The Great White Throne Judgment

Written by Brother Adri of South Africa. July 2022.

Rev 20:11-15 "Then I saw a great white throne and him who sat upon it, from whose presence the earth and the universe fled away, and no place was found for them."
Jesus will sit on his throne as God and judge of the world and the wicked won't be able to endure his presence, not even the earth and the universe, because his presence will be as a fiery furnace and as a consuming fire (Deut. 4:24, 9:3 Heb. 12:29) who will not judge the world with a smile on his face, but rather to repay everyone according his/her works, verse 12.

Verse 12 "And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and scrolls were opened; and another scroll were opened, which is the scroll of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the scrolls, according to their works."
As far as who is saved, or not saved, there will be no distinction between great and small, races, skin color, culture, tribes, men and women, free and prisoner, rich and poor, nations, languages. Although, God will definitely distinguish between the tribes of Israel and the gentiles, Matt. 19:28, Rev. 21:12. God will still be the God of love/righteousness for both the righteous and the wicked.

It will be billions of people and it will take time for people to gather/be gathered for judgment and to be judged. There will be people as far as the eye can see. The end time prophetic timeline, reveals that there will be 12 days of Judgment to occur from the Day of Atonement until The Last Great Day (the 8th day of the Feast of Tabernacles).

The Evidence:

There will be plenty of scrolls and probably huge as well and each and every person's works, names, dates and times are recorded in these scrolls, whether good or bad from their date of birth. All these things will be used as evidence to be presented in front of a jury/council. There will be previously resurrected saints who play their part in the administration of the judgment, humans who already entered the fullness of the kingdom who will be participate in the judgment seats and work with these scrolls. Come on now! Do you really think that God would not allow his apostles, prophets, evangelists and pastors and other saints to have their part in his administration even if God is the one that will execute the final judgment/verdict? The saints of the first resurrection won't just sit around all day, doing nothing. They will have different tasks assigned to them.
And it won't make sense for it to all happen in one day, because it will take time. And it is an appointed time/season like in a human court; you get summoned to appear at an appointed time and date. The saints will take time to work through these scrolls to go through every person's works and names. The angels will most likely gather the people to the judgment seats.
But the angels won't be judging humans. There's no bible verse that indicates humans being judged by angels. Humans were created to be over and above the angels, not the other way around. The previously resurrected saints, from the 1st resurrection, will judge both humans (from the 2nd resurrection) and angels. Although the bible speaks of a heavenly council of 24 elders, which are some "species of angels" who God has given some amount of authority to, we don't have any indication that they will judge humans. Their role is probably more of just advisory. When the final judgment day comes, God will grant previously resurrected humans the authority to be the judges so that the humans that remain in the flesh can't claim that the judges don't understand what it's like to be human.

1 Cor. 6:2-3 "Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world? If the world is judged by you, are you not competent to form the smallest law courts? Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more matters of this life?"
Dan. 7:22 "...and He gave judgment to the saints of the most high".
Matt. 19:28 "And Jesus said to them, “Truly I say to you, that you who have followed Me, in the regeneration when the Son of Man will sit on His glorious throne, you also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel."

The Scroll of Life:

The things that is written in the other scrolls will determine whether a person's name will end up in the scroll of life. Notice in verse 12 it didn't say the scroll of life first, but rather the scrolls and then the scroll of life where everybody's name is supposed to be. The scroll of life is a huge scroll, because billions of people's names is written in there; everyone's work will first be examined in the other scrolls and from there your name will be in the scroll of life or not.

Rev. 20:13 "And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and the grave gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, everyone according to their works."
Here the Bible goes back in time to the beginning of the 2nd resurrection where everyone who was not resurrected in the 1st resurrection will finally be resurrected and live for 100 years (Isa. 65:20) and then find themselves at The Great White Throne Judgment. It is all people from the time of creation to the point where Jesus was God in the flesh, as well as after Jesus went back to heaven. It is saints that didn't make it in the 1st resurrection, people who commit suicide, people who were too confused for the truth, young children, babies who were murdered in abortion, people and tribes who never heard the name Jesus, all people in the old covenant time, mentally disabled people, people who died in rivers, lakes, at sea and everyone else who didn't rise in the 1st resurrection, who will get a "2nd chance" to choose salvation or death. Everyone will be judged according to their works, Matt. 25:31-46.

Rev. 20:14 "Then death and the grave were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, The lake of fire."
God himself is the Lake Of Fire who will engulf the entire earth and all wicked including demons and Satan, and even death itself which is the last enemy (1 Cor. 15) and it will be as if they never existed. And at the same time, The Lake Of Fire will burn and cleanse the earth and entire universe from corruption.

Dan. 7:09 "I beheld until the thrones were set, and the The Ancient Of Days sat and His raiment was white as snow, and the hair of his head as pure wool: His throne was a flame of fire, and his wheels burning fire."
Whose thrones were set? This is not talking about God's throne only, but rather a jury/council who will receive the authority from God as judges, that will include elders/heavenly council as well as saints that will sit on these thrones together with God to judge the world. God is The Ancient Of Days, The Elder of elders, The Judge of judges, The Chief Adviser of the heavenly and earthly councils. He is wiser than wise, very old school and He does things the old way, his way or no way. This verse specifically describes the throne of God as a flame of fire. That tells you that He is The Lake Of Fire and what his presence will be like.

For some people, the judgment will go like this:
Matt. 25:35-46
35 "For I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat. I thirsty and you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger and you, and you invited me in;
36 Lacking clothing and you clothed me.I was sick and you visited me. I was in prison, and you came to me.
37 Then the righteous will answer him, Lord, when did we see you hungry, and feed you, or thirsty, and gave you something to drink?
38 And when did we see you a stranger, and invite you in, or lacking clothing, and cloth you?
39 When did we see you sick, or in prison, and come to you?
40 The King will answer and say to them, amen, I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of mine, even the least, you did it to me.
41 Then He will also say to those on His left, depart from me, cursed ones, into the eternal fire, prepared for the devil and his angels;
42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat; I was thirsty and, and you gave me nothing to drink;
43 I was a stranger, and you did not invite me in; lacking clothing, and you did not clothe me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit me.
44 Then they themselves also will answer, Lord, when did we see you hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or lacking clothing, or sick, or in prison, and did not take care of you?
45 Then He will answer them, amen I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.
46 These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life."

The goats on the left: verses 41-45: They did not feed the hungry, visit the prisoners, the sick, the homeless, the orphans, widows, old age homes/elders. Verse 46: While the righteous will receive eternal life, the wicked will suffer eternal death and will exist no more. (Psalm 37:20 Malachi 4:1-3) They will not even be remembered, as if they never existed. Jesus is The God of love and He will love even the wicked to the death, but it will be themselves that will choose death.

Other people will be judged like this:
Matt. 7:21-23
:21 "Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter The Kingdom of Heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in Heaven will enter. (Matt. 12:50)
:22  Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name cast out demons, and in your name perform many miracles?’
:23  And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you who work at transgression of the law.’"

This will be religious people, leaders, false Christians, false pastors, false prophets, and TV evangelists who did signs and wonders, cast out demons, woke up the dead and did many miracles in the name of Jesus.

These fake Christians have an appearance of holiness with fake smiles wearing smart suits and ties, long robes pretending as if they care for the needy and the poor, but they hate works and good deeds! How can you tell someone "God bless you and I will pray for you", but you send the person away hungry and thirsty, naked without a pair of shoes or decent clothing? (James 2:16). You can at least offer that person a cup of soup/coffee/tea in cold weather! You must have works and not faith alone! These TV evangelists, rich preachers and everyone of them who used the name of God to make money even political parties, governments, organizations that steal from the poor, the orphans, the widows, you wolves in sheep's clothes, the Great Tribulation is waiting for you and if you don't repent from your wicked ways, you will die in The Lake Of Fire. All these things will testify for you or against you at The Great White Throne judgment.

John 3:17-19
17 "For Theos did not send The Son into the world (the first time) to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him;
18 He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name/authority of the The only begotten/conceived/come to exist/born of Theos;"
(People who do not believe that Jesus came to this world as God in the flesh have already brought judgment upon themselves. The Son received all authority in Heaven and on Earth.)
19 "This is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and mankind loved the darkness rather than the light, for their works were evil."

Christ came as The Light in this dark world to make the way of righteousness, but the people chose darkness/wickedness. But next time Christ will not return as just only The Light again, but also as Judge to the world.

Written by Brother Adri of South Africa. Edited for perfection by Apostle Zimmerman. Brothers in Christ Jesus.

Note by Apostle Zimmerman: After I finished editing the article for brother Andre, I heard my wife playing a song with the words "every knee will bow, and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is LORD." (Philippians 2:10-11)

*Scriptures from The Alpha & Omega Bible (AOB)

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