Then the one sitting on the throne said:
I am making everything new. Write down what I have said. My words are true and can be trusted. Everything is finished! I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will freely give water from the life-giving fountain to everyone who is thirsty. All who win the victory will be given these blessings. I will be their God, and they will be my people.
But I will tell you what will happen to cowards and to everyone who is unfaithful or dirty-minded or who murders or is sexually immoral or uses witchcraft or worships idols or tells lies. They will be thrown into that lake of fire and burning sulfur. This is the second death.
There you have the most uplifting and encouraging statement in all the Bible followed by the most frightening and dire warning! These four verses clearly lay out the prospect of Heaven or Hell for every human being on planet earth! You will either live with Jesus forever and be called one of the "people of God," or you will burn in the "lake of fire."
Let the prospect of Heaven fill your heart and mind while your stubborn flesh is sternly warned by the possibility of Hell! Now don't jump in your mind to the concept of "eternal security" if you are doing that so you can justify living as a coward, being unfaithful, dirty minded, sexually immoral or telling lies! The Grace of God is not an invitation to sin. God's Grace is the safety net that keeps you from falling into the pit of Hell.
Let your desire for God control your every minute of every day! But stay constantly alert for the temptations that will surely come. The sobering possibility of being thrown into the lake of fire and burning sulfur should always keep you running hard after God!
"Lord Jesus, all Your words are true and can be trusted, even the words that spell doom for those who are not Your followers. Lord, give me opportunity today to tell someone about Your "life-giving fountain" and to give Your warning about the Lake of Fire to someone who needs to turn their heart to You. And may You be praised forever. Amen."