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Where will we go when we die?

“Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.” — Revelations 22:14-15, NIV.

On the surface, heaven and hell seem like a physical location; a place where one will go to after our soul departs from the physical body. But if we pay a little more attention to the attributes of God (and eternity for that matter), did it occur to you that God is Omnipresent? Considering that He is Omnipresent, does that mean that there’s no place He would not be? Now, if our definition of “heaven” is wherever God dwells [1], then where is hell?

It’s the same old philosophical question that we’re toying with here again: if God is so powerful, can He create a rock so heavy He cannot lift? Thing is, though, God is in a realm where physical dimensions breakdown. It encompasses spatial dimensions in a way or another, but it also encompasses something much larger than it. It transcends space-time.

The heavens receded like a scroll being rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place. — Revelations 6:14, NIV.

What if, the entire creation is the scroll, testifying to all that ever took place within it. From the eternal perspective of God, we will be able to see the beginning and the end at one glance. The scroll is in the hands of the Lamb who had been slain; the Lamb who is standing at the centre of the throne [2]. And when we die, we join the multitudes, wearing white robes and holding palm branches in our hands, worshipping the Lamb for all He had done [3]. From the audience seat, we watched as the darkness of our sins unfolded. Each and every bit of sinful stain that surfaced from the scroll wiped clean with the Lamb’s own blood. All sins from the beginning of time, all atoned for. And as we watched, we cried out in a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb” [4].

We were designed to be perfect. We were designed to be with God for eternity [5]. But not all of us have the same thoughts. Some of us sinned in the deepest depth of the heart. They wanted to be our own god [6]. They wanted something other than what God wanted to offer. They wanted to be the masters of our lives (and eternity). Deep down, they know that it isn’t possible. As they watched the sinful lives that they longed for being covered up by the blood of the Lamb at the centre of the throne, their inner being begin to burn with fury. The lives they wanted to live die out into an endless loop of hatred and infuriation. It consumes their entire being for all of eternity. They know that there is no way out [7].

Standing right beside a multitude of people with tears streaming down their eyes and their hearts full of joy and love for the Lamb and for God who is seated on the throne, these people break down psychologically into a state of paranoia. They do not understand the joy that the others are enjoying and they abhorred the worship that others are singing. The burning furnace within their hearts consumes them as they wailed and gnashed their teeth [8].

Nothing can be done to save them.

Heaven and hell is, in fact, the same place. Wherever you travel in the eternal city, God is right there with you. And from every corner of the eternal city, we will be able to observe the sacrifice of the Lamb and be overwhelmed with emotions for all that the Lamb had done for us. We will either, be filled with joy and worship the Lamb with all our hearts, or be thrown into deep anguish, never to be released from it.

The difference between the two is one’s state of mind: Eternal joy, or eternal torture. The choice is on you.

Reference:

[1] – https://www.desiringgod.org/interviews/where-is-heaven-right-now

[2] – Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. The Lamb had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. He went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne. — Revelations 5:6-7, NIV.

[3] – After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. — Revelations 7:9, NIV.

[4] – Revelations 7:10, NIV.

[5] – For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. — Revelations 19:7b, NIV.

[6] – “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. — Genesis 3:5-6a, NIV

[7] – By your many sins and dishonest trade you have desecrated your sanctuaries. So I made a fire come out from you, and it consumed you, and I reduced you to ashes on the ground in the sight of all who were watching. — Ezekiel 28:18, NIV.

[8] – They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear. — Matthew 13:42-43, NIV.

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