TEXT: Revelation 20:11-15
Hundreds of years ago, the Prussian philosopher Immanuel Kant asked the question, “What does it take for justice to be truly real?” Like many philosophers, Kant had observed that justice does not always prevail in this world. So Kant surmised that for justice to be real, there must be life after death where true justice is meted out.
Kant went on to reason that for that justice to be perfect, there would have to be a perfect judge, one who knew all the facts of every case, so that nothing would escape his scrutiny. Further, that judge must be righteous because if the judge were corrupt, justice may not be done.
However, according to Kant, that is still not enough to have true justice. The all-knowing and righteous judge must also be all-powerful so that no force can oppose the carrying out of his ruling in order for him to ensure that justice is done.
Although Kant’s religious views were ambiguous, he paints the picture of a judgment which takes place at the end of the world in which an omniscient, omnipotent, righteous, and perfect judge examines the deeds of every person and ensures that justice is done. Without knowing it, Kant perfectly described the subject of today’s message — the Great White Throne Judgment.
Today, we want to ask three simple questions about this very important future event.
1. Where is the throne? John, the writer of Revelation, says, “I saw a great white throne.” Of course, some things in the book of Revelation are symbolic. However, this throne is not. John describes it in plain, unambiguous language — it is a great, white throne. The greatness of the throne symbolizes kingly power and authority. The whiteness of the throne symbolizes purity and righteousness. The throne is meant to be the seat of a powerful being who will pass judgment on millions of people.
2. Who sits on the throne? In verse 11, John refers to “him who sat on [the throne]” without clearly stating who sits on the throne. However, if we compare Scripture with Scripture, we come to the conclusion that Jesus Christ will sit on the great white throne and judge the millions who will stand trial. In John 5:22, Jesus Christ said, “The Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son.” Yes, the same Jesus, who died on the cross to save us from eternal punishment for sin, will sit in judgment of those who have condemned themselves to Hell by refusing to believe on Him for their salvation.
3. What is the purpose of the throne? In verse 12, John states, “And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God.” That is the simple purpose of the Great White Throne Judgment — for all the dead to stand before God. Who are these dead? These dead are the millions of unsaved folk who are dead and lay buried in the earth or in the sea. Yes, even those who had their bodies cremated will, by the power of God, be resurrected to stand before the Great White Throne. Those who thought they could escape this life by committing suicide will be brought to stand before God. Those terrorists, who are driven by the devil to strap bombs to themselves, walk into public places, blow themselves up and take as many people as they can with them, will be at the Great White Throne Judgment.
It may indeed seem at times that there is no justice in this world. In the news, we constantly hear about evil groups of people such as ISIS, Al-Qaeda, Al-Shabaab, Boko Haram and others carrying out heinous crimes against innocent people. We ask, Where is the justice? Where is the fairness? We know that God is a God of justice and fairness. And, just as the philosopher Immanuel Kant theorized, if there will be justice in the world, there must be life after death in which a perfect, righteous, all-knowing, and all-powerful Being will judge every person who ever lived. That is the purpose of the Great White Throne Judgment.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in twenty-three foreign countries. He is the author of thirty-four books. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader. He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts, The Prayer Motivator Devotional and the Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report and the Second Coming Watch Update. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, and a Master’s degree in Religion from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for twenty-five years. God has blessed their union with seven children. Find out more at www.danielwhyte3.com. Follow Daniel Whyte III on Twitter @prophetdaniel3 or on Facebook.