Three!! Did you say Three Eternal Destinies?? I thought it was only Heaven or Hell…
Many people ask this question, and it is not surprising. After all, Christians have been preaching about heaven and hell for almost two thousand years. But for those same two thousand years, thoughtful people have struggled with another perplexing question:
“What about the millions who never had the opportunity to hear about Jesus Christ? Are they all going to hell?”
There are many “pat” answers to this question from the great Christian thinkers, following their well-worn doctrinal paths. But these answers fail to bring peace to the conscience of many sensitive people. A person’s innate sense of a just and loving Creator cannot be easily reconciled with the view that He arbitrarily condemns all who died without accepting Christ to eternal torment.
We who present this site have discovered that the Bible presents many profound contradictions to the “pat” answers that most of us have heard all our lives. We hope you will take the time to read and seriously consider what you read. It will change your life…
We believe with all our hearts in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob — the God whose love and justice are both perfect. And we believe in His Son, Yahshua the Messiah, who has the power of life and death in His hands, and will grant eternal life to all who truly believe in Him. The common life that we share together, like the first disciples in the Book of Acts in the New Testament, gives us the opportunity to love one another in the way our Master commanded us — daily laying down our lives for our brothers. You are welcome to call, write, or visit us at any time…
The Truth is, that the Creator has Prepared Three Places…
Each Person will spend Eternity in one of Three Prepared Places
The Righteous1Revelation 22:11 are those who lived a life of Honesty and Integrity maintaining the Everlasting Covenant2Genesis 3:16-19, 9:1-7 & 15-17; Isaiah 24:5-6. After paying for their own sins in the first death3Romans 3:23 & 6:23, Hebrews 9:27, Genesis 2:17, Proverbs 2:21, Matthew 24:34-40, they will inherit the place that has been prepared for them from the foundation of the world4Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world…’ – Matthew 25:34 — enjoying a Second Eternal Life among the Nations of God’s Eternal Kingdom in the New Heavens and on the New Earth5Isaiah 60:11-14, Revelation 21:3-4 & 24-26.
The Unjust and the Filthy6Revelation 22:11 are those who gave up the good conscience they were endowed with by their Creator and chose to follow selfishness and immorality. Now, with no worth left with which to pay for their own sins, they will go to the place prepared for Satan and his angels7“Then he will say to those on his left, Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels…’ – Matthew 25:41 — experiencing forever and ever a Second Eternal Death in the Lake of Fire8Revelation 21:8, Isaiah 66:24, Matthew 25:41.
The Holy9Revelation 22:11 are those who having been forgiven by their Creator, will experience Eternal Life in the place prepared for God’s very own special people10All these admitted that they were foreigners and strangers on earth… Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them. – Heb 11:13-16 — they will be the Eternal Dwelling Place of God, the Holy City, New Jerusalem — the Wife of Messiah11Ephesians 2:20-22, Revelation 21:1-5 & 9-12. The Holy will forever and ever govern and care for the Righteous men and women of the Eternal Nations12Revelation 21:3-4 & 24-26.
People throughout history have often confused the Righteous with the Holy. Some even to the point of denying the possibility of a man or woman to even be considered “righteous” in the eyes of the Creator.
Yet, Abraham, the first Holy man and father of our faith, when he appealed to God to spare the few righteous in Sodom13Genesis 18:20-22, knew something about the character of God that escapes many religious people today.
“Far be it from you to slay the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous and the wicked alike… Far be it from you! Will not the judge of all the earth do what is right?”
Although he was neither called nor chosen as was Abraham, Lot is described as being righteous.14by both God and Man. 2 Peter 2:7-8, Acts 10:35 This15And while this passage does not speak of Lot’s eternal destiny, but merely his temporal deliverance from the destruction of Sodom, yet speaks of God’s character as understood by Abraham, the friend of God.162 Chronicles 20:7; Isaiah 41:8; James 2:23; Revelation 22:3-5; Genesis 3:16-19
We stand with Abraham, knowing that God will righteously judge all people according to their works17Revelation 20:12, Ecc 12:14, Ps 62:12, Acts 10:35, and not just throw them all willy-nilly into the lake of fire.
Those who are not worthy of the second death18whose name was found written in the book of life – Revelation 20:15, Psalm 69:28 will be granted a second life, and it is over them that Messiah and His Bride will rule throughout eternity.19Revelation 21:1-4 & 24-26, Isaiah 9:7, Psalm 102:25-28, Ephesians 3:21
“How can I believe in a God that throws all people into Hell Just because they are not Christians?”
Has anyone ever asked you this question? Many sincere people wonder. Of course, you could pull a pat answer from your theological quiver and say, “No one is good.” And there is some truth to that, for truly all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God20Romans 3:23 See Article “The Glory of Fallen Man”…
But does that mean that, say, a Chinese peasant who worked hard all her life caring for her family, remaining faithfully married for 50 years, would be condemned by God to the same eternal destiny as Adolf Hitler who murdered six million Jews?
The Truth is, that God recognizes Three Categories of People…
Revelation 22:11 shows
The Three Eternal Destinies of Man
(proving that God is fair to everyone)
All mankind is made up of Three Categories. Each Category has its own Eternal Destiny.
Revelation 22:11 pictures each Eternal Destiny as the outcome of a way of life:
“He who is unjust, let him be unjust still; he who is filthy, let him be filthy still; he who is righteous, let him be righteous still; he who is holy, let him be holy still.”
This is why it says “unjust still… filthy still… righteous still… holy still.”
Still means always…
It is every person’s fate to die once.
Fate, like death, is unavoidable. It is an appointment which every person must keep.25“And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment…” Heb 9:27 You can’t change fate, but you can change your destiny.
Destiny is like destination. It is the place where a person arrives at the end of a journey.
It is all according to your ability to hear and respond to the “inner voice” of your conscience….
Scriptural References and Other Footnotes
|↑1, ↑6, ↑9||Revelation 22:11|
|↑2||Genesis 3:16-19, 9:1-7 & 15-17; Isaiah 24:5-6|
|↑3||Romans 3:23 & 6:23, Hebrews 9:27, Genesis 2:17, Proverbs 2:21, Matthew 24:34-40|
|↑4||Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world…’ – Matthew 25:34|
|↑5||Isaiah 60:11-14, Revelation 21:3-4 & 24-26|
|↑7||“Then he will say to those on his left, Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels…’ – Matthew 25:41|
|↑8||Revelation 21:8, Isaiah 66:24, Matthew 25:41|
|↑10||All these admitted that they were foreigners and strangers on earth… Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them. – Heb 11:13-16|
|↑11||Ephesians 2:20-22, Revelation 21:1-5 & 9-12|
|↑12||Revelation 21:3-4 & 24-26|
|↑14||by both God and Man. 2 Peter 2:7-8, Acts 10:35|
|↑15||And while this passage does not speak of Lot’s eternal destiny, but merely his temporal deliverance from the destruction of Sodom, yet|
|↑16||2 Chronicles 20:7; Isaiah 41:8; James 2:23; Revelation 22:3-5; Genesis 3:16-19|
|↑17||Revelation 20:12, Ecc 12:14, Ps 62:12, Acts 10:35|
|↑18||whose name was found written in the book of life – Revelation 20:15, Psalm 69:28|
|↑19||Revelation 21:1-4 & 24-26, Isaiah 9:7, Psalm 102:25-28, Ephesians 3:21|
|↑20||Romans 3:23 See Article “The Glory of Fallen Man”|
|↑23||2 Cor 5:15|
|↑24||1 Pet 2:9; Dan 2:44|
|↑25||“And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment…” Heb 9:27|