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Be Sheep Not Goats! The Son of Man Will Judge the Nations

Be Sheep Not Goats! Jesus will separate the sheep and the goats on the final judgement. This is the Parable of the Sheep and the Goats where the Son of Man will judge the Nations.

Be Sheep Not Goats!

Below is where the Parable of the Sheep and Goats are in the Bible. So Be Sheep Not Goats!

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Matthew 25:31-46 New King James Version (NKJV)

The Son of Man Will Judge the Nations

31 “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory.

32 All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats.

33 And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left.

To the Sheep

34 Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

35 for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in;

36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink?

38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You?

39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’

40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’

To the Goats

41 “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels:

42 for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink;

43 I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’

44 “Then they also will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’

45 Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’

46 And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

33 And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left.

Final Judgement
Be Sheep Not Goats!

This is a picture of the final judgement day known as the Judgement Seat of Christ. Not to mention, He will judge everyone at the same time. The Goats are the lost and the Sheep are the saved. This is a Last Days, eschatology type ordeal too.

The Sheep

The Sheep (on His right) are known as the Children of God. Sheep are tame too. The Greek word for sheep is probainō πρόβατον. See Strong’s #G4263. The Sheep went into glory known as Heaven. Heaven is the Kingdom of God that is prepared for the saved. Remember Jesus is the Great Shepherd and watches over His Sheep too. Plus, His sheep know His voice too! Not to mention, this is when we will spend eternity with our Heavenly Father in glory. In the place prepared for us that was not built by the hands of man, but built by God for us. Sheep are dependent creatures. They will follow their shepherd and tend to stay with their flock. Did you also know that a Shepherd will protect his sheep from the environment.

34 Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

The Goats

The Goats (on His left) are the lost. Goats have always been used symbolically in the Bible as being wicked. The Greek word is eriphion. ἐρίφιον See Strong’s #G2055. These are the children of Satan and were cast into everlasting fire. Ever lasting fire is the Lake of Fire or known as hell. This is an everlasting punishment of torture. Just the phrase in Matthew 25:41 and Matthew 25:46, tells us they went to eternal punishment. This clearly shows this is a wrap. This is the end! Thus making it the Final Judgement known as the Judgement Seat of Christ. Goats tend to go on their own way they will not follow their goat-herder. They are not dependent on anything or anyone else either. Goats will go on their own and not always stay with their flock. A goat-herders will protect their environment from the goats.

41 Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels:

αἰώνιος Everlasting
(Greek – aiōnios)

The keyword in that verse is everlasting. Aiōnios is Greek for everlasting. This is Strong’s #G166. This word means without beginning and end, that which always has been and always will be. That means there is no end to the torture the goats will suffer too. It is eternal and ever lasting. Once you are in hell, the Lake of Fire, Everlasting Fire, you are there for eternity there is no getting out of hell. Satan will be there for torture too. Satan will be ruler of hell, not to mention, nor will he have a party there either.

46 And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

Which side do you want on?
The Goats or the Sheep?

Jesus is the answer. Only with Jesus can we gain eternal life in Heaven. He is the Way, The Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father but through Jesus. See John 14:6. This clearly shows us that there is one way.

Rejecting Jesus will send you to the eternal punishment in the Lake of Fire. Rejecting Christ is the only sin that is not forgiven. All other sins can be forgiven if you accept Jesus Christ. What is stopping you today from accepting Jesus? Remember we are never promised tomorrow. Today is the day of salvation!

Check out this blog post, Your Final Destination which includes a video too.

I talk about the two eternal destinations … Heaven and Hell. There is also a video version, where I taught the final destination. Be sure to check it out!

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I am saved through the blood of Jesus Christ. I blog for God here at CourageousChristianFather.com. I serve as a youth leader, van driver and usher at my church. I also serve where ever else may be needed. I am working on a bachelor's degree in Theology. I also like to go out and hand out Gospel of John's and Gospel Tracts. I am a single father with custody of my almost adult child. I am a graphic designer too. Once an Eagle, Always an Eagle. I attained the rank of Eagle in the Boy Scouts of America in 1994.

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  1. Kathleen says:

    Excellent post and very timely. I’m beginning to think the sheep and the goats are already separating themselves–on their own. More and more it seems people are either drawn to Jesus or to the world. It won’t be a difficult task for Jesus when He returns.

    1. Timely thats the Holy Spirit. The shepherd already can tell the sheep from the goats. Thanks for the comment.

  2. MEL THOMPSON says:

    A terrific condensed teaching on the “sheep” / “goat” promises in Matthew. Ezekiel 34:17 also has a comparable teaching on judgement of sheep & goats as well:
    “And as for yiuy, O My flock, thus says the Lord God; Behold, I judge between sheep and sheep, between the rams and the great he-goats [the malicious and the tyrants of the pasture].” ~ Amplified Bible.
    All, I can say is: “BAAH!”

    1. Thank you for the comment. I try to make it as simple as possible.

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