Mar 15, 2011
Special during our spring meeting 2001 with Bro. Larry Morgan, missionary to Africa.
Mar 15, 2011
Special during our spring meeting 2001 with Bro. Larry Morgan, missionary to Africa.
Hell’s real! Hell’s not a joking matter — YOU DON’T WANT TO GO THERE!
– Hell’s so real Jesus suffered, bled, and died to save you from an eternity there…
– He suffered the torments of Hell to pay in full for your Salvation.
Psalm 16:10 — For you will not leave my soul among the dead or allow your holy one to rot in the grave.
Acts 2:27 — For you will not leave my soul among the dead or allow your Holy One to rot in the grave.
God won’t send you to Hell, but He’ll let you go there……
Charles Spurgeon wrote:
“There is a real fire in Hell, as truly as you have a real body–a fire exactly like that which we have on this earth, except this: It will not consume you though it will torture you. You have seen asbestos lying amid red hot coals, but not consumed. So your body will be prepared by God in such a way that it will burn forever without being consumed. With your nerves laid raw by searing flame, yet never desensitized for all its raging fury, and the acrid smoke of the sulfurous fumes searing your lungs and choking your breath, you will cry out for the mercy of death, but it shall never, never, no never come.”
The body won’t be destroyed in Hell because it’ll be the same kind of glorified body given to the Saints in Heaven. (The same kind Christ has after the Resurrection.)
20 But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior.
21 He will take our weak mortal bodies and change them into glorious bodies like his own, using the same power with which he will bring everything under his control.
1 John 3:2-3
2 Dear friends, we are already God’s children, but he has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like him, for we will see him as he really is.
3 And all who have this eager expectation will keep themselves pure, just as he is pure.
Jesus gave a real account. . – Not a parable — Christ’s parables always had a “like as” or say, “Jesus told a story.” . – This says, “There was a certain rich man…..”
Jesus pulled back the curtain giving us a glimpse of what happens after death.
– Note: This is a place of torment, but isn’t The Lake of Fire yet.
– That’ll come after the final Judgment when Satan, his demons, and all sinners will be cast
– Jesus is describing a place where sinners will await The Great White Throne Judgment.
11 And I saw a great white throne and the one sitting on it. The earth and sky fled from his presence, but they found no place to hide.
12 I saw the dead, both great and small, standing before God’s throne. And the books were opened, including the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to what they had done, as recorded in the books.
13 The sea gave up its dead, and death and the grave gave up their dead. And all were judged according to their deeds.
14 Then death and the grave were thrown into the lake of fire. This lake of fire is the second death.
15 And anyone whose name was not found recorded in the Book of Life was thrown into the lake of fire.
Let’s look at this real event that happened to real people as Jesus described.
19 Jesus said, “There was a certain rich man who was splendidly clothed in purple and fine linen and who lived each day in luxury.
20 At his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus who was covered with sores.
21 As Lazarus lay there longing for scraps from the rich man’s table, the dogs would come and lick his open sores.
22 “Finally, the poor man died and was carried by the angels to be with Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried,
23 and his soul went to the place of the dead. There, in torment, he saw Abraham in the far distance with Lazarus at his side.
24 “The rich man shouted, ‘Father Abraham, have some pity! Send Lazarus over here to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue. I am in anguish in these flames.’
25 “But Abraham said to him, ‘Son, remember that during your lifetime you had everything you wanted, and Lazarus had nothing. So now he is here being comforted, and you are in anguish.
26 And besides, there is a great chasm separating us. No one can cross over to you from here, and no one can cross over to us from there.’
27 “Then the rich man said, ‘Please, Father Abraham, at least send him to my father’s home.
28 For I have five brothers, and I want him to warn them so they don’t end up in this place of torment.’
29 “But Abraham said, ‘Moses and the prophets have warned them. Your brothers can read what they wrote.’
30 “The rich man replied, ‘No, Father Abraham! But if someone is sent to them from the dead, then they will repent of their sins and turn to God.’
31 “But Abraham said, ‘If they won’t listen to Moses and the prophets, they won’t listen even if someone rises from the dead.’”
One of the best descriptions Christ offered about Hell is
48 ‘where the maggots never die and the fire never goes out.’
49 “For everyone will be tested with fire.
All we know about Hell is its much worse than our imaginations can realize.
– Not even Stephen King can imagine anything that horrible.
Though we know nothing of the physical tortures of Hell, we can know something about the attitudes of those already there.
– We can know Hell’s full of great believers.
People there have more faith than we dreamed possible — but it’s too late!
– It’s hard to imagine there are believers in Hell, but it’s true.
Luke 16:19-31, is one example.
What do people in Hell believe in?
1. THEY BELIEVE IN REPENTANCE
Luke 16:24–24 “The rich man shouted, ‘Father Abraham, have some pity! Send Lazarus over here to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue. I am in anguish in these flames.’
“Have pity (mercy) on me! Sounds like a repentant’s prayer.
– He was sorry for his sins and now knew the error of his ways.
– If he could do it over again he’d live differently!
But it’s too late! He’d waited too long!
In life he knew areas he needed to improve, but it wasn’t convenient — it might be later.
Now he’s in torment and remembering each opportunity — any time would’ve been convenient — but he wouldn’t heed God’s promptings.
– He’d waited for an easier, less demanding time.
Because he refused to take time for God — now God had no time for him!
Have you unsettled business with God you’ve put off until an easier time?………..
– It’d be awful to find it’s too late!
Is your life clear with God?
– Now’s the time to straighten it out.
– Times won’t get easier — Felix……
How tragic for the rich man who didn’t believe in repentance until he dropped into Hell.
2. THEY BELIEVE IN PRAYER IN HELL!
Luke 16:27 — “Then the rich man said, ‘Please, Father Abraham, at least send him to my father’s home.
It seems hard to find time to pray……….Rich man had trouble too.
– He never believed in prayer while he was on earth — he certainly sees a need in Hell!
He probably had been a Pharisee.
– He spent a lot of time going through the motions of prayer.
– He prayed on the street, in the Temple, anywhere people could see how devout he was.
Evidently he didn’t take prayer seriously.
– He prayed for show. (God knows why we pray!)
Now this man who wouldn’t seek God in prayer found opportunity to pray in Hell!
– BUT IT WAS TOO LATE!
HE BELIEVED IN PRAY NOW!
– Not just “I lay me down to sleep” or “Bless this food which we partake” type prayer.
He now knew the importance of waiting on God — of touching the Throne of God.
How’s your prayer life?
– When did you last really pray?
We want our friends and family to communicate with us — God wants to hear from us too.
– It’s easy to get busy and forget to pray, but I’d hate to have to pray from Hell!
3. THEY BELIEVE IN WITNESSING IN HELL
Luke 16:28— “For I have five brothers, and I want him to warn them so they don’t end up in this place of torment.”
Evidently sharing the message of repentance hadn’t seemed important in life.
– Now, in Hell, he believes in the necessity of witnessing.
He knows if someone will warn his 5 brothers they’ll repent — “send Lazarus.”
– Certainly someone from the dead could convince his brothers. (Jesus came from the dead!)
Luke 16:29— “But Abraham said, ‘Moses and the prophets have warned them. Your brothers can read what they wrote.’”
It’s up to us to witness – HOW TERRIFYING!
– If we don’t evangelize souls will be lost.
Please understood the urgency? We must get more aggressive in inviting people to Church and to Christ?
– Seeing the desperate situation the world’s in can we fail to witness?
People are dying in their sins! — How can we not care?
Is someone in Hell or will someone be there because you’ve not told them about Christ?
18 If I warn the wicked, saying, ‘You are under the penalty of death,’ but you fail to deliver the warning, they will die in their sins. And I will hold you responsible for their deaths.
– It’s time to start praying for a burden for souls!
There are people in Phoenix we could win to Christ if we cared enough to pay the price!
– Foreign missions vs. the mission field right here!
– GOD, TEACH US TO CARE!
We want revival.
– Revival won’t come until we care enough to do what we know we must do.
People in Hell believe in witnessing! — They know its power!
– Don’t go to Hell before you believe too.
4. PEOPLE IN HELL BELIEVE IN LOVE
Poor old Lazarus lived for years without food or clothing — HE WAS SICK!
The rich man could’ve helped him — he didn’t because he lacked love and compassion.
He probably cursed Lazarus for being a blight to his neighborhood and an eyesore at his gate.
This glimpse into eternity shows how drastically things have changed.
– Now Lazarus is comforted — the rich man tormented. (Not because he was rich — but
what he’s with God!)
If he’d only learned to love people other than himself, he would’ve helped Lazarus.
Pastor Bill Woods
In today’s Scripture passage, a father brings his demon-possessed son to the Lord. Nothing is more important to this father than to see his boy healed, and he believes that Jesus has the power to do it.
When he finally reaches Jesus, however, the father experiences a slight hesitation in his faith. We can detect it in the way he words his request: “If You can do anything, take pity on us and help us!” (Mark 9:22, emphasis added). Jesus, sensing the man’s subtle doubts, replies, “‘If You can?’ All things are possible to him who believes” (Mark 9:23).
At once the father realizes the disparity between his words and his actions, and he cries out, “I do believe; help my unbelief” (Mark 9:24). What an odd statement! What are we to think—does this man have faith or not?
Yet when we look closer, we realize that this father is crying out in complete, unashamed honesty to the Lord. He knows that there is no point in attempting to “puff up” his faith before Jesus. Instead, he humbly admits that while he does in fact believe in Jesus’ saving power, some things—such as parental concern for his son—can still interfere with his faith in God.
Scripture says that the Lord is sovereign over all things (Ps. 103:19). Do you believe He has the power to change your life? Do you allow outside influences to affect your trust in Jesus Christ? If so, be honest with God about your fluctuating faith, but always remember that His power does not ebb and flow along with our confidence in Him. Regardless of how we feel, God is always in control.
“So will I make my holy name known in the midst of my people Israel; and I will not let them pollute my holy name any more: and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel.” (Ezekiel 39:7)
This wonderful name of God, “the Holy One of Israel,” was often used during the days of the later kings of Judah. It occurs three times in the book of Psalms (Psalm 71:22; 78:41; 89:18) and then no less than 27 times in Isaiah. The name then occurs three more times (Jeremiah 50:29; 51:5; Ezekiel 39:7), with the final one being our text above (where the preposition is translated “in”). This unusual pattern can be written sequentially as 3 + 33 + 3 = 33, perhaps reflecting a divinely ordained design to suggest the Holy Trinity.
The strong emphasis on this particular name during the later period of Judah’s kingdom probably was because of the prevalent unholiness of the nation during those years, finally culminating in the captivity of Judah itself. God stressed again and again that He was the Holy One and that “ye shall be holy; for I am holy” (Leviticus 11:44).
This theme is prominent in most of the 33 passages where this majestic name is used, but it is especially emphasized in its final occurrence, as recorded in our text. The context of this latter passage is the prophesied invasion of Israel by “Gog, the land of Magog” who will “come up against my people of Israel . . . in the latter days” (Ezekiel 38:2, 16). At that time, says the Lord, “there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel; . . . and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I am the LORD” (Ezekiel 38:19, 23). Then at last, His people will never pollute His holy name any more and “the house of Israel shall know that I am the LORD their God from that day and forward. . . . for I have poured out my spirit upon the house of Israel, saith the Lord GOD” (Ezekiel 39:22, 29). HMM
The LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens. —Proverbs 3:19
It tells us in Proverbs 3:19 and Jeremiah 10:12 that the Lord founded the earth, established and stretched out the heavens by wisdom, understanding and discretion. Those are two of many verses in the Bible that tell us about the wisdom of God….
It is necessary to our humanity that we grant God two things at least: wisdom and goodness. The God who sits on high, who made the heaven and the earth, has got to be wise, or else you and I cannot be sure of anything. He’s got to be good, or earth would be a hell and heaven a hell, and hell a heaven. We have to grant goodness and wisdom to God, or we have no place to go, no rock to stand on, no way to do any thinking or reasoning or believing. We must believe in the goodness and in the wisdom of God, or we betray that in us which differentiates us from the beasts—the image of God Himself.
So we begin with the assumption—not a guess, not a hope, but a knowledge—that God is wise.
Lord, I do believe and will place my confidence in the fact that You are both infinitely wise and infinitely good. What need I fear? Amen.
Nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy. (1 Timothy 6:17)
I think a lot of people in our congregations get confused when some learned brother advises us that we must all join in a fervent fight against “materialism.”
If men and women do not know what materialism is, how can they be expected to join the battle?
Materialism in its crisis form occurs when men and women created in the image of God accept and look upon matter as “the ultimate”—the only reality.
The advice, “We must fight materialism,” does not mean that everyone should get a sword, and run after a fellow named Material, and cut him down.
What it does mean is that we should start believing in the fact of God’s Creation and that matter is only a creature of the all-wise and ever-loving God! The believer is not deceived into believing that the physical things we know and enjoy are the ultimate end, in themselves.
You may have sunk low in despondency, and even despair; but if your soul has any longing towards Christ, and if you are seeking to rest in his finished work, God sees the “light.” He not only sees it, but he also preserves it in you. “I, the Lord, do keep it.” Sometimes we cannot see the light, but God always sees the light, and that is much better than our seeing it. If the Lord has given you light, dear reader, he looks on that light with peculiar interest; for not only is it dear to him as his own handiwork, but because it is like himself, for “he is light.”