Thursday, June 25, 2009

How Salvation Works

The Great White Throne Judgment

Finally we come to the great and awful day of reckoning! The name alone tells us that it is what we have seen and heard so much about.

We find this judgment recorded in the book of Revelation.
Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds. Then death and Hades were thrown in the lake of fire. And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book o life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.Revelation 20:11-15 (NASB)

The first and most important thing for us to know about this judgment is- “Who is there.”
The Scripture specifically says, “the dead.” It additionally tells us these dead are brought forth from the earth and the sea.

Let’s review some of the things we have learned:

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16 (NASB)

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 of the only begotten Son of God. John 3:18 (NASB)

Thus the Bible specifically states that those of us who are born again shall never die, but shall have everlasting life. It then adds that we shall never be faced with any judgment.

Remember also that having been born again our spirit is one spirit with the Lord, and so, even if we should die physically we are to live eternally with Him in heaven. You may note that none of those brought forth to this judgment are brought from heaven.

In fact the Church, that is all those who have believed in Jesus Christ and are born again, have been removed from the earth 1000 years prior to this judgment! (In the great rapture where we appeared at the Bema of Christ and received our rewards.)

The second and most dreadful part of this judgment though is the outcome. It is the same for every single person called to appear. For those who are summoned to it are “the dead,” those who did NOT believe in Jesus and become born again. The outcome for all is the same- The Lake of Fire, and that for eternity.