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This is the resurrection of the righteous when Jesus came. The wicked will not be resurrected until the years are finished. That is when the wicked will be judged and they will experience the second death from which they will never live again. They will cease to exist. The righteous, as it says in verse six, will never experience the second death. The second death is only for the wicked, not the righteous. All through the Bible, the first death is described as a sleep because God will resurrect all people from the grave.

Click on: " What happens when people die? Only those who are living when Jesus comes will never see death. As we will soon see, it is the wicked, who will not only die the first time, but they will be raised up at the end of the years to receive judgement and then they will die the second death from which there is no returning. But the second death has no power against those who took part in the first resurrection of the righteous, at Christ's second coming, at the beginning of the years.

At the end of the 1, years, the wicked will be judged. Out of necessity we will talk about certain aspects of their judgment; However, we will later study this subject out much more thoroughly when we specifically look at the reward of the wicked. Right now, we will concentrate on the righteous while the wicked are destroyed. We have seen that the righteous have been in heaven for the year millennium where they were judging the wicked. We will now look at the evidence showing that both Jesus and the righteous people will come back to the earth when the years are finished.

The first Scripture we will look at to show this return is Jude Many have taught that verse 14 describes the second coming of Jesus. But we will see that it is really describing the third coming of Jesus that occurs at the end of the years when Jesus and the saints both come back to the earth. There has been a lot of interest in Jude's use of the word: "saints". Some have supposed that the word "saints" should really be "angels", or that it should be understood to be talking about the angels; Because, everyone knows that Jesus is coming with His angels at the second coming:.

However, Jude probably meant saints instead of angels because he has no trouble in using the "angels" word in verse 6. It is there that Jude uses the word "angels" to describe the wicked angels who left heaven. He says that they will eventually face judgment. Others have used this text to help support the idea that people go up to heaven when they die. So they think that Jude 14 teaches that the saints, who have already died, are coming back to the earth with Jesus at the second coming.

However, this goes against basic Bible truth. The Bible is very plain. We have already seen that Jesus will raise the righteous dead when He comes again on that great day of the second coming and not before. Jesus Himself comes down from heaven at His second coming. Jesus makes the rightous dead alive!

Up till that time, the Bible clearly says that the dead do not know anything when they die; Because in the very day that they die, their thoughts perish:. They are asleep. They are nonexistent. Again we see that when the breath of life goes back to God and the body returns to dust, their thoughts perish.

It should be clear that the dead cannot talk, or think or do anything. They essentially no longer exist as a living thinking person. All through the Bible, it talks about death as a sleep. To learn more about what happens when we die click on the link to the right A new window will appear. Getting back to Jude 14, the dead in Christ are not coming back with Jesus at the second coming, as some think Jude 14 says, because the righteous dead are not alive yet. They do not get resurrected to life until Jesus comes at the second coming. So, they cannot come back with Christ until after they are resurrected, which must be some time following the second coming of Christ.

The only explanation that fits is that Jude 14 must be describing Christ's third coming, following the year millennium. The righteous have been in heaven judging the wicked. Now they will come back to witness God execute judgement on the wicked before the righteous inherit a newly made earth. Let's look at more evidence. In Jude , it actually says that the Lord is returning with His saints to execute judgment on the wicked!

In this judgment, all the ungodly will be convicted. So the wicked will be convicted and sentenced as in a court setting. Other texts show that the judgment of the wicked will indeed happen at this time:. However, when it says the ungodly will be convicted, could it also mean that the wicked will also be convinced of their own wickedness? This is interesting. Why would the wicked need to be convicted of all their ungodly deeds if they will just be destroyed? Is there any reason for it? Maybe the righteous will need to experience the process of the conviction where they see that the wicked themselves are actually acknowledging their own sins.

But the promise has been given that: "Every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Maybe the righteous will need to see that the wicked really do acknowledge their own sins; That they are convicted of their own sins. But, we do have this verse that says: "Every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

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It says those under the earth, that must be the wicked; It says the wicked will bow down to Jesus and they will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Satan has attacked God on this very point. He is the one who has contested against Jesus and even the Father. Yet, at the end even Satan will acknowledge that God was fair in dealing even with him.

To learn more about this issue click on the link to the right A new window will appear. So, as part of the judgement process of the wicked, sometime before they are destroyed, the wicked will praise God and bow the knee. Even Satan will bow before Jesus and the Father! They will know that it was their failure that they did not become saved for eternity.

Verse 16 reminds us of the group that is judged; Because, we can easily compare the description of that group to the group described in Revelation These are the wicked which are to be destroyed:. The wicked are grumblers and complainers who walk according to their own lusts. Thus they speak great swelling words which flatter people so they can gain the advantage over others. It is no wonder that these people are now called sorcerers and are sexually immoral. They are murderers and idolaters who love to lie. The wicked are now the ones who are confirmed sinners. They do not want to change.

Thus, they are found outside the city, the New Jerusalem, where they will be destroyed. We have ignored the first part of Jude But if we look at it now we find that Jude is actually talking about some men:. Who are these men? If we look at verses , we can see that Jude is really talking about the wicked all along and their destruction at the end! The men that Jude is talking about are those who speak evil and who corrupt themselves. They are the wicked.

Jude describes them as being wandering stars for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever. So in verse 14 Jude speaks of the time when the Lord comes with His saints to execute judgment on all these ungodly wicked. We know that the wicked will experience definite woe.

It is blackness of darkness forever! So, it is clear that Jude is speaking of eternal death! They will experience the second death from which there is no return. This is spoken of in Revelation which we will soon see when we speak of the wicked. In verse 14, we see that Enoch prophesied about these wicked men specifically. He said that the Lord, with the righteous saints, will come back, at the end of the 1, years of the millennium, to execute judgment.

This is when the wicked will be destroyed and experience the blackness and darkness of death forever. So, it is clear that Jude 14 is not describing the second coming; But instead, Jude 14 is speaking of Christ's third coming. It is actually describing when the wicked are destroyed, at the end of the millennium. In Revelation, we can easily see that this judgement of the wicked happens at the end of the thousand year millennium. Jesus comes down with His saints to inhabit the city. But the wicked are destroyed outside the city. As we will see, when we look at what happens to the wicked, Satan is let loose from his prison and he then goes out to deceive all those who were raised up at the end of the thousand years.

And Satan convinces them to attack the beloved city of Jerusalem, where the righteous are located. But as they surround the city, fire comes down from God and devours them. At this time, the righteous are in the New Jerusalem, the beloved city. Look at the following two Scripture concerning the New Jerusalem and the righteous:. So, we see that the new Jerusalem comes down from God out of heaven and it is only the righteous who have the right to enter the gates of the city.

These verses from Zechariah 14 especially relate to the time when the New Jerusalem comes down from heaven:. So, when Jesus' feet stands on the Mount of Olives, the mountain will split making a very large valley, the New Jerusalem will then settle down in this newly made flat area.

Since it is only the righteous who have the right to enter the gates of the city, the only ones that are left outside the city are those who are wicked. As we saw earlier, the wicked surround the people of God and the city and then fire comes out of heaven to destroy them. But all the righteous are safely inside the city. For the years, we have seen that the righteous live and reign with Jesus. This must be a healing time for them because God waits for a years in order to judge the wicked.

This is a long time. It must be for the righteous that God waits so long. We are reminded in 1 Corinthians , that during the years, God puts the righteous at the very heart of the judgement: Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world?

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Know ye not that we shall judge angels? God actually gives the judgement of the wicked to the righteous! So, it looks very likely that God gives the righteous the judgment of the wicked to help them heal. What better way to show the new sons and daughters of God about the righteousness of God, and that all things that He does is righteous?

During this years, the righteous will judge the wicked, and they will live and reign with Jesus; They will be where God is! What better way to learn of God than to be with God personally? God has now put all the questions that the righteous might have had, out of their minds, because they have all been answered during the years. There is no longer any reason for any of the righteous to question God or to wonder why He does things the way that He does, because, God Himself has laid Himself open, showing what He has done so that the righteous can judge the wicked.

Now, the righteous see the wisdom in the complete destruction of the wicked at that time. After all, they took part in the judgement themselves! So, with their complete trust in God, having seen how God has conducted the whole proceedings, they are able to praise God for His victory and for the destruction of the wicked.

And now, God will wipe away all tears from their eyes and the former things will not be remembered nor come to mind any longer. They are completely healed of the heartache they went through. After we look at the reward of the wicked, we will then look at the verses of the Bible that show us what the new world will be like after the wicked people are destroyed. All The Wicked are Destroyed by the Brightness of His Coming When Jesus comes to pick up His righteous people at His Second Coming, which is at the beginning of the years, all the wicked people, who are alive at that time, will be killed by the brightness of His coming.

So, during the thousand years following the second coming, there will be no one left alive on the earth. See who it is that perish; It is those who refuse to love the truth! They are the ones who are deceived by Satan. When Jesus comes again, we see that the beast and the false prophet are thrown into the lake of fire. We also see that the kings of the earth, its army and also all the wicked people of the earth will be slain by Jesus who sits on the horse having his sword proceeding out of His mouth.

All the wicked are destroyed! In Revelation 6 we see that all the wicked people, including the human army that said they were going to make war against God as described in Revelation 19 above , are actually hiding in the caves and rocks as God approaches asking for the mountains and rocks to fall on them. They cannot stand to even look at the face of God the Father nor can they look into the face of Jesus, the Lamb of God. They are asking to be killed before they are forced to see God! In addition to the army, we can see that every bondman and every free man are calling for the rocks to fall on them.

This includes all people! At the second coming of Jesus, He will kill the wicked. At that time, the slain of the LORD will be from one end of the earth to the other end of the earth and there will be no one left to lament over them. No one will be left to bury them and they will be left to lay on the ground. All will be dead. There will be no one left! Jesus Himself tells us that all the wicked will die when He comes at His second coming So, what does Jesus say will happen to the wicked when He comes?

Jesus said to look at Noah's day. Noah and his family went into the ark and the door was shut; Then the flood came and killed everyone who had not gone into the ark. All the people in the world were killed in the flood except for Noah and his family. Jesus also said to remember lot. The same day that Lot left Sodom, fire came out of heaven and destroyed everyone who was in the city. Jesus says that this is exactly how it will be when the Son of Man is revealed, at His second coming.

Some people believe that when Jesus comes that all the people of the world who are not saved, that they will get another chance. But this idea is not found in Scripture. As we are seeing, the Bible says that the wicked will all die when Jesus comes. There will be no one left alive because the wicked are all killed and the righteous are all taken to heaven.

It is interesting that he uses the same words used in the book of Genesis to describe the Earth. The Earth was without form and void. All that is left on the world are broken down cities, and dead people are also left to lay on the ground from one end of the earth to the other.

The ground is extremely unstable and trembles. Even the hills move back and forth. There is no man left! This is the result of God's fierce anger, and at the presence of the Lord, all this was done to the earth! Satan will be Under Lock and Key. When Jesus comes, we saw that the righteous will be taken to Heaven to be with Him.

We also saw that all the wicked will be killed by the brightness of His coming, and we saw that the earth will be destroyed to the extent that Jeremiah said the Earth "was without form and void". No man will be left alive on the earth. In fact, the dead bodies of the wicked will be found over the whole surface of the earth.

Of course there will be no one to bury them because no one is left alive. Some believe that the righteous people will reign with Jesus on earth during this time, so they think Satan must be somewhere else. However, it is very clear from the Bible that no one will be left alive on the earth during the thousand year period. In fact, the whole earth will be strewn with the dead bodies of the wicked. There is no one that Satan could deceive or tempt because they are all dead. So the earth could very well be the pit that Satan is placed in. It would be a fitting place for Satan to view the destruction of cities and man and think what he has done.

This will also help Satan to think about his own lack of a future! The Wicked Experience the Second Death! These are the wicked dead, who do not live again until after the thousand years are ended. This is the second resurrection, the resurrection of damnation which occurs a thousand years after the righteous are raised. Since the wicked experience the second death, they will be killed by the judgement of God. However the righteous will never again experience death. Only those who are raised in the first resurrection of the righteous will the second death have no power!

Also, if we look at verse 6, above, we see that all those who were taken by Jesus, all those who were raised by Jesus in the first resurrection, would never experience death again. They will not experience the second death. Only the wicked who were either killed by the brightness of Jesus' coming or who were already dead they did not experience the first resurrection will eventually experience the second death. The following verses describe the wicked being raised to life, those that are still in the grave, and they are thrown into the lake of fire once they are judged.

Notice that the second death is connected with the wicked being put in the lake of fire. The wicked cannot be tormented day and night for ever and ever if it is suppose to be when they die the second death. The righteous inherit all things but the wicked will burn with fire and brimstone. Again notice that the second death is connected with the wicked being put in the fire.

Since the wicked will experience the second death it makes very good sense when we see that Jude 13 reminds us that the death of the wicked is permanent! It says that there is reserved for the wicked the blackness of darkness forever! A death where blackness and darkness lasts forever! This is the final judgment of the wicked and it is the second death from which there is no return. Now to give you a better overview of the final destruction of the wicked, lets expand our look in Scripture. Below, I have placed four parallel accounts of what will happen when the wicked are judged.

We already know that he wicked will experience the second death; But there are other parts of these verses that seem to suggest that the wicked will suffer in the flames forever. So lets look into this to see if there is an answer that will harmonize these Scripture. These parallel accounts are color-coordinated to help you see how the four accounts relate to each other. By looking at the same colored text in the different columns, you might be able to piece together more of the ideas presented in these verses. Green - The thousand years Orange - Satan released from the bottomless pit Blue - The second resurrection, the resurrection of the wicked.

Dark Blue - Satan tempting the wicked. Red - If any man follows Satan. Light Blue - The resurrected wicked surrounding the saints in the beloved city. Gold - The beast and the false prophet. This is the second death. And fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them. Revelation 9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image , and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, 10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation ; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: 11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image , and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.

Revelation 21 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. Tormented Day and Night for Ever and Ever The above selection of Scripture, that is organized into parallel accounts, is a lot to read.

Lets concentrate on the specific parts where the controversy is found. Notice that some parts of Revelation say that the wicked will suffer torment for ever and ever while other portions of Revelation say that the wicked experience the second death. Revelation This is a problem! How can these Scripture fit with each other so that they will agree? We can't ignore one group of Scripture and only use the group that support our beliefs. Not if we believe that the Bible is the word of God! I am not satisfied with majority rule. I want to understand these verses better so that I can see that they do indeed harmonize like I know the Bible actually does.

Some people become confused about these verses because it says that the wicked will be tormented forever and ever. But, the Bible does indeed say that the wicked will be destroyed and the Scriptures are consistant in saying it. Jesus Himself says we should fear God who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell, when the wicked are destroyed!

Over and over again, The Bible says that the wicked are destroyed.


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They will perish. They will be burned up until they will be ashes under the soles of your feet. They will be no more. They will cease to exist, etc. The answer to the problem lies in our understanding of the word forever. Forever can be "as long as you live". This page is already too long to have a complete study on "forever and ever". So click on the icon to the right to see more:. Do the wicked get tormented day and night for ever and ever? To see the Bible evidence click on the link to the right A new window will appear.

The next link is a more general study of Hell fire. It looks at the proponderance of evidence all throughout the Bible saying that the Wicked will not burn forever in the flames. Hell Fire, does it last forever? To see the Bible evidence that the wicked will be destroyed click on the link to the right A new window will appear. Thus, no one will pass through it. They will all die. What happened to Sodom and Gomorrah is an example of what will happen to the wicked when they suffer the vengeance of eternal fire.

Sodom and Gomorrah are not yet burning, but they were destroyed into ashes. The ungodly will suffer the same experience. They will be brought to ashes! The earth will be burning like an oven burning up the wicked. Thus, the wicked will be stubble and there will be left neither root nor branch. Satan is the root and the wicked followers of Satan are the branches.

Both will be fully destroyed. When the wicked spring up like grass; This is when God raises the wicked to life again, the wicked will forever be destroyed. There is no picture of the wicked suffering in the flames forever. It simply says they will be destroyed forever. There are many Bible texts which show that the wicked will be completely destroyed and burned to ashes. The simple Bible verse that we started with on this page is a good verse to begin with:. This simple verse agrees with each one of the following verses by saying that our options are either the everlasting life of the righteous or to perish with the wicked.

The LORD preserves all who love Him by giving them everlasting life, but all the wicked He will destroy and they will perish. All the enemies of the LORD will vanish into smoke. They will be destroyed all together and they will be no more. They will disappear off the face of the earth. But of course, the righteous, who are meek and wait on the LORD, they will inherit the earth.

So the wicked will be fully consumed and be no more. They will be as stubble or ash and even the warmth of the fire will go away. So the wicked will literally be ashes under the soles of the righteous' feet! We already saw that the righteous will be in the New Jerusalem when the wicked are destroyed. But in addition, the New Jerusalem will also be part of the new world once sin is fully destroyed. The Earth is Completely Made New. Once the wicked are destroyed, God makes new heavens and a new earth and all weeping will be no more.

It is the righteous who will inherit the Earth and they will be delighted with the peace that has finally come to them. With descriptions like being calves growing fat and having Jesus with healing in His wings, it is no wonder that there will no longer be a reason to weep for any cause. The old things will not be remembered anymore. With everything being new with the things that the God of Heaven can provide, it is no wonder that the following verse is a true description of the wonders planned for us!

A Description of the New Jerusalem. If you want to look further into what the new world will be like then you might want to read Revelation ; It speaks of everything being made new and all tears being wiped away. It also describes the New Jerusalem and the river of life that will be in the world made new. God Encourages us to be with him, He wants us with Him! There is a lot to encourage us when we read about the new world. Revelation ; specifically encourages us to look forward to this time. It encourages us to make every effort to be part of the blessed at that time! We are not immortal now, but does it not say in 1 Corinthians that all people will be made alive?

It does seem like the verse says that Jesus shall raise all people! However, let's look at more of the surrounding verses:. If we look at verse 23, we see that it tells who the " all " are. All will be made alive, first Jesus, who is the firstfruits, then those who are Christ's at His coming. It is only those who belong to Jesus, they alone will be raised to life and be made immortal. The second question: Can you help me to understand the meaning behind Mark " Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched " To me this does indicate that punishment is eternal.

And from my logic and reason perspective it would serve Hitler and Stalin right to spend eternity paying for their crimes against humanity. Seems like a pretty light sentence to think they would eventually get off. I believe that there may indeed be questions among the righteous concerning the punishment of the wicked. Is what God does in destroying the wicked too harsh? Or maybe; Is the punishment of the wicked insufficient to pay for their crimes? God will do something very special for the righteous. He will treat the righteous in a way that we might not automatically think that God would do.

From looking at Scripture, it looks like God will open Himself up to the judgement of the Righteous! This is an amazing thing to say, but lets start looking at Scripture for some clues. They are actually adopted into God's Family! They receive a gift from God that would never be theirs if Jesus didn't give it to them. Through Jesus, the righteous become joint-heirs with Christ!

Jesus inherits the kingdom, so the righteous will also inherit the kingdom along with Him! The righteous will then be glorified together with Jesus! And so, Jesus actually gives the judgement to the saints! I am not sure what all this means, but the righteous become the children of God by adoption and they actually become joint-heirs with Christ?! And to be glorified together with Jesus?! I do not think it is possible to imagine the degree in which God and Jesus will honor the righteous.

It will be that they will be able to call God their father or their daddy because they have become adopted into the family of God! In this amazing description of the righteous' experience, the righteous will actually reign with Christ! Not only do they become joint heirs with Jesus and glorified together, but they are also allowed to reign with Him as well. The righteous judge not only the wicked but also the wicked angels. In Revelation below, we see that the righteous live and reign with Christ for a thousand years. Yes, it is true that God knows who is righteous and who is wicked; He has already separated the righteous from the wicked.

But remember, it says in Revelation that "judgment was given unto them:" Remember, God is allowing the righteous to be joint-heirs with Christ! He is allowing them to be glorified together with Christ! So, God is giving this special privilege to the righteous, to judge the wicked. Lets not forget that it is after the years that the wicked will be raised to life again. This is when they will be judged. So, just as soon as the years are finished and the righteous are finished with their judgement, then the wicked are raised to life, only to be destroyed by the fire according to their judgement.

They will be judged according to the judgement of the righteous at that time. So, there is a special judgment that occurs to the wicked. Since the wicked are judged according to their works at this time, it looks like the righteous themselves will determine the amount of suffering that is metered out when the wicked are placed in the lake of fire which is their second death. The following verses help confirm the fact that the actual judgement will be given into to His people, the righteous: "But hold fast what you have till I come.

God will give His people power over the nations and they will rule the wicked with a rod of iron! Then the wicked will be destroyed like potter's vessels. This means that this ruling with a rod of iron is connected with the destruction of the wicked! The righeous will determine the amount of suffering that is to be metered out when the wicked are placed in the fire, which results in the second death.

OK, The point is this: While you may presently wonder whether Hitler and Stalin will sufficiently pay for their crimes; At that time, you will personally be able to look into their judgement to check for yourself whether it is sufficient and just. You may personally take part in the judgement of them yourself. Obviously we don't know the specifics of how it will be done.

But this process does suggest that God will be opening Himself to us in such a way so that we will more fully understand the reasons why God has done what He has done. I think it possibly that this whole process will be a way to help us become healed. Lets face it, we are all sick and damaged individuals. In addition, we might have friends and family who are among the wicked.

How will we be able to face the reality of the situation and know that God was always fair? But God will help us take a years to consider all these things so that when all the wicked are raised up again to receive their final punishment; The righteous will be able to say with a much fuller understanding and knowledge: "Just and true are your ways oh LORD"! The fact that God actually takes years to allow the righteous to see and judge everything for themselves, shows the value that God places upon the righteous and their understanding of God and the whole process of judging the wicked.

How could the righteous ever be happy if they were to watch the wicked being destroyed while still having serious moral questions about their destruction? The righteous will not be forced to say things in heaven. Force is what happens in today's world where satanic powers try to force conscience against their will. What are we to think of a vision in which the seer is conscious of the passing of one thousand years? We are way beyond "half an hour" here , and the other longer periods of time mentioned in the book "three and a half days" in , 11; "five montes" in ; "1, days" in and ; "42 montes" in , are periods John is told about or infers from his visions, not periods he actually sees or experiences.

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The idea began with the Bible—Revelation 20, to be exact. Since Revelation is filled with so many strange symbols and mysteries, we might expect its account of the millennium to be a riddle too.

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Instead, we find a relatively simple sequence of events. The millennium will begin with the second coming of Christ. Jesus will take these resurrected people to heaven along with all of His followers who live to see Him come, and everyone will spend the years in heaven with Him. Jesus told His disciples that He would soon be leaving them to be with His Father and this worried them.

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Jesus is now in heaven, of course, and when He returns, He will take us there to be with Him. But what about the others? Where will Satan be during the millennium? With no-one to deceive, torment or tempt since everybody will either be in heaven with Jesus or dead , Satan will pass the time contemplating his crimes, pondering lost opportunities and awaiting execution. He will have years to behold the results of his rebellion against God! By contrast, heaven will resound with celebration as the redeemed praise God for their deliverance from the earth. And what sights will meet their eyes!

There will be one problem, though. As people search for friends and loved ones, some searches will culminate in reunions while others will end in loss. Those who were felons, traitors and criminals on earth will be in heaven, while many people who appear saintly today will remain in their graves on earth during the millennium, under sentence of eternal death. Why is the kindly pastor from your youth group not here? Yet over there you spot the sixth-grade teacher who abused you.

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