END TIME PREVIEWS – The Great White Throne of Judgment

“The Great White Throne of Judgment”
Rev. 20:11-15

  • Rapture of the Church
  • Seven Year Tribulation Period
  • Second Coming of Christ
  • Marriage Supper of the Lamb
  • Battle of Armageddon
  • Millennial Kingdom

The Great White Throne of Judgment – when the lost from all generations will stand before God and be judged.

1. Faces of these people (v. 11)

  • Unable to look into His presence (ashamed)
  • “And there was found no place for them”
    • Displaced multitude of people
      • Can’t go to heaven – they rejected Christ
      • Never intended to go to hell
      • millions of people

“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go by it.” Matt. 7:13

2. Facts of their life (v. 12-13)

A. Description (v. 12a)

“And I saw the dead” (a person apart from Jesus Christ)

  • Spiritually dead, physically alive

B. Diversity (v. 12b)

“small and great, standing before God”

  • people from every walk of life and status will be there
  • one thing in common – the rejection of Jesus Christ

C. Deeds (v. 12c-13)

“according to their deeds”

  • Deeds of these people fall woefully short of God’s standard (Matt. 5:48)
  • Christians – not perfect, but covered in the blood of His Son!

“Oh how much worse punishment do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing and insulted the Spirt of grace.” Heb. 10:29

  • “Books of Deeds”
    • records the missed opportunities and misplaced years
  • “Book of Life”
    • Ezekiel 33:7-9

D. Defense

  • Deeds prove their guilt

“And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes ofHim to whom we must give account.” Heb. 4:13

3. Future of their souls (v. 14-15)

“death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire”

  • Death (grave)
  • Hades (temporary holding place for the lost until this Great White Judgment takes place)
  • Lake of fire (hell)(“Gehenna“) Mark 9:42-48
  • Called the “Second Death”
    • If you refuse Christ, you die twice (physical and spiritual)
    • If you accept Christ, you die once (physical death only)
  • Rev. 20:15

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