“And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.” (Rev. 14:11)
I have never met a person yet that claims to serve the Lord Jesus Christ who is not thankful that they will not be going to hell, I have met very few that go out into the world and tell others about how they also can be saved from the fire that will never be quenched.
If you have read these letters to you for any length of time, you have heard me say these words many times, unless you can see them on fire, screaming in eternal torment and hopelessness, you will never reach out to them. There seems to be little problem with those who do occasionally speak to the lost about the love of God to them, of the love of the Lord Jesus Christ who went to the cross for them, about how He can bring joy and peace into their lives even in the worst situations, but rarely do you hear them say that if they do not repent unthinkable eternal anguish and pain awaits them.
There was a time not many decades ago when the fire and brimstone preacher gave just that message, not of course to the known and familiar congregation, but to those that he knew were still living in unrepented of sin. Love is the message today, I have even heard of unquestioning love, but the message of pain has all but been forgotten.
“But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand.” (Eze. 33:6)
No, we would not want to scare them off, give it time, keep speaking about nothing but the love, mercy and grace of the Lord and they’ll come around sooner or later.
The wrath of God will abide on billions throughout eternity while you will experience pleasures forevermore.
How would you react if in around two hundred years from now the Almighty calls you to His throne room, hands you a list of names, names that you can recall, some of them family and friends, and says to you, “I want you to go to hell, find these people, and one by one apologize to them for not speaking the entire truth to them.” When the task was complete, do you believe you would just come back to heaven, find your friends and start back in the pleasures and joys where you left off, or would you need some time, quite a lot of time to yourself and your tears?
It may happen, I have yet to find what I consider an acceptable revelation about that verse and how that blood will be required of us.
They are going to be on fire and in excruciating pain while you enjoy pleasures forevermore. They are not there in hell because of you, but you did not warn them, you told them about the love waiting, but not about the hopelessness if they deny that love.
“So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.” (Romans 14:12) This will be part of our accounting. The simplest of tasks, the truth of eternal love and the truth of eternal suffering, it cannot get any easier than that.
People will generally like you when you speak of His love, they will despise you when you tell them that they are wicked sinners bound for hell in the eyes of the Almighty if they do not repent. But in these days it’s all about love, isn’t it, even unquestioning love.
“And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” (Matt. 24:12)