1.    How long will the punishment of the wicked last?

“And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal,” Matthew 25:46.

2.    What is the punishment of the wicked declared to be?

“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord,” Romans 6:23.

3.    In what way does James speak of the same thing?

“Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished bringeth forth death,” James 1:15.

4.    What is said of the soul that sinneth?

“Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die,” Ezekiel 18:4. See also verse 20.

5.    What of the man that turneth away from righteousness?

“When a righteousness man turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and dieth in them; for his iniquity that he hath done shall he die,” Ezekiel 18:26

6.    To what are the wicked compared?

“But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way,” Matthew 13:25.

7.    What will finally be done with the tares?

“Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn,” Matthew 13:30.

8.    In what way will the wicked be destroyed?

“For while they be folden together as thorns, and while they are drunken as drunkards, they shall be devoured as stubble fully dry,” Nahum 1:10.

NOTE: Those of us who at the present, or some time in our lives have lived on the farm, know what it is to burn off the stubble field, or the bunches of weeds or trash that accumulates. We know that after the fire has been kindled, it only takes a very short time until the stubble or trash is in ashes.

9.    What day does the prophet Malachi say is coming?

“For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven,” Malachi 4:1.

10.    In that day what will the proud, and also the wicked be?

“And all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble,” Malachi 4:1.

11.    And what will become of them?

“And the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch,” Malachi 4:1.

12.    After they have been burned, then what will they be?

“And ye [the righteous, see verse 2] shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the Lord of Hosts,” Malachi 4:3.

13.    Since the wages of sin to be death, where will the wicked receive their reward?

“Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth: much more the wicked and the sinner,” Proverbs 11:31.

14.    How does this harmonize with the Revelation?

“And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them,” Revelation 20:9.

15.    What is this death declared to be?

“And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire.  This is the second death,” Revelation 20:14.

16.    In what way does Isaiah speak of the punishment of the wicked?

“And the destruction of the transgressors and of the sinners shall be together, and they that forsake the Lord shall be consumed,” Isaiah 1:28. See also 66:17.

17.    What does the Psalmist say of the transgressors?

“But the transgressors shall be destroyed together: the end of the wicked shall be cut off,” Psalm 37:38. See also verses 9, 10, 20, 34.

Our purpose in life is usefulness,

And is not confined to us alone; Through our faith and love and truthfulness,

God will grant us a heavenly home.

We all should live in helping others

Redeem the time, and forsaking sin,

Thereby truly love one another,

Through the Holy Ghost their hearts to win.

Our words, our deeds, whether good or bad,

Are all recorded in heaven above;

Have your sins blotted out, thus be glad

You’re saved thru Christ’s redeeming love.

The judgment day is coming to all,

Are you now just what you ought to be?

If not, flee to Christ, on Him now call,

If eternal life you wish to see.

Are you right with God, in all you do?

You must answer this question some day;

These solemn words now appeal to you,

When you meet Jesus what will you say?

_ I.S. Sherwin

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