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The Great White Throne

Author's Bias: Interpretation: conservative

After Satan is hurled into the lake of fire, the apostle John sees a great white throne at some unknown location that is not of earth or heaven (Rev 20:11). In this second resurrection, the rest of humanity, who were not of the first resurrection, come to life and present themselves before Jesus Christ the Judge (Acts 17:30-31; Rev 20:12).

The Great White Throne

Believers, whose souls and bodies are in heaven (before the Millennial Kingdom, the reaping of Jesus resulted in rapture), come to life.

Non-Believers, who souls are in hell and bodies in earth, come to life (Rev 20:13-13).

Each person was judged by a) looking for their name in the Book of Life and b) evaluating their life in the books that recorded their deeds (Rev 20:12-13; Matt 7:21-23).

Believers, evaluated in accordance to their deeds, were rewarded for their faithful service (Rev 20:12; Matt 19:28; Luke 22:28-30).

Non-Believers, their names not written in the Book of Life (Rev 20:13), were thrown into the lake of fire (Rev 20:15).


While its location is not specified, the lake of fire is the final place for the Antichrist, False Prophet, Satan, and non-Believers, and it is a place of torment and without any rest. In the very end, death and Hell are also thrown into the lake of fire (Rev 20:14).

With the end of death, introduced by Adam’s sin, and evil, introduced by Satan, the apostle John sees a new heaven and a new earth (Rev 21:1).


For deeper study:

The Millennium and the Judge



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