JUDGMENT AND HELL

Revelation 20:11-15 – Key Word “Judgment – Hell”

Today, we will be looking at two terrifying words, Judgment and Hell.  No one unsaved or saved likes to consider punishment, judgment.  However, in these two words we find both concepts.

FACT:  When looking at the future there is the terrorizing punishment of the judgment for the unsaved…then follows hell, the lake of fire.

If one arrives at the Great White Throne the only road open to the unsaved is the road to hell or separation from God for all eternity.

Why?  Because the Scripture makes this road, for the unsaved, sure.  During their lifetime on earth the unsaved made the decision to follow the broad path seen in Matthew 7:13-14.  Also, by traveling this path they had violated I John 2:15-17.  During their life on earth they had loved the world more than God.

Everyone should want to understand God’s free gift, of eternal life by repenting of sin and accepting God’s Son as his or her personal savior.  Thereby having one’s sins placed on the shoulders of Jesus Christ.  Christ accepts their sin and is crucified on the Cross and shed His blood.  But rose from the dead so we might have God’s free gift or eternal life (John 3:16).

Praise God, that Satan nor death and the grave could not stop His completed work and He is risen to the right hand of God the Father.

Now let’s find some help for our current problems.

CURRENT PROBLEMS – THE VIRUS

During our current troubles in the world is the virus and no doubt there are some among who are fearful and dread even the thoughts of the current virus.  So, before we get back to Revelation 20, let’s look at some encouraging Scripture.  Then, if we have time, we will return to Revelation 20 in our current study of prophecy.

FACT:  Life can be discouraging at times. But, remember the blessing of God.  “Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me:  thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me.” (Psalm 138:7)

There can be many different kinds of enemies that one faces in this life time but God is always there for the true believer, one of the enemies being death.  There is also a mighty enemy named Satan as well as liars, murderers, thief’s, etc.. (see Ephesians 6:12)

We have further blessing and peace when Christ is one’s true Savior.  Again, listen to Scripture:

“The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; and my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.”  (Psalm 18;2)

Think about it.  In Psalm 18:1-2, we find David rushing to God to shelter him.  Shouldn’t we all do that in times of trouble?  Because the occasion of this psalm is not given, we do not know the immediate threat or situation David was facing.  However, David was concerned about staying close to the LORD—about abiding in His presence and not straying away from Him.  This should be our thinking daily.

Details in this passage (Psalm 18) suggest that David was in the midst of those who worshipped idols; therefore, he had reason to fear the temptation to turn away from God.  (vv. 2-4)  Perhaps David wrote this psalm while he was dwelling in the land of the Philistines where he had fled in order to escape Saul.  (I Samuel 27-29)

Whatever he was facing, David asked God to keep him safe and we should do likewise.  (Psalm 18:3)  In Psalm 16:1, Preserve (shamar) is most frequently translated as keep and means: to hedge about.  A hedge serves two purposes:  It keeps outsiders out and insiders in.  By using this word, a word frequently used of shepherding, David asked God to protect him the way a shepherd keeps his flock.  (Genesis 30:31; Jeremiah 31:10)  He was trusting God to prevent his enemies from coming near him and also to stop himself from straying outside the boundaries of fellowship with God.

FACT:  One constant reality in life is that life is uncertain and unpredictable.

With so many advances in modern technology happening at such a rapid pace, it is no wonder people feel insecure!  Let’s look at somethings that make us feel insecure:

  • Walls and weapons have been replaced by sophisticated electronic systems.
  • Trust has been replaced by cameras—some hidden, others on every street corner.
  • Satellites capture information on everyone from cab drivers to national leaders.
  • People do not know in whom or what or where to place their confidence.
  • For most people, there is little security in the event of illness, disaster, or death.
  • Economic security for the future is being threatened arount the world.
  • On earth, nothing is absolutedly safe.
  • No product or service can be bought or built that provides foolproof protection.
  • Economies collapse, electronics malfunction, locks can be deactivated or broken.
  • Humans fall asleep on the job.
  • Uncontrollable natural disasters occur.
  • Psalm 16 emphasizes that only one true source of security exists.  It is God.
  • God’s people, while exercising wisdom, caution, discretion, understand that real security is found only in God!

OUTLINE PSALM 16

How to be secure in life and death, 16:1-11.

  1. Take refuge in the LORD.  (vv. 1-2)
  2. Take delight in fellowship with other believers.  (v. 3)
  3.  Separate from the ungodly.  (v. 4)
  4. Praise the LORD for His blessings.  (vv. 5-7)
  5. Set the LORD before you:  Because He is at your right hand, He will not let you be shaken. (v.8)
  6. Rejoice in the great hope God has given. (vv. 9-11)

Let’s now consider some important information that God has entrusted us with.  We have considered the word  “Preserve” that is “shamar” already in verse 1 above and what it means.

Now we consider verse two.  Acknowledge Him as your Lord – the source of every good and perfect gift. (v. 2)

The two names of God used by David reveal the strength of his commitment:  the LORD {Jehovah} was his LORD (Adonai) – his master, his ruler, his king.  David confessed his absolute devotion to the LORD, declaring that he would worship and serve only Him.

David recognized every blessing he enjoyed as a gift of God’s hand.  He was nothing and had nothing apart from God’s goodness.  (James 1:17)  Why would he stray from the LORD when God had blessed him so abundantly?  Why should he seek anything from other god when the LORD had given all things?  The LORD had won his full devotion.  To depart from Him was unthinkable to David; it would be the greatest failure he could imagine.

Yet it is so easy to stray from God.  we desperately need the LORD’S help in order to stay close to Him.  We are kept—safeguarded and directed—only by His power and His strength.  (Ephesians 6:10)  Just as a shepherd uses his rod and staff to chasten a straying sheep and pull it back into the safety of the fold; the LORD chastens us and draws us back to Him when we begin to stray.  (Psalm 23:4; Hebrews 12:6-11)  We always need to be on guard lest we wander away from the LORD.  This means living in daily dependence on Him to deliver us from everything that would tempt us to stray.  (Matthew 6:13)

“Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy.”  (Jude 24)

“For the cause which I also suffer these things:  nevertheless I am not ashamed:   for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.”  (2 Timothy 1:12)  (see also Psalm 121:7-8; Proverbs 4:4-6)

(Psalm 16:3) – Take delight in fellowship with other believers.

David compared two distinct groups of people in this psalm:  the SAINTS and those who worship IDOLS.  The saints are those who are holy, godly, separated unto the LORD.  The saints who lived in Israel and faithfully worshipped and served the LORD were the joy of David’s heart, not the heathen idolaters among whom he was dwelling.  His use of excellence refers to the saints and their noble character and worthy conduct.

NOTE:  David confessed his DELIGHT in the holy people of God and he longed to return to Israel.

EARTH (erets), here, is also translated as LAND and is used many times throughout the Old Testament to refer to the land of Palestine.  In light of verses 5-6 which speak of the land David is inheriting from the LORD, this is the preferable understanding here.

The land is the inheritance given to Abraham and his descendants by the LORD.  (Genesis 15:18-21)  David’s statement to Saul in I Samuel 26:19 may very well be the background for this psalm.

NOTE:

  • One of the great privileges and blessings of knowing Christ is that we are a part of a family, the family of God.  (Ephesians 3:14-15)
  • We belong to the household of God.  (Ephesians 2:19)
  • Our family is a heavenly family, one whose true home is the “city of the living god, the heavenly Jerusalem”  (Hebrews 12:22-24)

True, we are commanded to love the lost and to win them to Christ (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8), but we should have the greatest delight in our fellowship with other believers.  We know Christ and share a special bond—a spiritual bond—one that often runs deeper than blood relationships within families.

  • The Bible encourages us to treasure fellowship with other believers and not neglect it in our lives.
  • In reality, we need to help each other remain faithful to the Lord and hold each other accountable, especially as we draw closer to the coming of Christ.  (Hebrews 10:24-25)

Note what Scripture says about being faithful to other believers.  Please review and apply the following Scriptures:

“And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.  And fear came upon every soul:  and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.  And all that believed were together, and had all things common; and sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.   And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart.”  (Acts 2:42-46)

“Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with saints, and of the household of God.”  (Ephesians 2:19)

“And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:  not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is, but exhorting one another:  and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”  (Hebrews 10:24-25)

“But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, and to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.”  (Hebrews 12:22-24)

If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as personal Savior, please review:

“For God so loved the world, and he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”  (John 3:16)

“But without faith it is impossible to please him:  for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”   (Hebrews 11:6)

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with mouth confession is made unto salvation.  For the scripture saith, whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.   For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek:  for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.  For whosoever shall call upon the name of Lord shall be saved.”  (Romans 10-9-13)

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves:  it is the gift of God:  not of works, lest any man should boast.”  (Ephesians 2:8-9)

Follow the road to heaven:

“Enter ye in at the strait gate:  for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:  because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth  unto life, and few there be that find it.”  (Matthew 7:13-14)

Fact:  understand that doing good works cannot save you, only belief in Christ will carry you to heaven.  (Ephesians 2:8-9)