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" Dogs are Outside "
    "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 prostitutes and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and produces a lie." (Re22:14-15)
Last month we observed that the -nature- of dogs is to BARK. But that to get into Heaven we need to ask for a new -nature-, which we illustrated with a SINGING canary.

The opening passage, here, is talking about John's vision of the New Heaven and New Earth, with the Holy City, New Jerusalem. If you read Revelation chs 21-22, it will become obvious that it is a -pure- place. It is a place where no evil or unrighteousness exists. The ultimate blessing is what Adam and Eve lost when they rebelled, the Tree of Life. When they sinned, mankind was cast out of the Garden of Eden, and the cherubim with the flaming sword guarded against intrusion to the Tree of Life. (Ge3:24) But once sin has been judged, God makes "all things new" (Re21:5)

And so, in contrast to the Tree of Life is a brief list of all the things that are -NOT- on the New Earth. The list is short, because whatever evil and wickedness a person might think of, can be tied to one of those things listed. Notice the list begins with "dogs". Those who engage in many of the things listed, when they taunt and boast to each other of their exploits, is there not an expression they use, as they praise each other for their debauchery: "You dog, you!" as they mockingly lift their faces to the heavens and open their lips with "Ahoo, ahoo, ahoooooo!"

The "works of darkness" (Ro13:12, Eph5:11); the "shadow of death" (Mt4:16, Lk1:79)

There are those who insist: Surely, a "loving God" would not condemn anybody to hell. You mean to say that God would force a mother to see her children being "tortured" in flames? Not stopping to think how that very mother, herself, if she does not repent of her sin and receive Salvation through Jesus Christ, is in those same flames. In her own agony is not likely thinking of her children.

    "Therefore Jehovah has recompensed me according to my righteousness, according to my cleanness before His eyes. With the faithful You show Yourself kind; with a mighty man of integrity You show Yourself upright; with the pure You show Yourself pure; and with the perverse You show Yourself twisted. You save the lowly people; but Your eyes are upon the haughty, whom You bring down." (2Sam22:25-28)

    "Do not be led astray, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap eternal life." (Ga6:7-8)

And also...
    "And he said to me, Do not seal the Words of the Prophecy of this Book, for the TIME IS AT HAND. He who is unjust, let him be unjust still; he who is filthy, let him be filthy still; he who is righteous, let him be righteous still; he who is holy, let him be holy still. And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to what his work shall be." (Re22:10-12)
And when judgment is being meted out, the angels agree...
    "You are righteous, O Lord, the One who is and who was and who is to be, because You have judged these things...for they are deserving. And I heard another out of the altar saying, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are Your judgments." (Re16:5-7)
There is a basic Truth in these few verses: A person ends up for eternity in the place for which they made preparations. Just as a person who tends to a garden reaps the fruits, but a person who does not heed the warnings about the icy bridge and skids off the road to his death; so is Eternity. A person who heeds the warnings of God's Word, the Bible, and repents of their sin, and receives Jesus Christ as Savior goes to the New Heaven and Earth. But the person who does NOT heed the warnings (Ezk3,33), and their name is NOT written in the Book of Life, they spend forever in the Lake of Fire. (Re20:15)
    "...where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched" (Mk9:48, Isa66:24)
There are some famous cases in the news from time to time, where some young female has "disappeared". And the family and friends get before the media cameras pleading for her return. And then, when the news finally is fulfilled, it is learned that she was killed, after "hooking up" with seedy characters at some nightclub or similar place. And friends and family bewail: How could anybody do such a horrific thing to such a sweet, friendly, vivacious, fun-loving person? And they show pictures of her during her life, made-up with cosmetics, and half-dressed like a (what they used to call) street-walker (which is pretty much how -most- females getup themselves these days). She was behaving like a prostitute, and paid for her sin with her life. But her family will bewail that she was "such an angel", how could this happen? And in her death, they 'pray' to her as if she, now, was in Heaven. And as such engage in "idolatry" and "sorcery" (by definition)

This is but one example. One kind of sin.

But others, seeing the evil of this sinful world, ask for God's forgiveness, and in Jesus Christ are saved, and live righteous holy lives. Their names are read from the Book of Life; and are now -in- the Holy City. We have been promised a place "where righteousness dwells" (2Pt3:13); and we round this corner and there they are... drunks, prostitutes, idolators. The Believer has "escaped the defilements of the world" (2Pt2:20), but here, now, is still confronted with it?! What sort of God would He be if that were the case? How "loving" would that be to subject His redeemed ones to those who refused to repent, after He had promised a place of righteousness! It would make God a liar. But God is "without lie" (Tit1:2)

Yes, on this earth, now, as -animals-, we have dogs as pets. But even so, many people don't let their dogs into the house, because they are dirty, their tail wagging slaps against things and leaves fur or knocks things over, and their sniffing and licking leaves slobber. And if they are into chewing, they ruin furniture. Many keep dogs as 'outside' animals. Oh, but of course... aren't they so cuuuute as little puppies

In our figurative discussion, here, dogs are a picture of filth and evil. And the passage says that, in terms of the New Heavens and Earth, the dogs are "outside". Along with, anybody who conforms to ways of those sins listed. In other words, if a -bark- indicates the presence of a dog; those who do those sins listed are "sinners".

    And God "does not hear sinners" (Jn9:31)
In Australia (where the "dingo ate the baby") any normal loving parents are going to keep the dingos "outside", away from their babies. They do not let the dingos in.

How much less does God let the dogs into His (holy) house, His New Creation!

Amen!


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