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Friday, July 20, 2012
Hell is for real
have raised the question and discussed the existence of a literal place
called Hell. Is Hell for real? I believe that it is, in fact Jesus
Himself spoke more about the literal existence of Hell than anybody else
in the Bible. Another word for Hell is the lake of fire mentioned four
times in the book of Revelation. What is that place and where is it?
I don't think that anyone really knows for sure.
are some that believe that hell is in the center of the earth, while
others believe that it may be far out in the universe i.e. the outer
darkness Jesus spoke off. "And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth." Mat 25:30. This phrase was used by the Lord three times in the gospel of Matthew.
word Hell appears 32 times in all of the Bible. In the Hebrew the word
hell is Sheol. According to the concordance the word Sheol can mean:
underworld, grave, hell, pit. The OT designation for the abode of the
dead or: 1) place of no return 2) without praise of God. 3) wicked sent
there for punishment. 4) righteous not abandoned to it. 5) of the
place of exile. 6) of extreme degradation in sin.
the New Testament which was written in the Greek the word Hell/Sheol is
translated as Gehenna. Here is what the concordance list as to what it
means: 1) Hell is the place of the future punishment call "Gehenna" or
"Gehenna of fire". This was originally the valley of Hinnom, south of
Jerusalem, where the filth and dead animals of the city were cast out
and burned; a fit symbol of the wicked and their future destruction.
Apostle Peter in his second epistle uses the word tartaroo to describe
Hell. Concordance: 1) the name of the subterranean region, doleful and
dark, regarded by the ancient Greeks as the abode of the wicked dead,
where they suffer punishment for their evil deeds; it answers to Gehenna
of the Jews. 2) to thrust down to Tartarus, to hold captive in
I believe that Peter used this word because he was writing to a Greek audience and they knew what he meant by the word Tartaroo.
are many even within Christendom that either flat-out deny the
existence of Hell or fail to speak about from the pulpit. Just as many
deny the existence of Satan i.e. the Devil. Universalism teaches that
there is no Hell and that eventually everybody will be saved. Then there
are those that would say, if God is so loving, why does He sent people
of all, God does not send people to Hell, they send themselves there by
rejecting His free gift of salvation which is through His Son Christ
Jesus. He did not come into the world to send people to Hell, He came to
set people free from sin and the white throne judgment of God that all
of those who reject Jesus will have to face one day.
God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever
believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. "For God
did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the
world through Him might be saved. "He who believes in Him is not
condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he
has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. "And this
is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men
loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. "For
everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light,
lest his deeds should be exposed." John 3:16-20.
people know John 3:16, but many forget to read the other verses to get
the full context of what Jesus was saying. God loves us and he
demonstrated His love by giving His only begotten Son, but many do not
want to believe, do not care or simply reject Him. All have sinned and
fallen short of the Glory of God (Rom 3:23). All of us have broken
God's divine laws and we deserve punishment.
by His Mercy and Grace has provided a way to avoid that judgment and
that is through the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. Those who believe
by faith will be saved and inherit eternal life. Those who reject will
have a different destiny; Hell or eternal separation from God.
may say that God does not exist, therefore Hell does not exist. Can
they really be sure? Can they be sure hat there is nothing after death?
I may not be able to proof the existence of God or Hell to an
unbeliever or someone who rejects God completely, but I know that I know
that God is for real, heaven is for real and unfortunately Hell is for
does not want anybody to end up in Hell and I believe that He makes
every effort to save people from that place. He does this through His
word and the witness of others that share the gospel. People have to
really harden their hearts before God let's them go, just as Pharaoh
did. It is not God that hardens the hearts of people. God gave Pharaoh
many chances to listen to Him, but Pharaoh hardened his heart each time
and rejected, until God finally let him go.
hope that there are many out there that have a soft heart that hear the
call and the voice of God. This world as we know it is coming to an
end. I don't know the day or the hour, we are on God's prophetic time
clock. Looking at the world today, it's a few seconds before midnight.
no expert on Hell either, neither do I want to be, I never wanna see or
be at that place wherever it may be. I hope that if you are an
unbeliever and read this, not to laugh it off, but to at least think
about what Jesus said and what He did. Jesus did for us what we could
not do ourselves. He died for you and me, taking our deserved punishment
so that we can spend eternity with Him. Eternity is a long time and
there are only two destinations; Heaven or Hell. Which one will you
"Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." John 14:6.