Death 2 Death
This is about a VERY negative subject, but I will begin on THE MOST positive note.
Recently I experienced almost the happiest day of my life (besides the day of my new birth and baptism into the Spirit which both occurred on the same day). This experience resulted from opening my Bible and reading the passage from Revelation 21:3 and 4. I have read these words many times, but there was a difference here. For the first time in my life I believed what I was reading. (I will tell you right up front that this was because I had finally seen the truth on the subject of hell through brother Elwin Roach – the site is http://www.godfire.net/ ) And I quote:
…." 21:3 And I heard a loud
voice out of the throne, saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and
He will tabernacle with them, and they will be His peoples, and God Himself
will be with them and be their God.
21:4 And He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and death will be no more, nor will there be sorrow or crying or pain anymore; for the former things have passed away. " ….
Too bad the preachers don't believe this. Too bad most people have been blinded from it due to the doctrines of men having literally deceived us for centuries. So do I believe today's preachers or the words of my dear dear God?
The next verse has the phrase: these words are faithful and true. Who has read this at face value??? Yet God says these words are faithful and true. Or is this just something John made up? Is he wrong so all today's preachers can be right? Is it possible the majority of true Christians could be deceived? Maybe old man John was the one who was delusional and off his rocker. He was, after all, a very old man at the time. Here's the whole verse: 21:5 And He who sits on the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And He said, Write, for these words are faithful and true. So OK, do we believe these words? Not most of us American believers. So, here let me quote them again with some emphasis on some of these TRUE words of God!
21:3 And I heard a loud voice out of the throne, saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will tabernacle with them, and they will be His peoples, and God Himself will be with them and be their God.
21:4 And He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and death will be no more, nor will there be sorrow or crying or pain anymore; for the former things have passed away.
21:5 And He who sits on the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And He said, Write, for these words are faithful and true.
THESE WORDS are true!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Not some darkened self anointed preacher's words who stands behind some pulpit that is a tradition of men making the Word of God of none effect.
You see – because of a recent study of things, mostly scriptures and original meanings of Greek, etc., I had seen the true nature of hell of fire is (that it is not what folks think it is) and the lake (that biblically this is God Himself - being the only eternal element there really is). Needless to say (unless you don't see what I'm saying in order to truly understand) after this I read these words and believed them for the first time. I was absolutely euphoric!! Full of insane joy. Of course I was floating for a long time and Oh! So happy! Of course, once again, it's pretty obvious what kind of point I'm trying to make here. Isn't it obvious by now: TODAY'S CHRISTIANS ARE DECEIVED AND BEING MORE DECEIVED. You could be one of them. So could I. Let me ask you. Do you believe in an eternal burning hell where devils torture people in literal flames forever and forever without hope and without end? If you don't now, well, how long have you believed it? My point is only one thing: why, in this evil, fallen, crying, dying world where today's Christianity is so non God glorifying and actually, in fact, displaying a false image of a God who designed a place of torture forever for the creatures He himself created, would you want to agree with the majority of them instead of the rare minority who are willing to stick their head on a chopping block of rejection for truth (even being rejected by their own relatives as much as that hurts) so that truth will come from under a bushel and win. The present false concepts Christians hold cast a false light upon a truly loving God that rather than show who He really is and this turns people off.
There have even been many people who, because of these beliefs (which the human frame was not designed to hold or handle as a healthy concept), have, as a result, have had nervous breakdowns, died of broken hearts, ended up in insane asylums and some have even killed their own children to stop them from going to hell.
So, of course I intend to share with you scriptures that prove this and please note: the amount of scriptural evidence I will share is minimal compared to what the Bible contains. I will barely be scratching the surface. If you wish I can point you to volumes and volumes of proof texts, and/or links etc. that prove the evidence.
Before I point to the scriptures, I wish to share with you from a "computer engineer" viewpoint as some of us see things from such a viewpoint. A brother I know well and I recently went to the brother's son’s house, who is a computer engineer and has fellow computer engineers and gamers over at his house and frequently (as he is a programmer for some very famous and popular computer games these days). The folks who visit his house frequently get saved because he gets filled and bold breaking down crying and laying hands on folks and lives get changed at his house! Also this brother quite often experiences dreams half the night from the Lord and has had frequent visions and prophecies. Also his dad tells me that quite often the Lord speaks to him in computer code!! Recently he developed his own code that is being used by others now! Anyway, does he believe as I do about the lake of fire being a temporary crisis that will eventually bring ALL to repentance and eventual life? Yes. He is also the creator of many games on the market, the most recent is called "Supreme Commander" and you can find the cool site for it online at: http://www.supremecommander.com/ .
Anyhow, on this particular evening we were going watch the movie: "One Night with the King" but found out Elijah had already seen it so he "changed our reality" and instead shared with us what he had recently received from the Lord concerning the 12 dimensions. Beginning at 0 not 1, of course. 1st is a point of matter. 2nd is another point making a second dimension. If you add a 3rd you have a plain and if you add another plain … a cube …. Well, I know you know all this already. If there were no matter, there would be no space between matter from one object to another. Would there be time? Time passes because of the changes of matter but actually matter is inside time and it's dimensions. All of this is inside another dimension. Reality. Because of different times, spaces and matter objects (OK, so I recently heard that "the" theory now is that there are actually 17 dimensions according to the latest scientist so I may not be explaining it very well at all) the perceptions of different beings of reality are different with different places, times, objects and concepts. But reality is still reality. Your reality surely is on a different plain of time than mine or should I say a different perception? Not really (pun intended) – not totally. Sometimes your reality might have a point or points that meets my reality either with time, objects or concepts etc. Then we have a cube. None of this is the point though. The point is that there is another dimension which again – just like reality contains all the other dimensions of matter, space and time within it, this dimension has not only all those dimensions within it but all of reality also within it. That dimension is God. No duh, huh, I know you'll say. But there is a little known verse in the scripture in Colossians that says when God created all things He did it in the Son. Makes perfect sense since the Son is God. Where else would God have put creation since He is already ALL? He would have to make all things inside Himself! There is just nowhere else to put everything. So if there were no matter there would be no space and time but all of that is within God so He IS the I AM AT the beginning of time and ending of time all the "time" (who knows – maybe I should have said all the eternity as He experiences it) as well as we can grasp it, … or not grasp it, … or believe it, … or not believe it. The point is all things are IN HIM : from Him, for Him, through Him and back TO Him again. If all this is true and it is, there could be no such thing as an eternity AWAY FROM THE PRESENCE OF GOD!!!
Now let us see the same verses explained by today's preachers:
21:3 And I heard a loud voice out of the throne, saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, (except the damned of course) and He will tabernacle with them, and they will be His peoples, (some of them) and God Himself will be with them and be their God. (This does not count for those idolaters who did not repent)
21:4 And He will wipe away every tear from their eyes (except the millions [95% or more of humanity some say] crying in hell and those of us crying for our relatives who went there or did they just die and get forgotten – so He had to alter our memory and make us forget them!!!!); and death will be no more (except those in the second death) , nor will there be sorrow or crying or pain anymore (EXCEPT in HELL you crazy old man!!!); for the former things have passed away (like they died?? Like death died – now that is true and correct!!).
21:5 And He who sits on the throne said, Behold, I make all things new (except for them old burning sinners). And He said, Write, for these words are faithful and true. (these are sure nice sounding poetic phrases).
Hmmmmm .... obviously MOST Christians in America do not believe these verses are the TRUE WORDS OF HIM WHO SITS ON THE THRONE WHO SPOKE THEM WITH A LOUD VOICE!!!!!!!!! They got their own add ins and parenthesis to the scriptures which will bring them the adding of the plagues threatened by Yeshua as written in this book. So they had better repent in sackcloth and ashes! Yes! I still believe in judgment. Yes! I still believe in fearing God and that judgment is downright terrifying and scary. But it is falling into the hands of an angry just, fair and holy God with fiery indignation, NOT SOME crazy torturing demons who are totally unjust and unholy.
OK, here is another topic brought up in our conversation that night. At one point we talked about seeing a star that was 100,000 light years away. Say this star (possibly this isn't true) has died out 50,000 years ago. Well, that would be its reality but not ours because the light travels 100,000 years before it gets to us so we would not perceive its death. Now my point here (although this may not even be true or possible – not sure if matter has really been around that long. But it could be true if matter has been in existence that long.) is not some concept of reality variables but only this simple truth. My eyes were suddenly opened that night to see that none of those stars out there has an eternal flame. So why do we think there would be a place to torture men that is more endless than these stars are? Suddenly the realization came upon me that only God is eternal and everything else is temporal!! Now, you and I are eternal but only because eternal life has been imparted to us. It goes without saying then that "our God is a consuming fire" is the only fire that could be called the unquenchable eternal fire as it will burn on and on until its task is complete. As Jesus said "everyone will be salted with fire." EVERYONE! This fire alone is ETERNAL and cannot be put out. This does NOT mean, however, that that which it judges will NOT be consumed!! Otherwise the statement: "Our God is a consuming fire" would not be true! No, rather, God's judging has stages of burnings and dealings until the work is finished and consummated! And He will finish it! In a sense He already did when He said on the cross: “it is finished.” When Jesus died, EVERYTHING AND EVERYONE died in Him because all of creation is inside Him and was then. Where else could anything go???? So is evil still real? Are the horrible bad things and evil sinners still a reality. Of course! But it is all like one big chicken with its head cut off running around spreading blood: ALREADY FINISHED!
So what about death? This is the last
enemy. THE very last enemy. After it is destroyed, NO MORE enemies
remain!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They are all gone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now,
tell me please brother: who believes this?? Who believes this? Who believes
God? Yet a loud voice came out of throne saying these are the true words of
God! How Easy it is for Christians to be deceived! WAKE UP! MOST Christians are
deceived and unknowingly deceiving others. It is so in many areas, NOT JUST THIS ONE.
Now Jesus spoke of two groups of people who will experience 2 different resurrections: the righteous and the wicked. More specifically: those who have done good and those who have done evil. No one argues too much about the 1st group: resurrection of life. Life means life, or some would say God’s life in us. So what is the other group’s description? Damnation?? Rather than the resurrection of damnation, it is more accurately translated the resurrection of crisis, the resurrection of judgment, or the resurrection of turning. The Greek word is krisis from which we get our English word crisis. The word in the truest sense means a turning point. For example, when a person's body is racked with fever, and its highest temperature is reached, this is called the crisis. It is the turning point! Strong's Exhaustive Concordance says the primary meaning for the word is a decision. Damnation is very misleading; but turning point, decision, or judgment are words much closer to what krisis means. Let’s quit calling Jesus a liar, OK? He said ALL who are in the graves will hear the voice of the Son of God!! ALL will live again. But many will have to suffer fiery judgment and some will just enjoy life because they received the salt producing fire IN THIS LIFE UNTO REPENTANCE and conformation to the image of the first-born Son of God. So will the second group repent also? You bet they will!! That’s what turning means! That’s what the crisis is all about! That’s the meaning which King James, in order to control the masses, mistranslating the word into damnation, missed and misled. Quite devious, isn’t it? It casts a bad and false light upon the Creator just so the political and religious powers of the time (times) could by ruling with fear, wield their power, prestige, influence and make a lucrative living at it too. They were serving mammon.
Here I am quoting Elwin
“Judgment carries the thought of a decision for or
against, and when the action is applied it brings about a turning point. When a
judgment is in a person's favor, rewards are generally given due to their good
works (promotions, raises, etc.).
Just for the sake of curiosity, let us entertain this thought for a moment. From the time of Adam to the end of this century, it is estimated that 80 to 120 billion people will have died without "saying the sinner's prayer," having never belonged to the "right church," never believed in "church dogmas," or whatever else man's darkened minds have conjured up as what constitutes "salvation." Let's say that the world soon comes to an end, and there are 100 billion lost souls scattered over the past 6,000 years who are suddenly resurrected, and the "great white throne judgment" begins. Since we are thinking carnally, let us also assume that each person is going to have their "day in court." Like any court proceedings, the judge (God) will supposedly read what His heavenly bookkeepers had steadfastly written concerning everything every person had ever done during their lifetime. This would take much too long to read each book of so many souls, and then pass sentence upon them. We can therefore conclude that things will be speeded up a bit. Let's say He will spend about one minute per person. If this scenario should be the case, how long do you suppose it would take to process all those billions? It would take 1,666,666,666 hours, or 190,258 years for this foreboding judgment to be completed. Should He only spend 1 second on each case, it would still take more than 3,000 years.
Whatever has come out of God cannot be annihilated in the sense of it vanishing completely from existence. Paul related it once in a very short but powerful statement: "For of Him, and through Him, and to Him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen" (Rom. 11:36). Simply put, EVERYTHING HAS COME OUT OF GOD, IT ALL PASSES THROUGH CHRIST and His cross. It THEN GOES BACK TO HIM in resurrection — changed to the same heavenly substance of Himself. What he said in this verse alone should lay to rest the thought of annihilation of anything that has come out of God. Isn't it clear that whoever is out of God, everyone, shall sometime during the ages find themselves in Christ and back to God? It should satisfy both camps, those whose minds have been traduced into believing the majority of Adam will burn up to be no more, and all who believe the "damnation of eternal torment." It should satisfy, but it usually doesn't. I have a list of ninety-three scriptures (free upon request) relating to this mandate and purpose of God, which doesn't seem to phase in the least the ardent "truth seekers," so called. It is unlikely, then, that only one verse saying all is out of, through, and back into God will have much impact. Even so, it remains a truth, and all the unbelief in the Church cannot stop if from coming to pass; and praise God, one of the sure things He has provided for this reentry is THE LAKE OF FIRE!”
Since the Lake of Fire over and over again is represented as being unquenchable and consuming, then #1: it’s basic elemental substance (being that there is only one indestructible and eternal fire that can possibly be in existence) must be the very being of God Himself! GOD is the lake of fire!! No one can possibly quench this fire or ever put it out. #2: It is a consuming fire; so what it burns upon WILL be consumed and go away!!!!! One of these things is death!!!!!! Death will GO AWAY!!!!! When it does there will not even be a single trace of it left! No grave sites, nobody crying over lost relatives: NOTHING!!!! Now, does Revelation 21:3 and 4 make more sense? Hallelujah! But, you say, your God is not strong enough to do that? YOU TELL ME He is not mighty enough of a Savior. Well, I’m so glad my God IS able .... and willing too!!! Now does the Bible back up what I’m saying? You bet: Heb 12:29 For also our God is a consuming fire. Now how can you quench God or put Him out? You can’t. On the other hand how can such a hot unquenchable fire fail to consume what He designs to consume? Impossible!!!!! Hallelujah!!!! How can anything He designs for consumption escape when all things were made by Him, for Him through Him and IN HIM?????? Again, IMPOSSIBLE!! There is no escaping this fire. Again, Jesus said “everyone shall be salted by fire.” EVERYONE. In fact, it has already been done in the death of Calvary where the One in Whom is all things died. ALL things died in Him when He died. But, of course, though, it does not seem real at this time: there will be a consummation.
1st/2nd Birth, Death, Body, Creature and Resurrection
There are similarities in most of these things EXCEPT resurrection. The 1st of all the other things is physical and related to our physical bodies, the 2nd of these things is related to our spiritual being. It would seem the resurrection of the believer is the completeness of the new creation because it brings all 3 parts of our being: spirit, soul and body into the new creation. Surely it is obvious to most of my readers that the new birth according to Jesus in John 3 is “that which is born of spirit is spirit.” The 1st birth of course is that which is born of flesh. So it can be gathered that the 1st creature started with the 1st birth and the second or new creature is seen most clearly in the believer’s resurrection. Paul backs up this concept in 1 Cor. 15:44,46: “There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body...Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterwards that which is spiritual.” What is the difference? In the scriptures the self and soul are synonymous. Also being natural is the easiest for the first man.
It is obvious upon first impression to most of us that the first birth is physical and the second birth is spiritual. It would seem and it would follow that the body produced by the first birth is also physical and the second is spiritual but it is not so. The 2nd body according to Paul in I Cor 15 is spiritual but the first is NATURAL. If you study the word natural in Greek you’ll find it means soulical. Indeed, the first Adam was created a living soul. What does this mean? Obvious, I think. The body we have now is related more to the mind, will and emotion whereas the resurrection body is related to the human spirit's intuition, conscience and communion and more centered on the spirit than the soul. Since the soul is the self and we are so self centered this is why the Lord enjoins us to deny our soul-life, take up the cross and follow Him. Also we are enjoined in Hebrews to allow the Word of God to divide between soul and spirit because our spirit is many times imprisoned inside our soul and needs to be released for that is the organ by which we contact and receive God. How can we follow Him unless we contact him? Indeed, the spirit of most men is dead because they have not yet been born again by the Spirit according to John 3.
How about the 1st and 2nd death? The 1st is physical and also a separation. It separates you from this world, from your family, from your possessions and all that you knew before. I guess you better know God or it will be a fearful thing to die! It is possible that it is a wrong concept that this separation is between body and soul because in scripture the 2 are so entwined with each other. But also we must remember that the soul was created when the “rhuach/pneuma” of God’s breath which contained the spirit of man was breathed into Adam. Hence the breathing of the spirit into the clay (body) produced the living soul. It is obvious that marriage is dissolved by death. So are your business affairs. Indeed one is separated from much by death.
So what is second death? What is a man, woman or child separated from in the 2nd death? If it was so awful and that terrifying as preachers make it to be today, then why didn’t Paul of Tarsus who said he did not fail to make known to believers the whole counsel of God FAIL TO MENTION THE 2ND DEATH? Well just like the first birth is physical and the second is spiritual, so also the first death is physical and the second is spiritual. There are only a few mentions in scripture of it though. All in Revelation. It is said to be a place where the wicked are cast and different categories of sinners have their place there. HOWEVER, it is a false doctrine to say it is a separation between the sinner and God!!!!!!!! THIS is the deception that has been preached! Since God made the universe and everything in it and had no place to put it except inside Himself because He is bigger than all and is the all and is omnipresent: HOW CAN ANYTHING OR ANYONE BE OUTSIDE HIS PRESENCE????? IMPOSSIBLE!!! Haven’t I proved this by the scripture reference in Colossians 1:16, although you must check the original Greek closely to discover this. But where else was God going to put creation when He created it by and through His Son but IN His Son. OK, so then read Revelation 14 where it is revealed that sinners will be tormented IN THE PRESENCE (actually IN THE BEING!!!) of the Lamb and His holy angels. Angels here mean messengers, so it is possible that this means believers who are the members of HIS BODY and part of His very fiery being!!!! So much for the doctrines of men. So then what IS the thing that is separated in the 2nd death?
Before I answer this, we must address Romans 6! Is this a 3rd death? Paul says that in Christ we die spiritually to sin! Indeed, those of us who are in Christ died already 2000 years ago! (Or was it at the foundation of the world when the Lamb was slain?????!!!!!???) Or will it be in the future when the final purging is done in our hearts and lives which may be different times and ways for different believers. SO, now let me REALLY throw a wrench into the gears by quoting the Lord’s words “EVERYONE shall be salted by fire.” You see Gehenna was a garbage heap outside the city. Jesus said some will lose their saltiness and be good for nothing but to be thrown out. But in another place says everyone WILL be salted!!! How is this??????? Well, it will not be easy but ALL will pass through the death of death in the Lord Jesus Christ because He IS the DEATH of death: eventually the LAKE OF FIRE!!!! It is impossible to escape the 2nd death, but it IS possible to not be HURT by the 2nd death. And why should you be hurt by it when Christ bore your sorrows and sins? Why should you have to bear them? But if you insist on holding on to your sins, then you will have to experience the sting of death and be hurt by the 2nd death before you are separated from them, your carnality, pride foolishness, deceitfulness, etc. etc. etc. until the final enemy is destroyed which is death and you will live again. However, if you go this route you will suffer much loss.
Now tell me something. How can you escape Christ as your second death when you are in Him already? Impossible! How can you escape Him as resurrection when you are in Him already? Impossible! BUT you can escape the lake of fire by the cross! You can escape the judgment side! You can escape the wrath and burning torment to come. FLEE the wrath to come!
Dante Aleghieri (1265-1321) wrote an influential poem entitled the "Divine Comedy," commonly called "Dante's Inferno." He did it as a satire against his enemies and he gave wind to this false fire of man’s doctrines created to control the masses with fear that they might serve the pope and the king. Too bad this had so much of an influence on the generations to come.
HEAVEN & EARTH FLEEING AWAY
"And I saw a great white throne, and Him that sat on it, from whose face THE EARTH AND THE HEAVEN FLED AWAY; and THERE WAS FOUND NO PLACE FOR THEM. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. 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" (Rev. 20:11-15).
Here I recently added this paragraph because I noticed that there are persons amongst those in this second resurrection who are separated from the masses who will have to endure the awful judgment of the lake of fire because their names will be found in the book of life. Get this and get this straight, OK? The first resurrection is not for ALL Christians! It is for the overcomers only. If you try to live a half baked and not well done Christian life, you are not going to qualify for the 1st resurrection! Plain and simple. Yes, there is strong reason to fear God and repent. Christian or non-christian is not the differing factor between 1st and 2nd resurrection!!!! According to Jesus in John 5 the first resurrection is for those who have done good and the 2nd is for those who have done evil!! You are going to say, "you mean there are evil Christians and believers, brother Kevin?" That's right and some believers will be in the 2nd resurrection and ready for life by that time! They are eternally saved by faith and faith alone! However, that will not be enough to make them overcomers. I don't believe such a thing is very easy or easily within grasp unless you are in real BODY LIFE!! It is very rare in the United States that's for sure!!!!
"And I saw a great white throne, and Him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them...." So what could this heaven and earth be? It could not be the literal heaven and earth or there would be no place left for these billions of people to stand judgment and where would they be? So it must be something within them that flees away at the face of the One with Whom we all have to do. It must be from the agony of His fiery light shining into their souls and consciences convicting and revealing all their deeds. So what kind of fleeing is taking place here in such a way that it has to go away forever? It is the heaven between their ears of schemes, human works, false concepts, stinking pride, guilt and shame. It is the earth of the wood, hay and stubble of their dead works and deceiving hurtful plans. Can anyone even begin to imagine what kind of torment this would be? Do you think God will leave this awful judgment to the hands of unholy unjust demons, or will He do it Himself? The scripture answers: “it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”
Tormented In The Presence of
The Holy Angels and of The Lamb
"If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his
*forehead, or in his *hand, the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of
God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and
he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy
angels, and in the presence of the Lamb" Revelation 14:9-10.
It goes on to say in most versions that “the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever and they have no rest day or night.” But the forever concept is not in the original Greek!! It is the word “to an age.” So is it in all other passages concerning death and hell where men have conjured up this eternal hell idea, or at least allowed it to be passed on. Do you see that it is by His direct hand that sinners will be punished? Now here are some verses on this fact: “God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil" Ecclesiastes 12:14, for, "God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ" Romans 2:16. Yes, the light shall shine in the hearts of men and there is nothing hidden that it shall not be revealed in that awful holy light. In the power of that love, righteousness and light all excuses, justifications and the deepest pride will be consumed: burnt up forever!
Death And Hell Were Cast Into The Lake Of Fire
"And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death..." Revelation 20:14. Pray tell, what is the sting of death? Sin? Yes! SO, when death is burned up, shall not the sting be burned with it? How can it survive the searing consuming heat? It cannot!! Now I shall say what it is that is separated in the 2nd death!! It is sin, death, hell, pain and sorrow from mankind and the entire universe!!!! If hell is a burning cavern with fire and smoke, how could that place be cast into the lake of fire even if the lake of fire were a place. And what about death the last enemy being destroyed? OK now you must read I Cor 15:22-28:
20 ¶ (But now Christ is raised from among the dead, first-fruits of those fallen asleep.
21 For since by man came death, by man also resurrection of those that are dead.
22 For as in the Adam all die, thus also in the Christ all shall be made alive.
23 But each in his own rank: the first-fruits, Christ; then those that are the Christ’s at his coming.
24 Then the end, when he gives up the kingdom to him who is God and Father; when he shall have annulled all rule and all authority and power.
25 For he must reign until he put all enemies under his feet.
26 The last enemy that is annulled is death.
27 For he has put all things in subjection under his feet. But when he says that all things are put in subjection, it is evident that it is except him who put all things in subjection to him.
28 But when all things shall have been brought into subjection to him, then the Son also himself shall be placed in subjection to him who put all things in subjection to him, that God may be all in all.)
So if death is the last enemy, it stands to reason the sting has to be brought to naught first. That sting is sin. Once sin is dealt with and consumed in the Everlasting Burning Himself and the poison is removed, then it’ll be OK to demolish and consume the last enemy and abolish it forever. What enemy is this? Death! Now tell me, could death be demolished if anyone was left in their grave or overlooked? No! Death shall be NO MORE! NO WHERE! NO HOW! When the Lake of fire is finished doing its job will there be any thing left that was supposed to be burned up left? NO! For our God is a CONSUMING FIRE!
If you visit http://www.godfire.net/ and go to Elwin Roach’s articles, you will find much more on this subject to consider. There are other sites also written by brothers and sisters who have in the past believed in this eternal hell doctrine and literally gone to psycho wards, insane asylums or had nervous breakdowns as a result. The results of holding on to lying doctrines from Greek mythology DOES have its effect on the human frame which was not designed by our Creator to handle such grief.
It was during the fourth century when Christendom was infused by many of the world's religions, the meaning of the Second Death began to change. Traditions established by pagan prophets, poets, and artists served as very real elements of change, not to mention the Church fathers' views. Greek mythology and philosophy found its place in the writings of many priests and church fathers. The reason this was given place of course was to rule men with fear.
So where does death, the last enemy get defeated and swallowed up and consumed forever to be no more? The scripture tells us it is in the lake of fire. At the place or state of being where all sin will finally be judged – there death will come to an end. Paul who faithfully told us the whole counsel of God never mentioned 2ND DEATH!! He did mention consequences to living in sin and did say he persuaded men knowing the terror of the Lord. Beware of the judgment fire of God!! However, do not fear and endless fiery pit with demonic tortures, or the opinions of men. Do not fear anything or anyone but GOD!!!! When God judges and burns out sin, death, pain, sorrow and everything else negative will be consumed in that fire forever. The last death that will ever be is the second death and when that 2nd death destroys the last enemy death, death will be OVER forever. Praise His mighty name!!! To doubt the words that the voice from the throne said was true is to doubt the power, grace and love of the Lamb of God Himself.
OK, now let me say this at the end of this article. An article like this is out of character for me. Too many writers today spend too much time on the subjects of salvation, death and life not realizing that it is a distraction from the BIGGEST problem that thwarts the plans of God. And that is that the eternal purpose is not being addressed. If the BODY were being built up Satan wouldn’t have a chance even in hell (if that were worth anything!!) for stopping the move of God because He would have a Body to work through. Salvation is part of God’s plan but it is a detour! There are 2 chapters before sin and 2 chapters AFTER sin in the Bible. This proves that there is a beginning heart’s desire and plan and an ending fulfillment of those things that prove that this plan is not salvation but that the plan of salvation is to support the ultimate plan. And what is the ultimate plan? To build His Bride, Body, House, family and kingdom. What would He have and be able to do if He had this at this time? But we’re too busy saving souls in the energy of our flesh to obey the One rule Paul said we are to keep. What is that? The rule of the new creation according to the Spirit in our spirit. Check I Cor. 14 – 16 again. Whatever our version is, you cannot deny that God is trying to fulfill something. Therefore the writer of the Hebrews say “leaving the first principles, let us go on to perfection. And this we will do, if God permit” Sometimes he does not because people are actually dying and going insane over this but the greatest need is HIS need to give Him His Her that He might have His channel and His kingdom will come.
The Revelation of the Lost Keys
Lost Keys Contents | Visit to Tabernacle | Intro & Conclusion: Bible | Crux of NT | Views of Unity | Traditions of Men | Vision