Wednesday, August 23, 2006worth thinking about...
"And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment." (Hebrew 9:27)
Without any doubt, this life will come to an end, at some point, for everyone of us. EVERYONE, without exception. With every passing day, we get closer to the day we will breath our last breath, and then, eternity.
Eternity, for the wicked:
The wicked, put simply, is every unconverted soul. We are sinners by birth and by choice. Sin separates men and women from God. If Jesus hasn't saved you from your sin, you belong in this class; you are wicked.
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)
“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3)
The wicked will have their part in a literal, very real, lake of fire. This place was prepared for the devil and his demons, not as a place where they could rule, but rather, a place of torment. Men and women will end up in the lake of fire because they have preferred following the devil over serving the Living God by faith in Jesus Christ. They will therefore suffer the EXACT same fate as the devil himself.
“And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.” (Revelation 20:10)
“And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” (Revelation 20:14-15)
For all of eternity, these wicked souls will feel fiery torments, and it will never, ever, let up. There will be no measure of comfort, no "getting use to it", no annihilation. There will be no goodness, no grace, no beauty, no joy, no peace... all things noble and blessed will be absent. If you are reading this, dear reader, as one who has not been born-again, this is your fate... this is where you are headed. Do you not think it is time for you to seek God?
“And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.” (Mark 9:43-44)
“Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.” (Isaiah 55:6-7)
To all saints who are reading this: consider Hell. Consider it carefully. Close your eyes, and imagine the horrifying place Hell is. Remind yourselves of a soul you have known, who has passed away without a hope in Christ. Count the number of years that they have been deceased and consider that that is the amount of time they have spent suffering excruciating pain. And then, remind yourselves that they have an eternity to spend in this state.
Has it made you weep? Did it distress you? If it didn't, what a poor excuse for a saint you are! What a poor excuse for a human being you are! Hell is a reality which must grip us. Forgetting about Hell is a ruse of the devil himself. By neglecting the reality of Hell, saints lose the sense of urgency to proclaim the Gospel to all who will hear. Anyone who truly understands what Hell is all about can do nothing else but show others the way out of the condemnation of the Lake of Fire. Anything else would be depraved indifference.