There is so much treachery and manipulation going on in this world now via a global instantaneous digitized means that far exceeds anything in human history which is going to be the stumbling block for multitudes of people going forward into calamitous times!
“Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you workers of lawlessness!’ 24Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” Matthew 7:22-24
“Depart from me, you evildoers, that I may obey the commandments of my God. 116Sustain me as You promised, that I may live; let me not be ashamed of my hope.” Psalm 119:115-116
Were these Scriptures meant seriously to make certain there is no doubt how precarious our journey would be and how we would be in a minefield of powerful deception, derision and division that can capture and destroy anyone, especially those who don’t take to heart all that Jesus told us?
Too many people are feel good Christians and think it’s all about kumbaya let’s all be happy and talk the talk!
Perhaps people today more than ever need to look back at the history of the Church and review the Saints to learn how they actually suffered for God not for or because of any earthly goals other than being instruments of God to awaken people to the absolute necessity to take this short life very seriously and remain vigilant at all times discerning properly what they must do to prepare their souls for Judgment!
Although God is loving, merciful, and forgiving, He nevertheless holds believers accountable for disobedience.
“And every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. 12Therefore, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence, but now even more in my absence, continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling. 13For it is God who works in you to will and to act on behalf of His good purpose.” Philippians 2:11-13
I see far too many people especially in this current wayward time thinking it can be a cake walk because it’s hard to be upright while also being so corrupted by pop culture and the horrid Ways of The World which are actually abominations in many instances; and so many wrongly think we can screw up and God will forgive; in a sense they think we’ve been given license to be fallen sinners, so it’s not our fault! Even the current heretic pope is promulgating this concept and goes as far to say nobody goes to hell! That is a Blasphemy and transgression against God almighty, to profess and promote such the church hierarchy and the many who follow that prescription can or more probably will end up in hell!
While the Vatican conceded that Scalfari, an atheist who struck up a friendship with Francis in 2013, had held a private meeting with the pontiff before the Easter weekend, it said an interview had not been granted.
“During the meeting Scalfari asked the pope where “bad souls” go, to which he was quoted as responding: “They are not punished. Those who repent obtain God’s forgiveness and take their place among the ranks of those who contemplate him, but those who do not repent and cannot be forgiven disappear. A hell doesn’t exist, the disappearance of sinning souls exists.”
The friendship has been criticized in the past, with Scalfari once saying that it was the pope who asked for the meetings as he liked to “exchange ideas and sentiments with non-believers.”
“The Catholic Church’s teachings affirm the existence of hell and its eternity, saying “the chief punishment of hell is eternal separation from God.”
Pope Benedict XVI said in 2007 that hell “really exists and is eternal, even if nobody talks about it much anymore”, while in 1999 Pope John Paul II announced that hell was “the ultimate consequence of sin itself … rather than a place, hell indicates the state of those who freely and definitively separate themselves from God, the source of all life and joy.”
This is one of many contradictory statements or explanations this pope has made and I’m saying there shouldn’t be any gray area here at all!
This pope has made close friendship as an ally without any condemnation with the likes of Biden, America’s Own Man of Perdition and the same kind of close rapport with Nancy Pelosi while both of these people say they are Catholics and absolutely cannot be with their total affirmation of abortion as perfectly fine and they have appropriated the most money to provide abortions than any other American politicians ever have! The depravity and immorality in all of this is diabolical and pope Francis is a direct link to it all having not condemned it or these frauds as members of the Catholic Church; he should have excommunicated them. Now he is as responsible if not more for all of the abortions these two monsters have effectuated with their diabolical stance!
The Catechism of the Catholic Church states: “The teaching of the Church affirms the existence of hell and its eternity. Immediately after death the souls of those who die in a state of mortal sin descend into hell, where they suffer the punishments of hell, ‘eternal fire.’ The chief punishment of hell is eternal separation from God, in whom alone man can possess the life and happiness for which he was created and for which he longs.”
The Catechism further states, “The affirmations of Sacred Scripture and the teachings of the Church on the subject of hell are a call to the responsibility incumbent upon man to make use of his freedom in view of his eternal destiny. They are at the same time an urgent call to conversion: ‘Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is easy, that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard, that leads to life, and those who find it are few.”
“Since we know neither the day nor the hour, we should follow the advice of the Lord and watch constantly so that, when the single course of our earthly life is completed, we may merit to enter with him into the marriage feast and be numbered among the blessed, and not, like the wicked and slothful servants, be ordered to depart into the eternal fire, into the outer darkness where ‘men will weep and gnash their teeth.” https://www.cnsnews.com/blog/michael-w-chapman/pope-francis-there-no-hell
This same pope promoted the fraudulent and actually abominable vaccines saying it’s a loving thing to take the jab!
So now to this statement in this posting that could be taken in a wrong way too easily I believe.
“Many think that because I Am, The Alpha and The Omega, the beginning and the end that My Power makes Me proud. This, of course, can never be.”
God is Omnipotent He is Supreme Invincible
So pride isn’t even a relative term in considering what and who God is; he is the eternal one and the all-knowing so this idea escapes me that we can even begin to question God being prideful in the standard negative sense of pride being a stumbling block for we humans and is sinful!
“I suffer for each of you. I weep for those lost to Me. I will use every power to bring My lost children back into My Family, My Kingdom.” RemnantDisciplesJtM
“Depart from me I never knew you;” that isn’t a weeping and not letting go of a damned soul to eternal suffering that doesn’t belong to God and will never be one of His children! There are those that God does not love or accept as His own this is made clear; and any of us could end up in that category of human fallen souls. The onus is on us to conform not for God to bend over backwards to our idiocy or folly and vanity; these are those who have arrogance and rebelliousness just like Lucifer!
Jesus did that and the ransom or cost of all sin was paid in full so God doesn’t need to continue to suffer he did totally already when he took all sin upon Himself and descended into Hell!
Now He Jesus of the Trinity sits by the right hand of the Father glorified as he should and nothing will change that!
Many have been lost and more will be to hell but does this mean he will reunite all of His children even those who chose dark over light and sin over benevolence, transgressing the Almighty and Rejecting God’s authority just as Satan did? Some may get that outlandish absurd idea.
“Sinners who won’t come to Me willingly can only be saved through the suffering of others.” RemnantDisciplesJtM
It is because of sin that there is suffering so all human conflict is derived from sin and transgression which if misunderstood this idea of our suffering being a good thing somehow outside of it’s just revealing for all to see plainly that the wage of sin is death rather than doing what is just and proper according to God Himself could then lead a person to potential blasphemy, as nobody can save anyone else, nor even themselves from spiritual death which is already our legacy from the Garden; of course it is only Jesus Christ who Saves! However much suffering other people go through will not save one person’s soul from hell if that soul is condemned by its own actions and resulting consequences of that transgression by choice in the final analysis; “total culpability!” Any of us could be used as an instrument ordained by God’s will to serve Him alone for the purpose of influencing another to encourage faith in Jesus Christ as their Savior and thus turn to Him and away from sin, or thusly eternal damnation.
1 Corinthians 6:9–11, “Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”
2 Thessalonians 2:7, “For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way.”
2 Peter 2:9, “The Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials and to hold the unrighteous for punishment on the day of judgment.”
Revelation 21:7-9 “7The one who overcomes will inherit all things, and I will be his God, and he will be My son. 8But to the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and sexually immoral and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their place will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur. This is the second death.” 9Then one of the seven angels with the seven bowls full of the seven final plagues came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.”
Revelation 20:11–15, “Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. . . . I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. . . . The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. . . . Each person was judged according to what they had done. Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.”
“We find it easy to tread on and crush a worm that we see crawling on the earth; so it is easy for us to cut or singe a slender thread that any thing hangs by: thus easy is it for God, when he pleases, to cast his enemies down to hell. What are we, that we should think to stand before Him, at whose rebuke the earth trembles, and before whom the rocks are thrown down?
They deserve to be cast into hell; so that divine justice never stands in the way, it makes no objection against God’s using his power at any moment to destroy them. Yea, on the contrary, justice calls aloud for an infinite punishment of their sins. Divine justice says of the tree that brings forth such grapes of Sodom, “Cut it down, why cumbereth it the ground?”
Luke 13:7. “The sword of divine justice is every moment brandished over their heads, and it is nothing but the hand of arbitrary mercy, and God’s mere will, that holds it back.”
They are already under a sentence of condemnation to hell. They do not only justly deserve to be cast down thither, but the sentence of the law of God, that “eternal and immutable rule of righteousness” that God has fixed between him and mankind, is gone out against them, and stands against them; so that they are bound over already to hell. John 3:18. “He that believeth not is condemned already.” So that “every unconverted man properly belongs to hell;” that is his place; from thence he is, John 8:23. “Ye are from beneath:” And thither he is bound; it is the place that justice, and God’s word, and the sentence of his unchangeable law assign to him. Luke 12:4-5, “And I say unto you, my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that, have no more that they can do. But I will forewarn you whom you shall fear: fear him, which after he hath killed, hath power to cast into hell: yea, I say unto you, Fear him.”gotquestions.org › sinners-in-the-hands-of-an-angry-God
They are now the objects of that very same anger and wrath of God, which is expressed in the torments of hell. And the reason why they do not go down to hell at each moment, is not because God, in whose power they are subjugated to, is not then very angry with them; as he is with many miserable creatures now tormented in hell, who are there in hell feel and bear the fierceness of his wrath. “Yea, God is a great deal more angry with great numbers that are now on earth: yea, doubtless, with many that are now in this congregation, who it may be are at ease, than he is with many of those who are now in the flames of hell.”
So that “it is not because God is unmindful of their wickedness, and does not resent it,” that he does not let loose his hand and cut them off. God is not altogether such an one as themselves, “though they may imagine him to be so.” “The wrath of God burns against them, their damnation does not slumber; the pit is prepared, the fire is made ready, the furnace is now hot, ready to receive them; the flames do now rage and glow. The glittering sword is whet, and held over them, and the pit hath opened its mouth under them.” gotquestions.org
The scripture represents them as his goods, Luke 11:12. “The devils watch them; they are ever by them at their right hand; they stand waiting for them, like greedy hungry lions that see their prey, and expect to have it, but are for the present kept back. If God should withdraw his hand, by which they are restrained, they would in one moment fly upon their poor souls. The old serpent is gaping for them; hell opens its mouth wide to receive them; and if God should permit it, they would be hastily swallowed up and lost.”
There are in the souls of wicked men those hellish principles reigning, that would presently kindle and flame out into hell fire, if it were not for God’s restraints. There is laid in the very nature of carnal men, a foundation for the torments of hell. There are those corrupt principles, in reigning power in them, and in full possession of them, that are seeds of hell fire. These principles are active and powerful, exceeding violent in their nature, and if it were not for the restraining hand of God upon them, they would soon break out, they would flame out after the same manner as the same corruptions, the same enmity does in the hearts of damned souls, and would beget the same torments as they do in them. The souls of the wicked are in scripture compared to the troubled sea, Isa. 57:20. For the present, God restrains their wickedness by his mighty power, as he does the raging waves of the troubled sea, saying, “Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further;” but if God should withdraw that restraining power, it would soon carry all before it. “Sin is the ruin and misery of the soul; it is destructive in its nature; and if God should leave it without restraint, there would need nothing else to make the soul perfectly miserable.” The corruption of the heart of man is immoderate and boundless in its fury; and while wicked men live here, it is like fire pent up by God’s restraints, whereas if it were let loose, it would set on fire the course of nature; and as “the heart is now a sink of sin,” so if sin was not restrained, it would immediately turn the soul into fiery oven, or a furnace of fire and brimstone. https://www.nairaland.com/1409582/sinners-hands-angry-god
“Satan will steal the souls of My children who do not believe in Me or the goodness which I provide My children.
He becomes powerless when sinners make sacrifices, through suffering, to save their brothers and sisters from going to hell.” RemnantDisciplesJtM
“Those who suffer in this life will be rewarded with My Gifts in the next life.” RemnantDisciplesJtM
This is not entirely true unless seen in the perspective required for all those who did or will suffer here. If we suffer for Jesus Christ trying our best to do our Father’s will then this is true! If a person suffers because he or she knowingly transgresses God and sins willingly without remorse on bent knee to Jesus for those transgressions there can be no forgiveness.
“5The earth is defiled by its people; they have transgressed the laws; they have overstepped the decrees and broken the everlasting covenant. 6Therefore a curse has consumed the earth, and its inhabitants must bear the guilt; the earth’s dwellers have been burned, and only a few survive.
“The new wine dries up, the vine withers. All the merrymakers now groan.” Isaiah 24:7
This was the case before Jesus came to save God’s children and will still be the result for any who do not accept His gift of Salvation with love on bent knee.
Ecclesiastes 4:1–3, “Again I looked and saw all the oppression that was taking place under the sun: I saw the tears of the oppressed—and they have no comforter; power was on the side of their oppressors—and they have no comforter. And I declared that the dead, who had already died, are happier than the living, who are still alive. But better than both is the one who has never been born, who has not seen the evil that is done under the sun.”
This is where humanity is again now even after Jesus Christ died for us the world has been led to horrific and wicked ends with the most vile and contemptuous leaders and antichrists manipulating the masses while many swear allegiance to such as minions or cohorts of the diabolical!
Psalm 83:1–2, “O God, do not remain silent; do not turn a deaf ear, do not stand aloof, O God. See how your enemies growl, how your foes rear their heads.”
Romans 8:36, “As it is written: ‘For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
“Moral evil is also a necessary possibility within Free-Will. If we are truly free, then we are free to choose something other than God’s will; that is, we can choose moral evil. Scripture points out that there are consequences for defying the will of God—personal, communal, physical, and spiritual.” Got Questions Ministries
Genesis 2:16–17, “And the Lord God commanded the man, ‘You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”
Genesis 3:17–19, “To Adam he said, ‘Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.”
Proverbs 19:3, “A person’s own folly leads to their ruin, yet their heart rages against the Lord.”
Matthew 5:3–11, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
. . . Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.”
Romans 1:18–28, “The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. . . . Just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done.”
Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
Romans 5:12, “Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned.”
Of course, clearly framing what evil is and why we experience it is not the same as resolving the problem of evil. However, even the framing of evil in the context of Christian theology shows that our experience of evil and suffering is not incompatible with God’s existence. Amplifying this proof is how the Bible goes beyond accurately describing evil to revealing God’s action to remedy it.
Genesis 4:10–15, “The Lord said, ‘What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground. Now you are under a curse and driven from the ground, which opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. When you work the ground, it will no longer yield its crops for you. You will be a restless wanderer on the earth.’ Cain said to the Lord, ‘My punishment is more than I can bear. Today you are driving me from the land, and I will be hidden from your presence; I will be a restless wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me.’ But the Lord said to him, ‘Not so; anyone who kills Cain will suffer vengeance seven times over.”
Genesis 6:5–8, “The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. The Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled. So the Lord said, ‘I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created—and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground—for I regret that I have made them.’ But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.”
Genesis 7:1–4, “The Lord then said to Noah, ‘Go into the ark, you and your whole family, because I have found you righteous in this generation. . . . Seven days from now I will send rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights, and I will wipe from the face of the earth every living creature I have made.”
Deuteronomy 30:15–18, “See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess. But if your heart turns away and you are not obedient, and if you are drawn away to bow down to other gods and worship them, I declare to you this day that you will certainly be destroyed. You will not live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess.”
Matthew 10:28, “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.”
Revelation 19:11, “I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war.”
Revelation 21:1–5, “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.’ He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’ Then he said, ‘Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
Luke 22:19–20, “And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.”
John 14:6, “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
Rather than creating us as amoral robots or dooming mankind for our sin or condoning our sin by leaving it unresolved, God chose the one and only way to settle the problem. He created us with the freedom to choose our actions, and then extended forgiveness to us. Forgiveness is the Christian answer to the problem of evil.
John 14:31 NIV “but he comes so that the world may learn that I love the Father and do exactly what my Father has commanded me. “Come now; let us leave.”
1 John 1:9 NIV “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
John 1:12 NIV “Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.”
God’s love is in no sense in conflict with His holiness, righteousness, justice, or even His wrath. All of God’s attributes are in perfect harmony. Everything God does is loving, just as everything He does is just and right. God is the perfect example of true love. Amazingly, God has given those who receive His Son Jesus as their personal Savior the ability to love as He does, through the power of the Holy Spirit.
This is what is coming and it will finally divide all the wicked and sinners who turned away from God rejecting Jesus and there will be no end to their everlasting punishment.
“9And they marched across the broad expanse of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city. But fire came down from heaven and consumed them. 10And the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur, into which the beast and the false prophet had already been thrown. There they will be tormented day and night forever and ever. 11Then I saw a great white throne and the One seated on it. Earth and heaven fled from His presence, and no place was found for them.” Revelation 20:9-11
Some have pointed out that God cannot die, either, but that Jesus Christ–the God of the Old Testament–became a man so that He could die. This is true–Christ divested Himself of His divinity–He, who had been a God being, chose to BECOME flesh for the purpose of death. But note HOW this was done. Christ was conceived in the womb of a human mother–the virgin Mary. God the Father did not simply change Him from a God being into a man by fiat–Christ became a man by being conceived of God’s Holy Spirit, and He was then nurtured in the womb, until the day of His birth as a little baby. If we allow the Bible to tell us HOW God changed a spirit being into a physical being–the only time this EVER happened, based on the Scriptural record–then here is the answer. However, nowhere does the Bible as much as suggest that God will do with Satan, as He did with Christ. Surely, God will not change Satan into a physical being by having him conceived in the womb of a woman. It is interesting that Hollywood movies portray this kind of diabolical scenario–something which was undoubtedly inspired by Satan himself. He might want to WISH this to happen–but God will NOT allow it.
Some have pointed at a passage in Ezekiel 28 which describes the fall of Lucifer, who became Satan. They say that this passage shows that Satan will be burned up and that he will therefore cease to exist.
However, we need to understand that Ezekiel 28 speaks about a human being, as well as Satan. In Ezekiel 28:1-10, God addresses the “PRINCE of Tyre” (verse 2), a mighty human leader. Beginning with verse 11 and until verse 17, God then addresses the real power behind that human leader–Satan the devil, who is identified in verse 12 as the “KING of Tyre.” But beginning in verse 18, God returns to the description of the prince of Tyre–the human leader–and it is the human leader who will be “devoured” and “turned… to ashes,” and he “will be no more forever” (verse 19).
We see a similar way of describing a human leader, and the spiritual power behind the leader, in Isaiah 14. Beginning in verse 3, God addresses the human king of Babylon (see verse 4). But beginning in verse 12, God speaks of the fall of Lucifer or Satan–the one giving his power and authority to the king of Babylon. But commencing in verse 16, God returns to the description and fate of the human king, addressing him in verse 16 as “the MAN who made the earth tremble…” He is a human being with children (verse 21), and he will not be buried, but he will be cast out of his GRAVE, as he disgraced the land (verses 19, 20). Clearly, God is here no longer talking about a spirit being, but He returns to the description of the physical king of Babylon, whom He had originally addressed in that chapter.
Returning to Ezekiel 28, we find that God said in verse 16 to Lucifer: “And you sinned; Therefore I cast you as a profane thing Out of the mountain of God; And I DESTROYED you, O covering cherub, From the midst of the fiery stones.” Some claim that this passage proves that Satan will be “destroyed” in the sense of “annihilated.”
However, that is not the meaning of “destroyed” in that context. Please note that God speaks about the fall of Lucifer which occurred BEFORE the creation of man. It was already at THAT time that God “destroyed” him “from the midst of the fiery stones.” But Satan did not cease to exist at that time. He is still around today–and he will be around at the end of the Millennium, to deceive the nations (Revelation 20:7-10). All Ezekiel 28:16 is telling us is that God did not allow Lucifer any longer to dwell with Him on the mountain of God–in heaven. He was no longer allowed to fulfill any holy administrative functions in the service of God. Rather, he FELL down from heaven to this earth like lightning (Luke 10:18).
Even though the Hebrew word for “destroy,” “abad,” can have the meaning, by implication, of “perish,” it can also mean “wander away” or “to lose oneself.” Judging from the context and in light of the remainder of the Bible, it is clear that the meaning here is not, “cease to exist.” The New International Version translates, “… I EXPELLED you, O guardian cherub, from among the fiery stones.” Other translations say here, “drove out.”
Some have pointed at a question by demons at the time of Jesus, when they asked Him: “Did you come to destroy us?” (compare Mark 1:24; Luke 4:34). They have concluded that this shows that demons know that they will be annihilated. This is, however, not what the passages indicate–apart from the fact that the Greek word for “destroy,” apollu,” can ALSO mean, “to lose off or away.”
John Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible comments that the context of the passages does not mean, “… to annihilate them, but either to turn them out of the bodies of men, which to them was a sort of a destruction of them, and was really a destroying that power, which they had for some time exercised over men; or to shut them up in… prison…, and inflict that full punishment on them, which is in reserve for them…”
Adam Clarke’s Commentary on the Bible adds: “We may suppose this spirit to have felt and spoken thus: ‘Is this the time of which it hath been predicted, that in it the Messiah should destroy all that power which we have usurped and exercised over the bodies and souls of men?”
The Jamieson, Fausset and Brown Commentary adds that the feared “destruction” refers to the power or the works of the demons, and does not imply that they themselves will be annihilated: “Conscious, too, that their power was but permitted and temporary, and perceiving in Him, perhaps, the woman’s Seed that was to bruise the head and destroy the works of the devil, they regard His approach to them on this occasion as a signal to let go their grasp of this miserable victim.”
The demons KNEW that their fate was not one of annihilation. Rather, we read that they asked Christ whether He had come to “torment” them “before the time” (Matthew 8:29).
To quote again from page 51 of our afore-mentioned booklet, “Angels, Demons and the Spirit World”:
“Luke 8:31 adds that they begged Christ not to command them ‘to go out into the abyss.’ At this point in time, they are not yet in that ‘abyss.’ Satan is not in it either; rather, he will be placed in it at the beginning of the Millennium (Revelation 20:1-3, 7—the word ‘abyss’ is translated there as ‘bottomless pit’). What is the ‘abyss?’ The word is used in Romans 10:7, where we read, ‘Who will descend into the abyss? (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).”
“In Romans 10, the ‘abyss’ is used as an analogy in association with the dead who are buried. It is also used as an analogy in Luke 8 and in Revelation 20. When Satan and his demons will be placed in the ‘abyss’ at the beginning of the Millennium, they will be as good as dead—unable to influence and deceive the nations any longer during that time period (compare Revelation 20:3). The fact that they won’t be able to destroy others will give them spiritual torment—that is why they asked Christ whether He had come to torment them before ‘the time.”
Viewing all of the Scriptures in context, and based on what IS revealed in the Bible, we conclude that the fate of Satan and his demons is NOT one of annihilation or extinction; rather, it appears that they will become “wandering stars for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever” (Jude 13). https://www.eternalgod.org/q-a-6763/
Yes there are many distractions and distractors or minions who look to meddle and disrupt or cause irritation or anger in others as they carouse around this internet saying they are sowers of God’s word but are gloated with the spirit of evil from the father of all lies only acting as arrogant and rebellious agents of turmoil. They inject themselves into many locations and even on this blog to infect or dissuade others and break good communication between the truly faithful who long suffer for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
“Saved from the wicked plans being orchestrated in your world by those powers seeking to control you through the very things you need to survive.” RemnantDisciplesJtM
And these agents or cohorts of Satan are doing this to cause this stated catastrophe!
“This is a tough trial that you will suffer when you are a true believer in God. It is Satan’s way of pulling you away so that after a while he hopes you will give up your search for Me and fall back into worldly ways, which will delight, but fail to satisfy.” RemnantDisciplesJtM
Yes the heat is on and most people are running off in all directions but the right one to bring them to eternal life in heaven. Madness and blatant evil prevail now throughout the world, and the only hope any soul which is able to be seen by God as having moral culpability has; it must quickly turn to Jesus Christ. Amen.
God bless you!
Brother in Christ Jesus,
Lawrence Morra III
Side note: Look at this sign of highly toxic contamination in the water table!!! DEADLY!!!
“The environmental impacts of cobalt and lithium mining for a greener world will have huge consequences.
Child mining in Kailo, Congo. Mining of cobalt for batteries involve child labor in Congo Wikimedia Commons.”
“However, cobalt and lithium aren’t the only problems. Mining of copper, iron ore and rare earth minerals also involve similar environmental consequences. All three are essential in solar power plants and electric cars that are supposed to lead to a greener world.”
The mining in Afghanistan under the Taliban and CCP will be a rip roaring environmental disaster just ahead!
The Leftist Sponge Bob: “Chicken Little’s The Sky is Falling”
The human race lives by a Culture of Death and total Lies on top of Lies! The grip of the diabolical on humanity and the planet has never been anywhere near what it is now which can only lead to total destruction. Dangling on the precipice!
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