I was looking at the sovereignty of God one day, and it led me to Jesus in Revelation (and a lot of cross-references). When you think of Jesus, what comes to mind? Peacefully holding a lamb while he tells you to turn the other cheek? Is he bleeding on the cross? Revelation reveals him as Lord and Judge. Keep this in mind before we explore because Jesus is going to get really hardcore.
By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.
But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
2 Peter 3:7-9
Evil has to be judged and dealt with or else is God’s not just. He holds it in balance with his love and mercy, grabbing as many people out of the fire as he can. The key is, they have to want to leave the fire.
Then the problem of evil will be dealt with.
What Happens When The Last Person Who Will Be Saved Is Saved?
Revelation is about God dealing with an evil world racked with sinful rebellion. We’re going to focus on chapters 19-22.
I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war.His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. Coming out of his mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.” He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written:
King of kings and Lord of lords.
And I saw an angel standing in the sun, who cried in a loud voice to all the birds flying in midair, “Come, gather together for the great supper of God, so that you may eat the flesh of kings, generals, and the mighty, of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, great and small.”
Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to wage war against the rider on the horse and his army. But the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who had performed the signs on its behalf. With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped its image. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur. The rest were killed with the sword coming out of the mouth of the rider on the horse, and all the birds gorged themselves on their flesh.
How is Jesus described?
- The Faithful and True Ruler of Creation.
- Hair as white as snow, with blazing eyes, wearing many crowns.
- His robe stained in blood from the nations he trampled in his Holy anger and wrath.
- He’s called the Word of God, King of kings, LORD of Lords (the many crowns), the true order of the universe and cosmos.
What is Jesus doing?
- He judges and makes war with justice. With righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth.
- He will strike the earth with a command and kill the wicked with but a word.
- Ruling the nations with an iron scepter, dashing them like pottery as he treads with the fury of the wrath of Almighty God.
A favorite question asked of Christians, one we’ve thought through and struggled with, is why God allows evil? Where is the justice?
The thing is, we’re all going to answer for something. Me. You. Let’s look at Revelation 20:11-15 and see if you should be more worried for you, or the other guys.
Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. The earth and the heavens fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. And 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. The 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 they had done. Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.
What did we learn?
- Jesus will be sitting on a throne with all the dead before him.
- The dead will be judged by two books, one with their life recorded in it, and the book of life.
- If their name is in the book of life, they will be judged and rewarded for the good they had done. If it wasn’t, then they were punished for the bad they’d done. I think it’s like this because when sins are forgiven, Jesus took the punishment they deserved, so if their name was in the book of life then they’ve ‘done nothing wrong’ to be punished for.
- It’s either eternity with God (those who told God ‘thy will be done’) or the second death (for those who said ‘my will be done’ and He says okay). Only one person had God turn away from him and it was Jesus on the cross. We have no idea what that’s like.
Jesus Doesn’t Seem Very Loving Here; Why’s He Doing This?
If you were truly following Lord Jesus before you died (Matthew 7:20-22), your name is in the book of life. There is no Lake of Fire for you. What’s next?
Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children. But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”
What is Jesus doing here?
- He will be with his people.
- He will remove tears, death, pain, and mourning (imagine what that would be like).
- Evil will be defeated.
- He will make everything new, freely giving the water of life to all who overcame, adopting them into God’s family.
The Bible closes with a message for us in Revelation 22:12-17.
“Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.
“Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.
“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you[a] this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.”
The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.
The question is how will you answer?