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“There Will Be Weeping and Gnashing of Teeth.”

By Watchman | October 11, 2008

“The Son of Man shall send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend and those who practice lawlessness, and will cast them into the furnace of fire.  There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.”  (Matthew 13:41-42)

“When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory.  All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left…Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you curse, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels…’ and these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”  (Matthew 25:31-33, 41, 46)

“And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God and books were opened.  And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life….And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”  (Revelation 20:12, 15)

      Children of God, hell is real.  It is a real, physical location also known Scripturally as the Lake of Fire.  Its exact location is known only to God, but what He tells us in His Word is clear: it is a place where the fire is not quenched; a place of death and destruction where “their worm does not die,” where the “smoke of their torment ascends up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day or night.”  Worse than any torture imaginable is the truth that once in hell, people are eternally separated from God and from the presence of our Lord Jesus.  It is eternal separation from love, beauty, kindness–every good thing which God in His infinate imagination made as gifts for us.  Hell was originally created by God for Satan and the rest of the rebellious angels–it was not created for man.  God does not choose that any person should end up in the fires of hell.  However, God is perfect, righteous and Holy:  He will never allow sin to enter and taint His heavenly home.  Sin is our choice.  If we end up in hell, God did not choose that we go there–we chose our own sinful way over His lovingkindness.  According to John in the book of the Revelation, “there shall by no means enter into it [heaven] anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.”   Don’t be deceived by the lies.  If you do not belong to God, then you belong to the devil.  There is no other choice to make.  You don’t have to say the Lord’s Prayer backwards or burn incense to Lucifer to belong to him.  If you live in rebellion against God, then you are Satan’s.   God requires that we make a choice to love, serve and obey Him and to accept Christ Jesus into our hearts to be our Lord and Savior.  Satan claims everybody else and has little to do but stop the ears of those the Holy Spirit would try to touch.  Satan is a liar and the father of all lies, and he uses any means possible to keep mankind from hearing and responding to the love of God.  He uses our desire to be loved and our desire to shine in the eyes of the world; he uses our appetites and lusts for people, things and power; he uses our desire to feel good about ourselves; he even uses our own intelligence and scientific accomplishments against us, convincing us of the old lie he first used in the garden of Eden: that we can be as gods.

Next, let us take a look at what the Word says concerning who will end up in the Lake of Fire.

 

      Proverbs 6:16-19 tells us there are seven things which are an abomination to the Lord:

1)  A proud look

2)  A lying tonge

3)  Hands that shed innocent blood

4)  A heart that devises wicked plans

5)  Feet that are swift in running to evil

6)  A false witness who speaks lies

7)  One who sows discord among brethren.

     “You shall not glean your vineyard, nor shall you gather every grape of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor and the stranger:  I am the Lord your God.  You shall not steal, nor deal falsely, nor lie to one another.  And you shall not swear by My Name falsely, nor shall you profane the name of your God:  I am the Lord.  You shall not cheat your neighbor…you shall not go about as a talebearer…you shall not hate your brother in your heart…you shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge…”  Leviticus 9:10-18

     I Corinthians 6: 9-10 says: “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God?  Do not be deceived.  Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.”

     Revelation 21: 8:  But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”

     Finally, we cannot discuss what is deserving of heaven or hell without mentioning the Ten Commandments:

1)  I am the Lord your God…you shall have no other gods before me

2)  You shall not make for yourself graven images, bow down to them, nor serve them

3)  You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain

4)  Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy

5)  Honor your father and your mother

6)  You shall not murder

7)  You shall not commit adultery

8)  You shall not steal

9)  You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor

10)  You shall not covet ANYTHING that is your neighbor’s.

     Folks, this is a pretty comprehensive list of behaviors that God will not accept.  In none of the above does God tells us that we cannot do these things on a regular basis, or that we’ll be happier if we use these “principles” as a vague guideline to acceptable behavior.  He is specific–we are never, ever to engage in certain behaviors.  They are abhorrent to Him.

     I’ve found that the usual reaction to all of this is “Well, I’m not really too bad.  I haven’t raped or killed anybody.  I try to be nice to everybody.”  Beloved, this is  not high school and God isn’t grading us on the curve.  I remember when the news broadcasts were dominated by the story of a woman who drowned her five children in the bathtub.  I called my son in to watch it with me, so he’d have something to compare me to.  Do you really think this is going to work with an all-holy God?  God hates sin—All sin.  When you break one of the Ten Commandments, you might as well have broken them all.  God is God and does not apply relativity in the same way that we do.  Sure, I’d rather have a liar or fornicator living next door than an axe-murderer or rapist.  To God, all four are sinning.  You might say, “but I DO keep the Commandments.”  Okay–so you’ve never once in your life lied?  You’ve never used the precious Name of God in a way other than in praise of Him? You’ve never slept with someone to whom you were not married?  Never ignored God’s day of rest and worship?  Never passed by a person in need without trying to relieve some of his need?  Have you kept the spirit of the Commandments?  The Sixth Commandment is “You shall not murder.”  Jesus, however, has this to say in the fifth chapter of Matthew:  “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder, and whoever  murders will be in danger of the judgment.’  But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without cause shall be in danger of the judgment…whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire….”  You’ve never committed adultery?  Here’s what Jesus had to say: “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.  Are you beginning to get the picture?  Every word we have ever spoken, every act we have taken, every thought we have allowed to enter our minds is subject to the judgment of God.  God sees into our hearts.  He sees the selfish motives we may have had when doing good works, He sees the anger and resentment in our hearts, He sees the pride and lust and the shame.  He sees the ungodly movies we watch, the books we read, the sites we access on the internet.  We have ALL sinned, and ALL fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3: 23).  There is none who does good, no, not one (Psalm 14:3).  We are all worthy of judgment and punishment. 

     All praise be to the loving God of the universe!  Though rebellious man turned away from Him; though sin found an opening in the perfect world He created, God had a plan of redemption ready for us!  He sent His only begotten Son, Jesus (or Yeshua, His Hebrew name) to take our sins upon His sinless body, to bear our punishment, so that all who believe in Him need not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16)!  God became Man to suffer the punishment we deserve and to overcome death so that we may be made righteous in Him!  If we do not accept this wonderful gift and sacrifice, then we continue in rebellion against God and His Word, and our end will be in the Lake of Fire created for the devil and his angels.  If we accept His love and sacrifice and try to follow in the righteous path to which He has called us, we will spend eternity with Him in heaven! Brothers and sisters, can you even contemplate choosing hell over heaven?  In his first epistle to the Corinthians, Paul quotes the prophet Isaiah: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”   In the fourteenth chapter of the Gospel of John,  Jesus said, “In my Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you.  I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”   Jesus wants you in the heavenly places with Him and is preparing a special place for those who love Him. 

     Hell is not a popular subject in many of today’s churches.  Too many pastors, priests and preachers don’t want to offend their congregations or make them feel “badly about themselves.”   In the movie SISTER ACT,  the main character (played by Whoopie Goldberg) points out to a priest that the main idea was to get some “butts in the seats” at church.  NO WAY!   The main idea is the salvation of souls through hearing the unchanging and inerrant Word of the Most High God!  Hell is real; it is forever and it is a place of great and unending torment and regret.  God does not wish one person to die in his or her sin and be condemned to hellfire eternal–but He will not force anyone to choose heaven.  He will follow you to the very gates of hell to call you back to Him–but He will not follow you into hell, nor will He allow hell to invade heaven.  Do you hear Him calling to you now?  Listen, children of God!  Turn to Him, accept His sacrifice for you along with His love, and be saved!

“…Choose you this day who you will serve…..but as for me and my house, we will seve the Lord.”  (Joshua 24:15)

“I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing:  therefore choose life, that both you and your seed may live.”  (Deuteronomy 30:19)

Maranatha!

 

 

 

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