Cover 2018-10-07

Ron Writes

Now that is Hell!

Ezekiel is filled with Stranger Things. It’s filled with strange visions, unusual visual aids and terrifying messages.

One of the strangest things is all the terrible things God says he’s going to do to these rebellious people. How does a God of love do these things? Ezekiel explains. God is going to leave them. He’s going to withhold His benevolent hand. He’s going to withdraw His protection (5:11). One of the most terrifying things Ezekiel sees is God’s presence leave the Temple (10:18). He will allow Babylon to come and destroy Jerusalem and the temple. In the Introduction to Young’s Analytical Concordance is an explanation of 71 different Hebrew idioms. One idiom listed is the Idiom of permission. He states “active verbs frequently express permission of it.” In other words, God says He does something when He gives permission of it. It’s a terrible thing to live without God.

When Ezekiel is given a vision of the Temple, he sees multiple examples of idol worship by the leaders of Israel being performed in the Temple. They don’t want God, so He’ll give them what they want - Life without Him. As my mom would say “Be careful what you wish for, you might get it.” They want foreign gods, so God will let them have what they want. It will be terrifying.

God wants us to love Him and want to be with Him. If you don’t want that, He will honor your desire. Three times in Romans, Paul says “God gave them over.” In Acts 7, Stephen says our Fathers turned away from God (7:39) and as a result God turned away (7:42-43). As C.S. Lewis said, “There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, "Thy will be done," and those to whom God says, in the end, "Thy will be done."

It’s terrible to live without God. There are discussions and debates about Hell. Is it real? Is it eternal? Etc. These miss the entire point. It’s away from the presence of God (2 Thes. 1:5-9). I want to live with God. I want to be with Him. Anything else is Hell.