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The Daily Word of Righteousness
The Terror of the Lord, continued
The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. (Luke 12:46)
How anyone could be cut into pieces and then appointed a portion with unbelievers must be explained in the spirit realm. It will have to take place in the last days, in the time when the spirit and material realms converge. Once the convergence takes place it will be possible to cast the physical body into a spiritual fire, and also to cut someone into pieces and then assign him a place with unbelievers.
We would say that the prospect of being cut into pieces and then assigned a place with unbelievers is terrifying indeed! But this is the destiny of the Lord's servants who have displeased Him by their conduct.
It is customary today to assign passages such as the above to the Jews, maintaining that Gentiles are saved by grace and never shall experience pain at the hand of the Lord.
If there is a more abominable, more unscriptural, more illogical, more indefensible argument than that of assigning all pain and judgment to God's chosen people we do not know of it. This anti-Semitic teaching may be the result of the destructive scheme of biblical interpretation termed "dispensationalism."
We are in doctrinal chaos today.
The Reconstructionists reveal the presence of Satan in their midst by their hatred of Judaism and their desire to remove the Kingdom from Jerusalem.
The Amillennialists show their ignorance of the Divine intention by replacing the apocalyptic vision of the return of Jesus in thunderous triumph at the head of His armies with the hope of a gradual increase of righteousness as believers try to do better. They are missing the very iron, the very fire of the Kingdom of God.
The Replacement theologians, who would remove Israel in favor of the Christian Church regarding the promises and blessing of God, apparently do not bother to consider the clear statements of the Apostle Paul in the eleventh chapter of the Book of Romans, or the hundreds of promises to the people and land of Israel found in the Old Testament.
The teachers of faith and prosperity are not adhering to the writings of Paul that warn us against setting our heart on riches.
All of this confusion is founded upon the lie that "accepting Christ" relieves us from all concern related to the Judgment Seat of Christ.
The original lie is still being repeated: Thou shalt not surely die.
One aspect of current belief that confuses our thinking is the Hell-Heaven division. The concept is that all the lost go to be forever in Hell (sometimes thought of as the Lake of Fire, or Gehenna) and all the saved go immediately to Paradise. Hell or Heaven. Lost or saved. The term "outer darkness," which is employed several times in the Gospels and has to do with God's unfaithful servants, is usually ignored.
Luke 12:45-48 speaks of many and few lashes. In no manner can this apply to the Lake of Fire. Lashes are punishment with a view to correction and purification. One ordinarily does not whip a man and then hang him.
The Lake of Fire, the second death, is eternal confinement in a lake burning with fire and sulfur. It has nothing to do with many or few lashes or with punishment with a view toward correction.
To be continued.