THE SECOND DEATH
In prior postings I have communicated how a life threatening illness took me to the emergency room of a hospital where the doctors did not expect me to live through the night. At some point during that night I left my body behind and entered into the spiritual realm. In the spirit I was taken to the Lake of Fire which is the second death. From there I was taken to Hell, where I faced Satan and felt his incredible hatred of me. All of this culminated on the Judgment Seat of Christ where I was asked, “Why should you live?”
If you would like to go back and review the postings that tell the above story please use these hyperlinks:
I believe that it is important to examine the events I have already reported to you in the context of the Bible. By looking at these experiences from a Biblical perspective we will find that what some may perceive as a very bad dream was in fact, a spiritual reality. I say this because it is substantiated in the Bible and proclaimed by God’s prophets. As we proceed, I will reflect on my experience and contrast it to scripture. In doing this I believe that the scriptures will bring to light fundamental messages that God has communicated to His people over the course of thousands of years.
As I stood in Judgment before God (see the last four hyperlinks above) it dawned on me that only truth existed in the place of judgment before God. I also somehow knew that the pending judgment before me had a consequence of the second death. A death that is a spiritual death that can occur after our physical death.
But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death” (Revelation 20:18).
I thought to myself that back in our natural world, I had no clue that such a thing even existed. If I had read the bible then I would have been aware of the following:
“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death.” (Revelation 2:11).
This verse also applies:
Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things, which were written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works (Revelation 20:11 – 13).
The second death is the end of hell and of death. The result is the total elimination of evil.
Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death (Revelation 20:14).
There will also be an elimination of dying, pain, and tears. Sadly, there will be no more chance for repentance. There will be no chance for those whose name is absent from the Book of Life:
This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire (Revelation 20:15).
But for the followers of Jesus, things will be much different.
Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years. (Revelation 20:6).
My next posting will be about the one who saved me from all of this mess.
Until then, may God’s blessings be upon you.