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Final White Throne Judgment

Lost And Without Hope
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. (Revelation 20:11)

Christ will be the final judge because all power has been given unto Him in heaven and in earth from God the Father.  We as Christians will be present, but will not pass sentence at this judgment.  “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.” (Revelation 20:12-13)

Everyone will be judged individually based upon the works they did on earth.  Many believe that all will be gathered into one place and judged simultaneously (Revelation 20:12), but each will have their own day in court as if they are the only one standing before God.  I have heard many say that they will give God a piece of their mind or accuse him to His face.  But on that fateful day, there won’t be anyone cursing God or telling Him how unfair He is, everyone will stand silent, petrified in fear, and guilty as charged.  The knowledge of Christ and His sacrifice will be revealed to them and they will at this time realize the horrible mistake they have made.  They will have a change of heart and mind, but it will be to late.

Those in hell will be delivered up.  They will already know the truth and some for thousands of years.  How do I know this?  You only need read Luke 16:22-31, the story of the rich man and Lazarus, to realize this truth.

When the rich man died and lifted up his eyes in hell, he immediately realized he had made an awful mistake.  He made no excuses to try to persuade God to let him out or that he did not belong there.  I believe the truth was immediately revealed to him upon entering hell leaving him without excuse or hope.  You may ask, “How do you know this to be true?  Let’s look at Luke 16:27-31. 

"Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house:  For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.  Abraham saith unto him, they have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.  And he said, nay, father Abraham:  But if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.  And he said unto him, if they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead."

This passage tells me that immediately following the death of the rich man, he found himself in hell being tormented and burning in the flames that surrounded him.  His immediate desire was that Lazarus dip the tip of his finger in water and cool his tongue, for he was in torment.  Strangely enough, he did not plead his case, nor exclaim his innocence or declare how unfair God was for sending him to this place.  He knew he was guilty and without hope.  Realizing his irreversible fate, he then requested that Abraham send Lazarus back from the dead to warn his family of this horrible place.  Abraham’s reply was that they have Moses and the prophets.  Then the rich man states something that leads me to believe that his eyes were opened at this time.  “And he said, Nay, father Abraham:  But if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.”  How did he know that the only way to heaven was to repent?  I believe that the truth was revealed to him the minute he entered hell, as it will be revealed to those who stand before God at the final judgment.

There will also be those who will still claim that their works, done in His name, should entitle them to get into heaven (Matthew 7:21-23), but as religious as they maybe, Christ will command them to depart without explanation.  I find it peculiar that no explanation was afforded them.  This leads me to believe that they were given full knowledge of the truth but still tried to make a case before God.  But in the end they will all submit and declare that “at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:10-11)

“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.” (Revelation 20: 12-13)

What a horrible moment in time it will be for billions of people, lost, without hope, and without excuse.  There will be much weeping and pleading before the throne for mercy, but the time for mercy will be over. 

I also believe that this will be a horrible moment in many born again believers lives.  For many Christians will stand and watch as loved ones and friends are pronounced guilty and without hope, and cast eternally into the lake of fire because they would not share the Gospel with them.  Husbands will be separated from their wives, fathers and mothers from their children, and brothers from their sisters.  Separated eternally, and without reprieve, never to be held or touched again. 

You may ask, “How will any Christian in their right mind be able to withstand this horrible judgment?”  The Bible is not clear on how we will handle what will happen, but many believe that we will have glorified bodies and therefore have the mind of God.  I believe this in part.  Yes, we will have glorified bodies and we will have the mind of God, to the extent that we will be able to say, even as our loved ones are being cast into the lake of fire, that God is just and His judgments true.  But I believe that many tears of agony will be shed during that time by Christians who will for the last time see their loved ones due to a lack of concern for their soul. 

“And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” (Revelation 20:15)

To be cast into a lake of fire is indeed a horrible and final end to anyone’s life, but unfortunately, that will only be the beginning of woes for those who turned their back on God.  For all will suffer in varying degrees beyond the anguish of the lake that burns with fire, to what degree I do not know.  I do know they will still possess their five senses, as the rich man did in hell, and will still be enslaved to their hang-ups, addictions, and lusts without fulfillment.  And worst of all, their state will be eternal.

It is appointed unto man that he stand before God and give an account of His works, and what he has done in the body (II Corinthians 5:10).  Satan has deceived many today into believing that their good works will out weigh their bad works, thus assuring them of a place in heaven.  However, nowhere in the Bible is that doctrine supported and they will be terribly wrong.  For it is only through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ that we are granted eternal life.  With that said, today are you prepared to meet God?

Scenario: Final Judgment
Standing in the midst of a great crowd of nameless, faceless witnesses, in what looked to be a dark and ominous setting, came forth Jesus to judge the world.  I had communed with Him many times before both in heaven and on earth, but today He was in all His Glory.  As He proceeded toward His throne, the radiance of His presence filled the room.  “His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; and his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.  And he had in his right hand seven stars:  And out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword:  And his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength (Revelation 1:13a-16).” 

Suddenly, He stopped and began to walk toward me.  As He came up to where I was, I could see the love He had for me in His eyes and I immediately fell at His feet and worshipped Him.  Looking down at me, He laid his right hand upon me, and said with a smile, “Rise up, for ‘I am the first and the last:  I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death (Revelation 1:17a-18).”  With His gentle touch and comforting hands, He helped me to my feet and continued toward the throne.  As He ascended to the throne, I began to think of all the times that we had sat together, talked and shared our most intimate thoughts.  As I pondered upon Him, floods of joy began to overtake me, for I knew that He cared for me and would never leave me, even in my darkest hour.

When Jesus was seated, from a distance I could see a great multitude beginning to walk toward the throne of whose number no one could count.  As they proceeded toward the throne, we knew that this would be the last time that we would ever see them again.

As they marched past us, I noticed that many were crying and visibly shaken.  I could also hear people saying, “O God, have mercy on me”, and others just repeating over and over, “Please God, Please God, Please God”.  But as I stood and watched, I knew that the time for pleading was over, for they had but one fate and it would be eternal!

Suddenly, directing my attention toward the front, the proceedings began!  For this my friend will be their final doom known as The Great White Throne Judgment!  “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 whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” (Revelation 20:12-13, 15)

As I stood there, I watched as person after person marched before the throne to be eternally judged.  Time after time I listened as they told grand stories of marvelous earthly deeds and good works that they had performed.  I listened as they spoke of the mighty religious wonders that they had performed saying, “Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name?  And in thy name have cast out devils?  And in thy name done many wonderful works (Matthew 7:22b)?”  But shaking my head, I knew that without the blood of Christ atoning for their sins, their good works would not measure up and their destiny would be sealed.

As the day went on, person after person was judged, sentenced, and lead away from that illustrious throne to be cast eternally into everlasting darkness, never to be seen or heard of again.  Some went quietly, but most fighting and kicking, bellowing out the most horrible blood curling screams that I have ever heard! 

As I stood there, I saw many saved loved ones watch in tears of bitter anguish as they were confronted with the fate of those they had known and cherished on earth, but had failed to share the Gospel with. 

As I looked in horror at what was happening, I began to remember my loved ones and all the people I had come in contact with over the years.  As I wiped away the tears from my eyes, I couldn’t help but think about the many times that I had a chance to witness to them and failed to do so.  I thought of the occasions when God pleaded with me to witness to my brother, my co-workers, or some stranger on the street, and I flat refused!

Suddenly, I heard a booming voice calling my name.  It was the Lord Himself and I had been summoned to appear before the throne. 

When I arrived, there looked to be a man face down, pleading before the throne.  At first, I didn’t recognize who it was.  But as I came closer, my greatest nightmare was realized.  For when he slowly raised his head from off the ground, and I stared deep into his tearful eyes, I knew that this man was my only brother.  As I called out his name, “Rick, Rick”, he began to weep and to plead that I might help him.  But as I looked on silently with tears in my eyes, I dropped my head, for I knew that the time for mercy was over and that he would now have to pay for the sins he had committed. 

As I stood there, I could hear the Lord beginning His judgment upon my brother.  In shock and horror, I fell to my knees and began to weep uncontrollably, for I knew what fate awaited him.  As I wept, I began to remember all the times that we had together, the places that we went, the secrets that we shared, and most of all, the love that we had for each other.  But I had failed to share the most important message the world has ever known, that Jesus loved him and died for his sins…and now it was too late!  I knew Rick was a good man, but without Christ, he was lost and without hope. 

As I looked up with tears running down my face, I could hear the Lord remembering sin, after sin, after sin that my brother had committed in his lifetime.  Helpless to change his fate, I cried until I could cry no more.

Suddenly, with no warning, the Lord paused with a great silence and spoke these final words, “Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41b).”  Immediately, an angel came and secured my brother and took him away.  As they walked away, I began to scream with all that was in me, “No, No, No, Please No!”  My brother, realizing what his fate was, began to scream, and to kick, and to fight, but it was to no avail.  As they walked further and further away, I could hear him pleading in desperation that he might be given another chance, but all his chances ended at the grave.  Suddenly, with one last blood-curling scream, he was gone forever, forgotten in a sea that burns with fire, never to be remembered again.  This is the second death (Revelation 20:14b).

As I lay there screaming and sobbing, I knew that this wouldn’t be the last time I would be summoned before the throne, for I had many lost friends and loved ones…and they each would have their day of reckoning!   For it is appointed unto man once to die and then the judgment (Hebrews 9:27).  A judgment where there is no remorse or second chances.  A judgment where no amount of weeping, wailing, or apologies can release you from your chamber of horror.  A judgment where death’s final sting can never be broken forever and ever without end, and without hope.  A judgment that is absolute and irrevocable!

Friend, your date with destiny is coming.  Where will you spend eternity!

Are you ready to meet the Lord?  If not, your time is running out!

Terry Malone
Calvary Prophecy Report

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