But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
Ever AFRAID? OFF TO HELL!
Ever UNBELIEVING? WORRY? (doesn't say what) OFF TO HELL YOU GO!
Ever HAVE BODY ODOR? (Look up Greek def. of abominable) OFF TO HELL YOU STINKER!
Ever WAS ANGRY AT SOMEONE? Jesus said it's the same as murder. OFF TO HELL FOR YOU TOO!
Ever LUSTED? Looking is the same as adultery according to Jesus...
Ever TAKE MEDICINE? (look up sorcerers) OFF TO HELL YOU DOPE TAKING WITCH!
Ever TOLD A LIE? "ALL" LIARS ARE GOING TO HELL! (doesn't exclude any kind)
[As a side note: Jesus was speaking hyperbolically many times to get a point across. "I don't care how righteous you think you are, you've got some stuff in your closet that needs cleaning up too, just like the ones you are condemning… - you too, need a savior!]
Well, according to the "LITERAL" sense of these words and traditional teaching of the beginning verse; looks like hell's gonna be pretty full. All are going except those that live most of their lives on their knees in constant Prayer for forgiveness.... That is unless you believe that Jesus the Christ's Cross, Death and resurrection canceled "ALL OF EVERYONES" past present and future sins. Think about this, All of us living today and for the past 2000 years had not committed a sin as yet; so it must have included "future" sins ALREADY FORGIVEN "BEFORE" WE COMMITTED THEM! So what about all these folks being thrown into this lake of fire? This has nothing to do with who's forgiven or not, or saved or not, THAT'S A DONE DEAL... JESUS SAID "IT IS FINISHED!" That was the first phase or step in the plan of God from the foundation of the world or this age in Reconciling All things back to Himself (Eph 1:10). This SYMBOLIC LAKE is about a purification process that God the purifier and perfecter of ALL things working out his process of purification in preparation for eternity for those who have not already prepared and going through this process now, suffering purification now. Here is a clear passage about the suffering of Christians now but is largely misunderstood.
1 Peter 4:17 (NKJV)
For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?
1 Peter 4:17 (The Message)
It’s judgment time for God’s own family. We’re first in line. If it starts with us, think what it’s going to be like for those who refuse God’s Message!
These things are just given here in the book of Revelation in SYMBOLIC LANGUAGE…. as the book stated at the very first. Your just seeing a picture of the final phase of God's plan and purpose of the earth, the Savior, The Spirit and the Church and Bride of Christ calling all the rest home "and the Spirit and the Bride say Come!" Rev 22:17 Who are they speaking to if not these in the earlier chapter who are going through the fire (pur & Theion) the process of purification. This is "WHEN ALL OF CREATION WILL SING TOGETHER OF THE WONDERFUL WORKS OF OUR GOD IN CHRIST JESUS AS EVERY KNEE BOWS AND EVERY TONGUE GIVES PRAISE!!! HALLELUJAH!!! (Isa 45:22-25)(Rom 14:11)(Phil 2:10-11)(Rev 5:13) I believe this is an ongoing process that began a long time ago and I don't believe anyone knows when it will end, I'll repeat that, I don't believe anyone knows when it will end. Here is one of those gray areas in my thinking of the plan of God - I simply do not know about the times or seasons God has chosen to accomplish, work out and do these things. If you believe differently that is fine with me; we will come together at some point in the process.
Actually the word for "fire" here is from a Greek word "pur" 4442 which means to "purify" and what they have for the word "eternal" or "forever" or "for ever" (there is a difference) used nearly 100% of the time in the NT is from a Greek word "aionious" 166 from 165 "aion" an adjective from the noun "aion" meaning "AN AGE, or period of time with a beginning and ending" - NOT ETERNAL! The word translated brimstone or sulfur - a terrible ridiculous translation - is Theion 2303 from 2304 Theios and means "a Godly or Divine Flashing" the word was used in ancient language as a word for healing….. That is what readers in that day would have understood when they heard the word theion - healing! Not Punishment by fire and brimstone!
Earlier today I posted "I feel like crap today" what do you think I meant? Someone might say "Dennis was typing so fast on his iPhone it blew them all away!" well anyone today who knows me... or the usual use of this "idiom" would never take that literally and think I obliterated them all somehow. It's the same here with these verses. Many people who read these either do not understand the idioms of the bible day's writers or simply DO NOT KNOW GOD. If they really knew God in Christ they would never have taken it literally in the first place; but would have automatically started thinking of an idiomatic or symbolic meaning which which would fit their knowledge of Who and How God is - His Character; pictured perfectly in Christ Jesus. The first few verses of Revelation make this clear about the book - It is a book of SIGNS; if you see a sign about something you do not think it is the actual thing it is signifying, you know it is pointing to, or giving an illustration or information about something else....
The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:
"Sign-i-fied" = by SIGNS; the signs are not the actual things but pointing to, informing of or figuritive of the REAL things....
Rev 1:1 (Emphasized Bible)
The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave to him, to point out unto his servants the things which must needs come to pass with speed, - and he shewed them by signs, sending through his messenger, unto his servant John;
Rev 1:1 JMNT
An unveiling of Jesus Christ which God gave by Him (in Him; for Him; to Him) to point out to His bond-servants (love-slaves) that which is necessary to come to be (to be birthed) in swiftness. And sending as an apostle, through means of the agent (messenger), He indicated by signs (symbols) to (in; for) His bond-servant John,
The GOD that Jesus the CHRIST portrayed that "I have come to know" would NEVER do such horrendous things as are taught by many bible scholars using this book of Revelation.
Think about this folks, WOULD THE GOD YOU KNOW, DO OR CREATE SUCH A FAILURE.??? Knowing full well the fate of billions of His children before creating a one of them? But going ahead and setting in motion the world or system (Greek = cosmos) that would eventually be their doom? Then saying He Loves them all......?
I can prove these things from scripture; but I most assuredly know them without paper and ink, leather and glue; I KNOW THE TRUE GOD and will have nothing to do with EVIL IDOLS such as Moloch and Baal created in the morbid corrupt minds of fleshly minded men, void of the Spirit of the Living God!
Yea, you took up the tabernacle of Moloch, and the star of your god Remphan, images which you made in order to worship them
Jer 19:5 NIV
They have built the high places of Baal to burn their sons in the fire as offerings to Baal--something I did not command or mention, nor did it enter my mind.
Now, if it never entered God's mind, how could their be such a place… Huh?
1Jn 5:21 NIV
Dear children, keep yourselves from idols.
Idols that would teach burning people in fire… Although, I guess they were more gracious and merciful than the god Orthodox Christianity teaches; at least they just burned up and died; in their version their god doesn't even allow that…
Think about it…
Defending my Fathers Character,
In Love for HIM,
Pastor Dennis DDC