The final scene of these preliminary Ages now opens before us, for here will take place the Judgment of the Great White Throne (Revelation 20:11-15), that awful Bar of Eternal Destiny at which the Father Himself will preside. At this judgment are arraigned:
1. Those who have never heard the Gospel nor had any knowledge or understanding of God: these will be judged according to their works, whether good or bad.
2. Those who have determinedly and finally rejected the loving sacrifice of God's Beloved Son; these will inevitably be eternally, though reluctantly, committed by God to the everlasting punishment of being cut off for ever in darkness and isolation from God and each other, without hope or relief. The smoke of their judgment will be an eternal warning to any who in future Ages may be tempted to follow their bad example.
After this, we read in 1 Corinthians 15:24, "cometh the end when He shall have delivered up the Kingdom to God, even the Father". It is here that the oft-repeated phrase "The Ages of the Ages" begins to have a fuller meaning. Life, though perfect, will not be stagnant. There is no way of imagining what may be in the heart of an everlasting God! The only guide we have, and it is sufficient, is the fact that God is Love, and love is a desire for the society and happiness of others. We can only wait in humility and expectation for the Almighty Lover to put before His loving Creation fresh plans for the happiness of other creations beyond our imagination.