BIBLE DOCTRINE 20: THE GREAT WHITE THRONE JUDGMENT

God’s Word teaches:
That the Great White Throne Judgment is when God finally judges all (the living and the dead small and great) who have ever lived on the face of the earth, according to their works. This is after the Millennium. At this time the final judgment known as the Great White Throne Judgment will be held. All those, from all ages, who have not yet been judged (believers’ judgment, as sinners was accomplished by Christ on the cross – John 5:24; 3:17-19) will stand before God at this time. The devil and his angels are judged at this time also and sent to the lake of fire forever – Daniel 12:2,3; Matthew 10:15,21-24; 12:41,42; John 5:28,29; Romans 2:15,16; 14:12; 2 Peter 2:9; Jude 6; 1 Corinthians 6:1-4; Acts 10:42; Revelation 20:11-15.

In this teaching on the events of the last days or eschatology, the Lord is graciously unveiling the curtain of eternity to reveal to humanity His programme for this present evil world. The doctrine of “The Great White Throne Judgment” opens our eyes to see a time to come when all wicked ungodly people (the living and the dead, small and great who have neglected God’s salvation) will face the final judgment of the living God (Romans 14:12). We caution that the teaching must not be approached with doubtful disputations or viewed as fable or fiction but fact. These are true sayings of God written for our learning and admonition upon whom the ends of the world are come (Romans 15:4; 1 Corinthians 10:11; Revelation 19:9).

The Bible (God’s revelation to man) clearly presents the order of events preceding the Great White Throne Judgment and constantly enjoins, “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches…” (Revelation 2:7). At the close of the Millennium, the devil will be released from “the bottomless pit” (Revelation 20:3) and he will deceive thousands of people and will gather them to fight against the King (Jesus Christ) and His Saints. This will be the battle of Gog and Magog but at the end of the battle, when the rebellious have been killed, and destroyed by the fire of His indignation, which comes from heaven, the devil will be cast into the Lake of fire (Revelation 20:7-10). After this, the Great White Throne Judgment will be set. God will sit on a throne so white, magnificent and terrible at sight that the whole face of the earth and heaven (the atmospheric heaven) will tremble and flee from Him. All those who died unrepentant from the time of Adam till the time of the Great White Throne Judgment will be resurrected (Daniel 12:2; John 5:28,29; Acts 24:15). This is called the second resurrection. And they will all stand before God to account for their deeds. This final judgment of sinners (the living and the dead, small and great) is known as the Great White throne Judgment (Psalm 9:17; Daniel 7:9,10; Matthew 11:20-24; 10:15; John 5:28,29; Revelation 20:11-15). The Bible is replete with pointers to this great and notable day of the Lord (Ecclesiastes 12:14; Matthew 11:21-24; 12:41,42; Romans 2:15,16; 2 Peter 2:9; Jude 14,15; 1 John 4:17).

The world is corrupt and polluted. Man is rebellious and disobedient against God. For a long time it has repented the Lord that he has made man on the earth, for every imagination of the thoughts of man’s heart has been evil continually (Genesis 6:5,6).Will man continue in his willful disobedience and rebellion against God? No, for “…he hath appointed A DAY in which He will judge the world in righteousness…” (Acts 17:30,31). No true believer whose name is written in the Book of Life will face the Great White Throne Judgment since their judgment as sinners was accomplished by Christ on the cross (John 3:17-19,30; Romans 8:1; John 5:20,24). Besides, “…God has not appointed us unto wrath but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ:” (1 Thessalonians 5:9), “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone, which is the second death’ (Revelation 21:8). That great congregation will consist of: i) All categories of sinners (dead and alive) from Adam to date. They will be judged for neglecting the salvation of God (Hebrews 2:3). Ii) All backsliders in all dispensations who denied the faith of Him that once bought them (Exodus 32:33). Iii) All who deny the deity of Jesus Christ (John 3:18,36). These are the skeptics, the atheists, and the idol worshippers. “Every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment”. Every
gossiping, backbiting and slander against our neighbours, fellow believers or church leaders will be judged. All foolish unedifying words, corrupt, graceless words, defamatory and abusive words against others will be accounted for at the Great White Throne Judgment. “For by thy words thy shalt be justified and by thy words thou shalt be condemned (Matthew 12:37). God will judge every unrepentant sinner and backslider according to His divine will of righteousness (Proverbs 11:21). God’s judgment will be fair, without partiality or respect of persons (Romans 2:2-12; Job 34:18-22). He will judge the small and the great, the rich and the poor, the educated and the illiterate, the highly respected and the most despised. “For the Lord your God is God of gods, and Lord of lords, a great God, a mighty and terrible which regardeth not persons nor taketh rewards (bribe)” (Deuteronomy 10:17). The righteous Judge of the universe will receive no bribe to pervert judgment on the great day of His wrath, but …in righteousness He doth judge and make war (Revelation 19:11). Without partiality “WHOSOEVER was NOT found WRITTEN in the BOOK OF LIFE was cast into the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:15).

STEPS TO SALVATION
1. Admit that you are a sinner. "For all [humans] have sinned, and comes short of the glory of God....[and] the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 3:23)
2. Repent now. "Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out ...[for] if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness " (Acts 3:19, 1 John 1:9)
3. Believe that God loves you and Jesus died for you. "God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet Sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8)
4. Invite Jesus into your life through prayer of faith. Jesus says, "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me" (Revelation 3:20)