The words forever and everlasting mean as long as a thing exists. Paul said the same thing in I Thess. A loving God also permits the sleep of death to hide all His beloved of the ages from the terrible sorrows that have come upon this earth during the last 6, years. But, in that final second resurrection of the damned or lost they have damned themselves by refusing Jesus the wicked will see the reward of all the righteous saved inside of the city.
See Rev. Let us look at some Scripture which will give more details of this coming event. But upon mount Zion inside the holy city New Jerusalem shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness: and the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions. And the house of Jacob shall be a fire, and the house of Joseph a flame, and the house of Esau for stubble, and they shall kindle in them, and devour them; and there shall not be any remaining of the house of Esau; for the Lord hath spoken it.
The Jacobs and the Josephs will be on the inside and represent the saved. The Esaus represent the lost who will be on the outside. And the Mother God of Israel is also kept hidden throughout the Scriptures. But she will be revealed in this final age. But in the parable of the Prodigal son the emphasis is upon the Father.
Esau is the older son who marches against his brother with an armed band of to impress upon Jacob that he is superior in rank and power. After all they were twin brothers. His former hatred melts away and he forgets his grudge. His revengeful plot and vow to kill Jacob for stealing the birth right is not carried out. Paul tells us in Phil. Never in the history of the world have all the different races met. Now, they are together. The lost are on the outside of the city and the saved of all ages are on the inside.
The whole human race from Adam to the last person who was born on this earth will meet for the first time. The last part of verse 5 is really describing the blessedness of the first resurrection. Throughout history we have seen a pattern. Cain, the older brother hated and even killed his younger brother, Abel.
Esau and Jacob had a conflict over the birthright. Just as Cain wanted to go his own way and do his own thing, so Esau was a vain and rebellious person. He wanted the birthright without being spiritual. Cain was religious and went through the rituals, his own man-made rituals, but he did not desire to be spiritual.
So, we see that the first-born or older son was often religious, but not spiritual, and quite often ridiculed and even persecuted the younger son. The first generation of Israel, which came out of Egypt, were religious. They wanted the reward without obedience. They were religious, but not spiritual. The second generation was spiritual and obedient and inherited the promised land. Saul was religious, but like Cain, he was religious on his own terms.
He was a type of Lucifer who became Satan. David was a type of Christ who became a servant, and sin for us so we might be brought back to the kingdom. Finally, we have another parable Jesus told which is parallel to the prodigal son in one significant aspect. The father in the story asks both boys, very kindly, to go work in his vineyard.
The first one refuses to go, but repents later and goes into the field. The second son promised to go, but never went. The mental torment and anguish all the lost will feel when they see that they are lost is beyond human comprehension, expression or experience. Jesus spoke about it in the parable of the rich man and Lazarus, Luke The rich man refused to help the poor man Lazarus although he had many opportunities to help him. Lazarus was not only poor a beggar , but sick.
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Finally both of them died. The Pharisees actually believed in this theology and Jesus simply met them on their own terms, using their own concept of the after life to teach them that what they do in this life will determine their eternal destiny. He was not teaching the doctrine of hell-fire, as many believe.
But he was trying to tell the Pharisees that they were headed for the same kind of torment that the rich man suffered. He is outside the city and Lazarus is inside. Chances are they are out to rip you off some way or other. Who preachers are is the main thing, not what they say. A genuine leader will never exploit your emotions or your pocketbook. These diseased trees with their bad apples are going to be chopped down and burned. What is required is serious obedience—doing what my Father wills. All you did was use me to make yourselves important.
The Message Bible. In order to save us all from this fate Jesus told the parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus. The knowledge that they the wicked are lost when they felt they had every right to be saved enrages them. They are gnashing their teeth and stamping their feet and wailing and moaning their fate. Isaiah ; Isaiah 33; Luke Jacob represents the younger brothers who went away from home.
Jacob cheated his older brother Esau out of the birth right. He had done nothing at all to deserve it.
It reminds us of Jonah who was angry when God forgave all the Ninevehites when they repented. Jonah Jonah wanted God to destroy them. The worm of sin causes separation and death. Jesus died to destroy the darkness. His light never casts any shadows. Now, why would he ask him to remember if such a remembrance would only cause more mental torture?
God is not like that. There is only one possible answer. And Jesus said if we had seen Him we had seen the Father. They are forever the same. Oh, no! It is our hardened heart toward him that prevents us from receiving his love and forgiveness. Paul explains it perfectly.
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Judas refused to repent. Jerusalem refused to repent. The Jewish nation refused to repent. They forced God out of their lives by their continual rejection of His pleas for them to come to Him. Yet God always puts the blame on Himself, instead of on us. Israel has a heart problem—a hardened heart. Hardened by sin. In I Chron.
The Scripture abounds with this concept from beginning to end—our wonderful Father taking the blame—shielding us, always protecting us. And he does it right to the very last. Oh, my beloved friend, we have not the slightest inkling of this Mighty God of Israel who took on a body of flesh and lived among us. For we must have His character or we will not survive the final holocaust of hate that is soon to engulf this world.
It is safe in there. The parable of the prodigal son is the last of three parables that the mortal Savior used to show the value of finding the lost human soul.
When we go astray, we do not lose our intrinsic value as long as we turn to the Savior. This cannot apply to Satan or his followers, who have rebelled against their only source of salvation and are thus lost forever. Jesus was speaking of the lost sheep of Israel, not of Satan, when He told this parable. So far as I understand scripture, Satan and his minions were cast out of our premortal heaven to this world, and are confined to it.
Here are some scriptures and other teachings to consider:. Revelation And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth , and his angels were cast out with him. He came here, and one-third part of the spirits in heaven came with him.
Do you suppose that one-third part of all the beings that existed in eternity came with him? No, but one third part of the spirits that were begotten and organized and brought forth to become tenants of fleshly bodies to dwell upon this earth. Journal of Discourses , We have baptized a great many into this Church and kingdom—not many, certainly, when compared to the twelve hundred million inhabitants of the earth—but a great many have apostatized.
Latter-day Saints apostatize? I tell you people will apostatize who have received the holy priesthood and Gospel of Jesus Christ, if they do not honor God, if they do not keep his commandments, obey his laws and humble themselves before the Lord; they are in danger every day of their lives. Look at the number of devils we have, round about us!
We have I should say, one hundred to every man, woman and child. One third part of the heavenly host was cast down to the earth with Lucifer, son of the morning, to war against us —which I suppose will number one hundred million devils—and they labor to overthrow all the Saints and the kingdom of God. Journal of Discourses They did not keep their first estate and were denied the opportunity of eternal progression. Related Posts How could Satan and the Savior be brothers? Can Satan interfere with prayer? Would multiple personalities be a case of demonic possession?