Let me make this clear so all may understand. ALL of humanity was born into the sin of Adam. “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for all have sinned” (Romans 5:12). And despite how good we may act, no man on this planet has been good. “The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God. They are corrupt, They have done abominable works, There is none who does good. The LORD looks down from heaven upon the children of men, To see if there are any who understand, who seek God. They have all turned aside, They hove together become corrupt; There is none who does good, No, not one” (Psalm 14:1-3). Isaiah tells us how good our works are without God being the center of our everything. “All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away” (Isaiah 64:6). This includes those of us who are saved and that forget we are wretched creatures in a sin filled world, only are we saved by the grace of a Holy God.
Scripture tells us that ‘the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life’ (Romans 6:23). And multiple verses in Scripture talk about the result of sin. So let’s take a trip through scripture and find what death by sin means and the punishment it entails. We need to start right after creation.
We know the story of Eve, Adam, the devil, and the serpent. The lie told by Satan through the serpent was that she would not die for eating the fruit (Genesis 3:4). Now, two deaths occurred because of the one action that gave sovereignty of the earth to Satan. The first is bodily death. The original intention was for man to live eternally on this rock.
After a period of time,God set man’s age at 120 years (Genesis 6:3). The oldest person to live since Methuselah, was a gentleman named Jiroemon Kimura, who died at the age of 116 years and 54 days. The oldest female to live was Jeanne Calmet, who lived to be 122 years and 164 days. She is the only person to ever live beyond 120 years since the time of Methuselah. So we can ascertain that the 120 years is fairly set. Proving that physically God told the truth about age and death.
This brings us to the point of the Second coming and the two step resurrection. (John 5:29) The first resurrection will be of the righteous. And despite popular opinion, it won’t be a quiet and secret thing. ‘Behold, I shew you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed’ (1 Cor 15:51-52).
The second resurrection will be of the unrighteous. This occurs after the millennial reign of Christ (Revelation 20:5). “Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds.read more. Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire”. (Revelation 20:11-15)
Those that follow the commandments of God (Exodus 20:1-17) and have the faith of Jesus the Christ (Galatians 2:16) will not endure the trials of the tribulation and be taken to their heavenly reward. (Revelation 14:12).
If you truly KNOW Jesus, there will be no Hell. But if you have NO Jesus, then you will know Hell. We all need to know we are sinners. Even the saved need to be reminded that our days of repenting will not end until we gain our heavenly reward.
Joel Olsteen and others say that people are really good people that make bad mistakes. The bible says different. Many in the church now say that all religions lead to the saving and Holy God. The bible says different. If your God and your Jesus tell you that since He loves all that nobody will be condemned, run the other way because it is not the God or Jesus of the Holy Scriptures. He is loving and graceful. But He is also Holy and Just.
Jesus came the first time to be the Christ and Savior. He will come again with an army to deal out Justice and Condemnation for those who did not seek His grace and mercy. When He comes back to place His judgment on the wicked, they too will acknowledge that He is the Son of God. But then it will too late. Because at that, end of the millennial reign, He will come with a consuming fire that will make the unrighteous ashes (Malachi 4:1-3) (Isaiah 24) (Revelation 21:8) (Revelation 20:7-10)
Joshua 24:15 says it best.
“And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”