Read Matt: 13:42 and try that on
Matthew 13:42 And shall cast them into a furnace
of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
I am not sure what you mean by "try
that on for size." Do you not understand this verse and are asking for an
Many spiritually ignorant people believe that Jesus is
saying that He will torture people in a "furnace of fire" for all eternity. I
don't know why they think He would do that. Perhaps they think Jesus is a
trillions billions times meaner than Saddam's two terrorist sons
The Scriptures speak many times about a furnace of fire melting,
purifying, and burning off the unwanted dross when refining such metals as
silver and gold. In I Cor. 3:12-12 Pauls gives us this same analogy of
purifying gold, silver, or precious stones, while burning off the dross of wood,
straw, and stubble. But Paul is clearly speaking of PEOPLE'S WORKS being tried
and purified in this fire. The result of ALL that go through this purifying fire
of God is that THEY ARE ALL SAVED! "If any man's work shall be burned, he shall
suffer loss: but he himself SHALL BE SAVED, yet so as BY FIRE." There is
the wonderful good news about the outcome of God's divine judgments.
so Jesus also alluded to this endtime judgment of the lake of fire when
everyman's work would be tried in the lake of fire (or furnace of fire). And we
know just what the fire is, because it purifies as brimstone, which is
DIVINE! God HIMSELF IS a "consuming fire" (Heb. 12:29). God even
prophesied of this purifying fire of judgment back in the book of Malachi. I
don't have the time to prove to you from the Bible that "Levi" is representative
of ALL HUMANITY, but with that in mind, let's read Malachi 32-3, "But who may
abide the day of His coming? and sho shall stand when He appears? for He is like
a REFINER'S FIRE, and like fullers' sope: and He shall sit as a REFINER AND
PURIFIER [need I even comment that we do not torture or punish silver and gold
in a furnace?] of silver: and He shall purify THE SONS OF LEVI, and purge them
AS gold and silver, [why? for the fun of torturing them for all eternity? No,
read on...] that they may offer unto the Lord an OFFERING IN
Oh how so many Christians despise these marvelous
words of God! God's judgments bring RIGHTEOUSNESS, NOT ETERNAL TORTURE!
That's SATANIC! God IS righteous and when our Righteous God brings
judgment upon the world, they TOO will become righteous! Sure they will.
The fires of God's spiritual furnace will PURGE AND PURIFY all mankind. We
read of it EVERYWHERE in His Word:
thy [God's] JUDGMENTS are in the earth, the INHABITANTS OF
THE WORLD will learn RIGHTEOUSNESS" (Isa. 26:9).
And so, if I may borrow
your words, "TRY THAT ON FOR SIZE"!!