Whether You Believe It Or Not, There Is A Burning Hell (Gospel Light Minute X #371)

This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #371 titled, “Whether You Believe It Or Not, There Is A Burning Hell.” I’m here to remind you of what the Bible says, that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” like you and me.

God has prepared a place of eternal punishment for all those who reject Him. It is called hell, and it is a place of everlasting fire. The Bible, God’s Holy Word states in Psalm 9:17, “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.” John 3:36 says, “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.”

Hell was originally prepared for the devil and his angels. The Bible says in Matthew 25:41, “…Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:” However, if you reject God’s Son, Jesus Christ, and the payment He has made for you, you will spend eternity in hell!

Should you reject God and go to hell, you will never again be bothered by a Christian giving you a Gospel tract. Nor will you have to worry about anyone knocking on your door and inviting you to church again. However, you will remember every sermon you ever heard, every Gospel tract that you rejected, and every kind word from a Christian friend pleading with you to be saved. Continue reading “Whether You Believe It Or Not, There Is A Burning Hell (Gospel Light Minute X #371)”

California’s Wildfires and the Eternal Fires of Hell (Gospel Light Minute X #292)



This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, reminding you of what the Bible says, that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” like you and me.

For over a week, deadly wildfires have ravaged Northern California and seem to have given no indication that they are about to let up. Forty people have perished and tens of thousands have fled their homes. Hundreds are missing. And millions of dollars worth of property and possessions have been lost. According to The Washington Post, “the horrific scale of death and destruction is coming into focus. The blazes have killed more people than any other California wildfire on record. The death toll is certain to rise as authorities — some accompanied by cadaver dogs — continue to explore the destruction.”

It is tragic to hear about people dying, being injured, and being uprooted from their homes and livelihood due to this monster fire. It is doubly sad to know that many are now grieving the loss of loved ones. Because much of the area affected by these fires belonged to California wine country, businesses have been destroyed, many are without jobs, and the losses will take decades to recover from. For many of the families affected, it may seem like the worst thing that could have happened.

But it isn’t. The actual worst thing that could have happened also has to do with fire — the eternal fires of Hell — the place where those who die without Christ go to spend eternity apart from God. Firefighters will, one day, be able to put out the wildfires in California, but the eternal fires of Hell will never be put out. Continue reading “California’s Wildfires and the Eternal Fires of Hell (Gospel Light Minute X #292)”

The Judgment of the Living Dead, Part 17 (Second Coming Chapel)

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TEXT: Revelation 20:11-15

11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.

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 whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

The Judgment of the Living Dead (Part 17)

In order to fully understand the reality of the judgment of Hell and the Lake of Fire, we have been looking at the major aspects of Hell. In other words, we are answering the question, What kind of place is the Lake of Fire? There are twelve main aspects of the Lake of Fire spoken of in the Bible. We have already looked at eleven of them:

1. The Lake of Fire is a place of weeping and gnashing of teeth.
2. The Lake of Fire is a place of outer darkness.
3. The Lake of Fire is a place of various torments.
4. The Lake of Fire is a place of sorrows.
5. The Lake of Fire is a place of unsatisfied desires.
6. The Lake of Fire is a place of hopelessness.
7. The Lake of Fire is a place of bitter memory.
8. The Lake of Fire is a place of no rest.
9. The Lake of Fire is a place where the fire never goes out.
10. The Lake of Fire is a place prepared for the devil and his angels.
11. The Lake of Fire is a place where there are degrees of punishment, but no mercy.

Today, I call your attention to the fact that the Lake of Fire is a place where people live forever. Charles Spurgeon said, “The hell of hells will be the thought that it is forever. The soul sees written over his head, ‘You are damned forever.’ It hears howlings that are to be perpetual; it sees flames which are unquenchable; it knows pains that are unmitigated.”

To those of us who take the Bible literally, this might seem obvious. But there are some in the Christian community who teach or would have us to believe that the Lake of Fire is a place where those who reject God meet their end. On top of that, many in the world believe that death is an end in itself — that once a person dies, they are just gone. However, the Bible teaches clearly that each person has a soul, that we are eternal, and that we will exist somewhere forever. Death is a doorway into another life. Those who trust Christ as Savior will live forever with Him in Heaven. Those who do not trust Christ as Savior will live forever without Him in the Lake of Fire.

This doctrine is taught in 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9 which tells us that in the last days, “The Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power.” The fires of Hell, of God’s eternal punishment upon the wicked, are not the most horrifying aspect of Hell. (You might recall that Daniel’s three friends were in a fiery furnace that was turned up seven times hotter than normal, but they were not burned because the Lord was in the fire with them.) What makes Hell so horrifying is the fact that people in Hell are forever cut off from “the presence of the Lord.”

That is not God being vindictive. It is God being just and fair. Henry Morris said, “The word rendered ‘vengeance’ has no association of vindictiveness. It is a compound based on the same root as the word rendered ‘righteous’; it has the idea of a firm administration of unwavering justice.” If people, throughout their lives, reject Christ when He is knocking on the door of their hearts, there will come a time when He will return the favor. Remember Noah and the Flood? For 120 years, Noah preached about the coming judgment as he built the Ark. People laughed at him, ridiculed him, didn’t listen to him. One day, Noah and his family boarded the Ark and God shut the door. When water started falling from the sky, people desperately tried to board the Ark — they beat on the door trying to get inside — but it was too late — the door was shut and they perished.

Those who shut their door against Christ, will suffer the punishment of living forever without Him. Yes, Hell is a place where people live for ever. The Bible says those who end up in the Lake of Fire “shall be punished with everlasting destruction.” If the punishment is eternal, the punished must also live eternally to experience their punishment. Just as the blessings of Heaven are everlasting, so are the punishments of Hell. Just as those who go to Heaven will live forever, so will those who go to Hell. If you read Scripture, there is no escaping this fact.

In Revelation 22 — the last chapter of the Bible, John describes the fate of all those who receive Christ. He says, in part, “There shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: And they shall see his face; And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.” A few verses later, he says, “Without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.” From these passages and many others in Scripture, it is plain that while the saints are enjoying the blessings and benefits of Heaven, sinners will be enduring the punishment and pain of Hell. They, too, live forever.

Here is how you can trust Jesus Christ for salvation so that you can completely avoid the Lake of Fire.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

The Judgment of the Living Dead, Part 16 (Second Coming Chapel)

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TEXT: Revelation 20:11-15

11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.

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 whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

The Judgment of the Living Dead (Part 16)

Tim Lahaye said, “You have just read the most awesome passage found anywhere in the Bible. It is the sobering truth of our ultimate encounter with God. The story is told of the great statesman Daniel Webster, toward the twilight of his life, attending a luncheon meeting with some younger government leaders. The chairman of the group turned to Webster and asked, ‘What is the greatest thought that has ever passed through your head?’ Quick as a flash Daniel Webster replied, ‘My accountability to God.’ Nowhere is one’s accountability to God more clearly defined than in this passage of Scripture.”

In order to fully understand the reality of the judgment of Hell and the Lake of Fire, we have begun looking at the major aspects of Hell. In other words, we are answering the question, What kind of place is the Lake of Fire? There are twelve main aspects of the Lake of Fire spoken of in the Bible. We have already looked at ten of them:

1. The Lake of Fire is a place of weeping and gnashing of teeth.
2. The Lake of Fire is a place of outer darkness.
3. The Lake of Fire is a place of multiple torments.
4. The Lake of Fire is a place of sorrows.
5. The Lake of Fire is a place of unsatisfied desires.
6. The Lake of Fire is a place of hopelessness.
7. The Lake of Fire is a place of bitter memory.
8. The Lake of Fire is a place of no rest.
9. The Lake of Fire is a place where the fire never goes out.
10. The Lake of Fire is a place prepared for the devil and his angels.

Today, I call your attention to the fact that the Lake of Fire is a place where there are degrees of punishment, but no mercy.

The Scriptural foundation for this truth is primarily found right here in Revelation 20. Verse 12 says that when the dead stand before God, ‘the books will be opened: and another book will be opened, which is the book of life: and the dead will be judged out of those things which are written in the books, according to their works.” Verse 13 also says that the dead who do not accept Christ are “judged every man according to their works.”

The idea of levels of punishment in Hell was popularized in the Middle Ages in Dante’s Divine Comedy. In the epic poem, there are nine concentric circles, each one containing a harsher punishment for more heinous sins. The outermost circle was reserved for virtuous unbelievers and the innermost circle for Satan and others who committed acts of treachery.

The passage in Revelation is not the only place where judgment according to works is taught. Hank Hanegraaff said, “The canon of Scripture ratifies the common-sense notion that not all sins are created equal. To think a murderous thought is sin; to carry that thought to its logical conclusion is a far graver sin. Every sin is an act of rebellion against a holy God, but some sins carry far more serious consequences than others and thus receive severer punishment in this life and the next. Indeed, according to Scripture the torment of Hitler’s hell will greatly exceed that of the less wicked.”

Jesus Himself espoused this idea in His teachings. He told the Pharisees that they would be punished more severely than others for their willful refusal to believe. He said that the cities of Tyre and Sidon would have a more bearable punishment than the cities of Cho-ra-zin and Bethsaida, both of which refused to believe on Him after He had worked great miracles there. He also told Pilate that the Jews who delivered Him up to be crucified had committed “the greater sin.”

The first set of “books” referred to in Revelation are most likely the books which record all of the actions of human beings — good and bad. Everything you and I have ever done — be it good or bad, significant or insignificant, secret or out in the open — is recorded in Heaven. These books are opened at the Great White Throne Judgment in order to bring the charge of sin against the living dead. Although those who end up at the Great White Throne Judgment will go to the Lake of Fire, the books are consulted in order to determine the intensity of the punishment given to each individual. God is fair. He will not punish those who commit lesser sins in the same way He punishes those responsible for great atrocities such as men of Isis and Hitler.

Of course, this does not make Hell any less of a terrible place. Whatever level of punishment a person receives, it will be painful and eternal. There will be no mercy, and the punishment will never end. Don’t think that you can “take” the punishment in Hell. Instead of bargaining to get as little punishment as possible, why not place your faith and trust in Christ today, and strive for greater rewards in Heaven.

Here is how you can trust Jesus Christ for salvation so that you can completely avoid the Lake of Fire.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

The Judgment of the Living Dead, Part 13

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TEXT: Revelation 20:11-15

11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.

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 whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

The Judgment of the Living Dead (Part 13)

In order to fully understand the reality of the judgment of Hell and the Lake of Fire, we have begun looking at the major aspects of Hell. In other words, we are answering the question, What kind of place is the Lake of Fire? There are twelve main aspects of the Lake of Fire spoken of in the Bible. We have already looked at seven of them:

1. The Lake of Fire is a place of weeping and gnashing of teeth.
2. The Lake of Fire is a place of outer darkness.
3. The Lake of Fire is a place of various torments.
4. The Lake of Fire is a place of sorrows.
5. The Lake of Fire is a place of unsatisfied desires.
6. The Lake of Fire is a place of hopelessness.
7. The Lake of Fire is a place of bitter memory.

Today, please notice from the Word of God that the Lake of Fire is a place of no rest. In the book of Revelation, the Bible describes the end result of those who reject Jesus Christ and worship the Antichrist in the last days. These people are also thrown into the Lake of Fire after the Great White Throne Judgment. Revelation 14:10-11 reads, “The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night.”

The Greek word from which “rest” is derived means “intermission; cessation of any motion, business, or labour; rest, or recreation.” When the Bible says that there is no rest in Hell, it means that there is no intermission of torment, no cessation of pain, no moment when a soul can take a break from his suffering.

This fact is emphasized by the other expressions in these two verses. First, we find that this torment is carried out under the oversight of Heaven. Those in Hell will “be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb.” This shows us that Hell is an extension of God’s holiness and righteous judgment. Hell is not created by or controlled by the devil. It is under God’s authority, and, as we see in this verse, it is administered by the Lamb Jesus Christ and the holy angels.

We are also told that “the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever.” John Walvoord said this phrase means “literally ‘into the ages of ages.’ It is the strongest expression of eternity of which the Greek is capable… As the worship of the beast is not interrupted by repentance, so their torment is not interrupted when repentance is too late.”

Don’t go to Hell thinking that once you get in there will be a way to get out. The doors to Hell are locked from the outside. Don’t go to Hell thinking that the punishment will only be temporary, because once it starts, it never stops. Don’t go to Hell thinking that you can “take it” and that your life of sin on this Earth will be worth it. If you do, you will be in for a dreadful surprise.

The Lake of Fire is a place of no rest. You do not want to go there. There is another place as described in this poem by Ellen Bailey:

Heaven is a place prepared for me and you
Hell is another place that has been prepared too
There is no place in-between that we can go
It’s either Heaven above or Hell below

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Allow me to share with you how you can trust Jesus Christ for salvation so that you can avoid that awful place.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

The Judgment of the Living Dead, Part 12

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TEXT: Revelation 20:11-15

11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.

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 whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

The Judgment of the Living Dead (Part 12)

In order to fully understand the reality of the Lake of Fire, we have begun looking at the major aspects of the Lake of Fire. In other words, we are answering the question, What kind of place is the Lake of Fire? There are twelve main aspects of the Lake of Fire spoken of in the Bible. We have already looked at six of them:

1. The Lake of Fire is a place of weeping and gnashing of teeth.
2. The Lake of Fire is a place of outer darkness.
3. The Lake of Fire is a place of multiple torments.
4. The Lake of Fire is a place of sorrows.
5. The Lake of Fire is a place of unsatisfied desires.
6. The Lake of Fire is a place of hopelessness.

Today, we are looking at the fact that the Lake of Fire is a place of bitter memory. The account of the rich man in Hell shows us that people will still retain their memories. In Luke 16:25, Abraham said, “Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things…” ***
In Hell, the rich man could remember the things he had said and done on Earth.

They say that when you die, your entire life flashes before your eyes. Well, those who end up in Hell will have an eternity to contemplate those memories. Every person who enters Hell will be tormented by the memories of past sins. They will be tormented by the memory of the times they could have accepted Christ, but didn’t.

Jimmy Chapman said, “‘Remember’ is the first voice, the perpetual voice which meets every man when he steps across the threshold of earth in to the portals of hell. When men remember there, they will remember very differently from the way in which they remember here. Memories there will come swimming out of the depths of the waters of oblivion. There is no torment like an accusing memory. In Hell, forgetting is a thing impossible. The rich man did not take his money, but he took his memory.”

You might be tormented by memories today, but, in most cases, you can do something about it. If it’s something you’ve done wrong, you can confess and repent of it. If it’s something someone has done wrong to you, you can confront them. If it is a lifestyle issue or addiction, you can change the way you have been living. But in Hell, you can do nothing about your memory. You don’t want to go there.

The Lake of Fire is a place of bitter memory. You do not want to go there.

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Allow me to share with you how you can trust Jesus Christ for salvation so that you can avoid that awful place.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you

The Judgment of the Living Dead, Part 9

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TEXT: Revelation 20:11-15

11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.

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 whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

The Judgment of the Living Dead (Part 9)

In order to fully understand the reality of the judgment of Hell and the Lake of Fire, we have begun looking at the major aspects of Hell. In other words, we are answering the question, What kind of place is the Lake of Fire? There are twelve main aspects of the Lake of Fire spoken of in the Bible. We have already looked at two of them:

1. The Lake of Fire is a place of weeping and gnashing of teeth.
2. The Lake of Fire is a place of outer darkness.

Today, first notice that the Lake of Fire is a place of torments. In Luke 16:23 we read, “And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.” This aspect of Hell comes from the true non-fictional story of the rich man and Lazarus. The rich man, content in his riches and unmindful of the condition of his soul, died and went to Hell. In Hell, amidst the darkness and the weeping and gnashing of teeth, he was tormented. But by what?

He was tormented by two things: the memory of his past and the knowledge of his present. He regretted the many times he had an opportunity to receive salvation and didn’t. He regretted the careless lifestyle that he had lived. He regretted the fact that he had given no thought to the condition of his soul.

What tormented him about his present was the fact that he could look over and see Lazarus — a poor beggar on earth now at peace in Paradise. The rich man knew there was pleasure and peace and happiness over there, but he could never reach it. His condition was like that of Tantalus, who in the Greek myths was sent to Tartarus. Tantalus was chained in the middle of a cool lake beneath an overhanging branch of fresh fruit. But every time he would dip his chin to get a drink of that water, the water would recede; and every time he would tilt his head back to get a bite of that fruit, the wind would blow the branch just out of reach. What torment! You do not want to go there.

Then, the Bible tells us that the Lake of Fire is a place of sorrows. In 2 Samuel 22:6, we read David’s words, “The sorrows of hell compassed me about; the snares of death prevented me.” Of course, David was using the “sorrows of hell” as a metaphor for the difficult, near-death situations that he found himself in. However, the phrase is repeated in Psalm 18 which is regarded as a prophetic reference to how the “sorrows of hell” would surround the Son of David, Jesus Christ, as He took the sins of the world on Himself.

This tells us, dear friend, that the sorrows of hell are real. The Hebrew word for “sorrows” is “chebel.” It means pain, sorrow, travail, pang, or destruction. The fire and darkness will be painful. The agonizing memory will be painful. Any pain that you have ever experienced, multiply it a thousands times and imagine that goes on and on, consistently, forever. That is what the sorrows of hell will be like. Those in the Lake of Fire will wish for relief but will not find it. They will be surrounded by, ‘compassed’ by, the sorrows of hell. And they will be unable to escape.

That is what it will be like in Hell and in the Lake of Fire. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. There will be utter darkness. There will be unspeakable torment, both mental and physical. There will be everlasting death and sorrow. You do not want to go there.

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Allow me to share with you how you can trust Jesus Christ for salvation so that you can avoid that awful place.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

The Judgment of the Living Dead (Part 7)

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TEXT: Revelation 20:11-15

11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.

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 whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

The Judgment of the Living Dead (Part 7)

Most people do not like to talk about Hell. They consider it to be a distasteful and perplexing subject. But, the discussion of Hell, no matter how uncomfortable, is always appropriate because people are always dying. Over 150,000 people die each day — that adds up to about 5 million people each month. We were reminded of it on a large scale this past week when the popular singer and songwriter Prince died. All of these people do not simply fade out of existence — they go to one place or another — Heaven or Hell.

Those who go to Hell continue their eternal existence in a state of constant torment and punishment. After Jesus Christ’s return to this Earth and the consummation of time and history, all of those who go to Hell are resurrected to face Jesus at the Great White Throne Judgment. If the names of those who are resurrected at this judgment are not found in God’s book of life — thus indicating that they never accepted Christ as their Savior when they were alive — they are sent to the lake of fire.

Of course, it would be easier to stomach such a doctrine if we knew that these people would eventually be put out of their suffering. Can you imagine sitting down at the banquet tables of Heaven knowing that somewhere else in the universe, flames of fire are feasting on the bodies and souls of the living dead. We would like to think that that would not be what takes place, but, based on Scripture, that is the scenario we are faced with.

The Bible explicitly states that punishment in Hell or in the Lake of Fire is eternal. John MacArthur said, “Punishment in hell is defined by the [Greek] word ‘ai-o-nios’, which means eternal or everlasting. There are people who would like to redefine that word and say, ‘Well, it doesn’t really mean forever.’ But if you do that with hell, you’ve just done it with heaven, because the same word is used to describe both. If there is not an everlasting hell, then there is not an everlasting heaven. And I’ll go one beyond that. The same word is used to describe God. And so if there is not an everlasting hell, then there is not an everlasting heaven, nor is there an everlasting God. It is clear that God is eternal; and, therefore, that heaven is eternal, and so is hell.”

Not only has God’s word left no doubt about the existence of Hell, it tells us in very vivid language what will go on there. We have read, of course, that there will be fire there. There will also be weeping and gnashing of teeth there as poor, lost souls remember all the chances they had to be saved that they didn’t take advantage of. Not only that, but there will be darkness there. We take the sun, moon, and stars for granted down here; we think nothing of electricity that provides us with light even in the darkest of nights. But the Lake of Fire is utter darkness — the night sky without a single star, the creepiest haunted house without a single current of electricity to provide light.

When you read about the Lake of Fire in the Bible, you can almost sense the suffocating darkness closing in, you can almost hear the agonizing screams of the eternally damned, you can almost smell the smoke from the everlasting fire. John Calvin said, “By such expressions, the Holy Spirit certainly intended to confound all our senses with dread.”

Some Christians say you shouldn’t have to scare people into Heaven. But, I say, if the idea of Hell scares you, good. Fear, dread, being scared drives people to take action. If you wake up in the middle of the night and you are afraid you might trip and fall, what do you do? You turn on a light so you can see where you are going. If you are traveling on unfamiliar roads and you fear you might get lost, what do you do? You consult a map or you ask for directions. If you fear that the suspicious man who’s been lurking around your block is up to no good, what do you do? You call the police to check it out.

Fear drives people to action. If you are not saved, and if you have yet to respond to the love, mercy, and grace of God, I urge you to let the fear of eternal punishment and separation from God in the Lake of Fire lead you to receive Jesus Christ as your Savior today.

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If you are with us today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to share with you how you can trust Him for salvation so that you can be ready for His return.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

The Judgment of the Living Dead, Part 5

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TEXT: Revelation 20:11-15

11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.

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 whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the Lake of Fire.

The Judgment of the Living Dead (Part 5)

Now that we have discussed the procedure of the Great White Throne Judgment at length, we are going to take a closer look at the end result of this judgment — the internment of vast multitudes, all those who died without Christ, in the Lake of Fire. Many people, including Christians, stumble at this doctrine. Some pastors shirk from preaching on it from the pulpit. However, there is no ambiguity or conflict in the Bible regarding the Lake of Fire or the eternal punishment of the unsaved.

The term “Lake of Fire” only occurs in Revelation 19 and 20. First, John tells us that the Antichrist and the False Prophet are put there, then Satan himself joins them, then Death and Hell are tossed in, and finally all people who remained sinners to the end are sent there. This portrayal of the Lake of Fire in the last few chapters of the book of Revelation emphasizes the stark foreignness of this judgment. It is a judgment of the last days — one that takes place at the end of time as the loose ends of history are being tied up and eternity prepares to take its place.

Yet, throughout Scripture, we see the concept of an eternal place of punishment. Old Testament Jews believed in a place called Sheol, where all people went after they died. This place was divided into two compartments — one for the righteous and one for the unrighteous. The place of the righteous was called Abraham’s Bosom or Paradise; the place of the unrighteous was a place of torment and suffering. The New Testament is more direct on the teaching of Hell. What may come as a surprise to some is that we know more about the place of eternal punishment from Jesus’ words than from any other New Testament writer. In Mark 9, He referred to Hell as a place where the “fire never shall be quenched.”

Now, the Lake of Fire is another place altogether. Some have speculated that Hell is in the center of the earth; and that is a plausible idea. However, the Lake of Fire does not exist within the bounds of human discovery. Its primary position comes into play only after the current heaven and earth have passed away. But it is no less real. Regarding the nature of the Lake of Fire, C.T. Schwarze, a former professor at New York University and a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, writes: “The word ‘lake’ must connote a body of matter having liquid form. Therefore, if Scripture is truth, this eternal fire must be in liquid form.” He goes on to point out that “white dwarf stars out in the vast reaches of the universe can properly be described as lakes of fire, since their temperature reaches some 30 million degrees Fahrenheit and they are liquid in form, being stars of such tremendous gravitational force that the hot gases are compressed down to superheated liquids.” It could very well be true that the Lake of Fire exists now as some distant celestial body, and that it will be the destination of the living dead.

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If you are with us today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to share with you how you can trust Him for salvation so that you can be ready for His return.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to Hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in Hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

Jesus Christ and St. Augustine on “The Nature of Hell and Eternal Punishment”

(The bad news is: you are on your way to Hell. The good news is: Jesus Christ died on the cross to save you from Hell. #2)

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TEXT: Mark 9:43-48

43 And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:

44 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.

45 And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:

46 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.

47 And 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:

48 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.

This is the second message in our series on Hell leading up to Halloween. People today, even many Christians, do not like to talk about Hell. However, I believe that if lost people become convinced about the reality of Hell, they would trust Christ as Savior. And if saved people believed in the reality of Hell, they would tell lost people how to be saved from Hell.

Regarding Mark 9:43-48, Dr. John Walvoord and Dr. Roy Zuck write: “These strong words warn disciples about the danger of letting themselves be led astray. Jesus reinforced the demands of discipleship in hyperboles. If the activity of your hand, an instrument of inward inclinations, causes you to sin, then cut it off. Jesus meant a disciple should take prompt, decisive action against whatever would draw him away from his allegiance to Him. The same is true of the foot and the eye, for temptations come through various means. Whatever tempts a disciple to cling to this world’s life must be removed much as a surgeon amputates a gangrenous limb. It is better to be a disciple and to enter eternal life in God’s future kingdom, and to do so maimed, minus earthly possessions that have been renounced, than to be an unbeliever. An unbeliever retains his allegiance to this world, refuses eternal life with God on His terms, and so will be thrown into hell.

“The Greek word “gehenna” is transliterated from two Hebrew words meaning “Valley of Hinnom,” a place south of Jerusalem where children were once sacrificed to the pagan god Molech. Later, during the reforms of Josiah, the site became Jerusalem’s refuse dump where fires burned continually to consume regular deposits of worm-infested garbage. In Jewish thought, the imagery of fire and worms vividly portrayed the place of future eternal punishment for the wicked. Jesus used the word “gehenna” in 11 of its 12 New Testament occurrences.

“Where the fire never goes out” is probably Mark’s explanation of Gehenna for his Roman readers. The worm (internal torment) and the unquenchable fire (external torment) vividly portray the unending, conscious punishment that awaits all who refuse God’s salvation. The essence of hell is unending torment and eternal exclusion from His presence.”

Today, we are going to consider the topic, “The Nature of Hell and Eternal Punishment” from St. Augustine. Augustine was a Christian theologian and philosopher who lived from 354 to 430 AD. He presided as the Bishop of Hippo in northern Africa (modern-day Algeria) for 34 years. He is well-known for his important works, “The City of God” and “Confessions.”

Regarding “The Nature of Hell and Eternal Punishment,” he said:

What God, by His prophet, has said of the everlasting punishment of the damned shall come to pass without fail — “their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched.” In order to impress this upon us most forcibly, the Lord Jesus Himself, when ordering us to cut off our members, meaning thereby those [body parts which] a man loves as the most useful members of his body, says, “It is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched; where their worm dieth not, and their fire is not quenched.” Similarly of the foot: “It is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched; where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.” So, too, of the eye: “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.”

He did not shrink from using the same words three times over in one passage. And who is not terrified by this repetition, and by the threat of that punishment uttered so vehemently by the lips of the Lord Himself?

Now they who would refer both the fire and the worm to the spirit, and not to the body, affirm that the wicked, who are separated from the kingdom of God, shall be burned, as it were, by the anguish of a spirit repenting too late and fruitlessly; and they contend that fire is therefore not inappropriately used to express this burning torment, as when the apostle exclaims “Who is offended, and I burn not?”

The worm, too, they think, is to be similarly understood. For it is written, they say, “As the moth consumes the garment, and the worm the wood, so does grief consume the heart of a man.”

But they who make no doubt that, in that future punishment, both body and soul shall suffer, affirm that the body shall be burned with fire, while the soul shall be, as it were, gnawed by a worm of anguish. Though this view is more reasonable,—for it is absurd to suppose that either body or soul will escape pain in the future punishment,—yet, for my own part, I find it easier to understand both as referring to the body than to suppose that neither does; and I think that Scripture is silent regarding the spiritual pain of the damned, because, though not expressed, it is necessarily understood that in a body thus tormented the soul also is tortured with a fruitless repentance. For we read in the ancient Scriptures, “The vengeance of the flesh of the ungodly is fire and worms.”

It might have been more briefly said, “The vengeance of the ungodly.” Why, then, was it said, “The flesh of the ungodly,” unless because both the fire and the worm are to be the punishment of the flesh? Or if the object of the writer in saying, “The vengeance of the flesh,” was to indicate that this shall be the punishment of those who live after the flesh (for this leads to the second death, as the apostle intimated when he said, “For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die”), let each one make his own choice, either assigning the fire to the body and the worm to the soul,—the one figuratively, the other really,—or assigning both really to the body.

For I have already sufficiently made out that [human bodies can survive] in the fire, in burning without being consumed, in pain without dying, by a miracle of the most omnipotent Creator, to whom no one can deny that this is possible, if he be not ignorant by whom has been made all that is wonderful in all nature. For it is God Himself who has wrought all these miracles, great and small, and who has enclosed these marvels in this world, itself the greatest miracle of all. Let each man, then, choose which he will, whether he thinks that the worm is real and pertains to the body, or that spiritual things are meant by bodily representations, and that it belongs to the soul. But which of these is true will be more readily discovered by the facts themselves, when there shall be in the saints such knowledge as shall not require that their own experience teach them the nature of these punishments, but as shall, by its own fullness and perfection, suffice to instruct them in this matter. For “now we know in part, until that which is perfect is come;” only, this we believe about those future bodies, that they shall be such as shall certainly be pained by the fire.

In closing, Jesus Christ said in Mark 9:43-48:

43 And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:

44 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.

45 And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:

46 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.

47 And 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:

48 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.

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If you have never trusted Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to share with you how you can be saved from your sins and Hell and have a home in Heaven when you die.

First, please understand that you are a sinner, just as I am, and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Please understand that because of your sins, you deserve eternal punishment in hell. Romans 6:23 says “the wages of sin is death…This is both physical death and spiritual death in hell. That is the bad news.

But here is the good news. John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.