So who is guaranteed these two things?
One has to enter Christ to be saved. John 10:9
Christ is the savior the body (Eph 5:23) the church (Col 1:18).
The gates of Hades (or hell) will not prevail. Matt 16:18.
The pure of heart will see God (Matt 5:8)
He who believes and is baptized will be saved (Mark 16:16). Rom 2:14-16 would apply to someone who did not have the opportunity (such as the thief on the cross, someone who is incarcerated or incapacitated, someone in a remote location) and that is a chance for salvation albeit at the white throne.
The 144,000 for certain (Rev 7:4-8 defines where they come from and Rev 14:1-5 defines their qualities).
Those beheaded in the name of Jesus (Rev 20:4-6) – can they be part of the 144,000? Figuratively it would include taking a stand and being put in prison or disciplined for your beliefs. Or giving your life for Christ.
The survivors of the Great Tribulation (Rev 7:14-17)
1 Thess 4:16-17 defines Rev 20:4-6 as part of the dead in Christ. Rev 7:14-17 most likely defines “the alive that meet in the clouds”
Doom (before the final judgment):
Satan (Rev 20:10). He is a spirit being who does not experience physical death.
Those with the mark of the beast (Rev 14:10-11). Based on the way the passage is worded and Luke 16:19-31, there is a possibility that they receive pre-Judgment torment in Hades (in the bad section) during the Millenium with the angels overseeing it (remember Satan is in the Abyss as written in Rev 20:1-3 and his angels are in the “chains of darkness” in 2 Peter 2:1-4).
The beast and false prophets (Rev 20:10, Rev 19:20). They are spirit beings who do not experience physical death.
https://messiahsbride.live/2016/11/10/fallen-angels/#_The_Abyss_and article about “fallen angels”
2 John 7King James Version (KJV)
7 For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.
Besides this, it will include those that use God for their own personal gain (life of luxury and riches) and/or blatently sin while claiming to people of God (such as ordering violence on those that disagree with their beliefs, publicly shaming – Col 3:8).
Someone may unknowingly think they are teaching or following the words of God but not in accordance will face the final judgment.
Those consumed by fire (Rev 20:9)
Doom (during the final judgment):
Revelation 21:8King James Version (KJV)
8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
Matthew 6:15King James Version (KJV)
15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Who is a murderer or liar?
1 John 3:15King James Version (KJV)
15 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.
1 John 4:20King James Version (KJV)
20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?
If somebody’s religious leaders tell their followers to commit murder or other crimes to non-believers, then they are false.
Someone who THOUGHT he or she was preaching the words of God but ignored the signs of an unlikely messenger – Chick Tracts (www.chick.com) “Reverend Wonderful” and “Flight 144” are perfect examples of this.
Someone is going to inevitably ask why would a perfectly good non-Christian be doomed forever or, for that matter, one not in the so-called “true church?” The verses are below.
Romans 2:13-16King James Version (KJV)
13 (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified. 14 For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: 15 Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;) 16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.
1 Corinthians 5:12-13New International Version (NIV)
12 What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? 13 God will judge those outside. “Expel the wicked person from among you.”[a]
One key word is “wicked” as defined in verses 9-11. Ultimately the church is the first resurrection and the first sentence of verse 13 applies to those in the 2nd resurrection. This verse is misused by some churches along with 2 John 1:10-11 to justify expulsion and shunning (if one reads verse 7 the ones you shun are those that do not acknowledge Jesus as coming in the flesh).
1 Corinthians 5:9-11New International Version (NIV)
9 I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— 10 not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world. 11 But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister[a] but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people.
The above applies to those inside who remain wicked. Hence some inside will be doomed and some outside might be saved.
2 John 7-11King James Version (KJV)
7 For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. 8 Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward. 9 Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. 10 If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: 11 For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.
If someone preaches door-to-door and presents a false doctrine, you shouldn’t accept them nor encourage them. Questioning a religious leader because of a doctrine that violates the Bible is not a valid reason to shun someone. If someone strays, our duty is to return the lost sheep to the fold as written below:
Luke 15:1-7King James Version (KJV)
15 Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him. 2 And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them. 3 And he spake this parable unto them, saying, 4 What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? 5 And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6 And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. 7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.
For instance, someone sins in a fit of anger and then is banned from his or her church. Is that a reason to throw somebody away like a piece of paper? Only God can judge and it is evident in Rom 2:1 that those who judge others do so according to their own sin. Think about the alcoholic. Deut 22:1-4 is about returning someone’s donkey but could easily apply to someone who has fallen.
Col 3:8 applies to hypocrites and fanatics – how can you claim to be a “Christian” if you slander or malign people who don’t agree with your belief system?
Colossians 3:8New International Version (NIV)
8 But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.
The second key word is “opportunity.”
Along these lines, this is what the Bible has to say about hypocrites:
Mark 7:6-7King James Version (KJV)
6 He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. 7 Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
John 12:48King James Version (KJV)
48 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.
Jesus and the Eunuch voluntarily went in the water (Matt 3:13-17 and Acts 8:37 respectively). There are certain situations where baptism isn’t possible (being incarcerated or invalid, being in a remote location).
Hebrews 10:25 cites forsaking of the assembling of ourselves together. Again, being invalid or in a remote location with no opportunity for assembling (even at sea on a ship you may encounter some with similar or the exact same beliefs). Missionizing does happen in prisons, so that is an opportunity. God understands that there are situations where one cannot assemble (such as military duty, lack of transportation or unavoidable schedule conflict); in that case you pray. Repeatedly forsaking (such as blowing off assembling to play golf and not finding another time to worship) is rejecting the opportunity.
There are some places where Christianity is prohibited (such as China, North Korea, some countries in the former USSR, or countries in the Middle East/Africa) and worshipping carries the death penalty. At this point, Christians in Middle East countries (including children) are being murdered by Islam extremists. In former USSR countries, clergy were imprisoned for their beliefs. So the question is are these people doomed because they don’t belong to a certain religion (there are countries where some religions are prohibited or no congregations exist)? No.
Also under “opportunity” would include children and those with limited mental capacity. In order to believe, one has to be able to understand. Nor would they really understand what sin is. So this group would not be doomed.
Those guaranteed salvation are in the first resurrection. Those guaranteed eternal torment are wicked (the beast, false prophets, those with the mark of the beast). The millennium (if some survive God’s wrath) is a chance to come to God and being deceived will seal one’s fate.
There are a lot of good people in the world but they have flaws. They are honest, treat others right, but there may be one thing or two that is not right. Some ask if a loving God would let them be tormented forever even for a minor sin. Rev 20:12 says all men small and great shall stand before God and are judged according to their works. Rev 20:15 says those not found in the book of life are cast in the lake of fire.
Part of the 144,000 are literal Jews (obviously not Christians). As far as other non-Christians being saved, the two words “wicked” and “opportunity” apply and being judged according to one’s works; consequently, there is a chance (again read John 12:48).
What about atheists and agnostics? Some would be classified under those with the mark of the beast since they sold themselves to Satan for fame and fortune; therefore they are considered wicked. About 50 percent of the earth’s population believe in God or some Supreme Being. What about an otherwise good person who doesn’t believe in God? Was this person given the opportunity to come to God? Did this person know any better?
https://www.gotquestions.org/sell-soul-devil.html But can someone really “sell his soul to Satan” (with no way of backing out)?
What about someone who led a decent way of life, behaved in a Christian manner, but had a weakness such as smoking marijuana or drinking alcohol? Was this person given the opportunity to treat an addiction? Did they harm anyone? The below verses indicate excess and that can even include “being drunk with food.”
Ephesians 5:18New King James Version (NKJV)
18 And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit,
Isaiah 29:9New King James Version (NKJV)
9 Pause and wonder!
Blind yourselves and be blind!
They are drunk, but not with wine;
They stagger, but not with intoxicating drink.
The Biblical Unitarians have a moderate thought on this: OK to use marijuana or alcohol for medicinal purposes but not for the purpose of mind altering. This is what the bible says about abstinence:
Acts 15:29New King James Version (NKJV)
29 that you abstain from things offered to idols, from blood, from things strangled, and from sexual immorality.[a] If you keep yourselves from these, you will do well. (Leviticus 17:11-14 and 1 Tim 4:1-4 define “abstinence” as eating).
What about LGBT who basically live a good way of life and sometimes even attend worship services? Some actually have better behavior than most so-called “Christians.”
When one gets to the point of the white throne, one’s life is reviewed in detail from beginning to end. All the factors above are considered. Humans are not perfect. No need to reiterate the bottom line and that is whether or not one is in the book of life. Only God judges (remember Rom 2:1 in short “he who judges others does so according to his own sin”).
- In Rev 20:14, Death and Hades are cast in the lake of fire and it is the 2nd death. These entities merely cease to exist.
- It may very well be that if someone makes it to the white throne judgment and gets thrown in the lake of fire it may be merely ceasing to exist. If they are truly wicked then they may be subject to eternal torment (and this includes hypocrites). Either way Rom 6:23 says the wages of sin are death.
Job 15:34-35New King James Version (NKJV)
34 For the company of hypocrites will be barren,
And fire will consume the tents of bribery.
35 They conceive trouble and bring forth futility;
Their womb prepares deceit.”