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August 18, 2018  What Comes Next? HELL

 

“Satan continues his efforts to make sin less offensive, heaven less appealing, hell less horrific and the Gospel less urgent.” – John MacArthur

 

According to my pew research, 72% of people in our country believe in Heaven and 58% believe in Hell.

 

If Hell is not real then:  (1) Unbelievers around the world would reject Christ easily, with no fear of God whatsoever.  (2) You would be incredibly unmotivated to share your faith in Christ with other people.

Two Biblical reasons why Hell exists:  Hell exists for God to deal righteously with Satan.

Matthew 25:41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.

Second: Hell exists is for God to deal righteously with unbelievers.

II Thessalonians 1:8-9:He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might

Luke 16:19-28

19 “There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day.20 At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores 21 and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores.

22 “The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. 24 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.’

25 “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. 26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been set in place, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.’

27 “He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my family, 28 for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’

What do we know about Hell?  We don’t know a lot, but we know that Hell is a place of unspeakable suffering.  It is a place of unspeakable suffering.  Just a couple of different verses from the New Testament that will give us a little bit of insight.  Matthew 5:29:

29 If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. 30 And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.

This is extreme – think about literally what is being said here.  It would be better to endure gouging out your own eye or sawing off your arm, then to endure what Hell will be like…

There’s another verse that’s found in Revelation 14:10-11:

10 they, too, will drink the wine of God’s fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath. They will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb. 11 And the smoke of their torment will rise for ever and ever. There will be no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and its image, or for anyone who receives the mark of its name.”

What, what does the Bible say about Hell?  It is called a fiery furnace.  It’s called a place of burning sulfur.  It says in Hell there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth (Matt 8:12).  It’s a place described as the outer darkness (Matt 25:30).

“Gehenna” – comes from the Valley of Hinnom, “place of everlasting punishment.”

THE POINT: Either we believe it, or we don’t, and if we do, our lives should be dramatically different.

What do we see from Luke 16:

  • We need to acknowledge, the rich man was fully conscience
  • His eternal destiny was irrevocable to be fixed.
  • Notice, he complained about the pain, but he never complained about the injustice.
  • He pleaded for someone to help his loved ones know Jesus.

 

“Sir, I do not share your faith, but if I did, if I believe what you say you believe, then although England were covered with broken glass from coast to coast, I would crawl the length and the breadth of it on hand and knee, and think the pain worthwhile, just to save a single soul from this eternal Hell of which you speak.  If I believed in this place as you say, my life would reflect it.”  – Charles Peace