Not a popular topic, not a politically correct topic, not a fun topic. Nevertheless, it is one we must deal with now or later. Take your pick. I choose now.
The reality of hell makes us feel uncomfortable. It may even offend us. The truth is that the thought of hell should offend us because we were never meant to be there. Originally, hell was reserved exclusively for the fallen angels who followed Lucifer’s rebellion detailed in Isaiah 14:11-13.
In reality, politically correct or politically incorrect means nothing because such fads of the times are ever-changing with the ocean tides. Being deemed politically incorrect does not give the idea of hell any less weight. In fact, it gives it even more weight because of the growing fear, repression and obvious effort to snuff it out. If no one believed deep down that it were true, no one would fear it, try to repress it or argue it away.
Regardless of current trends, what matters is reality. Reality is truth which has existed since the beginning of time. Reality is truth that remains today. And reality is truth that will remain into eternity. Today science is finally catching up with the truth that God has presented to us all along as the mystery of parallel universes has proved very real.
Bottom line is that we can choose to face reality now or later, but we will all face it. And it will be on God’s terms not on our own. God had the first word and will have the last word. If Jesus spoke about it, then we should speak about it. Consider that some mild discomfort now can prevent extreme discomfort later. Eternal truth, no matter how uncomfortable, needs to be faced and dealt with here and now in this life.
In the Scriptures, Jesus Christ relayed that hell is not merely an idea, not just a state of being, but an actual place. He was very familiar with it and it was not the Gehenna location in Jerusalem as some claim. Gehenna was merely a familiar reference point of desecration for the people of that time. They referred to it as hell because it was the closest thing they knew of to equate with hell.
“The King James Version translates Sheol, Hades, and Gehenna as Hell. This is indicative of the original meaning as it was first translated from the Greek and Hebrew. Gehenna is a transliteration from the Aramaic form of the Hebrew ge-hinnom meaning “valley of Hinnom.” This latter form, however, is rare in the Old Testament. The prevailing name is “the valley of the son of Hinnom.” Gehenna occurs in Matthew 5:22,29,30; 10:28; 18:9; 23:15,33; Mark 9:43,15,47; Luke 12:5 and James 3:6. In all of these verses it designates the place of eternal punishment of the wicked, generally in connection with the final judgment. It is directly associated with fire as the source of torment, both body and soul being cast into it. This concept is not to be explained on the principle that the New Testament speaks metaphorically of the state after death in terms of the body. It presupposes the resurrection.
In the King James Version and the Revised Version (British and American) Gehenna is rendered by “hell.” That “the valley of Hinnom” became the technical designation for the place of final punishment was due to two causes. Firstly, the valley had been the seat of the idolatrous worship of Molech, to whom children were immolated by fire (2 Chronicles 28:3; 33:6). Secondly, on account of these practices the place was defiled by King Josiah (2 Kings 23:10), and became in consequence associated in prophecy with the judgment to be visited upon the people (Jeremiah 7:32). Also, the fact that the city’s offal was collected there may have helped to render the name synonymous with extreme defilement” (Eschatology of the New Testament at http://www.biblicaltheology.org).
Gehenna from Theopedia
William Crockett writes, “In the New Testament the final destination of the wicked is pictured as a place of blazing sulfur, where the burning smoke ascends forever. This would have been an effective image because sulfur fires were part of life for those who lived in the Jerusalem of Bible times. Southwest of the city was the Valley of Hinnom, an area that had a long history of desecration. The steep gorge was once used to burn children in sacrifice to the Ammonite god Molech (2 Kings 23:10; Jer. 7:31; 32:35). Jeremiah denounced such practices by saying that Hinnom Valley would become the valley of God’s judgment, a place of slaughter (Jer. 7:32; 19:5-7). As the years passed, a sense of foreboding hung over the valley. People began to burn their garbage and offal there, using sulfur, the flammable substance we now use in matches and gunpowder. Eventually, the Hebrew name ge-hinnom (canyon of Hinnom) evolved into geenna (gehenna), the familiar Greek word for hell (Matt. 5:22, 29; 10:28; 18:9; 23:33; Mark 9:43, 45; Luke 12:5). Thus when the Jews talked about punishment in the next life, what better image could they use than the smoldering valley they called gehenna?”
The most clever falsehood of these days is that hell does not exist at all: “It’s an old wives’ tale of close-minded bigots.” This is similar to the belief that there is no sin: “Sin is so old-fashioned, don’t you think?” Both of these false beliefs eliminate the God’s absolute standards of righteousness and the truth regarding ultimate justice or consequences for every human He created. These false beliefs are convenient for us now in our flim-flam culture, but will be inconvenient for us later. These beliefs are clever ploys of the enemy of our souls, Satan. He is so real, so deceptive and so beautiful blending in as one with the world system. And once we swallow his appealing hook, we have assured our own destruction. The problem is that we don’t realize it until it’s too late.
See Dr. Rawlings Research at spiritlessons.com
More Hell Testimonies:
Bill Weise billweisetestimony
Micky Robinson mickyrobinsontestimony
Howard Storm howardstormtestimony
Ian McCormack ianmccormacktestimony
Ronald Reagan ronaldreagantestimony
ex-atheist Matthew Botsford matthewbotsfordtestimony, CP Living
Eternity is forever. We don’t understand forever because we are limited to the dimension of time. Just as we typically think of time as linear (yesterday, today, tomorrow), quantum physics has now shown time to be an actual physical property just as the Scripture describes. Therefore, we can see that the dimension of time is extremely deceptive.
Everyone Going to Heaven?
Imagine spending eternity with Jeffrey Dahmer or Charles Manson or Osama Bin Ladin? Universalism, the idea that everyone goes to heaven, originates from the spirit of antiChrist. The popular New Age notion is clever and idealistic, but faulty, fanciful and illogical because if everyone went to heaven, then heaven would not be heaven anymore. Heaven would become like fallen earth: good and evil coexisting.
God’s standard of righteousness is announced for all mankind in the Ten Commandments. In Isaiah 45:21, God Almighty declares, “…there is no other God besides Me, a rigidly and uncompromisingly just and righteous God and Savior; there is none besides Me.” Because 1) we all have violated God’s standard of righteousness and 2) He and heaven are perfectly righteous and 3) will remain that way, there has to be a cleaning station or separation point for anyone who wants to enter. God made Christ the separation point for good and evil by the shedding of His innocent blood for us in the New Covenant. Because He and heaven are perfect and we are not perfect, He invites us to pass through Himself as the cleaning station to be made righteous to enter heaven.
Otherwise, we refuse His offer and remain unclean and unfit for heaven. Don’t kid yourself. God makes the rules. If we remain unfit for heaven by His standards, no matter what we believe, we’re not going there. Because Jesus Christ owns and rules heaven and is its very light, anyone who doesn’t love Him would be miserable there. Even one uncomfortable person would contaminate heaven.
Bottom line big picture: The universe is comprised of dualism, not monism. There is Christ who owns, rules and orchestrates everything and contrarily, there is anti-Christ, everything opposing Christ.
Even though churches teach it, the idea of separation from God is false. Every soul has been and will be in the presence of God for all eternity. God is omnipresent and we will spend eternity in the presence of His glory or in the presence of His wrath. Be brave and for a moment and consider the possibility that hell could be real. Even if there were only a one percent chance that it is real, would you want to take that risk of eternity with your precious soul?
We cannot imagine living forever in the presence of the wrath of Almighty God: total and complete darkness (like we’ve never known), a raging lake of fire, total isolation from others, no hope, intense and unbearable suffering, and the torturous knowledge that there is never an opportunity for escape. There is no exit door, no probation to look forward to, no possibility of parole, no appeals board, no negotiation table. Every single form of God’s goodness and freedom and blessing and protection is removed absolutely leaving you alone, defenseless and (Psalm 68:2; Rev 14:10) owned by supernatural powers of evil. In their love of evil and hatred of God and you as His beloved creation, they do with you as they please.
There are so many who have actually experienced the terrors of hell and have been revived to tell about it. Investigate for yourself misconceptions about the afterlife compared to real life testimonies of hell listed above.
Have you heard before that God would never send people to hell? People say that prematurely without ever addressing what Almighty God Himself says. Let’s look at the words of Jesus Christ, the King of Heaven (Rev. 12:10), and see what He says about hell.
In reference to those plotting to kill him, He speaks to his followers in Luke 12:5, “But I will warn you whom you should fear: fear Him Who, after killing, has power to hurl into hell (Gehenna); yes, I say to you, fear Him!” That’s Jesus speaking.
And again, in Revelation 20:15 He speaks, “And if anyone’s [name] was not found recorded in the Book of Life, he was hurled into the lake of fire.”
God’s character includes both sides of the coin: kindness in Christ’s salvation and severity in rejecting it. We can safely say according to these verses that anyone who scorns or rejects the radical kindness of Almighty God in the innocent blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ will be left to experience His severity.
Christ’s rejectors will not be sent to hell. The Scriptures say they will be hurled there by Jesus Christ Himself. Luke 12:5; Rev. 20:15.
You have been already forgiven by God in Christ for every violation of His holy standards you have ever committed knowingly or unknowingly, no matter how awful and no matter if you’ve never told anyone about it.
Through Christ’s sacrifice, you have the invitation to go free. Thank Him for what He has done for you and receive His loving forgiveness now.
You are so worth it.
See also Legion
Christ’s words in the Gospels and Revelation reveal the inevitable future facing each one of us should we dare to reject Him.
And there is no other God besides Me, a rigidly and uncompromisingly just and righteous God and Savior; there is none besides Me.
If I ascend up into heaven, You are there; if I make my bed in Sheol (the place of the dead), behold, You are there.
But I say to you that everyone who continues to be angry with his brother or harbors malice (enmity of heart) against him shall be liable to and unable to escape the punishment imposed by the court; and whoever speaks contemptuously and insultingly to his brother shall be liable to and unable to escape the punishment imposed by the Sanhedrin, and whoever says, You cursed fool! [You empty-headed idiot!] shall be liable to and unable to escape the hell (Gehenna) of fire.
If your right eye serves as a trap to ensnare you or is an occasion for you to stumble and sin, pluck it out and throw it away. It is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be cast into hell (Gehenna).
And if your right hand serves as a trap to ensnare you or is an occasion for you to stumble and sin, cut it off and cast it from you. It is better that you lose one of your members than that your entire body should be cast into hell (Gehenna).
And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; but rather be afraid of Him who can destroy both soul and body in hell (Gehenna).
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, pretenders (hypocrites)! For you travel over sea and land to make a single proselyte, and when he becomes one [a proselyte], you make him doubly as much a child of hell (Gehenna) as you are.
You serpents! You spawn of vipers! How can you escape the penalty to be suffered in hell (Gehenna)?
And if your foot is a cause of stumbling and sin to you, cut it off! It is more profitable and wholesome for you to enter into life [that is really worthwhile] crippled than, having two feet, to be cast into hell (Gehenna) .
But I will warn you whom you should fear: fear Him Who, after killing, has power to hurl into hell (Gehenna); yes, I say to you, fear Him!
He too shall [have to] drink of the wine of God’s indignation and wrath, poured undiluted into the cup of His anger; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb.
And if anyone’s [name] was not found recorded in the Book of Life, he was hurled into the lake of fire.
But as for the cowards and the ignoble and the contemptible and the cravenly lacking in courage and the cowardly submissive, and as for the unbelieving and faithless, and as for the depraved and defiled with abominations, and as for murderers and the lewd and adulterous and the practicers of magic arts and the idolaters (those who give supreme devotion to anyone or anything other than God) and all liars (those who knowingly convey untruth by word or deed)–[all of these shall have] their part in the lake that blazes with fire and brimstone. This is the second death.
Then I heard a strong (loud) voice in heaven, saying, Now it has come–the salvation and the power and the kingdom (the dominion, the reign) of our God, and the power (the sovereignty, the authority) of His Christ (the Messiah); for the accuser of our brethren, he who keeps bringing before our God charges against them day and night, has been cast out!