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“15 ¶ But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked: you are waxen fat, you are grown thick, you are covered with fatness; then he forsook God which made him, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation. 16 They provoked him to jealousy with strange gods, with abominations provoked they him to anger. 17 They sacrificed to devils, not to God; to gods whom they knew not, to new gods that came newly up, whom your fathers feared not. 18 Of the Rock that begat you you are unmindful, and have forgotten God that formed you. 19 ¶ And when the LORD saw it, he abhorred them, because of the provoking of his sons, and of his daughters. 20 And he said, I will hide my face from them, I will see what their end shall be: for they are a very fraudulent generation, children in whom is no faith. 21 They have moved me to jealousy with that which is not God; they have provoked me to anger with their vanities: and I will move them to jealousy with those which are not a people; I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation. 22 For a fire is kindled in my anger, and shall burn to the lowest hell, and shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains. 23 I will heap mischiefs on them; I will spend my arrows on them. 24 They shall be burnt with hunger, and devoured with burning heat, and with bitter destruction: I will also send the teeth of beasts on them, with the poison of serpents of the dust. 25 The sword without, and terror within, shall destroy both the young man and the virgin, the suckling also with the man of gray hairs. 26 ¶ I said, I would scatter them into corners, I would make the remembrance of them to cease from among men: 27 Were it not that I feared the wrath of the enemy, lest their adversaries should behave themselves strangely, and lest they should say, Our hand is high, and the LORD has not done all this. 28 For they are a nation void of counsel, neither is there any understanding in them. 29 O that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end!” (Deu 32:15-29)
What you will be hearing today is a subject that for sure you have not heard preached for a long time and surely not in these last few years.
This essential doctrine not only is not preached, but many modern churches negate it entirely. Personally i know of a church that by amalgamating with other two congregation about 25 years ago made up a number of about 500,000 souls. Now they number below 200,000. How did they reduced themselves so in only 25 years? They have welcome the world in their bosom and the democratic dictates by putting women on the pulpit, by preaching that in the end All will be saved, thus negating the atonement of Christ and consequently the existence of Hell. In other words this 'church' has become a nice democratic social club. (2Ti 3:5) Now they have approved of homosexuals as Pastors and Elders, and by extension there will be no need of Christ for salvation because God is only love and will save All and the Bible will be for them only a collection of archaic fairy tales.
The doctrine that God is only love has done harm to Christianity in that it represent a God according to the will of man and in the image of man. Surely God is love (agape) and all His creation is based on love, but God is also Sovereign, Holy and Just. We must also underline that God does everything for His pleasure and for His glory, not for ours. But man in inflating the concept that God is only love for his convenience, has "created" a god that does exist only in function of us and residing in our minds.
We must note that Jesus, the Creator of everything (including Hell) is the one that has spoken about Hell more that all the Prophets put together. Surely as its creator He knows about Hell very much, as we have seen on the verses above.
What is HELL?
But firstly we ask: For what reason did Jesus come to the earth to die a terrible death on the cross? The answer: to save. To save whom? Well, His own: “And she shall bring forth a son, and you shall call His name JESUS: for He shall save His people from their sins.” (Mat 1:21)
Who are His own? The answer is those who God has called to himself: “All that the Father gives me shall come to me; and him that comes to me I will in no wise cast out.” (Joh 6:37)
“27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 28 And I give to them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.” (Joh 10:27-28)
“No man can come to me, except the Father which has sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.” (Joh 6:44)
And …. saved ..from what?
“9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. 10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” (Rom 5:9-10)
“He that believes on the Son has everlasting life: and he that believes not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God stays on him.” (Joh 3:36)
Well then, from what we are saved? We are saved form the terrifying wrath of God that will be revealed at the last day against all that are not in the Lord Jesus Christ: “And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.” (1Th 1:10)
“For God has not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,” (1Th 5:9)
The day of God's wrath will be so terrifying that the non saved, from the great fear, will cry out: “And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:” (Rev 6:16)
And then the universal judgement will follow:
“12 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. 13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. 14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15 And whoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” (Rev 20:12-15)
Hell is eternal separation from God in total darkness and sorrow. (Mat 8:12)
What shape has HELL?
In the Old Testament:
SHEOL: This name is used in the OT with meaning: "the Grave" or "the Pit"
The word appears about 65 times translate 31 times as "grave" as the place where all the bodies reside, the dust, of all dead go, both redeemed and wicked. It is also translated another 31 times as "Hell", the place where the souls of the wicked ones go to wait the Final Judgement. And 3 times as the "Pit".
The Sheol (Hell) is a place where the spirits of the wicked are residing now. They are without hope and without faith: “For the grave cannot praise you, death can not celebrate you: they that go down into the pit cannot hope for your truth.” (Isa 38:18) and without a chance of returning: “As the cloud is consumed and vanishes away: so he that goes down to the grave shall come up no more.” (Job 7:9)
Hell is a dark place in total silence: “The dead praise not the LORD, neither any that go down into silence.” (Psa 115:17)
This is not the case of Christians that at death go straight to Paradise: “And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”” (Luk 23:43)
Hell is also called "Pit": “O LORD, you have brought up my soul from Sheol; you restored me to life from among those who go down to the pit.” (Psa 30:3)
There is another terrible place called 'Abaddon': “Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied, and never satisfied are the eyes of man.” (Pro 27:20) Abbadon is not Sheol, but the bottomless pit where Satan is the king: “They have as king over them the angel of the bottomless pit. His name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in Greek he is called Apollyon.” (Rev 9:11) Apollyon means 'destroyer' which is another name of Satan.
Abaddon (bottomless pit) is referred in the NT as "Tartarus": “For if God did not spare sinning angels, but delivered [them] to chains of darkness, thrust down into Tartarus, having been kept to judgment;” (2Pe 2:4) The sin of these angels seems to be that they mated with women in Genesis.
It is also the place where Satan will be locked up for a while: “2 And he laid hold of the dragon, the old serpent who is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, 3 and threw him into the abyss, and shut him up, and sealed over him, that he should not still lead astray the nations, until the thousand years are fulfilled. And after these things, he must be set loose a little time.” (Rev 20:2-3)
We have then in the OT that Sheol includes:
Grave = Where the bodies of the dead go, both redeemed and wicked.
Hell = Where the souls of the wicked go temporarily to await the final judgement.
Abaddon (also called the Pit) = The place where the sinning angels are in chains and where Satan is to be kept for a while.
Moreover, the saints dead before Christ were kept in a separate place in Sheol, to await for Jesus to take them to Paradise soon after His death. This place was called "Bosom of Abraham" (Luk 16:22) a safe place where the OT saints were kept until their sins were atoned by Jesus on the cross. It was a place of blessings and tranquillity, now empty: “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 sees Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.” (Luk 16:22-23)
In the New Testament:
The NT uses different words for the same places. Ades is Sheol, the Hebrew word Sheol and the Greek word Ades are interchangeable. Ades is the 'grave' and also the temporal place for the punishment of the wicked. Jesus say also that it also represents the power of Hell, but the gates of Hell shall not prevail against His church: “And I say also to you, That you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (Mat 16:18)
As Sheol, Ades is the grave where the bodies of all become dust and also the place where the souls of the dead wicked are awaiting the Final Judgement.
In Ades, the place where the wicked are located is called Gehenna and it is equivalent to the "Pit" in the OT, The Greeks word Gehenna is formed by two words "gi Hinnon" that meant "the valley of Hinnon" just outside Jerusalem where in antiquity pagan divinities were worshipped. Afterwards it became a deposit of refuses being continually burned and Gehenna became synonym of "place that burn continually". Jesus referred to this place to give a practical idea of Hell (Gehenna) as a place of terrible sufferance with a perennial fire: “‘And if thy hand may cause thee to stumble, cut it off; it is better for thee maimed to enter into the life, than having the two hands, to go away to the gehenna, to the fire—the unquenchable—” (Mar 9:43) It is an ardent place: “where their worm is not dying, and the fire is not being quenched;” (Mar 9:48) And a place of judgement: “‘Serpents! brood of vipers! how may ye escape from the judgment of the gehenna?” (Mat 23:33)
According to Jesus, Gehenna is the place where the body and the soul will be continually destroyed: “And do not fear those who kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul. But rather fear Him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Mat 10:28)
We see that Jesus was not abandoned in Ades nor His body was subject to putrefaction: “seeing this beforehand, he spoke of the resurrection of Christ, that His soul was not left in Hades, nor would His flesh see corruption,” (Act 2:31)
Gehenna is not the place where the wicked will pass eternity, that place is called "the Lake of Fire". The Lake of Fire is not Ades, for God says that Ades will end: “Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire.” (Rev 20:14)
The Lake of Fire is where Satan and all his angels and the wicked men that have rejected Jesus Christ will be thrown for eternity. It is a place of constant fire and sufferance. There will be no amusements, nor unrestrained sex with your favourite women but a lonely dark place. There will be total separation, from God and everybody else. A place where NO ONE would want to go.
Tartarus is the same as Abaddon in the OT, the place Ades is where the sinning Angles are awaiting the Final Judgement to be then thrown in the Lake of Fire.
Thus we see that Ades includes:
Grave = where all the bodies go, both believers and unbelievers, to become dust.
Hell also called Gehenna = where all the dead wicked go to await the Final Judgement.
Tartarus = where the sinning angels are kept and where Satan is to be kept for a while.
Then, there is the Lake of Fire where Ades and all its contents: Satan, his evil angels, the wicked and Death will be thrown for eternity.
How is life in Hell?
It is a place of crying and gnashing of teeth: “49 So it will be at the close of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous 50 and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Mat 13:49-50)
A place of outer darkness: “Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot and cast him into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’” (Mat 22:13)
A place of perpetual torment: “and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side.” (Luk 16:23)
A place of sorrows: “The sorrows of hell compassed me about; the snares of death prevented me;” (2Sa 22:6)
A place of continual eternal destruction: “Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;” (2Th 1:9)
A place were the fire is never quenched: “Where their worm dies not, and the fire is not quenched.” (Mar 9:44)
A place without rest: “And the smoke of their torment ascends up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.” (Rev 14:11)
A place of unsatisfied desires: “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.” (Luk 16:24)
The bottomless Pit or Hell: “And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.” (Rev 9:2 )
Then, after the Final Judgement, there will be that terrible place "the Lake of fire", FOR EVER: “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.” (Rev 20:14)
The Lake of Fire is the place that burns with fire and brimstone: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and fornicators, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” (Rev 21:8)
After this dreadful description let us not forget the exaltation and bliss that awaits those that God has made righteous.
To complete this brief description of Hell we must at least make a brief reference to Paradise. Scripture, through the Holy Ghost, tells us that Paradise (the third Heaven) is the celestial place of God where the redeemed will go: “2 I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knows;) such an one caught up to the third heaven. 3 And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knows;) 4 How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.” (2Co 12:2-4)
Paradise is the third Heaven, the first Heaven is our atmosphere, the second Heaven is the Universe, and the third is where the throne of God is, and it is the spiritual Kingdom. This is the place which Jesus promised to the criminal on the cross that believed in Him. “And Jesus said to him, Truly I say to you, Today shall you be with me in paradise.” (Luk 23:43)
The third Heaven is were we shall live eternally, in beatitudes, with our Magnificent Lord Jesus Christ, in the presence of God, for ever; amen and AMEN.
In Conclusion then: From what has our beloved Lord Jesus Christ saved us?
From the penalty of Sin: “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Rom 6:23)
From the Power of Sin: “But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life.” (Rom 6:22)
From the Power of Satan: “To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.” (Act 26:18)
From Ourselves: from our disastrous ways that lead only to destruction and death. Our ways leave us prisoners of Satan, to do what our evil hearts make us do, which is always sin.
From the Wrath of God: “9 ...... how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God; 10 And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.” (1Th 1:9-10)
From the eternal separation from God: “But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid His face from you, that He will not hear.” (Isa 59:2)
From the Lake of Fire: “14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15 And whoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” (Rev 20:14-15)
Let us thank in the highest our Munificent Lord Jesus Christ that He has saved us from Hell and the Lake of Fire. AMEN THANK YOU JESUS
“He which testifies these things said, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.” (Rev 22:20)
Paradise = Spiritual Reign of GOD
Universe = where the chief demons reside
Atmosphere = where the tormenting demons are
All the Bodies - Dust
All the Bodies - Dust
The Pit (Hell)
All the Wicked Souls
All the Wicked Souls
Demons in Chains
TARTARUS or Abyss
Demons in Chains
THE LAKE OF FIRE
HADES (SHEOL), DEATH. SATANA, EVIL ANGELS, WICKED SOULS
The saints dead before Christ were kept in a separate place in Sheol, to await for Jesus to take them to Paradise soon after His death. This place was called "Bosom of Abraham" (Luk 16:22) a safe place where the OT saints were kept until their sins were atoned by Jesus on the cross. It was a place of blessings and tranquillity, now empty.