Don't you just hate it when someone had told you something and they turned out to be right...and then comes the dreaded “I told you so”?
Yeah, been there done that.
We have a beautiful (although sickly and dying) earth, flowers, trees, all sorts of animals from the small and cute to the huge and ferocious and frightening. We have the ability to see it with our eyes, to smell the roses, and to love....
Hellen Keller was deaf and blind, and yet God touched her heart causing her to love and praise Him. How much more indebted to God are we who see and hear, and yet many still say “But I have no proof that there is such a being as a “God”. Will He hold those people accountable? Will He say “I told you so”?... because He has told us, you know. None can use the excuse of "I didn't know...He didn't tell me."
When Jesus spoke of Lazarus and the rich man He said the rich man begged Jesus to send Lazarus to his brothers so they would believe. Jesus said that they had Moses and the prophets (the Old Testament writings) to tell them about Him and that even if one were to come back from the dead they wouldn't believe him (Luke ch 16) How true. Many want to believe that this is just a parable, a story, that has no truth to it. A parable like a fable, Aesop's Fables, to have a moral lesson to teach children to be obedient out of fear. I believe this is a true story and not a parable and that the people Jesus was talking to knew the man Lazarus and the rich man from their life experience. Jesus doesn't name people in His parables, yet here He gave a name and a situation that the hearers knew about. He was telling them the truth, telling them a deeper something about people that they actually knew.
The Bible tells us that many will shake their fists at God, blaming Him for their troubles....and they do. I see them saying “If there were a God, why doesn't He make it obvious that He exists? It's His fault I don't believe...if He indeed does exist at all”, and then they claim that they do not hate God, they simply do not believe in Him. Can you think of a more terrible thing to do to a person than say to Him: “You don't exist for me, I don't believe you”. There isn't a more hateful thing you can do to your enemies than banish them by saying “You are dead, you are nothing to me”.
When these hate-filled, pride-filled unbelievers die and see that they were wrong, will He say “I told you so”?
He won't have to because they will get what they always wanted: Eternity without God. That is what hell is. It is the exact opposite of blessing. They will be cursed forever, and forever will curse God blaming Him for their inability to be blessed by Him. Forever cursed and forever cursing, gnashing their teeth in their utter hatred of God and His blessing also hating those who have believed and trusted Jesus. They will have no more earth, no flowers or trees or beauty. All they will have is themselves and their own hatred, and their self-centered life, forever, a solitary confinement with the only person they truly love, themselves ...and those who agree with them. They will be eternally without blessings because they rejected the source of the blessings.
Why do the heathen rage,
and the people imagine a vain thing?
The kings of the earth set themselves,
and the rulers take counsel together,
against the LORD,
and against his anointed,
Let us break their bands asunder,
and cast away their cords from us.
He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh:
the Lord shall have them in derision.
Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath,
and vex them in his sore displeasure.
Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.
I will declare the decree:
the LORD hath said unto me,
Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.
Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance,
and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.
Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron;
thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.
Be wise now therefore,
O ye kings: be instructed,
ye judges of the earth.
Serve the LORD with fear,
and rejoice with trembling.
Kiss the Son, lest he be angry,
and ye perish from the way,
when his wrath is kindled but a little.
Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.