Revelation question


Do the following Revelation scriptures (chapter 20: 12-15) mean that no one will be jugded until the second coming of Christ? If so, what happens to us when we die in Christ or not? Thanks so much.

12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. 13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. 14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.


No, it doesn’t. :slight_smile: There are two judgments: particular judgment and general judgment, which comes at the end of time. It seems the general judgment will be done so that everyone can see what God accomplished through us. Those who would not let God do his will in their lives will see exactly why their lack of cooperation brought about so much misery in the world. I sure don’t want to be one of those, do you? :frowning:


We will face two judgments: a particular judgment at our death in the spirit and the general judgment at Jesus’ Second Coming in our resurrected bodies.

In Luke 16:19-31, Jesus describes the particular judgments of two individuals who died, an unnamed rich man and a poor man named Lazarus. Lazarus was carried by angels to a place of comfort called Abraham’s bosom and the rich man went to a place of fiery torment called Hades. Because Jesus speaks of these things as past events before His own death and resurrection and because the conversation between the rich man and Abraham concerning the rich man’s living brothers seems to imply that the rich man and Lazarus underwent their particular judgments before the death of any of the rich man’s brothers, this passage seems not to refer to the general judgment at Jesus’ Second Coming.

In Matthew 24:31-46, Jesus describes the general judgment at His Second Coming at the end of the world.


Here’s a book you might find interesting:

Information on Particular Judgement:

Information on Last Judgement:


When each of us dies, our souls are immediately taken to the presence of God and judged. This is called the Particular Judgment. At this point we begin our eternal destiny. If we are are going to hell, our souls go directly there. If we are deemed worthy of heaven, our souls will go directly to heaven, or if we are going to heaven but are in need of purification, we may go to Purgatory first (everyone in Purgatory will eventually go to heaven). Whatever our fate, our souls will stay there until the end of time.

At the Second Coming at the end of time, those Christians still alive will be taken to heaven (what some Protestants think of as of the rapture). Then will occur the General Judgment. At that time the living and the dead will be reunited with their bodies and brought together in God’s presence and judged before all. Those who have already been judged in the Particular Judgment will be brought from wherever their souls were -heaven, hell or Purgatory-- and have their judgment confirmed before all.

After this, time and Purgatory will be no more and all will enter with their souls and bodies into their eternal destiny, either hell or heaven.

This is an extremely bare-bones sketch, so if you want to get the details, see the four articles I linked below:

Hope this helps.


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