by James L. Melton
"....the rich man also died, and was buried; And inhell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abrahamafar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, FatherAbraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip thetip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormentedin this flame." Luke 16:22-24.
"Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand,Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared forthe devil and his angels. . ." Matthew 25:41.
"Enter ye in at the straight gate: for wide is thegate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and manythere be which go in thereat: Because straight is the gate, andnarrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be thatfind it." Matthew 7:13-14.
"But the children of the kingdom shall be cast outinto outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth."Matthew 8:12.
"And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is betterfor the to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to gointo hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: Where theirworm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched." Mark 9:43-44.
The subject of Hell isn't a very POPULAR subject, but it is,indeed, a very IMPORTANT subject. Jesus preached often about thishorrible place for one basic reason: HE DOES NOT WANT YOU TO GOTHERE! There are many who consider "hell fire" preachingto be cruel and unnecessary, but the Lord Jesus Christ thoughtit was very necessary to preach on Hell and WARN lost people ofthis horrible place.
Friend, since you began reading this tract, many people havedied and went to Hell forever, and many more will have gone beforeyou've finished. I can assure you that they would all love tohave a second chance. They would all love to be able to read thistract and receive Christ as their Savior, but it's too late forthem. They'll be in Hell for eternity. What about YOU?
As followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, it is our Christianduty to WARN people about the eternal torments of Hell. So weurge you to carefully consider these words of warning while youstill have a chance, while God's invitation is still open to you.
THE SPHERE OF HELL
The sphere of Hell is a round, hollowed-out place in the Earth'score. Scientists say that the Earth's outer crust is less thantwenty miles thick, and that beyond that point, there are riversand lakes of FLAMING HOT LAVA, or, as the Bible calls it, a "lakeof fire" (Rev. 20:15). So, this very moment your eternalsoul may be less than twenty miles from the burning fires of Hell!
Hell isn't in some distant dimension; Hell is UNDER YOUR FEET!The rebels in Numbers chapter 16 went DOWN into the pit. Moseswrote in Deuteronomy 32:22 about a fire in the LOWEST HELL. Amos9:2 speaks of people trying to DIG down into Hell. So Hell isa REAL PLACE, and it's UNDER YOUR FEET RIGHT NOW, torturing millionsof lost souls forever! Think about that!
THE SUFFERING OF HELL
If you go to Hell, you'll suffer. That's what Hell is for.Just as the rich man of Luke 16, you'll be TORMENTED IN FLAMES.A sinner closes his eyes in death, and the Devil has his soulto torment in Hell forever.
You say, "God wouldn't allow such a thing to happen."Sure He will! God allows people to suffer all the time. God allowedHitler to murder 6,000,000 Jews, did He not? God allowed Herodto kill the children under two years old, did He not (Matthew2)? If God will allow innocent babies to be murdered,then whywouldn't He allow a Christ rejecting sinner to burn in Hell? DidGod not allow Jesus Christ, an innocent and sinless man, to bebeaten and murdered? If God will allow His only begotten Son tosuffer and be murdered, then why should God save a sinner fromHell when he chooses not to trust Christ as Savior? Listen, friend,GOD WILL ALLOW YOU TO GO TO HELL AND BURN IF YOU ARE NOT BORNAGAIN. It happens all the time.
The suffering of Hell is horrible. Not only is there physicalsuffering, but there is also a great deal of MENTAL suffering.You'll always remember your earthly life. You'll remember yourfamily and your friends. You'll remember your spouse and yourchildren. Just as the rich man in Luke 16, you'll remember itall! You'll also remember the chances that you had to be saved.You'll remember reading this paper, and you'll remember your thoughtsand comments about this paper. In Hell, you will always rememberthe moment that you REJECTED Jesus Christ as your Savior.
All sinners go to Hell, and they go there to suffer.
THE SOUNDS OF HELL
In Hell, there are certain sounds that you'll never hear. Wetake many sounds for granted today, but in Hell you'll miss themterribly. For instance, the beautiful sounds of nature will notbe there. You can't hear the wind blowing gently through the treetops in Hell, no flowing springs of water, no birds singing, andno spring showers.
You won't hear any children laughing and playing in Hell, forthere are no children in Hell. You won't hear anyone say, "Ilove you", because in Hell, there isn't any love.
In Hell, you will hear people screaming for mercy twenty-fourhours a day. It'll never stop! There will be no peace and quietin Hell. Hell will be forever filled with roaring flames, boilinghot lava, and the horrible screams of billions of lost souls!You'll never escape the sounds of Hell.
THE SIGHT OF HELL
You'll think of the wonderful sights of God's creation, suchas the beautiful sunsets, the rolling hills, and the tall snow-toppedmountains, but you'll never see them again.
The Lord Jesus described Hell as a place of outer darkness.Imagine being in a place where you could only see flames rollingin the dark. Imagine seeing someone's FACE in those flames! Thereare no smiling faces in Hell, only the faces of pain, agony andsorrow. You'll remember all of the pretty, smiling faces thatyou once knew, but you'll never see them again. You'll never seeyour children again. You'll never see your family again. In Hell,friend, you'll see nothing except weeping, wailing, and gnashingof teeth forever!
THE SOCIETY OF HELL
Did you ever stop to think about WHO will be in Hell with you?Hell is the prison house of the universe. Hell is the eternalhome of all drunkards, whores, thieves, murderers, hypocrites,queers and lesbians. When you go to Hell, you will not go to somespecial Hell just for you and your class of people. No, you willgo to the prison of the universe, and you will be locked awayforever with every enemy of God!
One of the most shocking things that you will discover in Hellis the fact that you will be an INFERIOR being. The Bible saysthat man was made LOWER THAN THE ANGELS, and Jesus Himself saidthat Hell was originally prepared for the Devil and his angels(Matthew 25:41). Friend, in Hell you will be RULED over by Satanand his evil forces! You will be inferior to the supernaturalforces of evil. Your new home will be made up of demons, fallenangels, principalities, powers, spiritual wickedness, and evenSatan himself, and YOU will be at the bottom of the guest list!If you go to Hell, you will no doubt feel very much out of place,and you'll be there forever.
THE SUDDENNESS OF HELL
Jesus said in Luke 16:22-23 that the rich man there died andwas in Hell IMMEDIATELY. He was a sinner, so he went straightto Hell.
Hell is filled with people who thought they'd trust Christto save them someday. Proverbs 27:1 says, "Boast not thyselfof tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth."The rich fool in Luke 12 had big plans for the future, but Godsaid, "Thou Fool, this night thy soul shall be requiredof thee. . ."
Hell comes suddenly. When King Belshazzar threw his drunkenbrawl in Daniel chapter five, he had no idea that he'd be in Hellbefore sunrise. Goliath had no idea that a small stone slung bya young shepherd boy would land his soul in Hell forever, butit did. Before his corpse was even cold, his soul was sufferingthe torments of Hell. Hell almost always takes its victims bysudden surprise, and YOU could be next.
THE SHAME OF HELL
What is the shame of Hell? Well, friend, the shame of Hellis the fact that, if you go there, you will eventually come togrips with one unforgettable truth: YOU DIDN'T HAVE TO GO! Imaginethat! Imagine spending ETERNITY with that on your mind! Imaginebeing in Hell for a million years and then thinking, "I didn'thave to come here! I could have received Christ! Oh, what a foolI was! If only I had not been so stubborn! If...if...if...!"That's the shame of Hell: going there when you DON'T HAVE TO GO!
People accuse God of being unfair in sending sinners to Hell.Listen, YOU DON'T HAVE TO GO! The decision is YOUR'S, not God's.God made His decision 2000 years ago when He gave His Only BegottenSon to die as a payment for your sins. If you go to Hell, youwill go AGAINST God's will, because God wants you to REPENT andtrust Christ to save you ( II Peter 3:9). How about it? Will youturn from your sins right now and trust Christ to save you? Remember,it's YOUR decision.
THE SALVATION FROM HELL
Isaiah 1:18 says, "Come now, let us reason together,saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall beas white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shallbe as wool." All men are sinners and need to be cleansedfrom sin (Rom. 3:23), and that cleansing can only come throughthe precious Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ (Rev. 1:5; Col. 1:14).Consider the words of the Apostle Paul: "For by graceare ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it isthe gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast."Your only way to Heaven is through the finished work of theLord Jesus Christ. Romans 10:13 says, "Whosoever shallcall upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." Romans 10:9says, "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the LordJesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised himfrom the dead, thou shalt be saved." Why not turn toHim right now? Turn from your sins! Claim His promises and trustHim to save you while there's still time. Tomorrow may be toolate.
Posted by permission Copyright 1994 - JamesL. Melton
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