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of joy; and at his right hand, pleasures forevermore.
“There the wicked cease from troubling; and thera the weary be at rest. There the prisoners rest together; they hear not the voice of the oppressor. The small and great are there; and the servant is free from his master.” Job 3:17-19. “And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars forever and ever. " Dan. 12:3.
These scriptures give us a faint idea of the glory that shall follow. When all the ungodly, and all sin and evil is forever banished out of his domain-kingdom, "Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father."
“And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.” Dan. 7:27. This simply means that after the ungodly are cast into outer darkness the whole universe of God shall be given to the saints. God's whole dominion shall be at their disposal. “And of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end," but they “shall reign forever and ever.” With immortal and glorified bodies they shall roam through Elysian fields of glory with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and all the saints of ages.
“And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes ? and whence came they! And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore are they before the throng of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes." Rev. 7: 13-17.
THE FINAL AND ETERNAL DOOM OF THE WICKED.
What, we ask, will be the eternal doom of all false worshipers, and wicked men who close this probationary state in rebellion against God's throne! We will let the Bible answer:
"The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition.” Rev. 17:8. “I beheld even till the beast was slain, and his body destroyed, and given to the burning flame." Dan. 7:11. “And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them
that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshiped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone." Rev. 19:20. “And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night forever and ever. " Rev. 20:10. “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. .. And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up forever and ever. Rev. 14:9-11.
These texts clearly teach the eternal destiny of all beast worshipers. The apostate church, with all its worshipers, will be cast into "perdition," "the burning flame," "the lake of fire and brimstone;" and in that awful place of punishment they will be "tormented forever and ever.” So positively teach the six clear texts of Scripture at the head of this chapter, and the Word of God can not be broken. The entire host of apostates and false worshipers, with all wicked men and devils, will in the day of judgment be cast into the lake of fire. The doctrine of future punishment is well grounded in the holy Scriptures. In the Old Testament frequent reference is made to it. In the New Testament Christ himself boldly taught it, and warned men to "flee the wrath to
Sprinkled throughout the epistles are
solemn and awful warnings to mankind of the doom of the ungodly. The same truth we find in Revelation, the book of symbols. I am aware, that in this fast age of deception, the doctrine of hell-fire is quite unpopular, and the people are apt to cry, “It's an old fable.” But, beloved reader, the scoffings, jeers, and unbelief of the people, will never change the truth. Truth will stand when the earth crumbles to chaos. The Word of God must be fulfilled, and the decrees of Jehovah will be executed. “Who art thou that repliest against God?" Modern theories will never change the Bible. What saith the Lord ? “Then said Jesus again unto them, I go my way, and ye shall seek me, and shall die in your sins: whither I go, ye can not come. John 8:21. Jesus himself plainly and emphatically declares that all who die in their sins can not go where he is. Christ ascended into heaven; and in Stephen's dying hour he saw heaven opened, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. So the only true conclusion we can draw from Jesus' own words, is that every man who lives and dies in sin will never enter heaven. What then will be their destiny! Thus saith the Word: “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.” Psa. 9: 17.
Modern preachers who cry "peace and safety,” paint in very nice language the fatherly love, goodness, and mercy of God. They only give you one side of the picture. The same Bible which teaches that God is love also declares him to be “a consuming fire." Heb. 12: 29. On one side we have the love of God, the mercy of God, the goodness of God; but when we turn the picture, on the other side we have "the wrath of God," "the vengeance of God,” “the anger of the Lord."
“Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.” Rom. 11: 22. “But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me.
I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” Heb. 10:27-31.
To those who continue in well-doing, and faithfully serve God upon earth, God will pour out of his good
At his right hand there will be pleasures forevermore. But the positive testimony is that a “sore punishment” awaits the guilty wretch who will dare to trample the mercy of God beneath his feet, and reject that love which gave his life's blood that we might live. Such can expect a “fearful look