What is the great white throne?


Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. The earth and the heavens fled from his presence, and there was no place for them.  Revelation 20:11
            The great white throne is a final judgment seat.  It’s great (powerful, final) and white (holy and righteous).  Some believe final judgment is a two step process.
 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.  Matthew 25:31-33
            The first judgment separates the righteous (those who are right with God) from the unrighteous (those not right with God).
            The second judgement, the great white throne, is for believers only, where they must account for all their sins.
But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken. Matthew 12:36
For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living. You, then, why do you judge your brother? Or why do you look down on your brother? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. It is written:
“ ‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord,
‘every knee will bow before me;
every tongue will confess to God.’ “ So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God. Romans 14:9-12
            Why would we have to give an account of our sins if we’ve been forgiven by Jesus’ death on the cross?  A legal formality…a reminder…a final period at the end of our sentence.  We see and acknowledge our sin and plead guilty, but Jesus declares paid in full.  We are truly free from the world and move on to true freedom with God.