In this brief dream segment, I found myself waking along some kind of narrow road.
And while traveling down this road, I looked off to my left and noticed this great number of people – at least 100's, as far as my line of sight could see – in dark-colored clothes and bunched together like a crowded subway, steadily advancing forward and entering into this vast, darkened entryway; which, looking further onward, appeared to steadily decline underground.
From the edge of this descending pathway, a thick mass of very black smoke continually emitted out and upward – like that of a massive furnace.
Also, the entrance to this descending pathway had a kind of black entrance door resembling a giant and wide steel vault that would, intermittently, vertically raise open and slam shut. It reminded me, at the time, of those commercial grade dishwashers one would see in a restaurant (since I had worked as a dishwasher at one point, also).
A giant incinerator door would also be an accurate description.
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- Walking down that narrow road, and seeing the wide (or broad) pathway of many folks walking into that furnace was a direct testimony of Matthew 7:13-14.
- All of them dressed in dark-colored clothes, I believe, symbolized their dead spiritual condition (John 3:19).
- The pathway appearing to steadily decline underground, I believe, points to the Scriptural testimony of Hell being located deep underneath the Earth (Isaiah 5:14).
- I believe that me turning to the left was significant also, and pointed to Matthew 25:33.
- The very thick black smoke, which reminded me of a massive furnace, is reminiscent of Sodom & Gomorrah's destruction, in Genesis 19:28.
- Finally, the wide steel vault door, may have symbolized the literal gates of Hell (Matthew 16:18); in that, once a condemned soul enters -- they're not getting back out (until the Great White Throne Judgment, of Revelation 20:11-14).
...(24)Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven; (25)And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.
(26)But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.
(27)And Abraham gat up early in the morning to the place where he stood before the LORD: (28)And he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain, and beheld, and, lo, the smoke of the country went up as the smoke of a furnace.
(29)And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the plain, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when he overthrew the cities in the which Lot dwelt...
...(11)Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink; that continue until night, till wine inflame them! (12)And the harp, and the viol, the tabret, and pipe, and wine, are in their feasts: but they regard not the work of the LORD, neither consider the operation of his hands. (13)Therefore my people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge: and their honourable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst. (14)Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it. (15)And the mean man shall be brought down, and the mighty man shall be humbled, and the eyes of the lofty shall be humbled: (16)But the LORD of hosts shall be exalted in judgment, and God that is holy shall be sanctified in righteousness.
(17)Then shall the lambs feed after their manner, and the waste places of the fat ones shall strangers eat...
...(13)Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: (14)Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
(15)Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. (16)Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? (17)Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. (18)A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
(19)Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
(20)Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them...
...(13)When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? (14)And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.
(15)He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
(16)And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. (17)And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. (18)And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. (19)And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
(20)Then charged he his disciples that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ...
...(31)When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: (32)And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: (33)And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
(34)Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: (35)For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: (36)Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
(37)Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? (38)When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? (39)Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? (40)And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me...
...(16)For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (17)For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (18)He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
(19)And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. (20)For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. (21)But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God...