Text: Revelation 20:11-21:8
I. The Great White Throne Judgment
· This judgment will be conducted by the judge of all men.
· The Great White Throne Judgment will be conducted in the dwelling place of God, which in the Bible is called, “the heaven that is above all heavens.”
· The Great White Throne Judgment is not a general judgment where both the righteous and the wicked stand before God. This judgment is a judgment of the unrighteous, the wicked.
· This is what the Bible says about judgment:
Revelation 20:11-15 (NIV): Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. The earth and the heavens fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. 12 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. 13 The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what they had done. 14 Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. 15 Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.
· Every person who has ever lived and did not accept Christ as their personal Savior, will stand before the Great White Throne Judgment. And those whose names were not found written in the Book of Life were cast into the Lake of Fire.
· Jesus Himself had more to say about hell than any other person:
Mark 9:43-44 (NIV): If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out. And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than to have two feet and be thrown into hell.
1. Hell is a place of total darkness.
· Matthew 8:11-12 (NIV): I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. 12 But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
2. Hell is a place of total despair.
· No hope, no optimism, no faith, no encouragement, no kindness, no singing, no love, no children, no smiling, no forgiveness.
3. Hell is a place of total timelessness.
· Revelation 14:14: And the smoke of their torment ascended up forever and forever and they have no rest day or night.
4. Hell is a place of total torment.
· The absence of the presence of God would be one of the greatest torments of hell.
· The fact of eternal separation from loved ones who died in the Lord will be a torment of hell. You will never again see them.
· A good memory will provide torment that will last in eternity.
· John 14:1-3 (NIV): “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”
· Revelation 21:1-2 (NIV): Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.