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Day of Judgment
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
Also called the “Day of the Lord” or “Day of Yahweh.” A day anticipated primarily in prophetic and apocalyptic literature when God will actively judge the people for their sins. The Bible includes many warnings about the coming of the day of judgment, along with grave descriptions of its imminence, wrath, and terror. Scripture also says there will be repeated pleas for repentance preceding God’s judgment, after which righteousness and prosperity will be restored for the faithful to enjoy.
Dictionaries
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Day of Judgment
Day of Judgment Also called the “Day of the Lord” or “Day of Yahweh.” A day anticipated primarily in prophetic and apocalyptic literature when God will actively judge the people for their sins. The Bible includes many warnings about the coming of the day of judgment, along with grave descriptions of
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Day of Judgment
DAY OF JUDGMENT. Generally this term refers to that time in the future when God or some divinely authorized agent would intervene in history, condemning the unrighteous and vindicating the faithful and obedient. In earlier biblical and intertestamental texts, it is usually nations which will be judged,
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Judgment, Day Of
judgment, day of, a term found mainly in the nt referring to the time when God or the Messiah (or the Son of Man) will punish the wicked and redeem the righteous. The background for this concept may be found in the Hebrew Bible, where God is regarded as the Judge of all the earth (Gen. 18:25; Ps. 9:7–8).
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Judgment, Day of
Judgment, Day Ofjudgment, day of, a term found mainly in the nt referring to the time when God or his Messiah (or the Son of man) is to punish the wicked and redeem the righteous. Related terms and concepts appear frequently in the ot, intertestamental writings, and the nt.In the ot: In the ot, God
The Westminster Bible Dictionary
Judgment, Day of
Judgʹment, Day of (Matt. 10:15), that momentous day which is to terminate the present dispensation of grace and to fix unalterably the eternal state of all men. That such a day is appointed is abundantly evident from Scripture (Matt. 12:36; Acts 17:31; 2 Thess. 1:7–10; Heb. 9:27; 2 Pet. 2:9; 3:7; 1 John
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Judgment Day
JUDGMENT DAY Appointed time in the future when God will intervene in history for the purpose of judging the wicked and upholding the righteous. In OT texts nations are pictured as being judged during this time. Yet in the NT the judgment seems to be more for individuals. In both Testaments the use of
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
DAY OF JUDGMENT
DAY OF JUDGMENT. Belief in the righteousness of God is central to both Jewish and Christian theology. Being righteous, God cannot be indifferent to evil. The existence of present-day evil thus leads to an expectation of future judgment, an idea evident in a wide array of forms in early Judaism and Christianity.
JUDGMENT, ESCHATOLOGICAL
JUDGMENT, ESCHATOLOGICAL [יוֹם נָקָםyom naqam; ἡμέρα κρίσεως hēmera kriseōs]. The day of judgment is a moment of crisis occasioned by God (Add Esth 10:11) or human beings (LXX Prov 6:34; Tob 1:18). Before NT times, it became a synonym for “the DAY OF THE LORD,” the eschatological trial that will
Key passages
Jdt 16:17

Woe to the nations rising up against my race. The Lord Almighty shall punish them in the day of judgment; he will send fire and worms for their flesh, and they will weep in full knowledge forever.”

Wis 4:20–5:2

They will come, fearful, when their sins are calculated, and he will rebuke them in opposition because of their transgressions. Then the righteous will stand in great confidence against the presence of those oppressing him and those rejecting his labors. …

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