=Estel;12747005]It seems that all of this is a mystery, but I have some questions about Revelation 20, and I am curious about people’s opinions. I am very down, so comfort would be appreciated, even if my ramblings somehow offend you, which they are not intended to, nor be controversial.
Does “death and hades” refer to the people under “death and hades”, or actual death and hades? I know that the last enemy to be destroyed is death, but can it found here, or perhaps rather in revelation 21, when the One who sits on the throne says there will be no more death? Since death is not a person, how can it go to the place where people apparently go? Or do people not go there?
Could the lake of fire destroy those who are not written in the book of life in such a way that their evil parts of their selves would be destroyed, but their good selves in some way can be restored? For example, the adversary (Hebrew for Satan) is destroyed, but the angel who was created good has hope of life. Or the beast or false prophet is destroyed, but the man who was created good has hope of life. Or do you think it is truly a hopeless case for those cast into the lake of fire? If you look at the Greek, you could translate it, “they will be tested day and night, for ages” roughly. Certainly, I would not deny that they will not be released until they have paid the last penny. When the last penny is paid, and God sees fit to not be angry anymore, as scripture tells us will occur (“I will not always be angry” and “I will not cast off forever”), do you think a lost soul can be found by the One who does not want anyone to be lost? (Certainly, anything is possible with God, so I guess I answered my own question/rambling. Still, I would like to hear what people think).
Finally, do you think it is wise to ponder the mysteries of scripture, or not be concerned about the future? Personally, I wonder what will happen, because I’d like a happy ending to my life that would lead to eternal life. I’d also like to not live here in fear. Am I taking the bible too literally? (Probably yes).
Thanks for some very thoughtful questions.
What you reference might be best explained by sharing that it refers to “The Last Four Things”
Hell of Heaven [one or the other; both is not a possibility]. WHY
Look at Genesis 1:26-27 which tells us that man [and only “man”] is created in the image and likeness of God. Jn.4: 23-24, explains why in the Old Testament God never FULLY revealed Himself. He appeared as a voice, a burning bush, a cloud but never human form
because “God IS SPIRIT”.
So how then can mortal man emulate our God who is a “Spirit?”
IN all of creation only man is gifted with a mind, intellect & freewill [space is limited so I’m being very brief:)] and each of these attributes is a permanent attachment to our Souls; and like God each of these 4 things are also “Spiritual” in there essence and like God they are also Eternal, cannot be killed, and are spiritual realities.
WHY? Please READ Isiah 43: verses 7 & 21 for the answer.
We exist to that we MIGHT choose to actually Know, Love, Serve, Obey and Worship God
Because God is “Perfect” God desires that pur Worship of Him also be perfect and that the love we freely choose to give Him also be "perfect. In order for love to be perfect it must be freely given. Thus man can choose to love God or to hate God. Our Choice.
What we choose then becomes what God will pass judgment on us the very moment we die. What we choose to believe, our charity or lack of it, our sacrifices or feeding our pride all come with “price tags”
Mark.13: 33-37 “Take heed, watch; for you do not know when the time will come. It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to be on the watch. Watch therefore – for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or in the morning – And what I say to you I say to all: Watch."
Luke.21: 36 “But watch at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of man."
1Cor.16: 13 “Be watchful, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong.”
Heb.6: 10 “For God is not so unjust as to overlook your work and the love which you showed for his sake in serving the saints, as you still do.”
Rev.2: 23 “and I will strike her children dead. And all the churches shall know that I am he who searches mind and heart, and I will give to each of you as your works deserve.”
1 Peter 1: 17 “Now if you invoke as Father him who judges impartially according to each one’s works, conduct yourselves with reverence during the time of your sojourning, “
“ Matt.19: 17 “And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? One there is who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments.”
Rom.2: 13 “For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified.”
God is One Mk. 12:29
God can and does have just one set of faith beliefs Eph. 4:1-7
God did founded just one Church; today’s Catholic Church Mt. 16:15-19 “MY Church” singular.
PRAY MUCH, God will help you.
God Bless you,