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People don't like to hear about hell. But I'm here to tell you that if Jesus is not your personal Savior, you are on your way to hell my friend. Some of you will be upset at this bad news. Tell me this...if your house were on fire, would you want me to let you know? Of course you would!!! You'd probably thank me for telling you. So it is only because I care about you that I am sharing the truth of God's Word with you. If you go to hell, YOU will be the one on fire.
Hell may be a politically incorrect topic these days, but many people enter hell everyday. Many sincere folks cannot comprehend the idea of a Loving God sending anyone to an eternal place of fire and doom. However, if a person believes in God at all, then the fact that God allows world suffering to exist must be taken into consideration. Why does God allow war? Why does God allow the innocent to suffer as evildoers? The fact is friend, God does allow it. The reason is because of Man's wicked sin. Sin kills, steals and destroys!
Sadly, out of the estimated 150,000 people that die everyday, most end up in hell. Jesus taught, "Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it" (Matthew 7:13,14). There are an estimated 4 billion people in the world. Do the math! If a person lives to be an average of 70, how many people will die on average in a day? The answer is 156,555 people per day. The Bible clearly teaches that FEW people make it to heaven; MANY go into eternal destruction. Sadly, I fear that 99% of these 150,000 people end up in hell!
Hell is a real place friend, despite the fact that people laugh and say that they want to go there. Billionaire, Ted Turner, mockingly said he looked forward to going to hell because he knew he deserved it. Bill Gates said he doesn't know whether there's a God or not. Warren Buffet in an atheist. So many people "think" they have heaven upon this earth, but hell awaits them. They simply don't understand how terrible hell is. Just because you've never seen hell doesn't mean it doesn't exist. We have a searing, accurate description of what hell is like in God's word (We'll get to some scriptures in a minute). Hell is awful and you truly don't want to go there. Before I was saved, I had idolized rock-stars like Ozzy Osbourne. I didn't think much of it back then in my teenage years, but now as I get older; I am seeing these rock-stars of my youth growing older.
These old codgers are all dying their hair, wearing wigs, makeup and the works. My heart goes out to them because I grew up with their music. Even though I now realize the damnation behind their Satanic works, I hurt for their souls because I know judgment day is fast approaching for them. I hurt when I hear of someone like Ozzy dying in his sins. I was saddened at the death of Frank Sinatra; He lived his life in sin and shame. He mocked the great evangelist Billy Sunday in his hit, "Chicago"--"The town Billy Sunday couldn't shut down!" I am totally convinced that Sinatra went to hell--that is my opinion. Hell will be filled with the Ozzy's, Madonna's and Michael Jackson's of the world. I would not want to have to stand before God for leading millions of youngsters into sin and unbelief. How sad! How tragic!
Satan, the god of this world, WILL NOT always cause havoc. His doom is already foretold, "And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever" (Revelation 20:10). Did you know that if you do not belong to Jesus Christ you belong to Satan? You don't have to be a card carrying Satanist to serve Satan. You don't have to be a murderer, drunkard or drug addict either. All you have to do is ignore Jesus Christ. If you don't have Jesus today, you are deceived and hell bound--you are a child of hell, a child of the devil. Though this may sound harsh, it is true friend. God loves you and wants to save you; He asks nothing in return. "...him that cometh to me in will in no wise cast out" (John 6:37).
How many times have I heard someone say, "A loving God wouldn't put His creation in hell." I have news for you, friend; God doesn't put anyone in hell--their sin of unbelief puts them there! Hell was created for the devil and his angels--
"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)
Men and women go to hell because they choose the devil's way and reject the Lord Jesus. God is holy and cannot allow any sin into His kingdom. As a result, when people die in their sins they are forever banished from the presence of God to a place called hell. Incidentally, Satan won't be ruling in the lake of fire. He'll be screamin' and hollerin' just like everybody else--
the devil...shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. (Revelation 20:10)
God does not want you in hell! Jesus came to save you from that horrible place! Don't lie and say God puts people in hell! Get right with Jesus and you won't go there! Look at these scriptures:
"As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die." (Ezekiel 33:11)
"The Lord is...not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." (II Peter 3:9)
The Bible says that God loved the world so much, that the Creator of this universe (Jesus Christ); came to "taste death" for every man. Jesus wasn't just some baby for a manger scene. He is God come in the flesh to destroy the power of death and hell. Jesus is the key to heaven! If you say "yes" to Jesus, hell won't be your final destination; If you say "no" to Jesus, hell will be your eternal home. It's Jesus or hell, turn or burn.
Regardless of whether you believe it or not, hell exists! The Bible says that hell is never full. I've heard many folks say that hell is just the grave (Sheol). Well, let's take a look at what the Bible says. Here are a few scriptures that teach about hell and the lake of fire. At the final judgment; hell, death and those not written in the book of life will be cast into the lake fire.
Matthew 25:41 (Jesus speaking to unbelievers at the great while throne of judgment), "...Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels."
Revelation 14:11, "And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night."
Revelation 20:12, 15, "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 whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire."
Matthew 10:28, "And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell."
Luke 12:5, "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."
Matthew 18:8& 9, "Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or feet to be cast into everlasting fire. And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire."
Matthew 25:46, "And these shall go away into EVERLASTING punishment: but the righteous into life eternal."
II Thessalonians 1:9,
Who shall be punished with EVERLASTING destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power.
Isaiah 66:24, "And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcasses of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be abhorring unto all flesh."
Mark 9:44 (speaking of hell), "Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched." (Some believe this worm refers to the conscience. Unbelievers will have an eternity to regret their foolish decisions; whereas, Believers will someday have every tear wiped away by God Himself--Revelation 21:4).
Jude 7, "Sodom and Gomorrha...are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire."
Matthew 22:13," ...Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth."
Matthew 13:41-42, "The Son of man (Jesus) shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; and shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth."
Revelation 21:8, "But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death."
Psalm 9:17, "The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God."
Isaiah 14:11-15 (Satan's final doom), "Hell from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming: it stirreth up the dead for thee...all they shall speak and say unto thee, Art thou also become weak as we? art thou become like unto us? Thy pomp is brought down to the grave, and the noise of thy viols: the worm is spread under thee, and the worms cover thee...thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit."
Daniel 12:2, "And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and EVERLASTING contempt."
The following is a true story as told by the Lord Jesus in Luke 16:19-31. This is the factual account of the rich man and Lazarus. We know this is an factual account because Jesus did not say it was a parable. Jesus always announced when He was going to speak a parable. Furthermore, Jesus never mentioned "specific" names of people when He told a parable. He would refer to a "certain man" or "a far country." In this account of the rich man and Lazarus, Jesus mentions literal names: Abraham and Lazarus. He does refer to the rich man as "a certain rich man" , I believe to be ethical. Surely, the rich man had been known by many people; Jesus does not criticize him by name. However, Abraham and Lazarus are real people. This account is real. Jesus said in John 14:2, "...if it were not so, I would have told you..." Jesus was a Man of His Word; He said what He meant, and meant what He said. Here is what He said...
19. There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:
20. And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,
21. And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
22. 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;
23. And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
24. 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.
25. 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.
26. 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.
27. Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house:
28. For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.
29. Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.
30. And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.
31. And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.
Friend, either you will repent from your unbelief by turning in faith to the Lord Jesus Christ; or you will BURN in hell-fire for all eternity for your sins. No, this is not a popular teaching; Yes, it is Biblical. If you reject the Lord Jesus Christ, you will be tormented in the flames forever without a single, solitary hope. God does not want this to happen. You say, "But I don't believe in hell." Unbelievers are condemned already, "He that believeth not is condemned already..." (John 3:36). No need to argue about this. God said Hell is real, your argument is with Him and you won't win. You have been warned friend. Won't you trust Jesus now! You need not give up anything to be saved except your foolish unbelief. Confess your sinful condition to Jesus Christ (God Almighty).
Trust on Jesus as your personal Savior. Ask Christ to forgive you of your sins and write your name in the Lamb's Book of Life in Heaven (Acts 10:43). It matters not what you say friend, just as long as you know you're a sinner in need of a Savior. You need not open your mouth. From your heart, go to God and ask Him to save you. Believe that Jesus died by the shedding of His blood, was buried and rose again after 3 days. This is called the "Gospel" (good news). You have heard the bad news and the good news. The bad news is that you're on your way to Hell; the good news is that Jesus paid for your sins and you need only trust Him as your Savior to be forgiven. The decision is yours!
Eternal life is a free gift (Romans 5:5; 6:23), paid for by Jesus' literal precious blood (1st Peter 1:18-19; Revelation 1:5). No amount of self-righteousness can help you get to Heaven (Romans 3:20; 10:3-4). In fact, even the slightest bit will keep you out of Heaven forever (Isaiah 64:6; Romans 3:19; Titus 3:5; Ephesians 2:8-9). The Gospel is simple: We are SINNERS and Jesus is the SAVIOR! Salvation is not something you do to get; it's something you receive to have. John 1:12, “But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name.” Amen and amen!
The TRUTH of HELL
How to Be Saved
What Must I Do To Be Saved?
(a life changing MP3 sermon by Pastor Curtis Hutson, 1934-1995)