Great White Throne Judgment – 4

During the past three days, we have been talking about the Great White Throne Judgment. We found out that it is God’s final judgment for all those who have rejected Jesus. Next, we found out that standing before God is an awesome and even terrifying experience. Yesterday, we found out that anyone who has not accepted Jesus is still living under the law and they will be judged under God’s law.

Born-Again Christians Are Not At This Judgment

Here is the most marvelous thing about this Great White Throne Judgment. Notice that John saw the “dead.” Remember something, At the Rapture, all born-again Christians were taken immediately into heaven. Raptured Christians are not “dead.” Raptured Christians are already living in heaven with Jesus. And this is before the Great White Throne Judgment.

Notice also what Rev. 20:4 (NIV) says: “I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony for Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or his image and had not received his mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years.”

Those who were martyred during the Tribulation are not dead, they were resurrected and reigned with Christ during the Millennium (1000 years of peace). So they are not included among the “dead” at this Great White Throne Judgment.

What about born-again Christians living at the end of the Millennium? The Bible really does not say. I think that they are simply ushered right into the new earth that God creates after the Millennium.

Why Is The Book Of Life Mentioned?

First, it is important to note that those whose names are in the Book of Life are not judged (or sentenced) at this judgment. So, who else have their names written in this Book of Life?

All we need to do is to read Hebrews 11. This chapter tells us all about the saints of the Old Testament. It tells us that they all lived by faith. But, faith in what? Faith in God. They did not have the written Word (our Old Testament), yet they sought out God and found Him. They lived according to how they understood that God wanted them to live.

Hebrews 11:39-40 (NIV) says “These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised. God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.”

All of these Old Testament “saints” have their names written in the Book of Life because they lived by their faith in God. Whether they will be standing in front of the Great White Throne Judgment, I don’t know. But it really doesn’t make any difference.

Notice what Rev. 20:12 (NIV) says: “And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books.”

Notice the plural word “books.” These Old Testament saints had their deeds written in the Book of Life. Their “deed” was that they lived by faith in God and thus, their names were written in the Book of Life, not the other book.

Today, We Must Accept Jesus

God has made it easy for us living today to have our names written in the Book of Life. All we have to do is to accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.

Remember what Jesus said in John 3:3 (NIV): “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.” Remember also what Jesus said in John 10:10 (NIV): “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

No, born-again Christians do not have to stand before this Great White Throne of Judgment. When we accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, everything that we had done before that time was erased. God remembers it no more. This judgment is only for those who refuse to accept what God says.

Go to “How To Live Forever” and learn how to received this gift of eternal life.

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