Read verses 11-15
Q: Previously in Revelation, what did the unsaved do when faced with the reality that God was working against them?
A: They tried to hide.
Point: In Christ’s presence at Final Judgment “earth and heaven fled away”— there is no place to hide.
Q: Will Christians be judged at the great white throne as well?
A: The Greek word for throne used here is “thronos” and is the place where those destined for the lake of fire are individually sentenced “according to their deeds”. Believers appear before the “bema”, which was the seat of the roman emperor at the Olympic games as he rewarded the athletes. This is where God judges believers according to their deeds.
10According to the grace of God which was given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building on it. But each man must be careful how he builds on it. 11For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work. 14If any man’s work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward. 15If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.
1 Corinthians 3:10-15
Q: What is the standard for the entries in “the the books” which serve to convict them “according to their deeds”?
“He who rejects Me and does not receive My sayings, has one who judges him; the word I spoke is what will judge him at the last day.
18‘I will raise up a prophet from among their countrymen like you, and I will put My words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him. 19It shall come about that whoever will not listen to My words which he shall speak in My name, I Myself will require it of him.
Q: Why go through this process? Isn’t it the same punishment for everyone sent to hell?
A: Scripture makes it clear that there is a variety of punishments.
20Then He began to denounce the cities in which most of His miracles were done, because they did not repent. 21“Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles had occurred in Tyre and Sidon which occurred in you, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 22Nevertheless I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the day of judgment than for you.
23And you, Capernaum, will not be exalted to heaven, will you? You will descend to Hades; for if the miracles had occurred in Sodom which occurred in you, it would have remained to this day. 24Nevertheless I say to you that it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for you.”
Q: What are the temporary structures that have held those destined for the great white throne?
A: They are “death and Hades”.
Q: What is significant about their disposition at this point?
A: There will no longer be any need for them as heaven and earth join everyone together with the Godhead in the New Heaven and New Earth.
Application: The disposition of unbelievers
“If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned.