This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #377 titled, “What Does the Future Hold?” I’m here to remind you of what the Bible says, that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” like you and me.
Most people seem to think that the world is becoming, or will inevitably become, a better place in which to live. It is felt that through education, diplomacy, and scientific advances, most people will live longer, better, and more peaceful lives than any who have lived before. Is this really what’s next?
Not according to Jesus! Not long before He left this world about two thousand years ago He said, “As the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be”. There are two very important things in this statement. First, Jesus reiterates His promise to return to the world (more about this later). Second, when He comes, the condition of the world will be the same as it was in the days of Noah. What is said about the world then? We are told, “The earth was corrupt” and “filled with violence”. The headlines on the evening news and in the world’s newspapers every day show that in spite of our “advanced civilization” and modern technology, these two evils—corruption and violence—are filling the world today.Continue reading “WATCH: What Does the Future Hold? (Gospel Light Minute X #377)”→
100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #97 | with Daniel Whyte III
SCRIPTURE: Revelation 20:4-10: “And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”
Our passage of scripture today tells us about the event which immediately follows the end of the Millennial Kingdom. At the end of the Millennium, Satan and his army of rebels are defeated by fire that comes from God out of Heaven. John quickly takes us to the next event in the grand end times drama, and that is the Great White Throne Judgment which read about in Revelation 20:11-15.
Tim LaHaye and Tony Kessinger write that this passage “is the most sobering passage in the Bible. Here unbelievers can see a glimpse of what their ultimate encounter with God will be like. These verses describe the end of the 1000-year millennial reign of Christ upon the earth.”
The Great White Throne is only seen in this passage. It is unique from the other thrones mentioned in the book of Revelation — no other throne is called “great” and “white” This throne is called “great” for three reasons: 1) the One who occupies the throne, 2) its enormous size, and 3) the significance of the judgment that will issue from the throne. This throne is called “white” because of the purity of the One seated on the throne and because of the fairness and righteousness of the verdict that will issue from the throne.
Very briefly, tonight, I want us to ask and answer four important questions about the Great White Throne Judgment.
1. Who is the Judge?
2. Who Will be Judged?
3. How Will They be Judged?
4. What Will the Sentence Be?
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Our culture seems to be obsessed with the walking dead. Movies based on the popular Twilight vampire novels have become major blockbusters. Television shows such as “The Walking Dead” and “True Blood” are seen by millions each week. And some of the most popular titles on bookstore shelves feature zombies and others who live among humans as the ‘walking dead’.
Particularly during the Halloween season, peoples’ interest in creepy creatures that come from the other side of the grave rises. And you might end up with a handful of trick-or-treaters on your doorstep dressed as zombies, vampires, or werewolves. Not to mention the fact that you might be dressed up as such creatures yourself.
Many people laugh off such interests as being all in good fun and nothing more than harmless entertainment. But did you know that one day every dead person will be called out of their grave and there will be an assembly of all the dead at the end of the world? The Bible tells us about this event in Revelation 20:11-13 which reads: “And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.”
This passage tells us that all of the dead will come out of their graves and will go to stand before God at what is called the Great White Throne Judgment. It will be the largest gathering of people in the universe. At this gathering, God will judge each and every one of the dead “according to their works” — the things that they did in this life. This passage goes on to say that “death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”
God will judge all of the dead based on whether or not their names are written in the book of life. Those who do not have their names in the book of life will be thrown into Hell or the lake of fire. Those whose names are written in the book of life will not have to go through this judgment at all and will go to live with God in Heaven for all eternity.
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