more punished when he comes to a bad state.” “Here and beyond he rejoices. The doer of good rejoices both ways. He rejoices at the thought, ‘I have done good,’ and rejoices even more when he comes to a happy state.”

(Buddhist, Dhammapada – Sayings of the Buddha 1 (tr. J.  Richards))

Mandaean symbol-15pix SABEANISM: “I worship, laud and praise the Ancient, Supernal, Occult and Guarded Abathur, who is high, hidden and guarded, whose throne is placed at the gate of the House of Life. He sitteth with the scales set before him, weighing deeds and (their) recompense. He seeth and discerneth that which the worlds and generations do.” (Sabeanism, Ginza Rba- chapter 9)

Mandaean symbol1 “Who establisheth our strength and cutteth us not off From the House of our trust; Who restoreth our souls at the House of Ransom On The Day of Judgement, and perfecteth our souls.” (Sabeanism, Ginza Rba- chapter 76)

Mandaean symbol1 “The worlds assembled for judgement, For judgement the worlds assembled And judgement was pronounced on them, On them was judgement pronounced, On those who did not perform the works Of right-dealing Man. But thou alone, Chosen and Pure One, Fair mana, that art burnished bright, Thou goest not to the judgement hall. Judgement will not be pronounced over thee, Over thee judgement will not be pronounced; Because thou didst perform the works Of right-dealing mankind.” (Sabeanism, Ginza Rba- chapter 92)

Mandaean symbol1 “They sought and found, went to judgment and were vindicated, spoke and were heard. They are complete, lacking in naught; perfect are they and not imperfect. They came from a pure place and go to a pure place.” “On The Day of Judgement, and perfecteth our souls On the great Day of joy. Praises (be) to One Who is all the ‘uthras, And to One Who is all prayers,” “The building that life buildeth will never come to naught.” (Sabeanism, Ginza Rba- chapters 8, 76 and 102)

The shrine-17pix BABI RELIGION: “O Qurratu’l-‘Ayn! Persevere steadfastly as Thou art bidden and let not the faithless amongst men nor their utterances grieve Thee, since Thy Lord shall, by the righteousness of God, the Most Great, pass judgement upon them on The Day of Resurrection, and surely God witnesseth all things.”

(The Bab, Selections from the Writings of the Bab, p. 70)

The shrine10 pix “This is the Day of Resurrection,’ he told her, ‘the day when all secrets shall be searched out. Not by their outward appearance, but by the character of their beliefs and the manner of their lives, does God judge His creatures, be they men or women.”’

The Bab: (Shoghi Effendi, The Dawn-Breakers, p. 551)

the greatest name-12pixBAHA;I FAITH: “This period of time is the Promised Age, the assembling of the human race to the “Resurrection Day” and now is the great ‘Day of Judgment.’ Soon the whole world, as in springtime, will change its garb. The turning and falling of the autumn leaves is past; the bleakness of the winter time is over. The new year hath appeared and the spiritual springtime is at hand. The black earth is becoming a verdant garden; the deserts and mountains are teeming with red flowers; from the borders of the wilderness the tall grasses are standing like advance guards before the cypress and jessamine trees; while the birds are singing among the rose branches like the angels in the highest heavens, announcing the glad-tidings of the approach of that spiritual spring, and the sweet music of their voices is causing the real essence of all things to move and quiver.”

(Bahá’í Faith, Abdu’l-Baha, Baha’i World Faith – Abdu’l-Baha Section, p. 351)

the greatest name 8 pix“By the All-Glorious! I am astonished to find what a veil has fallen across their eyes, and how it blinds them even to such obvious necessities as these. And there is no doubt whatever that when conclusive arguments and proofs of this sort are advanced, they will answer, out of a thousand hidden spites and prejudices: ‘On The Day of Judgment, when men stand before their Lord, they will not be questioned as to their education and the degree of their culture — rather will they be examined as to their good deeds.”’

(Bahá’í Faith, Abdu’l-Baha, The Secret of Divine Civilization, p. 101)