Scripture: Revelation 20:14-15 NASB “A Hell Of A Death”
“Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.” Revelation 20:14-15
I hear a lot of Christian that use the phrase “Thank God” a little too flippantly. I think it almost comes close to a commandment violation. Here’s what I mean.
Back during the Presidential election of 1988, Dan Quayle debated a heretofore forgotten senator from Texas in the Vice Presidential debate. When the Texas senator chided Quayle for his lack of experience, Quayle pointed out that he had had as much experience as John Kennedy before he was elected president. The Texas senator replied, “I knew John Kennedy and you are no John Kennedy.” The place erupted in laughter.
It was true, Quayle was not John Kennedy. He had not cheated on his wife numerous times or almost plunged his country into World War III through his immaturity and incompetence. (Though Kennedy did not give the credit, it was Almighty God who saved the U.S. at that time through His providential workings and the prayers of the saints). Nevertheless, Quayle’s ticket lost the election.
People around the world do not have any sense of the holiness of God. Because of that, they don’t understand the Christian concept of Hell. I’ve spoken to a lot of young people today who say they can’t wait to get to Hell because they’re sure the parties there will be great! (This is where you should be shivering and quaking.) They don’t know much about John Kennedy but they also know squat about God. That includes Christians, by the way. Many of them have no sense of what they’ve been saved from and the holy character of God. If they did, they’d have more respect for Him. They’d be thinking more of the bema seat judgment for Christians (cf. Rom. 14:10, 1 Cor. 3:10-15, 2 Cor. 5:10) and, then, they’d also be trying to save people from Hell!
You might look at our verse today and think, how could such a loving God send people into this “second death” in the “lake of fire” where they will be “tormented” for eternity (cf. Rev. 20:10)?
Do you know God? Do you really know God? I confess I don’t. But I know Him well enough to know that He is all-holy and all-just. If He throws anyone into Hell, He is righteous and just to do it.
Now can you thank God for His grace?
If you do, you will find that you are choosing life (Deut. 30:19)!
What’s “fun application” regarding Hell and holiness? Hmm . . . let’s see. Charles Stanley says that witnessing to our faith dispels depression. I think he’s right. That doesn’t mean you “buttonhole people” and jam the Bible down their throats. The Bible says, “but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always [being] ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence” (1 Pet. 3:15). Notice it says we should already be ready to give answers for our faith. Can you do that? If someone walked up to you and asked why you were a Christian, could you give them a cogent answer?
Second, that verse says that we should be gentle and reverent. God is not a divine rapist (Norman Geisler). He woos us to faith. We don’t need to knock people over the head with the Bible.
See, there’s Hell as fun. Hell is definitely not a fun place to have hope for. For those who haven’t trusted Christ, it will literally be . . . uh . . . Hell.
But we can use it to woo people into the kingdom.
You’ll be glad you did.
You’ll be blessed.
It’s the same feeling of exhilaration as waving down a car that’s about to go off a cliff. Wouldn’t that feel good?
So it also feels good to save a soul from Hell (cf. James 5:20).
The purpose of Choose Life is to pick a positive help out of the One Year Bible (OYB) reading plan for the day. There is always something positive in the Word of God to cheer us and give us strength. For more on today’s reading, check out my One Year Bible blog: The GWT