Poetry With A Mission

...a thought provoking poetical exercise.

“Saying [the angel] with a loud voice, ‘Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour [the period] of His judgment HAS COME [in other words, is currently in session, as He is bringing His reward with Him]...’ ” (Rev 14:7, NKJV).

“ ‘For the Son of Man shall come [at His Second Coming] in the Glory of His Father with His angels; and THEN He SHALL REWARD [with eternal life or death] every man according to his works [see Matt 7:21]’ ” (Matt 16:27, KJV).

“ ‘Behold, I am coming soon! My reward [either eternal life or death] IS WITH ME [will be given then], and I will give to everyone according to what he has done’ ” (Rev 22:12, NIV).

“Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me ON THAT DAY [the Second Coming] — and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for His APPEARING” (2 Tim 4:8, NIV). Note Luke 14:14; John 6:40; 14:2,3; 1 Thess 5:9, 10; Heb 9:28.

“ ‘WHEN the Son of Man comes in His glory [at the second coming], and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will [then] SEPARATE THEM [people] from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep [the righteous] from the goats [the wicked]’ ” (Matt 25:31,32, NASB).

“Yet all these [faithful Bible heroes of all the ages] having gained approval through their faith, DID NOT RECEIVE WHAT WAS PROMISED [eternal life, immortality], because God had provided something better [much fairer] for us, SO THAT APART FROM US THEY WOULD NOT BE MADE PERFECT [be given immortality. They will have to wait]” (Heb 11:39,40, NASB).

“ ‘So man lies down and DOES NOT RISE. Until the heavens are no longer [until the second coming], He will not awake nor be roused out of his sleep [a metaphor for the waiting period between one’s death and the resurrection of the saints at Christ’s second coming]’ ” (Job 14:12, NASB). Note Ps 6:5; 104:29; 115:17; 146:4; Dan 12:2; 1 Tim 6:16.

“See, the day is COMING [future], burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be STUBBLE; the day that comes shall BURN THEM UP, says the Lord of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch [total annihilation]. And you shall TREAD DOWN THE WICKED, for they will be ASHES”  (Mal 4:1,3).

“And if by turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to ashes He condemned them to extinction and made them an EXAMPLE of what is coming to the ungodly” (2 Peter 2:6).

“ ‘But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the SECOND DEATH [clearly then, the wicked aren’t in some hell after their natural death — Acts 24:15; John 5:28,29; Matt 10:28; 2 Peter 3:7; Rev 20:14,15]’ ” (Rev 21:8, NKJV).


It’s Simply A Parable

"The rich man and Lazarus" tale, is just a parable — not a fact,
For this statement that I am making here, by much evidence is backed.
Yes, such is nothing but a parable, as nothing else could it be,
And hence why here we'll examine why it cannot be reality. 

It says that when Lazarus died, that right then, he received his reward,
That is, that he received it well before “the judgment day of our Lord.”
It also tells us that when the rich man died, he received no reward,
And instead, was punished, and well before “the judgment day of our Lord.”

And yet, the Bible clearly tells us that one’s punishment or reward 
Is received at Christ’s return — that's after “the judgment day of our Lord.”
Therefore, let me repeat that point again. One’s punishment or reward
Is received at Christ’s return — that’s after “the judgment day of our Lord.” 

And such is true, for just take a look, as so many verses convey
That no one's punished or rewarded until after God’s judgment day.
For it's only after Christ has finished judging that He will return,
Thus, it's only at this soon appearing, that each one their fate will learn.

The parable also states that those who are in Heaven or some hell,
Can actually see each other. Now, can’t you just hear a loud bell?
For tell me, who would believe such error? Well, I certainly know who:
Pharisees influenced by Greek thought, from which such falsehood clearly grew.

You see, our Lord employed in this parable a number of details
Already accepted as fact by Pharisees, who Christ would assail.
In fact, it was only their derision that prompted this parable,
As they would often seek out our Saviour in order to Him thus grill.

Yes, it’s so hard to imagine how anyone could hold to such views,
But this is just what can happen when people God’s holy light refuse.
And such has ever been the case, that where truth is wrongly cast aside,
Either non-belief or some fiction, soon into that vacuum will glide.

Christ met people on their own ground, utilizing things that they believed
To thereby convey certain lessons whereby truth might then be received.
And quite often He used parables like this one that is mentioned here,
Employing things they’d understand, in order to misconceptions clear.

So, what was our Lord trying to convey to these hostile Pharisees,
Who were so sure of their own knowledge, and so impossible to please?
This: That each man and woman determines their eternal destiny
In this life — that is, before they die, for no second chance there will be!

The rich man in this parable that Christ mentioned, was clearly well aware
Of the fate that's awaiting all who show the same lack of thought and care.
And therefore, he had no excuse, and therefore, no second chance deserved,
As all throughout his life on earth, he had never our Master served.

By Lance Landall