His final destination depends on what he does with Jesus. There are two final destinations. One prepared for God’s elect and the other, which was prepared for the devil and his angels. You will end up spending eternity in one of these two places.

 “Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world” (Matthew 25:34 KJV)

“Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matthew 25:41 KJV)

“And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.” (Matthew 25:46 KJV)

Man’s final destination is eternal. God created mankind for eternity and there are now two final destinations. One is hell and the other is heaven. Hell is translated from three Greek words: hades, gehenna and tartaroo. Hades is the temporary abode of those who did not believe in God, Luke 16:23. Gehenna is the second death in the Lake of fire, Revelations 20:13, 14. Tartaroo is the abyss where the angels went who sinned and are waiting for their judgement.

Hades is the first destination for unbelievers. Hades is a real place. Jesus tells us about a rich man and a beggar who died. The beggar died and was carried away by angels unto Abraham’s bosom, (paradise, at this time paradise was part of Hades and was separated by a gulf which could not be crossed.) When the rich man died he was carried away to the other side of the gulf in Hades, the place of torment. In Hades, the rich man could identify Abraham and Lazarus. He could recognize body parts for he asked Abraham to send Lazarus to place a drop of water on his tongue with his finger. (Luke 16:19-31). After Christ’s death, burial and resurrection, it is believed that Christ took captivity captive, those in paradise (Ephesians 4:8), to be with Him; and when He did so, Hades expended into one place of torment now reserved for the unbelievers. They will be in a place of torment until the Great White Throne where death and Hades will be cast into the eternal lake of fire. The second death of eternal separation from God and torment, Revelations 20:13-15. The final destination for the unbeliever is a tragedy beyond our imagination.

A picture of Gehenna was the comparison of the refuse dump in the valley of Hinnom. The Jews would throw all their garbage there to be burned. The picture is this, the trash at the bottom would burn and would never go out as more trash was always being thrown on top of it. The trash heap was so huge that the top part of the trash would begin to rot and the worms would eat their way down into the trash heap. This is surely a place of torment as the trash is being eaten by worms that never die, (Mark 9:44) before finally being burned for eternity.

Eternity is the Greek word aionios, which is the same word in John 3:16 saying to those who believe on Jesus shall have everlasting life. It also expresses the eternity of God, (Romans 16:26).

On the other hand, those who believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour shall have eternal (aionios) life. When believers now physically die they only put off this physical tabernacle (their bodies) and pass form death unto life, (John 5:24). Another way to say it is to pass from life to eternal life. “We are confident, I say, and willing, rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8 KJV). The final destination of the believer is to be in God’s presence and then the New Jerusalem, heaven (Revelations 21-22). Jesus has prepared a dwelling place for those who believe, (John 14:1-4). Won’t you accept Jesus as your personal Lord and Saviour today.

 

In Christ,

Greg

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