100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #97 | with Daniel Whyte III
SCRIPTURE: Revelation 20:4-10: “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 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. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”
Our passage of scripture today tells us about the event which immediately follows the end of the Millennial Kingdom. At the end of the Millennium, Satan and his army of rebels are defeated by fire that comes from God out of Heaven. John quickly takes us to the next event in the grand end times drama, and that is the Great White Throne Judgment which read about in Revelation 20:11-15.
Tim LaHaye and Tony Kessinger write that this passage “is the most sobering passage in the Bible. Here unbelievers can see a glimpse of what their ultimate encounter with God will be like. These verses describe the end of the 1000-year millennial reign of Christ upon the earth.”
The Great White Throne is only seen in this passage. It is unique from the other thrones mentioned in the book of Revelation — no other throne is called “great” and “white” This throne is called “great” for three reasons: 1) the One who occupies the throne, 2) its enormous size, and 3) the significance of the judgment that will issue from the throne. This throne is called “white” because of the purity of the One seated on the throne and because of the fairness and righteousness of the verdict that will issue from the throne.
Very briefly, tonight, I want us to ask and answer four important questions about the Great White Throne Judgment.
1. Who is the Judge?
2. Who Will be Judged?
3. How Will They be Judged?
4. What Will the Sentence Be?
+ Plus, listen to Ruben Studdard singing “Amazing Grace” and Deitrick Haddon singing “Sinner’s Prayer”