What Is Truth?

What is truth?” said Pilate.

John 18:38a

Truth is the reality of what is not seen and the revelation of who God is and what will be. Truth has to do with eternity. Truth is in the sphere of what is not seen in the physical world but in the spiritual world and answers the questions “why are we here?” and “what happens when we die?” The Truth answers and reveal the unobservable. 

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

John 14:6

The Truth is that there is a hell that’s eternal which was created for Satan and his fallen angels but after Adam sinned, it became our sentence. The Truth is that Jesus was punished for our iniquities and paid the ultimate price on the cross. He rose from the grave on the third day, sat down at the right hand of God the Father. Jesus is our hope and the only way to escape the horrors of hell. 

The doors of heaven have been opened through His sacrifice, entering is achieved by placing our faith in Jesus Christ and asking Him to forgive all our sins.  

 

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Verse By Verse Through Revelation (14:11-15)

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11 and the smoke of their torment will go up forever and ever. There is no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and his image, or anyone who receives the mark of his name.

“and the smoke of their torment will go up forever and ever” This phrase gives the clear indication that Hell will never end for those who are cast into it. Hell will be an eternal place for those who reject Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

“There is no rest day or night” This means that the torment that will be encountered in Hell will be a continuous one without any breaks in between.

To worship Satan and the image of the Antichrist is by receiving their mark (666). Once that is done there is no turning back.


12 This demands the perseverance of the saints, who keep God’s commands and their faith in Jesus.”

This verse makes it very clear that once a person has decided to receive the mark of the beast, they cannot repent. This is due because their decision was made from the heart.

That is why the verse is telling those who have put their trust in Christ to persevere in not taking the mark. For those who do take it and claim to be a follower of Christ will show that they were never one (1 John 2:19, Revelation 13:8).


13 Then I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write: The dead who die in the Lord from now on are blessed.”
“Yes,” says the Spirit, “let them rest from their labors, for their works follow them!”

Those who persevere (verse 12) and die for rejecting the mark of the beast will rest from this sinful world and enter into an eternal rest with the Lord Jesus. Everything that a Christian has done here on earth for the Lord will follow them into eternity, to receive their rewards.


14 Then I looked, and there was a white cloud, and One like the Son of Man was seated on the cloud, with a gold crown on His head and a sharp sickle in His hand.

It is presumed by some that the person mentioned on the clouds is Jesus Christ because of some key phrases:

  • Like the Son of Man
  • Seated on the white cloud
  • Gold crown on his head

I can say with certainty that the angel with the sickle mentioned is not Jesus Christ. Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew already revealed the identity of the angel with the sickle in his hand. Read below

Matthew 13:37-42

36 Then He dismissed the crowds and went into the house. His disciples approached Him and said, “Explain the parable of the weeds in the field to us.”
37 He replied: “The One who sows the good seed is the Son of Man; 38 the field is the world; and the good seed—these are the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one, 39 and the enemy who sowed them is the Devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels. 40 Therefore, just as the weeds are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. 41 The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather from His kingdom everything that causes sin and those guilty of lawlessness. 42 They will throw them into the blazing furnace where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

In the passages above, Jesus is describing the role that His angels will play in the end times. The harvesters are angels with sickles which is used as a metaphor to gather up the unrighteous and throw them to their final destination. God’s angels will be the ones to separate the righteous from the unrighteous.


15 Another angel came out of the sanctuary, crying out in a loud voice to the One who was seated on the cloud, “Use your sickle and reap, for the time to reap has come, since the harvest of the earth is ripe.”

The angel that gives the command seems to have a higher rank and relays the message to start separating the righteous from the unrighteous. This verse refers back to Matthew 13:37-42

 

Why Did Jesus Say To Cut Off Your Hand, Foot, and Gouge Out Your Eye?

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Being born again and becoming a new man in Christ

Matthew 18:8-9

8 If your hand or your foot causes your downfall, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or lame, than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into the eternal fire. 9 And if your eye causes your downfall, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye, rather than to have two eyes and be thrown into hellfire!

Why did Jesus use an extreme illustration of cutting one’s body parts to avoid going to hell?

Hell is so terrible that you have to take decisive action to avoid going there at all cost because it is eternal.

If you would cross reference the verses above with Matthew 5:27-29 it will shed more light on the meaning of Jesus’ illustration. See below.

Matthew 5:27-29

27 “You have heard that it was said, Do not commit adultery. 28 But I tell you, everyone who looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of the parts of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.


1. Eye-Those who lust after women/men and material things. For these things are keeping them away from Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 6:9, Matthew 19:23, Mark 10:23, 1 Timothy 6:9-10).

2. Hand-Refers to those who steal because they are given over to covetousness that they will go to any length to get it. 

Ephesians 4:28

The thief must no longer steal. Instead, he must do honest work with his own hands, so that he has something to share with anyone in need.

3. Foot-Those who run off to commit murder for the sake of money or revenge. To murder someone, the individual must harbor deep hatred towards a person (Leviticus 19:17-19). Jesus is love but a murderous person has pure hatred which reflects Satan in their life. A person with deep hatred cannot open his heart to Jesus because it has become callous.

Isaiah 59:7

Their feet run after evil, and they rush to shed innocent blood. Their thoughts are sinful thoughts; ruin and wretchedness are in their paths.


How does a person cut off their hand, foot and gouge out their eye? By running to Jesus (by placing their faith in Him) who will cut them off and replace them with an eye that is used for seeing who is in need of help. The hand to rescue and the foot to run and tell someone the good news (Romans 10:15).

Without Jesus in your life, you are being used by Satan to do his will (2 Timothy 2:26) and also to satisfy your sinful desires but at the end, your reward will be hell. It’s not worth it, run to Jesus today and He will make you into a new man. See picture above.