In order to set Judgment of God in proper perspective we need to keep in mind the Fellowship of God with Man is the driver that keeps judgment of God alongside the Salvation Plan of God. When He judges man as in the case of ten plagues we are told that animals also were affected by it. “….a boil breaking forth with blains upon man, and upon beast(Ex.9:10). By Association judgment is executed upon man and his world.
In this context when God says “And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them.(Ex.25:8)” We have an emblem of which set in heaven. The four beasts with six wings is a memorial before God. The same arrangement is continued in the four living creatures that play a part in the Book of Ezekiel. These are sent from heaven and they reveal as well as execute judgment from time to time.
In these chapters we are considering judgment on the rebellious house of Israel and the city of Jerusalem in particular. God judged Sodom; so was Egypt judged,- and the slaughter of the firstborn was a consequence of it. Weighing in balance is the emblem of the Lamb slain before the worlds began (Re.13:8) and the everlasting covenant. So mercy and Judgement go hand in hand. Holiness of God sums up his Love Mercy Truth and when God sends in fullness of time His Son it is with a view to create a body that we know is the Church of the firstborn. “To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect (He.11:23)”,
God has foreknown them and the blessings He promised through Abraham covers all families of the earth and not merely Israel. In order to make this clear we have this image of the tabernacle or New Jerusalem descending from heaven. So this is as different from Jerusalem on earth. This is what the writer to the Hebrews means.
God sent the Son once and in the fullness of time’ clearly establishes its truth. In the beginning God was with the Word and the Word became flesh and dwelt among men and it is this great city that we read about in the Book of the Revelation (Re.11:8) Egypt Sodom have been judged and we shall see judgment falling on the city till it is totally ruined in AD70. As there is a new earth and new heaven we shall also have New Jerusalem.
“The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven (1 Co.15:47)”. God is a Spirit and our fellowship with God can only be completed through Jesus Christ who conquered death.”Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption(1 Co.15:50).
Therefore thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I, even I, am against thee, and will execute judgments in the midst of thee in the sight of the nations.
9 And I will do in thee that which I have not done, and whereunto I will not do any more the like, because of all thine abominations.
10 Therefore the fathers shall eat the sons in the midst of thee, and the sons shall eat their fathers; and I will execute judgments in thee, and the whole remnant of thee will I scatter into all the winds.
11 Wherefore, as I live, saith the Lord God; Surely, because thou hast defiled my sanctuary with all thy detestable things, and with all thine abominations, therefore will I also diminish thee; neither shall mine eye spare, neither will I have any pity.