Summary: The judgment of the lost is examined. This is a parallel message to "Welcome To The Christian Olympics", which examines the "Judgment Seat Of Christ".
“The Great White Throne Judgment”
INTRODUCTION: This morning, we took a look at what will happen to the SAVED right after the Rapture … AS FAR AS our judgment at “The Judgment Seat Of Christ”. The LOST will also be judged … BUT … at a DIFFERENT judgment.
There is NO GENERAL judgment, where the lost and the saved stand at the same judgment seat. Some people get the idea that we will all stand together in Heaven, with the “goats” on 1 side, and the “sheep” on the other side. They think that there will be some kind of a “balance” in Heaven … a “scale”, which weighs the good against the bad. If the good outweighs the bad, you will go to Heaven. If the bad outweighs the good, you will go to Hell. The Bible doesn’t speak of this anywhere. The “sheep” and the “goats” of Matthew 25 is not talking about “The Great White Throne Judgment”, but entry into the Millennial Kingdom.
Let’s take a look at “The Great White Throne Judgment” – Turn to Revelation 20:11-15. We will use the same outline that we used in the message this morning on “The Judgment Seat Of Christ”.
1.- THE TIME – This judgment takes place more than 1007 years after the Rapture of the Church … after the Tribulation Period … after the Millennial Kingdom … after the 1000 year captivity of Satan in Hell … after the final battle of Gog and Magog … after Satan is cast into the Lake of Fire … after the earth has been destroyed. This will happen just before the new Heaven and the new Earth are created for us to enjoy for eternity.
This judgment will take place at the “throne” of God – 20:11. It is called “great” and “white”. “Great” because there is none greater. It is God’s final court … there is no higher court to which you can appeal. It is the Supreme Court of Heaven. It is HIS Throne of Judgment … SO … it is called “great”.
It is “white”. WHY? BECAUSE … of the purity of His judgment and justice. There’s no politics involved … no bribery … no plea bargaining … no gain time. JUST … the pure, holy, and righteous justice of God being poured out.
It’s at the “throne”. This isn’t like the “throne” in Revelation 4:2-3 where we see a rainbow … mercy. There is no mercy at this throne … only justice.
2.- THE PARTICIPANTS – Only the LOST will be at “The Great White Throne” judgment. There is no separation of the “sheep” and the “goats”. Everyone here will enter into the Lake of Fire to be eternally condemned with Satan.
NOTICE who they are – 20:12.
“dead” – These are the Spiritually “dead” … “dead” in trespasses and sins. They were never born-again. Jesus came to give us “life” … BUT … they are Spiritually “dead”.
“small and great” – TURN to Romans Chapter 2.
2:11 – Social status doesn’t matter with God. He isn’t influenced by money, reputation, or even morality. 1 Samuel 16:7 – “for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.” Both the “small and great” will stand before God … and they will stand CONDEMNED because of their sin.
How much sin does it take to condemn a person? How much poison does it take in a glass of water to make it deadly? The glass may contain 99% water, and only 1% poison … but the whole glass is condemned as deadly. How much sin does it take to condemn a person to Hell? Since we were BORN in sin, and we are 100% sinful by nature, that question isn’t even relevant. The glass contains 100% poison. The wages of sin is death … yours … or Jesus.
3.- THE JUDGE – The Judge isn’t named here … BUT … we know who He is. John 5:22 – “For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son:” Jesus has the right to be the judge, jury, prosecuting attorney and witness. After all, it was His grace that was spurned … He is the One who was rejected. It is only fair that Jesus is the One to be the judge at the “Great White Throne”.
Romans Chapter 2
2:2 – Jesus is the God of TRUTH. Jesus said in John 14:6 – “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” Man tries to hide his sins under the blanket of respectability … decorating his immorality with bows and ribbons. BUT … the TRUTH will come out in this judgment. They will be seen for who they are … Spiritually dead.