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The Lake of Fire

The Lake of Fire

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By J. Preston Eby
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The Saviour of the World series
 
by
J. Preston E
by
 
THE LAKE OF FIRE
 
The Prodigal Son
 
God Gains Attention
 
The Lake Of Fire
 
The Second Death
 
Not Hurt Of The Second Death
 
Tormented In The Presence Of The Lam
b
 THE PRODIGAL SON
 
 A king in Europe, a kindly monarch, went to visit a school. Children were being taught concerning thevarious kingdoms into which nature and man were divided. The King wished to ask the children somequestions. A sweet little maid stood forth, and the King said, "Now, my dear, tell me what these are,"holding objects in his hand. She said, "A flower, a bird, a beast." "Tell me to what kingdom the flower belongs." "To the vegetable kingdom, sir," said the child. "Tell me," said the monarch, "to whatkingdom do these animals belong?" holding up various animals. "To the animal kingdom, sir...... Tellme, my dear," said the King, "to what kingdom do I belong?" Now, I think if she had said he belongedfor the most part, to the animal kingdom, she would not have been far wrong; but the little one hadgreat reverence for the King, although he had so often failed to recognize the Kingdom to which hebelonged. The little, blushing maid did not want to say that he belonged to the animal kingdom, but"out of the mouths of babes and sucklings God perfected praise." The little one, with her eyes full of tears, for she had heard the tittering laughter which was running through the school at her embarrassment, looked up into the face of the King. "Now, tell me, dear," he said, "to what kingdomdo I belong?" "You belong to the Kingdom of God, sir." And the King bowed his head, for the arrowhad gone to his heart. He said, "My dear, pray that I may be worthy of that Kingdom, and of God."
 
The answer of the child is the answer which I give you. Do you desire to teach the child that which willenable it to triumph over the lusts and passions of a mere animal nature? Teach it that it is theOffspring of the Father of spirits, and that first and greatest of all is the spiritual nature which it hasand not the psychical or the physical nature. "And God said, Let us make man
in our image
, and
after our likeness
... so God created man in His own image, in the
image of God 
created He him" (Gen.1:26-27). "And has made of 
one blood 
all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, andhas determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; that they should seekthe Lord, if haply they might feel after Him, and find Him, though He be not far from every one of us:for in Him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, for weare also HIS OFFSPRING. Forasmuch then as we are the OFFSPRING OF GOD..." (Acts 17:26-29).Teach the child that sex, race, or nationality is nothing in the Kingdom of God. Teach them that "therecan be neither Jew nor Greek, there can be neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female:for you are all
one in Christ Jesus
" (Gal. 3:28). Teach them to seek for that New Creation which God'sSpirit alone can impart, that they may be worthy of that Kingdom and that they may have the lovewhich rules in that Kingdom from its divine center to its utmost circumference, and which crushes lustand sin and death beneath its feet.
 
"...which was the son of Enos, which was the son of Seth, which was the son of Adam, which was the
 son of God 
" (Lk. 3:38). Adam - the SON OF GOD! God has a wayward sinner for a son, that waywardboy sprang, originally from the heart of God after a creaturely manner. He was created out of the
 
glory of God and was a radiant creature, more radiant than an angel; and that boy, dead in scarletsins, is still God's son, but he is a prodigal son. Some fathers may disown their sons, but the Father of the prodigal son never said that that wayward boy of His was not His son. The Bible says that suchbecome the children of the devil; but, nevertheless, God still has a double claim upon them: they areHis by creation; and they are His by right of redemption. They are dead in trespasses and sins. Theyneed to be saved, to be converted, regenerated. They need to repent and come home; but when theydo, the sorrowing Father is made glad and says, "For this My
son
was dead, and is alive again; bewas lost, and is found." God is a bereaved God. It brings sorrow to our hearts, too, to think that our God and Father is bereaved of His children!
 
But to whatever depths of depravity, destitution, emptiness, sorrow, pain, and disaster the prodigalfinally comes, it is good for him, for it ultimately destroys the pride and arrogance, the independenceand selfhood, and the wickedness and rebellion in his heart. It would be well worth our time toconsider prayerfully the deep import of the piercing words of the prophet: "Your own wickedness shallcorrect you, and your backslidings shall reprove you" (Jer. 2:19). Those who suppose that hell andthe lake of fire represent the eternal doom of the sinners of Adam's race are ignorant and understandnothing whatever of God's great laws, and purposes, and dealings in judgment. The apostle Paulwrote to Timothy about two apostates in the Church: "Holding faith, and a good conscience; whichsome having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck: of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have
delivered unto Satan
, that they may
learn not to blaspheme
" (I Tim. 1:19-20).
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ere these two reprobates turned over to Satan to be tormented for ever in the lake of fire? Nay IThey were delivered unto Satan that they might LEARN! Learn what? "
L
earn
NOT TO BLASPHEME." It should be obvious to every thinking mind that as soon as the lesson had been learned, the apostlecalled Satan off the case, and the erring one was restored to God and His people!
 
There is a beautiful story in Luke chapter fifteen, the parable of the Prodigal Son.
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hile feeding hogsin the "far country," the prodigal came to himself. It was the lack of food that changed him. His bodywas made to need food, even as his heart was made for friendship and love, but he was destitute."No man gave unto him," the story says. Alone! Forsaken! Stripped! Then he remembered: "Howmany hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!" Hewas suffering the results of his own selfishness, and lust, and rebellion. His body was in agonywithout the sustenance it was created for. Rags, and filth, and stench were his surroundings. All thisthe result of his sin! To be "without God in the world" is life's ultimate in desolation and despair. Thereality of judgment is separation from God's love and fellowship and blessing and the consequentrecognition of condemnation and the processes of wrath and judgment.
 
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e often forget that God not only allows Satan and sin and evil, but that He also uses them. Againand again, when trouble stalks his path, a man turns back to the God he has despised.
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hen his wifedies, or his children go wrong; when loss and disaster fall upon him, again and again he will seek theGod he has neglected. Many of our men who fought in past wars found that danger and privationturned their minds toward God. Foxholes cure atheism, they say.
W
eeks on a lifeboat adrift in theocean do something to a man, and he is often a very different person when he lands on shore again.That is not because God coerces the man, but because God brings upon him such experiences aschange his attitudes and priorities. And God brings such experiences upon men, not in vindictivehatred, but in love. He is too wise to err, too loving to be unkind!
 
Some argue that because we affirm that the judgments of God are not eternal, but corrective, weteach a "hell redemption."
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e are accused of believing that hell can accomplish in a man what themercy and blood of Jesus could not accomplish. Many years ago Charles G. Finney (and we respecthis ministry) opposed the teaching of the ultimate salvation of all by ridicule. Finney was a master of the invective. He said that those who were saved after this "age of grace" ends would unceasingly
 
sing, "Thanks be to the hell that saved us by our own suffering!" Just how much weight is there to thatcriticism? It is a marvelous truth that CHRIST ALONE can save! There is no other way! How werejoice that it is so! But there is one thing that must be dealt with before any man can come to Christand be saved. MAN'S REBELLION MUST BE REMOVED. His pride and self-confidence andstubborness and trust in things and pleasures that damn and lead away from God must be
broken
. And this is where judgment comes in. Judgment destroys the power of the carnal mind which blinds,which is enmity against God but judgment does not grant redemption. It only breaks rebellion! Itbreaks man's stubborn will! But redemption was purchased upon the cross.
 
It is a small matter for God to break the resistance of men. Men without God live like animals. Theyeat, sleep, entertain themselves, labor, but they are not in touch with God at all. He has no place intheir thoughts nor in their lives. Finally man awakens. Like the old country preacher who was telling of the prodigal son. He said, "He took off his coat and spent that. Then he took off his vest and spentthat. Then he took off his shirt, and when he took off his shirt, he
ame to his self 
."
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e come toourselves in various ways!
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hen the prodigal was feeding hogs in the "far country" he "came tohimself," according to Jesus. Did he, then, have a "hogpen redemption?" Not at all! The hogpen didn'tsave him, but he did get some sense knocked into him there it was there his willfulness and rebellionleft him, but he was not saved until he got back to his Father.I have read about men in the foxholes on the battle front getting saved. Did they get a "war redemption?" Did the war save them? No! No! No! Men in the danger and horror of war often begin tothink as they never thought before, but war does not save. At best, it can only awaken them, and turnmen to the Christ they have ignored. And if they are saved at all it is because they call in all sincerityupon the Saviour who died for them on Calvary's cross.
 
Now the prodigal didn't have to go home. He was not compelled to do so, no one dragged him. He
anted 
to! But he didn't want to until all his money was gone and he got to feeding hogs. Thecircumstances had to crowd in upon his life which caused him to come to the place where he choseto "arise and go to the Father." The heart of the Father is calling, calling, calling to His waywardchildren, "Come unto Me." Long before the prodigal son had come to his home, the Father waswaiting, and looking for him. He saw him coming along the weary way, no longer with servantsattending, no longer in rich robes; but ragged, poor, dirty, in wornout sandles, he came along theroad, with the stench of the swineherd and the stains of the fleshpots upon him. Creeping along, sick,sore, and weary, he said, "Oh, if I could but be one of my Father's hired servants! "Is it he? Can it be -O God, can that be he who left only a few months ago, so strong, so happy, so bright, with the worldall before him? Can that be he?" "It is. It is he."
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ill the Father reject him?
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ill the Father not say, "Igave him his portion and he has spent it all in riotous living; let him stay away for ever?" No, no. TheFather saw him afar off, and he ran and fell on his neck, and kissed him, not heeding his filthinessand his rags. The Father interrupted the prayer, after the son told him of his sin, that he mightbecome a slave in the Father's house; for there are no slaves in our Father's house. They are all sonsand daughters of the Most High God.
 
Thank God for that!
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hy, then, should we be slaves to Satan, and to sin, and to death, and to hell? The Father took himand kissed him. He told the servants to bring the best robe and the signet ring that made himcontroller of his Father's estate. He told them to get out the musical instruments and the dancers, andto make merry and be glad. "Spread the feast, for this my son was dead; dead to me; dead to mother;dead to purity; dead to truth; dead to love; dead to God; and he is alive again. He was lost and isfound."
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henever judgment has done its work; whenever a man comes to himself and says "I will"; "Iwill arise and go to my Father, and I will say to my Father, I have sinned against heaven and in Your sight and am no more worthy to be called your son," then the Great and Eternal God and Father willtake that man, sin-stained and foul as he is in spirit, and in soul, and in body, and He will make himwhiter than snow. If you ask Him to give you the lowest place as a servant, He will lift you up, and kiss

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