Is LORD Jesus Christ pretending to be the Judge on the Day of Judgment?
Those sentences which are colored in orange are from Maharishi Dayananda Saraswati book Satyarth Prakash (The Light of Truth) and those which are colored in black are Jerry Thomas’s response.
"Many will say to me in that day. And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." (7:22, 23.) C. Mark reader! How Christ in order to convince the savages pretended to be the Judge who will sit on the seat of justice on the Day of Judgment. This was meant simply to tempt simple guileless men.
Answer: Maharishi makes allegations without any basis. On what basis does he say that LORD Jesus Christ will not be the judge on the Day of Judgment? Is it because that the Maharishi does not believe in the Day of Judgment or does he think that LORD Jesus cannot be the judge?
If it is the first case, then that is only his biased opinion.
As for LORD Jesus Christ being the judge, it was prophesized much in advance. In other words, LORD Jesus Christ was only reminding them about what prophets had prophesized about Messiah.
Messianic prophecies clearly teach that Messiah will be the Judge.
Isaiah 11:4 But with righteousness He shall judge the poor, And decide with equity for the meek of the earth; He shall strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, And with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked.
Psalms 2:7 "I will declare the decree: The LORD has said to Me, 'You are My Son, Today I have begotten You. Ask of Me, and I will give You The nations for Your inheritance, And the ends of the earth for Your possession. You shall break them with a rod of iron; You shall dash them to pieces like a potter's vessel.' "
Further, Messiah is figuratively descried as the arm of the LORD God.
Isaiah 53:1-5 Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed? For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, And as a root out of dry ground. He has no form or comeliness; And when we see Him, [There is] no beauty that we should desire Him. He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, [our] faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. But He [was] wounded for our transgressions, [He was] bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace [was] upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.
Now, this same arm of the LORD is said to be the judge of the people.
Isaiah 51:5 My righteousness is near, My salvation has gone forth, And My arms will judge the peoples; The coastlands will wait upon Me, And on My arm they will trust.
Not to mention that numerous references about Yahweh being the final judge and the fact that Jesus is the incarnation of Yahweh.
All these are cited to show that when LORD Jesus Christ taught Himself to be the judge, He was only reiterating what the prophets have already prophesied.
As for the veracity of the Old Testament, I have already answered each and every question of Maharishi.