Outside are the dogs…
I’ve often wondered about the whole concept of Hell and the Lake of Fire. I see nowhere in the bible of it mentioning a place where people go to burn forever. There is the talk of people being reduced to stubble, but nowhere do I see a human being placed in a burning torment for eternity. Jesus said he gives eternal life to those who love him and follow his Commandments. If a person burned in Hell forever would that not be eternal life?
Here is an interesting Scripture:
Rev 22:15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie. KJV
Rev 22:15 Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and the sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood. ESV
This Scripture is found in the last chapter of the last book of the Bible, the Book of Revelation. Why is that significant? It because these are the final words of the Apostle John. The Holy City has ascended from Heaven and is now on the earth. It has the river of life flowing through it. The tree of life is found on both sides of the river bearing fruit each season. God and his people are in the city and nothing or no one can hurt them.
Now what about the Scripture: Outside are the dogs…? We see here that the final fate of everyone who practices falsehood or lies, believes and loves lies, (Christmas, Easter, Halloween, etc.) is that they are found outside of the city. The people in this group are not the kind of people you would like to be with. They’re described as dogs, liars, those who believe and love the lies, sorcerers, sexually immoral, murderers, and idolaters.
This people group includes every Jewish, Christian and Muslim who never aspired to have a true and meaningful relationship with God. They became complacent in their walk with him and never rose above mediocrity. They gave money to affluent pastors, priests, rabbis, and imams, thinking that they were giving to God when all they were trying to do was buy their way into Heaven. These people cared little or nothing at all about the plight of the fatherless, the orphans or widows, the poor, the sick, the homeless. Like their religious leaders, the love of money, the cares of life and the pride of life completely occupied their minds.
So, here is the fruit of that lifestyle. You are now outside the huge city of Jerusalem. It is fourteen hundred miles long, fourteen hundred miles wide and the walls are fourteen hundred miles high and two-hundred feet thick. You see the exterior made of pure gold, You are not allowed in the city because you fall under the category of dogs, sexually immoral, liar, believer/lover of lies, etc. This place outside the walls of the city is your resting place for eternity. You will never see the face or glory of God, you will never be allowed to enter the city. The city will be a paradise of fun, happiness and great joy. While you, on the other hand, will never be able to share that joy. You will be what Jesus said is the ‘least of these.’
Mat_5:19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
So, the least of the people in the Kingdom of Heaven will be those who broke the commandments of God and taught others to do the same. There are no rewards for you, just an eternal ill feeling that you will never see God, yes you will be on Earth by the New Jerusalem, but you will never partake of it. You will never walk the streets of gold, or eat the food therein. Your portion will be that which is thrown out of the city, it’s refuse. You will dine on thrown out food from the Holy City. That will be your main occupation, to find food and water in a dry and barren land. If there is an abundance of food inside the city, I question if there will be an abundance outside the city. That is your reward for disobeying God’s Holy Commandments. No, you don’t burn in tormenting flames, you are tormented for eternity for never being allowed into the Holy City.
This people group includes Christians who ‘accepted’ Jesus into their lives but did nothing for him or his father. They sat like bumps on a log in their pews, listening to boring, unnecessary sermons, and caring only for themselves.
In the past five years, I have tried to argue, debate and enlighten Christians who feel somehow superior in their belief system. All I get in return is scoffing and mocking. I see this in Christianity and Islam and to a lesser degree, in Judaism. So, if people have a disregard for the Torah of God, we see that their judgment will be one of complete and utter shock and horror. They will never see God or experience his fellowship. Is this what you want? To reject Messiah who is the Word (Torah) in the flesh? To refuse to honor his Holy Sabbath by not resting on it? Who believes in the lies of unholy holidays and who refuse to honor and respect God’s Feast days? Is this what you want?
I believe that the Christian Church leaders who knew the difference but refused to tell their congregants the truth will have an even worse fate than all others. I believe the radical Muslims who kill and destroy other people in the name of God will be there too. Jewish people who held onto their traditions and who elevated their man-made rules over the Torah of God will also find themselves there.
There will only be two types of people that will be in the City of Jerusalem: The bride and the friends of the bride. Both people groups will be rewarded for several things: They fed the poor, took care of the widows and orphans, gave shelter to the homeless, took care of the sick, gave water to the thirsty, visited prisoners in jail and clothed the naked. They adhered to and taught others about God’s Holy Torah and prayed for others to come into the fold. These people forsook the gatherings in Churches, Mosques or Synagogues and all other religious assemblies, but chose the lonely path to find God on their own; without the filter of religion.
I don’t think that the worst life lived, or the most perilous times one could imagine on earth, could ever compare to what a person will experience having been forbidden to enter the Holy City of Jerusalem. It will be almost unbearable.