Scripture Reading: Revelation 20:11-15
“Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire.” (Revelation 20:14)
The statement is simple but profound — “Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire.” At the end of this present age, sin will finally come to an end and when it is finished so is death. “Death will be no more,” as we will see in the next chapter when the new heaven and new earth appear — “And He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away” (21:4).
The Apostle Paul called death “the last enemy” — “Then comes the end, when He (Christ) delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death” (I Corinthians 15:24-26).
Can you fathom living in the new heaven and new earth where death will be no more? We all know the pain and grief that come along with death. We have all experienced the loss of loved ones and felt the sting of death when we they died. The day is coming when we will never experience this pain again. We will have no reason to mourn or cry. Everything will be perfect. There will be no more pain, sickness and disease. There will be no more tragic accidents or disasters. There will be no more more death!
As we approach the last two chapters of the book of Revelation, we have seen the systematic destruction of all the enemies of Christ — the great harlot, also called Babylon (the evil world system, worldliness), the beast of the sea (political and secular powers in opposition to Christ and His people), the false prophet (false religions which deceive people and distort God’s truth), the great dragon, Satan (the origin and source of all evil), all the people who have rejected Christ and refused His plan of redemption, and finally the last enemy, death itself. The last two chapters in the book tell us about the eternal realities of the life to come in a new heaven and new earth.
Lord Jesus, in Your death and resurrection, You conquered death once and for all. You are the resurrection and the life. Even if I die, I know that I will live. One day there will be no more physical death, no more good byes and no more sorrow that comes with death. I long for that day. Until then, grant me grace to face the pain of the death of those I love. Though I grieve at their loss, I do not grieve as those who have no hope, for my hope is in You, Lord Jesus.
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