,, Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them.”
In the study we have reached a part that describes the transitional time between the Millennial Kingdom and eternity. From the beginning of the world until the end of the Millennium Kingdom, time plays an important role in people's lives , time will no longer be measured or calculated according to the rules we know. "Counting time" stops and eternity begins.
But before that, the most terrible event should happen for all unbelievers, for all those who did not and will not believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, a terrible judgment is coming, an event that many have heard and will hear but unfortunately do not take seriously and often they make jokes about that event.
They think that it will never come and that it is just an "allegory or joke", but unfortunately for them, this event is real and certainly comes when the conditions for it are met, that is, when the time we just talked about ends.
The Lord Jesus said:
,,Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.”
And this should be more than enough proof that this event will take place, because what God says must happen, so must the terrible judgment.
In our text, John goes on to say:
..And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face heaven and earth fled;
Earlier in the fourth chapter, we read about the throne, and now it writes again about the throne, but these are "two thrones" that are different.
In the fourth chapter, John saw a rainbow around the throne:
,,… and there was a rainbow around the throne, in appearance like an emerald.”
Rev. 4: 3
The rainbow is a symbol of the covenant and it symbolizes that a storm has passed for the Church, but with this throne in the twentieth chapter there is no rainbow, which means that there is no hope to offer to sinners.
We also read:
"And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunders and voices."
Rev. 4: 5
This is the event after the taking of the Church and here we see God's warnings for the judgment to begin in great trouble and here we see that there is nothing, no more warnings, we also saw in the fourth chapter that John saw the seven spirits burning before the throne and they symbolize the Spirit who seeks to save:
,,… And there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.”
Rev. 4: 5
and before this throne there is no more.
We further saw that John also saw the glass sea which symbolizes peace and stability of those who were delivered and their perfection, and there is also the Church with crowns where he sings the song of the Lamb (fourth and fifth chapters) and all this is now gone before the throne.
To mention another difference between these two thrones, this is not the throne on which Jesus will sit at the beginning of the Millennial Kingdom before which all the nations that will survive the great tribulation will gather.
,, "When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. "All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. "And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. "Then the King will say to those on His right hand, 'Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 'for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 'I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.'"Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 'When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? 'Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?'"And the King will answer and say to them, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.'"Then He will also say to those on the left hand, 'Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: 'for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; 'I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.'"Then they also will answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?'"Then He will answer them, saying, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.'"And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life."
Matthew 25: 31-46
So this is the throne of the Last Judgment and we do not know where this throne will be because there is no information about it, we can only say that it will not be in heaven because only the saved have access there and it will probably not be on earth either because it says:
"from whose face heaven and earth fled,"
"great white throne"
the white color of this throne is a symbol of holiness, purity and pure righteousness and before it will stand all those who have rejected the "great salvation" or the Lord Jesus Christ from Cain to the one who will have the last chance to believe and will not, there will be a really large number people who are likely to regret missed opportunities and warnings. For all of them, the Epistle to the Hebrews says:
,, who was faithful to Him who appointed Him, as Moses also was faithful in all His house.”
Hebrews 3: 2
All those who did not believe have no chance to escape anywhere, they will have to stand in front of this "throne" where the great pure justice of God will be shown and where the "great punishment" will be pronounced.
In this court, it will not be possible to avoid any injustice, it will not be able to hide anything, no one will be able to testify falsely, it will be a court where there will be the absence of any mercy and the law will be judged according to pure justice.
,, But the LORD shall endure for ever: he hath prepared his throne for judgment. And he shall judge the world in righteousness, he shall minister judgment to the people in uprightness.”
"And he that sat upon him, from whose face heaven and earth fled, and there was no place for them."
It does not say here who is the One who sits on the throne, but the Bible clearly reveals to us in other places who It is.
The Apostle Paul wrote:
,, I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom:”
2 Tim.4: 1
And the Lord Jesus himself said:
,,For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son,”
,, "because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead."
We clearly see that the Lord Jesus is the judge who sits on the "great white throne" and writes of Him:
"from whose face the heavens and the earth fled, and no place was found for them." "that Jesus" who for centuries has been begging people to believe in Him and to repent because a terrible judgment is coming. . "