Heb 10:26 No More Sacrifice for Sins 11/7/2010 ßą
#1. For If We Sin Willfully (Heb 10:26-31, 23-25, Jam 4:17, 2Sam 12:13)
#2. It Is Impossible (Heb 6:1-12, 1Pet 2:8, Matt 13:15, Rom 5:5)
#3. Retribution for Sin (Heb 10:28-29, Gen 2:17)
Please open your Bibles to the Epistle to the Hebrews, Heb 10:26 (2X). We have here a scary passage in the Bible. What do we do when we see a scary passage? There are two possibilities: If we are saved we see the love of God for showing us where we came from, for showing us what could have been if we were still in the state of the natural man, and we thank Him for it. If we are not saved we must see the love of God for waking us up to a future that could possibly be ours, we must see the love of God for giving us the opportunity to repent, and we thank Him for it also. God is showing us the naked truth, and for this we have to give Him thanks. Let us now read this passage which was written for our edification. Heb 10:26
#1. For If We Sin Willfully (Heb 10:26-31, 23-25, Jam 4:17, 2Sam 12:13)
Heb 10:26-31 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
This passage begins with “For if we sin wilfully.” What is the word “For” there for? It means that this passage is connected with the previous passage which begins at verse 23. Let us then read also Heb 10:23-25,
Heb 10:23-25 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
What is the “profession of our faith”? Is that the profession of faith ceremony whereby we say “I do”? No! God is not interested in what goes on outside the bodies in ceremonies, but rather God is interested in what goes on inside our bodies; He is interested in what goes on inside our soul. The Greek text does not say “the profession of faith”, but literally it says “the confession of the hope”. What hope is this? It is the Christian hope; it is the future hope that is believed but not seen; it is the joyful and confident hope of a future eternal life with Christ in the NH&NE. Now, if this is what is going on inside our soul, if we have heard and believed that Christ died for us personally, that He suffered and died for our sins, and that He purchased for us a place in the NH&NE, then this is what we must hold fast without wavering, for Christ will be faithful to His promises. Let me now paraphrase the following two verses: Therefore, since we, the saints, are all of like mind toward this hope, let us assemble together to provoke one another to good works and to love one another. And do not forsake the assembling together as the manner of some is, but exhort one another, encourage one another, and so much the more as you see the end of time approaching. In other words the Lord says, “Do not forsake the assembling together” on Sundays. Is it a sin to stay at home instead of meeting in church on Sundays? Can you find something that is more God-glorifying than come to church? If not, then it is a sin to stay away. If our church is one where God can be found within the souls of some of the saints, then our church is still a church of Christ. And God commands us: Do not stay away. Will we ignore this command? Will we dare to take on God?
All this is involved in the word “For” in verse 26. And so you see, from the context, that staying away from church on Sundays is a serious matter. If our church is a faithful church we should support it, and provoke one another unto good works, and love one another, and encourage one another in our physical infirmities and in our spiritual infirmities. That is what God commanded us in Jam 4:17, “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.” But this leads us to a more general concept: It is the matter of deliberate sin. And this is what Heb 10:26 is about, which begins with the words, “For if we sin wilfully.” There are sins which we do not commit consciously. For example, God made us for the purpose of glorifying Him. Therefore every minute of the day that we are not glorifying God is sin. It is impossible for us, human beings, to live in the absence of sin like the elect angels do. And so, what does it mean when we read, “For if we sin wilfully”? Did David wilfully sin when he committed adultery with Bathsheba? Of course he did. Did David wilfully sin when he signed the death warrant for Uriah the Hittite? Of course he did. This was not an accidental sin. This was a deliberate sin which flowed out of his sin of adultery. It shows us the wickedness of sin. One sin leads to another. His choice was either Uriah dies, or both David and Bathsheba would be stoned to death; and so he signed the death warrant for Uriah the Hittite. And thus, when we read in Heb 10:26, “For if we sin wilfully”, what then follows is not a law that is cast in concrete. The prophet Nathan said to David in 2Sam 12:13, “The LORD also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die.” And now, why did God put the words of Heb 10:26 in the Bible? This sounds very threatening. And yet God showed in the Bible that there are exceptions. We need to find out what those exceptions are.
Heb 10:26-31 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the (full) knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. (The Greek text says: “after receiving the full knowledge of the truth”)
Who does God have in mind when He warned us for sinning wilfully in this way? And what is the result when God allows this person to sin wilfully after having received the full knowledge of the truth; after having heard the full counsel of God about God’s plan of salvation? The result is that this person goes to Hell; he has heard about Hell, but he does not believe there is such a thing. Yes indeed, this is a sermon on Hell. But certainly this is not referring to one of God’s elect. The Bible teaches us that God is dealing very kindly with His elect, and God has sworn with an oath that every one of His elect will be saved. For example, God says in Rom 11:22, “Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell (which sinned) severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off”. We should remember those last words, “otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.” Please put a sticker here in Heb 10, and please turn in your Bibles to the Prophecy of Ezekiel, Ezek 18:24 (2X). You see, our salvation is by grace, and not of works. And thus an occasional sin does not eliminate our status of being elect children of God. But our actions reveal if God the Holy Spirit is living within us. Therefore our actions, i.e. our works, also reflect if we belong to the elect. We cannot ignore God’s Word and claim that we belong to God’s elect. We want to review what God said in Ezek 18:24-26,
Eze 18:24-26 But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked man doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned: in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die. Yet ye say, The way of the Lord is not equal. Hear now, O house of Israel; Is not my way equal? are not your ways unequal? When a righteous man turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and dieth in them; for his iniquity that he hath done shall he die.
Just like God will be gracious to the wicked when the wicked repent, so God will be severe to “good” people when they trust in their own goodness. This conclusion is repeated in Ezek 33. Please turn in your Bibles to chapter 33 of this Prophecy of Ezekiel, Ezek 33:12. These are hard chapters to comprehend. But let me explain the principle God operates by. The end of a person’s life essentially determines his standing before the judgment throne of God. Take the two thieves on the cross next to the Lord Jesus. One repents a couple hours before he dies, and the Lord Jesus tells him, “Today thou shalt be with Me in paradise.” The other thief dies unrepentant, and will be condemned on the last day when he stands before the judgment throne. Likewise God says in Ezek 33:12-13,
Eze 33:12-13 Therefore, thou son of man, say unto the children of thy people, The righteousness of the righteous shall not deliver him in the day of his transgression: as for the wickedness of the wicked, he shall not fall thereby in the day that he turneth from his wickedness; neither shall the righteous be able to live for his righteousness in the day that he sinneth. When I shall say to the righteous, that he shall surely live; if he trust to his own righteousness, and commit iniquity, all his righteousnesses shall not be remembered; but for his iniquity that he hath committed, he shall die for it.
What kinds of iniquity is God speaking about when He says in Ezek 33:13, “and commit iniquity”? It certainly does not refer to an unconscious sin, like forgetting to say hello to your wife. No, it refers to a deliberate sin that Heb 10:26 speaks about. Is it possible that a person, “after receiving the full knowledge of the truth” will turn and goes his own way? Yes, it is possible. There are at least two examples of this mentioned in the Bible. Please turn to the Second Epistle to Timothy, 2Tim 4:10 (2X). This is probably the last letter of the apostle Paul from Rome, for he writes in 2Tim 4:6, “The time of my departure is at hand.” Demas has been tagging along with the apostle Paul for some time. Demas is mentioned in Col 4:14, where he writes, “Luke, the beloved physician, and Demas, greet you” and in Philemon 24 the apostle Paul writes, “Marcus, Aristarchus, Demas, and Lucas, my fellowlabourers.” And so, since we are looking for a person who has received the full knowledge of the truth, here is Demas. 2Tim 4:10, “For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia.” Paul has been left alone. He has sent Crescens to the region of Galatia, and Titus to the region of Dalmatia. But what has hurt him most is that Demas has forsaken him, and has returned to a life in the world. How could Demas do this? Well, if Demas belongs to the non-elect then it should be expected that at a certain point in time Demas will abandon the apostle Paul. We find a confirmation of this in the First Epistle of Peter. Please turn to the First Epistle of Peter, 1Pet 2:8 (2X). We have here an epistle from the apostle Peter that is addressed “to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia”. Who are these strangers? Some people surmise that these strangers refer to Jews who have been scattered throughout the Roman Empire because of persecution. Nonsense. These epistles were not written to the Jews; they were written to the whole world. God says in 1Pet 2:11 that WE are those strangers and pilgrims. We read in 1Pet 2:11, “Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul”. And thus, we are those strangers and pilgrims whom the apostle Peter is addressing. And then we read in 1Pet 2:8,
1Pet 2:8, “Even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed”.
Clearly, they were appointed to disobedience, because they were deceived; they were not elect. The elect cannot be deceived. A second example of someone who has received a full knowledge of the truth is Judas Iscariot. Judas has been tagging along with Jesus for at least 3 years. He has seen all the miracles Jesus did. He has heard the Gospel of grace more precisely than anyone of us. He has heard the Lord Jesus say, “I and my Father are One”. And when the Lord Jesus sent out the twelve two by two, each group of two proclaimed the Gospel and performed signs and wonders that showed their authority given to them by the Lord Jesus. There were more disciples around the Lord Jesus than just the twelve. Judas belonged to the inner circle of disciples around the Lord Jesus. But near the end of his life Judas sold his Lord for 30 pieces of silver, the price of a slave. This shows us how much Judas valued the Lord Jesus. Please turn now again to the Epistle to the Hebrews, Heb 6:4 (2X).
#2. It Is Impossible (Heb 6:1-12, 1Pet 2:8, Matt 13:15, Rom 5:5)
This passage in Heb 6:4-6 sounds just as threatening as the passage in Heb 10:26-31. What is the difference between these two passages and what do they have in common? And when we read the passage in Heb 6:4-6 we notice that it also starts with the word “For”. It means that, just like in Heb 10, we must consider the context, and here the context begins in verse 1, and we must continue down to verse 12. Therefore, let us now read Heb 6:1-12,
Heb 6:1-12 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. And this will we do, if God permit. For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame. For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God: But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned. But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak. For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister. And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
What is the context that we read in the first three verses? It sounds like a solid Bible study. Paraphrased he says: leave the basic principles of the doctrine of Christ, and let us go on to perfection. Leave the basic principles of repentance, and faith, and baptisms (plural), and laying on of hands, and resurrection, and eternal judgment. All these are the basics which you ought to know by now, and if God permits we shall review these principles later. But now we should go on to perfection, and I should teach you now principles which are new to most of you. And then, you may have noticed that this chapter 6 is wedged in between two chapters concerning Christ as our high priest according to the order of Melchisedec. Christ is not only the Lamb that was slain, but Christ is also the high priest who killed the Lamb. And these chapters are followed by two chapters about the covenant of grace. As you can see, these are not easy subject matters. And that is why the beginning of chapter 6 reads as if we are now engaging in a Bible study of concepts that are difficult. Why is it difficult? We read in Heb 6:4-6,
Heb 6:4-6, For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.
God says, “For those who were once enlightened and then fell away, it is impossible to renew them again to repentance and faith, for they have rejected the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame”. In other words, “They have ridiculed the cross of Christ, and they have declared shameful things about Him.” Why did they fall away? Why did they do such a stupid thing? Well, they got tired of acting like a Christian. We have already seen this in:
1Pet 2:8, “Even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed”.
Clearly, they were appointed to disobedience, because they were deceived; they were not elect, because the elect cannot be deceived. And so, why is Heb 6:4-6 a difficult subject? It seems difficult because it seems that we have discovered another unpardonable sin. But is that really so? Does not Heb 6:4-6 tell us that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? And who are the unrighteous? All those who do not belong to the elect of God will at some point in their life turn away from the true Gospel, or they shall never want anything to do with the true Gospel. Even if the non-elect will receive a first class education about the true Gospel by the apostle Paul or by the Lord Jesus Himself, they will at some point in their life reject the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame. And why would they do that? They will do that, because the Lord Jesus said if they remain believers of the truth, I am obligated to save them. Please turn to the Gospel According to Matthew, Matt 13:15 (2X), where the Lord explains why He spoke to them in parables. He did not speak in parables to make the subject matter easier to understand, but He spoke in parables to make the subject matter harder to understand, so that those who must remain unbelievers will remain in unbelief, and those who are the elect will receive grace and instruction from God the Holy Spirit so that they will believe the true Gospel. We read in Matt 13:15-16,
Mt 13:15 For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.
The disciples were among the elect; they were blessed because they were given eyes to see and ears to hear. You see, Heb 6:4-6 is in total agreement on the doctrine of election and reprobation. The context proves it. Paraphrased we read in Heb 6:7-8, “The elect soil which brings forth herbs for food, receives blessings from God. But the rejected soil that brings forth thorns and briers is cursed, whose end is to be burned.” Look now at Heb 6:9-12, and here the context proves that we were altogether on the right track. We read in Heb 6:9, “But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak.” God is now addressing the elect when He says, “But beloved”, whereas formerly in Heb 6:4-6 God was warning those who are the non-elect, also known as the reprobate. And why are these in Heb 6:9 the elect? It is because in verse 10 God honors their love for one another, which is the love that God has given them when He made them born from above; it is the love of God which was shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost (Rom 5:5). And so, in summary, we should not look at Heb 6:4-6 with a works-gospel in our mind, for then we will not understand God. The teaching that was begun in verses 1-3 is clear. If we belong to the elect of God then verse 9 tells us that we are on the way to salvation; and how will we know that we are among the elect? The evidence of verses 10-12, the love of God that is shed abroad in our hearts for our fellow brethren in Christ, will reveal that we are among the elect. And if we belong to the non-elect verses 4-6 is a warning that we fall under the curse of God, even if we have been instructed carefully by God Himself; for our rejection of Christ proves our state of mind. Please turn again to chapter 10, Heb 10:26 (2X). Essentially Heb 10:26-31 paints the same warning that we have already seen in Heb 6:1-12, except that in Heb 10 God addresses also the penalty for sin for all the unsaved.
There in Heb 10:26 we read, “For if we sin wilfully”, and then we got stuck in what kind of sin this might be. Look at the context. The context in verses 23-25 speak of our love for the brethren. And thus verse 26 refers to the absence of love for the brethren. This is a serious sin. From our studies in 1Cor 13 we have concluded that it is impossible to be saved when we have no love for the brethren. It is as serious as having rejected the true Gospel, for without agape for our fellow brethren in Christ all our knowledge and faith concerning the Gospel is as worthless as having faith without works; it is a counterfeit faith which was not a gift from God. It is cold orthodoxy. This is what is implied in the words, “For if we sin wilfully”. This sin is a sin unto apostacy. Paraphrased God says, “If we sin (singular) unto apostacy after that we have received a full knowledge of the truth, there remains no more sacrifice for sins (plural)”. If we sin unto apostacy, then none of our sins can be forgiven, for Christ did not shed His blood for us. What then will be the result? Verse 27 says, “The result will be a fiery indignation from God”. What does that mean? It means Hell fire. But we know that God will not allow any of His elect sin unto apostacy, for God will not permit it. We read, for example in Phil 1:6, “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” In other words, not one of the elect will suffer in Hell. And thus the entire passage of Heb 10:26-31 applies only to the non-elect, for they only will be subject to Hell fire. And thus we have arrived at the same conclusion as in Heb 6:1-12. We cannot commit a sin which takes us out of salvation and into condemnation, for that is a works-gospel. Likewise, we cannot commit a good work which takes us out of condemnation and into salvation for that is also a works gospel. The Gospel of salvation by grace alone seems to be a hard nut to crunch for today’s young people. Many of them are uncertain of their salvation because they lack the guidelines by which they can know for sure where they stand. And the fact that this Gospel of grace alone requires that God saves through the process of election seems another insurmountable obstacle. The fact that David and Peter escaped damnation because they were elect, and that Judas Iscariot and Demas did not escape damnation because they were non-elect seems to them unfair. They would prefer that God laid down the rules more firmly so that each one can quickly see if they are saved or not. What they are not aware of is that it is the love of God for them that has kept His rules less rigid. If God would firm up on His rules no one would be saved any more. Instead, God operates by the Spirit of life which is found in everyone who is saved. We read in Rom 8:1-2,
Ro 8:1-2 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
These two verses tell us that the life of a saint consists of walking after the Spirit of life. What today’s young people want is a more precise definition of the law of sin and death, whereas God’s desire is that we will be free from the law of sin and death. I know that children like to have firm boundaries, but in God’s design we must learn to live with fewer boundaries. That is the problem, and the solution can come only by God’s grace. The Gospel of salvation by grace alone dictates that both Heb 6:4-6 and Heb 10:26-31 must apply to the non-elect only. And now we have arrived at the concept of retribution for sin. We read in Heb 10:28-29,
#3. Retribution for Sin (Heb 10:28-29, Gen 2:17)
Heb 10:28-29 He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?
First of all, let us ask ourselves if we believe in eternal penalty for sins. The man on the radio claims that our physical death is the penalty for sin, for he bases that on the promise of God to Adam in Gen 2:17, “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” It is a dangerous thing to hang our doctrines on the English translation of the Bible, for it is only a translation. The Hebrew OT and the Greek NT are truly the inspired Word of God, but a translation may contain errors. The KJV of the Bible is an excellent translation, but it is not infallible, and it shows especially in the case of retribution for sin. If physical death is the penalty for sin, then verse 28 states that penalty: “He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy.” But verse 29 indicates there is a much greater penalty than this: “Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God?” In other words, there is a much greater punishment for committing this greater sin. And we cannot get away with saying that this person is worthy of a greater penalty, but God will be merciful and God will apply the lesser penalty of physical death only. This is nonsense, for we must believe in the perfect righteousness of God. The righteousness of God dictates that the penalty must be equivalent to the crime committed. In fact, physical death cannot be the penalty for sin, for it would be the same physical death for every one of the unsaved of mankind. God is a righteous Judge, and a righteous Judge will not reduce the penalty for some just because he has pity on them. That would be the action of an unrighteous judge. And so, what would be the penalty that is greater than physical death like Heb 10:29 indicates. That would be a penalty people would endure after this life. In other words, it would be a penalty that will endure forever. It means that the death that God had in view in Gen 2:17 is not the physical death, but the second death. What is the 2nd death? Please turn in your Bibles to the Revelation of Jesus Christ, Rev 21:8 (2X).
When we read in Rom 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death”, we must understand that this does not refer to physical death. Physical death is only a shadow of spiritual death, which shall culminate in the second death. The principle of the second death was revealed in Rev 20:10, where we read,
Re 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
What does “forever and ever” mean? It means “forever and ever.” The righteousness of God demands that the devil shall receive a retribution for sin that is far greater than human beings will receive, for he committed the greater sin. The Lord Jesus said that the devil was a murderer from the beginning. The devil’s temptation of Eve and then Adam in the garden of Eden was the cause of the spiritual death of all mankind. We read in Rev 20:14,
Re 20:14 And death and hell (the grave) were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
Death and the grave were cast into the lake of fire, which means that there would be no escape from the penalty of God’s judgment by hiding in death or by hiding in the grave. And now read verse 15, Rev 20:15,
Re 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
What is the Book of life? The Bible is that Book of life. Anyone who was not found written in the Bible was cast into the lake of fire. This is a much longer story than I had anticipated. But if you check out my sermon on the website titled “The Book of Life”, which I preached in 2003, you will see that everyone who believes the whole Bible, from cover to cover, is written in the Book of Life. Please drop down further to Rev 21:8 (2X),
Re 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
This clearly is the second death. To be cast into the lake of fire and brimstone is the second death. Brimstone is another word for sulfur, to indicate that the present clean air that we breathe is a gift from God. But when anyone is cast into the lake of fire and burning sulfur God will take away that gift also. How can anyone be so arrogant to claim that they will face the judgment throne on their own, if there is an Advocate who is willing to plead for them at no cost to them whatsoever. But unsaved man is incredibly proud and arrogant. Please turn in your Bibles to Rev 14:10 (2X). In this chapter we see seven angels with a call to all mankind to repent. Who is there to repent? This is a scene near the end of the world when people are more arrogant and more wicked than ever before. No one of unregenerate man will repent. Then the third angel utters a prophecy that should be remembered. Rev 14:10-12,
Re 14:10-12 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name. Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.
When the end of time has come God will not be merciful to those who remained unsaved. His wrath is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation, and the smoke of their torment shall ascend up forever and ever and they shall have no rest day nor night. You see, in the NH&NE where the saints are there will be no night, because Christ shall be our light forever. But in the other world where Satan and the unsaved sinners are there will be day or night, for they will dwell in an entirely different universe. There Satan will be king; but he will suffer greatly, and he will vent his wrath on mankind who is with him in the lake of fire and whom he blames for his torments. But the saints will rejoice forever in the NH&NE, and will be ruling with Christ in that new universe. There will be no greater joy.
AMEN. Let us turn to the Lord in prayer.