PMT 2016-036 by Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr.
A reader writes
“As I anxiously await the publication of your full commentary on Revelation, I was wondering if you could give me your perspective of the Great White Throne Judgment. Growing up as a dispensationalist I was always taught that it was a judgment of only unbelievers. But then reading through several commentaries from a Reformed perspective, it sounds like it’s a general judgment of everyone (which makes sense, cf. Mt. 25:31ff).”
Let’s briefly consider Rev 20:12, which is the verse in question.
And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne (20:12a).
PMT 2015-081 by Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr.
In Revelation 20 we have the one section of Revelation that extends beyond the near-time indicators. John speaks of the “thousand years” in which Christ reigns with his martyred saints (Rev 20:4–7). In 20:11 we read of the Great White Throne of God. John informs us that “the heaven and earth fled away” at the setting of the judgment scene.
But what does the fleeing away of the heaven and earth mean? This is the question I will answer in this blog article.
In Rev 20:11 John adds a description regarding the enthroned one. He states that he is the one “from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them.” According to Scripture, the physical universe will be physically transformed through fiery cleansing to make way for the consummate new heavens and new earth (2Pe 3:10–12; cp. Ps 102:25–27; Isa 51:6; Mt 5:18; 24:35). Continue reading