What is that thing up in the sky?
September 23, 2015
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Pastor Tim Fisher at Crossroads Church in Northern Indiana is launching a fall series called “Unnecessary Censorship” and his creative team has come up with great graphics to promote the series as a major event for the year. He asked me to step in on November 1, 2015 and handle the topic of “Hell” since, in his words, “You wrote the book on it.” (“Hell No” published in 2002 or so). I had most recently revisited the concept last year when TCRG released a book on eternity. (“Unfolding Eternity” published in 2014). I was giving him the condensed version of my concept and Marceil told me to get the idea up here on my blog. Here it is: Since Revelation says–death, hell, and sin will all be cast into the “lake of fire” it gives us the picture that it will be some kind of bright swirling object (like a very miniature sun) just on the edge of our view all through eternity. I think the Lake of Fire will be a kindly and humble reminder of what God did for us and through us on planet earth during our life time. Here is where it sometimes gets “dicey”……those who didn’t trust Christ with the forgiveness of sin will be in the Lake of Fire. Will we realize we have a loved one there? We know that in Heaven there will be no sorrow, but the thought of someone we know and love spinning around through all of eternity in this inferno of purging brings a sense of panic. Yet, somehow in Heaven it will all make sense to us. Somehow in the glorified state of eternity we will understand that everyone has a free will. We will understand that it is NOT people that are sent to Hell forever but sin that is cast into the Lake of Fire. People hold ON TO their sin rather than trust Jesus with it. Because they have held ON TO their sin, they will be holding ON TO it all the way into the Lake of Fire. Further, we live in a world where we constantly fight with our own flesh over issues like–pride, self protection, self centeredness etc. In our glorified state there won’t be any conflict with the fleshly desire of our ego need. On earth we conflict with our individual identity. In Heaven there won’t be the individual identity, but rather a powerful corporate identity–like marriage: two become one flesh. In the case of Heaven, we will be married to Christ, the lamb of God, through all eternity. All the ego needs will give way to the desire to be “ONE WITH GOD”–which takes away the “need to know why” and replaces with the “Oh…I…get…it…now!” I truly don’t understand how I will be able to deal in eternity with the fact that people I know and love will end up in the Lake of Fire so it makes me strive toward fasting and prayer for people to come to Christ while they still can. BTW–it’s not going to be long now…so we must endeavor to pray and target people for Christ while we still can. I find it is not so much what I say that brings people to Christ, but the time I spend in praying for people to come to Christ through binding the enemy and loosing hearts to accepting the teachings of Christ into their lives.