Daily Devotional, Year 3 – February 24 (Eternal Torment? Part 17: “Torment In Heaven?”)

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Daily Devotional, Year 3 – February 24

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Eternal Torment? Part 17: “Torment In Heaven?”

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.

And he that sat upon the throne said,

Behold, I make all things new.

And he said unto me,

Write: for these words are true and faithful.”

Revelation 21:4, 5

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.River of Water of Life - H. Melville - Wikimedia - US Public Domain

This above passage makes the New Heaven and the New Earth sound pretty nice, doesn’t it?

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After all, what could be better than to live for evermore in a world in which there is no more pain, nor suffering, nor crying, nor sorrow, nor death?

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River of Water of Life – H. Melville – Wikimedia – US Public Domain

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GOD’S UNIVERSE NOT SO NICE!?

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Unfortunately, the fallen church-world paints a much different description of Heaven!

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Yes, the sad fact is, today’s churches and denominations have tenaciously clung to an archaic old church-doctrine from their mother-church.

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And this apostate church long ago established the claim that somewhere in God’s creation exists a torture chamber where pain and suffering and crying and sorrow and screaming and begging and intense torment goes on through eternity!

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Hell’s Torment and Tormentor – Wikipedia – Public Domain (2)

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INCREDIBLY BAD BIBLE STUDY

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You see, while the Bible does indeed speak of Hell, it does not speak of Hell as a place of eternal torment.

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Otherwise this passage from Revelation clearly teaches that pain and suffering and crying and mourning and sorrow and death will no more exist!

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Unfortunately the apostate churches of Europe engaged in some really bad Bible study to come up with this ridiculous notion that God has a giant torture chamber in which he is mercilessly tormenting as much as 90% of all unbelievers who ever lived throughout history!

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Nicaea icon – Wikipedia – Public Domain

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CAN’T LIFT PASSAGES OUT OF CONTEXT

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The problem is, instead of comparing and prayerfully balancing every related scripture concerning the nature of Hell, the erring theologians took the Parable of the Rich Man & Lazarus, along with the verse that says, “The smoke of their torment ascends up for ever and ever”.

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And then they used these two passages to cancel out every passage will tells us, “the wages of sin is death”, and, “The soul that sinneth shall die.”

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CURSE ON ADDING/DIMINISHING GOD’S WORD

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But the Bible pronounces a curse on any person that tries to cancel out any passage found in Scripture.

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Listen…“For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life,” Revelation 22:18, 19

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And so, the apostate church in centuries past violated this above verse when they decided to make the Rich Man & Lazarus and “ever-ascending smoke” the sum-total of the nature of Hell, and ignore the many passage which speak of Hell as the grave.

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And as a result, they came under that curse.

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THE BIBLE IS ONE WORD

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The Bible is one whole doctrine.

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And any passage that is independently lifted out of the context of everything else the Bible has to say about a particular doctrine, is in danger of becoming a false doctrine.

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This is because “no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation” 1st Peter 1:20

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As this above verse from 1st Peter reveals, the Bible is one whole prophetic doctrine.

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And it is impossible to interpret any one passage privately, and out of context of the ALL of the Bible!

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Holy Bible – Wikimedia – Creative Commons Lic.

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“I SHOULD HAVE SLEPT…BEEN AT REST!”

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And so, in contrast to this church doctrine, “Eternal Torment”, the Book of Job tells us…“Why died I not from the womb? why did I not give up the ghost when I came out of the belly? For now should I have lain still and been quiet, I should have slept: then had I been at rest, With kings and counsellors of the earth, which built desolate places for themselves; There, (in death) the wicked cease from troubling; and there the weary be at rest.” Job 3:11, 13, 14, 17, 

PAINTING - Blake - 1793 - Jobs Tormentors - Wikipedia - US -Public Domain

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Nowhere in this above passage does it speak of eternal torment!

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It only speaks of death in terms of trouble-free rest! And those who ignore or try to wrestle away the meaning of this above passage are themselves in danger of receiving the punishment of eternal damnation…death!

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Because, in essence, they have rejected this scripture in hopes of continuing to cling to this archaic false church-doctrine of “Eternal Torment”, handed down to them by their apostate Mother-church in centuries past!

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PAINTING – Blake – 1793 – Jobs Tormentors – Wikipedia – US -Public Domain

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TRUTH-SEEKERS HAPPY TO BE CORRECTED

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But all those who have received the love for truth, will want to know EVERYTHING the Bible has to say on this and every other Bible doctrine!https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:%22However_pressing_his_duties_STM2-c_James_Lee_Frazer_always_finds_time_to_read_a_few_chapters_from_his_Bible_each_day._I_-_NARA_-_520675.jpg

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And every truth-seeking individual will rejoice whenever he or she discovers any new hidden gem of truth, even if it results in having to discard any old wrong doctrine!

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But those who love their church and its doctrines more than they love the Bible in its entirety, will try to dismiss such passages as Job 3:11-19 which speaks of Hell as the Grave.

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However pressing his duties STM2-c James Lee Frazer always finds time to read a few chapters from his Bible each day. I – NARA – 520675 – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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NO ETERNAL TORMENT IN HEAVEN-MADE-NEW!

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But let’s get back to our signature passage for today… “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. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Brooklyn_Museum_-_The_Bad_Rich_Man_in_Hell_(Le_mauvais_riche_dans_l%27Enfer)_-_James_Tissot_-_overall.jpgme, Write: for these words are true and faithful.” Revelation 21:4, 5

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These above words are “true and faithful”, as this above passage reveals!

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Heaven will not contain some Chamber of Horrors, in which 90% or more of Planet Earth’s past inhabitants will be screaming and writhing in endless torment through the ceaseless ages.

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When you really think it through, this whole idea of “Eternal Torment” is so ridiculous that it’s hard to imagine how any biblically-literate Christian could actually believe such unbiblical nonsense!

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But it’s a real testament of just how powerful church tradition can be!

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

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FORMER THINGS PASSED AWAY

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But much to the contrary, our signature passage instead reveals that all the “former things”, such as suffering, sorrow, pain, tears and death, will be forever vanquished out of existence!

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And instead, the entire universe will then become a place of peace, and joy, and rest, and purity, and love.

.River of Water of Life - H. Melville - Wikimedia - US Public Domain

And throughout all the lush green eternal valleys and hills will be heard the echoes of innocent laughter, and singing, and liberty bells ringing in the total and final victory over evil.

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And we will be forever young!

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And no more will there be a place of suffering and torment!

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And this Promised Land will continue on for ever, and ever…Amen! 

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River of Water of Life – H. Melville – Wikimedia – US Public Domain

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TO READ PART 18, GO HERE…April 4 (Eternal Torment? Part 18: “Stuck In The Miry Pit!”)

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Let me not be given to a close-minded spirit. But help me to love truth, no matter if it means I will be hated by my own brethren…

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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 this shorter article…AUGUST 19 (Apocalypse Now! Part 6: Fire & Brimstone!)

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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ORION, THE GOOD SHEPHERD

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.Orion the Good Shepherd (5th personality of Orion)

“The LORD is my shepherd;

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I shall not want (lack).

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He maketh me to lie

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down in green pastures:

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He leadeth me beside

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the still waters…

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I will fear no evil:

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for Thou art with me;

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Thy rod and thy staff

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they comfort me….”

Psalm 23:1, 2, 4

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ORION, THE GOOD SHEPHERD

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This star-chart from Wikipedia, has Orion sketched in by the editor of this website.

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With the addition of a single star, Theta Geminorum (the left hand of the Castor twin of Gemini), the sickle in Orion, the Reaper’s hand (sketch to left), now extends the blade, thus transforming that sickle into the hook of a shepherd’s rod and staff. And so now this little Gemini star becomes the tip of Orion’s Shepherd’s rod & staff. Thus with this additional star, Orion the Reaper Constellation now becomes the 5th personality of Orion: The Good Shepherd (sketch below right). Theta Geminorum is a class A3, 4th magnitude star, which means it is much fainter than either of the stars, Castor or Pollux. But faint as This little star may be, it nevertheless presents a giant concept, turning Orion’s sickle into a shepherd’s rod.

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And this is a very wonderful and beautiful Bible truth: namely, that Jesus is the Good Shepherd, as is written…

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“As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out My sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day.” Ezekiel 34:12 

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And so God has placed this Starry Shepherd in the winter-night heavens to remind us of His great love for a planet which has wandered away: just like sheep that wandered to where the grass looked greener.

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… Orion, The Good Shepherd

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TOMORROW…

February 25 (Come Out of Her, My People! Part 40: “Christmas With, ‘Another jesus’: Babylonian Holidays”)

 

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