Yes, as you pointed out, there are judgements along the way in the coarse of this age, although as you must know they are different in scope and purpose from the final judgement as the 'end.'Cool.
I... think I disagree with you here, APAK, if I understand what you're saying correctly. I don't think His methods of dealing with evil have changed, or the "tactics or methods" to save His people. At least with regard to the latter, the writer of Hebrews (ultimately God, of course) refutes that... rather emphatically.
Well, sometimes. And I would argue that that's still sometimes the case.
Hm. Yeah, I disagree that it's really any different than in Old Testament times. It may look different to us, but really, not so much. He still... well, He still makes us lie down in green pastures, leads us beside still waters, restores our souls, leads us in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Even though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, we (should) fear no evil, for He is with us, His rod and staff comfort us. He prepares a table before us, He anoints our heads with oil, our cups overflow. And He still issues judgments and... yes, sometimes destroys His enemies, even as He sustains, protects, and delivers His people. He works all things ~ all things ~ together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.
But this is not to the exclusion of judgment(s). God still disciplines those whom He loves, and He still, even now, issues judgments ~ which can take many different forms, even destruction, which itself can take many different forms.
Hm. Well, I'm going to state it this way. The time is set; it always has been, and it will come about at the time God has appointed, and there is both a sense in which it is happening now and a sense that it will ultimately happen. There is a present, penultimate reality and a final, ultimate reality regarding His Kingdom and His judgment ~ just as you and I and all of us who have been born again of the Spirit both are saved and are being saved... we both have eternal life and we will be resurrected to and be given eternal life.
Didn't... really mean to do either...
Grace and peace to you, APAK.
Blessings to you also ...