At the end of time, Jesus Christ will return literally and physically to our world. When Jesus Christ returns, every remaining unfulfilled promise and prophecy, every longing for hope and justice, every anticipation for renewal finally will be realized. All that is corrupt will be made right; all that is broken will be fixed. Heaven and earth will come together into a new and final reality.
Matthew 24-25, 1 Corinthians 13:8-12, Galatians 5:5, Revelation 21:1-2
Every person who ever lived will be subject to a final, ultimate judgment. All of our words, actions, intentions, and inner thoughts will be measured against the perfect law of God. We all will be accountable both for what we have done and what we should have done. Unfortunately, in and of ourselves, we will be found guilty before God.
Matthew 12:33-37, Romans 3:9-20, Revelation 20:11-15
However, those who have turned from their sin and by faith trusted in Jesus Christ in this life will receive the final forgiveness promised them when they first believed. They will enter into sinless and eternal fellowship with God in heaven. Those without Jesus will be left in their sin and guilt and cast out of the presence of God forever. This separation will be a final and continual experience of God’s justice and wrath alongside unending expressions of selfishness, defiance, self-pity, isolation, and frustration in hell.
Luke 16:19-31, 17:20-37, 1 Corinthians 1:20-22
Jesus Christ also will renew all of creation by removing every mark of sin and brokenness. Every experience of pain and sadness, disease and sickness, and corruption and futility will be removed and replaced with a new creation. Those in Christ will receive their resurrected bodies and enjoy an ever increasing experience of joy in God surrounded by the beauty of a perfect creation filled with the presence of Jesus.
Romans 8:18-25, 1 Corinthians 15, Revelation 21-22
Dr. Tim Keller: Objections to the Final Judgment of God
Dr. Tim Keller: Is it Fair?
John Piper: Final Judgment
John Piper: What is the Point of Heaven?
Mark Driscoll: On the Final Judgment
Mark Driscoll: God’s Response to Sin