Clarence E. Mason's "ESCHATOLOGY
SECTION XI - THE TRANSITION
FROM TIME TO ETERNITY
BY THE AUTHOR
Dr. Clarence E. Mason, Jr.
Philadelphia College of Bible
Edited by Dr. Clarence E. Mason,
THE TRANSITION FROM TIME TO ETERNITY
- THE SECOND RESURRECTION AND
THE GREAT WHITE THRONE JUDGMENT
Rev. 20:11-15, as compared with w.5-6, make it perfectly plain that no
righteous dead will fail to be raised in the first resurrection before the
1000 years, and all wicked dead will be included in the second resurrection at
the end of the 1000 years. This second resurrection is with a view to their
eternal punishment (w. 13-15).
The Great White Throne Judgment has been contrasted under Section IX, G, p.
169, with the Judgment on the Gentiles (Mt. 25:31-46). That study hinges
around the contrast between the living (Jews and Gentiles at the close of the
tribulation, Mt. 24-25) and the dead (Jews and Gentiies of all ages, Rev. 20).
This is certainly a main emphasis and has been the time-honored distinction.
Dr. H. A. Ironside has raised a question, however, which might qualify this
slightly. The plain statement of Scripture is that every one shall "give
account of himself to God, " presumably in a formal judgment. This being the
case, the question may well be asked as to when God will "judge" these people
who will be born during the thousand years, who become saved sometime during
that period. Presumptively any remaining wicked have already taken part in the
rebellion led by Satan at the close of the thousand years. But, when will the
righteous, born and saved during that period, be judged?
Will there by any living believers at the Great White Throne judgment? All
other believers will have long since been judged. Perhaps this may be why the
Book of Life is present (Rev. 20:12). May this be the reason for the emphasis
"whosoever was not found in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire"
(v. 15)? This may be an added factor on the Great White Throne judgment not
usually considered by expositors.
- THE DAY OF GOD (the LORD)
AND THE NEW HEAVENS AND THE NEW EARTH (See note at Section VII, K, pp.
- The Day of God/Lord 2
The Day of God is the concluding judgment in the period called the Day of
the Lord, which began with the removal of the Church from the earth. The Day
of God sees the final removal of the effects of sin from the universe
through the judgment on the earth itself.
- The creation of the New
Heavens and New Earth
There are two views: either the present earth and heaven are so purified
with fire as to be to every good intent and purpose new heavens and new
earth; or more probably, the creation of entirely new heavens and new earth
after the present heavens and earth are destroyed by God. Consider the
following verses in the evaluation of the above: Isa. 65:7; 66:22; 2 Pet.
3:13; Rev. 21:1; cp. Heb. 12:22-24. This will be the eternal dwelling place
of the redeemed of all ages.
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