There are many conflicting versions of Judgment Day and end time scenarios, and considering the way God likes to tell us what He will do, and then does it right in front of our eyes in such an unique way that we only realize it has happened in retrospect; there’s a good chance we may all be wrong. For example, a babe in a manger, who saw that coming?
To be ‘Biblical’ one must stick to the bible verses, but apparently there’s more than one way to ‘connect-the-dots.’
Anyway, here’s my version:
At Christ’s second coming the dead in Christ will be resurrected, and the believers who are alive will go with them to meet the Lord in the air and be with Him forever. (1 Thess. 4:15-5:4)
But the rest of the dead are resurrected a thousand years later. (Rev. 20:5)
Why two resurrections?
My best guess; the good guys have admitted their guilt and thrown themselves on the mercy of the court, but the rest have denied any wrongdoing, so they’re being held for trial.
The Bible says Satan ‘deceives’ them (the nations) to gather to battle, so the wicked are still under the deception of Satan. (Revelation 20:7&8)
But, then everything is put on hold while the Books are opened. (Rev. 20:12)
Everything anyone has ever done, and everything that has ever happened has been recorded in the Books of Heaven, so after the books have been reviewed there can be no more deception.
My version of “The Books being opened,” is a sermon by Jesus, titled, ‘The Truth, the Whole Truth, and nothing but the TRUTH.’
After His sermon, Jesus makes an alter call, and “Every knee bows, and every tongue confesses that Jesus is LORD.” (Isaiah 45:23, Romans 2:10-11, and Phil. 2:10-11)
Note: The Bible says; “Whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13) And it also says, “No man can say Jesus is Lord, but by the Holy Spirit.”(1 Cor. 12:3)
The Bible also says, “The gates shall not be shut.” “Open continually.” (Rev. 21:25 & Isaiah 60:11)
So I believe, if one of the ‘wicked’ suddenly ran for the gates of the Holy City, Jesus would welcome him with open arms, just as the Prodigal father welcomed his wayward son.
I’m assuming the wicked will have freewill after they are resurrected, and I am assuming God’s heart for His children will be as merciful as ever. I also believe God’s Justice is restorative, rather than retributive.