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The Two Judgments

Why Christians will be at the Judgment Seat of Christ and the Great White Throne Judgment

 

"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." (Rev. 20:12)

Most churches will tell you that this judgment is only for unbelievers, that Christians cannot be judged with unbelievers.  The above verse happens after the thousand year Millennial reign of Christ (Rev. 20:6).  The rapture has already taken place, as well as the Judgment Seat of Christ.  I should think the most obvious should be, what about all those who come to Christ during the Tribulation, live through the Trib., and then on into the Millennium?  What about all those that are saved during the Millennium?  Do these Christians get a free ride, where none others have?  

If there cannot be Christians and unbelievers being judged together, then the angel from the Lord could not have commanded it, "And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues."  (Rev. 18:4)  Being judged with unbelievers is a level of judgment on unfaithful Christians itself.  Here, in Rev. 18, Christians who are participating in the wickedness of the Whore of Babylon are told to leave, and if they don't they will participate in her judgments  as well.  This Christ also taught to His disciples:

"The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers."  (Luke 12:46)

Those Christians who live an ungodly lifestyle will also receive the punishment with the unbelievers, but in the end will be saved and go on into a blessed eternity, but not until after the 1,000 year Millennium.  

"And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire."  (Rev. 20:15)

Most fundamental preachers and teachers will tell you since this verse does not list anyone being in the book of life, then it means here that no one is listed in the book of life, so all are being cast into the lake of fire.  But I don't believe this is the case.  
Take a look at a comparable verse:

"And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name."  (Rev. 14:11)

Here is another "whosoever."  Does this also mean that everyone will take the mark of the beast during the Tribulation?  I know some would tell you that. But look at the next few verses:

"Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.  And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them."  (Rev. 14:12, 13)

"Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth."  It is obvious, then, that there are believers on the earth at this time, and who do not take the mark of the beast; otherwise, there would not be a blessed group of people from this time foreword.  So whosoever in both passages cannot possibly mean everyone.  

G. H. Lang, in his book Firstborn Sons, says this about the Great White Throne Judgment:

"That there will be saved person at the Great White Throne judgment is obvious from the phrase used in Revelation 20:15, "if any (man's name) was not found written in the book of life, he was cast into the lake of fire."  If this indefinite, negative mode of expression was not intended to show that the name might be found in the book of life, it is, to say the least, singularly calculated to mislead, a fault which may not be imputed to Holy Scripture.  What would be the force of the statement that - a great crowd was at the barrier, and if anyone was not found not to have a ticket he was not allowed to pass?  Would not this imply that some there had a ticket?" (Firstborn Sons: Pg. 212, G. H. Lang)

In the first judgment, The Judgment Seat of Christ, it will be determined if the believer will be excluded from the Millennial Kingdom (First Resurrection).  

"Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. 13  Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." (Phil.3:8-14)

Now, Scripture that state believers excluded from the thousand year reign; though, Paul, in the above passage plainly shows the resurrection is a prize, and something earned.

"And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him."  (Matt. 18:34)
Also, Luke 12:47; Matt. 5:21.

In the above passages, servants (believers) are put in prison until they pay their Master all that they owe.  Thus, the servants are Christians not pleasing to God and doing His will, are sent to outer darkness (Matt. 8:12; 22:13; 25:30), and will weep and wail until all they owe is paid.  Then, which is also taught in these verses, once they have paid their debt they do get let out of prison.  Their tears will be wiped away, and they can then enter into the joys of the Lord, but not until the Millennial Kingdom is done.  

"If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire." (1 Cor. 3: 15) Also, John 6:40.

More verses on excluded believers restored:

"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."  (Rev. 20:5-15)

"whosoever" does not mean nobody.  The word means anybody.  Anybody who was not found was cast into the lake of fire, not everybody. But, whosoever was found was allowed into eternal glory.   

"And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away."  (Rev. 21:1-4)

The whole point here, is that the Judgment seat of Christ, before the Millennium, will decide if you get to rule and reign with Christ during the thousand years (participate in the first resurrection).  The Great White Throne Judgment decides if you will have part in the second resurrection.

"And Jesus answering said unto them, The children of this world marry, and are given in marriage: But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage: Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection." (Luke 20:34-36)

"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." (Rev. 20:6)

"That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; 11  If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead." (Phil. 3:10,11)

"After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth." (Matt. 25:19,30)

None of these verses declare all Christians to be part of the prize of the First Resurrection.  That's the whole point of a prize, it's earned.  The unprofitable servants are excluded, others are accounted worthy, of the resurrection.  This isn't salvation, the free gift.  To rule and reign with Christ for a thousand years is the High Calling that we should strive to be worthy of, and accounted worthy of the First Resurrection, means we are blessed enough not to have to partake of the Great White Throne judgment.  

Re 20:6  "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."