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"And I saw a great white throne and him that sat on it... (Revelation 20:11).”
At the end of the 1000 years there will be one more resurrection. This will be the only judgment where a second death takes place. The reason those at The Great White Throne Judgment suffer death twice is, because after they have endured the agony of complete separation from the presence and power of God, after they have lost all hope of salvation, after their physical life here on earth has ended, their bodies will be raised for a final judgment. During this judgment, they will once again come into the presence and power of God—only to be cast from his presence… to die a second time (Revelation 20:12-14). **Remember the scriptural definition of death (2
Thessalonians 1:9, Revelation 20:12, John 5:29, Daniel 12:2, Revelation 20:56, 14)?
This will be a fearful judgment for those condemned to suffer the second death. There will be no place to run and no place to hide (Revelation 20:11).
Naked Before God
Those who rejected Christ, during their lives on earth, will now stand before the throne of God, in
their physical bodies to receive judgment for the deeds and choices they made during their lifetimes here on earth. They will be held accountable for everything they did, or did not do, during their earthly existence. Every word and deed will be brought into judgment. Not one single stone will be left unturned. Nothing will remain hidden (Matthew 10:26, 12:36-37, Revelation 20:11-13, John 5:27-29). The horror and shame of this judgment cannot possibly be comprehended. How different it will be from the Judgment Seat of Christ where the righteous will be rewarded and given white robes to wear (the Bible says nothing about those at the Great White Throne Judgment being given anything to wear (Revelation 20:11-12). Just as the souls and spirits of the righteous dead were reunited with their bodies at their resurrection, so the bodies of the unrighteous dead will be raised and reunited with their souls and spirits to stand and receive judgment in the presence of God—but the resurrected bodies of the unrighteous dead will not be changed into glorious, incorruptible bodies like Jesus and the Children of the Resurrection received when they were raised (Revelation 20:13, John 5:28-29, 2 John 3:2, Daniel 12:2).
Why the “Soul” Needs To Be Saved
Communication with God is only possible through the spirit. The physical body cannot have communication and fellowship with God. Our soul is the part of us that connects with, and participates in, both the physical and the spiritual. That is why the apostle Paul prayed that God would preserve the
saints whole—body soul and spirit (1 Corinthians 2:13-14, 1 Thessalonians 5:23, Ephesians 2:18, Romans 8:16). There are those who teach the soul is simply our physical life (flesh). Scripture does not substantiate this view: • • • • Our flesh cannot depart when we die. It does not go anywhere except where it is carried (Genesis 35:18, 2 Timothy 4:6[6-8]). The body is distinguished from the soul in several scriptures (Matthew 10:28, 1 Thessalonians 5:23, Hebrews 4:12, Isaiah 10:18). God has a soul (Isaiah 42:1). Man is a composite unity just as God is. One of the ways man is created in God’s image is that man is a triune being. We are three— body, soul and spirit—yet we are one (1 Thessalonians 5:23). We have a spirit (Numbers 16:22). We have a soul as God does (Isaiah 42:1). We live in a body. Paul referred to our bodies as tents—dwelling places (2 Corinthians 5:1, 4[1-8]). The reason our soul needs to be saved, is because it is the part of us that participates in both the spiritual and the physical aspects of our lives. Our soul is the real us. Our soul participates in and makes choices that affect us both spiritually and physically and is thus held accountable. Unless our souls are saved first, our bodies cannot be redeemed at the first resurrection (Mark 8:36-37).
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Those who experience the second death will not be preserved whole. The bodies, souls and spirits of the ungodly will be reunited for the judgment, but when they are cast into the lake of fire they will be deprived of their spirits which will return to, and remain with, God. Thus they will be prevented from ever again having access to the presence of God— this is the second death. Their bodies will then burn forever, but will never be consumed (Ecclesiastes 12:7, James 2:26, Isaiah 66:24, Mark 9:43-48, Revelation 20:10). There is no need for anyone to experience the second death, but there is only one way to avoid it. Jesus, the only Christ, is the only way, the only truth and the only life. All who come to God in true repentance asking him to forgive their sins and save them, through faith in his resurrected son, will receive eternal life (John 14:6, Romans 10:9-10, 13). Call on Jesus now. Ask him to forgive your sins and save you according to Romans 10:9-10, 13. Then begin reading your Bible. Read prayerfully every day— always picking up today where you left off yesterday. The book of John is a good place to start. A King James Bible with no chapter headings or footnotes is recommended. This is an excerpt from the book Redemption: Bible Prophecy Simplified by Jocelyn Andersen available FREE for Download at www.Lulu.com/JocelynAndersen
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What is the scriptural definition of death (2
Thessalonians 1:9, Revelation 20:12, John 5:29, Daniel 12:2, Revelation 20:5-6, 14)?
How are the saints preserved whole (1
Corinthians 2:13-14, 1 Thessalonians 5:23, Ephesians 2:18, Romans 8:16)?
What is one way God created man in his image (1 Thessalonians 5:23)? Is it necessary for anyone to experience the second death (John 14:6, Romans 10:9-10, 13)?
When We Come To Christ
When we come to Christ, does God require us to give up the cultural identity and heritage we were born into? Absolutely not! But everyone who does come to Christ should be willing to give up everything that will hinder the development of his or her new identity in, and service to, Jesus. When we surrender our lives to Christ, we no longer belong to ourselves but to the God of Heaven and the Father of our Lord (as in master) Jesus Christ who purchased us with his own blood. We are not our own—for we have been bought with a great price (1 Corinthians 6:20). In the book of Genesis, we see Abraham being instructed to leave his country, his kindred, and his Father’s house to go to an unknown land that God would show him.
That could not have been easy for Abraham. He lived in a culture where family ties and responsibilities meant a great deal, but, none-theless, he was obedient to his God in this command. Abraham was neither asked nor required to adopt the ways and trappings of another cultural Identity when he chose to follow God. But he was required to allow God to develop his life and lifestyle into something completely new. When we come to Christ, the scriptures say old things are passed away... and all things are become new. We become a completely new creation and are instructed to walk in newness of life. At some point in time most of our ancestors followed an old way. When following the old way, if a new God or spirit were introduced, wasn’t the proper worship of, or way of relating to that entity sought and adhered to? Why then, would we not be willing to do the same for our Redeemer and Creator, the great God of the universe, the one True God, Christ Jesus? In Acts chapter 19:17-19, we see new believers entering their new life in Christ with a healthy fear of God. We witness them enthusiastically bringing items which were used in “curious arts” i.e., occult (demon worship—“old ways”) and burning them. These Christians had no desire to retain anything of the old ways that had never been able to bring life.
We would be wise to follow their example as we examine and carefully evaluate some of the things we allow ourselves to come into contact with and become influenced by (via our old life and activities, our associations, our possessions, and various forms of media we allow ourselves to be exposed to). The cultural situation we were born into constitutes a large part of who we are, but being a New Creation in Christ supersedes even that. Absolutely everything in the life of a Christian is superseded by the new identity now possessed in Christ—regardless of what earthly culture one is born into. Whether we are black, white, Jew, Gentile, Native American, Asian…, the list can go on and on, if we love tradition and the ways of our earthly culture more than Jesus, if we choose to identify with our earthly culture more than Jesus... He tells us we are not worthy of him. If we love this world and the things it contains (including the cultural heritage we were born into) more than Jesus… The love of the Father is not in us. Just as Joshua challenged the children of Israel before they crossed over into the Promised Land, the Spirit of God challenges us today to, “Choose you this day...”
Do you love your Savior enough to examine the things you may have held dear, even sacred, your entire life? Would you like to be able to say, along with Peter, “Behold, we have forsaken all and followed thee…?” Are you willing to give up everything for Jesus? He gave up everything for you.
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