The White Throne Judgment
This is part three of a three-part article series profiling three future judgments. The first article profiled the BEMA Seat Judgment. 2 Corinthians 5:10; Romans 14:10-12, and 1 Corinthians 3:13-15 profile that judgment. The Bema Seat Judgment will be for believers only and will likely take place soon after the Rapture.
The second judgment is the Sheep and Goat Judgment. This judgment is profiled in Matthew 25:31-46. It will take place, on Earth, at the end of the tribulation period. At this time, individuals who became believers during the Tribulation period will live on a renewed Earth, with Christ, during His millennial reign. Individuals who did not choose to live for Christ will "be cast into the eternal fire" (Matthew 25:41).
The third and final judgment noted in the Bible is The Great White Throne Judgment. Revelation 20 profiles this judgment, which is reserved for all non-believers who ever lived.
"Then I saw a great white throne and Him who 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, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and lake of fire. This is the second death." (Revelation 20:11-14)
The Great White Throne Judgment will take place after the Millennium. False Prophet will be cast into the Lake of Fire. Then those who lived during the Millennium but chose not to become a devoted follower of Christ and the resurrected dead who in life decided not to follow Jesus will be judged according to their deeds. The book of life will then be opened. Revelation 20:15 records what happens next.
“…anyone whose name is not found written in the book of life will be thrown into the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:15).
All people have an eternal soul and destiny. Those who do not accept Christ into their heart as Lord and Savior will suffer eternal punishment. Those who live for Christ will enjoy eternal blessings in heaven. Revelation 21 touches on the many joyful wonders that await the faithful. 1 Corinthians 2:9 says it well: “‘…no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived’ — the things God has prepared for those who love Him.”
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