11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
The great white throne symbolizes God judging the nations as in the parable of the Sheep and the Goats. The earth represents those that do not have salvation and the heaven are those of the second heaven. (Refer to Three Heavens (M24) for further discussion.) The earth and the heaven flee from His presence similar to Malachi 3:2.
2 But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap:
No one can stand before God without feeling the effects of their own shame and guilt. Often the following is misunderstood, Habakkuk 1:13.
13 Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity: wherefore lookest thou upon them that deal treacherously, and holdest thy tongue when the wicked devoureth the man that is more righteous than he?
This has interpreted by some that God is unable to look upon evil. That is not a true statement. God can look on evil, the issue is that evil will burn up before Him. As a result, many will flee from His presence. That is, unless they have accepted the substitutionary sacrifice of Yeshua and have eternal life, Hebrews 10:19-22.
19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Yeshua, 20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; 21 And having an high priest over the house of God; 22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
One must come through Messiah or else they will not survive the fires of baptism, 1 Corinthians 3:11-15.
11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Yeshua Messiah. 12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; 13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. 14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. 15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
Yeshua must be our foundation. All our work will be judged, dead works will burn up. Only works of God will survive. Either way, one who has accepted Yeshua as the substitutionary sacrifice will survive to see eternity.
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