Revelation 20:11-15

The Judgment

Rev 20:11
a great white throne – to symbolize the righteousness of this judgment, to which no man can answer.

and Him who sat on it – this is the Judgment seat of Christ, (John 5:22;  2 Cor 5:10)

from whose presence – the literal translation is face. This goes back to Genesis 4:14, Cain could not look on the face (presence) of Christ. From whose face the earth fled. Now, no man can look upon Him, meaning there is none without guilt.

Rev 20:12
I saw the dead – all of the dead stand before the throne (Heb 9:27;  2 Cor 5:10).

and books were opened – that record every man’s deeds, including every idle word spoken (Matt 12:36); every angry word (Matt 5:22) and every act, whether good or bad.

and another book was opened – the book of life, for whoever hears Christ’s words and believes, has already passed from judgment into life (John 3:16; 5:24).

Rev 20:13
the sea gave up the dead – the sea throughout Revelation refers to baptism/salvation. These are the saved who resurrect.

death and hades gave up their dead – that is the unsaved

death and Hades were thrown in the lake of fire – those who rested in Hades are thrown into the lake of fire. But those from “the sea” are saved.

Rev 20:14
not written in the Book of life – see Rev 13:8; 17:8