Will There Be Only One Judgment?
Many people believe that, after death, there is just one judgment – the Great White Throne Judgment mentioned in Revelation 20:11-15. They believe that everyone (in either body or soul) is gathered together at that time and God chooses those that can go to heaven and sends the rest to hell (or the lake of fire). Is that Biblical? Or, are there multiple judgments by God?
As I mentioned in a previous post (What Happens When I Die?), people at funerals frequently assume that the deceased is “in a better place.” But, if the Great White Throne Judgment (GWTJ) does not occur until at least 1000 years later, how can that be?
That is only one complication of the concept of “one judgment.” The answer to the dilemma is the Biblical teaching that there are several judgment events. I believe that there are at least seven judgments where individuals must face the consequences of their choices in life. Notice that these judgments are directed at individual people. Other “judgments” by God are directed at larger groups of people (such as the judgments upon the antichrist and his followers during the Great Tribulation.)
Here are the seven judgments that I have identified:
- Judgment of ACTIONS
- Judgment at DEATH
- Judgment at RAPTURE
- Judgment of GODLY WORKS
- Judgment of NATIONS
- Judgment of GRATITUDE
- Judgment of DEAD WORKS
So, let us get started. Continue to the next article, “Judgment of Actions (and Consequences).”