Your Final Destiny?
Are you a good person?
ETERNITY - Its a long time.
.Hell Fire - Could it be symbolic?
Imagine for a moment that the "fire" of hell is just symbolic. If so, then understand that a symbol is merely "smybolic" of a greater reality. This would mean that the greater reality which fire then symbolised, must be much more fearful than the symbol of souls burning forever in an lake of fire!
There is no relief in believing "fire" is just a symbol for God's wrath against unrepentant sinners. If it is just a symbol, then you have something much worse to endure. The fact is: if you do not repent, then "fire" is not the only thing you need to fear as it is only one way the Bible speaks of hell, as we shall see.
. It's not hell you should fear!
Jesus said, "Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him" (Luke 12:4-5). All who break God's law, should fear him.
The Bible says God is a "consuming fire" and "It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God" (Hebrews 10:29-31). That's why Jesus first disciples said, "knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men" (2 Corinthians 5:11). Yes, we are trying to persuade you. Can you see why?
NOTE THIS: the Bible says, fear has to do with torment and punishment BUT God's perfect love casts out all fear (1 John 4:17-18). Hold on to that as you read on.
So, what does the Bible say about hell? Read on to find out more...
. From Revelation 20:11-15, the last book in the Bible
11 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.
12 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.
13 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.
14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
In a story Jesus tells, the man who is carried away into hell cries: ". . .I am tormented in this FLAME." Luke 16:24
Jesus says: "And shall cast them into a FURNACE OF FIRE: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth." Matthew 13:42
Jesus says: "Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting EVERLASTING FIRE,. . ." Matthew 25:41
Revelation 20:15 says, " And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the LAKE OF FIRE."
The Bible continually warns of a place called hell. There are over 162 references in the New Testament alone which warns of hell. And over 70 of these references were uttered by the Lord Jesus Christ!
Jesus warned people about hell when he told them about two men: a rich man and a man called Lazarus. This is the story as found in Luke chapter 16, verses 22-28. We pick the story up half way through.
"...the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham [a man spoken of in the Bible well known for his love of God] afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence. Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house: For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment."
. Listen to what JESUS said of the man who went to hell (Luke 16):
23 "And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in TORMENTS. . . "
24 ". . . for I am TORMENTED in this FLAME."
28 ". . .PLACE OF TORMENT."
Hell will be beyond anything humanly imaginable!
In the Bible God describes Hell as a place of...
weeping (Matthew 8:12),
wailing (Matthew 13:42),
gnashing of teeth (Matthew 13:50),
weeping and gnashing of teeth (Matthew 25:51)
darkness (Matthew 25:30),
flames (Luke 16:24),
burning (Isa 33:14),
torments (Luke 16:23),
everlasting punishment (Matthew 25:46)!
indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish (Romans 2:8, 9)
Jesus says in Matthew 25:41, "Depart from me, ye cursed, into EVERLASTING FIRE, prepared for the devil and his angels."
. There will be no "HOPE" in hell - ever!
Have you heard the saying, "Not a hope in hell". Its true. If you go there, it won't be for the weekend; there will be NO HOPE of escape! Ever!!! Consider the many ways the Bible speaks about the eternity of hell.
". . . Depart from me, ye cursed, into EVERLASTING fire, . . ." The words of Jesus in Matthew 25:41.
"The smoke of their TORMENT ascendeth up for EVER AND EVER: and they have NO REST DAY NOR NIGHT." From words spoken by Jesus in a vision of end time events in Revelation 14:11.
Consider other examples of how the Bible warns of the eternity and permance of hell!
everlasting fire - Matthew18:8, 25:41
everlasting punishment - Matthew 25:46
everlasting chains - Jude 1:6
everlasting destruction - 2 Thessalonians 1:9
eternal damnation - Mark 3:29
eternal judgment - Hebrews 6:2
eternal fire - Jude 1:7
unquenchable fire - Matthew 3:12
the fire that never shall be quenched - Mark 9:43, 44, 45, 46, 48
fire unquenchable - Luke 3:17
shame and everlasting contempt - Daniel 12:2
mist of darkness is reserved for ever - 2 Peter 2:17
the blackness of darkness for ever - Jude 1:13
. In the whole of the Bible, there is not one verse that offers hope for anyone who enters hell.
The rich man in Luke 16 never even asked to get out - only that his family might be warned not to come there. He knew there was not way out.
HELL IS FOREVER AND EVER!
Your life will end in a heart beat. The next one could be your last.
What could possibly be worth eternity in hell?
No wonder Jesus Christ warned so much about hell! No wonder Jesus said in Mark 8:36,
"For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and LOSE HIS OWN SOUL?"
. Please, take these warnings seriously.
May the Lord Jesus open your eyes to see that YOUR SOUL is in danger of ETERNAL Hell. Your sin offends God and you hang by a spiders thread over the flames of eternal damnation. If you have not done so, do the GOOD PERSON TEST now and consider how God sees your sin. Click HERE to do the test.
. But its not fair!
Maybe you think God is unjust in creating such a terrible punishment for sinners. And it is terrible. Maybe you think that you deserve less for just a few lies and the occasional cheating, and lusting and greed and spiteful anger, and ignoring God and what he has done for you all your life. If you do, you are probably like a majority of people on the planet.
But please, take a moment to consider these 4 things.
1. As sinners who have broken God's moral laws and offended him, we are in no position to tell a Holy God how to punish sin!
2. Despite our sin and rebellion against our creator, God himself has paid the debt for all sin by the death of Jesus (God in the flesh) on a cross. If anything is unfair, that's unfair. We did the crime but God paid the fine!
3. Hell is a choice! Your sins have been paid for, if you choose to ignore such a great gift from God (there is no greater gift) then you have chosen to go to hell. You have no one to blame but yourself. Why would you want to turn down such amazing love.
4. If you would humble yourself, repent (change your attitude to the things God calls sin, and therefore you behaviour) and believe the good news (put your trust in Jesus who died for your sin) then not only will God save you from hell, the day you die, he will welcome you into heaven to share the glory and pleasures of heaven forever.
How can this be said to be unfair? God loves you. More than you really know. He went to extreme lengths to save your from the just penalty for your sin. So, ultimately, Hell is a choice. Hell is your choice. So is heaven. What will you choose?
. Jesus took hell very seriously. . .
Jesus says in Mark 9:43-47,
"And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: and if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire"
Jesus Christ took hell very seriously - He said that if your hand, foot or eye caused you to sin and offend God, remove them, if that would keep you out of hell! NOTE: Jesus was making a point about the seriousness of sin and not suggesting that we actually do these things. One reason for this is that if we followed Jesus advice to the letter, we would have to remove our brains for all their evil thoughts. Jesus was not asking us to kill ourselves and therefore break the 6th commandment which says, "Thou shalt not kill". You see, Hell is such a place or torment that if you could avoid going there by your own human efforts, you should be willing to take such drastic actions as removing a hand or eye. In short, don't go there. Why? Read on and see...
. WHAT JESUS CHRIST SAYS ABOUT HELL!
Jesus Christ spoke more on hell than any other subject. Just look at how Jesus described hell:
"fire" Matt 7:19, 13:40, 25:41
"everlasting fire" Matt 18:8, 25:41
"eternal damnation" Mark 3:29
"hell fire" Matt 5:22, 18:9, Mark 9:47
"damnation" Matt 23:14, Mark 12:40, Luke 20:47
"damnation of hell" Matt 23:33
"resurrection of damnation" John 5:29
"furnace of fire" Matt 13:42, 50
"the fire that never shall be quenched" Mark 9:43, 45
"the fire is not quenched" Mark 9:44, 46, 48
"Where their worm dieth not" Mark 9:44, 46, 48
"wailing and gnashing of teeth" Matt 13:42, 50
"weeping and gnashing of teeth" Matt 8:12, 22:13, 25:30
"torments" Luke 16:23
"tormented in this flame" Luke 16:24
"place of torment" Luke 16:28
"outer darkness" Matt 8:12, 22:13
"everlasting punishment" Matt 25:46
What could possibly be worth eternity in hell? Hell will not be a party. You have been warned!
You need to ask...
Am I a good person - in the eyes of a Holy God?
Am I innocent or guilty - in the eyes of a Holy God?
Will I be welcomed into heaven or cast into eternal hell?
Not only have you been warned but God has provided you with a way out. You will be without excuse on the day of judgement! You need to understand what God has done for you through the shed blood of Jesus.
If you are not 100% sure that you will go to heaven when you die, do the "Good Person Test". You cannot afford to be wrong because eternity is the wrong thing to be wrong about. Please, make sure that if you were to die tonight, you would go to heaven.
. If annihilation were true...
If hell was a place where you were destroyed and then ceased to exist (ie. annihilation), then that means people like Hitler would suffer no eternal consequences for their crimes. It means that we may as well all "eat drink and be merry for tomorrow we die" and ceast to exist. Surely non-existence cannot be seen as punishment. If you don't exist, there are no regrets, no suffering, nothing. You could do what you like in this life and then you would cease to exist. You think the world is a mess now. Imagine what it would be like if there was no conscience - none at all - in the heart of any man, woman or child. Imagine if there was no healthy fear of eternal consequences holding people back. If death is the end and there are no eternal consequences for choices made in this life and good and evil are only what YOU want them to be, then everyone would be a law unto themselves and this planet wouldn't last five seconds!
Apart from these things, everything we have considered above about hell tells us very clearly that it is a place of torment, it is forever and there is no hope gettng out if you go there.
The idea that death is the end, fits very well with evolutionists who teach that your meaningless existence is just the result of random atoms bumping together. We all came from a big bang they say. A cosmic accident that sparked life in the universe. So you are just a meaningless accident - even your thoughts are meaningless because they too are just the result of random atoms bumping together. If you say you've found meaning and purpose in life, you are deluded because that belief in itself is just the result of random atoms banging together.
In the end, death is just the end to a meaningless existence. That is if you follow evolutionary theory through to its meaningless conclusion.
. However, your life is NOT meaningless. YOU were created for a purpose.
And that is the reason for hell. Hell is the final result of rejecting the purpose for which we were created. The purpose for which we were created is to have a relationship with God. Click Here and take the Good Person Test now and see if you are guilty or innocent of breaking that relationship. And if you are guilty, discover how you can start again with God today. Yes, if you need to, you can get right with God today! You can do this where you are, sitting in front of your computer. If you discover for yourself that you are guilty and deserving of hell, right now you can have your sins forgiven, be born again into God's family and have eternal life. God does not want you to go to hell. Don't put this off. Please, do it now.