The Great White Throne
PIERCING THE VEIL
Building The Kingdom By The Word Of God
Through The Love Of Jesus
And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season. And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years. And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. 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 them. 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. 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. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:1-15).
To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. (Revelation 3:21-22).
What do you see when you hear the words, “THE GREAT WHITE THRONE“? Is it similar to the picture above where a huge glorious white throne is cast in heaven with God in person sitting on it high above, and a series of other thrones and judges on the left and right, with a multitude of people waiting to get their final judgment? They are all standing on marble floors, with 20’ finished cedar walls all around bedecked with the finest scroll work and semblances of angels and all manner of mighty lions. High above the throne, you see Moses’ Ten Commandments. On either side and below the throne are tables cast which are covered with white linen having huge books much like those conveyance records in your local courthouse. Inside each of these books is your name written and all the things you have done on earth since you were born until the present moment. You could hear a booming voice coming from the angel who was the Sargeant at Arms saying, “Next”. And your name is announced to the one sitting on the throne. There is not a panel of 12 of your peers deciding your fate for the one on the throne is ready to execute sentence or rewards if any. You tremble, your hat is in your hand, your head is bowed in the most humble of postures. It could well be that this is the first time in your life that you have been humbled, and you were wishing you had been a better person throughout your life. All of your sins are to be read out, and the sentence for each one. Your heart is racing for you know that things are not boding well for you. The man on the throne stares at you with the gravest and sternest gaze. Uh, oh! Your sins are going to outweigh your righteous acts, and you know you will be cast into the fires of Hell. And, how do you know this? Why, your preacher has told you that you can get saved today, sin tomorrow and bust Hell wide open. We live in fear all our lives because of erroneous preaching, and we never get to enter into sonship with the Father. In fact, we see him as our Lord and Master who hates sin and the sinner, and one who will thunder out of heaven to judge us in a moment’s notice. STOP!
The Book of Revelation absolutely cannot be interpreted literally. It is a book of symbolism, mysticism, allegories, shadows, and spiritual insight into the invisible world. It is impossible to depict the four horsemen of the apocalypse, the beasts around the throne, an emerald rainbow, a lamb with 7 horns and 7 eyes, 144,000 virgin male Jews, locusts like horses prepared for battle, a literal city of Babylon, a mystery harlot, a sea of glass, a false prophet, an antichrist, a beast, a white horse on which Jesus rides to be literal much less a great white throne. Oh, I know what all the artists have depicted, what church leaders and clergy have preached for the last 200 years, and I have seen all the maps and charts drawn out so well by our so called spiritual mentors. It is all carnal and fleshy, however, as the kingdom of God cannot be seen with observation. And, of course, all the doom and gloom of a war to end all wars called Armageddeon, the mark of the beast, the number 666, the so called rapture of the church just before great persecution comes upon the church, and a host other fairy tales accompany all the stories why we need to fear the devil. I must tell you, that greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world. Besides, the book of Revelation is not written that we might fear the devil and his antichrist, but it was written in every passage to REVEAL the Son of God. The Revelation (Apokalupsis) of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John. (Revelation 1:1). The Greek word Apokalupsis (Apocalypse) doesn’t mean the end of the world as some have purported. In fact, that is a term propagated and redefined in the last generation. The word actually means laying bear, making naked, a disclosure of truth, instruction concerning things before unknown, and is used of events by which things or states or persons hitherto withdrawn from view are made visible to all. It is truly and has always been the revelation or revealing of Jesus Christ. And, it wasn’t and is not the revelation of John the Divine, but it is the revelation given to John the Divine by God himself. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
WHEN IS THE GREAT WHITE THRONE JUDGMENT
The words, Great White Throne are written only one time in the bible, at close to the end of the book particularly at Revelation 20, verse 11. It is surmised that it occurs at the end of the 1000 year millennial kingdom. But, no one seems to know when that will start much less end. Dispensationally, we are a total of 6000 years from Adam, and the new millenium began January 1, 2001. Spiritually, it really doesn’t matter for the number 1000 is allegorically written like everything else in this awesome book. One day is with the Lord as 1000 years, and 1000 years is as one day. Peter in Chapter 3, verse 8 didn’t say that a thousand years was one day or one day was a thousand years, but that it is “as” one day or “as” one thousand years. God is infinite. Time means nothing to him. He is from the ages to the ages, the eons to the eons, tomorrow is as it were past, and yesterday is before him. Time was made for our sakes as humans, but it is not for the spiritual who have inherited eternity. The word one thousand means divine maturity or full completion. It is the fullness of all things in composite. We are not waiting for this thousand years to finish or any other thousand years. Judgment is here now. NOW is the judgment of this world: NOW shall the prince of this world be cast out. (John 12:31). “Now” means noon, at this time, or present moment, while the word “judgment” means opinion or decision given concerning anything, especially concerning justice and injustice, and right or wrong. The word “world” is Cosmos in the Greek and though it has many meanings, it points to the inhabitants of the earth, men, or the human family. There is no more delay in judgment. It is believed by many that the prince of this world is the devil, however, it was Adam who was made a god over planet earth. John writes, “Is it not written in your law, I said, ye are gods?’ (John 10:34). I have said , Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High. But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes. Arise , O God, judge the earth: for thou shalt inherit all nations. (Psalms 82:6-8). A prince is a ruler, leader, chief, chieftain, official, captain, leader, vassal, noble, and an official under the king. When the king dies, the prince takes over his duties as the new enthroned king. Notice since the death of Jesus, he has made us kings and priests unto God and his Father. (Revelation 1:6).
Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law? For it is written , that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman. But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise. Which things are an ALLEGORY: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar. For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children. But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all. For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband. Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise. But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now. Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman. So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free. (Galatians 4:21-31).
Isaac and Ishmael were both princes, one son of promise and one son of the flesh. Paul writes that this passage of scripture is an allegory or a way to speak in a figure. The story about Isaac and Ishmael, though true, has greater import as an allegory to describe a spiritual lesson. Ishmael, like Adam was fleshy, carnal and did not fulfill the promise of God as a spiritual son. Isaac, on the other hand came as the son of promise. Paul writes later, And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. (1 Corinthians 15:45-50). So, what do we do? We cast out the old Adam, the prince of this world. In turn, we bear the image of the heavenly, the last Adam, and the second man who is the Lord from heaven. We gain true sonship as princes of this earth as manifested Sons of God, the king of kings. In order to find the spiritual son within us, we must crucify the old man. Adam must die. He must be cast out forever.
I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. (John 17:4).
When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is FINISHED: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost. (John 19:30).
Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were FINISHED from the foundation of the world. For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his. (Hebrews 4:1-4).
And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power. (Colossians 2:10).
Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand PERFECT AND COMPLETE in all the will of God. (Colossians 4:12).
When Jesus appeared on this earth some 2000 years ago, he completed a finished work. Although all the works of God were finished from the foundation of the world. Salvation was finished; Resurrection was finished; Ascension was finished; the “rest of God” for his Sons was finished; and perfection and completion in you and me was finished. There is nothing left for Christ to do. Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body's sake, which is the church. (Colossians 1:24). Paul writes of the ongoing afflictions that he had to bear of Jesus’ finished works. And, it is the same for each of us. What he meant to “fill up” is that which is wanting in the afflictions of Christ to be borne by him. He must supply those afflictions in order to repay the benefits which Christ conferred on him by filling up the measure of the afflictions laid upon him. We, in similar fashion fill up the afflictions in our bodies. Everything that Christ fulfilled and completed is borne out in us from day to day from now to the very end when God becomes “All in All“. Many keep thinking Jesus is coming back to do more work, but he can’t add to his finished works. These works will find their perfections in us as a many membered body or corporate man.
NOW is the judgment of this world: NOW shall the prince of this world be cast out. (John 12:31). Even now, judgment is finished. I know. You are thinking, “Doesn’t the thousand years have to be accomplished?” No! Remember, John said judgment is NOW. In order to wrap our minds around this, one would have to let go of old theology, sermons that put judgment into the future, uncompleted works that we think must come to pass, rather than see it all done and fulfilled in Christ at his advent. The word complete means to consummate, fill to the top so that nothing shall be wanting, and to carry out this accomplishment to a full realization of the believer. To be finished means to be found perfect and to bring to the end or goal of an accomplishment by event. Of course, NOW means this present moment as we previously discussed. Having said that then, we should clearly see that judgment is not relegated to the future. It is here and now going on in us as we judge one another according to his Royal Law.
If judgment is NOW, what does it look like? We’ve already determined that the “GREAT WHITE THRONE” is allegorical. And, if it is allegorical, then it must come in another form or some spiritual manifestation. God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged. But if our unrighteousness commend the righteousness of God, what shall we say ? Is God unrighteous who taketh vengeance? (I speak as a man) God forbid: for then how shall God judge the world? (Romans 3:4-6). How shall God judge the world? is the big question. When one reads what it takes to be righteous, how one should be holy, where sin appears at our door regularly, how the law is contradictory to grace, and see our great failures when the bible says there is none righteous, no not one, we wind up in a quandary thinking who then can be saved, for it is apparent no one escapes judgment. Most of the church world has put judgment off at least for another thousand years, for they do not want to deal with that NOW, but we see judgment does not wait that long. God told David That the LORD may continue his word which he spake concerning me, saying, If thy children take heed to their way, to walk before me in truth with all their heart and with all their soul, there shall not fail thee (said he) a man on the throne of Israel. (1 Kings 2:4). He told Solomon if he would build him a house he would establish his throne forever. Though man may not be faithful to keep the law and break every covenant, God is ever faithful and keeps his word throughout the generations. Let God be true and every man a liar. God has truly raised up one who is righteous in all, and one who exercises perfect judgment and justice in the person of his only begotten son. He will sit on the throne. Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences. (2 Corinthians 5:6-11). It is believed by many ministers that God would come down from heaven on a given future date to judge believers in the air at the judgment seat of Christ. In fact, the proponents have drawn their charts showing a judgment seat suspended in mid air with a multitude receiving their just rewards, good or bad. That is not even believable to me, though I once espoused what my mentors told me about that grand day. Then, some other future date, all unbelievers would rise to go into the presence of God to be judged at the GREAT WHITE THRONE.
But what saith the scriptures? For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son. (John 5:22). Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness BY THAT MAN WHOM HE HATH ORDAINED; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead. (Acts 17:31). And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. (John 12:47). Here we see that the Father judges no man. He passes that on to the Son to judge men. Then Jesus says he has not come to judge the world but to save the world. It sounds like they are passing the buck. Then with great simplicity, Jesus declares how men will be judged. He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. (John 12:48). Out of our own mouths comes judgment unto us. Our words will either justify or condemn us. For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world. (1 Corinthians 11:31,32). Jesus said, I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me. (John 5:30). Jesus has already said that he will not judge the world, but here he said as he hears, he judges and that his judgment was just. It is not that he will, but the standard is set. How do we judge? What we do here amongst ourselves determines our judgment. Jesus said If you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. (Matthew 6:14,15). We find then that our fate is in our hands. Christ went on further to say, Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you shall be judged: and with what measure you mete, it shall be measured to you again. (Matthew 7:1,2). It is apparent our destiny lies with us. Do you remember the account in Matthew 18 where Jesus was relating a kingdom of heaven parable. Peter had come to him and wanted to know how many times he must forgive his brother who sinned against him. Was it seven times? No, Jesus said it was seventy times seven. In other words, it was an unlimited number of times unto perfection. He began to recount how a certain king took account of his servants. One of his servants owed him ten thousand talents. The king demanded that his servant pay him all that was due else he would put his servant, wife and children under tribute and all that they were worth and their possessions sold till his debt was satisfied. The servant pled with the king. Please have patience with me, and I will pay all I owe you he said. The king had compassion on him, loosed him, and forgave all his debt. Shortly, the same servant was owed a hundred pence by one of his fellow servants. He took that fellow servant by the throat and demanded that he be paid all he was owed. Have patience with me and I will pay you all I owe you, his fellow servant pled. But, he was not satisfied with answer and took his fellow servant and threw him into prison till he should pay the debt. Others looking on, saw the injustice and went and told the king what he had just done. The king became very angry. He tried to reason, I have forgiven you all your debt because you asked, should you not have had compassion on your fellow servant even as I had pity on you? He then took him and delivered him to the tormentors till he should pay all his debt. The parable ends there, but the message is clear. The king, our heavenly Father oversees our dealings with one another. Our debt against the throne is huge compared to the debts we have amongst ourselves. If we forgive one another in our daily intercourse with one another, we are forgiven from on high. The decision is ours. If we do not forgive, then God who is the supreme judge, judges us according to the same judgment we measure out.
But, what about the WHITE THRONE JUDGMENT you might ask? What about it? Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints? Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life? If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church. I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren? (1 Corinthians 6:1-5). Here, Paul makes it clear who is to judge angels and men. It is us, his church. Where will they sit? In the throne with God. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. (Revelation 3:21,22). The GREAT WHITE THRONE is clearly great because it is made up of all the saints who sit with Christ as a many membered body who sit in unity with the Son as a consortium of believers as a corporate man. It is white because it is a throne that exercises righteous judgment looking into the heart of men and not at the outward appearance. It is not a throne that can be bought off, it can’t be compromised, and it shows no favor or partiality to any man. Just the facts, Ma’am, just the facts, said Sargeant Friday on the old Dragnet show. A true judge only can discern righteous justice by hearing all sides. Men of wealth, position or power do not move him. So, this many membered body now has the mind of Christ to exercise righteous judgment concerning angels and men. These are they who have overcome and sit with Christ on his throne with him.
Jesus never condemned one person in his earthly ministry. Whoa! This is much unlike those in the church today. Why they cast out judgments, condemn the righteous, and bury the survivors. There is no escaping their slashing words. Go to your neighbor alone, then bring him before the Sanhedrin so we as a church can judge them and excommunicate them. Over the years and centuries and milleniums, they have left a wake of blood in their path even executing those who espouse the truth of the word of God, especially as it differed with their religious mindsets and doctrines of men. Jesus was in the temple one morning teaching when a group of scribes and Pharisees brought in a woman caught in the very act of adultery. They wanted to know what Jesus would do according to the Law of Moses. Never saying a word, he knelt and began to write with his finger on the ground as though he had not heard them. He lifted himself up momentarily and made a simple statement. “He that is without sin, cast the first stone.” Even here, Jesus did not judge. He gave judgment to men. Since there were none without sin, they all left lest they bear the same burden of stoning unto death. I hear many crying out about the injustices in the middle east where multitudes are bombed, executed, hanged, maimed, decapitated or murdered because the law of Allah dictates it. These same say the muslims should be exterminated because of their evil judgments. Does this make the muslim detractors any better than the muslims? Not any. In fact, they will be judged by the same code they execute judgment and justice with. Jesus came teaching a different way of judgment. It is called mercy and forgiveness. Religious folk practice their dark arts and vain religion, but Jesus said, Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, JUDGMENT, MERCY, AND FAITH: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone . (Matthew 23:23). Multitudes cried out, Jesus, “have mercy on me.” To which Jesus immediately did on hearing every plea. Mary, the mother of Jesus replied to cousin Elizabeth about the child in her womb. For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name. And HIS MERCY is on them that fear him from generation to generation. He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. He hath put down the mighty from their SEATS, and exalted them of low degree. He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away. (Luke 1:49-51). Here is how God judges. For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have MERCY UPON ALL. (Romans 11:32). As we here on earth judge, we find the same measure coming again unto us. When we show mercy, we get mercy in return. Mercy rejoices against judgment (James 2:13), or mercy glories against judgment. No matter how heinous a crime, how utterably detestable a wrong inflicted, how disparaging a remark made against us, you can be sure of one thing. Righteous judgment would be to forgive and show mercy. Never should we raise our hands against our perpetrators for vengeance is mine saith the Lord.
And he said , Hear thou therefore the word of the LORD: I saw the LORD sitting on his throne, and all the host of heaven standing by him on his right hand and on his left. (1 Kings 22:19). This heavenly host is all of God’s creation by definition. His right hand and his left hand represent his position of authority and power. His throne is his place of power whereby he executes righteous judgments. The throne is invisible, however, and it resides in each of our hearts. God sits on that throne, and we along with him rule and reign and execute righteous judgments in our ongoing daily dealings with mankind. Every trial, every test, every circumstance, every situation, every offence, every encounter that we have with mankind requires judgment from us. Jesus encountered a woman at the well. He correctly told her she had been married five times and the man whom she lived with now was not her husband. No where did he condemn her, judge her, or rebuke her for her sins. Instead, he told her how she would worship God in spirit and truth in her heart. This is obviously not the norm of the typical church today. She likely would have been cast out and dis-fellowshipped rather than be instructed on the most meaningful things of God.
Judgment is NOW. Every action we take as Sons of God is backed up by the GREAT WHITE THRONE that abides within us. Our inconsistencies, our mis-interpretations of the wrongs and woes and ills and sins of men do not absolve judgment upon us, however, as there is one greater who abides within us who will judge us according to the judgment we mete out. I cannot impress upon your hearts and minds enough to judge righteous judgment, mete out mercy and forgiveness, and to be equitable in your execution of judgments. Every word you and I speak will be examined closely by the perfect one and any and all of our judgments will be just according to the exact same manner in which we judge. Perhaps, before we run to condemn someone at the words of another, we should hear all sides of the story. Before we sentence one to Hell for his crimes or sins that he has committed, maybe, just maybe we should consider how we would want the Holy One of the Universe to judge our sins. Next time we hold unforgiveness toward someone, and bind them up, maybe we should think about what the righteous Christ said at his death at the hands of his persecutors and executors. Remember, “Father, forgive them for they know what they do.” Jesus said, Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye. (Matthew 7:1-5). Judgment has been given to the Saints and more particularly the Sons of God. And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father. And I will give him the morning star. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. (Revelation 2:26-29). TO HIM THAT OVERCOMETH WILL I GRANT TO SIT WITH ME IN MY THRONE, EVEN AS I ALSO OVERCAME, AND AM SET DOWN WITH MY FATHER IN HIS THRONE. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. (Revelation 3:21-22). The word “Sit” is Kathizo in the Greek and means to make to sit down to set, appoint, to confer a kingdom on one intransitively to sojourn, settle down. The kingdom has been given (conferred) to the Saints of the most High. We are given this kingdom while we sojourn (journey here temporarily) through this life. We have not become the direct object (intransitive) of this conference until the time of the end when God becomes ALL in ALL. The reason is our lives are finite in the flesh, nevertheless, judgment is conveyed to us while we exist for our few short lives. We are one with the Father in judgment, but will permantly take our position in GLORY. Think about it. You would not want someone to judge you who did not know the heart of God, would you? You would not want a novice or a child. They certainly don’t know about life and the many encounters we have amongst ourselves. You would want someone who was mature, knew the mind of God, was altogether righteous, had the best for all men in mind, was not one who was a respecter of persons, and was fully tested and had overcome in all things, and more particularly one who walked in forgiveness, and extended mercy like a crown. He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and TO LOVE MERCY, and to walk humbly with thy God? (Micah 6:8). Sow to yourselves in righteousness, REAP IN MERCY; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you. (Hosea 10:12). Our reward for extending MERCY to our fellow man is the fulness of his spirit poured out upon us.
The Sermon on the Mount was great instruction unto righteous judgments. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. (Matthew 5:7). Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven. Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire. Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison. Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing. Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. It hath been said , Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement: But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery. Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths: But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God's throne: Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool : neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King. Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black. But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil. Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man will sue thee at the law , and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also. And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away . Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. (Matthew 5:19-48). The Sermon on the Mount was a quick lesson in judgment for the Saints. After telling all about the sins from the Law of Moses, he ended this part of the discourse speaking of loving your enemies, blessing them that persecute you, doing good to them that hate you, and praying for them that persecute. This is the whole point of righteous judgment. God is the law personified. His holiness is depicted by his law. But, he knew man because of the weakness of the flesh, could not bear the penalty of the law for man was exceedingly sinful. How then could he justify man? By MERCY! Justice has been served. Man has been liberated. All men have been set free from the restrictions of the LAW. There is no longer penalties to be borne that have not been borne by Christ. We are all free by the blood of Jesus. Our transgressions have been remitted. The prison doors have been opened and we are exonerated. Our sins are commuted, and we have peace with God. GLORY!
Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom. (Daniel 7:22).
So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty. (James 2:12).
For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit. (1 Peter 4:6).
For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. And as it is appointed unto men once to die , but after this the judgment. (Hebrews 9:26-27).
So, what have we found out about the GREAT WHITE THRONE JUDGMENT. Namely, this. God is not judging mankind. He gave judgment to the Son. Christ is not judging man. He gave judgment to man. An earthly individual is not the lone judge of all men. Why, judgment has been given to the body of Christ who sit corporately with him in the throne. These are those who are not just babes in Christ, but fully mature Sons of God who have overcome in all things and have shown themselves able to pass righteous judgment on mankind as well as angels. We are judged in the end according to the words we speak, and the works or actions we take in our interactions with men themselves. As we judge, so we are judged in direct proportion. If we show mercy, we will receive mercy. If we express forgiveness for wrongs done, we shall receive forgiveness. In this lifetime, the GREAT WHITE THRONE, made up of all mankind collectively and corporately is a daily experience, not one at the end of the world or the end of a thousand year period. THE GREAT WHITE THRONE is great because of the magnitude of God’s creation sitting in that throne with him as his body and exercising his power as him. It is white because man has become all together righteous as Christ is righteous. Our judgment is perfect because he is perfect. We cannot be any less than he is. Just as we were like Adam as a sinful man, we now have become like the Son of God in all righteousness. Every man alive will receive the sentence mete out from the beginning of the world. None will pay the penalty for their sins. Christ did it all when he took away your sin debt according to birth, and cast all your sins in the sea of forgetfulness. He deemed it so, he judged you righteous by the love he showed the world on the cross before the foundation of the world. YOU ARE FREE! PRAISE GOD!
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