The question is who is to be resurrected at the great white throne? Unbelievers are life in the grave, in that state of death, until they are resurrected at the great white throne judgment. John says in revelation 20:12, "And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged out of those things which were written."
We continue our discussion on the "Great White Judgment" and who will be there at this Judgment.
According to the Scriptures in Revelation 20: 12, this is the picture of the resurrection of the wicked dead. In order to understand what John is talking about when he says, "I saw the dead stand before God", we need to outline the program of resurrection. In John 5:27, "the Lord Jesus says that the Father hath given Him, that is the Son, authority to execute judgment, also because He is the son of Man." He is speaking of the universality of resurrection.
Continuation on "The Great White Throne Judgment", 11 Peter 3: 10 . " But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night' which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up." Now here is a description of the dissolution of this present heaven and present earth. They will be consumed by the fervent heat that will melt the elements.
Where will the "Great White Throne Judgment" take place" The Apostle John tells us that from the One who sat on the Throne, "The earth and Heaven fled away and there was found no place for them." We should observe that this throne is not set up on the earth because the earth is gone.