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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: The Reader (04/15/10)

TITLE: The Great White Throne
By Beth LaBuff


A parted veil — Eternity —
When all earth ages ended,
And through the veil, The Great White Throne
In space appeared – suspended.
Around the throne an empty void,
For earth and sky had fled,
Then Hades vomited its souls,
The sea gave up her dead.

The small and great, before The Throne—
The resurrected dead,
Where each awaited destiny—
Each soul— alone, to give account,
No refuge, no façade.
The Hands they’d fallen into? –
Those of the Living God.

Their eyes affixed upon the throne
As record books were brought,
And each soul’s heart melted within—
Impending doom – distraught.
Books of their deeds done during life,
Their eyes bespoke their terror.
Their thoughts and each vile action—
Recorded – each one’s error.

Who was worthy— Who could read
Each word the books contained?
While they watched, there stood The Lamb
Appearing, as if slain.
They recognized him as the One,
Once dead, now resurrected.
In life— His name a curse word—
The One each soul rejected.

Then while they gazed the Lamb transformed,
Each soul sought to retreat.
His robe that clothed, was dipped in blood
It reached down to His feet.
And to this One, the Righteous Judge
In terror, their eyes raised.
His hair like snow, His feet like bronze,
Probed each with eyes that blazed.

To death and Hades, He held keys.
The name across His thigh –
The KING of kings and LORD of lords,
Was viewed by each soul’s eye.
His voice like rushing water,
When he commenced to read
The ledger scribed within the books—
A list of each soul’s deeds.

Then finally —The Lamb’s Book of Life –
Brought forth, and then unbound.
As each soul watched, The Reader searched
Each name though, nowhere found.
Then terror gripped, as each soul pled,
Heart-rending cries — too late!
They’d trampled God’s Son underfoot—
Had to accept their fate.

Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire.
The lake of fire is the second death.
If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life,
He was thrown into the lake of fire
Revelation 20: 14-15 NIV

Note to The Reader:
This is a future event that will require your presence unless
you accept Jesus Christ as your Savior.

John 3:16-18 NIV
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,
that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world,
but to save the world through him.
Whoever believes in him is not condemned,
but whoever does not believe stands condemned already
because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son.

Poem based on:
Revelation 20:11-15; Revelation 19:12-13, 16; John 5:22, 27

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Beverly Caviness04/22/10
Wow POWERFUL and captivating it makes one think of what is ahead! I like the Bible reference given to backup the authors thoughts. A fascinating poem.
Noel Mitaxa 04/22/10
I marvel at your skill in combining imagery, clarity, rhyme, cadence and challenge with an open invitation. Powerfully expressed, with full scriptural authority. Brilliant.
Rikki Akeo04/22/10
Beautiful imagery. Perfect flow and use of words! Nothing you write seems forced. Always like a song flowing from your heart!
angelos2 wark04/23/10
Beautifully written!
The words flowed with such ease.
The message apowerful one.
You've Mastered the topic.
Charla Diehl 04/23/10
Another excellent and winning entry for sure. Powerful and relevant for those who are still uncommitted to faith.
Angela M. Baker-Bridge04/23/10
Donna Wolther04/23/10
Your note to the reader was fantastic. I love Revelation and you did such a nice job of portraying even the fairness yet sadness of that judgement.
Jackie Wilson04/24/10
Wonderful on so many levels. I appreciate your adherence to the scenario as presented in the Bible, while capturing the personal aspect and making it come alive. This grabs the reader with its importance. And the poetry was, in every way, superb!
Lisha Hunnicutt04/24/10
Wow! Very powerful message.
Mona Purvis04/25/10
I'm sooo in awe. In tears I shared this with my husband. I'm so glad I won't have to stand before Him at that terrible judgment day...and it's all because of Jesus. Thank you for this wonderful poem.

Joan Campbell04/25/10
Beautiful! It flows so smoothly and you pack so much into it. I love the note to the reader at the end - a powerful appeal. You make this look so easy!
Loren T. Lowery04/27/10
When I read something like this and realize what is coming and know in my heart the absolution found in God's forgiveness and the love He has for us, I am in three words: overwhelmed and thankful. And, in just one word to describe your talent in this genre: overwhelmed, as well.
Pamela Kliewer04/27/10
Wow - Excellent!
AnneRene' Capp04/27/10
Rich, exquisite and a masterpiece all around. Amen!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 04/27/10
Wow this is very powerful. I understand why you wrote it in the tense that you did, for God knows no time and it has happened in a blink of an eye. Beautiful, mighty and truthful.
Edmond Ng 04/28/10
A well thought poem with truth declared ahead of its time and an underlining evangelistic message! Great work!
Lyn Churchyard04/28/10
Carol Penhorwood 04/28/10
So powerful and intense! And truth fitly spoken! This is a winner for certain!
Rachel Phelps04/28/10
Beth - I have nothing to say that hasn't already been said. Your talent astounds me and this entry is a gem.
Karen Macor04/28/10
So glad I got to read this. Wonderful and moving.
Sarah Elisabeth 04/28/10
Ruth Stromquist04/28/10
This is my favorite one of all I've seen so far of yours, Beth -- just awesome. I expect the Lord will use this powerfully in many lives.
Joshua Janoski04/29/10
This poem proves that you aren't just skilled at the comedic stuff. I loved some of the imagery in this. One of my favorite lines is:

Then Hades vomited its souls,
The sea gave up her dead.

Lines like that give my mind such vivid images. This one has an important message as well. Thank you for using your gift to reach out to others and minister.

Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 04/29/10
Congratulations in placing in the top 40 over-all and in the top 15 of your level. Good job!
Lyn Pasifakis06/17/10
Masterfully told - a picture of words that should be an encouragement to all. Most solemn occasion but a joy for those who find their name in the Lamb's Book. God bless and please write more.