It is rebellious man who rejected that love and has believed the lie of Satan. Rebellious man is not getting anything more than what he has asked for and God is simply obliged him by letting go, letting him slip … ever deeper into the pit of hell and eternal torment. Picture with me if you will, every man individually hanging over the fiery pit of hell suspended by only a thin thread with God holding the other end. And because rebellious man chooses to take the mark of the beast and worship his image then God lets go of the rebellious man in this life to begin experiencing a foretaste of things to come!
During the Great Tribulation when rebellious man worships the beast, his image, and takes his mark, I am convinced that he will begin to experience some of the torment of hell in this life and if magnified will give him a glimpse of hell and eternal doom. There are a number of striking images of eternal torment and we will only look at [one]. This image is taken from Matthew’s gospel (See Mt.:22-1-4) where an uninvited guest at the wedding banquet between Christ and His Church is thrown into “outer darkness.” Then the king told the attendants, ‘Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth’” (Mt. 22:13).
If we put this image into its historical context it has a chilling effect. At the banquet hall there was warmth from the torches and fires to illuminate the hall. There was warmth generated from the many friends in the hall with pleasant conversation, merriment, delicious food, and good drink. To be cast into the outer darkness was an awful thought. There were no streetlights, everything is pitch dark. It’s a place where thieves and criminals slink around in the night to abuse and prey upon the poor and helpless. There are sounds of people crying out in anguish all around. There is tremendous fear from being left all alone, and as the temperature drops your teeth begin to chatter. As the night wears on and you remember all the peace and comforts of the hall you can’t help but gnash your teeth from being cast out, from being excluded from a place of warmth, light and protection from the evil all around.
Now when we bring this into the present reality for those who worship the image of the beast and take his mark, they too will immediately be cast into outer darkness. To be cast into the dark night of evil where there is no protection from the predators of evil that slink through the dark alley way catching you in their web of immorality, plunging you into their seditious life style. Nor is there any escape from the seductive influence to entrap you into a life of prescription drug addiction [of psychotropic drugs]. Their endless psychological counseling leaves you no better off, but still immobilized with the anguish of depression. In the dark night of your soul there is no one to protect you from the voices that frighten and the loneliness that tramples your heart. The agony of despair keeps you far from peace and in bed with constant feelings of stress, anxiety, and panic.
Worse yet, there is an emptiness in your heart that befuddles the mind and causes you to gnash your teeth for missing something in your life and feeling helpless to fulfill it. This is only a faint glimmer of eternal torment.
This entire blog is quoted from my book: Final Warning.
Blair, Daniel, Final Warning (Tate Publishing & Enterprises 2006) pp. 166-167 – Copyright © 2006
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