SATURDAY 22ND FEBRUARY, 2020
FINAL OF FINALS
TEXT: REVELATION 20:7-15
KEY VERSE: “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. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death” (REVELATION 20:13, 14).
Billions of people subscribe to the bogus idea that this world is the last bus stop. An offshoot of this philosophy is that people should get all the fun they can, here and now, for "tomorrow we shall die". Those who believe and peddle this lie will eventually realise their folly when it will be too late to make a U-turn. Today's text provides a very significant insight into the final end of Satan and all unrepentant people. At the end of Christ's millennial reign on earth, Satan shall be loosed from a thousand-year bondage. He will deceive the nations and mobilise a global army that will besiege the holy city to resist Christ's kingdom. But they will be consumed with fire from heaven. Satan and his cohorts will be hurled into the lake of fire. The Great White Throne judgment will follow, during which all sinners - small and great - will stand before a fierce God to be judged and finally condemned. Observe that during this judgment, all the dead, including those who were buried in the sea, will have their spirits and bodies reunited to face this final sentencing. Eventually, death and hell will be cast into the lake of fire. All sinners will thus be eternally separated from God. The picture here is too gloomy for anyone to adopt a wait-and-see attitude. This hopeless doom is avoidable. Christ died to redeem us from such a miserable end. Genuine repentance, faith in Christ, watchfulness and a consistent righteous life will guarantee anyone a slot in the Book of Life and heaven.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Anyone in hell is too late to be saved.
THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: LUKE 13-1