The Books Are Opened!
John takes us through God’s Word and His Spirit to the last day. John sees a great white throne, and Him; the Lord sits on the throne. The throne is great because of the Lord’s majesty and the Lord Himself. White is a sign of His holiness. The earth and sky fled away from His presence as a sign not of destruction but renewal of the earth and all creation. This is the rebirth of God’s creation to re-appear as a new heaven and new earth (Revelation 21:1). The dead, great and small, are standing before the Lord’s throne. Everyone, believers, and unbelievers, appear before God’s throne, and God’s judgement comes to everyone individually. This is the biography of everyone’s life. All your deeds are now coming to light. This is the righteousness of God’s judgement. Verse 13 tells that everyone was judged according to what they had done.