Revelation 20 Judged

Continuing our study of Revelation 20.

Revelation 20:11  ‘Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. Earth and sky fled from his presence and there was no room for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened.

This is a dramatic moment, with the earth and the sky fleeing. One could imagine that all excuses, alibis and pretences leave too and only the stark truth remains. Justice must be seen to be done.

Revelation 20:12a  ‘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. 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.’ 

No doubt the dead thought they had escaped judgement but here they stand before the throne of God and must face justice. Not even those who had perished and gone to the depths of the sea will be able to hide. The record books will be opened and their unrighteous deeds are exposed. 

Revelation 20:14  ‘Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life he was thrown into the lake of fire.’

The curse of death that has plagued mankind down through the ages is finally dealt with. 

1 Corinthians 15:25  ‘For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death.’

But those who have rejected Christ Jesus will find that their name has not been recorded in the book of life and and their punishment for rejecting Christ is to be thrown into the notorious lake. 

Thank you for reading this…

  • Revelation 21:22 The light of Jerusalem
    Jerusalem will be the centre of the world and the nations will tithe their wealth to Jesus. Previously, the kings of the earth have rebelled against Christ Jesus and Jerusalem but now they pay homage.
  • Revelation 21:9 ‘From a mountain…’
    This describes the city as having twelve visible foundations, and this suggests it is a stepped pyramid construction. The city would have twelve levels, decreasing in size, each one built on its own foundation, ascending to form a pyramid with the top level being the apex of the city. 
  • Revelation 21:6 He who is thirsty
    The goods of this world will crumble in our hands, swept away by the latest flood or fire, but the riches of God’s kingdom will stand forever. 
  • Revelation 21:4 Changes coming…
    Life holds its fair share of tragedies and these words are a soothing balm to those who have held on and endured. The world will not remain the same and the cruelties of life are not our destiny. The curse that has cast such a deep shadow upon this world, caused by the sin of man, will pass away and the blessing of redemption will shine its goodness upon the righteous in Christ Jesus for all eternity. 
  • Revelation 21:3 The New Jerusalem
    We discussed yesterday that God is bringing us all together, like the proud father that He is. Many of us will be centred at the New Jerusalem and many will live away but yet return on frequent pilgrimages to our new home city. For many of us, our present time is one of suffering and tribulation but this time will pass away and we will enter into an eternity of blessing. And it will have been so worth remaining faithful!

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