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    Terry
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    Are they the brethren? Or anyone on the street who asks you for help? In verse 43 Jesus says: “I was a stranger, and ye took me not in”. Does that mean that if we do not take in a homeless stranger and let them live at our place, that Jesus will condemn us to everlasting punishment? :unsure:

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    Regina
    Regina
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    From GraceThruFaith- Explaining the sheep and goat judgement:
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    Can you please explain again how Messiah was meaning His Jewish brethren when talking about “if you did it to the least of these my brothers, you were doing it to me”, and how it means we should be helping the Jews today, whether monetarily or otherwise. Someone I’m talking to thinks it only means fellow believers, and I don’t think that’s entirely correct. Am I wrong in my thinking?

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    First let’s get the timing right so we can identify the intended audience. Your quote is from Matt. 25:40, part of the so-called Sheep and Goat judgment. (Matt. 25:31-46) The passage begins with the phrase “When the son of man comes in His glory … ” (Matt. 25:31) This indicates the timing is just after the 2nd Coming.

    The event He was speaking of is the judgment of Tribulation Survivors, believers and unbelievers who will have survived the Great Tribulation and are still alive on Earth at its end. Believers are going to be rewarded for their faith and received into the Millennial Kingdom on Earth in their natural states (Matt. 25:34-36). They’ll help re-populate the Earth. Unbelievers will be removed from the planet to join the devil and his angels in the place prepared for them, and will be seen no more (Matt. 25:41-43). The Lord will use their treatment of His brethren as evidence of their heart condition toward Him since aiding Jews during the Great Tribulation will be a serious offense against the anti-Christ’s government, and only a true believer would take such a risk.

    This doesn’t mean that it’s not our job to help the less fortunate in the here and now. It just means that Matt 25:31-46 is intended for tribulation survivors, not the Church.

    Remember these two things. First, the Olivet Discourse (Matt. 24-25) was meant for Israel, and second, everything after Matt. 24:36 will take place at or following the 2nd Coming.

    https://gracethrufaith.com/ask-a-bible-teacher/explaining-the-sheep-and-goat-judgment

    Editing to add, we are saved by faith alone in Christ alone, not by works of any kind. Dr. Andy Woods teaches an excellent series about salvation, if you get time, I encourage you to listen because it clarifies salvation, trusting Jesus, having confidence in Him (saving faith). God loves a cheerful giver, certainly we are not threatened by God with being cast away if we do not do enough works. The bible teaches us that all our righteousness is as filthy rags, our good works are helpful to us or others, but they do not have power to save. Give cheerfully as the Lord leads you. Wisdom comes from the Holy Spirit.

    In this lesson, Dr. Woods talks about the passage in Peter about faith without works is dead, there is a transcript or audio:
    https://slbc.org/sermon/soteriology-057/#transcriptlink Transcript
    https://slbc.org/sermon/soteriology-057 Link for audio here

    This is a 27 minute audio lesson, speaker is Dr. Andy Woods of Sugar Land Bible Church about our “performance appraisal” before the Lord, Bema Seat judgement.
    http://www.spiritandtruth.org/teaching/topics_by_andy_woods/81_our_performance_appraisal/index.htm?x=x

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    Judah, you are he whom your brothers shall praise: your hand shall be in the neck of your enemies; your father's children shall bow down before you. Judah is a lion's whelp: from the prey, my son, you are gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up? The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and to him shall the gathering of the people be. Gen 49

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    TxThom
    TxThom
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    Joel 3:1-2 “In those days and at that time,
    when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem,
    2 I will gather all nations
    and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat.
    There I will put them on trial
    for what they did to my inheritance, my people Israel,
    because they scattered my people among the nations
    and divided up my land.”

    He’s talking about His Jewish brethren, the natural offspring of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. His spiritual offspring (us) will be in Heaven during Daniel’s 70th week and won’t be available for any of those being judged to be treated any which way.

    I am convinced of this, that the One who began a good action among you will bring it to completion by the Day of the Messiah Jesus. Philippians 1:6



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    Terry
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    The event He was speaking of is the judgment of Tribulation Survivors, believers and unbelievers who will have survived the Great Tribulation and are still alive on Earth at its end.

    The Lord will use their treatment of His brethren as evidence of their heart condition toward Him since aiding Jews during the Great Tribulation will be a serious offense against the anti-Christ’s government, and only a true believer would take such a risk.

    Wow Regina this information you gave sure helped me understand this, thank you! And thank you for the links. :rose: :heart: 🙂

    He’s talking about His Jewish brethren, the natural offspring of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. His spiritual offspring (us) will be in Heaven during Daniel’s 70th week and won’t be available for any of those being judged to be treated any which way.

    And Thom, thank you for explaining this, very helpful. I am sure glad we will be in heaven for Daniel’s 70th week. Can’t wait for it to start. B-)

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