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Hell a Physical Location

Various theories on the location of hell have been put forward. A traditional view is that hell is in the center of the earth. Others propose that hell is located in outer space in a black hole. In the Old Testament, the word translated “hell” is Sheol; in the New Testament, it’s Hades (meaning “unseen”) and Gehenna (“the Valley of Hinnom”). Sheol is also translated as “pit” and “grave.” Both Sheol and Hades refer to a temporary abode of the dead before judgment (Psalm 9:17; Revelation 1:18). Gehenna refers to an eternal state of punishment for the wicked dead (Mark 9:43).

The idea that hell is below us, perhaps in the center of the earth, comes from passages such as Luke 10:15: “And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted to heaven, shalt be thrust down to hell” (KJV). Also, in 1 Samuel 28:13-15, the medium of Endor sees the spirit of Samuel “coming up out of the ground.” We should note, however, that neither of these passages is concerned with the geographic location of hell. Capernaum’s being thrust “down” is probably a reference to their being condemned rather than a physical direction. And the medium’s vision of Samuel was just that: a vision.

In the King James Version, Ephesians 4:9 says that before Jesus ascended into heaven, “he also descended . . . into the lower parts of the earth.” Some Christians take “the lower parts of the earth” as a reference to hell, where they say Jesus spent the time between His death and resurrection. However, the New International Version gives a better translation: “he also descended to the lower, earthly regions.” or His location after death.

Yours Oh LordThe notion that hell is somewhere in outer space, possibly in a black hole, is based on the knowledge that black holes are places of great heat and pressure from which nothing, not even light, can escape. Surprisingly, this concept of hell is presented in the 1979 Walt Disney film The Black Hole. Near the movie’s end, all the characters pass through a black hole. On the other side, the villain finds himself in a fiery place of torment, while the other characters enjoy disembodied bliss. It’s interesting that a Disney movie would include a depiction of hell, but it’s best not to base our theology on movies!

Another speculation is that the earth itself will be the “lake of fire” spoken of in Revelation 20:10-15. When the earth is destroyed by fire (2 Peter 3:10; Revelation 21:1), the theory goes, God will use that burning sphere as the everlasting place of torment for the ungodly. Again, this is mere speculation.

To sum up, Scripture does not tell us the geological (or cosmological) location of hell. Hell is a literal place of real torment, but we do not know where it is. Hell may have a physical location in this universe, or it may be in an entirely different “dimension.” Whatever the case, the location of hell is far less important than the need to avoid going there.

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ETERNAL PUNISHMENT IN HELL

ETERNAL PUNISHMENT IN HELL

10 passages that as part of the “overwhelming evidence” to support the historical interpretation of hell as everlasting punishment.

1. Undying Worm and Unquenchable Fire (OT)
Isaiah 66:22-24
For as the new heavens and the new earth that I make shall remain before me, says the LORD, so shall your offspring and your name remain. From new moon to new moon, and from Sabbath to Sabbath, all flesh shall come to worship before me, declares the LORD.
And they shall go out and look on the dead bodies of the men who have rebelled against me. For their worm shall not die, their fire shall not be quenched, and they shall be an abhorrence to all flesh.

2. Everlasting Contempt
Daniel 12:1-2
At that time shall arise Michael, the great prince who has charge of your people. And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never has been since there was a nation till that time. But at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone whose name shall be found written in the book. And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.

3. Eternal Fire/The Fire of Hell
Matthew 18:6-9
Whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me, but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea. Woe to the world for temptations to sin! For it is necessary that temptations come, but woe to the one by whom the temptation comes! And if your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life crippled or lame than with two hands or two feet to be thrown into the eternal fire. And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into the hell of fire.

4. Eternal Punishment
Matthew 25:31-46
When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on his right, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” . . . Then he will say to those on his left, “Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. . . . And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

5. Undying Worm and Unquenchable Fire (NT)
Mark 9:42-48
Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea. And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than with two hands to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire. And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame than with two feet to be thrown into hell. And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into hell, “where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.”

6. Everlasting Destruction
2 Thessalonians 1:5-10
This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are also suffering—since indeed God considers it just to repay with affliction those who afflict you, and to grant relief to you who are afflicted as well as to us, when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might, when he comes on that day to be glorified in his saints, and to be marveled at among all who have believed, because our testimony to you was believed.

7. The Punishment of Eternal Fire
Jude 7
Just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire.

8. Blackest Darkness Reserved Forever
Jude 13
[These people are] wild waves of the sea, casting up the foam of their own shame; wandering stars, for whom the gloom of utter darkness has been reserved forever.

9. The Smoke of Their Torment Rises for Ever and Ever
Revelation 14:9-11
If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, he also will drink the wine of God’s wrath, poured full strength into the cup of his anger, and he will be tormented with fire and sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever, and they have no rest, day or night, these worshipers of the beast and its image, and whoever receives the mark of its name.

ETERNAL PUNISHMENT IN HELL

10. The Lake of Fire
Revelation 20:10, 14-15
And the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever. . . . Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

by: Joe Allan E. Baguiwa Sr.

Now the good news is, You don’t have to endure this for eternity! Finding Grace through Salvation, Repenting of Your Sins and asking Jesus to be Your Lord and Saviour will keep You from this Eternal Torment that lasts day and night!

Please Do This Today!

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What in Hell Do We Need?

What in Hell Do We Need?
Luke 16:19-31

INTRODUCTION

I hope you took a moment to look at the title of this message because this
morning we are going to consider two things we need that are in hell. In this
passage, Jesus pulled back the veil between this world and the next and
showed us there is a heaven and a hell. There are only two eternal destinies
and everyone in this room will end in spending eternity in either heaven or
hell.

Through the years, I’ve enjoyed reading epitaphs. Perhaps you’ve heard the
story about the message one man left on his tombstone. It said, “Consider,
young man, as you walk by, as you are now, so once was I. As I am now, you
soon shall be, so prepare, young man to follow me.” That sounded pretty
profound, but one fellow took a knife and scratched a response on the
tombstone that read, “To follow you is not my intent; until I know which way
you went!” There are only two directions you can go after death.

People don’t like to talk about hell, and frankly, I don’t enjoy preaching on it.
But because I’m committed to teach the full counsel of God, I am going to
devote two messages to this powerful passage of scripture about heaven and
hell.

There once was a little church looking for a new pastor. One Sunday they had
a candidate fill the pulpit and he preached on hell. The next Sunday, another
preacher came and he preached on hell as well. The congregation called the
second man to serve as their pastor. When he learned the preacher before
him also preached on hell, he asked a wise old man in the church why they
hadn’t call the first man. He replied, “When the first man preached on people
going to hell, he seemed to be almost glad about it. When you preached on
people going to hell, we could tell it broke your heart.” As we look at this
passage about heaven and hell, I pray that it will break my heart and break
your heart as well.

Let’s begin reading in Luke 16:19:

“There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in
luxury every day. At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with
sores and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs
came and licked his sores.
The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to
Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. In hell, where he
was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus at his
side. So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send
Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am
in agony in this fire.’
But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your
good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here
and you are in agony. And besides all this, between us and you a great
chasm has been fixed, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot,
nor can anyone cross over from there to us.’ He answered, ‘Then I beg you,
father, send Lazarus to my father’s house, for I have five brothers. Let him
warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’
Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to
them.’
‘No, father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them,
they will repent.’
He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets they will not
be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’”

Some people call this a parable of Jesus, but I agree with many scholars who
believe Jesus is describing an actual occurrence. In the 38 parables Jesus
told, he never called anyone by name. In this story, He identifies two of the
characters by name, Lazarus and Abraham. I believe there really was a rich
man and a beggar named Lazarus and after they died Jesus reported what
happened. It was real. You’ve heard of reality TV–this is even better, it’s
reality Bible. In the next message I bring from this passage, I’ll go into a little
greater detail about Lazarus, but today I want to focus on the rich man in hell.
There are two things in hell we really need at Green Acres. In fact these are
two things in hell every New Testament church needs.

I. IN HELL, THE RICH MAN LOOKED UP–WE NEED TO HAVE A VISION OF
HEAVEN

Jesus never revealed the rich man’s name, perhaps because he was
someone who was well known. He is sometimes called Dives, but that’s not
his name, it’s just the Latin translation of “rich man.” I suspect the rich man
had a great funeral in which many dignitaries attended. Speaker after speaker
related what a great, wonderful, religious man he was. He had to have been
blessed by God because of all the wealth he enjoyed. I’m sure they reported
he had gone on to his reward in heaven.

But one split second after the rich man died, he got the strange feeling
something wasn’t right. Jesus simply said, “In hell, where he was in torment,
he lifted up his eyes.” He was literally in “hades.” Hades is a place where the
wicked dead go until the final sentencing to hell that takes place at the Great
White Throne Judgement in Revelation 20. It’s like the county jail before the
state pen; it’s a place of torment and agony just like hell. Notice two things
about the agony of hell:

1. He saw people in heaven

The first thing he noticed was the torment, but the next scary thing he noticed
was that he could see into heaven! When the beggar Lazarus had died, it
doesn’t say he was buried like the rich man. His body was probably dumped
in some garbage pile. But Jesus said the angels escorted his soul into the
presence of Abraham. Now if this was a theology class I would tell you
Abraham’s bosom, or paradise, was where the souls of all the righteous dead
went before the cross. After the cross, Jesus took these folks to heaven. But
don’t get so distracted by the theological nuances that you miss the point.
It’s okay to call it heaven. To every Jew, sitting down with Abraham was a by
word for heaven.

People often ask me if we will recognize each other in heaven. I believe we
most certainly will. The rich man looked up and recognized Lazarus and
Abraham. If they can recognize us from hell, then I think we’ll recognize each
other.

Forget the fire and flame. One of the worst agonies of hell will be the ability of
people in hell to see those who are in heaven. Can you imagine lost
husbands seeing their wives in heaven? Lost parents seeing their children in
heaven? I don’t want any part of a place like that.

Like the rich man, we need to lift up our eyes and catch a glimpse of heaven
as well. Heaven is real, and it will be populated with people. How do you get
to heaven? Not by being good or doing good–nobody is good enough. You
don’t get to heaven by being religious. The rich man was a religious Jew. He
called out to “father Abraham” and Abraham even said, “son.” Father Abraham
had many sons, many sons had father Abraham. I am one of them and so are
you–but it won’t get you into heaven. Only by being a child of God can you
get into heaven! Another agony of hell was:

2. He could remember his life on earth

In verse 25 Abraham said, “Son remember…” I believe those are two of the
scariest words that will ever be heard in hell. People in hell will carry their
memories with them. I believe a person in hell will remember every gospel
message they ever heard. They will remember every time someone tried to
give them a booklet explaining how to become a Christian.

Life is tough by itself, and sometimes people wish they could erase their
memories like they erase a video tape. That’s why so many people commit
suicide: they want to erase the memories. There is no Alzheimer’s in hell.
Everyone will have a crystal-clear memory. Hell will be a place of eternal
remembrance and regret. Have you ever bought something on a whim and
later regretted it? It’s called “buyer’s remorse.” Fortunately, you can take a lot
of things back for a refund or an exchange. In hell there will be what I call
“invitation remorse.” It won’t be over something you did, but it will be remorse
over something you didn’t do: accept Jesus. If you are here today without
Jesus and you die in your sins, you will recall these exact words I’m
speaking now. You will remember standing up in a few minutes and hearing
the Spirit of God say to you, “Come just as you are…” And if you reject
Jesus’ free offer of eternal life you will regret if forever.

God loves you and He doesn’t want you to go to hell. Hell was never intended
for human habitation. Jesus said in Matthew 25:41, “Depart from me, you who
are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.” Hell was
designed for Satan and his demons, not people. But because of our
sinfulness, we are all born with a reservation for hell. When we repent of our
sins and come to Jesus, He forgives us and cancels our reservation in hell,
and makes a new reservation for us in heaven. God loves you so much that
Jesus died so you wouldn’t spend eternity in hell.

So, the first thing in hell we need is a vision of heaven. Lift up your heads, and
lift up your eyes, because our redemption is drawing nigh! There is another
thing in hell we need.

II. IN HELL, THE RICH MAN CRIED OUT–WE NEED TO HEAR THE VOICES
FROM HELL

Did you realize there is prayer in hell? The rich man cried out to Abraham and
lifted his petition to heaven. But his prayers were unanswered. Notice his two
cries to heaven:

1. A cry of personal agony: “HELP ME!!!!”

The rich man’s first thought was of himself and his needs. That should be no
surprise, because one of the prerequisites for hell is to spend all your life
thinking only of yourself and your needs. When he recognized the torment of
hell, he cried out for Abraham to send Lazarus to dip his finger in some water
to touch his tongue. He was in agony in the fire. That’s an interesting point
about the afterlife. We will be equipped with spirit bodies that possess a
sense of pain or pleasure. Lazarus had a finger and the rich man had a
tongue.

I believe the thirst the rich man had was the same thirst everyone has in this
life–it’s a thirst for God. This thirst cannot be satisfied with anything the world
has to offer. Only Jesus can satisfy this thirst. Jesus said, “If anyone thirsty,
let him come to me and drink!” (John 7:37) This thirst for God only becomes
more intense and agonizing in hell.

People in our culture have made hell a joke. They think hell is going to be a
place of fun, and frolicking with your friends. Some people think hell is going
to be a rock and roll heaven with a hell of a band.

In a speech to the National Press Club, Ted Turner in said, “Heaven is going
to be a mighty slender place. And most of the people I know in life aren’t
going to be there. There are a few notable exceptions and I’ll miss them.
[Laughter] Remember, heaven is going to be perfect. And I don’t really want to
be there…Those of us that go to hell, which will be most of us in this room;
most journalists are certainly going there. [Laughter] But, when we get to hell
we’ll have a chance to make things better because hell is supposed to be a
mess. And heaven is perfect. Who wants to go to a place that’s perfect?
Boring. Boring.” [Laughter]

Hell is a place of outer darkness, and weeping and gnashing of teeth. It’s a
place of darkness, isolation, and eternal frustration. Remember, this is not
some weird prophet seeing a vision of the afterlife; this is the Lord Jesus
Himself speaking plainly about what hell is like.

Abraham reported this thirst for God and the physical agony could not be
relieved. There is a great chasm that is fixed permanently between heaven
and hell and no person can cross it. After death, it’s too late to change your
eternal destination. So his prayer for relief was unanswered.

But the main point of this message is in the next statement of the rich man.
He also uttered a:

2. A cry of concern for his family: “WARN THEM!!!!”

After Abraham’s reply, the rich man realizes there is no hope for himself so
his thoughts turn to his family. He had five brothers, and they were all like
him: religious but lost. So he says in verse 27, “I beg you, Father Abraham,
send Lazarus to my house, for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so
that they will not also come to this place of torment.”

Suddenly, the rich man in hell becomes a wannabe soul winner. He develops
a missionary spirit. He expresses a concern for the lost people in his family.
It’s too bad he didn’t have that same fear of hell before he died!

There is a powerful warning here for every person who has not yet trusted
Jesus to save them from their sins and hell. Abraham gives an astonishing
reply to the rich man’s prayer. He says his brothers have the Bible (the Law
and the Prophets) that’s all they need to miss hell. If they will just read it and
believe it, they can be saved from hell. But the rich man insists that if a dead
man could go back and talk to his brothers, then they would turn from their
sins and they would repent. By the way, the rich man in hell knew how to be
saved, to repent; he just never got around to repenting himself. I’m convinced
thousands of people know how to be saved; they’ve just never done it. So he
wants Lazarus to go back and warn his brothers to stay away from hell.
When they see a man from the grave warning them, he is certain that they
will repent.

I tend to agree with the rich man don’t you? Imagine that I’m not a Christian
and somebody knocks on my door some evening. When I open the door, I’m
shocked to see an old boy whose funeral I attended a few weeks earlier
standing there. He says, “I’ve come to talk to you about Jesus, can I come
in?” After my initial shock I say, “Of corpse you can come in.” The man
begins to say, “I’ve just come back from heaven to especially warn you that
there is a hell because your older brother is there now. He asked me to come
warn you not to come to that place. So if you will admit you are a sinner, turn
from your sins and trust Jesus, you can be forgiven today. Would you like to
bow your head right now and receive Christ?” Something like that would
literally scare the hell out of me–scare me out of hell.

But Abraham said, “If they don’t believe God’s Word, they won’t believe if
someone rises from the dead.” A few weeks after He told this story to the
Jews, Jesus was resurrected–and some still scoffed and rejected Him. Today,
it’s not much different. People have the Bible and Jesus has risen from the
dead–and many still reject Him. I’m sharing the Word of God with you today,
and I’m proclaiming that Jesus is alive. If that’s not enough for you to want to
miss hell, you wouldn’t repent if a corpse came knocking on your door in
person because most of you don’t even believe in hell.

There’s also a powerful message here for all of us who are Christians. The
one thing that stands out in this passage to me is the concern the rich man
had for his brothers. In hell, people there have a constant, chronic concern for
lost people who are still alive and are headed for hell. And that’s something in
hell that we need, a fervent, compassionate concern for people around us who
are headed toward hell.

Here’s the personal application of this message. Let them ask you a very
personal question: Do you have a burden for people headed for Hell? Have
you shed any tears over lost people in your family or circle of friends? Have
you ever stayed up all night praying for the salvation of a lost loved one who is
headed for hell? I have prayed that God would give me the same kind of
burden for the lost that Paul expressed in Romans 9: “I have great sorrow and
unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were cursed
and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, those of my own race, the
people of Israel…Brothers, my heart’s desire and my prayer to God for the
Israelites is that they may be saved.” (Romans 9:2-3; 10:1)

He said he was constantly anguishing over the fact his Jewish brothers were
not saved. His burden was so heavy he said he would be willing to forfeit his
salvation and become “cursed and cut off from Christ” if it would result in the
salvation of his brothers. What a burden!

As I prepared this message I was powerfully convicted because I believe dead
people in hell have a heavier burden for people without Christ than I do.
Sometimes I get so involved in spending time with believers and enjoying
fellowship with them I forget there are people all around us who are going to
hell. Could you pray, “God, you can send me to hell if it would mean that
every person in Tyler would go to heaven?” I wondered this week if I could
honestly pray, “Lord, I’m willing to die and go to hell if it would mean the
salvation of every Chinese person.” Actually, it’s not even possible for me to
be cut off from Christ, but do I have that kind of burden? Will you join me as
we ask God to give us the same kind of burden that Paul had?

Let’s play “what if” for a moment. What if God offered to let you spend 30
seconds in heaven or 30 seconds in hell today, which would you choose?
This is not forever; it’s just a thirty second visit. Which location do you think
would make you a stronger, more mature follower of Christ? Seeing the glory
and majesty of heaven would probably make you a stronger Christian. But
would it give you a greater burden for lost people?

Would You spend 30 Seconds in Hell?

Would You spend 30 Seconds in Hell?

If God gave me the option of letting every member of our church spend 30
seconds in heaven in or 30 seconds in hell, I would ask God to let all of us
spend just 30 seconds in hell. Because those of us who know the Lord are
going to spend eternity in heaven, but I think that 30 seconds in hell would
change us for the rest of our lives. If we could see the agony and hear those
voices we would come back and be the most evangelistic Christians on earth.
People in hell are concerned for lost people who are headed for hell. That’s
something in hell we need.

A few days ago, I was in Lowe’s buying some adhesive numbers to go on our
mailbox. While I was there, an announcement came over the public address
system. It said, “Attention employees and shoppers, we have a code Adam.
There is a three-year-old boy with dark blonde hair wearing a light blue shirt
who has disappeared. Please help us look for him.” The entire store went on
alert. Of course, we were all afraid someone abducted him. There was a
sense of urgency and purpose as we all forgot about shopping and started
searching. The police who were called were positioned at the doors. For the
next few minutes, both the shoppers and the employees fanned out across
the store looking in every good hiding spot. After about ten minutes the
announcement was made, “Cancel Code Adam, the little boy has been
found.” Then something happened at Lowe’s I’ve never experienced before:
There were cheers and applause that could be heard from all parts of the
store–there were smiles everywhere. I learned from one of the employees the
little boy had just crawled behind one of the large displays.

After that, as I returned to my car, I thought, wouldn’t it be great at House of the Nazarene if we had the same kind of urgency and unity to go out into this
community and to search out those lost boys and girls and men and women
who are headed toward an eternity without Christ?

Wouldn’t it be good if we could celebrate even more when a lost person is
found for Christ? Like Jesus said in Luke 15, “there is JOY in the presence of
angels over one sinner who repents.”

What in hell do we need? We need a fresh vision of heaven, and we need to
have the same concern for people headed toward hell.

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WHAT IN HELL DO YOU WANT?

WHAT IN HELL DO YOU WANT????…….WELL???

That’s right I’m talking YOU!, it doesn’t matter whether you believe in hell or not! it’s real! The BIBLE says it is period! WAIT whats that you say? you don’t believe in hell? come on, even satan believes in hell!, however he thinks like you do, that God is a loving God and wouldn’t send his creation into everlasting torment where their is gnashing of teeth and the worm eats and never dies and the constant pain of hell fire,and being cast out and away from the presence of God into eternal darkness completely wiping away your name and any memory of YOU! forever! IS this a loving God? YES! but, HOW?

Because he is a JUST God, and HE is truth, he is going to keep His word, no matter what you think about the subject, So you can also know that He will keep His word on Salvation as well!

OH so you still say there is no Hell? Read on for His proof;
Hades was the place where the souls and the spirits of all humans went until the cross. Sheol (old testament) and Hades (new testament) hell are one and the same. In hell there were two compartments, one for the wicked and the other for the righteous, one for suffering and the other for comfort (Luke 16:22-23) The thief on the cross went to the comfort side, or paradise, as promised by Christ(Luke 23:43) Abraham’s bosom, this is

Heaven or Hell?

Heaven or Hell?

where Christ went upon his death (Acts 2:27,31) there he ministered to his people and led captivity captive (Ephesians 4:8-10), also taking the keys to death and Hades, then releasing and transporting them into the third heaven if 2 Corinthians 12:2 that is why paradise is referred to as up! (Revelation 2:7 2 Corinthians 12:4 so presently the comfort side of Hades, (paradise) has been emptied by Him who has the keys of death and Hades! (Revelation 20:13 

Of course the suffering side of Hades still teems with the wicked as the unrepentant continue to die day by day, and are added to its population, they have joined the rich man of Luke 16:23 and will not come out again until judgement day! when they will meet Christ at their TRIAL! and be transferred (cast out!) to the final penitentiary of lost souls, Gehenna (Revelation 20:13-14) Christ describes Hades 11 times in the new testament (11 TIMES!)
Matthew 11:23; 16:18; Luke 10:15; 16:22-23; Acts 2:27,31; Revelation 1:18; 6:8; 20:13-14! That’s 11!

So now i ask you again; WHAT IN HELL DO YOU WANT?
i’m waiting! and even more importantly Jesus is waiting for your answer! whats it going to be? Heaven or hell?
It is a choice that everybody has to make before they die, even the angels had to make this choice!

Therefore here’s your chance to go to Heaven, and not go to hell, prepared for satan and his angels,

I am asking because: i don’t believe we can be born a Christian. and i have met some people who say they can be born Christian.
i have been wondering how can some one be a born Christian? that is certainly not in the Bible being able to be a born Christian. now lets say we have some one who says he was a born Christian because he grew up with Christian people and went to church every Sunday. But he was a drunken murder lust who didn’t know the line between good and evil didn’t care if he hurt some one in a personal way but but yet he called himself a born Christian. and it is people like that who call themselves Christians but are the ones who cause all this atheism.
Gold, silver, diamonds, crystals, oil, power how pitiful is there worth compared to the worth of the Lord Our God? The God who created those things and is the very essence of power. Why would people argue that God exists? When the Bible clearly says: “The wrath of God is revealed from heaven all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by there wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities-his eternal power and divine nature-have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. Romans chapter one verses 18-20.

Jesus Christ is the Messiah, Lord of lords, King of kings, The only begotten son of the one and only True GOD, ‘Elohim,as he is known in Hebrew. The Creator of the universe, in human flesh, who came down from heaven! to be born in human form to knowingly Die on the cross to pay the just penalty for the sins of fallen man that we deserved!
He then rose from the dead and walked! out from the tomb after 3 days, in victory over death, and with the keys to hell and death, He then went up to heaven to show the father that he was the perfect sacrifice! then after he came back down to earth to prove to mankind that He had risen!
He then spent another 40 days hanging out with some old friends, and strolling around the old neighborhood,
then he acceded to heaven to await the time of his return to take those who believe and follow him (and who want in on God’s plan of salvation) back to heaven with Him! Not a bad plan, try to get in on it! Ask Christ to be your Savior, if you have not done so already. The Bible declares: “The wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life Through Jesus Christ our Lord”.
“He who does not believe shall die in his sins”, however “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever shall believe on him shall not perish but have everlasting life”
Now “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him (Jesus) from the dead, you shall be saved”,

John 3-16

John 3-16

Glory to GOD! This is True Salvation the everlasting Gospel. Now what do you choose? Heaven or hell? GOD or satan? Life or death?

Now you are ready and can learn How to receive Salvation

Now you can rest assured that God is a JUST God and will keep His word! you will now be with me in Heaven!

 

IF NOT,…… GOODBYE!

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“Fire and Brimstone”

“Fire and Brimstone”
Genesis 19:23-29
March 23 2012

Dr. Schlambaugh, a senior lecturer at the Chemical Engineering Department,University of Oklahoma, is known for posing questions on final exams like: “Why do airplanes fly?”

In May a few years ago, the “Momentum, Heat and Mass Transfer ” exam paper contained the question:

“Is Hell exothermic or endothermic? Support your answer with proof.”

Most students wrote proofs of their beliefs using Boyle’s Law or similar. One student, however, wrote the following:

First, we must postulate that if souls exist, they must have some mass. If they do, then a mole of souls also must have a mass. So, at what rate are souls moving into hell and at what rate are souls leaving? I think we can safely assume that once a soul gets to Hell, it does not leave. Therefore, no souls are leaving.

As for souls entering Hell, let’s look at the different religions that exist in the world today. Some religions say that if you are not a member of their religion, you will go to Hell. Since there are more than one of these religions, and people do not belong to more than one religion, we can project that all people and all souls go to Hell. With the birth and death rates what they are, we can expect the number of souls in Hell to increase exponentially. Now, we look at the rate of change in the volume of Hell. Boyle’s Law states that in order for the temperature and pressure in Hell to stay the same, the ratio of the mass of the souls and volume needs to stay constant.

[Answer 1] So, if Hell is expanding at a slower rate than the rate at which souls enter Hell, then the temperature in Hell willincrease until all Hell breaks loose.

[Answer 2] Of course, if Hell is expanding at a rate faster than the increase in souls in Hell, then the temperature and pressure will drop until Hell freezes over.

So which is it? If we accept the postulate (given to me by Teresa Banyan during freshman year) that “it’ll be a cold day in Hell before I sleep with you”, and taking into account that I still have not succeeded in having sexual relations with her, then [Answer 2] cannot be correct;
…… thus, Hell is exothermic.

The student got the only A.

For generations now, a sermon on the punishments of hell or the
threat of final judgment has been known as a “fire and brimstone”
sermon. Depending upon one’s religious background and point
of view one thinks such sermons good or bad. More and more
nowadays, however, such sermons are viewed, in polite culture,
as relics of a bygone era, a time when credulous and simple
people were easily influenced by wild-eyed pulpiteers who
virtually entertained them with grotesque descriptions of the
torments of the damned. Mark Twain poked fun at such sermons,
only barely disguising his scorn, and more recently Gary Larsen
has made that picture of hell a source of condescending
amusement in a number of his Far Side cartoons.

James Joyce, in his autobiographical novel, A Portrait of the
Artist as a Young Man, tells of the young schoolboy, Stephen,
attending a school retreat directed by an earnest Jesuit priest
named Father Arnall. Stephen himself is particularly susceptible
to religious impressions because he has just fallen into grave sin
after being accosted by a prostitute on a Dublin street. A
thoughtful boy, he was alarmed by a sense of his own
wickedness. Father Arnall announces that his sermons are to be
on the Four Last Things: death, judgment, hell, and heaven. But
when he comes to hell, his enthusiasm gets the better of him. His
descriptions of the sufferings of the damned are so lurid, his
account of the tortures prepared for them so ingenious that it
becomes clear to the boys that Father Arnall is obsessed with
the subject. In fact, when the time comes for the final sermon,
which was to be on heaven, Father Arnall cannot break away
from his favorite subject and preaches again on the pains of hell.
Joyce’s account is a cunningly patronizing dismissal of the
church’s doctrine. He turns the preaching of it into burlesque, a
kind of comic entertainment to be enjoyed by anyone smart
enough to know that such ideas should not be taken seriously. It
is made to look ridiculous, the passion of twisted folk who find it
a pleasure to contemplate someone else’s pain.

Well, if priests and ministers making too lurid descriptions of the
sufferings of the damned was supposedly a problem in the day of
Mark Twain and James Joyce, if hellfire and brimstone were
preached too often and too enthusiastically in those days, no one
can say we have that problem today. The contemporary church,
even the evangelical church, can hardly be accused of having an
obsession with damnation. It hardly mentions the idea and then
only in the most delicate manner. It is more interested in
discussing whether we should continue to believe the doctrine
than in proclaiming it to the world. And that is why I could not
leave this text without dealing with divine judgment, which is, after
all, the way the rest of Holy Scripture uses this text most often.
You cannot hear enough about this basic belief and conviction of
all true Christianity, not in our day and age, when that doctrine, so
central to all that we believe as Christians and to our life and duty
in the world, has been so completely marginalized, even in the
church.

For it can hardly be denied that, whether it has been rightly or
wrongly preached, the doctrine of the judgment of the wicked is
part and parcel of the Christian faith. The threat of this judgment
is the reason for the great visitation of this world by the Son of
God, who came, the Bible says, so that those who believed on
him would not perish but have everlasting life. His the reality of
hell alone that gives urgency and seriousness and wonder to the
Christian faith and the Christian doctrine of salvation.

You are perhaps aware, that the phrase “fire and brimstone”
comes from the KJV’s rendering of v. 24: “the Lord rained upon
Sodom and Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of
heaven.” Brimstone is another word for sulphur. So brimstone
and fire mean some kind of fiery sulphurous explosion, some
kind of burning sulphur, as the NIV has it. Now, “fire and
brimstone” became attached to the Bible’s doctrine of divine
retribution and the punishment of the wicked because Holy
Scripture itself employs the history of the destruction of Sodom
and Gomorrah as an image, an illustration, a picture of the divine
judgment and the destruction of the wicked.

You have references to the destruction of these cities over and
over again in the OT prophets as an illustration of what awaits the
wicked in the judgment of God. So God says to Israel in Amos
4:11-12:

“I overthrew some of you as I overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.
You were like a burning stick snatched from the fire, yet you have
not returned to me, declares the Lord. Therefore this is what I will
do to you, Israel, and because I will do this to you, prepare to
meet your God, O Israel.”

In the New Testament also, the devastation of Sodom and
Gomorrah serves to prefigure the divine vengeance upon
sinners. Jude writes, for example, “…Sodom and Gomorrah and
the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality
and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer
the punishment of eternal fire.” [In Jude’s day, even more than
ours, this scene of sulfurous devastation in the Valley of the Dead
Sea, still provided living evidence of divine judgment and a
warning of the reality of the eternal fires of hell.]

The connection between the destruction of Sodom and the
eternal punishment of the wicked is made also when there is no
explicit mention of Sodom or Gomorrah but the same images
are used to convey the horror of the divine punishment visited
upon the wicked. For example, in Revelation 14:10, we read that
those who align themselves with evil in the world will drink the
wine of God’s fury and will be tormented with burning sulphur in
the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb.

Now, we should be clear that this is an image, a picture, a figure
of divine judgment, not an exact description. Those cities, of
course, were simply destroyed, obliterated. But the manner of
their end is used in the Bible to emphasize the ferocity of the
divine vengeance against sin and sinners.

Sometimes this has not been well understood by Christians or by
Christian ministers who have taken these various figures the
Bible uses to describe Hell as though they amounted to the
description in a travel agent’s brochure of the Inferno. Taking the
Bible together, all that it says about these judgments and the
punishments of those outside of Christ, we learn not to take
these figures so literally. The Bible in fact often likens other
historical judgments of peoples to that of Sodom and Gomorrah
which we know had nothing to do with fire and brimstone, though
they were swift and catastrophic. For example, hell is described
in the Bible both as outer darkness and as eternal fire. But fire
gives light and seems to be incompatible with darkness. Or, we
read of the Lake of Fire prepared for the Devil and his angels,
but it does not seem that angels, being spirits and not having
bodies, can be acted upon by physical forces, such as water or
fire. Further, heaven is also described to us in powerful imagery
drawn from the physical realm but which clearly refers primarily to
the happiness and blessing of spiritual life. Images such as fire
and brimstone are designed to make us dread hell, to teach us
that its punishments are severe and terrifying. They are not
intended so much to teach us exactly what those punishments will
be after all the Bible is not a science textbook.

Francis Turretin, the Swiss Reformed theologian of the 17th
century, who has sometimes been called “the Protestant Thomas
Aquinas” cautions his readers, “But what [hell] is or in what
infernal punishments consist, it is not easy to define” [Loc. 20,
Qu. 7, Parag. 4]. On the basis of arguments like those I
mentioned, Turretin preferred to think of such things as fire and
brimstone as metaphorical, physical pictures of mental and
spiritual suffering, what he calls “severe tortures of conscience
and desperation.”

In a famous statement in one of his sermons, John Donne [IV, 6]
reminds us that all of these physical images are little or nothing
compared to the great issue of the presence or absence of God.
Spiritually minded people appreciate that this alone is
everything. If you have God in full measure — which is what
heaven means — you have perfect joy, if God departs completely
from you — which is the fate of those in hell — nothing else can
give you peace, joy, or satisfaction. Donne put it this way:

“When all is done, the hell of hells, the torment of torments, is
the everlasting absence of God, and the everlasting impossibility
of returning to his presence…to fall out of the hands of the living
God, is a horror beyond our expression, beyond our
imagination…. What Tophet is not Paradise, what Brimstone is
not Amber, what gnashing is not a comfort, what gnawing of the
worme is not a tickling, what torment is not a marriage bed to this
damnation, to be secluded eternally, eternally, eternally from the
sight of God?”

And that is true, but sinful human beings have a great difficulty
knowing and appreciating the truth of it. They are at present far
more worried by physical losses than spiritual ones, they do not
grasp that all that they enjoy in life here, they enjoy simply
because God has not yet totally deserted them, they are all for
the present and for the physical and temporal, and so the Lord
speaks to them in language they can grasp and understand. And
they can grasp this and appreciate this language of fire and
brimstone; they can grasp it today in our so-called advanced and
sophisticated society as surely as they ever could in ages past.
For, when you think of it, there has never been a time in all of
human history when the sense and the power and the imagery of
fire and brimstone were more accessible to men than today. We
have, in fact, in the 20th century taken fire and brimstone to an
altogether new and higher level!

You know, of course, that the great objection to the Christian, the
biblical doctrine of the divine punishment of the wicked is that
such judgments as the Bible predicts and warns us of are, so it is
said, incompatible with a God of love. The more detached from
the worldview of Holy Scripture, from its view of God and sin and
salvation, the more strongly this objection is put. John Hick, the
celebrated universalist — who a few years ago missed
membership in a Presbyterian Presbytery in Southern California
by one vote, with a number in the negative voting “no” simply to
avoid the controversy they knew would ensue upon his enrollment
as a Presbyterian minister — I say, John Hick thinks the idea of
hell “morally revolting” and “morally intolerable” if not he admits
absolutely logically impossible [Peterson, p. 146].

However, moral strictures on the behavior of God, pronounced in
such a day as ours, such a time of pathetic moral cowardice and
systemic ethical corruption, should be taken with a large grain of
salt. A people that cares little for holiness and understands it
almost not at all should not be taken too seriously when
pontificating as to what a holy God would and would not do.

But, still, as many Christian apologists have pointed out through
the years, and as they have pointed out with a special poignancy
in our day, the reality of hell — if it is something that can in any
way be described in terms of fire and brimstone — is not
something about which we can only speculate. It is with us,
powerfully, undeniably with us already in this world, just as it was
with Abraham, that next morning, as he looked down toward
Sodom and saw only dense smoke rising from the valley floor,
like smoke from a furnace.

People have seen it through the ages in natural devastations —
whether the destruction of Sodom or Pompeii, whether Mount St.
Helens (the 11th anniversary of whose eruption we are
celebrating today) or last week’s earthquake in Iran.

And they have seen it still more in the sufferings that men have
caused other men: the long march of refugees, trudging forlorn
and helpless, carrying away from their homes what little they
could in hopes of saving their own lives and those of their
children as smoke rises behind them. No century has seen such
weary desperation on so vast a scale and so often as our own.
And what of the death camps, the shrunken bodies and doe-like
eyes of those whose souls have died before their bodies. And
what of the moonscapes that so many great cities of our world
became at one time or another when reduced to bombed rubble,
square mile after square mile burned and blown up until there
was hardly one brick left standing on another as far as the eye
could see. This is the 20th century’s contribution to the biblical
imagery of hell. Gustave Dore has nothing on the culture of the
West in the 20th century. We have seen hell many times over.

But, surely, what that means is that we can hardly deny, we are
the last to be able to deny that the Bible’s picture of hell is
somehow unpersuasive, unrealistic or morally impossible — not
when it exists already before our very eyes. Not that men draw
this conclusion. [Newspaper article this week: Presbyterian
churches protesting the decision of the denomination forbidding
active homosexuality… the promiscuous from being ministers
and elders — in effect protesting that the church does not approve
the lifestyle of Sodom which God punished so severely. Men love
their sin still and defend it. But those who warn of God’s judgment
have history on their side.]

And that is only more true when we consider the undeniable fact
that sin is, in fact, the abominable thing that God hates, as the
Bible says, and that a Holy God will by no means — and can by
no means consistent with his holiness — clear the guilty. The very
interesting fact is that the very best people in the world, the
wisest, the most kind and loving, the most insightful, are precisely
the ones who understand this best. Let a person come face to
face with the truth about God and about himself and, suddenly, in
a moment, all of the moral objections to hell, to fire and
brimstone, are revealed to be nothing more nor less than the self
-serving protests of the immoral.

Charles Spurgeon put it this way:

“When men talk of a little hell, it is because they think they have
only a little sin, and they believe in a little Savior. [John Hick, for
example, is sure that if Christ is not for you, Buddha will do, or for
that matter anyone or anything else you choose!] But, when you
get a great sense of sin, you want a great Savior, and feel that if
you do not have him, you will fall into a great destruction and
suffer a great punishment at the hands of the great God.”
[Peterson, p. 213]

That is the way all think who see something of the living God and
who feel something of his terrible and wonderful holiness and
who come to know something of the enormity of their own sin.
This led John Henry Newman to go so far as to say,

“[Hell] is the turning point between Christianity and pantheism
[we would say between Christianity and all views that deny the
existence of a personal and holy God who is separate from his
creation], it is the critical doctrine — you can’t get rid of it — it is
the very characteristic of Christianity. We must therefore look
matters in the face. Is it more probable that eternal punishment
should be true, or that there should be no God? For if there be a
God there is eternal punishment…” [F24]

And can anyone at the end of the 20th century seriously maintain
that hell is impossible to believe when we have seen so much of
it with our own eyes?

What then will you do with this portrait of hell we have before us in
Genesis 19? In Deuteronomy 29:23-25, the Lord speaks to his
people and warns them that if they are unfaithful to his covenant
they will suffer, Sodom and Gomorrah’s fate.

“Your children who follow you in later generations and
foreigners who come from distant lands will see the calamities
that have fallen on the land, the diseases with which the Lord has
afflicted it. The whole land will be a burning waste of salt and
sulfur — nothing planted, nothing sprouting, no vegetation growing
on it. It will be like the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah,
Admah and Zeboiim, which the Lord overthrew in fierce anger. All
the nations will ask: ‘Why has the Lord done this to this land?
Why this fierce, burning anger?’ And the answer will be: ‘It is
because this people abandoned the covenant of the Lord, the
God of their fathers…. They went off and worshiped other gods…”

And, remember what we said, this physical destruction is only an
image of an everlasting penalty and loss. And if we take God’s
Holy Word seriously in this matter — as our Savior did and his
apostles did and as all the good and wise through all the ages
have done — we will care not only that we avoid this terrible lot
that awaits those who are unfaithful to God, but that we warn
others as well.

You may remember reading of the traffic pile-up on a British
highway south of London in December of 1984 [Peterson, p.
242]. On the 12th of December dense fog shrouded the M25
near Godstone, in Surrey. The hazard warning lights along the
highway were on, but were ignored by most drivers. At 6:15 a.m.
a truck carrying huge rolls of paper was involved in an accident
and blocked the lanes of traffic. In moments the highway was a
scene of mounting carnage as one car after another piled into
the wreckage accumulating on the pavement. Eventually ten
people were killed, many more were injured. A police car was
soon on the scene and two policemen ran back up the highway
to stop oncoming traffic. They waved their arms and shouted at
the top of their voices, but many drivers took no notice and sped
by to plunge into the disaster ahead. The policemen then began
picking up traffic cones and hurling them at the windshields of
passing cars in a desperate attempt to awaken drivers to the
catastrophe up ahead. One was in tears as car after car went by
and he waited for the sickening sound of impact as the car
disappeared into the fog behind him and crashed into the
growing mass of wreckage not far down the road.

Mouth of Hell.

Mouth of Hell.

There is another 20th century image of the plight and the danger
of mankind just as serviceable as that of the destruction of
Sodom and Gomorrah. This is the condition and the prospect of
men and women apart from Christ and hurtling toward doom–
and they are as utterly unaware and unknowing as that. We must
tell them in every way that we can, and we have no reason
whatsoever to fear their scorn, for this is the truth, terrible as it is,
and their own consciences and the whole world in which they live
scream this truth every day that they live. Like Lot’s sons-in-law
they may think it a huge joke but only because they will not think
honestly about it. Or they have been taught a different doctrine. But we know that it is not! And we also know
there is a way of escape, a salvation great enough to rescue us
even from a doom as terrible and that has been chosen by such
vast multitudes before us: the salvation that Jesus gives to all
who come to him.

HELL JUST AS HEAVEN IS REAL! THE GOD WHO CANNOT LIE HAS SAID SO IN HIS WORD!

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Hell’s Biggest Party!

Hell’s Biggest Party

A man dies and goes to hell. There he finds that there is a different hell for each country.He goes to the German hell and asks, “What do they do here?”He was told, “First they put you in an electric chair for an hour. Then they lay you on a bed of nails for another hour. Then the German devil comes in and beats you for the rest of the day.”The man does not like the sound of that at all, so he moves on and checks out the USA hell as well as the Russian hell and many more countries… He discovers that they are all more or less the same as the German hell…

Then he comes to the Indian hell and finds that there is a long line of people waiting to get in. Amazed, he asks, What do they do here?”He was told, “First they put you in an electric chair for an hour..Then they lay you on a bed of nails for another hour. Then the Indian devil comes and beats you for the rest of the day.””But that is exactly the same as all the other hells—so why are so many people waiting to get in here?” asked the man.Because maintenance is so bad that the electric chair does not work, someone has stolen all the nails from the bed and the Indian devil is a former Govt. servant, so he comes in and signs the register and then goes to the canteen!

Isaiah 14:9 – “Hell from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee
at thy coming: it stirreth up the dead for thee, even all the chief
ones of the earth; it hath raised up from their thrones all the kings
of the nations.”

l. INTRODUCTION — WHAT AMERICA THINKS ABOUT HELL

-Hell has fallen on hard times. A recent George Barna survey
found that 67% of Americans do not believe in hell. That means
that only 33% of Americans believe in a literal hell.

-Couple that idea with a rapidly declining biblical knowledge and
in just a few short years there will be no hell. . . . At least in the
minds of Americans.

-Hell is being “frozen out” by many preachers who downplay
damnation in their sermons. According to a lengthy report June
19, 2002 in The Los Angeles Times, the mention of hell from
pulpits is at “an all-time low” as a result of the influence of
secularism on Christian theology.

-“There has been a shift in religion from focusing on what
happens in the next life to asking, ‘What is the quality of this life
we’re leading now?’” said Harvey Cox Jr., an author, religious
historian and professor at the Harvard Divinity School. “You can
go to a whole lot of churches week after week, and you’d be
startled even to hear a mention of hell.”

-I think that sometimes we are even startled to hear about hell
here. In fact, it is now 2012. The last sermon that I can recall
being entirely related to the subject of Hell was in 2 years ago or maybe more.

-The Los Angeles Times said the tendency to forsake the fire and
brimstone “has grown in recent years as nondenominational
ministries, with their focus on everyday issues such as child-
rearing and career success, have proliferated and loyalty to
churches has deteriorated.”

-“It’s just too negative,” said Bruce Shelley, a senior professor of
church history at the Denver Theological Seminary. “Churches
are under enormous pressure to be consumer-oriented.
Churches today feel the need to be appealing rather than
demanding.” And to “Tickle” ears.

-But despite what the popular preachers and theologians of our
seminaries say about hell, they forget what the greatest preacher
who ever lived had to say. The Lord Jesus Christ spoke about
Hell twice as much as He did about Heaven. There was only one
subject that He dealt with more and that was money.

-Suffice it to say, if the Lord thought it important enough to speak
about then I too am bound by that same task. The doctrine of Hell
was not a doctrine that was developed by Paul, or Peter, or even
John. The certainty of Hell was clearly established by Jesus
Christ.

-Billy Graham was quoted in the Los Angeles Times article as
saying that he could not any longer, in good conscience preach
about a literal, burning hell. He felt that hell was more a
separation from God than a literal place. He said that the thirst
which the rich man in Luke 16 experienced was an unquenchable
thirst for God that could not be filled and that would remain with
him for eternity.

-Billy Graham said that hellfire and brimstone preaching was
good for the ‘40’s and ‘50’s but is no longer good for the new
millenium. It is funny how we change because in the late ‘50’s,
Mr. Graham was quoted like this, “If there was more hell in the
pulpit there would be less hell in the pew.”

-Yes, indeed,

hell is having a bad day. Hell is being frozen out. But regardless
of what our genteel “Christian” society thinks about hell, their
opinions and views neither destroys hell nor changes the fact of
it’s existence.

ll. OUR TEXT IN ISAIAH

-Isaiah 14 is a description of what happened to Satan. It gives to
us what happens when pride begins it’s evil work of destruction.
There is a pit waiting on evil.

-Consider with me some other renderings of this verse in various
translations:

Isaiah 14:9 — Hell from beneath is excited about you, To meet
you at your coming; It stirs up the dead for you, All the chief ones
of the earth; It has raised up from their thrones All the kings of the
nations. New King James Version

Isaiah 14:9 9 Sheol beneath is stirred up to meet you when you
come, it rouses the shades to greet you, all who were leaders of
the earth; it raises from their thrones all who were kings of the
nations. Revised Standard Version

-But this rendering from the Living Bible should strike something
in all our hearts. . . . . Listen carefully:

Isaiah 14:9-11 — 9 The denizens of hell crowd to meet you as you
enter their domain. World leaders and earth’s mightiest kings,
long dead, are there to see you. 10 With one voice they all cry
out, “Now you are as weak as we are!” 11 Your might and power
are gone; they are buried with you. All the pleasant music in your
palace has ceased; now maggots are your sheet, worms your
blanket! The Living Bible

lll. THE BOOK OF LUKE

-When we look at the book of Luke there is a story there that is
bigger than life. It gives us some insight as to the world beyond
this one.

-In Luke 14, one finds a chapter rife with the lessons that come to
the “haves” and “have nots.” Lessons of humility are taught by the
Lord. He speaks of honored seats and points of exaltation but
also of points of abasement.

-In Luke 15, one finds the poverty of the small sheperd who lost
one sheep and was willing to risk all to save it. One finds the
poverty of the woman who lost a single coin and turned over her
world looking for it. One finds the poverty of the man who lost one
of his sons.

-If the sheperd had been a large rancher, nothing would be lost
over one sheep. If the woman would have had plenty, nothing
would have been lost over one single coin. If the man would have
had a small heart, he would have forgotten the lost son. But all of
them were steeped in the ways of the lowly. Therefore their small
losses were much more highly valued.

-Then, and only in the book of Luke (Luke 16), the Lord starts
with the shady story of a crooked manager who shrewdly used
his master’s money to buy friends for himself after he lost his job.
The moral of the sordid tale struck the hearts of the Pharisees
because they were covetous and lovers of money. . . . . they
scoffed at Him (16:14). Then He concludes Luke 16 with the
most troubling tale of all, the rich man and Lazarus.

lV. THE RICH MAN AND LAZARUS

A. Life’s Greatest Loss

-Within this riveting story that the Lord would give of the Rich Man
and Lazarus, one finds lodged within the story the greatest gain
of all, which is Heaven. But one also finds the greatest loss of all,
the soul of a man.

-Each of the Evangelists that it important enough to mention the
words of the Lord:

Matthew 16:26 — “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the
whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in
exchange for his soul?”

Mark 8:36 — “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the
whole world, and lose his own soul?”

Luke 9:25 — “For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole
world, and lose himself, or be cast away?”

-Your greatest losses in this life are not the things that you
possess. Your greatest and most guarded possession must be
your soul. Life is made up not of what you possess but what
possesses you.

Hebrews 9:27 — “And as it is appointed unto men once to die,
but after this the judgment:”

-The first sermon of Jesus and the last sermon of Jesus have the
same message. In the first
sermon, the Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5-7), Jesus calls for us
to choose between the rock and the sand. In the last sermon
(Matt. 24-26), Jesus calls for us to choose between Heaven and
Hell.

B. The Rich Man

-This rich man lost his soul gradually. The accumulation of the
things of his life came over the course of time. The Bible never
mentions that he was dishonest about how he had gained a
temporal kingdom. But his greatest mistake appears to be the
fact the he invested himself in things confined to time while
negligence nibbled away his time when it came to the crucial
matters of the soul.

-There was nothing that he could not afford in this life. He had it
all and what he did not have, he had access to it. But while he
was down here, there was an unseen world above that he was
seemingly unaware of.

-I do not think that the rich man was necessarily a bad man. In
fact it appears, if anything, he was somewhat concerned about
Lazarus. Every day, crumbs were sent out to him. These crumbs
were large and tasty for the Bible declares that Lazarus lay at the
rich man’s gate for an extended period of time.

1. The Caddis Worm

In many of the rapid flowing streams in the countrysides of
England there is a very slender worm called the caddis worm. It
gathers around itself a compact coccoon of little bits of sand,
rock, sticks, and any substance that happens to float past it. In
this case it hides itself and will attach itself to the bottom of the
stream and resists the force of the current. This case is many
times the size of its own body and when you reach to pull it into
pieces, and reach the worm inside, you will be very surprised to
find how thin and small it really is. How little living material there
is at the heart of all this great mass of sand and rock. It is often
so of those who pass in this life. The things that encase our lives
are the bulk of our existence. Take away the case and you find
how tiny and small the life really is.

-Obviously those who carried Lazarus to the gate thought that this
was the best place for him. They had probably tried other places
but found that this was the best place for Lazarus. No matter what
place that life brings you to, there is a Lazarus at your gate that
needs your assistance.

-Our holdings in this life are on a very short tenure. Death will
strip them from as robbers steal from a traveller.

-Often the concept of a man investing here with the payoff to
come in the afterlife is foolishness to most. For that reason, that
is why most never invest in things that they cannot see growing.
Men invest in buildings, properties, businesses,

and in the trading of stocks, because those are things that they
can track the growth in.

-For that reason, that is why the majority of this world and
sometimes that majority of the church never invest themselves in
avenues of prayer and fasting, never open up the treasures in the
Word of God, never are concerned with efforts of witnessing,
never a hunger for revival, and never a hunger for growth. Let’s
just stay right where we are, stay comfortable, don’t talk to me
like that preacher. Leave me alone with my miserly holdings
down here.

-But there came a day that the rich man died. The man who
gained the whole world ended up losing his soul. When he died
he left it all behind him.

• He is torn from the body that he had pampered.
• He is torn from the treasures that he had amassed and now
they amount to nothing and was given to others.
• He is torn from the forms that he once worshipped for they are
lost.
• He is to enter into a world of spiritual and eternal realities with
which he has nothing in common and he has not prepared
himself to face.

C. The Contrasts Between the Rich Man and Lazarus

-In their external circumstances:

• One was rich, the other was a beggar.
• One was clothed in elegance, the other in rags.
• One was fed sumptuously, the other existed on crumbs.
• One in health, the other in a wretched physical state.
• One moved in the high social circles, the other in beggarly
isolation.

-In their spiritual conditions:

• One exulted in his wealth, the other content in his poverty.
• One satisfied with his earthly possessions, the other longing for
a heavenly treasure.
• One selfish and ungodly, the other a self-sacrificing believer.
• One had great possessions but one thing he lacked and that
one thing was needful. The other “as having nothing, yet
possessing all things.”

-In their eternal destiny:

• One cast into hell, the other carried into heaven.
• One tormented, the other comforted.
• One associated with demons, the other in fellowship with
Abraham.
• One in absolute anguish, the other in permenant peace.

-Another of the greatest lessons that we learn from this narrative
is that Lazarus very easily could have been in Hell with the rich
man. His temptations were just as great as the rich man’s. He
could have very easily became embittered and complained with
such a wrath as to find fault with both man and God. Lazarus had
Asaph’s temptation of Psalm 73 over and over again. To
consider the prosperity of the wicked and allow it to overcome
his soul.

V. THE FOUR FLAMES OF HELL

-The Lord uses the symbol of the flame, the blistered tongue, and
the cry for water, the separation, and the unanswered prayer.

Revelation 20:14-15 — “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.”

The word “lake” must connote a body of matter having liquid
form. This eternal fire must be in liquid form. The very simple
proofs of Scripture lies in the existence of the singular
phenomena of the skies known as the midget or white dwarf
stars. A midget star is one that because of some things which
have happened to it astrologically, should be some 5,000 times
larger than what it is. To gain the proper reference, we must
imagine the earth has having shrunk from it’s diameter of 8,000
miles to 400 miles.
This enormous density has a great deal of power in it. The sun,
which is our nearest star sits at between 25 to 30 million degrees
Fahrenheit. Atoms can be exploded at such temperatures. At
such high temperatures all matter would be in the form of gas. At
the white dwarf star because the size is much smaller than what it
should be, the gases are liquid fire. Before it could become a
normal star it would have to cool off and expand to natural size.
However the midget stars never cool off and because of the
compression it can never burn out. Astronomers and scientists
recognize the high heat intensities and can fully document what
has been said.

-In hell there will be four distinct torments that a man will have to
endure and never have relief from.

-Just to think that everything that you have now, you will trade it for
a glass of water in hell.

A. The First Flame — Pain — 16:24 — I am tormented in this
flame. . . . .

-You will be burning but never be consumed. Falling into a
bottomless pit. There will be weeping and wailing and the
gnashing of teeth around you.

-Unbearable pain but never any sense of relief. Nothing to stop
the flames.

B. The Second Flame — The Memory — 16:25 — Son,
Remember. . . . .

-He will remember everything about this life. Locked away in the
mind will come forgotten things. He will scrutinize his earthly life.
He will weigh and measure every single motive.

-In this life the conscience speaks at intervals. It speaks only
when we find a slippery path of temptation that we are trying to
navigate. In Hell, there is no intermission from the voice of the
conscience.

-The voice of the conscience will remind you of a God offended,
a Savior spurned, and the Heaven lost. The conscience will
remember every note that distracted you when conviction was
trying to get your attention. The conscience will prompt us of the
people who we allowed to stand in our way of greater
commitment.

-What will be remembered:

• All of the times spent in the house of God.
• All of the times the Spirit tugged at the heart with conviction.
• All of the times that you prayed and someone prayed with you.
• All of the times that you shrugged off the call of commitment.
• All of the times that you sat uninvolved and preoccupied during
the moments of worship.
• All of the times that you laughed it off.
• All of the times that you watched others find spiritual relief and
blessing.
• All of the sermons that you ever heard.
• All of the Sunday School lessons that you heard.
• All of the excuses you used about why you could not serve God.
• All of the times that you were wandering about the halls when
Church was going on.
• All of the times that you said that there were problems with the
Church.

. . . . . Nothing will escape your memory.

-The memory is so powerful.

• Who will be the Judge? The memory.
• Who will be the Accuser? The memory.
• Who will be the Witnesses? The memory.
• Who will be the Jury? The memory.

-These words sum up the power of the memory:

I’ll tell thee what is Hell–thy memory
Still mountained up with records of the past,
Heap over heap, all accents and forms,
The best occasions trifled o’er or spurned;
All that hath been that ought not have been,
That might have been so different, that now
Cannot but be irrevocably past.
Thy gangrened heart,
Stripped of it’s self-worn mask, and spread at last
Bare in it’s horrible anatomy,
Before thy own excruciated gaze.

-The words, “Son, remember. . . .” is a voice of warning for this
life.

C. The Third Flame — The Separation — 16:26 — A great gulf . . . .

Luke 13:26_28 — “Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and
drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets.” “But
he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from
me, all ye workers of iniquity.” “There shall be weeping and
gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and
Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you
yourselves thrust out.”

-In hell apparently it’s inhabitants will have a limited view of the
rests that are present to those who are in heaven.

-This view will be a living illustration to you of the lost
opportunities in this life and the chances that were not taken. But
you will not be there, you will be separated from God, from the
moving of His Spirit, and from those you knew in the Church.

D. The Fourth Flame — An Unanswered Prayer — 16:27 — I pray
that you would send. .

-The rich man had five brothers who were on the road to ruin. If
somehow Lazarus would just return from the dead and preach
and witness to my brothers. But it was an unanswered plea. The
answer was given that there are others who are right now
working toward reaching the lost.

-The man in hell suddenly had a change of heart about
preaching, particularly earnest preaching.

-As I have preached, you probably have given me more of your
attention than any time in the past when I have preached. But I tell
you that you have not been nearly as attentive and reaching as
some have been. Those you cannot see.

-As I have preached they have been as the rich man. Please
preach with passion. Please preach like you believe. Please
preach with an anointing.

Hell and satan

Hell and satan

-No doubt somewhere there are mothers and fathers and sisters
and brothers and grandparents who are begging that someone
should reach their families right now during this message.

• Please warn them of the pain.
• Please tell them about the separation.
• Please tell them about the memory that never stops speaking.
• Please tell them about the remorse for even the simple sins.

Vl. CONCLUSION

-I only have one question to ask you before these altars are
opened:

“For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world,
and lose his own soul?”

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