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Judgment and the Great White Throne
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Matthew 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? [KJV]
1 John 4:17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. [KJV]
"The day of wrath" or "that day" refers to when we die or to the time when God settles accounts with all people. On judgment day, each of us will stand alone, and be accountable for all our deeds. At that time, NO amount of riches will buy reconciliation with God. Only our love for God and obedience to Him will matter.
Matthew 16:27 For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works. [KJV]
Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. [KJV]
John 3:35 The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand. [KJV]
Jesus Christ has been given the authority to judge all the Earth. There is absolutely a future, final judgment when Christ will return and EVERYONE who has ever lived will be have their life reviewed and evaluated. Both Christians and unbelievers will face a judgment, although not at the same time. A Christian’s eternal destiny is secure (Jn.3:1518), but Jesus will judge how they handled their gifts, opportunities and responsibilities in order to determine their heavenly rewards or loss of rewards. Anything that we do for the cause of Christ will stand, ALL else will be burned up (1 Cor.3:11-15). At the time of the person’s judgment, God will deliver the righteous and condemn the wicked (John 3:18,36).
Romans 2:5 But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; [KJV]
Rev. 6:17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand? [KJV]
At the breaking of the 6th seal in the Book of Revelation, there will be an earthquake such as this world has never seen. Every mountain and every island will be moved out of place (Rev.6:12-17). ALL unsaved human beings, great and small, rich or poor, will be terrified, begging the mountains to fall on them so that they will not have to face the judgment of the Lamb. This is NOT intended to frighten believers. For all who trust and accept Christ, the Lamb shall be saved from this horrendous time. All those generals or kings who previously had shown no fear of God and arrogantly flaunted their unbelief will see quite clearly that they were wrong, and in that day they will have to face God’s wrath. No one who has rejected Christ shall survive the day of God’s wrath, but those who belong to Christ will receive a reward rather than punishment. If you belong to Christ, you need not fear these final days.
Rev. 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. [KJV]
Rev. 20:11-15 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.  And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.  And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.  And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.  And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. [KJV]
At this judgment, the books will be opened. In them are recorded the deeds of EVERYONE, be those deeds good or evil. We are not saved by deeds, but what we do is seen as clear evidence of a person’s ACTUAL relationship with God. The Book of Life contains only the names of those who have put their trust in Christ to save them. Only those in the Book of Life will be allowed access into Heaven.
Death and Hades are thrown into the lake of fire. God’s judgment is finished. The lake of fire is the ultimate destination of everything wicked—Satan, the beast, the false prophet, the demons, death, Hades, and all those whose names are not recorded in the book of life because they did not place their faith in Jesus Christ. John’s vision does not permit any gray areas in God’s judgment. It's either white OR black! A person is either for Jesus, OR against Him! NO one can sit up on the fence! You HAVE to decide! If by faith you have not identified with Christ, confessing Him as Saviour and Lord, there will be NO hope, NO second chance, NO other appeal. God has given us this life on Earth to decide where we will spend eternity! What is your decision? Heaven or Hell?
JUDGMENT, THE FINAL: the sentence that will be passed on our actions at the last day (Matthew 25; Romans 14:10-11; 2 Cor. 5:10; 2 Thes. 1:7-10).
The Judge is Jesus Christ. ALL judgment is committed to Him (Acts 17:31; John 5:22, 27; Rev. 1:7). He will publicly declare the salvation of His people and overthrow His enemies.
The persons to be judged are, (1) the whole race of Adam without a single exception (Matthew 25:31-46; 1 Cor. 15:51-52; Rev. 20:11-15); and (2) the fallen angels (2 Peter 2:4; Jude 1:6).
The rule of judgment is the standard of God's law as revealed to men, the heathen by the law as written on their hearts (Luke 12:47-48; Romans 2:12-16); the Jew who "sinned in the law shall be judged by the law" (Romans 2:12); the Christian enjoying the light of revelation, by the will of God as made known to him (Matthew 11:20-24; John 3:19). Then the secrets of all hearts will be brought to light (1 Cor. 4:5; Luke 8:17; Luke 12:2-3) to vindicate the justice of the sentence pronounced.
The time of the judgment will be after the resurrection (Hebrews 9:27; Acts 17:31).
Scriptures represent the final judgment:
- 1. as certain (Eccles. 11:9),
- 2. as universal (2 Cor. 5:10),
- 3. as righteous (Romans 2:5),
- 4. as decisive (1 Cor. 15:52), and
- 5. as eternal as to its consequences (Hebrews 6:2).
We should be concerned for the welfare of our immortal interests, flee to the Refuge set before us, be ready for Him to return, depend on the merits of the Redeemer, and stay close to the divine Word, that we may be found in peace when He arrives.
Rev. 20:11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. [KJV]
After these events, the end will rapidly come; and God's Word make no mention of any thing else, before the appearing of Christ to judge the world. This will be the great day: the Judge, the Lord Jesus Christ, will then put on majesty and terror. The persons to be judged are the dead, small and great; young and old, low and high, poor and rich. Not only those alive at the coming of Christ, but ALL the dead. There is a book of remembrance both for good and bad: and the book of the sinner’s conscience, though formerly secret, will then be opened. Every person will recall ALL his/her past actions, though he/she had long forgotten many of them.
The Lord’s knowledge of His people, and His declaring their repentance, faith, and good works will be made known. We are NOT saved by good works, but after we are saved, we are expected to do good works, and by those works we shall be judged whether we receive a reward or loss of one. If we are justified and acquitted by the Gospel, we shall be justified and acquitted by the Judge, and shall enter into eternal life, having nothing more to fear from death, or hell, or wicked men; for these are all destroyed together. Many who think they are Christians, will find they do not qualify.
Matthew 7:21-23 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.  Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. [KJV] . . . On the day of judgment, Jesus will separate the true believers from the hypocrites! Unless a person has a close, personal relationship with Jesus, they will be condemned. No one can fool Him! He knows what is in a person's heart.
The second death is the final separation of sinners from God. It should be a great concern to us because the Bible will justify or condemn us! Christ will judge the secrets of all men according to the Gospel. Who shall dwell with devouring flames?
John 12:48 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. [KJV]
Romans 2:16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel. [KJV] . . . The Bible is available worldwide!
Acts 17:31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead. [KJV] . . . This DAY will happen!
Romans 14:12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God. [KJV]
2 Cor. 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. [KJV]
2 Tim. 4:1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; [KJV]
2 Tim. 4:8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. [KJV]
Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: [KJV] . . . NO purgatory! NO second chances! When a person dies, only judgment awaits!
1 Peter 4:5 Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead. [KJV] . . . You SHALL give account to Jesus, whether you believe it or not!
1 Peter 4:7 But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. [KJV] . . . The end of this world as we know it is near!
2 Peter 2:4 For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; [KJV] . . . NO one shall escape judgment!
2 Peter 2:9 The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished: [KJV] . . . God's children are safe from Hell, all unbelievers shall experience eternal agony.
2 Peter 3:10-12 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.  Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,  Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? [KJV] . . . This world as we know it shall be destroyed.
1 John 4:17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. [KJV] . . . God's people have nothing to fear at the Judgment. Their destination is Heaven.
Jude 1:6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. [KJV] . . . If God judged the angels, WHY wouldn't He judge you?
Jude 1:14-15 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,  To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him. [KJV] . . . ALL unbelievers shall be condemned to an everlasting Hell.
See: Is There a Hell?
Jude 1:24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, [KJV] Only Jesus can "present you faultless" before the Father.
Rev. 1:7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen. [KJV] . . . One day ALL the Jews who reject Jesus shall see they were wrong! He is the Messiah!
Rev. 22:12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. [KJV]
Daniel 7:9-10 I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire.  A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened. [KJV]
Daniel 7:13 I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. [KJV]
Daniel 7:22 Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom. [KJV]
Matthew 13:40-43 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.  The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;  And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.  Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear. [KJV]
Matthew 13:49-50 So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just,  And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. [KJV]
Matthew 16:27 For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works. [KJV] . . . Remember, the "works" that God the father is concerned about is simply belief in Jesus!
John 6:28-29 Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?  Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent. [KJV]
1 Cor. 15:20-28 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.  For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.  For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.  But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming.  Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.  For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.  The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.  For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith, all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him.  And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all. [KJV]
Christ shall reign until all enemies are under His Feet! (vs.25). When Christ completes His millennial rule, I believe He will return to His awesome place in the Godhead.
Although God the Father and God the Son are equal, each has a special work to do and a specific area of sovereign control (vs.28). Christ is not inferior to the Father in any way. His Work is to defeat all evil on Earth. First He defeated sin and death on the Cross, and in the final days, He will defeat Satan and all evil. Although world events may seem out of control and justice may seem scarce, God is still in control. God will allow evil to be rampant until He sends Jesus to Earth again. At that time, Christ will present to God a perfect new world, as it should have been from the beginning.
There will be an order in the resurrection. Christ Himself is the first-fruits. At His coming at the Rapture, His redeemed people will then be resurrected. There will be two resurrections: see Dan.12:2 and Rev.20.4-7. The righteous (those who trust and accept Christ) will be raised first. The wicked will be the last ones to rise; then to stand before the Great White Throne Judgment. That will be the end as we know it.
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