Gehenna And You – the 64,000

And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD.

And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh. (Isaiah 66:23-24Isaiah 66:23-24
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23 And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD. from one new...: Heb. from new moon to his new moon, and from sabbath to his sabbath 24 And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh.  

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Not many people give a great deal of thought to what will happen at the return of Christ.

The rapture-minded may know of verses (such as Revelation 7:9-10Revelation 7:9-10
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9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; 10 And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.  

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, or Revelation 15:2Revelation 15:2
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2 And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.  

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, or Revelation 19:1Revelation 19:1
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19 1 And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God:  

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) which show the saints praising and honoring God and the Lamb in front of the Throne. But speaking temporally, this is a brief episode.

The events from Revelation 4 through the end of Revelation 19 take place in a period known as the Tribulation, the Time Of Jacob’s Trouble, the End of Days, the Day of the Lord. This is a seven-year period still due to the nation of Israel based on the “seventy sevens (Hebrew: shib ‘iym shabuwa’)” of Daniel 9:24Daniel 9:24
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24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. finish: or, restrain make an...: or, seal up prophecy: Heb. prophet  

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(For much more detail on this, the reader can investigate Sir Robert Anderson’s “The Coming Prince,” but those looking for a brief version can find the relevant information in John MacArthur’s “The Future Of Israel.”)

This study isn’t to speak of Tribulation timing.

This study contemplates the Millennium, the Thousand-Year Reign of the Messiah on earth, reigning in Jerusalem from the Throne of David.

Most Christians haven’t given the “What-Then?” much thought. They may know some verses, but generally think it will be pie-in-the-sky by-and-by. This, however, isn’t the case. There’s going to be lots going on, for the natural man on earth and for the immortal saints as well.

“But wait,” you say. “Doesn’t the Bible say ‘And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes, and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away?’ (Rev 21:4Rev 21:4
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4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.  

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It most certainly does. But three verses earlier, it says “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea (Rev 21:1Rev 21:1
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21 1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.  

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In the previous chapter, we read “and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. (Rev 20:4Rev 20:4
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4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.  

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.) ” Clearly, the removal of tears and death and sorrow and pain happen *after* the thousand years.

“Then what *will* the Christian of today be doing during the Millennial Reign of Christ?

The Bible offers some rare glimpses into human life during this period, such as Zechariah 8:20-23Zechariah 8:20-23
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20 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; It shall yet come to pass, that there shall come people, and the inhabitants of many cities: 21 And the inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, Let us go speedily to pray before the LORD, and to seek the LORD of hosts: I will go also. speedily: or, continually: Heb. going to pray...: Heb. to intreat the face of 22 Yea, many people and strong nations shall come to seek the LORD of hosts in Jerusalem, and to pray before the LORD. to pray...: Heb. to intreat the face of 23 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you.  

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Thus saith the LORD of hosts;
It shall yet come to pass, that there shall come people, and the inhabitants of many cities:

And the inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying,
‘Let us go speedily to pray before the LORD, and to seek
the LORD of hosts: I will go also.’
Yea, many people and strong nations shall come to seek the LORD of hosts in Jerusalem, and to pray before the LORD.
Thus saith the LORD of hosts;
In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the
nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, ‘We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you.
‘ ”

Q: Will we be *living* on the earth?
A: The answer to that is a solid “no.” We read Christ’s promise to the church of Philadelphia in Revelation 3:12Revelation 3:12
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12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.  

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“Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out.”

And every believer should know Jesus’ words from John 14:1-3John 14:1-3
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14 1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.  

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” Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

We’ll be living in the House of God, with Christ – not on earth.

Q: So who will be on earth?
A: The remnant of Israel that comes through the Tribulation, as well as living Tribulation believers and any who have not taken the mark of the beast spoken of in Revelation 13:17Revelation 13:17
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17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.  

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. These people will continue to live (exceptionally long lives – see Isaiah 65:20Isaiah 65:20
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20 There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed.  

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.) There *will* still be sinners on the earth (again, read Isaiah 65:20Isaiah 65:20
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20 There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed.  

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They will build houses, plant fig trees and vineyards (Micah 4:4Micah 4:4
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4 But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the LORD of hosts hath spoken it.  

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, and all of chapter 4, actually,) and they will go up to pay homage to the Lord.

When they die – just like with us – those who have trusted in the Messiah will receive eternal life.

Those who have rejected Him – just like today – shall be sent to hell to await the Great White Throne judgement of Revelation 20. This takes place at the end of the Millennium when the Sea and Death and Hell give up their dead for judgement (Revelation 20:13Revelation 20:13
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13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. hell: or, the grave  

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.) Those not found in the Book of Life will be thrown into the Lake of Fire (Revelation 20:15Revelation 20:15
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15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.  

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GeHenna: The Valley of Hinnom

The Valley of Hinnom was just outside the temple in Jerusalem on the southwest side. In the days of Jesus, it was a garbage dump. In 2 Kings 23:102 Kings 23:10
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10 And he defiled Topheth, which is in the valley of the children of Hinnom, that no man might make his son or his daughter to pass through the fire to Molech.  

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, we see King Josiah destroyed Topheth, where Israelites sacrificed their sons and daughters to Molech – in the Valley of Hinnom. It was a defiled place, a cursed place. Fires burned there continually, and the stench was awful. When Jesus spoke of Hell in Matthew 18:9Matthew 18:9
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9 And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire.  

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, he called it the valley of Hinnom – ‘ge hinnom’ – and everyone who had ever set foot in Jerusalem knew the exact place he was speaking about. It was a place of loathing.

This is important. Remember Ge Hinnom, the burning garbage dump.

Ge Hinnom is referred to by Jesus 12 times.
(Mt 5:22Mt 5:22
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22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire. Raca: that is, Vain fellow  

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, Mt 5:29-30Mt 5:29-30
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29 And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. offend...: or, do cause thee to offend 30 And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.  

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, Mt 10:28Mt 10:28
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28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.  

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, Mt 18:9Mt 18:9
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9 And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire.  

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, Mt 23:15Mt 23:15
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15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.  

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, Mt 23:33Mt 23:33
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33 Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?  

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, Mark 9:43-47Mark 9:43-47
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43 And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: offend...: or, cause thee to offend 44 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. 45 And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: offend...: or, cause thee to offend 46 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. 47 And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire: offend...: or, cause thee to offend  

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, Luke 12:5Luke 12:5
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5 But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.  

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, James 3:6James 3:6
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6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. course: Gr. wheel  

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In each of these passages, the English is translated simply as “Hell.” This unfortunate translation gives ammunition to some apologists who claim that there is no Hell (i.e., a place of God’s punishment) and that it merely means “the grave.”

There are more than a few fine studies regarding the difference between:
the grave: (q’ueburah: Strong’s Hebrew 6900)
Sheol: (Strong’s Hebrew 7585)
Hell: (Hades: Strong’s Greek 86)
and Ge Hinnom (Gehenna: Strong’s Greek 1066)

and a useful illustration might go like this.

Let’s say you’re a burglar and the police catch you breaking into a store. They’ve caught you red-handed.

They arrest you and put you in jail to await trial and judgment.
God’s jail is referred to as “Hell” and is properly titled “Hades.”
Jesus tells us in Luke 16:23Luke 16:23
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23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.  

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that it’s a place of torment.

However, it’s unfair to imprison you without a trial to determine your guilt. So your court date arrives, you’re released from jail and you face the judge.
This is the Great White Throne Judgment of Revelation 20:13Revelation 20:13
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13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. hell: or, the grave  

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“And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell (Greek: Hades) delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. ”

After your court date, the judge renders judgment – the verdict is “Guilty.” (Psalm 14:3Psalm 14:3
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3 They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one. filthy: Heb. stinking  

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The sentence: Death. (Jeremiah 31:30Jeremiah 31:30
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30 But every one shall die for his own iniquity: every man that eateth the sour grape, his teeth shall be set on edge.  

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You’re sent to prison. (Matthew 25:41Matthew 25:41
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41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:  

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, Matthew 25:46Matthew 25:46
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46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.  

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Now for the part to consider.

When God speaks symbolically, he *tells* us so.

“This is the dream, and we will tell the interpretation thereof.” (Daniel 2:36Daniel 2:36
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36 This is the dream; and we will tell the interpretation thereof before the king.  

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“Now hear this parable.” (Matthew 24:32Matthew 24:32
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32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:  

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, Mark 13:28Mark 13:28
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28 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near:  

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, Luke 8:11Luke 8:11
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11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.  

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“The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches.” (Revelation 1:20Revelation 1:20
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20 The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.  

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If this is so – and I find no reason to accept a “spiritual,” “allegorical” meaning when the literal will do – then the Lake of Fire is indeed the Valley of Hinnom, outside of Jerusalem.

Jesus was being as plain as could be when he spoke that sinners would be cast eternally into a burning Lake of Fire which would be situated right inside God’s holy city. Literal real people in a literal real place literally really burning eternally.

Now for *your* part, O Christian.
Read Isaiah 66:23-24Isaiah 66:23-24
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23 And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD. from one new...: Heb. from new moon to his new moon, and from sabbath to his sabbath 24 And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh.  

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up at the top there or just mouse over and it’ll pop up for a refresher.  ALL FLESH shall come to worship before him.

Now read verse 24 REAL well.
“And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me:
for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh.”

Does that sound allegorical to you??

Read  verse 23 once more:
“…from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me…”

Let’s count, shall we?

12   new moons per year, plus
+ 52 Sabbaths per year, equals

64 times a year
x 1,000
years for the Millennial reign.

64,000.

In other words,

All flesh shall parade past the condemned of God, burning and screaming in the Valley of Hinnom, and they shall do so
SIXTY-FOUR THOUSAND TIMES

Do YOU know a person who doesn’t know Christ?
Your father?
Your mother?
Your coworker?

How about your children?

Seriously consider if you think you can walk by the flaming, smoldering body of your own son – or daughter, or grandson – while they beg and plead to you to pull them out, or save them, or even kill them – anything to stop the punishment?

And your reaction will be – disgust (“they shall be an abhorring to all flesh.” Is 66:24Is 66:24
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24 And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh.  

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You will turn your nose and your face from the weeping, sobbing, screaming agonies of your wife. Your husband. Your children.

Will they be there because you were too cowardly to speak to them of sin, of God’s righteousness, of the complete sufficient and exclusive redemptive work of Jesus Christ?

Can you bear a thousand years of your loved ones reminding you of that failure from the fires of Ge Hinnom every time you go up to celebrate the work of our Lord and Savior at his earthly throne?

“I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day:
the night cometh, when no man can work.
As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” (John 9:4-5John 9:4-5
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4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. 5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.  

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Jesus spoke these words, yet they are true of you as a Christian also.

Ye are the light of the world.” (Matthew 5:14Matthew 5:14
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14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.  

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Go light the way for everyone you meet.

It is later than you think.