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The Last Judgment when all people will stand in judgment before Jesus Christ and a verdict of their salvation will be made. According to the teaching of some Evangelical Christians—particularly among those Protestant groups who adhere to a millennialist eschatology—there will be two separate judgments at the time of the Last Judgment. According to this concept, the Great White Throne judgment is different than the Bema seat judgment, which will be only for Christians. The term is taken from Revelation 20:11-15 (KJV).

11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. 13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. 14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

Other Christian denominations do not interpret the Bible as implying two last judgements, but see only one final judgement for all mankind (including Christians), at which Jesus will separate the saved from the damned. Matthew 25:31-33 (KJV).

31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: 32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: 33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
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