Final Judgment: Derek Prince (Full Transcript)

Full text of renowned Bible teacher Derek Prince’s Laying The Foundation Series (Part 10) titled “Final Judgment” which was recorded in New Zealand, December 1994.

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Derek Prince – Bible Teacher

Well, we have already made our proclamation so it only remains for me, to bring the teaching. This is the tenth and final session of our series entitled ‘Laying the Foundation.’

In previous sessions we’ve dealt with five of the six foundation doctrines mentioned in Hebrews 6:1-2. We dealt with repentance towards God, faith, the doctrine of baptisms, laying on of hands and resurrection of the dead. It remains in this final session to deal with the final foundation doctrine: eternal judgment.


Now, when we speak about judgment, we need to realize that there are two main ways in which God brings judgment on people. The first is His judgments in history; the second, which is the kind of judgment we’re going to talk about, is His eternal judgments. Those judgments which confront us as we step out of time into eternity.

And it’s important to be able to distinguish the two types of judgments, otherwise we might be confused by what seem to be conflicting statements.

The first judgment of God is in history and it involves bringing blessing, or punishment on succeeding generations according to the way the first generation has responded to God.

In Exodus 20:4-6, we have a very clear example of God’s historical judgments. Exodus 20:4-6, which is part of what we call the Ten Commandments. God says: You shall not make for yourself any carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them nor worship them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.’

We see there that the sin of idolatry, which is the greatest of all sins, carries with it a judgment that extends to the succeeding three or four generations. That’s a judgment in history and there are countless examples of how that judgment has actually worked out in the history of Israel and of other nations that have been involved in idolatry.

And then in Jeremiah 32, Jeremiah also deals with this question of God’s judgment in history. And in a prayer that he prayed to the LORD, Jeremiah 32:18, he said: ‘You show lovingkindness to thousands, and repay the iniquity of the fathers into the bosom of their children after them — the Great, the Mighty God, whose name is the LORD of hosts.’

So again Jeremiah says ‘God repays the iniquity of the fathers into the succeeding generations.’ Now this is again a judgment in history in time. This also applies to God’s blessing on the righteous. In Psalm 103, David says, in verses 17-18:

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