The Dark Room, Part 2

“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.” Revelation 22:11.

In the “Dark Room, Part 1”, posted on 2-20-22, the second half of this verse was covered, “he who is righteous, let him be righteous still…” we now turn to the first half of the verse.

Herein we find the terrifying part.

“He who is unjust, let him be unjust still; he who is filthy, let him be filthy still…” Revelation 22:11a.

For the godless who revel in their freedom to follow their own lusts, there is an end that will change your entire perception of hell.

The Bible speaks of the conscience being seared as with a hot iron, and you see this all around you, if not in your own lives, at least historically, as you read about murderous despots, and maniacs through the ages.

The liberal mindset that exists today tries to rationalize away the horrible things that these people do by blaming the parents or the environment; you fill in the blank.

However, sin is sin and the question always comes up, unacceptable behavior in whose opinion?

Well, sin is defined by God and this eliminates questions about righteousness and justice, and takes the definition of these things away from man, who knows nothing about them anyway, and sets them on the rock hard foundation of God’s own personality.

Therein it would rest if it were not for man’s wanderlust, and his desire to have things his own way. In self-will, he drifts out from God’s presence into the outer darkness where the demonic dwells, corruption sets in and the downward spiral begins.

Truth is replaced by superstition, and peace is replaced by fear. Love becomes lust and friendship becomes a means to an end, and you tell yourself that you are seeking noble things, yet it is a slippery slope indeed. And man blindly continues downward in his morality and in his desires.

Do not let yourself be fooled moral perspective shifts ever so slightly that one does not even notice the changes. The past forty or so years in this country is a good example of moral decline.

God is removed from our schools, then abortion is legalized, sexual perversion becomes the norm, and now pedophilia and euthanasia are being normalized.

If all this had been dumped on our society fifty years ago, there would have been a cataclysmic social rebellion and those responsible would have been run out of office.

Now people fall all over themselves to show their acceptance of these things. The nation would not have declined like this if the individual had not done so first.

“He who is unjust, let him be unjust still; he who is filthy, let him be filthy still…” Revelation 22:11a.

It is an undeniable truth then that men do not remain the same morally, entire civilizations have been decaying for centuries.

Anyone who is honest with themselves will admit that they are not the same person they were as children or young adults. This is what it means for the unjust to be unjust still, or let the filthy be filthy still; the sin nature presses the soul downward continually into greater depths of depravity.

The sin nature is not an outside force although outside (demonic) forces use that nature to bring us to as miserable an end as possible.

The sin nature is our own fallen soul and it is enslaved to the flesh to do whatever it desires.

This leaves us with only two options, either to go on in sin and to its final outcome, or to accept Christ as our Savior from sin, and have that nature defeated in our flesh.

Beware though if you decide to retain your sins because you enjoy them or are afraid of losing your identity, you will surely find yourself in hell, and the memory of this life and its pleasures will be but a vapor, never again to be regained.

Worse yet, your sin nature will still be with you concocting ever more filth and evil through eternity. Yet you will have no way of enjoying it; riches, lusts, drugs, alcohol, all a mirage, like dying of thirst in the desert, and watching someone pour out a canteen of water into the hot sand.

There is more. In a recent psychological experiment people were signaled at random times to write down their, thoughts, feelings, and activities. What the study found was quite astonishing, particularly how the study group responded to solitude.

Left on its own the human mind tends to ramble on until it stops to consider something traumatic or distressing.

I have found in my own thought patterns that once I get hold of one of these thoughts it forms a loop and plays repeatedly until something else breaks the pattern.

Kind of like having a commercial jingle, playing in your head it becomes maddening after a while. Welcome to hell. You will be alone for eternity with nothing but your miserable thoughts.

Men work for many things whether it be, power, glory, or mastery over some discipline. It does not matter whether they gain these things or not, as long as there is hope, they will strive toward their goal, either with their strength or in their imagination.

However, none of this exists in hell; there will be only you, the screams of the damned, and the eternal roar of fire. Actually, there is more.

“And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, some to shame and everlasting contempt.” Daniel 12:2.

Think of that, living with your shame for an eternity. We all have things that we would rather not remember, but in hell, the memory will be perfect, and there will be plenty of time to reflect.

As stated before the mind tends to fixate on the negative, this is torment enough, but shame is another dimension.

When you think of people who become mass murderers, you tend to think that they will actually enjoy hell with the thoughts of their victims to feed on for eternity.

God is not going to allow that, whatever sickness it is that drove them to such base lusts, is going to be done away with, and the shame of what they did will replace it.

There will be no, this is the fault of someone else excuses, though as the lives of men, and women play out on judgment day, they may very well be able to see where damage was done by others through no fault of their own and where their own self-will took over.

God is infinitely just and each man will bear the burden of his own guilt and his alone. Lusts, guilt, depravity, injustice, the entire weight of sin left on the shoulders of the damned for eternity.

There is a new aspect to this eternal guilt which I have learned of, it is a report by a priest named Hermann Groschlin of the Saint Dominican Catholic Presbytery of Ayyash, I cannot confirm it, see

The incident goes like this. An ISIS commander was wounded and left for dead during a battle with the Syrians; a group from this Catholic institution found his body and decided to give him a proper burial. After carrying him the 16 miles back to their location the man revived.

He told the harrowing story of descending into hell and finding that he had to relive every pain, every death he had caused, and most frightening of all he had to relive the decapitation of his many victims through their own eyes. This latter thing he said would haunt him for the rest of his life.

The good news is that he accepted Christ as his Savior and rejected Islam, a death sentence as you probably already know. But you cannot kill someone who has eternal life!

“He has delivered us from the power of darkness and translated us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.” Colossians 1:13-14.

“For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross. And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight…” Colossians 1:19-22.

Let us not forget the environment, hell. Too often, you hear people say that they do not believe that a God of love would create such a horrid place, I agree. So what did happen?

Jesus tells us that the lake of fire was created for the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41). This means that not one human being needs to be there, think of that, not one.

Technically there are two places where the unsaved will reside, hell which is under the earth and the temporary holding place for the unsaved until judgment day, and the lake of fire, which though unoccupied at this time is the eventual, eternal, destination of all the damned. Jesus speaks of this eternal destination in the most frightening terms.

“And if your hand makes you sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life [heaven] maimed, than having two hands, to go to hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched – where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched. And if your foot makes you sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame, than having two feet, to be cast into hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched – where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched. And if your eye makes you sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire – where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.” Mark 9:43-48.

The figurative picture language that Jesus uses here is very vivid when you know to what He is referring to when He uses the word hell. The Greek word translated hell here is Gehenna, now Gehenna was the local dump, and if you want to do some interesting reading, look up the history of this place.

Try for a moment to see what the Lord’s listeners visualized of this place, since they had perhaps made many trips to it.

Gehenna was a valley outside Jerusalem where people hauled their garbage. At any given time there would filth of every description, from human waste to dead animals, criminals were dumped there after execution, and there was a continual fire.

Day and night, the fires burned and the smoke was constantly billowing up from there. Imagine for a moment that you lived close by, at night, there would be the eerie glow of the fires and the growling of the wild dogs fighting over some dead carcass, and if the wind shifted, the stench would be suffocating.

Can you see this? If so, now you can see the environment of hell, this is what Jesus wants you to see. Let us have no more light talk of this awful place.

Hell is also a pointless and agonizing eternity. You have seen cartoons of hell where it looks like a huge cave with fire all around inside and people running back and forth.

Imagine such a scene, and an artist walks by, he sees a flat space on a wall, it is a lighter color than the rest, perfect for a mural, so he finds a piece of charcoal and starts to draw.

What would he draw on the cave wall? If he drew a beautiful woman, he would be mobbed by angry men who could not bear the sight of such beauty, which they could no longer hope to possess for themselves.

If he drew a picture of a stream of water running by a large shade tree surrounded by grass, the artist’s throat would immediately constrict, as he remembered the taste of cool water.

If he drew a seascape, men who had lived on the sea, would weep bitterly, and they too may revile him angrily as they passed by. Sobbing, the artist drops the charcoal and walks away.

There is no venue for creativity in hell, only, today is the same as yesterday, and tomorrow will be the same for eternity.

Psalm 14:1 says that, “The fool has said in his heart, there is no God”. The words, “there is”, are in italics and actually are not in the original, they have been added to clarify the meaning of the sentence.

The original says this, “The fool has said in his heart, no God”. Moreover, this is the truth of the matter, men say no God because they do not want Him to be part of their lives.

God in turn honors this desire and sends them to a place where there is no God.

But remember, this includes everything that is of God. God created all things good, love, beauty, peace. He gives us cool water, green grass, trees, music, beautiful colors, and the smells of flowers, and apple pie.

“Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy.” 1 Timothy 6:17.

The God hating atheist who rejects Him forgets this, as if nothing is going to change upon their death, daring Him to send them to hell.

When they do this they are no different than a child who says to their parents, “I am fifteen now and I am sick of your rules and constant meddling in my life. I am packed and leaving home. And by the way, I will be taking my credit card; do not stop making the payments on it.”

With God, the payments on God’s credit card which the atheist has abused all his life stops at death and they, like all the ungodly, step into the void with nothing but their own guilt.

“They are clouds without water, carried about by the winds; late autumn trees without fruit, twice dead, pulled up by the roots; raging waves of the sea, foaming up their own shame; wandering stars for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever.” Jude 1:12b-13.

God gives meaning to life, without Him there is nothing. The ungodly will have nothing but their consciences, guilt and shame, locked forever in a dark room.

“…for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” Luke 19:10.

The Dark Room, Part 2 taken from updated on 12-7-18, reposted on 2-23-22.

Scripture taken from the New King James Version, copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission, all rights reserved.

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