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  1. Regarding purgatory.

    What about the outer darkness? What about those outside the new Jerusalem in the new earth? It says there will be people not allowed through the gates into the holy city.

    Is it possible, in any way, that some people will not put thrown into the lake of fire for all eternity, but will be allowed to live on the new earth, but they’ll never be permitted to enter the New Jerusalem through the gates to be with the lamb and God. But they’ll be outside the city on the new earth, weeping and gnashing their teeth?

  2. The scriptural references:

    “Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.” Revelation 22:14-15

    “I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. But the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Matthew 8:11-12

    “He said to him, ‘Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment (for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints – Revelation 19:8)?’ And he was speechless. Then the king said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ “For many are called, but few are chosen.” Matthew 22:12-14

    ‘For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ Matthew 25:29-30

    It’s interesting most of these passages seem to be talking about unfaithful Jews and unfaithful Christians.

    Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think it’s clear cut, but I do wonder about it.

  3. One last thing. ‘Outer’ sounds to me like ‘outside the city’ and ‘darkness’ because in the city is the light of the lamb, but outside the city it comparatively dark. What do you think?

  4. I’m thinking that outer darkness might be something like the edge of a bottomless pit that would take whatever it can into an endless hell.

  5. I wish I could hear this about the two records in the gospels of a centurian.

    It seems to me that it is likely two accounts of the same happening, one writer considering that the centurian was asking healing of Jesus when others came to Jesus asking for him.

    I suppose that means that the other writer considered that the centurian went to ask something of Jesus by those who went for him.

    So can a man be two places at once? (I Cor 5:3)

  6. @Ray, how do you understand Revelation 22:14-15?

    “may enter through the gates into the city. But outside”.

    Sounds like outside the city right? Like Adam and Eve were outside the garden and could not enter because of the Angel guarding it.

    “She (the new Jerusalem) had a great and high wall with twelve gates, and twelve angels at the gates.” Revelation 21:12

  7. I take Rev 22:14 to indicate that those who believe in Jesus and seek to do the will of God and do walk in his commandments, will be blessed even as they do so, and also have a lively hope of eternal light and glory with Jesus, the Father, and the entire family of God, while those who lack these necessary things are in danger of being refused the life of God that is in Christ Jesus. Not only so, but also are in danger of receiving damnation.

    I take Rev 22:14 as a lively hope and Rev 22:15 as a solemn warning.

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