11 我又看見一個白色的大寶座與坐在上面的；從他面前天地都逃避，再無可見之處了。12 我又看見死了的人，無論大小，都站在寶座前。案卷展開了，並且另有一卷展開，就是生命冊。死了的人都憑著這些案卷所記載的，照他們所行的受審判。13 於是海交出其中的死人；死亡和陰間也交出其中的死人；他們都照各人所行的受審判。14 死亡和陰間也被扔在火湖裏；這火湖就是第二次的死。15 若有人名字沒記在生命冊上，他就被扔在火湖裏。
11Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. Earth and sky fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. 12And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. 13The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what he had done. 14Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. 15If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.
- There are many images of eternal punishment in Scripture. But the one that recurs most often is that of a vast, dark, and smoldering pool of burning sulfur. Jesus spoke of a place of “darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Matt 25:30).
- Both Old and New Testaments speak of a book in which a record of those who know and love God is maintained. It is the Book of Life. Being found in the book is the difference between eternal life and eternal death. Between eternal life in heaven, and unending existence in the lake of fire.
- This Judgment scene reminds us of God’s righteousness and justice. It also brings a sense of urgency in the proclamation of the Gospel and the evangelization of our kinsmen. Imagine that our love ones will be separated from us in eternity. How much more should we be on our knees to beseech the Lord for their salvation?
- Write down the names of those among my family and friends who still do not know Jesus? Ask the Holy Spirit to bring up two or three of them in my mind. Begin to pray for them earnestly and faithfully daily for the next three months starting today!
Prayer & Journaling:
Stay with God for a little longer. Continue to converse with God and listen to what he wants to tell me. Then write down any thought and/or prayer in the 2012 “Spiritual Journal” book.