"Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness, by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.":—Acts 17:31.
The idea of a literal day of judgment seems to be taught in this language. But it should not be overlooked that it is not a literal day hereafter, but a period, now, that constitutes the era of Christ's judgment.
"For judgment I am come into this world."—John 9:39. "The Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son."—John 5:22. "And hath given him authority to execute judgment also."—verse 27. "Now is the judgment of this world."— John 12:31.
Christ's time of judging this world was prophesied as a day.
"In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness."— Zech. 13:1. "In that day there shall be one Lord, and his name one."—Zech. 14:9. Again: "Behold the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous branch, and a king shall reign and prosper, and shall execute juddgment and justice in the earth."—Jer. 23:5.
The apostle refers to that period as a day:
"The day is at hand."—Rom. 13:12. "Now is the day of salvation."—2 Cor. 6:2.
And Jesus himself speaks of his reign, or government, or time of judgment, as a day.
"Abraham rejoiced to see my day, and he saw it, and was glad."— John 8:56.
Macknight says: "In the Hebrew language, to judge, signifies to rule, or govern."
Jesus came to rule or govern the world, and he shall continue his work till he has called all unto himself, and God is all in all. (1 Cor. 15:24.) Then the Gospel day ends, and Jesus surrenders his office as judge to his Father. Christ's day of judgment began when he was on earth, and will continue till his object is accomplished, in the reformation of all.
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