There will be a time in everyone’s existence where all the shadows are illuminated, revealing a startling reality, a shuddering awareness as we enter the realm of everlasting day. The presence of God will fill […]
Heaven is described in the Bible and most everyone would like to go to heaven. The Eastern religions do not describe a delightful heaven, but rather, depict an absence of earth’s pain or a nirvana […]
Every product has a trademark, brand, or seal certifying the nature of its contents. So too are people, first by God with respect to His Children. “And you also were included in Christ when you […]
I experienced a dream of dying which was filled with emotion and questioning. Each of us will face, whether consciously or not, a point where we breath our last breath. Breathing is an involuntary action, […]
“For as the new heavens and the new earth that I make shall remain before me, says the Lord, so shall your offspring and your name remain. From new moon to new moon, and from Sabbath to Sabbath, all […]
“I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that have nothing more that they can do. But I will warn you whom to fear: fear him who, after […]
We humans are made in the image of God, meaning we have an appearance of Him. The similarity may be in our triune existence of spirit, soul, and body, as God is Father, Son, and […]
“And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the Lord. And they shall go forth and look upon the carcasses of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh.” Isiah 66:23-24.
“It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into hell, ‘where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.’ ” Mark 9:47-48.
”If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, he also will drink the wine of God’s wrath, poured full strength into the cup of his anger, and he will be tormented with fire and sulfur in the presence of the holy
“And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear him who is able to destroy both soul and body in Hell.” Matthew 10:28. We are not to fear persons who can only kill our temporal body but Christ who has the power over both eternal life and eternal death. The Greek word for Hell here is Gehenna, an eternal place of torment where the fires are not quenched (Mark 9:43, II These 1:9).
Even the power some persons may have to persecute us in this life is only given
“John said to the crowds coming out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?” (Luke 3:7)
Pilgrim’s Progress, by John Bunyan is the most read book besides the Bible. It was published in 1678 and has never been out of print. It is an allegory about Christian who lives in, and subsequently leaves, the City of Destruction. Christian learns that the city will soon be destroyed and he urges his friends, neighbors, and family to flee the coming wrath. They refuse his warning, seeing no sign of imminent danger, but Christian leaves on his own, although burdened with a load of sin.
This kernel of truth that Bunyan illustrates
Judeo-Christian teaching is full of the concept of the after life including much on heaven – the kingdom of God and some on Hell, Hades, and eternal punishment. For Believers Heaven is our goal, to be eternally in God’s glorious presence, and “saved” from God’s wrath and eternal torment. We are encouraged to think of our heavenly reward.
“For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed…
C. S. Lewis stated in his book Mere Christianity that “Each day we are becoming a creature of splendid glory or one of unthinkable horror.” In his book Perelandra Lewis describes how the Garden of Eden scene might have played out on another planet. A character in the book, Professor Weston, becomes demon possessed and thereafter loses an independent personality as he becomes controlled by Satan and eventually becomes indistinguishable from Satan. Weston plays the role of tempter of the Eve character (the Lady of Perelandra) and is described as the Un-man.
Lewis describes Weston…