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September 27, 2020 8:00 am
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What happens next with pastor Robert has been answering common questions about today he's discussing the realities of an eternity of part of will, which join in with the first we got talk about a tough question.
The second week some easy questions you haven't heard those go back and listen or get the CDs this week. I'm calling it a tough message because I'm going to talk about Bill and it's a tough message for me to talk about. I believe it was also a tough message for Jesus, but Jesus did preach about hell. Jesus actually preached about health $33.
He talked more about hell than he did about heaven. That's pretty amazing and I believe he did it because he didn't want anyone to go so think about this.
He had a three year ministry any prefilled health 33 times so almost little once a month he would bring a message on hell, you might not have wanted to attend his church because you heard so much. But why did it want to do that he had to just been filled with compassion to keep people from going this difficult place of the Bible talks about hell 167×167 times.
Yet many theologians. Many pastors, many denominations are distancing themselves from hell today and even denying the existence of an and in a recent survey.
Many people said they do not believe in a literal hell is matter fact in the survey I read 35% of Baptist, 54% of Presbyterians 58% of Methodist and 60% of Episcopalians do not believe in the literal health but the Bible talks about it 167 times and Jesus preached 33 messages on hell that we know of. We have recorded in Scripture, maybe more. In my opinion, to deny the existence of help is to deny Jesus Christ and tend not to deny the Bible because Jesus told us about this.
There are four groups just to give you low before you look 64 groups of people.
If you deny the existence of hell you fallen on these four groups. The first report are atheist, atheist, do not believe in hell because I do not believe in God, they believe that we evolved from nothing and that once we die we cease to exist. Now I will make a statement here. This might shock you atheist don't believe in God. I don't believe an atheist.
I actually believe that it's scientifically impossible to be an atheist atheist make the statement, there is no God. And the reason scientifically impossible to be an atheist is because in order to make the statement, there is no God.
You would have to possess all knowledge you have to know everything really saying emphatically. There is no God and and the scientist tell us the smartest human being. Probably possesses 2% of all knowledge. So you really can't be like this, but you can can be an agnostic, so that atheist agnostics don't believe in hell I hear is that the second group annihilation missed don't believe in hell that here's what they believe.
They believe that believers go to heaven, but unbelievers are annihilated and some even believe that they are annihilated in hell these Matthew 1028 which has fear him who can destroy both body and soul in hell destroy these for Detroit for their mindless annihilation's theory, now let me tell you why that's wrong. You can't take your interpretation of one verse, and bill the doctrine on it, you have to take the whole of Scripture and the holy Scripture teaches us of hell. So I annihilation this will not be a scriptural viewpoint either.
The other group that the third group are ultimate reconciliation missed ultimate reconciliation missed believe that ultimately everyone will be reconciled to God. The people do go to hell, but they only go to hell. Dependent upon how bad they were owners.
In other words, if you are very bad. You would spend more time that hell is a purifying place that purifies us then to Belial to have may actually be believe that Satan will ultimately be reconciled and the end of the fourth grade are universalist, there are actually many popular preachers today that are becoming universalist because they misunderstand and they taken that twisted question that I answered first M and gotten someone to help and and I've already answered that question, but they take that say because of that when Jesus died on the cross. He paid the price for every Wednesday in which he did, but you still have a choice. They take free will completely out of the equation and everyone is going to go to heaven but Adolf Hitler will go to heaven.
The terrorists will go to heaven is matter fact, if you take universalism to its nth degree.
Here's an analogy about that the terrorists of 911 when they hit those buildings, the believers on the plane and the terrorists were immediately in the presence of God.
That's what universalism safe and you think that's foolishness. So Luke 16 Jesus tells us about hell I need to tell you something about this passage before reread it and that is many people don't understand this. This is a prestored. This is true. What Jesus tells here are some reasons why it doesn't say any spoke this parable to them in an area. Luke 16 talks about different parables and even has a parable at the beginning of the chapter by the time you get here. It's not a parable because it does not that he spoke this paragraph.
Also, it's not a simile that Jesus isn't saying it is like it is like it is like he is telling us a true story. And we know it's true because of a couple things. First of all, he says there was a certain rich man this works certain means individual are specific, there was an individual specific rich man. I'm telling you about run out.
Then he says there was a certain beggar listener what he says named Lazarus to Jesus on the might of the night. Now let me explain. One thing to because I got some questions last night afterwards. This is not the same Lazarus that erased from the day it's a common name like John but it's not the same same person.
Okay so this is another person.
I literally destroyed Luke 16, verse 19. There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day. But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate, desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table.
Moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. And so it was that the beggar died and was carried by the angels. No watches carefully since Jesus talking to Abraham's bosom. Okay, let's not just for moment was Abraham, a real person that he's talking about real people. The rich man also died and was buried, and being in torments. I want you to remember the word format because I variation of that word is in this passage for tax that's.
This is the first reference update being in torments in Hades, and Hades is a Greek word for hell case of this is hell they just use the record there. He lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham a real person of far-off and Lazarus real person in his bosom many crimes and 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. There's the second time was the variation that word in this flame. Remember the word flame.
This is Jesus talking now. He describes Bell as a place of torment and flame. But Abraham said, son, remember that in your lifetime you received good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things. But now he is comforted and you are tormented third time we see the variation that work and besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed so that those who would want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from their past us.
Then he said I bet you therefore, father that you would send him to my father's house or I have five brothers that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment for time Abraham said to him, they have Moses and the prophets, let them hear them.
And he said no father Abraham, but if one goes to them from the dead, they will rip you, but he said to him, if they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rhymes from the dead.
First, a few things on tape. But this Jesus is talking and the first thing what you know is this eons all debate on the existence of hell because Jesus is referring to a specific man and he says in verse 23 and help in hell he's referring the person and Jesus as these in health. This also is all debate on whether to place a fire because he's Jesus says in this flame listening carefully.
32 times the New Testament refers to help us find a place of fire, unquenchable, everlasting, eternal fire. Lake of flame of firmness of an 19 times.
Jesus himself refers to hell as fire and this also is all debate on whether it's a place of torment or not, because where the word variation or torment for times. The Greek word here for torment has three meanings, it would be like when you look up a word in Webster's dictionary and it has two or three different meanings. That's what the Greek word here has three meanings. The first is acute pain from debilitating disease, acute pain from debilitating disease. The second is actually the name of a lack of torture that they invented and they gave it. This name the name that that is translated form in your that's what they called it. It was a racket that had sharp objects that they would stretch a body only continue to stretch it around it until eventually the sharp objects would pierce the body of the person would die from the piercings and the third is describing fire that is hot enough to melt metals so I want you to understand these three definitions of this work torture our acute pain. A lack of torture and intense fire lessor. Jesus used so according to this that Jesus tells us we can discern a few things about what happens to a person when he goes to hell.
So I want to give you three things that happened to a person when he goes to hell. Here's number one.
He desires comfort. He desires comfort, send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water that I made cool my tongue, for I am tormented in this flame. I want you to notice that he didn't say that I have a bucket of water.
Could I have a cup of water and he didn't even say that he might dip his finger. He said that he might dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, remember I told you this a few weeks ago, but I will actually show you the Scripture hell was not created for you. Hell was not created for you. Why showed you the Scripture in Isaiah 5 that shows us that because man decided to follow Satan.
Hell had to be enlarged. It was enlarged by necessity, not by design but noticed here's the Scripture shows you hell was not prepared for you. Matthew 25, 41, then he will also say to those on the left hand apart from me you cursed, into the everlasting notice. Again, it's not just Bo's way of knowledge this theory that it's only up a brief time fire it is fire watch prepared for the devil and his angels, and that Jesus talking hell was not prepared for you now will make the statement you remember this, Jesus did not prepare help for you, but he did prepare heaven for you. John 14. He said I'm going to prepare a place for you.
The Medicaid statement he did not prepare help for you. He prepare heaven for you, so number one, a man desires comfort number two.
He expresses concern.
He immediately says, please send them to my brothers my father's health.
I have five brothers that every person will have this thought at some point I hope my kids don't come here. I hope my spouse is a computer and they might even have a thought like this may be maybe and they might bring.
They did not remember that your you go to church or that you're a believer and so I might think will maybe at the at the at Christmas. I know Bill is a believer I know marries a believer, I know Sue is a believer and I know Jim is a believer maybe at Christmas.
Soon you will tell my children about this place and then I wonder. I wonder if he will have this thought she probably will tell my children because she didn't tell me. I remember arguments about who I voted for, but I don't remember ever telling me that this was where I would go and that it was easy to avoid this place that I would simply give control of my life to Jesus Christ.
I could've avoided this place so every person desires comfort, expresses concern and here's number three a six consolation six consolation. Here's what he said he tries to tell himself.
If someone would go from the day I if someone would rise from the dead and held them. Maybe they would believe. I'm sure they would believe.
Abraham says this lesson they have Moses and the prophets that you need understand what Moses and the prophets means in the Bible, Moses wrote the first five books of the Old Testament, the prophets wrote the other books we call them the major and minor prophets is why we would this divide that the Old Testament theologically and understand that this point that there's no New Testament. So when they say when he says if I don't believe Moses and the prophets. He's referred about the same. If I don't believe the Bible illicitly saved if they won't believe the Bible, they won't believe, even if one were to Ryan's from the grave. Listen carefully, Jesus did rush at the direct reference he did graduate.
What they don't believe the Bible they would believe, even if one were to rise from the grave and he did. Now, this story is describing hell before the resurrection of Christ, you need understand that every person that died before the resurrection of Christ, went to a place of waiting. There were two compartments with a chasm between one was held where people were tormented. The others was Abraham's bosom is what it was called as a place of waiting for Old Testament saints and the Bible says it before Jesus ascended into heaven, he descended into the lower parts and he let all those Old Testament saints to paradise. Remember, he said, even to the thief, today you will be with me in paradise. So he leads them out of there. So this is talking about it before the resurrection of Christ. There is also a future hail after the second coming and the Bible tells us some things about future hail that you need to understand.
I'm going to tell you some things that will help you to understand what eternal hell will be like and I'll give you the Scripture perfectly okay first of all, there are two physical properties on earth that keep us mentally stable right to physical properties that keep us mentally stable is a scientific fact light and solid light and solid light helps us to gain our bearings if we can just see where were going, what were doing even blind people many times can see light and dark because when when the light turns on in the room many times and it keeps them stable.
Please understand that life is not in help.
The Bible describes Hell is a place of utter darkness or outer darkness.
Matthew eight describes help complete total darkness is matter fact the Greek word means blackness total darkness. Please understand you will never listen. Satan is so light that held Marie some big party you never seen one you will never see another person in your liver topsail. The reason he did in the story. Remember, this is before the resurrection. This is not eternal hell. You will never see or talk to any other person so there's no light and help reasons. Like in heaven. Revelation 21 tells us that there's no there's no sign in heaven. If not, there's no son because the Lamb is like. The reason is no Lycan can help is because God takes his presence from others alike.
Here's the second thing solid.
In other words, being able to hold something, grab something keeps us mentally stable on this earth being able to sit down or walk or touch something hell is described. Revelation 911 17 and 20.
In Revelation chapter 911 17 and 20 tells us that hell is a bottomless pit. You will never touch anything you will never sit down. You will never stay on no matter how hard you will lunge you will never never be able to touch anything else. Those two physical properties are not in help that keep us mentally stable. There are two emotional properties that keep us emotionally stable on this earth.
Rest and hope and know many of you think rest is a physical property which it is but is also an emotional property because rest keeps us emotionally stable.
Think about how grumpy you get when you get time. We handle saying my how smart my wife a stalemate that you need a nap and she said that her grandkids as well and the grandkids not have to go take a nap so when we get tired. We begin to lose it emotionally.
We wait and wait and think about if you lost a person close to you how tired you are in and people around you will save you. You need to get some rest you need to get some rest and we know on this earth if we can just rest for sometimes just a few moments than we can handle what were going through emotionally. Revelation 1411 says in the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever, and they have no rest day or night. No rest, so there's no rest in the second emotional property that is not in hell is hope. There's no hope on this earth. We always have hope that he can get better. Do you realize that a person who commits suicide is a person whom Satan has convinced that something is true on earth that is actually true. He's convinced that person that you have no hope, and on earth. You always have hope because your live and you can turn to God. But in hell there's no hope. Every person who goes to hell will at some point have a fault something like this when I have been here 10,000 centuries.
I will not have one less second to be in this place because hell is forever and there's one more thing I want to tell you about hell that comes directly from Jesus the way he described it.
Jesus used the word to describe hell that no person is ever used and the Jewish people understood what he was talking about. He used the word Gahanna Gahanna needs the valley of Canada. It is a valley that is south of the old city of Jerusalem. If you are in the King David said avail. You can see the old city and the north. You see two valleys of North Valley in the South actually come together at on the western side city rubbing from the Western Wall Valley on the south side of Jerusalem is called Gahanna that valley, there was always a continual fiber in that valley. They would learn the refuse from the city, but when they went through a drought season when poor people would die and did not have enough money to be buried. They began bear the burning the.
The bodies of poor people in that valley so you could smell flesh burning, but there's something else that happened when they were taken out of the land of captivity they learned a Babylonian and Chaldean practice and that was offering their children to the God of maleic and we know the Bible tells us specifically to keys did this Manasseh and Ahab offered their children burned their children in the valley of Hannah and an ontology. It's a tough message.
What I meditate is very difficult. They made their children walk into the fire alive and they burned them alive, sometimes saving use whips to drive for him into the fire and Jesus used the phrase that every Jewish person understood describing health. He said it is like Gahanna where there is an you've heard this phrase which you might not know where it came from, where there is weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth. These young boys and girls would be so afraid and in so much pain they would weep and wail and gnash their teeth together while they were burned alive and Jesus said I'm trying to tell you the best I can about this place so you don't go there now want to give you a ludicrous illustration. It's ludicrous. If you were to drive home today and your neighbor's house was on fire.
What would you do we all did the same thing. We would immediately call 911 anything. If it were safe to do so. We would enter the house to try to see if anyone still in the house.
The reason I said this is ludicrous is none of you would see your neighbor's house on fire and pulling your garage and have default someone else until it just some of the and even this thought maybe and I don't mean this in a in a in a joking way. But listen, we would have a thought lodges pray for and I believe in prayer. I believe her. That's the first step in comes to witnessing the spring, but the second step is you gonna tell no. Romans 10 says whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. But how can they call on him whom they not heard and help in the year unless someone tells we have to double hear me your neighbor's house is not on fire but your neighbor is that he doesn't know the Lord according to the Bible. He will go to place a fire in place of torment for all we want you to take a moment to think about survivorship today and listen to what the Holy Spirit see you if you want to connect with this.
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