I Have a Question about the Great White Throne

Will Believers Serve as Witnesses at the Great White Throne Judgment?

Here’s my question about the Great White Throne Judgment. Will Believers Serve as Witnesses before Great White Throne?

This is something I tend to be very dogmatic about: “Don’t be dogmatic about the end times.”

Somebody once quoted Scofield about the notes in his famous bible. Another scholar disagreed and commented, “Scofield is in heaven, and now he knows better.”

I have taught (when I finally learned there was such a thing as the Great White Throne Judgment) that only unbelievers were present at this final judgment. Now I’m wonderdering, “Does Scripture teach that believers are also present to serve as witnesses for the prosecution?”

And perhaps for other purposes as well?

What do you think? Please advise me. Please show Scripture for your thoughts.

1Cor 6:3 Do you not know that we [the church] will judge angels? We know that Satan is judged in verse 10 of Revelation 20 and sinners in verse 11. Could these events be simultaneous? Some commentators teach that Sastan is judged at the Great white Throne Judgment. And if Satan is judged then, why not his angels also at the same time?

And when will we believers judge the world if not at this judgment (1 Cor 6:2)?

Here are more Scriptures that lead me to ask the question about saints being present at the White Throne Judgment.

The men of Nineveh will stand up with this generation at the judgment, and will condemn it because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and behold, something greater than Jonah is here (Mat 12:41).

Jesus’ words strongly indicate that the repentant sinners (believers) will be present at the Judgment as witnesses in this great courtroom drama. They will testify against those who rejected Christ and His claims.

Mat 12:42 The Queen of the South will rise up with this generation at the judgment and will condemn it, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and behold, something greater than Solomon is here.

In Revelation 3:9 the believers in the church of Philadelphia were promised that certain unsaved people would someday worship at their feet (Rev.3:9).  At that future time these unsaved people will know that Christ has loved the very people whom they once persecuted. This is an amazing promise for all of God’s people down through the centuries who have been abused, persecuted, injured and attacked by unsaved people. 

Thanks to the Middletown Bible Church for the insight regarding Revelation 3:9 and related Scriptures.

If this scenario does not unfold at the Great White Throne Judgment, then when would it take place?

Apparently this will also be the time when all the unsaved will bow their knees before Christ and confess that He is Lord  (Phil. 2:9-11).

In 1 Corinthians 6:2 Paul writes to the Corinthian believers and says, “Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world?”  During the thousand year kingdom age, the Lord Jesus will be the primary Judge (Isaiah 33:22), but church-age believers in their glorified bodies will also be given delegated authority to exercise judgment.  Judgment will be given unto them (Rev. 20:4; compare Matthew 19:28).   

What do you think? Please advise me. Please show Scripture for your thoughts.

Thank you.

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