Then He will also say to those on the left hand, “Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels.”
For children, maybe the best part of a Thanksgiving road trip to the grandparents’ house is the expectation of what has been prepared: a house filled with wonderful aromas from the kitchen; a fire in the fireplace; Grandpa’s huge leaf pile to jump in; and probably a surprise or two from Grandma for the little ones. Preparations carry out purposes.
The same could be said about the preparation God has made for those redeemed through faith in Christ. Revelation 21–22, with its portrait of the New Jerusalem and the eternal state is enough to make us eager for eternity. But there is another eternal preparation being made for the devil and his demons: everlasting fire. Nowhere does the Bible suggest that those angels who followed Satan out of heaven will have the opportunity to repent and be saved. Their fateful choice to rebel against God leaves them with no hope.
But not us! We who bear the image of God and are reconciled to Him through Christ have an eternal hope and home prepared and waiting for our arrival (John 14:1-4).
All the places in heaven and hell are reserved.
~ John Blanchard ~