In 1960, as a young teenager, “The Twilight Zone” was one of the TV programs that I truly enjoyed. Sometimes the programs would have intense themes, but not nearly to the degree as some of the junk today. In season 1, episode 28, the theme was “The Other Place.” The main characters were played by Larry Blyden and Sebastian Cabot. Blyden played a small-time crook who was shot and killed by the police. (ESV – all emphasis is mine)
When Blyden wakes up, Sebastian Cabot is there, and he takes the newcomer on a short tour. One place is a gambling casino, and no matter what Blyden plays, he wins. There are beautiful women hanging all over him, and initially, Blyden is ecstatic. Cabot gives him a call box and tells him that whenever he needs anything, just dial “PIP.”
After a short time, the thrill of winning all the time and the female companionship become totally boring. In the words of a 1960’s B. B. King song, “The Thrill Is Gone.” Blyden dials “PIP,” and sure enough, Cabot appears. Blyden states that he is no longer interested in what was being offered and asked if he could try “The Other Place” for a while. He thought he was in heaven because of all the good luck. Cabot starts laughing a very sinister laugh and tells Blyden, “You Are In The Other Place!”
So many people today are being influenced by Satan and his demons, and I firmly believe they are under the illusion that hell will be an ongoing satanic party. The Bible has some very specific information about this, but the word of God is foolishness to those who have committed themselves to Satan (1 Corinthians 1:18).
Matthew 25:41 gives the specifics as to why the eternal fire was created. “Then He will say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels!’”
Several verses about what the lake of fire will be like are Matthew 8:12; “while the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Matthew 22:13; “Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot and cast him into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’” Matthew 25:30; “And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
Please note that when God mentions something, it is important. When He repeats anything, then particular attention needs to be paid. Peter tells us about the fallen angels, or demons, in 2 Peter 2:4; “For God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to chains of gloomy darkness until the judgment.” Going to 2 Peter 2:17, “These are waterless springs and mists driven by a storm. For them the gloom of utter darkness has been reserved.”
Satan and the fallen angels have no pathway to forgiveness as we do. Jesus died on the cross for all humans, and those who receive and accept His free gift will be saved. All who reject Him will spend eternity in the hellfires.
To contrast the New City of Jerusalem and the lake of fire, Revelation 21:22-25, “And I saw no Temple in the City, for the Temple is the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb. And the City has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the lamp is the Lamb. By its light will the nations walk, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it, and its gates will never shut by day, and there will be no night there.”
Going to Revelation 16:10-11, “The fifth angel poured his bowl on the throne of the beast, and its kingdom was plunged into darkness. People gnawed their tongues in anguish and cursed the God of Heaven for their pain and sores. They did not repent of their deeds.”
The fifth bowl judgment is a prelude to what it will be like in the lake of fire with Satan and his demons. There will be no light whatsoever in that place – no parties, no visiting with others. Everyone will be in total darkness and won’t even be able to see anyone near them. Each person’s degree of punishment will last forever, and it stands to reason that Satan’s will be the most extreme of all.
For all those Satan worshipers today, they are buying into his lies “hook, line, and sinker.” Thing is, he knows what lies ahead for him but hates all humans so much that he wants to pull as many souls away from the Savior as possible. His destructive self-pride is his ruin.
Isaiah 14:12-14; “How you are fallen from Heaven, O day star, son of dawn! How you are cut down to the ground, you who laid the nations low! You said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to Heaven; above the stars of God I will set my throne on high; I will sit on the Mount of Assembly in the far reaches of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds. I will make myself like the Most High.”
Ezekiel 28:14-15; “You were an anointed guardian cherub. I placed you; you were on the Holy Mountain of God; in the midst of the stones of fire you walked. You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created, till unrighteousness was found in you.” Then verse 17 gives a reason he developed such pride; “Your heart was proud because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor. I cast you to the ground; I exposed you before kings to feast their eyes on you.”
Please understand that Lucifer knows the Bible better than we do; he just chooses to use it to twist the words of the Father to lure souls into his snare. His question in the Garden of Eden in Genesis 3:1, “Did God really say?” resonates in false prophet teachings today.
None of this surprises our Heavenly Trinity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It’s all there in God’s Holy word for anyone to see the true words, if they truly seek Jesus to be their Savior. In some previously evangelical Bible-based churches, the words are being twisted to “tickle ears” to give the people messages they want to hear, not what they need to hear. Heart-thumping music to emphasize all the false teachings only makes their messages stronger. No one is encouraged to read the Bible.
Just watching all the satanic worship on major television programs and then to have churches of Satan hold rallies in different communities only drives the demonic spirit further into some people. They will accept the lie rather than seek the truth. In 2 Corinthians 4:3-4, we’re told, “And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case, the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”
Christians, actual true believers, are subjected to being called haters, and some business owners are sought out for persecution. Now is the time to get a closer relationship with the Savior with daily reading of God’s word, prayers for understanding and guidance and protection, and understanding that the abominations spoken of in the Bible are still abominations to the Father no matter what any false prophet may be saying.
Romans 10:9-13 is the simple pathway to Salvation. Ephesians 2:8-9 tells us it’s a gift that we cannot earn or buy. Today, more than ever, we need to have Jesus in our hearts because all the signs are here that tell us He will be coming for us soon. Never in the history of this world have all the signs been present at once, right down to the earthquakes, changing weather patterns, pestilences, and everything else we were told would be happening at the end of this age.
Your choice: Heaven and forever eternal life, or hell and forever darkness and anguish. God will not force anyone, but all who truly call on Jesus to save them will be saved (Romans 10:13).
Today would not be too early to decide to have Jesus in your heart. His return to call all believers up to meet Him in the air could be sooner than we could imagine. To have Him as your Savior before the Rapture is to take one more thing out of the stress category. God’s timing is perfect, even if delayed a bit longer; it will not matter, as our hearts and minds will be on His Son and our forever with Him.
Come, Lord Jesus!