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The first thing to understand about the final judgment is that it cannot be avoided. Regardless of how we may choose to interpret prophecy on the end times, we are told that "it is appointed to men...
As per John 5:24 - who so ever believes in Jesus and saved by his precious blood will not be subjected to judgement. Jesus said: "Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.
The Great White Throne judgement, where sinners stand in the presence of God, weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth, is one of the most awesome revelations given to man in the Word of God (Rev 20:11) John writes "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. The Great White lThrone judgement takes place after the Millennial reign is completed and is held in an intermediate place, between heaven and earth. This judgement does not occur on the earth because the earth is gone. It does not occur in heaven because sinners would never be permitted in the presence of a holy God. There are two resurrections-the resurrection of the just and that if the unjust. The resurrection of the just takes place in three phases. The first phase was at Calvary when men came out of their graves and were seen in the city of Jerusalem. The second phase will be at the Rapture of the church. The third phase will be in the middle of the Tribulations, where martyred saints are taken into heaven. All men, both righteous and unrighteous will experience a resurrection day. In John 5:27-29, Jesus Christ says that the Father "has given Him (the Son) authority to execute judgement also, because He is the Son of Man. Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth--those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and this who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation". John continues in Rev 20:12 to describe the Great White Judgement, saying, "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 accordingly to their works, by the things which were written in the books. Notice that God has two sets of books. John says, "and books were opened." There is first the Book of Life, which contains the name of every person who accepted Jesus Christ while they were on the earth. When the wicked dead approach the Great White Throne Judgement, God will first look for their names in the Book of Life. They obviously will not be there, Then He will open the "books" that are His written records of every word, thought, and deed of the wicked dead. The result is given in verse 15: "And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire." This is an eye opener from the Word of God and a few comments from JHM, concerning the Final Judgement of all Men/Women. If you have not received Jesus Christ, whom is the Way, the Truth and the Life, it is not too late to receive Him and escape the casting into the Lake of Fire.
The great white thrown judgement is for unbelievers. The judgement seat of Christ is for believers. John 3:18 Believers can no longer be condemned, unbelievers are condemned already, because they have not believed on the Name of the Son of God. John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that heareth my word, and believeth on Him that sent me, HATH EVERLASTING LIFE, and shall not come into judgement, but is passed from death unto life. Believers will not got to the great white thrown judgement. Believers will be judged for their works for rewards in heaven. How we live as believers will determine our rewards in heaven. But all unbelievers will be cast into hell. But, I believe hell will be a lot hotter for some than for others. Just the same as those who are saved my not have many rewards in heaven, but will be saved so as by fire. Their works may be burned up, but they shall be saved.
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