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Sixth Edition, 1915
By Dr. John Thomas (first edition written 1861)



Chapter 20

5. The Great White Throne





“And I saw a GREAT WHITE THRONE, and him sitting upon it, from whose face the earth and the heaven had fled away; and place had not been found for them”.

In connection with this Great White Throne, John saw other thrones. “I saw thrones,” saith he, “and they sat upon them, and judgment had been given unto them” — a principal throne encompassed by other thrones. His vision of the thrones is more fully described in ch. 4. They are the thrones of the House of David occupied by “the Firstfruits unto the Deity and the Lamb,” who “sit with the Son on his throne” (ch. 3:21). It is the throne of the new kingdom ruling over all without a rival. John’s position in the vision when he saw this great throne of the redeemer, and the redeemed, who had “washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb,” and therefore communicated whiteness in vision to all things identified with them — is when he and they had “executed the judgment written” and “given to them;” and were able to “rest from their labors” (ch. 14:13). “Judgment had been given, edothe, to them sitting upon the thrones” he saw; and as the result of its execution by the means represented in the military array of ch. 19 they had cast down the thrones of the kings of the nations, and had appropriated their “many diadems” to themselves (Dan. 7:9; Apoc. 19:12). The thrones were now theirs who had conquered them; “and they sat upon them” ruling the subject nations (ch. 2:26,27). And so thoroughly and absolutely had they overcome “the kings of the earth and their armies,” that there remained no place, space, or country, where they could hold their own. The earth was conquered to the ends of it, and all the nations were inherited by the King of kings and Lord of lords (Psa. 2:8). ln the words of the Seventh Vial, “every island had fled away, and the mountains were not found” — the kingdoms and empires of the world had disappeared as completely as the empires of Alexander and Napoleon I.

The establishment of the Great White Throne of Christ and his Brethren changes the face of the entire world. The Gentile Constitution of Society in Church and State is entirely abolished; and all the sinners, the “miserable sinners,” as they truly declare themselves to be, or “the spirituals of wickedness”, as Paul styles them, who constitute the hierarchies, aristocracies, and office-holders, of the body politic, will be abolished with it, being “scattered,” “put down.” and “sent empty away” (Luke 1:51-53). Popes, Cardinals, Archbishops, Bishops, Priests, Parsons, and all other sorts of superior and inferior dealers in “sorcery” and “lies;” emperors, kings, cabinets, diplomatists, officers of state, military and naval commanders, parliaments, congresses, and all sorts of legislative bodies — these all will be chased into the darkness of annihilation, and historical contempt, as “the Devil and his Angels,” who for ages were “them who destroy the earth” (ch. 11:18). All these constituted things, with the peoples, nations, and tongues, in their political aggregation, are the Gentile “Heavens and Earth,” or Body Politic. Its complete supersession by the world-wide dominion of the Saints, is Apocalyptically represented by the saying, “the Heaven and the Earth fled away; and place had been found for them no more.” The manner of their flight is symbolically illustrated in Dan. 2:34,35, where, as elements of Nebuchadnezzar’s political image, they are smitten by the Stone Power, and “broken to pieces together, and become like the chaff of the summer threshing-floors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them; and the Stone that smote the image become a GREAT MOUNTAIN, and filled the whole earth”




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