Today’s Devotional – September 8th (Eternal Torment?)

By admin On August 14th, 2014

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Today’s Devotional – September 8th

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Eternal Torment?

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So, do you have any loved ones who you suspect are being tormented right now in Hell? Perhaps an aunt or uncle or friend, who died without surrendering their lives to Christ?

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Does this idea make you wonder if God is not as merciful as we are told by our Bible teachers? Do you have trouble reconciling the merciful Jesus with an angry God who will cast all lost souls into a subterranean torture chamber, for all time and eternity?

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Hell’s Torment and Tormentor – Wikipedia – Public Domain 

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JESUS & HIS ANGELS WATCHING!?!

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And how could Jesus and all His holy angels endure watching this unspeakable horror for all eternity, as is written… “…and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:”? 

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This seems just too unimaginable to be true! This would make eternal life much too sad for the redeemed! How could loving, merciful Jesus and all His angels watch all this torment and suffering, day after day, year after year, century after century, for all the ions of time and eternity? 

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Hell’s Viewing Gallery- Signsofheaven.org – copyrighted – not for public use

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WHERE’S THE “GOOD NEWS”?

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Grandma in Hell's flames of fire

So what’s the Good News if 90% of the people of this world will be roasting in flames of fire for all eternity? Oh well, the fortunate few will be flying around God’s throne. But almost ten times that number will be tormented day and night for all eternity!

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So just how are we lucky ones who have been given hearts overflowing with love and sympathy, supposed to enjoy the serenity of heavenly bliss, knowing that our loved ones are being tortured, as they continually plead for God’s mercy? And how is the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, who are the very epitome of love and tender compassion, supposed to endure all that suffering for all eternity?

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Doesn’t make much sense, does it?

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MANY HARD THINGS

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Here’s the problem. God wrote the Bible, not always to be easily understood. Oh yes, everything necessary for Salvation has been made as clear as the noonday Sun! But many other things are very difficult to be understood, “which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.” 2nd Peter 3:16

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Yes, God has forewarned us that the Bible is often very difficult. And the true nature of Hell is one of those doctrines which has caused much confusion and disagreement among theologians.

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Question book magnify svg – Wikimedia – GNU license

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A THREE-FOLD PROCESS TO TRUTH

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Question book magnify svg - Wikimedia - GNU licenseBut there is a way to get to the bottom of all this! Yes, there is perhaps a three-step process in getting to the truth concerning the true nature of Hell. And if the Reader can carefully follow this three-step plan, then he or she will not only be able to find the truth concerning this doctrine, but also be able to solve many of the other perplexing doctrines found in God’s Word.

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FIRST STEP: REPENT, PLEAD & SURRENDER

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The first step one must take is to become a true child of God. And herein lies the reason for so much of the confusion in the church world!

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Listen… “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” 1st Corinthians 2:14

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Well, most people in the church world understand that not everyone in church is a true-worshipper. And those who are still striving for the pleasures and pursuits of this world are standing without, and are still in spiritual darkness. They have not received a love of the truth, so as to become saved, as it states in 2nd Thessalonians. And so these must rely on what their church leaders tell them, because they cannot understand that spiritual Book, the Bible.

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PS Krøyer – Hip hip hurra! – Kunstnerfest på Skagen – 1888 – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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AS AN ANGEL OF LIGHT

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Unfortunately, Satan comes as an angel of light, and has installed his ministers into the pulpits of many, most, or perhaps all of the churches. And so, even though that still-unsaved one may hear many Bible truths, yet there are very critical truths which are withheld from church-members. Yes, the truths of the Bible are mingled with unbiblical doctrines, such as the one being discussed today.

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So there’s really no hope for that carnal “Christian”, as far as understanding the deeper truths of the Bible. Unless, of course, that carnal one will finally turn to the Lord, and receives the grace of God, Salvation!

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LOVE FOR THIS WORLD MUST GO!

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So, if we find that we are still serving the world, then this would be the very first step in coming to truth!

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Listen… “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.” James 4:4

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And so, as this verse reveals, we cannot be a friend of the world and the friend of God at the same time! We must choose one or the other.

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And unfortunately, this is the condition of most who are within the various organizations which constitute the church world.

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And to these, Paul writes… “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” 1st Corinthians 2:14

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“EXAMINE & PROVE YOUR OWN SELVES”

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And so, it is the first duty of the church-goer to make sure his or her Salvation! Because, as Paul states in the above verse, a natural man cannot nor will not discern the spiritual nature of God’s Word! He or she is void of God’s Spirit, and is actually filled with the “spirit of error”

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Listen… “They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.” 1st John 4:5, 6

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And so, there is a “Spirit of Truth”, and there is a “spirit of error” in the world.

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HOW TO ESCAPE 

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Now here’s the very Good News! There is a remedy for all this! We do not have to be prisoners of sin! Christ came to open the doors of the prison-house of Satan! Yes, He died for the sins of the world, and He calls out to anyone and everyone… “go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in Heaven: and come and follow Me.” Matthew 19:21

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Jesus Teaching – Luke 4:31-32 – Jesus talks about Heaven – www.lavistachurchofchrist.org – public-domain

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A LIFETIME PLAN: FALLING PROSTRATE!

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Yes, if any of us are still caught in the web of sin, we have a way of escape… “Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your David's sorrow - Wikigallery - Public Domainjoy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up.” James 4:8-10

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And maybe, just maybe, God might turn and graciously grant me Salvation! But Salvation may not seem to come all of a sudden! No, this call to repentance and humbling before God becomes a life-long repentance for those of us who are still not measuring up to the Book of James. But though the life of a Christian is a life of repentance and humbling ourselves before God, it is also a life of joy, though joy may not come in a moment or hour!

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But as one perseveres with God in this way, something miraculous occurs! That person may slowly begin to study a tiny little bit of the Bible, and begin to grasp the deeper meaning! Yes, just a tiny spark of light begins to shine for that sorrowing one! And even as the dawning of light after the dark of night!

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David’s sorrow – Wikigallery – Public Domain

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YOU CAN ALSO READ PART 2… September 9th (Eternal Torment? Part 2: Proper Weights)

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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, I’m tired of serving this world! I want to follow Thee with all my heart! Give me Thy Salvation, and release me from Satan’s Prison-House of sin and selfishness! Let me walk, even as Thou walked in this world…

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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… “Mark of the Beast–”They Have No Rest, Day Nor Night””

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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EARTH: PLANET OF REST

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Counting the Sun as the 1st heavenly sphere, the Earth is the 4th heavenly sphere. If we extend our theory (and it’s just a theory) that God created our solar system to correspond to the http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Globeblack.PNGcommandments, the Sun corresponding to the 1st Commandment, then Planet Earth would correspond to the 4th Commandment: the Seventh-day Sabbath.

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And so, on the very planet that corresponds to the commandment that exalts the idea of “peace” and “rest”, there exists very little peace. And very little rest. Ironic, isn’t it? 

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And so the 4th member of our solar system, being Planet Earth, will be the host for this article.

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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” 

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TOMORROW:

“September 9th (Eternal Torment? Part 2: Proper Weights)”

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20+ MINUTE AUDIO JEREMIAH STUDY

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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 IS STUDY #249 PRESENTED BY THE LATE HAROLD CAMPING OF FAMILY RADIO…

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