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Friday, November 18, 2011

Jesus and the Fact of Hell - By: Henry Morris and Others - icr.org

“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).
            How can it be that Jesus Christ, who taught so strongly the importance of love and forgiveness, could speak such words as these?  Actually, Jesus had more to say about hell and eternal punishment than any other speaker or writer in the Bible.  Since He is the Creator (Colossians 1:16), the coming Judge (John 5:22), and the only man who has died and risen permanently from the dead (2Corinthians 5:14-15), we would do well to believe and heed His warnings.  He knows whereof He speaks!
            Listen to these prophecies, for example:  “So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth” (Matthew 13:49-50).  “If thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire:  Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched” (Mark 9:47-48).  There are other such warnings from Christ, but how can we reconcile such threats of everlasting doom with His own nature of love?
            The fact is, however, that hell was prepared for the devil and his angels, not for people.  The devil has been a rebel against God since the beginning, wanting to be his own god.  When people follow the devil in this same rebellious path, rejecting God’s Word, they are showing they would be more comfortable with Satan than with Christ in eternity.  Therefore Christ, because of His great love, has repeatedly warned them of what is coming, and so should we.  “Of some have compassion, making a difference: And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire” (Jude 22-23).
Henry Morris  (icr.org)
Outer Darkness:
Matthew 25:30

A Furnace of Fire:
Matthew 13:42

A Burning:
John 15:6

Everlasting Fire:
Matthew 25:41

Everlasting Punishment:
Matthew 25:46

Unquenchable Fire:
Matthew 3:12

Second Death:
Revelation 21:8

Lake of Fire and Brimstone:
Revelation 20:10

Everlasting Destruction:
2 Thessalonians 1:9

The Bible continually warns of a place called hell.  There are over 162 references in the New Testament alone which warns of hell.  And over 70 of these references were uttered by the Lord Jesus Christ!
Hebrews 9:27 says, “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.”
Things Death and Hell Cannot Do:
Luke 16:19-31
1. Death and Hell cannot separate us from the love of God in Christ. (Romans 8:31-39; Jeremiah 33:3).
2. Death and Hell cannot destroy our awareness and consciousness of where we are. (Luke 16:23-24).
3. Death and Hell cannot destroy our identity and personhood. (Luke 16:19, 23-24; Matthew 17:3).
4. Death and Hell cannot destroy our memory of the past, present, and future. (Luke 16:25-28).
5. Death and Hell cannot destroy our awareness of ourselves and other people. (Luke 16:27-29).
6. Death and Hell cannot destroy our wants and our desires. (Luke 16:23-24, 28).
7. Death and Hell cannot destroy our destiny and appointment with God. (Hebrews 9:27; Luke 16:25-26; Hebrews 9:27).
8. Death and Hell cannot destroy the responsibility and accountability to listen to and obey the Word of God in this life. (Luke 16:29-31).
9. Death and Hell cannot destroy the life God has given us, or the truth of the Word of God , or the promise of the living Christ.
Hell In The New Testament:
(Which Hell is Eternal?)

Tartaros occurs only once.  It refers to the dwelling place of fallen angels. 
·      (2Peter 2:4).

Hades occurs 10 times.  It refers to the present dwelling place of unbelievers after death.
·      Matthew 11:23; 16:18
·      Luke 10:15; 16:23
·      Acts 2:27, 31
·      Revelation 1:18; 6:8; 20:13-14

Geenna occurs 12 times.  It is the final destiny of unbelievers.
·      Mattew 5:22, 29-30; 10:28; 18:9; 23:15, 33
·      Mark 9:43, 45, 47-48
·      Luke 12:5
·      James 3:6
Of the 24 times our English word “Hell” is used in the New Testament, 16 times are the words of Jesus Himself, the most loving, kind, and thoughtful person who ever lived.  Does that tell you something?
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