Lesson 24

Unworthy former Christians will be cast alive into the lake of fire. Many will think they have done the work of Jesus during their lives and be shocked by their fate. Death and the grave will be destroyed at the same time, they will never be needed again. There are now no mortal humans left to pass through them. Everyone who has ever lived will have had their opportunity to accept salvation. At the Great White Throne Judgement, anyone who has not accepted Jesus will die for the second time and will remain dead for the rest of eternity. They will never be resurrected back to life again, the second death is permanent. Unworthy Christians, death, the grave and Satan will all be thrown into the lake of fire. Satan will remain there alive and in torment, for he is an immortal being. Those who faithfully follow Jesus will not be hurt by the second death, they will be resurrected as incorruptible spirit beings. Why won’t everyone follow God and live? Why are some called by God to Jesus during their first life? What attributes do the people called by God have?

Matthew 7:21-23 Good News Translation
21 “Not everyone who calls me ‘Lord, Lord’ will enter the Kingdom of heaven, but only those who do what my Father in heaven wants them to do. 22 When the Judgment Day comes, many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord! In your name we spoke God’s message, by your name we drove out many demons and performed many miracles!’ 23 Then I will say to them, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you wicked people!’

Revelation 20:14-15 Easy-to-Read Version
14 And Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This lake of fire is the second death. 15 And anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.

Revelation 20:10 King James Version
10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

Revelation 20:6 GOD’S WORD Translation
6 Blessed and holy are those who are included the first time that people come back to life. The second death has no power over them. They will continue to be priests of God and Christ. They will rule with him for 1,000 years.

1 Corinthians 15:26-28Good News Translation
 26 The last enemy to be defeated will be death. 27 For the scripture says, “God put all things under his feet.” It is clear, of course, that the words “all things” do not include God himself, who puts all things under Christ. 28 But when all things have been placed under Christ’s rule, then he himself, the Son, will place himself under God, who placed all things under him; and God will rule completely over all.

Lesson 23

Lesson 23

 

After Satan is sent to his fiery prison, there is one more resurrection and judgement to take place. This resurrection is for those who were called to Jesus by God, accepted Jesus, but then turned from Jesus and chased after the pleasures of this world. These miscarried Christians are not resurrected when Jesus returns, they will wait in their graves until everyone else has had their opportunity to accept Jesus. Everyone will live twice. Those who faithfully follow Jesus during their first life, will be born into spiritual life when Jesus comes back to rule the earth. The second death will not harm them. Those who resist Satan’s final temptations to sin during their second life, will also be changed into spirit beings like Jesus. They too will be free of a second death. Everyone else rejected their opportunity to accept Jesus and died a second and final time. Now in the third and final resurrection, those who abandoned their saviour will be resurrected to give an account for themselves. Found wanting they will be thrown into the lake of fire and die. Will these failed Christians be surprised to be in this resurrection? What will their reactions be to their sentence?

Hebrews 10:26-31 Easy-to-Read Version
26 If we decide to continue sinning after we have learned the truth, then there is no other sacrifice that will take away sins. 27 If we continue sinning, all that is left for us is a fearful time of waiting for the judgment and the angry fire that will destroy those who live against God. 28 Whoever refused to obey the Law of Moses was found guilty from the testimony given by two or three witnesses. Such people were not forgiven. They were killed. 29 So think how much more punishment people deserve who show their hate for the Son of God—people who show they have no respect for the blood sacrifice that began the new agreement and once made them holy or who insult the Spirit of God’s grace. 30 We know that God said, “I will punish people for the wrongs they do; I will repay them.” And he also said, “The Lord will judge his people.” 31 It is a terrible thing to face punishment from the living God.

Luke 9:61-62 English Standard Version
61 Yet another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” 62 Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”

Revelation 20:11-15 Holman Christian Standard Bible
11 Then I saw a great white throne and One seated on it. Earth and heaven fled from His presence, and no place was found for them. 12 I also saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life, and the dead were judged according to their works by what was written in the books. 13 Then the sea gave up its dead, and Death and Hades gave up their dead; all were judged according to their works. 14 Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. 15 And anyone not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.