You can search for Bible answers, ask Bible questions, and give answers to others.
There are over 100,000 notes, 40,000 questions, and 61,000 answers about the Bible. If you cannot find the Bible answers you are looking for, feel free to ask.
Start by typing your question or subject key words in the following search box, or enter a Bible verse in the search bar above or on the side.
All posted questions are currently answered! If you've never asked a Bible question in our forum -- it's easy -- and at the current pace, someone may answer within a couple of hours. Try it... Or search over 200,000 entries for your Bible answer now in the google search box below.
Results 1 - 10 of 23
Results from: Answers, Notes On or After: Thu 05/7/15 Ordered by Date
"Contrary to our distorted intuitions, the gospel does not encourage our conquest of heaven through intellectual, mystical, and moral striving. It announces that even while we were enemies, God reconciled us!" --Michael Horton, from his book Christian Faith
"Thus situated, many hundred miles from our families in the howling wilderness, I believe few would have equally enjoyed the happiness we experienced. I often observed to my brother, You see now how little nature requires to be satisfied. Felicity, the companion of content, is rather found in our own breasts than in the enjoyment of external things; and I firmly believe it requires but a little philosophy to make a man happy in whatever state he is. This consists in a full resignation to the will of Providence; and a resigned soul finds pleasure in a path strewned with briars and thorns." --Daniel Boone (1734-1820)
You have stated a hypothesis based on common but often rejected teaching about the millennium. I will not say you are wrong but your are making assumptions on things silent in the Bible.
First your hypothesis is built on the assumption that there is a millennium as defined by man. There are many that dispute that there is a millenium as commonly defined by man.
Second nowhere in scripture do we see the requirements for salvation for those the live in the millennium. We know there are some that will be deceived Rev 20:10 but we can't say if or how this effected their salvation which is unknown to us to begin with.
That said I do agree that if all your assumptions are correct it would appear that there will be some righteous that will stand before the Great White Throne. A thought I had never considered before. Interesting!!!!
I believe these two passages are very clear.
They should be read literally and without addition or subtraction.
I know there are many justifications made and many in the pulpit today that do not meet these qualifications. However that does not mean they are right and the justification they used is correct.
Many complain and say, "where is the power where is the authority of the church?" I believe until the church rids itself of self justification and gets back to standards the church held for 1000's of years the church will go on seeking for what it has lost.
Titus 1:5-9 (NASB)
5 For this reason I left you in Crete, that you would set in order what remains and appoint elders in every city as I directed you,
6 namely, if any man is above reproach, the husband of one wife, having children who believe, not accused of dissipation or rebellion.
7 For the overseer must be above reproach as God's steward, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not addicted to wine, not pugnacious, not fond of sordid gain,
8 but hospitable, loving what is good, sensible, just, devout, self-controlled,
9 holding fast the faithful word which is in accordance with the teaching, so that he will be able both to exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict.
1 Timothy 3:1-7 (NASB)
1 It is a trustworthy statement: if any man aspires to the office of overseer, it is a fine work he desires to do.
2 An overseer, then, must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, prudent, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,
3 not addicted to wine or pugnacious, but gentle, peaceable, free from the love of money.
4 He must be one who manages his own household well, keeping his children under control with all dignity
5 (but if a man does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of the church of God?),
6 and not a new convert, so that he will not become conceited and fall into the condemnation incurred by the devil.
7 And he must have a good reputation with those outside the church, so that he will not fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.
Instead of beating around the bush Iíll just try and explain what I think I have found as a postulate from several different verses of Scripture.
Hebrews 9:27 (NASB)
27 And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment,
There are in fact seven different types of deaths mentioned in the Bible, physical death, spiritual death, operational death, positional death etc. but the one mentioned in Heb 9:27 is a reference to physical death.
During the period known as the Millennium there will be children born,
and as with today, they will have old sin natures and the need to be born again in order to have eternal life. Many will trust in the finished grace work of Christ that was accomplished on the cross. Still others will reject Godís gracious gift of salvation that is in Christ and will rebel against perfect environment when Satan is granted access back into the world.
Rev. 20:2,3 and Rev. 20:7-9
There is no judgment mentioned in Scripture between the judgment seat of Christ, or the BEMA seat, and the white throne judgment.
As a result we find the mention of books and a book in Rev.20, and the fact that it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment. These statements combined would have to place born again believers at the white throne judgment where the names of those believers will be found in the, ďsingularĒ, book of life. i.e. They havenít been blotted out of the book of life.
The books of works designates that the dead, i.e. the lost souls are depending on things that they have done to impress God. They tried to gain His approbation or approval for eternal life by what they did instead of depending on the salvation that God provided as a free gift from a gracious loving God.
Any one that doesnít have the righteousness that is of God will never have eternal life with God. God the father has made the total provision for eternal life resident within the person of His Son.
2 Corinthians 5:21 (AMP)
21 For our sake He made Christ [virtually] to be sin Who knew no sin, so that in and through Him we might become [endued with, viewed as being in, and examples of] the righteousness of God [what we ought to be, approved and acceptable and in right relationship with Him, by His goodness].
Those that think they have to die before they know for sure if they have eternal life arenít trusting God and what He says in His Word, the Bible.
John 3:18 (NKJV)
18 He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
John 3:36 (NKJV)
36 He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him."
1 John 5:10-13 (AMP)
10 He who believes in the Son of God [who adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Him] has the testimony [possesses this divine attestation] within himself. He who does not believe God [in this way] has made Him out to be and represented Him as a liar, because he has not believed (put his faith in, adhered to, and relied on) the evidence (the testimony) that God has borne regarding His Son.
11 And this is that testimony (that evidence): God gave us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.
12 He who possesses the Son has that life; he who does not possess the Son of God does not have that life.
13 I write this to you who believe in (adhere to, trust in, and rely on) the name of the Son of God [in the peculiar services and blessings conferred by Him on men], so that you may know [with settled and absolute knowledge] that you [already] have life, yes, eternal life.
Have a great day, CDBJ
"He who loves the coming of the Lord is not he who affirms that it is far off, nor is it he who says it is near, but rather he who, whether it be far off or near, awaits it with sincere faith, steadfast hope, and fervent love." --Augustine of Hippo (354-430)
Okay I see your question and the answer depends on your perspective of the Rapture.
If you believe in the rapture, as many believe is detailed in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18, the righteous dead would already be risen before the Occurance of what takes place in Rev 20:11-15.
The righteous dead will be judged at the Bema Seat Judgment
The Bible talks about the Judgment Seat of Christ--also referred to as the bema--in three places: Romans 14:10-12; 1 Corinthians 3:10--4:5; and 2 Corinthians 5:1-10. Only church-age saints will appear at that judgment, as shown in 2 Corinthians 5:10: "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ." http://www.gty.org/resources/questions/QA97/What-is-the-purpose-of-the-Judgement-Seat-of-Christ
If on the other hand you do not believe in the Rapture then yes it appears that both the righteous dead and unrighteous would be at the Great White Throne.
Fear has a number of meanings. When we use the adjective reverential we are drawing attention to God's holiness, authority, nature, and character. As creatures we are dependent on Him as our creator and our continued existence (Acts 17:28); He is the judge of our character (Jeremiah 17:10); the standard of righteousness (1 Peter 1:15); our provider (Philippians 4:19); the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2); etc.
God is sovereign over the entire universe (Psalm 103:19; Romans 8:28; Ephesians 1:11). God is sovereign over all of nature (Psalm 135:6-7; Matthew 5:45; 6:25-30). God is sovereign over the angels, including Satan (Psalm 103:20-21; Job 1:12). God is sovereign over nations (Psalm 47:7-9; Daniel 2:20-21; 4:34-35). God is sovereign over human beings (1 Samuel 2:6-7; Galatians 1:15-16). God is sovereign over animals (Psalm 104:21-30; 1 Kings 17:4-6). God is sovereign over "accidents" (Proverbs 16:33; John 1:7; Matthew 10:29). God is sovereign over the free acts of men (Exodus 3:21; 12:25-36; Ezekiel 7:27). God is sovereign even over the sinful acts of men and Satan (2 Samuel 24:1; 1 Chronicles 21:1; Genesis 45:5; 50:20).
He is all these things and more; and here we are, accountable to Him (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14; Romans 14:12)!
If just these few things do not cause us to feel awe, fear, and reverence, then I think we do not rightly understand what God has revealed to us about Himself.