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Caesar's Judgment Seat

The King James Version uses "judgment seat" to translate the single Greek word pronounced bay-maw, which, although it literally means only a raised step, it referred to a raised platform upon which a chair or throne was set, from which an authority issued decisions and judgments. Most court rooms in the modern world are designed in the same way (often, the entire court building is constructed so that people have to walk up steps just to enter the court room itself).

Courts are where justice is supposed to be served i.e. what is done should be based upon truth and what is right, not upon the religious bias or cheap politics of corrupt hypocrites who would turn the courts into pits of tyranny. The greatest mis-judgment of that sort, of all time, was Pontius Pilate's condemnation of the Messiah. It wasn't a matter of a judge making a decision error, or a jury making an error and convicting an innocent man. Their mis-judgment was knowingly sentencing an innocent man to death (Pilate's wife also knew that Jesus of Nazareth was innocent, and pleaded with her husband to release Him - even though Pilate already well knew it for himself).

"27:19 When he was set down on the judgment seat, his wife sent unto him, saying, Have thou nothing to do with that just man: for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him." (Matthew 27:19 KJV)

"23:4 Then said Pilate to the chief priests and to the people, I find no fault in this man." (Luke 23:4 KJV)

"We have no king but Caesar"

Even the "witnesses" for the prosecution were the unpatriotic chief priests whose stated allegiance was to the Roman dictator who had invaded and occupied their country ("We have no king but Caesar," see verse 15 below), not to the LORD, Who they were supposed to be serving in His Temple.

The Holy Scriptures

"19:1 Then Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged him. 19:2 And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and they put on him a purple robe, 19:3 And said, Hail, King of the Jews! and they smote him with their hands.

19:4 Pilate therefore went forth again, and saith unto them, Behold, I bring him forth to you, that ye may know that I find no fault in him. 19:5 Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And Pilate saith unto them, Behold the man!

19:6 When the chief priests therefore and officers saw him, they cried out, saying, Crucify him, crucify him.

Pilate saith unto them, Take ye him, and crucify him: for I find no fault in him.

19:7 The Jews answered him, We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God.

19:8 When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he was the more afraid; 19:9 And went again into the judgment hall, and saith unto Jesus, Whence art thou? But Jesus gave him no answer. 19:10 Then saith Pilate unto him, Speakest thou not unto me? knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee?

19:11 Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin. 19:12 And from thenceforth Pilate sought to release him: but the Jews cried out, saying, If thou let this man go, thou art not Caesar's friend: whosoever maketh himself a king speaketh against Caesar.

19:13 When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he brought Jesus forth, and sat down in the judgment seat in a place that is called the Pavement, but in the Hebrew, Gabbatha. 19:14 And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour [i.e. about noon; see Hours Of The Day]: and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King!

19:15 But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him.

Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King?

The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar.

19:16 Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified. And they took Jesus, and led him away." (John 19:1-16 KJV)

The good news is that the world, as it has been for so long, is going to wake up, by means of the Holy Spirit (see the Fact Finder question below). Then, everyone, including all of those who sat in judgment of Christ, will face Christ as He sits on His Judgment Seat, "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad" (2 Corinthians 5:10 KJV)

"14:9 For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living. 14:10 But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. 14:11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. 14:12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God." (Romans 14:9-12 KJV)

"5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad." (2 Corinthians 5:10 KJV)

Fact Finder: How do humans become truly converted from the corrupt ways of the world?
See The Cure For The Carnal Mind


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