Hell and Everlasting Punishment
Part 24: Exclusion
The dictionary gives the meaning of exclusion as "the state of being excluded." Exclude means "to shut out; to put out. Exclude implies keeping out what is already outside." In speaking of the holy city, new Jerusalem, the abode of the saints of God for eternity, God says: "And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life" (Revelation 21:27).
"For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie" (Revelation 22:15). Verse 15 makes it clear that the unsaved will be "without" the city, or outside- they cannot enter that beautiful place, but are excluded from it forever.
Someone has written:
"Thus they are totally seperated from all the things they were fond of in the present world. At the same instant will commence another loss: that of the persons whom they loved. They are torn away from their nearest and dearest relatives; their wives, husbands, parents and children. All the pleasures they ever enjoyed in these, is lost, gone, banished away, for there is no friendship in hell.
But they will then be sensible of a greater loss thean all they have enjoyed on earth. They have lost their place in Abraham's bosom; in the paradise of God. It seems that the Apostle had this in view when he spoke of those 'who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord.' Banishment from the presence of the Lord is the very essence of destruction to a spirit that was made for God. And if that banishment lasts forever, it is 'everlasting destruction'."
SI Moderator - Greg Gordon