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The Bible says in Revelation 19:19-20: “And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.”
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It has fascinated me for quite awhile that the world accuses Christians of believing in a “doomsday future.” As someone once said to me, “Your picture of the future is so pessimistic!” This puzzles me, because this is true only for those who reject God’s remedy for sin — the sacrificial gift of His only begotten Son.
I would agree that the future does look pretty grim for those who want nothing to do with Christ. These folks will be left behind when the rapture occurs. They must then go through the worst seven years this world will ever witness, and if they survive, they will be cast into Hades for their rejection of God’s pardon. After 1,000 years, they will stand before Jesus Christ at the Great White Throne Judgment before being cast alive into the outer darkness. This is what awaits all those who reject Jesus’ sacrifice for their sins.
But for the multitudes of people throughout the church age who have accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior, the future is incredibly beautiful. It will be better than anything we’ve experienced or imagined here on earth. Immediately after Jesus calls to us in the rapture, we will meet our loved ones in the air for an unimaginable reunion. Then it’s on to meet our blessed Lord — “and thus we shall always be with the Lord.” After receiving rewards for any good works we have done, we will return with the Lord to the earth at the conclusion of the Tribulation to rule with Him throughout His 1,000-year millennial kingdom. And finally, we will share in the indescribable blessings of heaven for all eternity. Pessimistic? I don’t think so. We have not been left in ignorance regarding what heaven will be like. Consider Revelation 21:1-4:
“And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”
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