Jesus Christ was without question, the most loving, merciful and kind person to ever walk this earth, and yet he did not hold back the truth about this place called hell. Jesus Christ declared the following:
” …I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (John 14:6)
With that thought in mind, I want you to think about something for a moment. Did Jesus Christ tell the truth about Hell? Do you think that maybe he was trying to deceive us about this place of torment, or was He trying to warn us about an eternal place that is very real? Of course I believe the latter and there is not a doubt in my mind that Hell is as real as the ground that you and I walk on.
The words below are the words of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. He is also known as the First and the Last and the Alpha and Omega. (Revelation 1:11) Every single person who is reading this blog will stand before him one day and give an account for their life. If you declare yourself to be a believer in Jesus Christ then you must also believe his words.
There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham 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. Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead. (Luke 16:19-31)
Lessons Learned From Jesus Christ
1] Hell is real
2] People are conscious in Hell
3] People can hear in Hell
4] People can talk in Hell
5] People can remember in Hell (they remember their lives on earth, including relatives and friends.)
6] People cannot escape from Hell
7] People are tormented in Hell
8] People in Hell do not want their relatives to end up there
9] People need to believe the scriptures
10] People need to repent and get right with God
Do Not Be Fooled Folks: HELL Is Real!
The word that is used for HELL in this passage of scripture is the Greek word HADES which can be defined as the place of departed souls. Remember that Jesus Christ is the one that is telling the story here. It is very interesting that Jesus Christ, who was the most compassionate human being to ever walk this earth went into such extreme detail here in describing the torment that the “rich man” in HELL was experiencing.
Jesus actually told us that the “rich man” was begging for a drop of water on his tongue. Can I accuse Jesus of being too harsh for using such language? Can I accuse Jesus of being too hard for telling us about the impossibility of the “rich man” escaping the torment that he was in?
People often accuse Christians of using scare tactics, or of preaching “fire and brimstone” messages to scare people, but I use Jesus Christ Himself as my example. In other words, I will speak the words that are recorded in my Bible. If Jesus Christ preached about HELL then I will also preach about HELL.
After Jesus rose from the dead He encouraged His disciples to preach the gospel to the whole world. Jesus told them that the believers would be saved and the unbelievers would be damned. (Matthew 16:15-16) What does it mean to be DAMNED according to Jesus Christ? Listen to Him for yourself!
Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell? (Matthew 23:33)
Do not use vague terms such as telling people that they are going to a “Christless Eternity” because that would be like heaven to them. They do not want Christ now, and they just might figure that they are alright without Him in eternity also. Tell them the truth about HELL the same way that Jesus told them. Take my word for it on this one.
God will honor you for doing that simply because God always honors His Word, even ABOVE His own name, and don’t you ever forget that.
I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name. (Psalms 138:2)
It is the obligation of EVERY true bible believing Christian to preach the gospel and to warn the sinners about the damnation of HELL. How can we stand by and not warn the souls who are perishing all around us? In fact I pity the minister who stands in the pulpit Sunday after Sunday and never warns the people about HELL. That is not the LOVE of God at all. God is LOVE and Jesus Christ is God, and Jesus Christ preached often about Hell, and we need to do the same.
At another time Jesus declared that when the Son of Man (Himself) comes in His Glory, He will separate the sheep from the goats. The sheep are placed on the right hand and the goats are placed on the left hand. (Matthew 25:31-33) The “sheep” (God’s people) inherit the Kingdom prepared for them. But Jesus declared that there would be a different fate for the “goats” who did not follow the Lord.
Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: (Matthew 25:41)
Ultimately the place called HADES will be cast into the “lake of fire” and that will be the place of “everlasting fire” and “everlasting punishment.” You can choose to reject the teachings of the Word of God if you so desire, but the words will always remain true. but the words of Jesus Christ will never pass away according to Jesus Himself. (Matthew 24:35) You can call HELL a myth if you so desire, but I tell you in love, that you are in for the shock of your death.
You will NOT be annihilated and exist no more. There is no second chance either. Jesus NEVER spoke about a place called Purgatory and it is not to be found in the Bible. Jesus NEVER spoke about being reincarnated and it is not to be found in the Bible.
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. 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. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and HELL (HADES) delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and HELL (HADES) 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. (Revelation 20:11-15)
I do not believe for a moment that the people who are presently in HELL (HADES) are having a BIBLE STUDY wondering whether they are in SHEOL, HADES, or the LAKE OF FIRE. Not for a moment. They are in absolute torment according to Jesus Christ.
The very SAME Jesus Christ who spoke so clearly about HELL is the very SAME Jesus who laid down His life upon the cross for us. Jesus Christ died as a substitute in our place.
The “I’m a Good Person” Trap
Many people fall into the fatal trap of thinking that they are a “good person” and when they die they hope that their own “goodness” or their own “good deeds” will outweigh their “badness” or their own “bad deeds.” They are hoping that the eternal “scales of justice” will weigh in their favor, when the truth of the scriptures has already proclaimed them GUILTY!
Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. (Romans 3:19-20)
The Law of God absolutely silences every single man and woman on earth from justifying themselves before a holy and righteous God. If you want to look for an “axis of evil” you need not look any further than your own heart.
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? (Jeremiah 17:9)
Do you understand that you are spiritually DEAD in the sight of Almighty God? Do you understand that God is offering you SALVATION and ETERNAL LIFE in His Son Jesus Christ?
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. (Romans 5:8-9)
You do not have to end up in Hell like so many billions that have lived before you. The Gospel of Jesus Christ has been mocked for centuries and those that mock the gospel in modern times are no different than those that went before them.
Jesus Christ said “…repent and believe the gospel” (Mark 1:15)
My friend, please remember that these words about Hell were spoken by Jesus Christ Himself, the very creator of all things. Do not gamble with your soul as the rich man did in this true story.
Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell? (Matthew 23:33)
For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek (Gentile): for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. (Romans 10:12-13)
Should a Christian hold back this vital truth about Hell, from people who are lost? Would that be a “loving” thing to do? If Jesus Christ, the most loving person, who ever walked this Earth preached, and warned about Hell, is it not our responsibility to do the same? Of course it is. Do not be persuaded by those who tell you that a “loving God” would not damn anybody for eternity, when the scriptures tell us otherwise. Should a minister of the Gospel hold back this truth from Christians who sit under their teachings? Of course not, and yet their are many ministers, who never warn their congregations about the reality of Hell. Whatever their reasons might be for holding back the truth, their “reasons” will surely not hold up on Judgment Day, when we all stand before God.