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What does it mean that the sea, death, and Hades will give up the dead in them to be judged?

Who are these dead? All people throughout time, just un-believers, or who?

Revelation 20:12 - 14

NKJV - 12 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. 13 The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works.

Clarify Share Report Asked September 04 2015 1459191526 Andrew Nsifre

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Open uri20150707 22707 1f4h2ae Richard Pilon

Well its another good question, but when I read this over and over it sounds like it includes everyone because John has already seen people standing in front of God with two books one for life and one for death. Then Hades is opened up to give up the dead, which a few Christians believe in soul sleep and nothing wrong with that, lets face it some of us are saved and others are not so we should be praying for those who are not so when it comes to the time of judgment they will be in the book of life...You know its a good question because some people were taken to heaven without seeing death...read about the transfiguration with Jesus and Moses and Elijah in Matthew...Thanks for letting me share.

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