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THE GREAT WHITE THRONE JUDGEMENT REV. 20:11-15

NKJV 11 Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and 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 the books. 13 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 14 Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

15 And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire. NKJV


NAS 11 And I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them. 12 And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is {the book} of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds. 13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every one {of them} according to their deeds. 14 And death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. 15 And if anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. (NAS)


Introduction

            This judgment is reserved for those who never gave their life to Jesus. The saved person will not be at this judgment. Follow in the text.


Presence . . On the Throne.


Presence . . At the Throne.


Publicizing . . at the Throne.


Projecting . . from Throne.




1. Presence . . On the Great White Throne. v 11 a - 12 a

11 Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face

            the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. 12 And I saw

            the dead, small and great, standing before God, and 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 the books.



A.        The . . Illuminating Presence on the Throne. v 11a

            11 Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it,


B.        The . . Identified Presence on the Throne. v 12a

            12 And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and 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 the books.


2. Presence . . At the Great White Throne. v 11 b - 12 a & 13 a

A.        People without a . . Place. v 11 b

            “. . . from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them.


B.        People without a . . Plea. v 12 a

            12 And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and 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 the books.


C.        People without . . Power. v 13 a

            13 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.

 

            1.         They May Have Preferred to Stay where they were.

                        a.         Sea.     Death, and Hell


Rev 20:5 The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were completed. This is the first resurrection. (NAS)




3. Publicizing . . at the Great White Throne. v 12 a & 13 b & 15


A.        The Publicizing . . of the Book of Labors. v 12 a, 13 b

            12 b 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 13 a and they were judged every man according to their works


            1.         The phrase “good works” is never used in scripture for

                        works done by someone who has not been born again.


            2.         Do You Think Performing Miracles is Good Labor?


Matt 7:21-22 NAS)

21        "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven. 22 “Many will say to Me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?'


Same GREEK word for Miracles

Acts 19:11 And God was performing extraordinary miracles by the hands of Paul, (NAS)


Phil 1:6 {For I am} confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. (NAS)


2 Tim 2:21 Therefore, if a man cleanses himself from these {things} he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work. (NAS)


B.        The Publicizing . . of the Book of Life. v 15

            15 And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire. NKJV


            1.         People can be blotted Out of the Book of Life.


            2.         No mention is made of someone being Blotted out of

                        the Lambs Book of Life.


                        a.         1st Conclusion: If your name is placed in the

                                    Lambs Book of Life it will remain in the Book of

                                    Life.


                        b.         2nd Conclusion: If your name is in the Lambs Book

                                    of Life you do good works.


Eph 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (NAS)




4. Parting . . At The Great White Throne. v 15

            15 And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire. NKJV

 

A.        The . . People Parting. v 15 a

            “ And anyone not found written in the Book of Life. . .”


B.        The . . Place for their Parting. v 15 b

            “. . . cast into the lake of fire.”

 

Illustration    INFORMATION PLEASE

I read this story: When I was quite young, my father had one of the first telephones in our neighborhood. I remember well the polished old case fastened to the wall. The shiny receiver hung on the side of the box. I was too little to reach the telephone, but used to listen with fascination when my mother used to talk to it. Then I discovered that somewhere inside the wonderful device lived an amazing person - her name was Information Please and there was nothing she did not know. Information Please could supply anybody's number and the correct time.


My first personal experience with this genie-in-the-bottle came one day while my mother was visiting a neighbor. Amusing myself at the tool bench in the basement, I whacked my finger with a hammer. The pain was terrible, but there didn't seem to be any reason in crying because there was no one home to give sympathy. I walked around the house sucking my throbbing finger, finally arriving at the stairway - The telephone! Quickly I ran for the footstool in the parlor and dragged it to the landing. Climbing up I unhooked the receiver in the parlor and held it to my ear.


Information Please I said. A click or two and a small clear voice spoke into my ear. "Information." "I hurt my finger. . ."
I wailed into the phone. The tears came readily enough now that I had an audience. "Isn't your mother home?" came the question. "Nobody's home but me." I blubbered. "Are you bleeding?" "No," I replied. "I hit my finger with the hammer and it hurts." "Can you open your icebox?" she asked. I said I could. "Then chip off a little piece of ice and hold it to your finger." After that I called Information Please for everything. I asked her for help with my geography and she told me where Philadelphia was. She helped me with my math, and she told me my pet chipmunk I had caught in the park just the day before would eat fruits and nuts.


And there was the time that Petey, our pet canary died. I called Information Please and told her the sad story. She listened, then said the usual things grown-ups say to soothe a child. But I was consoled. Why is it that birds should sing so beautifully and bring joy to all families, only to end up as a heap of feathers, feet up on the bottom of a cage?


She must have sensed my deep concern, for she said quietly, "Paul, always remember that there are other worlds to sing in." Somehow I felt better. Another day I was on the telephone. "Information Please." "Information," said the now familiar voice. "How do you spell fix?" I asked. All this took place in a small town in the pacific Northwest.


Then when I was 9 years old, we moved across the country to Boston. I missed my friend very much. Information Please belonged in that old wooden box back home, and I somehow never thought of trying the tall, shiny new phone that sat on the hall table.


Yet as I grew into my teens, the memories of those childhood conversations never really left me; often in moments of doubt and perplexity I would recall the serene sense of security I had then. I appreciated now how patient, understanding, and kind she was to have spent her time on a little boy.


A few years later, on my way west to college, my plane put down in Seattle. I had about half an hour or so between plane, and I spent 15 minutes or so on the phone with my sister, who lived there now. Then without thinking what I was doing, I dialed my hometown operator and said, "Information Please".


Miraculously, I heard again the small, clear voice I knew so well, "Information." I hadn't planned this but I heard myself saying, "Could you tell me please how-to spell fix?"


There was a long pause. Then came the soft spoken answer, "I guess that your finger must have healed by now. I laughed,
"So it's really still you," I said. "I wonder if you have any idea how much you meant to me during that time.


"I wonder, she said, if you know how much your calls meant to me. I never had any children, and I used to look forward to your calls.


I told her how often I had thought of her over the years and I asked if I could call her again when I came back to visit my sister. "Please do, just ask for Sally."


Just three months later I was back in Seattle. . .A different voice answered Information and I asked for Sally. "Are you a friend?" "Yes, a very old friend."


"Then I'm sorry to have to tell you. Sally has been working part-time the last few years because she was sick. She died five weeks ago." But before I could hang up she said, "Wait a minute. Did you say your name was Paul?"

 

<>"Yes." "Well, Sally left a message for you. She wrote it down. Here it is I'll read it 'Tell him I still say there are other worlds to sing in. He'll know what I mean'.   I thanked her and hung up. I did know what Sally meant. We have a song with these words.  "But then in scenes of glory we’ll sing a new, new song it will be the same old story we have known so long.

 

Application 


The people in this text do not have another world to sing in, they when moan for eternity.



Presence . . On the Throne.


            Presence . . At the Throne.


                        Publicizing . . at the Throne.


                                    Parting . . from Throne.