THE FINAL RESURRECTION AND JUDGMENT OF UNBELIEVERS
Key Word “Book of Records”
Before we get into the context of the message, I would like to help those who are hurting and angry at God because of the virus and the damage it has cause to folks, businesses, homes and churches. The God you serve [if saved] is a good God (Psalm 107:8). Please do not grieve the Holy Spirit by keeping a spirit of bitterness in your heart (Ephesians 4:30).
Please pray for our country and those who are experiencing the virus. Now is the time to have a good conscience and proclaim the wonderful salvation that you are enjoying because you followed the spiritual steps in Romans 10:9-13; John 3:16. God has promised you an abundant life (John 10:10) and so every true Christian should be living that kind of life, looking forward to a heavenly home (John 14:1-3).
It no doubt would help if we remembered that as a truly saved person, we have been promised a blessed life, a life that will ultimately be good, even in the face of difficulties or stress. Why? God is in control (Romans 8;28). Check out God’s promises in Philippians 4:13 and 19. Also remember that Luke tells us that even in adverse circumstances God reminds us that with Him nothing is impossible (Luke 1:37).
Now let’s pick up where we left off when bombed by the Virus.
Churches and Christians have been isolated. At that time, we were dealing the Book of Records in Revelation 20:12. As we have seen before, these books are the records of all the works of the unbelievers. When a person’s name is found erased from the book of life, then the books of records are opened, and he is judged out of them. Note two facts:
a. These books are not opened to see, whether or not, a person is doomed to hell. The book of life. tells that. The Book of Records shows the degree of punishment a person is going to receive. A man such as Hitler will be punished and judged much more severely than a petty thief. Both are doomed to hell, but both will not suffer the same amount of punishment.
“But I say unto you, it shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment, than for you And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shall be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.” (Matthew 11:22-23)
“And the servant, which new his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more. (Luke 12:47-48)
b. The BOOKS OF RECORDS MEANS THAT THE JUDGMENT WILL BE EXACT AND FAIR. An unbeliever will be treated justly. There is a record of his works, exactly for what he has done and not done. There is a record of secret sins committed in the dark and behind closed doors, all ill feelings with the heart, of evil thought of the mind. There is a record of all the works of the unbeliever. Therefore, he can be treated with fairness and perfect justice. He will be judged and punished for exactly what he has done, no more and no less.
“Also, unto thee, O Lord, belongeth mercy: for thou renderest to every man according to his work. (Psalm 62:12)
“I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.” (Jeremiah 17:10)
“For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.” (Matthew 16:27)
“But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.” (Luke 12:48)
“And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning [Life] here in fear.” (I Peter 1:17; Ephesians 2:10)
“And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books [PLURAL] were opened: another book [SINGULAR] was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books [PLURAL], according to their works.” (Revelation 20:12)
“And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.” (Revelation 22:12)
* Many a person says, “I’m doing the best I can.” He will be judged on that basis.
* He will be judged for all the good things that he did as well as for the bad things that he did.
* But note: he is still doomed for hell. Why? If he did mostly good in his life, why is he still doomed for hell?
* Because he is not perfect—never has been perfect and never will be perfect—not within himself.
* His only hope for perfection is to trust Jesus Christ, to trust that Jesus Christ has taken his sins and borne them for him.
*But the unbeliever [did not believe John 3:16; Romans 10-9-13; Hebrews 11:6; Ephesians 2:8-10; etc.]. In this life the unbeliever did not repent and accept Jesus Christ as his/her personal Savior, in this life he did not believe that Jesus Christ has taken his sins and borne them for him.
*Therefore, no matter how mild a sinner he may be, he is still a sinner and imperfect. Consequently, he has to bear his own sins and have them read out loud by God. Standing before God, if the unbeliever had only trusted Jesus Christ, in this life, to bear his sins for him, he would have been free of sin.
*If he had only trusted Jesus Christ [in this life] to have borne his sin there would have been no sin recorded against him. Why? For Jesus Christ would have freed the unbeliever of sin and presented him PERFECT before God.
*This is the reason GOOD WORKS AND DOING THE BEST THAT WE CAN IS NOT ENOUGH. No matter how much good we do, we can never achieve perfection.
*To live in heaven with God we must be perfect for heaven for God is perfect. And God is not about to allow heaven and His presence to become contaminated with sin. If that were to be allowed in heaven it would no longer be heaven. Why?
*Because if God would allow sin to exist in heaven, His standards would have been violated and He would no longer be a holy God (I Peter 1:15-16). In other words, if God allowed an unconfessed, unrepented sinner (John 3:16) into heaven, God’s presence would be contaminated and heaven would no longer be heaven if sin of any form were allowed within it.
Now let’s move to Revelation 20:13 and Judgment. There is the resurrection to judgement. The FIRST RESURRECTION (the resurrection of believers occurred prior to the Tribulation period, I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 20:5-6) will have already taken place one thousand years before.
*The resurrection we are now looking at is the resurrection of unbelievers, the calling forth of the dead, is the second and final resurrection, the resurrection of ALL UNBELIEVERS.
*God knows where all the atoms and particles of a person are. The atoms and particles of a person’s body may be scattered all over the world, but God knows where every element is. And He is going to call for the every human body—every element and particle—of every UNBELIEVER who has ever lived.
Now notice where the dead unbelievers will come from:
- They will come from the sea: from the depths of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, the Mediterranean and Persian seas, the Black and Dead seas. The bodies will come from all the seas of the world. The bodies of the dead whose ships were sunk in all the wars of history, and by pirates, storms, etc., those unbeliever’s bodies will come. No matter if the bodies were blown up or destroyed by fire, the bodies will come forth at the command of God. all unbelievers who have ever lived, their body will come forth, they will stand before God and their judgment will take place. The point is: when God calls for every unsaved human body, of the unsaved, every element and particle will come together [no matter where they died, or the circumstances of their death] and every unsaved person will stand before the Great White Throne judgment of God.
- They will come from death itself and from the graves of the earth [the word translated “hell” in the authorized Version is “Grave” in the Greek).
+All the unsaved bodies scattered over all the earth, no matter where, will be raised to stand before the Great White Throne judgment of God.
For example, their bodies will come forth out of the great pyramids of Egypt, the jungles of Africa, the grounds of Indians, the battlefields of wars, the alley and secret place of murder, and the graves of Americas, etc.
+No matter where the unsaved body lies, it will be raised at the command of God. He will call forth the elements of every unsaved body together, and the body of the unsaved person is going to stand before the GREAT WHITE THRONE JUDGMENT OF GOD. Note this is exactly what the Scriptures says:
“And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell [the grave] delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every many according to their works.” (Revelation 20:13)
NOTE the re-emphasis: all unbelievers will be judged according to their works. Every unbeliever can expect to be treated fairly and justly. He shall be judged in perfect justice. He will receive punishment for exactly what he did and failed to do—no more and no less.
FACT: God has done all He can. He has provided the way, of salvation for everyone who wants it. All a person has to do is believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and follow Him. (John 3:16)
The way of salvation cost the life of His Son. God had to pay the supreme price for salvation; He had to put all the sins of the world upon His own Son and let Him bear all the judgment and punishment for those sins. But He did it. Why? Because He loves you, all of mankind. He can do no more.
Note: The decision is of men. Man, either chooses to believe and follow Jesus Christ or else to face God alone. Following Christ means that Christ bore our sins and punishment. This frees us from sin. Frees us because He took them off us and bore them Himself. Therefore, we stand before God free of sin, perfect and acceptable to God.
But if we refuse to believe and follow Christ, then it means that we want to bear our own sin. Somehow, the unsaved believe that they are greater than God and do not need the free gift of salvation that God offers. (Ephesians 2:8-9) It also means that they freely choose to stand before God with their own sin. This is what the Great White Throne is all about. It is the judgment of all those who choose to stand before God as sinners, bearing their own sins. Therefore, they shall bear them. They shall be judged for their works, for exactly what they chose to do. They shall be treated with perfect justice and equity. They shall…
*bear a punishment that is equal to their works.
* bear a punishment that perfectly matches their behavior.
*bear a punishment that measures out exactly for what they did.
There will be no unfair treatment, discrimination, partiality, or favoritism shown at the Great White Throne judgment. Everyone will be treated exactly as he himself chose to be treated.
“When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: and before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats.” (Matthew 25: 31-32)
“Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.” (Acts 17:31)
“I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom.” (2 Timothy 4:1)
“As it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” (Hebrews 9:27)
“The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished.” (2 Peter 2:9)
“But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.” ( 2 Peter 3:7)
“And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, to execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.” (Jude 14-15)
“Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein: then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice before the LORD: FOR HE COMETH, FOR HE COMETH TO JUDGE THE EARTH: he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth.” (Psalm 96:12-13)
NOW LET’S LOOK AT HOW TO REMOVE ALL SIN AND GO TO HEAVEN:
“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3) (See also John 3:16; Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 10:9-13)
In John 3:1-15, God explains some needed information about salvation.
Notice, regeneration which means a spiritual birth, a rebirth of one’s spirit, a new life, a renewed soul, a regenerated spirit. It is the regeneration and renewal of one’s spirit and behavior (2 Corinthians 5:17). It is the enduement of a new life, of a godly nature. (2 Peter 1:4)
The new birth is so radical a change in a person’s life that it can be described only as BEING BORN AGAIN. Something so wonderful happens to the soul that it is just like a NEW BIRTH. It is a spiritual birth, a birth beyond the grasp of man’s hands and efforts. It is so radical, so life-changing, and so wonderful that it can be wrought only by the love and power of God Himself.
The New Testament teaching on the new birth is rich and full.
- The new birth is a necessity. A person will never see (John 3:3) nor ever enter (John 3:5) the Kingdom of God unless he is born again (John 3:7).
- The new birth is a spiritual truth, the birth of a new power and spirit in life. It is not reformation of the old nature (Romans 6:6). It is the actual creation of a new birth within—spiritually (John 3:5-6);( John 1:12-13; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 2:10; 4:24)
A person is spiritually born again:
- By water, even the Spirit (see John 3:5)
- By the will of God (James 1:18)
- By incorruptible seed, even by the Word of God (I Peter 1:23)
Why does all this happen? Pretty simple, because God loves you.
Outline of John 3:16-17:
- The fact: God so loved (v. 16).
- The evidence: God gave (v. 16).
- The Purpose: to save (v. 16.)
- The Proof: God sent His son (the incarnation) (v. 17).
- The means: through Him (through Jesus) (v. 17).
The basis of God’s love is His nature. God is love (I John 4:8, 16); therefore, He loves, He acts, demonstrates, and shows His love. God wants you to know His love:
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were sinners, ‘Christ died for us’ “. (Romans 5:8)
“He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love…And we have known and believed the love that God hath given to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.” (I John 4:8, 16)
NOTE: Love acts; it expresses itself. Love does not sit still, doing nothing. It is not dormant, complacent, or inactive. If love actually exists, it has to act and express itself; it has to do something good. Love is LOVING; that is love is always demonstrating love to others. Therefore, God’s love acts and reveals Him to be love. God wants man to know His love. He wants to reach everyone in the world with His love.
“Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us.” (I John 3:16)
“In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.” (I John 4:9)
Note the following:
(John 3:16) God loved: past sense. A past, proven fact.
An outline is seen in this verse.
- Height: God loved.
- Depth: so loved.
- Length: God gave.
- Breadth: whosoever (Note John 21:15-17).
If you have not received the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior think about John 3:16.
Consider also Hebrews 11:6.
Think about Romans 10:9-13 and follow the steps to heaven found in this section of Scripture. When you have done this, we would be pleased to send you a free booklet on Christian Growth. You can reach us at: email@example.com