#15 The Final
#15. The Final Judgment
There will be a final judgment in which the wicked dead
will be raised and judged according to their works.
Whoever is not found written in the Lamb’s Book of Life,
together with the devil and the fallen angels, the beast,
and the false prophet, will be consigned (sent forever)
to everlasting punishment in the lake which burns with
fire and brimstone, which is the second death (Matt. 25:
46; Mark 9: 43-48; and Rev. 19:20, 20:11-15, and 21:8).
Matthew 25: 41 & 46
“Then He will say… ‘Depart from Me, you who are cursed, into
the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels’.”
“ Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous
to eternal life.”
Mark 9: 43-48
“If your hands cause you to stumble, cut it off. It is better for you
to enter life maimed than with two hands to into hell, where the
fire never goes out…and be thrown into hell, where ‘their worm
does not die, and the fire is not quenched’.”
Rev. 19: 20.
“But the beast was captured, with him the false prophet who had
performed signs on his behalf…the two of them were thrown
alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur.”
Rev. 20:11-15
“Then I (John) saw a great white throne and Him who was seated on it.
The earth and the heavens fled from His presence, and there was no
place for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the
throne, and books were opened. Another book was open with is the
Lamb’s book of Life. The dead were judged according to what they had
done as recorded in the books. The sea gave up the dead that were in it,
and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and
everyone was judged according to what they had done. Then death and
Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second
death. All whose names were not found in the book of life were thrown
into the lake of fire.”
Rev. 21: 8
“But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the
murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice
magic (demonic) arts, the idolaters, and all liars – they
will be consigned (sent forever) to the fiery lake of
burning sulfur. This is the second death.”
She’ol (Heb) = the grave or an intermediate place between death and
the resurrection. It is something to be avoided. The following verses
describes a huge separation between the place where the OT saints
were and Hades.
Psalms 9: 17, “The wicked, all the nations that forget God, go down to
the realm of the dead.”
Prov 15: 24, “The path of life leads upward for the prudent (those who
obey His word) to keep them from going down to the realm of death.”
Luke 16: 26, “…a great chasm has been set in place, so that those who
want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from
there to us.”
Hades (Greek) = a place of punishment and conscious existence in
torment, Luke 16: 23, “In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked
up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side.”
Gehenna (Greek) = the lake of fire – the second death, Matt. 5:22,
“But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be
subject to judgement. Again, anyone who says... ‘you fool!’ will be in
danger of the fire of hell. Matt 23: 33, “You snakes! You brood of
vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell?”
Hell = complete void of all that is good…
Different Judgments:
Bema – Judgment Seat of Christ – believers works and motives judged
– not sins – sins were judged at the cross
Judgment of Israel – Isaiah 43:5-10 & Rom. 9-11
Judgment of angels – 1 Cor. 6:3
Judgment of nations – Matt. 25:31-46 after the Battle of Armageddon
The Great White Throne
John 5:22, “The Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment
to the Son.”
Rev. 20 – this is when the final definite judgment of the unsaved
happens…They will be thrown into the Lake of Fire with the devil and
company for eternity.
It is NOT God’s will to throw man into the Lake of Fire (Ez. 18) and
2 Peter 3:9, “…He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but
everyone to come to repentance.”