The New Jerusalem: Inside, Outside, Or The Lake Of Fire?

Our Jewish Messiah made many prophecies, and foretold the future so accurately that many of the things he spoke about are coming true before our very eyes, two thousand years later. An interesting thing that Messiah stated was that people needed to be like new wineskins holding the teachings of the new wine. As the man said to him at the wedding feast, “You saved the best till last.” Messiah’s wine was fresh, new, and so good. It refreshed one’s soul and made the person feel good, literally! The parallel is that is what the Messiah did that for the Israelites. He wanted them to go back to the Torah and learn the Commandments without all of the tradition and man-made commandments which aren’t commandments at all.

I really believe that the early, first century congregants had a passion for the Commandments of God as found in the first five books of the Bible. The Jews call these five books the ‘Torah’. I am going to refer to the Torah as the book of instructions. Some Jews shortly after the ascension of Messiah were eager to look into the Instructions God had written. They had a zeal for the word which became flesh. You see, Yeshua is the Book of Instructions in the flesh. He sent his word and healed them. What word is that? It’s the word from his Book of Instructions. The Book of Instructions and the Messiah are one and the same thing. It’s like the old saying about love and marriage, you can’t have one without the other. If you have the Book of Instructions, you have the Messiah, if you have the Messiah, you have the Book of Instructions. They are one in the same thing.

Now here is where the Jews lost it. Many years ago, the sages of the Jewish people who had many opinions, so much so, that Jews still uphold their teachings all over the world. They chronicled their teaching in a volume of books called the Talmud, or what is commonly called in Jewish culture, the ‘Oral Law’. It is from these books that the Jews derive many, if not all, of their traditions. Along with these traditions, the sages felt that, because they loved the Book of Instructions so much, that they made up more rules so that one wouldn’t even go near the Commandment. It was to them like an added measure of protection. The sad thing is that over the years, people in the Jewish faith started to uphold these rules and regard them as Commandments equal to, or sometimes, greater than God’s original Commandments. Therein lies the problem. These rules, which many Jews live by to some degree or another, have become the mainstay of Jewish culture. They pride themselves in upholding man-made commandments over the Commandments of the Living God. There are hundreds of traditions in the Jewish faith and there are many of these rules that Jews try to live by and to teach others to do so. In teaching others to observe man-made commandments, we are in essence, breaking the Commandments of God. He told us to not add to the Book of Instructions, or take away from it. This Commandment has been broken both by Jews and Christians. Jews have added to the Book of Instructions with their man-made commandments and many Christians believe that these Book of Instructions were nailed to the Messiah’s execution stake, thus making them null and void. The question remains then, “Where do people like this go after they die?”

Messiah stated, “Whoever breaks the least of these Commandments and teaches others to do the same, will be called least in the Kingdom of Heaven. Does that mean that those who break the Commandments and teach others to do so will be in the Kingdom of Heaven? I’ve often thought, “Well, it doesn’t matter if I’m the least, as long as I am in Heaven.” Let me tell you my thoughts on that line of thinking and this is only my opinion and I’m not saying that it is thus saith the Lord, but here is my take on where the least of these abide when it comes to the Kingdom of Heaven.

Let me say that I don’t believe that humans go to Heaven when they die, they go to sleep, and at the blast of the trumpet we will all rise from the dead. So, how can we be in Heaven if we are dead in our graves? Does God thrust us back into the earth only to rise us again? I believe that is faulty thinking. Here is what I have discovered about the fate of the ‘least of these’ and so many other people. We’ll go to the last book of the bible, the book of Revelation, last chapter, the sixth last verse of the bible.

For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie. Revelation 22:15

To uphold a man-made rule as a Commandment of God and trusting in the rule as a Commandment from God is believing a lie. There should be no added, or subtracted Commandments in God’s book of Instructions.

So, where are these people? It says, ‘For without’ what does that mean? In other translations without is replaced by a different word which may make it easier for the reader to understand. Without can also be read as ‘outside’. So the scripture would read,

For outside are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie. Revelation 22:15

But, where is this place referring to, outside?

Here is where things get very, very interesting. So interesting, that if you catch a glimpse of what I am saying here, it may make your hair stand up on your arms. Let’s see what happens to four people groups after they die. First we have some people who will go to the Lake of Fire and burn up until they are stubble. This is very different from the notion of Hell where it is assumed that people burn forever in heat and torment. If people existed in Hell for eternity, burning and burning isn’t that a form of eternal life? I don’t think God gives people like that any form of eternal life, they burn up until they are stubble in the Lake of Fire.

Next we have two other groups, the bride and the friends of the bride. These people will be with God forever, eternally eating by his side, having fun with him, no eye has seen, no mind can perceive what God has in store for those who love him. Where are these people found? They’re in the holy city of God, the New Jerusalem. A walled city made up of fourteen hundred miles of walls reaching upwards fourteen hundred miles and length and width, fourteen hundred miles. The walls themselves are two hundred feet thick.

Finally, we have the fourth group of people. Here are the people who loved to be lied to by their pastors or rabbis. They never looked into the bible themselves and maintained the status quo all their lives. They taught their opinions and traditions to others with little or no regard to find out what God was actually saying to them from his Book of Instructions. Where are such people found? OUTSIDE of the city. What does this mean for such people? It means that they will never behold God in all his glory. They will never share in his friendship. Yes, they may have made a life changing decision to follow Messiah, but they never went deeper. They never allowed the fullness of Messiah to enter their lives. The never listened to the Father and learned from him. (See John Chapter 6) I can think of no greater pain to have to endure for all of eternity than to never be able to look on the face of God or share in his glory. That is the greatest fear I have, to never be with God. No, if you accept Jesus into your heart, you won’t go to the Lake of Fire, his salvation is a free gift, but if all you do is rest on your laurels and don’t give God the time of day. There is a place waiting for you and it is outside the city.

This post is just my thoughts on the subject. It seems to make sense to me, but everything I know is subject to evolve.

Keep asking questions and don’t settle for an answer that you haven’t researched yourself.