The Judgment of the Living Dead, Part 13
TEXT: Revelation 20:11-15
11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
The Judgment of the Living Dead (Part 13)
In order to fully understand the reality of the judgment of Hell and the Lake of Fire, we have begun looking at the major aspects of Hell. In other words, we are answering the question, What kind of place is the Lake of Fire? There are twelve main aspects of the Lake of Fire spoken of in the Bible. We have already looked at seven of them:
1. The Lake of Fire is a place of weeping and gnashing of teeth.
2. The Lake of Fire is a place of outer darkness.
3. The Lake of Fire is a place of various torments.
4. The Lake of Fire is a place of sorrows.
5. The Lake of Fire is a place of unsatisfied desires.
6. The Lake of Fire is a place of hopelessness.
7. The Lake of Fire is a place of bitter memory.
Today, please notice from the Word of God that the Lake of Fire is a place of no rest. In the book of Revelation, the Bible describes the end result of those who reject Jesus Christ and worship the Antichrist in the last days. These people are also thrown into the Lake of Fire after the Great White Throne Judgment. Revelation 14:10-11 reads, “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 in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night.”
The Greek word from which “rest” is derived means “intermission; cessation of any motion, business, or labour; rest, or recreation.” When the Bible says that there is no rest in Hell, it means that there is no intermission of torment, no cessation of pain, no moment when a soul can take a break from his suffering.
This fact is emphasized by the other expressions in these two verses. First, we find that this torment is carried out under the oversight of Heaven. Those in Hell will “be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb.” This shows us that Hell is an extension of God’s holiness and righteous judgment. Hell is not created by or controlled by the devil. It is under God’s authority, and, as we see in this verse, it is administered by the Lamb Jesus Christ and the holy angels.
We are also told that “the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever.” John Walvoord said this phrase means “literally ‘into the ages of ages.’ It is the strongest expression of eternity of which the Greek is capable… As the worship of the beast is not interrupted by repentance, so their torment is not interrupted when repentance is too late.”
Don’t go to Hell thinking that once you get in there will be a way to get out. The doors to Hell are locked from the outside. Don’t go to Hell thinking that the punishment will only be temporary, because once it starts, it never stops. Don’t go to Hell thinking that you can “take it” and that your life of sin on this Earth will be worth it. If you do, you will be in for a dreadful surprise.
The Lake of Fire is a place of no rest. You do not want to go there. There is another place as described in this poem by Ellen Bailey:
Heaven is a place prepared for me and you
Hell is another place that has been prepared too
There is no place in-between that we can go
It’s either Heaven above or Hell below
Allow me to share with you how you can trust Jesus Christ for salvation so that you can avoid that awful place.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.