Summary: THE WHITE THRONE JUDGMENT" the judgment of all lost sinners that died in their sin.
13And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
14And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
Again, every person who died in their sin is still in hell, but will be brought out of hell at the Great White Throne of Judgment.
Let me remind us once again that "hell" and the "lake of fire" are two different places, realize that "hell" is the holding place for the lost, waiting for the G-W-T- judgment. If it was the same place we’d be told that they’d be cast into hell, but it says that their judged of their wickedness and according to the degree of their wickedness be cast into the Lake of Fire.
There’ll be different degrees of torment in the lake of fire, if all lost sinners were tormented with the same torment there would be no need for the books of their deeds, the books are record books of all the wicked deeds each individual has committed.
Vs. 12-- and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
Have you ever thought about the fact that there will be good people there in hell, that is morally speaking, the little old lady that may live down the street from us, she was so good about helping people in the neighbor hood, she never talk about any body, she was always doing good deeds for everybody.
Or the old gentleman that was so nice to people, he seemed to be one of the best people you may have ever known, but the sad fact might be that although they did so many nice things for people, they died in their sin, they never received Jesus as their Lord and Savior. It’s so sad to think about this sad fact.
John 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
1 John 5:12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
And let me point out that there are multitudes of people that set on Church pews week after week that think their alright as for as being in good standing with God. Many people that go to Church houses never hear a message about hell and the Lake of fire because the preacher is afraid he might offend some one, these churches the Lord referrs to as the Laodicein Church there in Re. 3:
They say they have need of nothing.
Revelation 3:17-18 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: 18I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.