September 6: The Great White Throne Judgment

Read Revelation 20:11-15

Throughout this series we have heard over and over how God will one day conquer evil. That day will be the day of the Great White Throne Judgment, and this is where it ends. From the Fall of Man, sin has plagued the human race. Death and crime have run rampant; people have preached against Christ, and Christians have been killed for their beliefs. Some claimed to be Christians, but have led people astray. But, I’ll say it again, the Great White Throne Judgment is where it ends.

After the 1,000 years of Jesus reigning while Satan is bound, Satan will be released on the earth to tempt the nations one last time. Satan will then meet his demise as fire falls from heaven and he is thrown into the Lake of Fire.

The judgment is not only called “The Great White Throne Judgment” because of the color of the throne, but because of the purity and magnificence of the Judge who resides on it. In order for God to be perfect in every way, He must be the perfect Judge. God cannot be perfect and at the same time allow sin to go unpunished. At this judgment, all actions and motives will be taken into account.

This judgment will be for all people who have rejected Jesus’ free gift of salvation. Here is where they will pay for it. The Lamb’s Book of Life will be opened once more, not for the names that are written in it, but for the ones that aren’t. The grave and Hades will give up all of their dead and the multitudes gather in the Throne Room of God . . . all about to hear bad news.

The burning question is “what did they do with what God gave them?” Some may say, “Well, as you can see, I did this certain thing that should give me some heavenly credit.” However, Jesus + NOTHING = Salvation. Just because you do good things in your life does not mean you will enter into Heaven. If you lose everything but you get Jesus, you don’t lose anything because Jesus IS everything. He is the ONLY way, the ONLY Truth and the ONLY Life.

The unfortunate yet holy truth is that, once the Judgment has finished, everyone who was not found in the Lamb’s Book of Life will be cast into the Lake of Fire for eternity. Time is short, if you haven’t trusted solely in Jesus with your life, today is the day! But not only for you. Invite your “5” to take advantage of this offer too!

jdl

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