Below are parts from a sermon by Paul Washer on Revelation 20:11-15. I’ve bolded a few quotes that stood out to me.
Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. From his presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done. And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had done. Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.
We are always in need of a continuing and ongoing crisis of reality. We constantly need something to break through and bombard our lives with truth, with reality, with eternity . . . We forget that we are all standing with half our feet over the brink of eternity.
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Notice in Revelation chapter 20, nothing is said of the appearance of the One seated upon the throne. God has spent a good many century revealing Himself to men. All the days of your waking life God has been revealing Himself to you, telling you over and over and over, either by the laws written on your heart, and the conscience bearing witness, or by preachers faithfully preaching the word of God, God has been revealing Himself and revealing Himself and revealing Himself to you. . .
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You can be the most enduring swimmer, but you will not be able to escape its torrents. It’s coming for you, make no mistake. It’s coming for you. . . There is no sea so calm that it looks like solid crystal. Now it’s just fury. The road has been broken up and retracted. You don’t know where to go. And the calm sea across which you could have walked by faith, is now a tsunami, a torrent to engulf you and send you to hell. . . You hear, ‘Depart from me you workers of iniquity, I never knew you.’
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When I look at my culture, and the brilliant men of my day, I know that all the things that I’m saying, please know this, I know they seem absolutely absurd, like I’m a by-product of some ancient long-ago Victorian heir, a fool screaming out mythology and trying to convince men of a ghost. But I take great heart in that my Lord told me that it would be that way. I stand not upon my own intellectual capability, or my ability to judge my culture. I stand upon this: Jesus Christ really was God in the flesh, and everything He says is true.
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Why do the nations rage
and the peoples plot in vain?
The kings of the earth set themselves,
and the rulers take counsel together,
against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying,
“Let us burst their bonds apart
and cast away their cords from us.”
He who sits in the heavens laughs;
the Lord holds them in derision.
I can hardly bear listening to most Christian radio and Christian news, because you would think, every day, the world’s coming to an end, the secularists and the materialists and everybody else are coming to steal our children, they’re gonna throw us all in jail, they’re going to burn all the bibles. God says, ‘Let them come, and see what I do for my people.’ And that’s why you should be looking to the throne, instead of conservative politicians. One of the reasons God’s judged this country is because many of the so-called Christians have turned their eye more toward conservative politicians than they have the God upon the throne.
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Most of us, we worry about persecution, not because we think the Kingdom of God is going under. We worry about persecution because we don’t want to suffer, and we don’t want to suffer because we think more about comfort than we do about holiness.
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We would know nothing almost about hell, if it were not for the words of Jesus. You can search all the Old Testament, and you catch just tiny bare glimpses of hell that we wouldn’t even understand, unless Jesus had said more. You go into the epistles, you go everywhere, you will find almost nothing on hell. Everything we know about hell comes from the words of Jesus Christ.
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Sinner, we would know nothing about hell unless the most loving, compassionate person who ever walked the planet screamed it out to us more than he talked about heaven.
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We’re a country who only makes half quotes. Benjamin Franklin said, ‘Everyone has a right to their own opinion.’ The problem is, that’s not all he said. He said, ‘Everyone has a right to their own opinion, if they can defend it, if it’s reasonable.’ Everyone has a right to hope – No, they don’t. Is it a reasonable hope? Is there evidence for your hope? Make your calling and election sure.
The appeal is to you. How shall ye escape if ye neglect so great a salvation?