The Great White Throne Judgment –-Who Gets Judged and Who Doesn't?

What is the Great White Throne Judgment?

As I share my faith and listen to people, I find almost everyone believes in some kind of judgment at the end of life. A sense of “final reckoning” seems to be written into the conscience of every man of every culture whether men are religious or not. In fact, the Bible is filled with stories of judgment from Genesis to Revelation.

The events of the Great White Throne Judgment are written in Revelation 20:11-15. This is the Final Judgment, an eternal judgment, and part of the doctrine of eternal judgment taught in Hebrews Chapter Six.

Who is the judge? He who sits on the throne, God Himself, the sovereign ruler of the universe is the judge.

Who are the subjects? Who must appear? All those who have rejected Christ Jesus and the salvation he offers must stand before this throne. All the unsaved must appear. All the dead, both great and small, shall look up into the Face of God. The term “dead” is used seven times in these six verses and refers to the spiritually dead.

No believers of the church age will be present. Believers in Christ will, however, be judged at the Judgment Seat of Christ to be repaid for their deeds, whether good or bad.

When does the Great White Throne Judgment take place? At the end, after the 1000 year reign of Christ on the earth, and before the advent of the new heaven and the new earth.

What is the basis for the judgment? Why is anyone there? People are at this judgment because of their rejection of Christ as Savior. Their disbelief is demonstrated by their works.

What is the outcome? There is only one result—eternity in the lake of fire with the devil. All who are there will be tormented day and night forever and ever (Revelation 20:10). Remember God did not intend for anyone to be sentenced to hell. Hell was not prepared for humans, but for the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41).

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