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I have probably posted this before, but it has been weighing heavily on my mind as of late so I am posting it again. This is an excerpt from a book/tract written in 1912 by Jerry Miles Humprey. The title and subject is, “The Lost Soul’s First Day in Eternity”

The excerpt is pulled from chapter four, Awaking in Eternity. The deceased is not yet entered through the gates of hell, but has just now come to the realization that he is truly dead and has crossed over into eternity, and has done so unprepared.

On to the quote…

His next realization is the fact that he is really lost.
“O, what an awful word!

‘Lost souls.’

Can you get a faint idea of the measureless depth of meaning in the two small words?

What oceans of tears! What overwhelming bursts of wailing and gnashing of teeth! What eternities of despair! Irredeemably lost! No chance for a light to shine out on their devil-begirt, furnace-heated, pall-shrouded, downward, outward, hellward pathway.

Lost to happiness and holiness!
Lost to God and the redeemed!
Lost to heaven and hope.
Lost, and no hope of ever being found.

Not one dim, distant hope of ever being anything but more hopelessly, ruinously, despairingly lost, during all the eternities to come.

“From woe to more woe; misery to worse misery; ever always lost!

Lost because they would be lost. Lost, while their bosom friend was found.

Lost, while Jesus was seeking them, and found them lost; but they would not be found.

They might have been found, but would not.

They gained the world and lost their souls. They gained the shadow and lost the substance; gained the briars and lost the flowers; gained famine and lost plenty; gained foes and lost a Friend; gained eternal damnation and lost eternal life.

“Lost amid outer darkness! Lost in the smoke of torment!

Lost in the lake of fire and brimstone! Lost amid the howlings of myriads of tormenting devils, the shrieks of the damned, an horrible tempest, the thousand thunders!

Lost! Lost!! Lost!!!

The bells of eternity are tolling the requiem. Time warns you. The Bible warns you.
The Judgment and providences of God warn you.

The Spirit warns you.
Shall you and your loved ones be lost?

Decide now while Jesus calls, or you are lost.”

“Lost to earth’s pleasure that once thy soul won.
Lost earth’s fond friendship to sorrow alone,
Lost amid ruined hopes ever undone;
Lost! the enchantment is o’er.
Lost where the billows of torment e’er roll;
Lost where God’s wrath flame envelopes the soul;
Lost where no gleam of hope comes to console,
Lost in eternity’s gloom.

End quote.

Revelation 20:10-15 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.