The theme for Open Heaven Daily Devotional October 15 2023 is The Land Of Endless Sufferings.”
SCRIPTURE: “And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth“. Matthew 13:42
Those who don’t end up in the City of God will end up in another place that I cannot describe as a city.
I can only describe it as a place of endless sufferings because it is a land of unimaginable horrors. All the residents of this horrific place are in constant suffering for eternity.
That place is called hell fire (Mark 9:47). The first thing you need to know about hell fire is that it is a place of torment.
Luke 16:23 describes the experience of a man in hell as follows: “And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.” All occupants of hell are tormented non-stop. In Mark 9:48, Jesus tells us some of the things that torment them: “Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.”
The passage does not say ‘the worm’ does not die, but ‘their worm’. In other words, worms will be coming out of the body of the people there, and these worms cannot be killed.
They just keep eating their victims up. Also, there is an unquenchable fire there that keeps burning the occupants of hell non-stop.
In Matthew 25:41, Jesus said the fire is everlasting. Revelations 14:11 says the smoke of their torment in hell goes up forever and that there is no rest day or night; the torment just goes on without stopping for eternity.
A drop of water will be a luxury to the people in hell (Luke 16:24). Can you imagine such torment? There is no nightmare that can compare to the actual experience of hell fire.
There are many passages in the Bible where Jesus described hell as a place where there will be a lot of weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth.
Even assuming that the torments are the cause of their wailing, what then would make them gnash their teeth? Gnashing of teeth is something people do when they regret their actions or inactions.
The people in hell will be gnashing their teeth for eternity, regretting that they did not live holy lives when they were on earth.
You are still here on earth, so you have the opportunity that those people will give anything to have again. You have the opportunity to repent and start living holy now.
If you delay until it is too late, you would remember this message in hell and wish you had listened. Choose wisely.
Open Heaven For Today 15 October 2023: Reflection
Think about it carefully: are you willing to go to hell because of that sin you keep committing? If not, stop it today.