The first page I’ll put up in this series on hell is God’s need to judge all sin. It’s important for us all to be aware that every single person who has ever lived, no matter which generation or time, will stand before the God of Justice.
The Lord showed me that He loves us too much to allow sin to come anywhere near our new home. This has to remind us of what unrepentance does. If we don’t repent, then we will stand in full and complete judgement on the Day of the Lord. Revelation 21 and 22 warns about the sins which will be judged. We must drop them ALL to be sure of having eternal life and having our names inscribed in the Lamb’s Book of Life. I have to set the warnings down for us so that we can study what must go from our lives. There’s far more in Scripture than I’ve given here but, those of us who know where to find all the corresponding Scriptures can delve into the study more fully at a suitable time. Meanwhile, here’s what I learned just from reading through this chapter. The very fact that our second test doesn’t come like the first in Adam’s day should make us shout for joy! There won’t be a serpent to trick us. That’s been done once. The Lord doesn’t need to use that test again! We need to live a life that’s pleasing to Him while we’re here now. As His ambassadors, our final test will be the judgement of our works. Just make sure that’s the judgement you get, folks. You certainly don’t want to be judged for sin.
Looking at verse 8 of Revelation 21: we will see what God must remove from His presence, and we must be sure to make sure it’s removed from ours! Like I’ve said before, those of us who are going to live with Him will have a completely new home which Christ promised to prepare for us. This place will not be a reconstituted Earth – it will be a completely new home; completely clean, completely wholesome and nothing that defiles shall ever come near it. After we’ve passed through judgement (for our works, not for sin), we will go to live with our God in His perfect home forever.
Verse 8 says: 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.
These sins are confirmed as punishable by death elsewhere. Let’s look at a few Scriptures:
Revelation 22:15. But outside are dogs, and sorcerers, and sexually immoral, and murderers, and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.
The Levitical Laws have lots to say about these dreadful things: In Leviticus 18, verse 22, we are told: You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination. The next two verses tell of what not to do with animals. These are all abominations to the Lord, and, if we have our moral wits about us, they will be abominations to us as well. A child of God has the indwelling Spirit Who cannot live with unrepented of sin
What did the Lord do with those who disobeyed these things? 29: For whoever commits any of these abominations, the persons who commit them shall be cut off from their people.
To cut off means to execute. No doubt about it. This sin brought death to those who were found out. Another frightening thing was that back in verse 28, God gave this warning: …lest the land vomit you out also when you defile it, as it vomited out the nations that were before you.
Even the land where you are buried is sickened by this abomination, according to God. No wonder the earth groans at present.
It scared me to see the word “cowards” mentioned in Rev 21:8! Who are these, then? Let’s have a look at what Christ says. If we go to Matthew 25, there are some parables which explain this very well. The story about the talents will give a very good explanation of what we’re looking at here. Reading through from verse 14 to 30, we can see what happens. Towards the end and the judgement of the three men with their talents (or gifts), the last man with the one talent buried his lord’s money. He never even invested it so that his master could at least gain a bit of interest on it. And what did he say to answer his judgement? “I was afraid!” Verse 25. See, if we say we belong to Him and He gives us the means to reflect Him and speak of Him, we have no choice but to do the work He sets for us. If we say “I’m too scared,” then we become as that unprofitable servant. It will not do. How can we say we have His Holy Spirit, then act like that? God hasn’t given us a spirit of fear, has He? 2 Timothy 1:7 says: For God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power and of love and of a sound mind. What’s the power? That’s given to us by the Holy Spirit so that we can live the Christian life. And love? If we have that, we are able to love God with our whole heart, soul, mind and strength, plus we are given the ability to love our neighbour as we love ourselves, one of Christ’s greatest commandments. A sound mind? That’s the ability to believe the truth Christ has given us in His word. Be warned, then, and use the gifts that you have been given wisely.
Another sin is that of unbelief. In Scripture, this is called an evil sin. (Hebrews 3:12). Well, of course it is! Anything that is not of God, after all, is sin, and sin is evil. The unbelieving cannot have a place with God. Everyone who has ever lived will one day truly believe. The trouble is that some of these will be in everlasting punishment. They’ll wish they had listened, then. All who mock Christ now will one day wish they hadn’t. It’s that simple.
The sin of murder must be dealt with. If not repented of, the one who committed it will be cast out of God’s sight forever. Christ gave a very stern warning of how this sin could be committed. It’s frightening. Read Matthew 5, verses 21-22. Anger is a deadly sin. If you become angry with someone, it can lead to murder. You’ve only got to see the daily news to find that out. It makes God furious to see people dishing this sin out every single day. Morally, we’re off the compass as a nation. America sees this, as do most other Western nations, including us in the UK. These sins are mounting into something so horrific, that Jesus had to give warning of what the sin of anger could reap. Being such a dangerous sin, it’s for us to learn to keep our tempers. Just read and remember the story of Cain and Abel. Cain even spoke to God in a sinful manner. When God asked Cain where his brother was, Cain answers; “Am I my brother’s keeper? (Genesis 4:9).
You don’t speak like that to Almighty God and get away with it.
The sin of sorcery, along with talking to the dead, using a medium – all these are evil sins of witchcraft and sorcery. We are not to touch anything like this as we are then opening ourselves up to demons. Did you know that trying to talk to the dead means actually talking to demons? These things had to be cast out of people when Christ was here the first time, and He cast many of them out. If anyone you know wants them cast out, they have to be prayed out. Some only go with prayer and fasting, as our Lord taught us. Read Mark 9:17-29. Be warned about this, also: demons will not leave by using a medium. These people are of the world and have no power of Christ in them. You don’t use gadgets as depicted in horror films. There must be someone who knows and loves the Lord and knows how to pray. Read through the gospels and see how Christ cast demons out. That is how it is done.
The sin of idolatry is all too easy to commit. Anything that takes up our time ahead of God is classed as an idol. We all know we need to read Scripture and pray, and, if we decide, and keep on deciding that life is too busy to sit down awhile with our Heavenly Father, then we have to wonder if we truly have a relationship with God at all. He doesn’t like being cast aside while we get on with other things. That’s not the way to treat a Holy God. He ALWAYS comes first. Then we can go about our day and pray for Him to share that day with us. We need Him with us all the time. He makes our conscience live! If we are aware of God within us, we’ll be rather more careful, prayerfully, about sin, and getting tangled in it! God will not share His glory with anything or anyone else. We have enough warnings throughout Scripture. Take them seriously.
Don’t take up lying! Be truthful. Sometimes, the truth makes us squirm. Better to squirm now than to be judged later. All these things carry the Second Death penalty if not repented of. We have been warned.
Now, I pray the Lord be with you so that you (and I!) can go out to love and serve the Lord.