Parable of the Sheep and Goats. “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.
Why does The Messiah Judge The Nations? Joel:1-3.
“In those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, 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.
They cast lots for my people and traded boys for prostitutes; they sold girls for wine to drink.
Place Of The Judgment: The Valley of Jehoshaphat.
The valley of Jehoshaphat, is the same location where the Antichrist gathers the armies of the world for the Campaign of Armageddon. The Jezreel Valley. The word Jezreel comes from the Hebrew, and means “God sows.” The phrase “valley of Jezreel” was sometimes used to refer to the central part of the valley, around the city of Jezreel, while the southwestern portion was known as the “valley of Megiddo”, after the ancient city of Megiddo, which was located there. The area has been known as the Plain of Esdraelon.
The timing of this judgment is given as being in conjunction with the final restoration of Israel (v.1.)
All the Gentiles will be gathered into the Valley of Jehoshaphat for the judgment (v.2.) The very place where the Campaign of Armageddon will end is the same place where the Gentiles will be judged.
The Greek word translated (nations) is also the common word for Gentiles and is directed to the individual and cannot be taken as a national judgment. The basis for this judgment will be anti-Semitism (goats,) or pro-Semitism (sheep.)
Separating the Sheep from the Goats.
Verse 32-33. “Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left.
This will be the final judgment by the Messiah before the Millennium Kingdom begins and is based on two facts. First, the saved saints, those who have survived the entire seven year tribulation. And second, these saved saints helped the Jews being persecuted by the Antichrist, they were Pro-Semitic as seen in Matthew 25:34-40.
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.
These pro-Semitic saints are those who will provide help for Jesus’ brethren, the Jews during the Great Tribulation, a time when it will be very dangerous to do so. They will identify themselves with the Jews by visiting them in prison and will perform other acts of kindness verses (35 to 38.) It is the sheep, Gentiles who will be involved in the destruction of Babylon, (Isaiah 13:1-5,) and will survive to the 1,335th day, (Daniel 12-12,) and will be he ones who will populate the Gentile nations in the Messianic Kingdom.
The Goats. Matthew 25:41-45.
“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
“They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
“He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.”
The anti-Semites, (goats,) are the ones how will aid the Antichrist in his program of Jewish destruction will be killed and sent to Hell, verse, 41.) They are also the ones who fail to attain the 1,335th day, (Daniel 12-12) and lose out on the millennial blessing. The basis of the judgment will not be salvation or the lack of it, but either anti-Semitism or pro-Semitism. This fast stirs up a question when compared with verse 25:46: “And these shall go away into eternal punishment: but the righteous into eternal life.”
The goats will be sent to Hell awaiting the Great White Throne judgment, whereas the sheep will not only enter the Kingdom (verse, 34,) but they will also inherit eternal life. Is their salvation then, based on their works, be they anti-Semitic or pro- Semitic? Not at all. The scriptures make is quite clear that salvation is always by grace through faith totally apart from works. During the Tribulation. the Jews will become the dividing line for those who are believers and for those who are not. Only believers will dare to violate the rules of the Antichrist and aid the Jews.
As the Apostle James stated: “They will show their faith by their works.”
Only believing Gentiles will be allowed into the Messianic Kingdom along with the Jews, (The Remnant.)