The Great White Throne
Those who now choose to follow the Lord, by remaining faithful to His Word when Satan again tests them at the close of the Millennium, will be rewarded with eternal life, i.e. the second resurrection.
Those who still choose to follow Satan at the end of the Millennium will be judged and sentenced to the same fate as Satan. To perish by the all consuming fire which is God. They will be no more!
God will have achieved His goal of having children, for all of eternity, who are pure in heart not because he created us without the ability to sin but knowing we loved Him and chose Him to purified us not by His will alone, but by our own free will.
(live link) to-Rev. Cpt. 20:v11 The Great White Throne
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#1099 "Never Shalt Thou Be Any More"
#4211 God is a consuming fire causing what and who He chooses to perish and be no more.
#1916 The lake of fire is the second death, the DESTRUCTION of the wicked souls!
#4238 Being in torment; what does he mean?
#4169 "So Much for the Eternal Torment Theory!"
#1917 They are all gone, so let's get on with eternity!
#6170 To perish means to be fully destroyed , as in never shalt thou be any more
#1914 Now we'll discuss the last day of this earth age when the full God head comes to earth.
#4227 We who are still mortal will be Judged by our works at the "Great White Throne".
#4043 So much for the eternal torture theory!
#4091 God is a consuming fire; and never shalt thou be any more!
Today we begin the study of the Book of the Revelation, the name of which means to "Disclose", to "Unveil", to "Reveal", i.e. to make known. The Greek word for "revelation" is apokalupsi (Strong's #602) which comes from apokalupto (#601) and more specifically means to "Take the Cover Off". It is Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, who has given this open, unsealed, book as a special gift to those who love and serve Him.
Perhaps those who have studied the Book of Daniel will recall that Daniel was instructed to SEAL UP the words that he wrote until the time of the end, when the wise would understand.
But we will find in verse 10 of Revelation chapter 1 that John was taken to, and wrote from, the time of the end, and even beyond into the millennium.Daniel 12:4
But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.
So in contrast to Daniel, John was given specific instructions by one of the seven angels, whom we will read about shortly, NOT TO SEAL the sayings and prophecy of this book. That means that the Book of Revelation is UNSEALED, free and open for the partaking and understanding by God's "servants". Here is John relaying his instructions:
So with the "lid off" all we have to do is look inside and "see" what is happening. And the best part is that most of it is like seeing an exciting movie because the Holy Spirit uses pictures and graphic symbols to "show", to explain and simplify, what it is He wants us to know. In other words, not only is the Book of Revelation UNSEALED, it has also been SIMPLIFIED for our understanding by turning that which is difficult to explain with words into pictures that we can "see" clearly.Rev. 22:10
And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand.
And guess what? It is a documented fact that people remember infinitely more of what they "see" than what they "hear" or "read". Please allow me to digress for a moment:
I once worked closely with the man who carries the credentials of the "World's Foremost Applied Memory Expert". He not only has the #1 Medical Terminology course in the U.S., which teaches over 11,000 complex medical terms and their meanings in just 14 hours of video with a guaranteed classroom average of an "A", but he also has a program that can teach third graders ALL 100 of the basic multiplication facts in just 90 minutes. Here's how:The Book of Revelation teaches us much the same way, using PICTURES, so that WE CAN SEE what is to be known. And once we've "seen it" no one can take it away, i.e. no one can shut the opened door. We will know with certitude what is happening and what is going to happen in the future because WE WILL SEE it. Stay with us! The movie is fantastic.
First he simplifies the task at hand by teaching four easy rules: 1.) The Little Rule, which is to always say the little number first, for the answer to 5 x 3 is the same as 3 x 5. This rule eliminates almost half the 100 questions. 2.) The Zero Rule, which is that the answer to any question with a "0" in it is "0". 3.) The 1's Rule, which is that the answer to any question with a "1" in it is the other number. 4.) The 2's Rule, which is that the answer to any question with a "2" in it is the same as adding the other number to itself.
After applying these Four Easy Rules there are only 28 questions left to learn in the multiplication table. In fact, in the "9,s" column there is only one question left (9 x 9), because the Little Rule eliminated the others.
Next, he converts the ten digits, 0 - 9, into the ten hard consonant sounds of the English language. For example 1 = T, there is one "downstroke" in the letter "T", 2 = N, there are two downstrokes in the letter "N", M = 3, there are three downstrokes in the letter "M", etc. The children learn to "sound-out" the letters, i.e. 3 = mmmmmmM. Now by adding vowels, which have no numeric value, he can form nouns and turn the 28 remaining multiplication questions into PICTURES they can see.
For example, the question 3 x 3 is turned into a picture of MoM, "mmmm" "mmmm" (M*M = MoM), and they see a picture of a Mom. The picture is then made funny by showing MoM with a Pie on her head. A "9" flipped around becomes a "P", so 9 = "P" in the number code (remember vowels have no value). So 3 x 3 = 9, MoM = Pie. So after learning the "number code" and seeing 28 funny pictures, they KNOW their multiplication facts. The need for the pictures soon goes away and they are left with knowledge.
This teaching method is so powerful that later you cannot "unteach" the children. If you try to tell them that MoM had a TaiL sticking out her ear, they would correct you and say "NO, Mom had a pie on her head! We know because WE SAW IT."
We also have a few "easy rules" to apply in learning the pictures of Revelation. The first is to begin reading and studying the rest of the Bible, for Revelation is the "last" book. If you have read the entire Bible you will basically discover nothing prophetically nor symbolically new in Revelation, it's just that it is now tied together and simplified into pictures for us. The other rules we will point out as we come to them.
Now, having exceeded the length of an introduction, let us begin the "Unveiling". John, that disciple Jesus loved, wrote these words in approximately 96 A.D. from the isles of Patmos where he was imprisoned for teaching the Word of God.
Notice that this is "The Revelation of Jesus Christ", not "The Revelation of John", as many Bibles title this book. Also note that the purpose of the revelation is to show things unto "His servants". If you are not one His servants, forget it, you won't get the pictures. You'll think that "locusts", when we come to them, are big bugs out to bite you. If you're not one of His, get with the program.Rev. 1:1
The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:
The reason John writes that these things must "shortly come to pass" is because we will find in verse 10 that John isn't writing from the perspective of 96 A.D. He was taken to the future and wrote from there. This is another "rule" that you must understand.
John bares witness not only of the Word and the Testimony of Jesus Christ but all that he "Saw". Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.
You want to be happy (blessed) and free of anxiety about what is happening in the world? Understand this great book of Revelation and it will set you free, for you will "see" not only today's events but tomorrow's as well. And knowing the truth is the key that unlocks the prison doors of the mind, which have been slammed shut by the traditional teachings of the unlearned. Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.
To study the Bible is the noblest of all pursuits; to understand it, the highest of all goals.
We pray that with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, you accomplish both.