Earth and sky fled
See how some things have fled? It wasn’t the people who fled (but I bet many would like to). It was the earth and sky, the molecules. The structures in which we have lived and had our being will go. They will disappear from before Jesus, the creator of them.
Before the Great White Throne the molecular is taken away. Our verse says, “no place was found for them.” In this vision that John had the created things do not have a place. In your kitchen you probably put pots in one place, forks in another; coffee mugs in one cabinet and your spatulas where you do your baking. There is a place for things. Before Jesus and this throne all the things we have used and engaged, possessed and worked with have no place.
In this scene it is not about people here and stuff there. It is just about people and what they have done. An accounting is about to commence. Consider what the author of book of Hebrews wrote.
12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13 And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account. (Hebrews 4:12-13–ESV)
Here at the end of God’s man-project the living and active sword of the Lord will have divided the body and spirit. The molecules will be dispatched, but the spirits remain. The essence of what remains will be the thoughts and intentions, the motivations and desires. Though they may have been hidden for much of our lives they will stand naked before God, before all. Note it is not about your body being naked before all others, but your motivations.
These molecules that our lives swirled through will end up being the framework where our motivations are carried out. The deeds done in the body write our story. What we do with the molecules around us reflects the part of us which is spirit.
Equality & diversity before the judge
12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, (Revelation 20:12a–ESV)
While on earth “-isms” e.g. racism, sexism, nationalism, etc., are rampant. Before the throne they will be irrelevant. Maybe you can recall the following line from the second paragraph of the American Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” While this document is American, and clearly imperfectly applied, the bigger picture is Christian; that type of thing in many places in scripture. Know that at the end of time it will be perfectly applied.1
Here at the end of God’s man-project we see it. Probably you have heard the phrase, “they put their pants on like everyone else.”2 Before God we are all equal; we will all be held to the same standard. Many Bible verses have that theme, and at the end of all things one’s earth-status will have no bearing to one’s eternal status.
Your “ism” is no get-out-of-judgment free card
We do not rise or fall before God on the basis of our wealth or other things that describe us. We rise or fall based upon what we have done with the pennies/genes/circumstances/raw material we have been given.