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Great White Throne
(Revelation 20.11)
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"Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. The earth and heavens fled from his presence, and there was no place for them." (Revelation 20.11)✞

Apostle Paul's Speech

Great White ThroneHere we read of the final judgment and see God, the Judge, on his great white throne symbolizing his unapproachable purity. Note that in verse 11 the word "heavens" may be translated as "sky." Thus it may be read as, "The earth and sky fled from his presence." The New Testament understood the judge as Jesus Christ himself as in John 5.22 where Jesus said, "The Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son."

Judge Jesus

GoatIn the parable of the sheep and goats in Matthew 25.31-32 again we find that it was the glorified Christ who was the judge. We read, "When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats." In the Apostle Paul's speech at Athens in Acts 17.31, he announced that God has appointed a day in which Jesus would judge the world. Saint Paul wrote, "For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him (Jesus) from the dead." Jesus in 2 Timothy 4.1a was described as the one who is about to judge the living and the dead. We read, "In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead."

Judgement Seat

Throne of GodConcerning the role of the judge, the unity of God the Father and God the Son is such that there is no difficulty in ascribing the action of the one to the other. That was in fact what Paul was saying when he wrote in Romans 14.10b, "We will all stand before God's judgment seat." and in 2 Corinthians 5.10, where he wrote, "We must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ." Here the titles for "Christ" and "God" seem to be interchangeable.✞

"Great White Throne"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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