“For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth[i] every son whom he receiveth”
There cannot be a greater evidence of God’s hatred and wrath than His refusing to correct men for their sinful courses and vanities! Where God refuses to correct, there God resolves to destroy! There is no man so near God’s axe, so near the flames, so near hell, as he whom God will not so much as spend a rod upon!
“As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.” (Rev 3:19).
God is most angry when He shows no anger!
Who can seriously meditate upon this and not be silent under God’s most smarting rod? All the hell that you shall ever have!
Consider Christian, that all your…
§ trials and troubles,
§ calamities and miseries,
§ crosses and losses,
which you meet with in this world are all the hell that you shall ever have!
Here and now, you have your hell. Hereafter you shall have your heaven! This is the worst of your condition; the best is yet to come! Lazarus had his hell first, his heaven last; but Dives[ii] had his heaven first and his hell at last.
§ You have all your pangs, and pains, and throes here that you shall ever have! Your ease, and rest, and pleasure are yet to come!
§ Here you have all your bitters; your sweets are yet to come!
§ Here you have your sorrows; your joys are yet to come!
§ Here you have all your winter nights; your summer days are yet to come!
§ Here you have your evil things; your good things are yet to come!
Death will put an end to all your sins and to all your sufferings! Death will be an inlet to those joys, delights, and comforts which shall never have an end!
God is most angry when He shows anger for a sinner, who would not take the free salvation in His Son, Christ. For such He is angry forever! The earth, with all it's misery and suffering is the closest to heaven that you'll get, if you die without Christ. This is true because, God does not constantly pour His wrath on you here on earth. He is patient towards you so that you may come to repentance. He provides for you temporal blessings in order to draw you to His eternal blessings which are only found in His Son. Would you dare die without Christ?
Death will open the floodgates of hell - ETERNAL damnation for sinners. Dare to die without Christ and you'll have all eternity to discover! You'll eat trouble, and drink misery in hell. You will sleep on fire and drown in the ice. You will experience untold sufferings that words are limited in expressing its extent. You will be eternally separated from love and grace. You will know no peace and no joy. You will never sing, never smile, never rest. You will not cease to groan and moan, saying how just, holy and true is God... oh dear! Flee to Christ today and you will find true salvation and eternal joy in the blessedness of God.
For those who are in Christ, those who believe in His name and repent all their sins, those who are saved, death will put an end to all your sins and to all your sufferings! Death will be the gate of heaven, ushering you into the blessed presence of God.
 Thomas Brooks, The Mute Christian under the Smarting Rod, http://www.chapellibrary.org/files/8914/0171/9774/mcut.pdf
[i] scourgeth – to punish severely, implying whipping. Who can seriously meditate upon this and not be silent under God’s most smarting rod?
[ii] Dives – the Latin word for “rich (man)” occurring in the Vulgate, Luke 16; commonly taken as the proper name of the rich man in that parable and used generically for “rich man.”