Daily Devotional, Year 2 – JUNE 27 (Eternal Torment? Part 10: Endless Stripes?)

By admin On May 31st, 2015

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 “Complete List of Daily Devotionals”

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Daily Devotional, Year 2 – JUNE 27

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Eternal Torment? Part 10: “Endless Stripes?”

To read Part 1, click here… “September 8th (Eternal Torment?)”

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“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.” 

Revelation 21:4

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A person has to ignore so many scriptures to arrive at the conclusion that the wages of sin is “Eternal Torment”!

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But more than that, a person has to ignore the character of God, as seen in the face of Jesus Christ.

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“GOD’S THRONE UPHOLDEN BY MERCY”

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Oh yes, God is a God of Judgment! But He also is a God of Mercy!

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And so, as it is written… “Mercy and truth preserve the King: and His throne is upholden by mercy.” Proverbs 20:28

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And so, just how a person could believe the church-doctrine of “Eternal Torment”, while telling the world that God is so tender and merciful, is truly mystifying!

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Because, if more than 90% of the world’s inhabitants will be tormented in fire for all eternity, just where is the Good News?

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Jesus The Good Shepherd – Bernhard Plockhorst – 1825-1907 – Wikipedia – Public Domain

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A GIANT CLUB

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Well, on the other hand, the doctrine of “Eternal Torment” does indeed make a giant club to hit over the heads of all rejectors of Christ!

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It is a huge cudgel to force people into submission to Salvation.

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Brooklyn Museum – The Rich Man In Hell – James Tissot – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

 

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A PARABLE IS A PARABLE

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But just because “Eternal Torment” has been the long-held traditional doctrine of the apostate churches throughout the past centuries, does not make it in the least little bit, a true doctrine!

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The fact is, one has to diminish many Bible texts and truths to arrive at this unthinkable idea! Even if the Parable of the Rich Man & Lazarus were interpreted literally, it could not be discovered that the Rich Man was eternally tormented.

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It just doesn’t say anything about eternal torment in that parable!

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Hell – Jan van Eyck Diptych – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

 

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RICH MAN & LAZARUS

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But anyway, parables were not given to interpret literally! They were given to present spiritual, allegorical concepts! That’s why they don’t make sense literally!https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Brooklyn_Museum_-_The_Bad_Rich_Man_in_Hell_(Le_mauvais_riche_dans_l%27Enfer)_-_James_Tissot_-_overall.jpg

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And come on! Who really believes that Lazarus was actually sitting in Abraham’s lap?

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And who really believes that the lost multitudes will have physical bodies throughout eternity, as the Rich Man had in the parable?

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Or that he really begged for a tiny drop of water? Most people would concede that the drop of water represented a tiny drop of mercy.

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The fact is, just like other Bible parables, the parable of the Rich Man & Lazarus must be understood allegorically!

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Rich Man & Lazarus – Wikimedia – Public Domain

 

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STRIPES (LASHINGS) ARE NOT ENDLESS

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Now there is another inconsistency with “Eternal Torment”. Listen… “And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to His will, shall be beaten with many stripes (lashings). But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes.” Luke 12:47, 48

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Now most teachers apply this to the punishment of the wicked throughout eternity. But this above passage cannot be speaking of “Eternal Torment” since those who burn in the Lake of Fire are to supposedly roast throughout the ceaseless ages. This is what the apostate church believes.

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Brooklyn Museum – The Rich Man In Hell – James Tissot – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

 

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And this is the point of today’s devotional. Stripes are not endless.

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NOT TO EXCEED 40 STRIPES

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Listen…“And it shall be, if the wicked man be worthy to be beaten, that the judge shall cause him to lie down, and to be beaten before his face, according to his fault, by a certain number. Forty stripes he may give him, and not exceed: lest, if he should exceed, and beat him above these with many stripes, then thy Brother should seem vile unto thee.” Deuteronomy 25:2, 3

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This above passage presents a huge concept which many “Eternal Torment” advocates completely miss! People despise an unmerciful judge, don’t they? There have been many books and even movies made which portray an unmerciful judge. And this passage even confirms this truth, when it says, “lest, if he should exceed, and beat him above these with many stripes, then thy Brother should seem vile unto thee.” Deuteronomy 25:3

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Forty stripes – Wikipedia – US Public Domain.

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WHO IS MY BROTHER?

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And in this passage “thy brother” is probably speaking of both the judge, and also, the man being punished, since Jesus is our true Judge, but Jesus also is our true Brother. And this passage too, is the, “Spirit of prophecy” and is the, “testimony of Jesus”.http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Holy_bible.jpg

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In other words, all those Old Testament Laws were shadows of the Gospel. And they were signs, pointing to Christ. And this Law concerning stripes is also the Spirit of Prophecy, pointing to the Eternal Judgment of God.

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And so, this whole entire notion that the lost souls will receive endless stripes (lashings) from God is just not supported by the Bible. And it’s certainly not supported by these passages concerning the judgments of receiving stripes!

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Holy Bible – Wikimedia – Creative Commons Lic.

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JESUS NO LONGER ON CROSS

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And really, if the wages of sin were “Eternal Torment”, then Jesus would still behttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USMC-06831.jpg on the Cross, wouldn’t He? So because He’s no longer being punished for our sins, this whole notion of “Eternal Torment” doesn’t make a lick of sense! And those who try to philosophize why Jesus did not have to go through “Eternal Torment” can probably “convince the choir” as the saying goes. But those who love the truth will not be satisfied with hearing such convoluted wrestlings with Scripture.

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We must search the Scriptures for our own selves, with the same nobility of those Bereans who, “…received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” Acts 17:11  

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USMC – Prayer before Bible study – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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To read Part 11, click here… JULY 15 (Eternal Torment? Part 11:”Is God A ‘Good Cop/Bad Cop’?”)

 

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THE READER IS HIGHLY ENCOURAGED TO LISTEN TO THE FOLLOWING 20+ MINUTE AUDIO STUDY IN JEREMIAH CONCERNING ETERNAL TORMENT. THE LATE HAROLD CAMPING OF FAMILY RADIO CONDUCTS THIS JEREMIAH STUDY #565 CONCERNING THE NATURE OF HELL ACCORDING TO WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS…

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Give me a love for truth which causes me to insist on finding any and every related passage on any questionable doctrine…

 

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read…Planet of Rest: Doctrine of Eternal Torment, or you can also read…“August 17th (Too Many Loose Ends!)”

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

 

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MOON’S 1ST FACE

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Tilt your head to the left

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Do you see a man’s face?

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It’s that proverbial “Man in the Moon”. We’ve always taken it for granted. But now we’re learning that God is responsible for creating this Nocturnal Watchman. You see, God has etched Signs in the Moon, long ago.

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A story? Yes. And just now He is revealing those Signs. Just now He is telling that story. 

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God promised that His covenant with David (who represented Christ) “shall be established for ever as the Moon, and as a faithful witness in heaven. Selah.” Psalm 89

 

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… Moon Into Blood Trilogy: 1st Face: The Night Watchman

 

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TOMORROW… 

JUNE 28 (Flee To The Mountain! Part 2: Am I A Pillar of Salt?)

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20+ MINUTE AUDIO STUDY IN JEREMIAH 

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YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO BEGIN FOLLOWING THIS 650+ AUDIO BIBLE STUDY THROUGH THE BOOK OF JEREMIAH EACH DAY ON THIS DAILY DEVOTIONAL.

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THIS STUDY #542 IS PRESENTED BY THE LATE HAROLD CAMPING OF FAMILY RADIO…

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above picture: Prophet Jeremiah – www.christianimagesource.org – Public Domain

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