“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 whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:12, 15).
“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” (Rev. 21:8).
Sin is made light of and winked at today, but when we understand these verses then it takes on a fearful nature. The Bible has several references to the Book of Life (Ex. 32:31-33)(Ps. 69:28)(Dan. 12:1)(Phil. 4:3)(Rev. 3:5). If a man’s name is not found in it at the Day of Judgment, there is no more hope. Today preachers peddle universalism and play around with the Scriptures attempting to remove hell and the judgments of God from the Bible, but it’s an exercise in futility as the Word of God can never be altered or changed for anyone (Ps. 119:89).
OUT OF HADES TO STAND BEFORE THE GREAT WHITE THRONE
Have you ever thought of the present place of all lost departed souls who died in their sins? Jesus unveils this mystery in Luke 16:19-21 when he speaks of a rich man dying and lifting up his eyes in Hades. He was rich no more, but had lost everything, even his own soul. But one day that rich man along with multitudes of other lost departed souls will be drawn out of Hades, receive their bodies, and stand before the Great White Throne Judgment before being cast into the lake of fire for all of eternity. Though the rich man and multitudes of lost departed souls will have regained their bodies, that will not be a happy moment. The rich man was familiar enough with the Scriptures (Lk. 16:27-31) to know that this judgment lay ahead, though he paid little attention to it while he lived on the earth.
But the climaxing moment of his despair is yet to come while he remains in Hades. Every lost departed soul tends to hope against hope, even when all hope is gone. Do you think the rich man will entertain a hope that somehow he will be granted a pardon and be numbered among the righteous? Don’t you think that perhaps in Hades he and all other lost departed souls, some who’ve been there thousands of years, entertain the idea and the possibility that somehow one last prayer for deliverance and mercy might be granted?
Imagine as the rich man’s turn comes to stand before the Great White Throne to hear the final verdict, there being a secret hope, slim as it may be, that possibly his name will be cleared and found within the Book of Life. Solemnly he waits and watches the recording angel’s finger run through the pages. When he sees the angel nod his head no, despair and terror seizes him. Alas, his name is not there. He realizes now that he will have no part in the regions of life and light, but for he and all the lost departed souls with him is reserved only the second death (Rev. 21:8). How deeply painful of a thought.
THE ENDLESS NIGHTMARE (REALITY) OF LOST DEPARTED SOULS
Although the rich man was a son of Abraham after the flesh, for he called him “father Abraham”, by his unbelief and lack of repentance it was proven he was not of Abraham’s seed (John 8:39, 44). His fate along with multitudes of others is described by Jesus:
“And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. But the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Matt. 8:11-12).
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