'Death' in Revelation is about those killed; the fearful; people seeking it but unable to 'find it'; is personified as a rider on a horse; and a 'second death' that's described as a lake of fire, which 'death and Hades' is thrown into. It's fair to surmise physical and otherwise (aka 'spiritual') death is in view. Elsewhere, death is something we can 'face in the day' and symbolic of our relationship to life and/or things we desire deliverance from/death to.
What is God saying? The Bible's compiled by the people writing or transcribing, what God is communicating, with human constraints and subjective expression. Within it is the 'word of God' but it's full of intellectual artifacts and contextual meaning. God is responsible for all in a first-hand sense and overall sustenance but genuine freedoms give room for all kinds of troubles, opportunities, problems, and solutions. The Bible is a picture of it all in that the use and right-attitude toward reading and study is open to God-helping good use -and- the abusive and wrong-thinking/actions.
Am ploughing on this over next few days until Friday, i.e. Pt 8. Ought to get into substance.
In case it appears so, it isn't about overturning the 'everlasting punishment' view because it's abhorrent and somehow can't take it —it's about justice to the text; tradition; and reason.
Get asked about my motivation and what else did Jesus die for, if it wasn't about the said 'justice' on sin and need for the horror and hell?
Get their consistency with ideas that God the Father anger was put on God the Son and the cross but I don't see it. At all. Or, the legitimate call to enter the 'narrow way' is about pre-determined/destined eternal beings, within a fixed meticulous, inevitable blueprint and the journey through life.
How far and wide to have the 'countless number' seen in the vision and Revelation?
And a vision, it is. Not the future as exact in a timeless reality. Content it's a preview and God's plans and a vision. God has imagination and is in and with the dreams. We can presume God could have spoken through prophets and the inspiration in general, to have left any ambiguity as redundant.
There are genuine difficult questions, such as; if in balance, it was good and just of God to have continued after the beginnings with it/us all? Second chances were given and commitments made.
'Why?' is about the commune in the triune God.
Don't read the world is all about a test and for our development. Yes, the sense of an experiment is apparent but the deepest cause is a desire for community, relationship and love. The 'praise of God's glory' in Jesus, goes along with this and bringing as many can through to exhibiting Christ in this life and new bodies on a new earth and next one.
In death is the danger we'll be destroyed by the radiance of God and power of love. As we resurrect after dying; judgement is through ourselves and what we do and did. How we judge others and what we've done? The saving from a second hell and second dying/death is Christ. Who and how can be applied to all kinds of hypothetical scenarios that require we accept, what would be just and true, isn't clear.
Get my motivation is the love God gives.
The need is to stand against 'evil' which gets little attention except their this-world strategy and how I can live without the leaven of lies. Am growing in a discernment and the unseen but am looking 99% God-ward. Convinced it's no dualism at all, or somehow under-God, and directed by permission.
Uncontained, rabid and untamed, frantic and deluded, deception and condemnation is at work. Not of God and the battle we're all in. All sickness and suffering is from these malignant forces with personality. The Cross and what it achieved and represents is the means to overcome and defeat.
Done and hour, and not the substance and studious am looking to bring.
We are in a life, where God is present and beyond comprehension, busy and active.
Look about and see eh?