1. Following the resurrection of the righteous ones, a later resurrection will bring back the condemned bodies.
2. The final end of the condemned that now suffer torment, will be greater torment.
3. Also, the righteous ones, who have understood My plan, and have allowed the Seed of Wisdom to grow in their minds, will find that an aura of light shall encompass them in beauty. These righteous ones will then have a body that is eternal, and receive the promises given them.
4. Those who have chosen to break My law, and have refused to hear the wisdom and understanding I have offered to them -- will sorrow and lament.
5. Though they now may be exalted over the righteous, those wicked will see the final state of the righteous, and will waste away in torment while they behold the wonder of the state of the righteous ones.
6. The wicked, in their final state, will first behold the glorious blessed bodies of the righteous ones, and then depart to the torments waiting them.
7. The righteous ones will enjoy the hope now made real, the expectation now received, the confidence realized, and the wonders accomplished in that time.
8. For they will behold the heavenly world which is now invisible and behold what the future time has in store for them.
9. They will not grow old.
After death comes judgment, without any chance of being saved, if one has died in sin:
"And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment."
This life is our probation. There is no Scripture to give us hope of a purgatory, or a chance after death. If one is righteous, heaven awaits after death [II Cor. 5:8, Phil. 1:21-24]. If one is unrighteous, then hell fire awaits them moments after death [Lk. 16:19-31, Rev. 20:11-15]. There is no purgatory, no re-incarnation, no second chance. Our chance is here and now, and Jesus made the way for us:
"And I saw a great white throne, and Him that sat on it...the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened."
Hell, Paradise, and the Great White Throne are inside the earth. It is where the "abyss" is visible, and where the "fires of hell" are visible. "Paradise" is also nearby. All three of these places are in Sheol, which is inside the earth.
The Book of Enoch agrees:
"...This high mountain you saw, whose top is like a throne, is like God's throne, and is the throne where the Great Holy One, the Lord of Glory, the Eternal King, will sit when He comes to visit the earth at the end time."
This mountain which Enoch saw was located in Sheol, near the place we know as Paradise, and if one looks up from that place - the fires of hell can be seen, and a vast open area between is the area we know as the abyss, or bottomless pit.
10. For in that highest heaven, they will enjoy the blessings of angels, shine like the stars, and be transformed from beauty into loveliness, from light to glorious brilliance.
11. For there will be shown to them the place known as paradise, and they will observe the created ones now below the throne, and view all the armies of angels who are not now seen, only because My word has kept them from your viewing. Yet, after My coming, they will be seen standing all about My people:
12. Moreover, the righteous ones will excel in greatness beyond that of the angels.
13. For those who died earlier, will someday receive the ones of the last days, and likewise the saints of the last days will then view those who died earlier.
14. Deliverance from this world of anguish and tribulation will come.
15. For what reason have the wicked who died chosen to exchange their soul?
16. For the wicked are those who have chosen to not come to the time of the righteous that I have described to you. The wicked choose to have lamentations and evils, and thereby denied and refused the eternal life, the glory and honor offered to them.
"Him that sat on it, from Whose face the earth and the heaven fled away."
"fled" = Greek, pheugo = to flee, to escape away"
The earth and the heavens are to be destroyed by fire during this time, so these things described here are in the process of ceasing to exist, and the new earth is being created at the same time. Rev. 20:11 is John's way of describing that event.
Prophecy of Ezra 7:44
"The duration of this judgment will be seven years. This is the order of events to come for the judgment of the world."
The duration of the White Throne judgment is not known by most Christians today, but Ezra revealed this to us in his book. And this does not contradict any doctrine or revelation in all of the Bible. God will patiently give every sinner a fair trial, and the time allotted is 7 years.
The Bible clearly teaches eternal punishment:
"the wicked shall be turned into hell."
"for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched."
Matthew 25:41, 46
"everlasting fire... everlasting punishment"
II Thessalonians 1:9
Since the judgment is eternal upon the wicked, what on earth would make it worthwhile to miss God's provision of escape?
"For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?"
Paul greatly emphasized this doctrine - that all are sinners:
Romans 3:9, 10, 12, 23
"...for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin; As it is written, there is none righteous, no, not one...there is none that doeth good, no, not one...For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God."
It is because the people understood and comprehended what God has done for us, and what He has required of us - that we are without excuse:
"Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law; that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in His sight; for by the law is the knowledge of sin."
Therefore, it is mandatory for mankind to come to the Lord in repentance and receive forgiveness of sins, and avoid the White Throne judgment, and the lake of fire wherein all the wicked will spend eternity.
Some who have died, and been revived to life after a short time, seem to all have the experience of heading down a dark tunnel toward a great light. Some have wondered why both the wicked and the righteous have had the same type of story. Even the wicked at death are brought before the glory of God:
Prophecy of Ezra 7:79
There the persons will see the glory of the Most High. If these persons are those who scorned My laws and ways, and have despised My people-
Then, having seen this awesome God, their grief for eternity will be even greater than if they had not viewed God's in His majesty. See the seventh way in which they will grieve in Prophecy of Ezra 7:81-87:
81.First, they will grieve that they have scorned the law of the Most High.
82. Second, they will grieve that they can no longer repent unto eternal life.
83. Third, they will grieve because they will be able to see the rewards laid up for those who entered into My covenants.
84. Fourth, they will realize the torture that awaits them after the judgment day.
85. Fifth, they will view the habitations of the righteous where the angels are guarding their peace.
86. Sixth, they will realize that from that moment on through all eternity, they will be in torment.
87. Seventh, [and this is the worst], they will moan in shame, be consumed with confusion, shrink back in fear - for they will view the glory of the Most High- before Whom they will someday stand in the great judgment of the last days.
SEVEN GRIEFS FOR THE WICKED AT DEATH
1. [vs. 81] Grief that they did not love God's law
2. [vs. 82] Grief that repentance is no longer redeeming
3. [vs. 83] Grief because they will be able to see the rewards of those who accepted Jesus
4. [vs.84] Grief over the knowledge that even greater torments await them after the White Throne Judgment
5. [vs.85] Grief over the viewing of the righteous in their peaceful home
6. [vs. 86] Grief over the fact that their judgment is eternal
7. [vs. 87] Grief over the viewing of the eternal, awesome God they have rejected, and must someday stand before at the White Throne Judgment