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What does fearful mean in Rev 21:8

Discussion in 'Bible Chat' started by iahm87, Aug 10, 2008.

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  1. Does it mean that if we are afraid to share our faith with our loved ones then we won't inherit the kingdom of God? What does it mean to be fearful?
  2. I believe its being fearful do to the reason that you dont believe. Or that you do believe are hiding your talent on the ground. These are my two suggestions, I hope some one can explain it better.

    Some references, a parable that Jesus made:
    Luk 19:12-24

    But we are not relying on our own "courage" unlike we might think:

    And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.
    (Act 4:31 KJVA)

    God bless you!
  3. Revelation 21:8
    But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

    KJV Commentary

    For the unrepentant, who are designated under some eight categories, there will not be bliss, but burning in the lake of fire, the second death (cf. 20:6, 14). A believer may be called on to pass through one death, i.e., physical death (and if the Rapture intervenes, he will forego that death, cf. I Cor 15:51, 52); an unbeliever faces two deaths: physical death and the second death. Why are the cowardly and liars spoken of in two categories? The first are afraid to accept Christ and bear the ridicule of the world. The second are those who have denied their sin and need of Christ as Saviour.
  4. "Fearful" in that context refers to those whose lives are ruled by fear which, in turn, means they have no real faith. Keep in mind that faith is not the absence of fear; faith is having the courage to act in spite of fear.

  5. The simplest way I can put it is:
    God is perfect. God is love. Perfect love casts out fear.
    *Therefore, God & fear cannot reside in the same place at the same time.

    *My conclusion.
  6. My understanding is this: many people think that the opposite of love is hate. The definition of hate is: intense hostility and aversion usually due to fear, anger, a sense of injury, extreme dislike, to abhor, to loathe.
    God is perfect. 2 Samuel 22:31 says that God's way is perfect, his word is flawless. Jesus said in Matthew 5 to 'be perfect as your heavenly father is perfect.'
    How can God love and hate and be perfect unless hate is not the opposite of love? So what is the opposite of love? Reread the definition of hate: intense hostility and aversion usually due to FEAR.
    The Bible says that God hates some things like pride, divorce, iniquity, wickedness, etc.
    Does God require us to fear? I mean the real, scary fear, not the awe and respect we are to have for God.
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    Psalm 23:4 (Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.)
    Psalm 49:5 (Why should I fear when evil days come, when wicked deceivers surround me--)
    Psalms 112: 5-8 (Good will come to him who is generous and lends freely, who conducts his affairs with justice. Surely he will never be shaken; a righteous man will be remembered forever. He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD. His heart is secure, he will have no fear; in the end he will look in triumph on his foes.)
    Isaiah 8:12-15 ("Do not call conspiracy everything that these people call conspiracy ; do not fear what they fear, and do not dread it. The LORD Almighty is the one you are to regard as holy, he is the one you are to fear, he is the one you are to dread, and he will be a sanctuary; but for both houses of Israel he will be a stone that causes men to stumble and a rock that makes them fall. And for the people of <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:City><st1:place>Jerusalem</st1:place></st1:City> he will be a trap and a snare. Many of them will stumble; they will fall and be broken, they will be snared and captured.")

    I don't know if this helps you at all, but it opened my eyes to the fact that we are not to fear. And to be fearful is to not trust in God. Perfect love can cast out fear because through trial and error we can learn to be fully dependent upon God's provision in every situation. This isn't really something that a new Christian can experience, it comes with the maturing process we all go through. New Christians will experience it as they learn to trust in Jesus. I really needed to be reminded of this, so thanks for the question!
    God bless
  7. The fearful, unbelieving, the abominable, murderers, whoremongers, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars .. these are the people who are non believers and are not in Christ. Jesus Christ died and rose again and He will not die again (the second death). We, who are in Christ will also not face the second death. How could we since we are ONE in Christ ! AMEN!
  8. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.
    Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.
    But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. ​

    Matthew 10:31-33​


    do you ask because of a fear you have ?

    Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
    To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,
    Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
    Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:
    That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
    Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
    Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

    1Peter 1:3-9

    The word used in Revelation 21:8 is not so much being scared or fearful as in scared, but rather not being able to believe, a timid approach to faith, a being too scared to believe, rather than being scared of others, or of sharing the Gospel.

    It's a fine line, but there is a big difference.

    Revelation 21:5-8 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
    And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
    He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
    But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

    The fearful and unbelieving.... could be rendered the faithless and disbelieving. Having little faith, or perhaps better put, being weak in faith is not being faithless, just as disbelieving means deliberately not believing, having full knowledge of what they are resisting, deciding not to, rather than not believing because we have not understood or heard.

    I pray this helps you, in Jesus name.

    Bless you ....><>

    Br. Bear

    1John 2:21-28​

    I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth,
    but because ye know it,
    and that no lie is of the truth.

    Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ?
    He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.

    Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.

    Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning.

    If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father.

    And this is the promise that He hath promised us,

    even eternal life.

    These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you.
    But the anointing which ye have received of Him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in Him.

    And now,
    little children,
    abide in Him;
    when He shall appear,
    we may have confidence,
    and not be ashamed before Him at His coming.


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