HELL SERMONS by Rev. Mike Jones
Rev. Mike Jones
One of the most neglected subjects in spiritual circles today is the subject of Hell. It is seldom preached on or thought about but it is of vital importance to everyone‑ Sinners need to know where they’re going, and Christians need to glimpse the place we’re trying to rescue people from.
1. Our greatest Fear should be of Hell‑ Luke 12:5 But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into Hell, yea, I say unto you, fear him.
2. It is better to be maimed in this life than to go to Hell‑ Matt 18:8 Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire.
I. THE PURPOSE OF HELL‑ Hell was originally prepared for the Devil and the angels who rebelled against God (Mt 25:41) but was enlarged to include everyone who chose to rebel against God and follow the works of Satan (Is 5:11‑15)
*** If someone had a virus that caused them to do harm to themselves and to others and this virus was highly contagious; wouldn’t you need to separate this person from others to protect them. That’s why God had to prepare a place to put rebels. If they went to Heaven, they would change it into a “Hell” (Disease, Disobedience, and Death would move into Heaven if they entered there).
The reason God does not just “kill” these rebels is that they are given an eternal soul as part of their “birthright” that makes man different from the animals. Our Soul is our greatest Blessing‑‑but if you refuse to trust Christ, it is your greatest Burden.
II. THE NAMES OF HELL‑ The Bible uses 4 words for Hell:
1. Sheol‑ The O.T. word for the place where the dead go. It is sometimes used for the grave (Gen 42:38, Ps 88:3) but always in the sense of a place of separation from God (Jonah 2:2).
2. Hades‑ Equivalent to the O.T. “Sheol”. Luke 16:19‑31 makes it clear that Hades was divided into 2 parts before the ascension of Christ with an impassable gulf between them. The unbelievers were in Hell where they were tormented and the saved were in “Abraham’s Bosom” or “Paradise” (See Luke 23:43 where the repentant thief went to Paradise that day).
At His ascension Christ carried the Paradise Believers with him to Heaven (Ep 4:8‑10. Also Matt 27:52‑53) where they await their resurrection bodies. (Paul talked of being caught up into the third heaven or paradise in II Cor 12:1‑4).
3. Gehenna‑ Identical to the “Lake of fire”. It is the final abode of the wicked. It gets its name from a place in the valley of Hinnom, just outside Jerusalem, where trash and refuge was dumped and burned (It is said that the fires never went out here and that many dead animals and poor people, who had no burial place, were cast into this “trash pile”). When Israel fell into idolatry they offered human sacrifice at Gehenna (II Chron 28:1‑4, Jer 7:31‑33)
It is significant that God chose to call the final abode of the wicked dead by the name of a trash pile. Men will go there because they rebelled against God and are therefore useless.
4. Tartarus‑ The prison of fallen angels (II Pet 2:4, Jude 6,7) where they await God’s final judgment. (These are the angels that rebelled with Satan).
III. THE LOCATION OF HELL
A) Hades, Sheol, and Tartarus all seem to be located within the earth. Each time they are used mention is made of going down into them.
B) Gehenna seems to be located on the edge of or outside of the Universe. It is called “Outer Darkness” (Matt 8:12, II Pet 2:17).
IV. THE PUNISHMENT OF HELL
A) Unquenchable fire (Matt 3:12, Mk 9:43) in which the body survives (remember that God produced fire that did not consume Moses’ bush and the 3 Hebrew children lived in the fire) and the worm does not die (Is 14:11, Mk 9:44). The fire will produce thirst and torment (Lu 16:24) and Misery and Pain (Rev 14:10‑11) “They have no rest day or night”).
B) Memory and remorse‑ Luke 16:25 “Son remember…”
C) Frustration and anger‑ Mt 13:42 “Wailing and gnashing teeth”
D) Undiluted Divine Wrath‑ Rev 14:10 “The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture…”
E) According to knowledge and opportunity‑ Lu 12:47, 20:45,47
F) Forever‑ Mt 25:46 ” everlasting punishment”
V. THE PEOPLE OF HELL (Gehenna‑ “The Lake of Fire”)
1. The first occupants are the Beast and the False Prophet. Rev 19:20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire…
2. The next occupant will be Satan‑ Rev 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. The idea that Satan reigns in Hell is not Biblical!!
3. Fallen Angels‑ Jude 6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in ever‑lasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. These fallen angels will be judged by the Saints (I Cor 6:3).
4. All unsaved People‑ Rev 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murders, 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. Rev 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
You don’t have to go to Hell. God has provided an escape‑ Jn 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.
You don’t have to spend eternity thirsting in the flames‑ Rev 21:6‑7 I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
YOU CAN DENY HELL; YOU CAN DISBELIEVE HELL; BUT YOU’RE DESTINED FOR HELL APART FROM CHRIST.
Most people are familiar with the story of the Prodigal Son in Luke 15. A young man asked for his inheritance early and then wasted it in “riotous living”. When he was broke and no man would give to him he “came to himself” in a hog pen ready to eat hog food and realizing he needed his father after all.
Luke 16 continues this theme of “riches gone wrong” as Jesus tells about a manager who was accused of wasting his master’s resources (The prodigal wasted HIS resources given to him by his father. This man wasted the resources entrusted to him by someone else).
Jesus concluded the story of the wasteful manager by stating a “Life Principle”- No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon (Money) (Luke 16:13).
Then Jesus makes a statement that seems totally out of place. The statement is not strange; but it is very difficult to understand why it was stated in this particular context- Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband committeth adultery (Luke 16:18).
Immediately following this Jesus draws back death’s curtain and allowed us to see Hell as it had never been revealed before (Luke 16:19-31).
Lu 16:19 There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:
20 And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,
21 And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;
23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.
25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.
26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.
27 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house:
28 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.
29 Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.
30 And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.
31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.
In these verses there are TEN Things in Hell we Need in the Church:
1) GOD– If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. (Psalms 139:8). God does not automatically show up in a church on Sunday- For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them- Matthew 18:20. He wants to be wanted and worshipped. Did you welcome God to worship with us today? Repent of Sin, Focus on Faith.
2) Sinners-“The Rich man also died, and was buried, and in hell he lifted up his eyes”. No one will be saved is no one hears the gospel. Never be content with the “faithful few”.
3) A vision of Heaven (“He lifted up his eyes and sees Abraham afar off and Lazarus in his bosom”). We should learn about and long for Heaven.
4) Earnest Specific Prayer (“send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue”). You have not because you ask not. Jesus would ask, “WHAT do you want?”
5) An awareness of the torments awaiting those in Hell (“I am tormented in this flame”). Outer Darkness and a burning lake of Fire. Hell is Horrible!
6) Fire– Because of the punishing fire to come the church needs the purging fire of cleansing, the perpetual fire of a bush that would not burn that calls us to service for God, and the powerful fire of Pentecost that enables us to preach God’s message effectively
7) Faith that God’s Justice will prevail (“remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented”) God will do Right
8) A Missionary burden (“I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment”). Key to Growth and getting close to the Heart of God
9) A Dependence on the Word of God for Salvation “(If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead”). Faith comes by hearing Word of God.
10) A realization of the finality of eternity (“so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence”).As the tree falls.
There is a Hell to shun as well as a Heaven to gain. If your Christianity is only about praise songs on Sunday and never about proclaiming Christ on Monday then you need to examine what you have.
Lessons for Living for Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Hell is real and no matter how much people want to believe that all of “their loved ones” somehow make it to Heaven it just does not happen that way.
The original word for the concept of Hell comes from a Hebrew word used to describe a garbage dump (which was continuously on fire in order to destroy the garbage constantly being placed there). It is an apt description of the final abode of those who have wasted their lives seeking only self-gratification instead of gladly accepting God’s freely offered gift of redemption through the sacrifice of His only Son.
Things Not Found In Hell Text: Luke 16:19-31
I. There Is No Peace Found In Hell Luke 16:23 Isaiah 57:20-21 * Lost souls are troubled forever (57:20)
II. There Is No Rest Found In Hell Revelation 14:11
III. There Is No Joy Found In Hell Luke 16:24 * There is nothing to rejoice about in Hell.
IV. There Is No Comfort Found In Hell Luke 16:25 * The Comforter (Holy Spirit) is no help in that place.
V. There Is No Water Found in Hell Luke 16:24 * Human body craves water. All vital functions of the body are preformed by water and in its absence the body will reek with pain. (I am the Living Water)
VI. There Is No Mercy Found In Hell Mercy Sought Luke 16:24 * No Mercy came Luke 16:25
VII. There Is No Hope and Escape In Hell Luke 16:26 Daniel 12:2
VIII. People who have placed their faith in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ for forgiveness of their sins.
People you will find- Those who pretended without possessing. The people in Hell are the Fearful (to take the step of Faith from the darkness into the Light) and the Unbelieving (Cannot put God into the box of their brain). They can believe anything science tells them is true but think it makes them “coolly smart” to refuse to believe in a God who does not march to the drum of the way they think a god should act.
DEVOTION for Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Hell is a place of torment, tribulation, and terror. It is a real place (Jesus spoke about Hell more than He did about Heaven), a reserved place (Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: Matthew 25:41), and a remorseful place (The rich man in Hell was told to “remember” and multitudes tormented in the flames of Hell will continually regret ignoring God’s invitation to salvation).
Hell will contain hypocrites, horrible people (do you really want to spend eternity with mass murderers, child molesters, and terrorists?),and hordes of people who thought that if they ignored God then God would in some way ignore their sin and allow them into Heaven because they were “good old boys or girls”. No one likes talking about anyone ending up in Hell but Jesus said the road to destruction had a wide gate and a broad way and “many there be which go in” (Matthew 7:13).
There are, however, some things you cannot find in Hell- Peace, Rest, Joy, Comfort, Water, and Hope of escape. And, joyously for them, because of their faith in the payment for their sins by the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ you cannot find any Christians in Hell.
Hell is not a good place and you do not want to go there but “How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation: (Hebrews 2:3).