Revelation 22:5 for the Lord God will give them light
In Rev 22:13 it states : I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.
Here we see the Goldy continuing to be Godly and the vile continuing to be vile as unto God
Being the the One True God who was and is and is to come in the lifes of people
Those who walk in the darkeness of their souls not seeing the One true God until the time when their judgement comes at the time and after the time of death being the death of the body
The other Judgement being the death of the body of the believer who continues to seek God and continues to find God and in this receives the reward through the judgements of what He (person) has done while in the (Body) being the body or can be seen as (The Body) being that of the Bride Of Christ
Being that Jesus was and is and will be the One True God, it comes to pass that He was Lord of a life and His blood covered over the believer
Being that He is now then He is the Lord of that persons life
Being that He will be speaks of their future judgement being that of a Judgement that will be the giving and taking of reward for how can the Bride on her wedding day be judged but that she would receive gifts and those gidfts would be given her on that day
But as for the vile , those who lived in the darkeness of their souls they choose to live without the covering of the blood of Jesus , thus the wrath of God lingers over until that day when they receive the judgement of the perishing being that they choose to live in the persihing world before death and there after shall continue to live within the perishing (if perishing can continue in such a state or that perishing means just that to perish and be no more
Paul knew His future and it was certain and he was confident that God who hasd begun a good work in him would carry it through
Paul knew that His judgement would be that of receiving the crown life
As for the thief on the Cross ?
Well paradise in jewish belief at that time was of a garden and pleasant garden somewhat like Eden
Jesus said "today you will be with me in paradise"
Some might believe that this is a temporary state after death before the Judgenent of the righteous and the judgement of the ungodly
But paradise in Jewish belief was seen as like the garden of Eden in other words you went o two places either to the garden of to gehenna which was the place outside of the city or the "rubbish tip where things perished and were burnt
If this wwas indeed a temporary place then why would Jesus be going there ?
Rather it was heaven to be where Jesus was and is and would be once more
This Judgement of God is on those now who are not His but indeed His enemies
This judgement will burn against them
As He is the God who is and was and will be
So He is the God who did speak to them, and does speak to them now, and will speak to them then
Being that He does Judge ....He is Judging,.... and He will Judge
think of it as a pupils and a teachers
The teachers know the exams the pupils are going to take and some may be taking harder
exams , some going onto college or university and some going to even greater heights
But we know that to each one is given a different ability
There is one who is gifted not so much in "the written" but in ability
They may not pass any exams but be very gifted at craft or building
So the teachers know that this person although not given the ability of the "written exam"
is very practical and will do well in life
Others may pass some exams and the teachers know already which and who might do well and
what the results might be, they can often tell you approximately the marks of each pupil and
roughly how well they will do......Before the exams
Some may go further and excel in certain subjects but to those who is given much is much
expected and they find it hard at times Luke 12:48
From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who
has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.
The blows are not punishment as in being beaten up or whipped, God is not a vindictive God
The blows can be likened to when you go to get your exam results and find that you have'vt got the marks
you were hoping for
But Some go to even greater heights and go onto university and degrees and so on
Whatever gifting is given ...and ability ...it is not so much the gifting but the applying
I might be a scientist...but how do I now use this knowledge ?
So I might be great at theory and written work but not so good at practical application
But to whoever is given and whatever is given it is not what is given but how we use what we are given
So thats a simply illustration of God and us as people on this planet referring to the "Judgement of God"
God already knows our abilities and how well we will do unlike a teacher He also knows the beginning and
Now what about those pupils who are sneekling in and are not of the same school ? they are
allowed to join in the lessons and be a part of what is happening
But they will have a different judgement and the results are not those of the teachers but of a
So we see that although the judgement is yet to come....it is already known of
When we go to the thief on the Cross we see that "Today" you will be with me in "Heaven"
Or "Garden" and eden like garden as heaven can be described as "heavenlike" or paradise
So it might seem as if the thief on the Cross escaped the "Judgement of God" as an event
that will be but in this case had already happened
Now the old illustrators draw these pictures of people queing up in a heaven like procession and
this is probably the only way the can illustrate an image like this
So many have this image in their minds of people queing up on the judgement day, like lots of
pupils queing up for their exam results ....Waiting in fear and trepidation
But this image is man made and just an ilustration to try to put accross a picutre of the "Judgement day"
You can imagine queing up with billions of people from all over the earth since the dawning of time ?
It may well take years before you can be seen by God !
I believe it will happen in no time at all, because God lives outside of time
No sooner have you passed away that there you will be in the twinkling of an eye
As if everyone came to be there at the same time all at once
And all those people that were your distant relatives maybe and those you never thought you
would see might be there and those you though would be there seem to not be ?
And I imagine that when the thief on the Cross went to be with Jesus He might have already been on
the new earth...now thats going to boggle minds ...
How on "Earth" could he be on the new earth before its recreated or regenerated ?
Well do you think when the new earth was and is and will be.....
That God is going to say "Oooo this is new...I did'nt think it would be like this ? I wonder
what will happen next ?"
Because God lives outside of time He knows those who are yet to be born and their results
Because the results are based on what Jesus did but also on how we use what Jesus did
"To some who are given more will much be asked of........."
So the thief was already judged at that moment on the Cross
Or to try to convey it to modern day life you could say "he had an assessment"