|A good word for
symbols: the throne is
|• Great (implying
large) = power
|• White = purity
|• a Throne =
|all of which are
attributes of God.
|A distinction is
made between “books” and “book” -- this is generally taken to be books of
deeds versus the book of life.
|The passage about
the sea giving up its dead would have been of importance to an ancient
Christian. Many believed that if a
person was not properly buried, his spirit (literally, ghost) would walk the
earth until the Resurrection. This is
the origin of our beliefs about ghosts today (i.e, those who had violent
deaths, etc.). This passage assures
those who had that belief that no one would be exempt -- burial did not
matter, if even those who died at sea were to be brought to judgment.
|Do all appear at the
Last Judgment? Most futurists say no,
the saints are exempt. I think
not; the scene recorded in Matthew
25:31ff seems to indicate that all appear -- some for blessing, some for the
lake of fire.
|The key point is
this: He who is righteous and
omnipotent will call you to account.
Would you rather rely on your own righteousness, or His?