|Outer Darkness Part 2|
A continuation from Outer Darkness Part 1 found here:
In this page we are going to take a closer look at those put into the Outer Darkness. Are these believers or are these the lost?
Luke 14: NKJV
34 “Salt is good; but if the salt has lost its flavor, how shall it be seasoned?
35 It is neither fit for the land nor for the dunghill, but men throw it out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”
This scripture points to those being thrown out as salt. Who is the salt?
Let’s look at a similar text in Matthew:
Matt 5:13 You are the salt of the earth, but if the salt loses its savor, with what shall it be salted? It is no longer good for anything, but to be thrown out and to be trodden underfoot by men.
14 You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.
I am going to jump ahead, but promise to come back and tie it to these verses. Notice this scripture in Rev 19:
11 And I saw Heaven opened. And behold, a white horse! And He sitting on him was called Faithful and True…
13 And He had been clothed in a garment dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.
15 And out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, so that with it He should strike the nations. And He will shepherd them with a rod of iron. And He treads the winepress of the wine of the anger and of the wrath of Almighty God.
Notice that the Lord’s clothes had been dipped in blood, past tense, already done, referring to verse 15 where He treads the winepress of the wine of the anger of the wrath of God. Many believe that when Jesus does this, it will be the judgment He performs after His return, but no, His clothes are already soaked in blood before He comes down! This means He has already performed that judgment. This does not discount the possibility of a similar judgment to occur afterwards, but it cannot be denied it already happened. And when and where did this happen?
Rev 14:19 And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the anger of God.
20 And the winepress was trodden outside the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even to the bridles of the horses, for the space of a thousand, six hundred stadia.
The Church must be judged before the world.
1 Pet 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
This winepress of God’s anger is not the full measure:
Rev 14:9 And a third angel followed them, saying with a great voice, If anyone worships the beast and its image, and receives a mark in his forehead or in his hand,
10 he also will drink of the wine of the anger of God, having been mixed undiluted in the cup of His wrath…
Lets go back to the salt. In Matt 5 we see that the salt that lost its flavor will be trampled, and we see Jesus coming from heaven already having stained His robes with blood by trampling. The salt is referring to believers as it says in Matt 5:14 they are the light of the world.
This tramping is not going to be pretty, and this is why the nations will need healing from the Tree of Life:
Rev 22: NKJV
2 In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life… The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
14 Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city.
15 But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie
There is a doctrinal theory that those outside the city are those who survive until the end. Are we going to believe that these outside the city who are immoral, murderers, and idolaters, are those who survived the Tribulation, lived through 1000 year reign of Christ and allowed to populate the new Earth and continue to have fleshly bodies and have babies? Would God allow such murderers and live among them?
1 Cor 15: MKJV
50 And I say this, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does corruption inherit incorruption.
There is no room in the New Earth for flesh and blood. But these murderers are Christians who have lost or never gained their wedding clothes as I discuss here:
The Absence of the Wedding Garment
Yes their sins have been atoned for, but they did not wash away their sins, and they did not deny themselves.
Mark 9: MKJV
49 For every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt.
1 Cor 3: MKJV
15 If anyone’s work shall be burned up, he shall suffer loss. But he shall be saved, yet so as by fire.
Math 16:25: For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.
26: For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
Where does the phrase “Outer Darkness” come from? It is mentioned 3 times in the Bible: Math 8:12, Math 22:13, Math 25:30. I post 2 of these parables in their entirety in Part 1 linked above. I will highlight just relevant verses here:
Matt 22:11 And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment:
12 And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.
13 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
14 For many are called, but few are chosen.
This person is a guest and called a friend. This is no enemy of the king.
Math 25:14 ¶ For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.
24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:
26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:
29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.
30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
The word slothful in verse 26 is quite interesting, it means:
hesitate and hence be tardy; reluctant, “dragging one’s feet”, refers to a reluctant attitude, unwilling to act (participate) – i.e. slothful (lazy), unambitious, disinterested, refers to “shrinking backward, because unready.
The text describes this person as a servant, and that is a bond-servant, but this one is not diligently pursuing God, is not continuing his salvation. They are not interested in the things of God, and thus not ready! They are interested in the things of this world.
Again this is not an enemy but a Christian with no saltiness.
And here is the short example I did not quote at all in Part 1:
Matt 8:11 And I say to you that many shall come from the east and the west, and shall sit down with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of Heaven.
12 But the sons of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
So here we have it, the sons of the Kingdom will be thrown into the Outer Darkness! That is as clear as you can get.
Links of Interest:
On this website:
The Gospel of the Kingdom vs. The Gospel of Salvation
Eternal Judgment: of the Believer
The 2 & a Half Tribes that didn't Cross Over
NDE's and Visions
Worthy of the Kingdom
The Outer Darkness vs the Kingdom