“I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh;” (Prov. 1:26)
How many of you who are born-again feel good when the wicked get what they deserve, when the criminal is caught, and justice prevails? And your emotions, what are they when that same wicked person, when it is revealed beyond a shadow of a doubt that they did indeed commit the crime are released, when they receive no punishment whatsoever?
Status, standing, wealthy powerful friends or family, above the laws that have been set, some even those who have enacted those laws, no punishment whatsoever. Indignation? Wrath? Anger and frustration?
“The memory of the just is blessed: but the name of the wicked shall rot.” (Prov. 10:7)
Now, how do you feel about that, what emotions are expressed within you when you realize the truth that all those who hate our Lord, all those who deny the offering of grace from the Living God will suffer in great pain and anguish for all eternity?
“Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:” (Matt. 25:41)
Do you rejoice in this knowledge, or do you feel great sorrow? Are you happy that the rapist and murderer will exist for all eternity in inconsolable suffering?
“They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof.” (Prov. 1:30)
What about that kindly old lady down the street, what about your friend you spoke to for years about the saving grace of God, that family member you loved dearly but who would not listen, who rejected the gift of God, who counted the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ as a lite thing?
“And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh. (Isaiah 66:24)
I believe the Scriptures reveal that, at least from a certain spot in our eternal home, we can see the Lake of Fire, and I also believe that those former things that will not be brought to mind does not include the loss of the memory of those we knew and loved here, that we will know as we look out upon that burning lake that they are there, and always will be.
Does it bring joy to your heart to know that the wicked, evil man will receive the Almighty’s just punishment, do you find great peace in that knowledge as much as you do in that same knowledge that your best friends, perhaps your parents or even your child who denied the sacrifice, the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, who despised His love will also suffer for all of time?
Or will you need to be consoled throughout all eternity?
“Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways;” (Eze. 33:11a)
But that does not mean He is going to change His mind, if they die in their sins, beyond wicked in this life or a “good person” here, if they reject Him, hell awaits.
These words are truth, and you must set them as such in your mind.
If we are going to rejoice in heaven, and we are, part of that rejoicing will be because the wicked have been punished and will continue to be for all eternity. Can you accept His will in this, can you accept the fact that some you loved here will burn alongside the most vile human being who was ever born? Can you rejoice in the knowledge that they have received what they deserve for not heeding the call of the Most High, for rejecting the Lord Jesus Christ?
“For many are called, but few are chosen.” (Matt. 22:14)
If you are harboring ill will towards the Living God because of the truths revealed in this letter, then you must consider this, how deep is the depth of your love for Him?