Interesting Friday, “WORTH CONSIDERING” 2/27/21
Well, last night at a very interesting House Church Forum Gathering where everyone got involved and good subjects were discussed like being unequally yoked, Jewish persecutions, with lots of interesting side excursions and a good shared Agape Meal then the lights went out, everything. For the 3rd time in the last few years a drunk driver hit the same power pole across the street and took out the power. Totally Black. We are all sitting there when this bomb went off in the front yard. The guy backed up and tried to run but was caught. My what a big bill he made for himself with just one more for the road. It appears he was not hurt. But this will be a plot point in his life for sure. But not one little bitty light was on anywhere.
As for us, I remembered the flashlights in the Kitchen and so some one guided me with their phone and we ended up with a bunch of flashlights and a camp lantern. And then I realized that my sleeping chair does not have a battery back up so needed to take my computer backup battery to be able to go to sleep as the chair goes into a bed with a little electric motor. And then I fully realized what it would be like if an EMP went off overhead and how difficult things would become to simple live. Where are the matches? lighter, flint??? All night I was thinking of how to get the generators going so there would be power for the Refers (3) and 20′ Freezer full of food. Been talking a lot about being ready but far from being there. But by 8 AM, HELCO had installed a new pole and had the power on again, PTL… So except for putting things back together no beg deal. But being without power for about 12 hours really showed me the needs that we would face with an oil shut down from getting to Hawaii to make power. So back to the top of my list goes, offgrid power with batteries and backup.
Which takes me into the serious consideration and light and darkness in eternity. So let’s do a little word study on darkness, churches don’t do this much any more. Makes folks go where there are happy thoughts.
But if your eye is unsound, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the very light in you [your conscience] is darkened, how dense is that darkness! Matt. 6:23
I tell you, many will come from east and west, and will sit at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven, 12 While the sons and heirs of the kingdom will be driven out into the darkness outside, where there will be weeping and grinding of teeth. 13 Then to the centurion Jesus said, Go; it shall be done for you as you have believed. And the servant boy was restored to health at that very [a]moment. Matt. 8:11
And he said, Friend, how did you come in here without putting on the [appropriate] wedding garment? And he was speechless ([a]muzzled, gagged). 13 Then the king said to the attendants, Tie him hand and foot, and throw him into the darkness outside; there will be weeping and grinding of teeth. 14 For many are called (invited and summoned), but few are chosen. Matt.22:12
For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will be [a]furnished richly so that he will have an abundance; but from the one who does not have, even what he does have will be taken away.30 And throw the good-for-nothing servant into the outer darkness; there will be weeping and grinding of teeth.31 When the Son of Man comes in His glory (His majesty and splendor), and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. Matt 23:29
And the robbers who were crucified with Him also abused and reproached and made sport of Him in the same way. 45 Now from the sixth hour (noon) there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour (three o’clock). 46 And about the ninth hour (three o’clock) Jesus cried with a loud voice, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?—that is, My God, My God, why have You abandoned Me [leaving Me [a]helpless, forsaking and failing Me in My need ]? Matt. 44-46 (Jesus was in our place feeling the darkness for us as the lamb of God.)
There are over 153 times that the word darkness is used one of the places especially clear is in Jude: 6 & 13
And angels who did not keep (care for, guard, and hold to) their own first place of power but abandoned their proper dwelling place—these He has reserved in custody in eternal chains (bonds) under the thick gloom of utter darkness until the judgment and doom of the great day.…… (So hell originally set up for the rebellious angels but in verse 12 included the souls of man.) 12 These are hidden reefs (elements of danger) in your love feasts, where they boldly feast sumptuously [carousing together in your midst], without scruples providing for themselves [alone]. They are clouds without water, swept along by the winds; trees, without fruit at the late autumn gathering time—twice (doubly) dead, [lifeless and] plucked up by the roots;13 Wild waves of the sea, flinging up the foam of their own shame and disgrace; wandering stars, for whom the gloom of eternal darkness has been reserved forever.14 It was of these people, moreover, that Enoch in the seventh [generation] from Adam prophesied when he said, Behold, the Lord comes with His myriads of holy ones (ten thousands of His saints).
We have all grow up with the concept of hell being the kingdom of lucifer and all being tormented by fire. I even went to a school Halloween party dressed as lucifer on time. This is due to the metaphorical thinking of God trying to tell us about the kind of pain to be felt in hell. But actually without a body our soul would not be disturbed by fire at all as a spiritual being. We would need a body to feel pain. So the pain of hell is really spiritual. It is actually to be totally awake as an eternal spiritual being but without creation and the God of Light who created it. All are gone and only absolute darkness remains. To have a recall of all said and done of our time on earth and the opportunities we have rejected and going though eternity without any light at all or any possibility of change or repentance. Hell, in the Bible is seen as the total opposite of heaven. Jesus went through that experience for us but had no sin so that the LAW could not hold HIM.