- Revelation 20:11-15
- (Rev 20:11 KJV)
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
Now comes the judgment of the unbelievers. John sees a great white
throne and because the earth and universe are still under sin curse,
they are seen as fleeing from the Lord Jesus Christ. There will be no
future place for a sin cursed world and universe. If you recall in
Revelation 18 we saw many people standing afar off watching the great
whore be destroyed. Here we are seeing a parallel picture of it. The
unbelievers are standing before the judgment throne of Christ and are
seeing their beloved kingdom fade as it is judged. They may be seeing
the complete dissolution of the earth and entire universe as it will be
remade in righteousness once the final judgment of the unbelievers has
(Rev 20:12 KJV)
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.
Now John sees the final judgment of all the unbelievers in the world.
There will be no favoritism based upon anyone’s status they held in the
world. Both the small and the great will be standing for judgment as all
will be equal at this judgment. The books which were opened are the ones
which recorded the lives of each individual. Of course, God knows
perfectly the lives of every human being but these books are
symbolically being used to inform everyone that everything that they do
in this life will have an accountability factor. Not only were the books
opened which contained the works of each person but also the book of
life was opened. This book of life is the lamb’s Book of Life which
contains the names of every one of the redeemed of God.
(Rev 13:8 KJV) And all that dwell upon the
earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life
of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. (Rev 17:8 KJV) The
beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the
bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth
shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the
foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is
not, and yet is.
(Rev 20:13 KJV)
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.
The reward of a works gospel is judgment! Since we already saw that the
earth had been destroyed because it “fled away” from the Lamb on His
throne, the language in this verse is teaching us that the resurrection
is going to be total. No matter where a person died or what shape their
body was in at death, they would be resurrected. Some people choose to
be cremated and have their ashes poured over some symbolic site but it
will not matter because they will be resurrected to stand at the
judgment in the last day. The sea would have delivered up all its dead
at the final resurrection and it does not matter if a fish ate the body,
they will be resurrected. Death will give up all the people because not
even death has a stronger hold than the Lord Jesus Christ and the dead
will become the living again. Hell, which in this instance represents
the grave, will forfeit its hold on everyone and all those who were
buried will be brought back to life to face the judgment. Those who
commit suicide in belief that all their problems will end will soon find
out that all their problems have just begun.
(Rev 20:14 KJV)
And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second
Here we read that both death and hell will be cast into the lake of
fire. No longer will there be any sin, so the consequences of sin which
is hell and death will also be cast into the lake of fire. This is
called the second death or eternal damnation.
(1 Cor 15:26 KJV) The last enemy that shall
be destroyed is death. The Apostle Paul had
given us prior knowledge that death would be the last enemy and in 20:14
we see that death will be destroyed. No longer will anyone die in the
New Heaven and New Earth because only the redeemed of God will be there
and they have been granted eternal life through the shed blood of the
Lord Jesus Christ.
(Rev 20:15 KJV)
And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into
the lake of fire.
Death and Hell have now been cast into the lake of fire and now anyone
who is not written in the Lamb’s Book of Life will also be cast into the
lake of fire. It must be noted here that this verse does not say, “And
whosoever did not accept Jesus was cast into the lake of fire.” The ones
who will become truly saved are only those who were written in the
Lamb’s book of life from before the foundation of the world. No one will
be able to will themselves into Heaven because free will does not exist.
The lake of fire is the final abode of the wicked of this world. No one
who opposed Christianity on this earth will ever get away with it, all
unbelievers will be accountable to God for their actions. Part of the
great deception of Satan is that he gets people to believe there is no
God and therefore no accountability for their actions. These few verses
at the end of Revelation 20 should serve to neutralize that lie.