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By : Lonnie Branam [ Sermon The Great White Throne Judgment ]


Revelation 200:11-15 says, "Then I saw a great white throne, and Him who sat on it, from whose faith the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and the books were opened. And another book was opened which is the book of life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in te books. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and death and hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. Then death and hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found in written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire."

The subject of these verses is the end of the world and the great white throne judgment. John describes the great judgment scene, closing with the final disposition of the unrighteous dead

He first speaks of the great white throne and the One who sits upon it. The throne is called great because of its largeness and extent. It represents a tribunal which the entire human race must attend. All nations, living as well as dead, must stand before this throne. The saints of all ages will meet there along with unbelieving and wicked of all ages. It is called white because of the purity, holiness and justice of the One who will serve as Judge and Jury on this momentous day. The judgments rendered will be absolutely right, just and fair. We can be certain that any verdict rendered against the disobedient will be based on a principal used in the courts of our land. They will be proven guilty, not only beyond all reasonable doubt, but beyond any possible doubt. Since Jesus died for every human being who shall appear before Him, and since He is loving, merciful and kind, we can be certain if anyone is deserving of mercy, he will receive it.

The One who sits on this judgment throne is the resurrected and ascended Christ. He said His word would judge a man in the last day, and scripture reveals that God has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by His Son Jesus Christ, and assures everyone that this is so by raising Him from the dead. This throne is called the judgment seat of God and the judgment seat of Christ. Jesus said, "The Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son"(John 5:22).

Next. John sees the heavens and earth pass away and disappear from the face of Jesus, and no place was found for them. When this happens human history has come to a close, and this is the end of the world. This is the same event described by Peter when he said, "The day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, the elements will with fervent heat and both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up"(2 Pet.3:10).

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