ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this
life? 1 Cor. 6:3.
During the thousand years between the first and the second resurrection the
judgment of the wicked takes place. The apostle Paul points to this judgment
as an event that follows the second advent. "Judge nothing before the
time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things
of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts." 1 Corinthians
4:5. Daniel declares that when the Ancient of Days came, "judgment was
given to the saints of the most High." Daniel 7:22. At this time the
righteous reign as kings and priests unto God. John in the Revelation says:
"I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them."
"They shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him
a thousand years." Revelation 20:4, 6. It is at this time that, as foretold
by Paul, "the saints shall judge the world." 1 Corinthians 6:2.
In union with Christ they judge the wicked, comparing their acts with the
statute book, the Bible, and deciding every case according to the deeds done
in the body. Then the portion which the wicked must suffer is meted out, according
to their works; and it is recorded against their names in the book of death.
and evil angels are judged by Christ and His people. Says Paul: "Know
ye not that we shall judge angels?" Verse 3. And Jude declares that "the
angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he
hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the
great day." Jude 6.
close of the thousand years the second resurrection will take place. Then
the wicked will be raised from the dead and appear before God for the execution
of "the judgment written." Thus the revelator, after describing
the resurrection of the righteous, says: "The rest of the dead lived
not again until the thousand years were finished." Revelation 20:5. And
Isaiah declares, concerning the wicked: "They shall be gathered together,
as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in the prison,
and after many days shall they be visited." Isaiah 24:22.