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Time Wounds All Heels: The Dead Have a Tale to Tell

I have been studying and teaching Bible doctrine for over 48 years and the shepherding teacher for home based Churches. Sola Scriptura

Hell is not the End

Something much worse awaits those who reside in hell.

Something much worse awaits those who reside in hell.

Hell is Never Satisfied

John Lennon’s song Imagine, stated that it was “easy to imagine there’s no heaven … or hell below ... a world without religion too: surely then, the world would be ‘livin’ life in peace”. The world does not offer the peace of mind that people seek, as God has placed the world [‘olam - eternity] in men’s hearts [Ecclesiastes 3:11]. Everyone knows deeply within their psyche that there is more to life than just the here and now: ergo, the fear of death ... the unknown. Many, desire death to be nothing more than a grand nothingness, while those who recognize there will be a final accounting pursue good works or religion for the ‘Stay Out of Hell’ card.

The reason that scifi books and movies are so popular is that God is not included in the godless future they envision. If his name is ever invoked, it is either in a form of blasphemy or he acts as an uninterested observer in the affairs of humanity. Also, have you ever wondered why the world is so enamored with evolution? It is a world and a future in which there is no God to which one must answer; all are just a product of random chance. These are the from nothing to nothingness crowds.

Hell is not the final destination of the lost when one’s physical being no longer lives among us. Physical death is not the end but the beginning of that which is still yet to come, an eternity without hope and the full knowledge of what God considers death looming on the horizon. In Matthew 10:28, men are instructed to fear God which is able to destroy [apollumi – to destroy with the emphasis on punishment] both one’s body and soul in hell. Hell is not a destination for the reformation of one’s soul, but one of pure despair coupled with pain and hopelessness: they know what is coming. If their lives were filled with anger and hate before being cast into hell, their hatred for God will have grown exponentially by the time they stand before the White Throne in final judgment.

The Religious are not Exempt from Hell

The many who cry Lord, Lord all believed that they were immune to the judgment of God.

The many who cry Lord, Lord all believed that they were immune to the judgment of God.

Meet the Religious Inmates

Those who pursued religion and religious zealots of all shapes and sizes, could easily be the largest number of those who now populate hell. They, knowing there is a God, created one for themselves according to their own desires, whether it be an idol or a life of faux piety. Many of the religious who claimed the moniker of Christians among the denizens of hell are depending upon offering a plea for God’s mercy when they do appear before the Judge. They will be the one’s crying out in that day, Lord, Lord, but no mercy will they find. The last words they will hear from the King of Kings will be, “I never knew you” which will remain with them forever. All those now existing in or about to take up residence in hell have one thing in common … the same end … forever.

As earthly prisons tend to harden the lives of the majority of those who pass through or live a life within their walls, hell reforms no one. There is one common thread among all the souls in hell, and that is the knowledge of the Truth as to why they are there. Take the conversation between the rich man and Abraham in Luke 16:19-31. As there are souls awaiting judgment in hell, there are souls awaiting the resurrection in Paradise. The rich man knew he deserved his lot in death but still desired the slightest of mercies to ease his deserved misery; even had the sense of mind to think of his brothers’ potential fates. In modern lingo, Abraham slammed the door shut on his pleas for mercy as the gulf between the condemned and the forgiven could not be breached. Verses 29 and 31 make a very telling statement, it defines where one lives after physical death in this world. Please note that those in hell are alive, not in the physical sense, but having cognitive reasoning, a sense of ‘physical’ pain and for a season, a glimmer of hope. In the case of the rich man, Abraham’s reply removed any semblance of hope he may have had.

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Do You Hunger for the Entire Word of God?

It is either all the Word of God or none.

It is either all the Word of God or none.

Heaven or Hell is Found or Lost in the Word of God

Luke 16:29 The Gospel is based upon the Law [Moses] and the Prophets and one’s belief, for as Jesus said in John 5:46-47 that no one could believe in him as Saviour if one should not believe what Moses wrote of our Lord. Those who eschew the Old Testament are walking on dangerous ground. Also, in Luke 24:27-32, Jesus preached to the two on the road to Emmaus as he expounded unto them in all the Scriptures concerning himself. In verse 31, their spiritual eyes were opened but it is the reaction of the two men in verse 32, “... Did not our heart burn within us while he talked with us by the way …". When God allows one’s heart to absorb the Word, their eternal destiny is revealed as Hope now fills their entire being.

Luke 16:31 is a warning. Those who are truly born again, know that Christ arose from the grave, while the world only gives lip-service to the most amazing event in the history of mankind. They also believe what Moses wrote of Christ and love every jot and tittle, that will never pass away. A saving belief in Jesus is based upon the entire Word of God – Sola Scriptura. Heaven or hell is found in what one believes concerning the Word of God.

Revelation 22:18-19 gives the ultimate final warning. By adding or taking away from God’s Word or in other words, making the Bible say what one wants it to say will be a one-way ticket to hell, and eventually the Lake of Fire. Church gatherings and teachings that avoid the Old Testament have in effect made a statement that Moses and the Prophets are no longer relevant to the message of the Gospel when in fact, the Old Testament is the foundation of the Gospel. One does not have to look too far to see that the gatherings of both the cultic and the denominational have grown weak and worldly. They depend upon their own specific doctrinal statements and/or works for both salvation and the keeping of it.

Finally, two statements by Jesus tell the tale. “For many are called, but few are chosen.” and “Many will say unto me in that day, Lord, Lord...” Remember there will be many not a few to whom Jesus will avow no knowledge of them.

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