WHO WILL YOU MEET?

The Apple of God’s Eye.

Amidst a vast sea of ruins, and on a rotating speck of dust we call earth, is an even smaller speck known as Israel, which contains a microdot called Jerusalem, and collectively, this nation, city, and people, are the apple of the Creator’s eye. (Zechariah 2:8.)

Is this world, or the age in which we live, the last frontier? The final bastion? The Bible strongly suggests this to be the case, for at the end of the ages, the heavens and the earth will be destroyed with fire, and every fallen individual who has ever dwelt in the cosmos, be he man, be he devil, or angel, will stand before the Great White Throne to be finally judged.

According to prophecy, “the apple of God’s eye” will become the focal point of the last war to take place this side of the millennial reign of Christ, and also the War of Gog and Magog, the final battle to be fought on this earth when Satan is released at the end of the thousand years.

Revelation 20:9. And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.

Although not yet destroyed, death finally met its match on this small speck, a little over 2,000 years ago, and after millions or possible billions of years, hell-bent on destroying the creation of God, and feeding without pity, upon life.

The Creator of the Cosmos once arrived into our world to reveal the way to the Father, and to teach mankind about the Kingdom of God. But his enemies would have none of it, and condemned him to death.

He willingly died for the sins of the world, and achieved his mission nailed to the cross, which stood at the place of the skull, a small hill just outside the walls of the city which is the apple of God’s eye.

By his resurrection he not only conquered death, but he also defeated the god who held the power of death. From that very moment the gospel of Jesus Christ became the power of God to save, and by which all who’d believe would escape the wrath yet . to come, and receive the free gift of eternal life.

A Question of Timing.

2 Peter 3:10. But the DAY of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; IN THE WHICH the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

2 Peter 3:12. Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?

It can seem a little confusing, because when Peter recorded the future cosmic conflagration, it would almost appear that the earth and the heavens will be incinerated on the actual day of the Lord’s 2nd coming.

True, at his return it will be with a flaming fire of vengeance, (2 Thessalonians 1:8.) and the subterranean fires of earth will likely break through to the surface. But the earth cannot literally be burned up at this moment in time, for otherwise there would be no earth for Christ to reign upon.

For this reason, many believe the ”burning” refers to a spiritual cleansing, rather than literal fire. The problem is, the passage in question makes it pretty clear to be the literal destruction of the cosmos.

So what does it all mean? And how should we interpret it? The clue, I believe, is in the term ”the day of the Lord,” because as noted earlier, whilst it can refer to a particular day, ”the day of the Lord” generally refers to an extended period of time. And Peter has picked up on this, and sets the record straight.

2 Peter 3;8. But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

The ”thousand years” which is mentioned six times in the Book of Revelation refers to the millennial reign of Christ, and which to the Lord of course, amounts to merely one day.

Seen from this perspective, ”the day of the Lord” refers not only to the return of the King of kings, but also to His entire one thousand year reign up to and including the final battle of Gog and Magog, when fire comes down from heaven. It’s at this time, or shortly after, when the profane creation flees from the presence of God.

Revelation 20:9. And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.

Revelation 20:11. 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 whilst ”the day” of Christ’s return certainly comes as a thief in the night, (2 Peter 3:10) because it refers to an extended period of time, it’s also the day IN THE WHICH the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and……. the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

The . same principle can be seen concerning the punishing of the ‘high ones,’ for whilst it comes to pass in ”that day,” it will also extend for the entire 1000 years.

Isaiah 24:21. And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall punish the host of the high ones that are on high…….

Revelation 20:7. And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison.

The Lake of Fire.

Jesus once told his disciples that an everlasting fire had been prepared for the devil and his angels, and issued dire warning that the cursed souls of men would be joining them there.

Matthew 25:41. Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.

So what is the lake of fire? Many presume that it’s hell, and Jesus did indeed speak of the unquenchable fires of hell. But there are two individual deaths, and it’s the ”first” death which delivers the lost souls of mankind to the prison of hell. However, because hell itself will one day be cast into the lake of fire, they cannot quite be one and the same.

I would suggest the lake of fire is prepared, just as Jesus said, but is not yet ignited. Way back in deep-time, when Lucifer first rebelled against God, and death entered the original cosmos, it triggered the entropy, an unstoppable chain of death and events which would ultimately ignite the fire. Science would call this ”the heat-death of the universe theory.”

The heat death of the universe is a historically suggested ultimate fate of the universe in which the universe has diminished to a state of no thermodynamic free energy and therefore can no longer sustain processes that consume energy (including computation and life).

From the moment God said, ”let there be light” (Genesis 1:3) the heavens and the earth were destined for a fiery destruction.(2Peter3:12).

But Life conquered Death at the cross of Christ, and the lake of fire, which is the second death, has absolutely no power over those who are part of the first resurrection..

Revelation 20:6. Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power……

But the second death does have all power to destroy every last enemy of Christ, the Devil and his angels, the unclean spirits, and ultimately hell and death itself.

1 Corinthians 15:26. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.

At the end of the ages hell will give up its dead to stand before God in judgement, and for the totally lost there awaits a ”second” and final death.

Revelation 20:13-15. 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.

No longer in a host body, Jesus likened the unredeemed or unclean spirits of man, to worms in an unquenchable fire.

Revelation 20:15. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

Mark 9:44. Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.

If taken literally, the Bible describes a fiery and total destruction of this present heavens and earth. It records the everlasting destruction of every . enemy of Christ, including death and hell. But nowhere does it record the destruction of the bottomless pit. Why?

Because the bottomless pit, the deep, and the universe are all one and the same. Hence the heavens, aka the bottomless pit, will ignite to become the future lake of fire.

The entire physical creation is governed by . the ”law of entropy,” and therefore is profane and . subject to death. It is war-torn, and battle-scarred, and all things profane will ultimately be destroyed in everlasting fire.

2 Peter 3 makes a clear distinction between the former and the present generation of the heavens and earth. In the old generation it was the habitable age and its inhabitants, aka ”the world” which perished, not the actual heavens and the earth. But this time around, not only will this world perish, but the heavens and the earth themselves will be destroyed by fire.

2 Peter 3:12. Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?

God the Judge, or God the Father?

Who will you meet? God the judge, or God the Father who judges no man? If you’re sinless, and NOT subject to death, then of course, you have nothing to be concerned about. Joke!

Just as the angels are immortal and indestructible, so too are the spirits of once-born men, and that creates a massive universal problem. The natural spirit of man born of water (the womb), is degenerate, or unclean, and unless regenerated, or born again of the Spirit, such spirits cannot return to the Father, and enter the kingdom of God. Logic demands they have to go somewhere, but where?

That is the problem, and because there’s nowhere else for them to go, they .will . finally join Satan and the rebel forces of angels, and will remain in the everlasting fire of this ”bottomless pit.”

Is this God’s desire? that man should perish in such manner? Absolutely not. He gave his only-begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life. But if man refuses to believe, what else can God possibly do about it? Whilst no man has ever died unloved by Him, all men have sinned and are subject to death, and hence, come short of the glory of God.

But Jesus Christ kept the commandments of God, on man’s behalf, and suffered punishment, death and hell as a result.

God has since stopped ”winking,” and now has one commandment, and one alone for mankind. Repent! and believe the gospel.

Acts 17:30. And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:

I’ve heard many times that only one road leads to God, but that’s not strictly true. According to the Bible, all men regardless of race, religion, or creed, have an inescapable appointment with death, beyond which awaits the judgement of God. Therefore ALL roads lead to God.

But one Way and one Way alone, will guide the spirit of the prodigal son through the valley of the shadow of death and into the loving arms and safe-keeping of Father. For the Father will judge NO man.

Hebrews 9:27. And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

John 3:16. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

John 14:6. Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

John 5:22. For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son.

1 Corinthians 2:9. But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

Revelation 21:4. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

2 Peter 3:13.Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.

Revelation 21:1. And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

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