Q. Thank you for your willingness to discuss anything in scripture in a reasonable and logical way, without contention. I have a question about those who are saved as described in Matt. 25, the Sheep and Goats judgment at the end of the Great Tribulation. The last verse, 46, says about the sheep: “…but the righteous into eternal life”. Since these survived the Tribulation in their normal body form, how is it that they merit eternal life by their works to the brothers of Jesus, the Jews?
A. The Sheep of the Sheep and Goat Judgment (Matt. 25:31-46) will merit eternal life the same way you and I have, by believing in the death and resurrection of the Lord (John 3:16, Romans 10:9, 1 Cor. 15:1-4).
In their case, this belief will be evidenced by their compassion for the Lord’s people during the Great Tribulation. No unbeliever would risk his or her life to protect any of “His brothers” especially since there will be an extermination order against them.
Like all other humans who believe the Lord paid the full penalty for our sins, they will receive eternal life at the end of their natural lives.