In this chapter, we confront the profound truth of the Final Judgment—a pivotal moment when all humanity will give an account before the Great White Throne. The book of Revelation, in its divine revelations, vividly portrays this awe-inspiring scene, capturing the essence of God’s justice and mercy. Let us delve into this significant topic with open hearts and minds, seeking a deeper understanding of the fate of the unsaved and the righteous.
Revelation 20:11-15 unveils the solemnity and gravity of the Great White Throne, judgment. John, the apostle of love, describes the scene: “And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. 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… And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” This solemn moment signifies the finality of God’s judgment upon those who have rejected His salvation and lived in rebellion against His righteous standards.
The Final Judgment unveils the eternal destiny of the unsaved and the righteous. Those who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ, having their names written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, will experience the blessedness of eternal life in the presence of God. Jesus Himself assures us in John 5:24, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.” The righteous will enter into the joyous fellowship of the new heaven and new earth, where God will wipe away every tear and dwell among His people.
However, the fate of the unsaved is one of eternal separation from God, experiencing the consequences of their rejection of His offer of salvation. The lake of fire, as described in Revelation 20:14-15, signifies the place of eternal punishment and torment prepared for the devil, his angels, and all who have rejected God’s grace. The apostle Paul solemnly warns in 2 Thessalonians 1:9, “Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power.” It is a destiny that we earnestly pray no one would choose, for God’s heart is filled with love and mercy, desiring that all would come to repentance and receive the gift of eternal life.
Let us ponder the weightiness of the Final Judgment. God loves us and has presented us with His mercy and we can accept before the Final Judgement. We should live with a deep awareness of God’s justice and mercy, recognizing the urgency to proclaim the good news of salvation to all. In our next chapter, Chapter 20, we will explore the glorious revelation of the new heaven and new earth, the culmination of God’s redemptive plan. Join me as we anticipate the eternal dwelling of God with His people and the fulfillment of His promises. May the Holy Ghost continue to guide us in our journey of understanding God’s Word.