TEXT: Revelation 20:11-15
This past week, acting partly in response to international demands and domestic critics, President Obama announced that he was expanding U.S. efforts to defeat the terrorist group known as ISIS or the Islamic State. I believe we all would agree that it is the right thing for our nation to do, and we support all other nations who are confronting this terrorist army, which the CIA has stated could be made up of as many as 31,000 fighters. Right now, it seems almost as though they cannot be stopped. In fact, just a few hours ago, they released the video of a third beheading — this time of a British aid worker. The governments of the world may not be able to deliver the complete justice that ISIS, al-Qaeda, and Boko Haram deserve, but perhaps they can give these criminals a taste of the justice that is coming their way.
There often seems to be a lack of fair punishment of evil in our society. But, as we have seen from God’s Word in the previous two messages in this series, there will come a day when every evil deed that was ever committed that was not washed away by the blood of Jesus Christ will be brought to the light, and the person who committed that deed will receive the punishment they deserve. “Vengeance is mine,” saith the Lord, “I will repay.”
This event is known as The Great White Throne Judgment. Jesus is the Judge. And every person who did not receive Christ as their Savior while they were alive will be there. We also have learned that, at this judgment, books will be opened which contain a record of every evil deed each person at this judgment has committed.
Some years ago, there was a popular Chick gospel pamphlet called “This Was Your Life.” It told the story of a man who died, went to the Great White Throne Judgment, and was confronted with video recordings of every evil thing he had ever done: every lustful glance, every unethical business deal, every time he had shrugged off the preacher’s invitation to get saved. That’s what it will be like when the books are opened at the Great White Throne Judgment.
We also learned that while this judgment is described in terms of a courtroom, there will be no trial. Instead, there will simply be the sentencing of individuals to their punishment, and that is what we will look at today in our final message in this series.
1. First, we see that death and hell are eradicated. The Bible says, “death and hell were cast into the lake of fire.”
2. Second, we see the final death. Our passage goes on to state, “This is the second death.” For those who have accepted Christ as their Savior, there is a life after this life — and that is eternal life in Heaven with God. For those who do not accept Christ as their Savior, there is also a life after this life — and that is eternal death and separation from God in the Lake of Fire.
3. Third, we see the lake of fire. The Bible says, “Whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” When we speak of hell today, what we are really referring to is the lake of fire. The Bible speaks clearly that this is a place of eternal punishment for the devil, the rebellious angels, the antichrist, the false prophet, and all of those who die without accepting Christ as their Savior.
God is also just. The feeble, human-run governments of this world may not be able to carry out justice on this Earth. But, the Bible assures us that every atrocity, every beheading, every murder, every rape, every lie, every sin that is not washed away by the blood of Jesus Christ will be judged. Every violent extremist who participates in the actions of ISIS, al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, and others will receive just retribution for their deeds. God will ensure that justice is done.
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.