If you have ever stood before a judge, you have felt that sense of judgment. Even if you were innocent, you still stood there with a sense of possible doom if things didn’t go your way. At the final judgment, it won’t be a courtroom but a throne on which God sits and judges those who rejected His Son, Jesus. It’s called the Great White Throne Judgment.
“Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them.”
The Final Judgment
There will be two judgments at the end of time, one for believers and those who rejected Christ. For believers, you will stand before the judgment seat of Christ and give an account of how you lived your life. Your reward in heaven will be based on what you did for God here. For those who rejected Jesus, there will be the Great White Throne judgment. This will be one of the most terrifying things ever! Here people will be judged by God and cast into eternal hell. I like how John calls it, “from whose presence earth and have fled away.” If that doesn’t send shivers down your spine, nothing will. As a believer, it should motivate you to take as many to heaven with you as possible.
This verse is proof that there is a place called hell, and not everyone goes to heaven. If that was true, then there will be no need for God to sit on a throne in such an imposing way. Not only is hell real, but it is a terrible place where judgment never stops. Matt 13:41-42 says that “the Son of Man will send His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all causes of sin and lawbreakers and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place, there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Pretty vivid picture of God’s judgment.
The Great White Throne Judgment
As a believer, you don’t need to fear going to this place. Your destiny is secure, and you will spend eternity with Jesus. What the thought of hell should do is break your heart for those who are going there. You should never wish that anyone would go there, and trying to scare them out of it probably won’t work. When you think of loved ones, who are headed in that direction, you need to tell that Jesus loved them so much He died so that they could avoid it.