CAN YOU IMAGINE?
Can you imagine the white throne judgment? Imagine, if you will, a very, very tall mountain. This mountain is white stone and going up from bottom to top is a narrow pathway. The path is filled with sad, mournful, hopeless people walking slowly toward the top.
At the top is a flattened area, surrounded by a ring of fire which is filled with angels walking in that ring. They are guarding the Holy God Who sits on a throne that is whiter than the white mountain.
Behind Him on this mountain is a multitude of redeemed saints, in their eternal bodies, watching this event unfold.
The white throne is where all the wicked will be judged. This event occurs at the second resurrection, following the millennium, just before the new earth is created.
Those judged there are doomed, but this is their trial. They will have no argument to present, for all are evidenced of their guilt, known by a mind that is quickened to remember all things, even those memories that mankind tries to subdue and sear from one’s memory. At this trial, God will justify their doom, proving it is their own will that has brought them to judgment and doom.
This is a sad day for even God. He was ‘not willing that any perish’ but some are going to eternal judgment, despite the fact it was not His sovereign will that they so chose. We will be sad, for some in the crowd coming to be judged, will be our unsaved loved ones. The sinners that are doomed will be sad, for it is too late to change their minds, or to reverse their will.
Malachi 3:18 (KJV)
18 Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth Him not.
Imagine if you will, that horrible day for them.
We will be standing behind the throne of God to watch, and we will have some part in this trial. The wicked are lined up before the throne, having been in hell for some time, they will soon be transferred to the lake of fire.
Before it was only their soul that was judged. Now they have a new eternal body, which will be thrown into the lake of fire, and burn and suffer there with the spirit, for all of eternity.
Revelation 21:8 (KJV)
8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
Isaiah 66 tells us that on the new heaven/earth, we will pass by the lake of fire, on our way to the throne, where we go to worship God. We will still be able to hear the cries of pain and sorrow coming from these judged ones, for all eternity. This will be a reminder to us, and a confirmation to all those born on the new earth that never experienced the time on this earth, that sin is horrible and devastates lives.
Isaiah 66:22-24 (KJV)
22 For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain.
23 And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before Me, saith the LORD.
24 And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against Me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh.
This white throne judgment is a trial, where 'every knee will finally bow', where no one will have the nerve to blaspheme God again, where sorrow for sin will be undeniable, but the wicked are still wicked. God has told us that those who die in rebellion to the salvation He has provided, will continue in that wicked and evil state of mind for all eternity.
Revelation 22:11 (KJV)
11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.
BY THEIR WORDS AND THEIR WORKS
WILL THEY BE JUDGED
Matthew 12:36-37 (KJV)
36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.
This passage is truth, as is all of the Written Word of God. Someday, the wicked will be judged, and their own words will be testimony against them. How often I have heard the wicked say ‘Well, I’ll be d.....’ Unfortunately, they were, with the devils’ instigation, admitting the fact that they deserve judgment. Those words were recorded, and if never repented and wiped from their heart, will testify to the fact that they truly deserve judgment.
The blasphemy of mocking and denigrating One or more of the Trinity will be played back to them.
The harsh and judgmental words spoken to one of the Lord’s children will be heard.
The words of foul language, of condemnation of telling others to not be saved, but to ‘go to H...’ will be played.
One’s own words will be played back to them from that heavenly recorder.
It has missed nothing, and all the words that were not repented, are still upon it, waiting for that day. One’s own words, will be the condemning testimony.
We will not have to testify of the harsh, mean, evil words spoken to us by these sinners, their own words are recorded, and will be heard as testimony against them. Their words of their mouths, their words of their heart and mind, will be there to show that their choice was their choice. The times when salvation could have been accepted, could have been claimed, will be shown with the words of the mouth, or the words of the heart, being played back to them, as they rejected Jesus and His salvation.
The testimony will not be argued with, for it is coming from the person who would argue. They are witnesses against themselves, by the words of their mouth, by the words of their heart. They have rejected Jesus, they have turned Him down, while there was time to accept Him.
Then books from the library of heaven will be opened. If one’s name is not in the book of life, he/she will face eternity in the lake of fire. There are also books of the events and words of one’s life. They will be opened. Their works will be shown to all.
Revelation 20:11-15 (KJV)
11 And 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, 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.
13 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.
14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
Their bodies were resurrected to stand before this throne, and following this judgment, their bodies will suffer a ‘second death’. The first ‘death’ was separation of the mortal body from the immortal soul. The second death is the separation of the immortal body and soul from God.
These wicked people that are moving one by one up this white mountain, to the even whiter throne at its top with God Almighty upon it, will not be sad and mournful in the lake of fire. Sin brought them to this place, refusing Jesus sealed their choice. Forever they will be wicked, forever will be in the choice they made while still alive.
This trial, unlike many trials here on earth, will not have a judge that could be bribed, will not have a jury that can be fooled, will not have a loop-hole in the arrest, that will free the guilty. The judgment is fair, and God will do right.
Genesis 18:25 (KJV)
That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?
WE MAY HAVE A PART,
FOR WE WERE THE WATCHMEN OF GOD,
ON THIS EARTH.
"Again the word of the Lord came unto me, saying:
Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them, When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman:
If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people,
Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head.
He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul.
But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman's hand."
During a war, a city put a heavy responsibility on the watchman. He had to give a warning whenever the enemy approached. If a man disregarded the warning, he was signing his own death warrant, and could not blame the watchman. If a man was outside the wall, and failed to heed the warning, his death would not be the responsibility of the watchman. If the watchman failed to warn the people in the unprotected area, he was held responsible for their lives.
The watchman was to sound the shofar trumpet in warning to the ones inside, and to the ones still unprotected outside. When God tells us to warn the people, we must pass on the message. We must warn the righteous as well as the wicked of the facts of the coming judgment times.
"So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at My mouth, and warn them from Me.
When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.
Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul."
We are not to rub the noses of sinners in their shame, we are to encourage them to avail themselves of the blessed ‘repentance’ that is offered. If they admit their guilt, and repent, God's forgiveness is the awesome blessing. The ultimate purpose of judgment being foretold is repentance.
God does not want to judge or to punish. He only does so as a last resort.
"I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his evil way and live."
This is similar to II Peter 3:9:
"God is not willing that any should perish, but that all come to repentance."
It is also similar to I Timothy 2:4:
"...Who will have all men to be saved, and come to the knowledge of the truth."
If the judgment on some be partially our fault, for not warning, not sounding the shofar, not preaching the good news of salvation, then we may have to escort them over to the lake of fire. God was plain on that in His explanation to Ezekiel.
Some saints will weep. Yes, saints do weep, until the new earth time, for the Scripture that tells us that God will wipe away our tears, is not said till the new earth time. The fact He must wipe tears away then, proves that up to then, we will weep. If we had no compassion over lost souls, over the judgment on some we could have forewarn, and did not, we would be heartless, excuses for a saint. We shall feel the pain of this white throne judgment on the wicked, and we shall weep if we failed to sound the shofar warning.
Revelation 21:4-7 (KJV)
4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
5 And He that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And He said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be My son.
Imagine the length of time it will take to go through this judgment, one by one, of all the billions of sinners in this adamic age. We shall also judge the angels, and there were many who fell with satan. Satan himself will be thrown into the lake of fire, and I imagine that the cheer of that event will outdo any cheer ever heard at even a super bowl football game.
We shall then, following this white throne judgment of sinners go to the new earth, where we will live eternally with the Lord. No sinner will ever walk the streets of that eternal abode. They are judged, and there will no need to close the gates of the New Jerusalem there, for even outside that holy city, there will be no unholy sinners. They will have their eternal abode in the inescapable lake of fire.
Revelation 21:22-27 (KJV)
22 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.
23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.
24 And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.
25 And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.
26 And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it.
27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.