Is it just me or does it feel like the spirit of indifference has spread all over the planet? The scriptures say at the end of the age the "love of many will grow cold". It feels like we are there. I scan the news & it's one story after another of injustice & corruption...my heart aches to see the continual oppression of certain populations (Native Americans, Palestinians, North Koreans, Yemenis, Syrians, etc.,)....and then I see posts about how God is love &there will be no judgement.
As most of my friends know--I preach the good news of ultimate reconciliation, but let me be real clear!--God is love AND God is just --He is ONE.
|Stacie Schulz on Pinnacle Mountain|
With those definitions we can accurately understand this is a condition of the carnal nature, the earthy nature...this is all the scriptures tell us about Hades (also translated as Sheol, Hell, Grave).
No one knows what that unseen place *looks* like...but we all know what that condition *is*. Who has been through their own personal hell on earth? who has felt the sting of death--who has suffered the pain of living in the death of addiction, perversion, lying, cheating, adultery, greed, lust, confusion, pride, selfishness, gluttony, ego, and a host of other carnal minded pursuits?
Thankfully there comes a day when Jesus comes into our personal hell & swings wide our gates & opens up our everlasting doors...he removes our grave clothes...and puts His robe of righteousness on us! Glory to God!
We too now say "O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?"
We now have the victory!
Jesus will continue to go into the depths of Hades, whether it be on this side of the river or the other side...and He will minister to all the spirits in prison (the prison of the carnal nature)...until all are set free.
How long will this take...how long will this be?
Only the Father knows.
As I said above, God is love AND God is just.
I believe what keeps many people from embracing the good news of ultimate reconciliation is they feel like there is no justice...they have a hard time reconciling how God could let a person or an entire population suffer without any judgement coming to their tormentors and oppressors.
Justice and punishment are 2 different issues.
God is just. God does give forth judgements (rulings/decisions). In fact, the scriptures teach that the saints will also be given the authority to judge the world and angels (1 Cor.6:2-3).
To judge means to weigh, to decide, to give forth a decision (positive or negative) these decisions are ultimately to bring forth the good in the end for all.
What we sow in our lives we will either reap the rewards or the consequences. This spiritual principle works individually and corporately (nations).
God does not punish people...people punish themselves from the seeds they have sown within their own lives.
Nations punish themselves from the evil its government has sown into the lives of those it oppressed.
El Roi is one of the many Hebrew names for God, it means "God sees".
God does see the oppressed and afflicted.
God sees the corruption & evil.
God sees the indifference.
He weeps in me. He cries out in me.
He intercedes through me.
He is coming. His voice is going forth!
There is coming a day where ALL of the people of God will say in ONE ACCORD ...
"But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream." (Amos 5:24)
Oh Lord! Hasten the DAY!☀👑