A “Nobody” In Hell, or “Who’s Who” In Heaven?
Had you ever noticed, in Luke 16:19-31, that the rich man in Hell is not named? When he was living, no doubt he was known far and near for his wealth, his lavish parties and, if they had such in those days, was listed in “Who’s Who.” But when he died, he was just a nobody in Hell!
By contrast, had you noticed that Lazarus is named? When he was living, I doubt if the rich man or any of his friends knew his name, being known only as the beggar. When he died, there were no hired mourners and I am sure he was buried without notice in a potter’s field. But when his spirit left his house of clay, he was carried by angels into Abraham’s bosom. A nobody on earth, but he knew the Lord, and now he is listed in “Who’s Who” in Heaven!
Which way have you chosen?
“Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared,” Hebrews 5:7.
Prayer That Perfects
Intense, sweaty, stomach churning, heart breaking, face to the ground praying occurred in the garden that cool evening by the Son of Man. Luke describes the prayer of Jesus as agony. “And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground” (Luke 22:44). Jesus, God the Son, was not afraid of dying, nor was He afraid of the suffering He would soon face, and, yet, in His human flesh He felt the overwhelming sense of the burden of sin He must bear for all. His heart ached knowing that the Father must turn His face away while He bore the sins of humanity.
While Jesus poured His heart out to God the Father, His disciples slept. But the loving Father touched by the prayer of His Son sent an angel to minister to Him. Even though, Jesus felt every ounce of sin placed on Him because He was sinless. He still loves us so much that He was willing to bear sin for us. His heart was broken for us. “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him” (2 Cor. 5:21).
The sufferings of Jesus were necessary. Through them He related to the suffering of mankind to the fullest human extent.
Luke 16:19-31; Revelation 20:7-15
Penitentiaries and jails speak of man’s belief in the punishment of men for wrongdoing. Man believes the criminal should be separated from the law abiding. God also believes in separating the righteous from the unrighteous. Hell is a reality.
I cannot imagine a death more horrible than death by burning. The pain and suffering that has to be involved with this type of death is totally unimaginable to me. I would not wish this type of death on my worst enemy. What is worse, is the people that make light of dying and descending into a place of eternal burning and suffering; that place called HELL!!
Let us examine this place.
I. THE GREAT WHITE THRONE JUDGEMENT. (REVELATION 20:7-15)
1. The judge. John 5:22; “For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son.”
2. The subjects. (Rev. 20:12; Eph. 2:1-3). All who have never repented and trusted in Jesus.
3. Basis of judgement (John 20:13).
a. According to works (Rev. 20:13).
b. In the Great White Throne, judgement because of unbelief (John 3:18).
4. The reason for this judgement. That each unbeliever might receive his just part in the lake of fire (Rev. 21:8; Matt. 10:15; 11:24).
NOTICE THIS; The Great White Throne Judgement is not to determine whether one is saved and going to heaven or unsaved and going to hell. It is strictly for the unsaved/lost and determines how bad they were and all are cast into the lake of fire.
II. HELL IS THE FINAL ABODE OF THE DEVIL, FALLEN ANGELS, AND UNBELIEVEERS.
1. Origin of Hell and why (Matt. 24:41; II Peter 2:4; Jude 6).
2. Those in Hell.
a. The Devil (Rev. 20:10).
b. Fallen Angels (Jude 6).
c. Unbelievers (Rev. 20:13-15).
3. The final Hell (Rev. 20:13-15).
III. WHAT HELL IS LIKE.
1. A lake of fire and brimstone (Rev. 21:8). If this is figurative language, how awful the reality!
2. A place of torment. (Greek: odunaomai, mental and/or physical pain, agony, suffering, Luke 16:23.) Revelation 20:10: “Tormented day and night forever.”
3. Read Luke 3:17.
IV. HOW LONG HELL LASTS – ITS DURATION.
1. It is called an everlasting destruction (II Thess. 1:9).
2. It is said to be forever and ever (Rev. 14:10,11).
3. Figurative speech describes it as eternal (Mark 9:44, 46, 48).
V. THE STATE OF THOSE WHO GO TO HELL.
1. Their condition is final and there is no escape (Luke 16:24-26).
2. There is no future chance (Rev. 22:11; Eccl. 11:3).
3. Why they are there (Luke 16:27-31).
4. Those who go there remain in a conscious state (Luke 16:23).
VI. HELL, THEN, IS A DEFINITE PLACE OF REALITY, AND IS NOT THE GRAVE.
1. All of the foregoing scriptures teach the consciousness of those in Hell, therefore it could not be the grave.
2. Some questions with scriptural answers show that Hell is not the grave.
a. Are angels buried in graves? II Peter 2:4: “Cast down to hell.” Can this be construed to mean that they are in the grave? (Jude 6).
b. Are none but the wicked in the grave? Psalm 9:17: “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.” What about the righteous who die?
c. Can a man put another man in Hell? He could if Hell is the grave. Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather feat him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”
THE MOST IMPORTANT DECISION YOU WILL EVER MAKE IN LIFE IS WHERE WILL YOU SPEND ETERNITY.
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