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The term Great White Throne is taken from Revelation 20:11-15, which is mainly about the Great White Throne Judgment, the time that the dead people that were not living during the 1,000 years of Satan's imprisonment come back to life and are judged by God according to their works.
Seventh Day Adventists believe that the Great White Throne Judgment in Revelation 20:11-15 is the Last Judgment when all people will stand in judgment before Jesus after their investigation judgment and a verdict of their salvation will be made.
According to the teaching of some Evangelical Christians — particularly among those Protestants who adhere to a millennialist eschatology — there will be two separate resurrections for the judgment of believers and non-believers respectively.
According to this concept, the Great White Throne Judgment is different than the Bema Seat Judgment (The Judgment Seat of Christ), which will be only for Christians. The Great White Throne Judgment is only for the damned, which are the people whose names are not are written in the Book of Life. The Judgment Seat of Christ is an awards type of judgment. It is not an award of eternal life, that is the free gift of God for everyone who believes Jesus is their Lord and Savior. This is an awards banquet based on behavior while on earth. Revelation 22:12
|Revelation Chapter 20:11-15||The Great White Throne Judgment|
11 ¶ Then I saw a Great White Throne, and Him who was sitting on it. The Earth and it's skies (heavens) fled away from His presence, and there was no place found for them to hide. 12 And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and the books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the Book of Life, and the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which are recorded in the books. 13 The sea gave up the dead which were in it; and Death and Hades delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged, each one, according to what they have done. 14 Then Death and Hades were cast into the Lake of Fire, which is the second death. 15 Anyone not found written in the Book of Life shall be cast into the Lake of Fire.
Other Christian denominations do not interpret the Bible as implying two last judgments, but see only one final judgment for all humankind (including Christians), at which Jesus will separate the saved from the damned (Matthew 25:31-46, see The Sheep and the Goats).
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