The Final Judgment

The Final Judgment

Many people confuse the final Great White Throne Judgment at the end of the Millennium with the judgment seat of Christ, which occurs 1,000 years earlier after the Rapture. The judgment seat of Christ is an entirely different judgment in which the saved, those who have received Jesus as their Savior, are judged by Christ and are rewarded according to their works. The Bible tells us that when the kingdoms of this world became the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, He rewards His servants the prophets and the saints, and those who feared His name, small and great. (See Revelation 11:15,18; Revelation 10:7; 1Corinthians 15:51-52, 1Thesolonains 4:17-18; Matthew 24:29-31.)

Revelation 20:4- 6 describe, the resurrection and 1,000-year reign of Christ and His saints on earth:

And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast (Antichrist), neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years. But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished.

Only all those who were saved by receiving Jesus as their Savior will appear at the Judgment Seat of Christ in Heaven. “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad” (2 Corinthians 5:10).

The Great White Throne Judgment is for the rest of the dead, all the dead of all ages who were not saved, and therefore were not resurrected at Christ’s Second Coming and did not appear at the Judgment Seat of Christ. All the people who ever lived, if unsaved, whether they were good or bad in their earthly lives, will have to stand at this Great White Throne Judgment of God.

The Great White Throne Judgment

And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; 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.

And 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. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.—Revelation 20:11-15

Don’t confuse this final “Great White Throne Judgment” that occurs at the end of the Millennium with the “Judgment Seat of Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:10) which occurred a thousand years earlier after the Rapture (Revelation 19:7-9). This judgment is for all the dead, small and great; they are the dead of all ages who were not saved and therefore did not take part in the resurrection at Christ’s Second Coming.

Revelation 20:15 tells us that “whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” Apparently, there are people who are written in the Book of Life if who were not the cast into the lake of fire. Otherwise why would God bring out this Book of Life if nobody is written in the book? If everyone written in the Book of Life is already saved and already raptured and in heaven, and none of these people before God’s Great White Throne of Judgment are written therein, why bother?

The Bible tells us that “every man will be rewarded according to his works” (Romans 2:6), so clearly there’s going to be a difference!

Those of us, who are saved and appear at the first judgment, the Judgment Seat of Christ after the Resurrection and Rapture will receive new eternal supernatural bodies like Jesus has.

“Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto His glorious body, according to the working whereby He is able even to subdue all things unto Himself”—Philippians 3:21.

Touch Me, feel Me! I’m not just a ghost, I’m not just a disembodied spirit, I’m real!” He said, “For a spirit hath not flesh and bones as ye see Me have!” —Luke.24:39.

Our heavenly bodies will be able to dematerialise, pass from dimension to dimension, walk right through walls and locked doors as He did, appear and disappear at will, and travel with the speed of thought. You’re going to look enough like you do now that we’ll be able to recognise you, identify you and know you. The Lord still looked like Himself, could still eat, drink, and even cooked for His disciples.

To become a resident of God’s wonderful heavenly city and dwell forever in His presence, all you have to do is ask Jesus to come into your heart and life. Simply pray: “Lord Jesus, I believe that You are the Son of God and that You died for me. Thank You for dying for me on the cross. Please forgive me for all my sins. I now open the door of my heart and ask You, dear Jesus, to please come into my heart and grant me Your free gift of eternal life.”