Who Is Facing Judgment?

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Hi H____,
You ask:
“So am I to understand that God is judging His own (elect) now and judgment will come later for the called as well as the unbelievers in the lake of fire?”
That is exactly right:

Rev 20:1  And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.
Rev 20:2  And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,
Rev 20:3  And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.
Rev 20:4  And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and [ I saw] the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received [ his] mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
Rev 20:5  But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This [ is] the first resurrection.
Rev 20:6  Blessed and holy [ is] he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
Rev 20:7  And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,
Rev 20:8  And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom [ is] as the sand of the sea.
Rev 20:9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.
Rev 20:10  And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet [ are], and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
Rev 20:11  And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
Rev 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.
Rev 20:13  And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
Rev 20:14  And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

Sodom and Gomorrah were types of judgment. The sacking of Jerusalem in the days of Jeremiah was a type of judgment. All catastrophes that are physical, are mere foreshadowings of the true day of judgment. But all who are in Christ are living judgment day. They are the first to be judged. They are not in the middle or at the end. They are first:

1Pe 4:12  Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
1Pe 4:13  But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
1Pe 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?
1Pe 4:18  And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?

The answer to Peter’s question is that all nations of all time will appear in the lake of fire for their day to be judged.
So long as babies are continuing to be born, death will never be destroyed. But verse 9 of Rev 20 tells us how God brings all flesh to an end so death can be destroyed and all men of all time can be saved in the lake of fire which immediately follows this post- millennial uprising. Satan was imprisoned for one thousand years just to bring this about.
All of this is already in the paper on the Law of Moses Versus The Law of The Spirit.
You also ask:

“The Bible does talk of pride and then the fall. That one who exalts himself will be made humble. Is that verse referring to the elect or all mankind? Does it mean in their lifetime or the fall may happen afterwards?”

All men of all time will “live by every word of God… and keep the sayings of the prophecy of this book.” The fire of the lake of fire is God’s Word and those in whom God’s Word abides.

Mat 4:4  But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

“Man” means all men of all time, elect and non- elect are judged by the exact same fiery Word of God. It is all a matter of timing and number of stripes, all decided “before the foundation of the world” by a sovereign God.
I hope this helps you to see what you say you see, that God truly is no respecter of persons.
Mike>

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