11 Then I saw a great white throne and one seated on it. Earth and heaven fled from his presence, and no place was found for them.
This judgment will be for everyone who ever existed.
Earth and heaven fled from his presence refers to Jesus being in His true form, full of power and great glory.
12 I also saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life, and the dead were judged according to their works by what was written in the books.
I also saw the dead, the great and the small points to those who were in lower standing in society and those with greater influence by means of wealth or position.
standing before the throne shows that everyone will stand before a Holy God to be judged for what they did on earth.
and books were opened. There are two books that everyone will be judged with.
1. The first book is called the Book of Life which records the names of those who gave their lives to Jesus Christ by faith.
2. The second is the book of records, in it, all the evil done to people from cursing them to physically hurting them will be written. Also, every evil [irreverence] hurled at God and those who attacked God’s people will be written down for that individual to be judged by.
13 Then the sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them; each one was judged according to their works.
Then the sea gave up the dead refers to those who died at sea will resurrect to face God on judgment day.
death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them Death and Hades is the same place. Those who are spiritually dead, not having the Holy Spirit will be in Hades.
22 One day the poor man died and was carried away by the angels to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 And being in torment in Hades, he looked up and saw Abraham a long way off, with Lazarus at his side. 24 ‘Father Abraham!’ he called out, ‘Have mercy on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this flame!’
14 Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire.
Every single person who is in Hades will be judged for why they are there and afterward will be thrown to their permanent place in the Lake of Fire.
If someone’s name was not found in the Book of Life it will reveal that they are lost and still in their sins. All sinners, those who rejected Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of their sins, will be found guilty of every evil act they did here on earth and will be cast into the Lake of Fire for all eternity.
15 And anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.
The book of life records the names of those who gave their lives to Jesus Christ. In judgment day, if your name is not found in the book, you shall be thrown into the Lake of Fire, showing that your sins were never forgiven.