Hell / Lake of fire – Justice/judgement

In the United States and in many countries of the world, today is “Halloween”, the “day of the dead (October 31st). I cringe when I look around and see all of these homes dressed up in their celebrations of death. 💀There are fake skulls and graveyards, ghosts and goblins, and all kinds of ugly things. On this day, people celebrate not only death, but also witchcraft and the occult, with their witches and warlocks, and jack o lanterns, bats and creepy things.

Halloween has its origins in paganism.

In ancient Britain and Ireland, the Celtic Festival of Samhain was observed on October 31, at the end of summer…. The souls of the dead were supposed to revisit their homes on this day and the autumnal festival acquired sinister significance, with ghosts, witches, goblins, black cats, fairies and demons of all kinds said to be roaming about. It was the time to placate the supernatural powers controlling the processes of nature.

In addition, Halloween was thought to be the most favorable time for divinations concerning marriage, luck, health, and death. It was the only day on which the help of the devil 😈was invoked for such purposes.”😱

What Are the Pagan Roots of Halloween? | CBN.com

If people grasped in the slightest the ugliness, the MYSERY, the AGONY of DEATH💀, especially ETERNAL DEATH🔥, I doubt that they would celebrate Halloween. When I was young, I also celebrated Halloween with much of the world. No more! I was BLIND 🧑🏻‍🦯but now I SEE. 😎

As bad as the Tribulation will be on this earth, it does not hold a candle to eternal death and damnation. We need to let the word ETERNAL sink in for a moment. ETERNAL Damnation is not for 500 years, or 1000 years, not even for 1 million years. Eternal means FOREVER. Forever and ever and ever! I did not really want to write about this topic, but it is important for people to be told the truth.

Mark 9:47 And if your eye is causing you to sin, throw it away; it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye, than, having two eyes, to be thrown into hell (Gehenna), 48 where their worm does not die, and the fire is not extinguished

Note: “Gehenna was originally the valley of Hinnom, south of Jerusalem, where the filth and dead animals of the city were cast out and burned; a fit symbol of the wicked and their future destruction in the LAKE OF FIRE.” 🔥

If people have never heard about the BAD NEWS, how can they appreciate the GOOD NEWS (GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST)?

The majority of people in our modern, godless society do not want to believe that there is a Holy God who is the Creator of everything and that He is not only Creator, but He is also our judge. They do not want to believe that we are all going to be held accountable for how we lived our lives. However, just because we choose not to believe in something does not mean that it is not true.

The truth is that someday we will all have to stand before our Creator and give an account of how we spent our time on earth.

Daniel 7:9: I kept looking
Until thrones were set up,
And the Ancient of Days took His seat;
His garment was white as snow,
And the hair of His head like pure wool.

His throne was ablaze with flames🔥, (judgement)
Its wheels were a burning fire.
10 A river of fire was flowing
And coming out from before Him;

Thousands upon thousands were serving Him,
And myriads upon myriads were standing before Him;
The court convened,
And the books were opened.

The books were opened. Each of our lives are written in a “book”. All of our words, our deeds, even our thoughts are recorded in a book. Everything we have ever spoken, done, or thought while in the body, whether good or bad, is recorded in a book. The scene we saw above in Daniel 9 is repeated in Revelation 20 and is known as the “Great White Throne Judgement”, or the “judgement of the damned“. The Great White Throne Judgement is known as the judgement of the damned because it is a judgement of WORKS. Thankfully, the believer in Jesus Christ will NOT be at the Great White Throne Judgement because we are not TRUSTING IN our own works for righteousness, but on the FINISHED WORK of JESUS CHRIST on the CROSS. ✝️

The Jewish Law which contains God’s (YHWHs) TEN COMMANDMENTS, and 613 ordinances is God’s Standard of Righteousness. This is the standard by which we will ALL be judged. This is the standard by which NO MAN CAN STAND. Every human being on this planet (except for one – Jesus Christ) has sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. It only takes one small sin, one wrong thought, one wrong deed to land oneself in hell. You may be thinking “That is not fair”.

It really does not matter whether WE think God is fair or not, WE are the creation, not the Creator. God alone sets the rules. If people took time to read and understand God’s Word (Bible), they would discover that our Creator is both fully righteous and fully merciful. God’s righteousness DEMANDS a penalty for all sin. God’s MERCY sent His Son Jesus Christ to be the propitiation for all of our sin. God did not leave us HOPELESS. He sent the REMEDY for sin – HIMSELF.

We are ALL GUILTY of LAWBREAKING before a Holy God, whether we know it or not, whether we like it or not. The wages of sin (LAWBREAKING) is DEATH. 💀 Death is not just death of the body (our physical bodies on earth), but eternal (FOREVER) separation from our CREATOR who is the SOURCE of all life, beauty, and joy. In the Bible, a “king” is often synonymous with a KINGDOM. We cannot get into the KINGDOM OF GOD if we REJECT the KING. 👑 Those who think they can reject Jesus Christ (King) and enter the Kingdom of God (Heaven) will find out someday that they were self-deceived. Those who think that when they die, it is just “lights out” and they cease to exist are wrong. Mankind is a spiritual being designed in the image of God. When we die here on earth, our BODY dies, but our SOUL and SPIRIT live on. Our soul and spirit are conscious, sentient, and very aware of the reality that they are still alive, even after the body is dead. It will be quite a shocking experience for those who think death is just “lights out”.

The question is…WHERE do WE GO after our PHYSICAL BODY DIES?

Matthew 10:28: And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him (FATHER/SON/HOLY SPIRIT) who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell (Gehenna).

Jesus spoke frequently about both Heaven and hell. What does the Bible say about hell and the lake of fire?

SHEOL/HELL/HADES – a TEMPORARY HOLDING PLACE FOR THE DEAD

In the Old Testament, the world for “hell” is Sheol, meaning “the abode of the dead”.  The New Testament Greek equivalent to sheol is hades, which generally refers to “the place of the unrighteous dead, or hell.” Prior to Jesus’ death on the Cross✝️, all departed souls went to “Sheol”. At that time (before Christ), both the “righteous” and the “wicked” souls went to Sheol following the death of their physical body. This is because Jesus Christ, the Messiah, had not yet come and opened up the keys to Heaven🗝️ (Kingdom of God) through His death on the Cross which now offers the COMPLETE FORGIVENESS OF ALL SIN.

Sheol is believed to be beneath the earth and is divided into two sections:

  • ABRAHAM’S BOSOM: The righteous saints who believed in YHWH and BELIEVED that YHWH would send a MESSIAH (savior))
  • HELL: The unrighteous who did NOT BELIEVE in YHWH and did not believe in YHWH’s promise to send a Messiah).

Abraham’s bosom is considered a place of comfort where the souls of the righteous OLD TESTAMENT SAINTS (people who BELIEVED IN YHWH and HIS promise of a MESSIAH) went after death. In contrast, Hell or Hades is a place of pain and torment where all UNbelievers go after death (people who REJECTED YHWH and HIS promise of a MESSIAH). The Bible indicates that WITHIN SHEOL there is a DEEP CHASM that divides Abraham’s bosom from hell, and that no man can cross from one side to the other; however, they may be able to SEE one another.

“Metaphorically speaking, If the Lake of fire is prison, then hell is the temporary jail cell that holds the criminal until the time of the trial.”

Luke 16:19: “Now there was a rich man, and he habitually dressed in purple and fine linen, enjoying himself in splendor every day. 20 And a poor man named Lazarus was laid at his gate, covered with sores, 21 and longing to be fed from the scraps which fell from the rich man’s table; not only that, the dogs also were coming and licking his sores. 

22 Now it happened that the poor man died and was carried away by the angels to Abraham’s bosom; and the rich man also died and was buried. 

23 And in Hades he raised his eyes, being in torment, and *saw Abraham far away and Lazarus in his arms24 And he cried out and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me and send Lazarus, so that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool off my tongue, for I am in agony in this flame.’ 

25 But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that during your life you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus bad things; but now he is being comforted here, and you are in agony. 26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been set, so that those who want to go over from here to you will not be able, nor will any people cross over from there to us.’ 

Contained within the CHASM that separates hell from Abraham’s bosom is the deepest, darkest bottomless pit known as Tartarus in the Bible. The angels who left their first abode and had sex with the daughters of men in Genesis 6, tainting mankind’s DNA and producing the evil, wicked hybrids known as Nephilim (giants), are locked up in chains in this DEEP ABYSS known as Tartarus (2 Peter 2:4). This bottomless pit is where Satan will be chained during the Millennial reign of Jesus Christ. (Rev. 20:2-3)

When Jesus died, resurrected and ascended into Heaven, His sacrifice offered the forgiveness of all sin to all people (jew or gentile) who would believe. During Jesus’ three days in the “belly of the earth” (Sheol), He unlocked Abraham’s bosom and brought all of the righteous Old Testament saints to Heaven WITH HIM through the complete forgiveness of all their sins (Matthew 27:52-53).

Now, all people who die the physical death believing in the Messiah Jesus Christ for the complete forgiveness of all of their sins go DIRECTLY to Heaven to be with the Lord!

How blessed are we!!! HALLELUJAH! 🙌🏻

On this side of the Cross, ALL Believers in Jesus Christ go DIRECTLY to HEAVEN when they die and WILL NOT BE JUDGED at the GREAT WHITE THRONE JUDGEMENT (2 Corinthians 5:8)! Instead, Believers will go to the Bema Seat judgement of REWARDS (Romans 14:10, 2 Corinthians 5:10) . 💖 Because their debt has been paid by JESUS CHRIST on the CROSS✝️, all believers WILL GO TO HEAVEN when their physical body dies. However, there are REWARDS for faithfulness that will be handed out during the BEMA SEAT JUDGEMENT FOR BELIEVERS. 💖

Abraham’s bosom was emptied when Jesus Christ rose from the dead and brought the righteous Old Testament Saints with Him to Heaven.

All of the UNbelievers who died PRIOR to the Lord Jesus Christ (souls who did not believe in YHWH or the promise of His Messiah) are still in hell, waiting for the resurrection of their BODIES at the Great White Throne Judgement.

All UNbelievers who have died or will die on this side of the Cross without believing in the Lord Jesus Christ, do NOT have their sins FORGIVEN, and are taken down to Sheol and likely to hell.

So many questions….

  • You may be asking, what about observant Jews WHO HAVE DIED AFTER the time of Jesus Christ who are/were in the Mosaic Covenant with YHWH but REJECTED Jesus Christ ✝️as their Messiah because they have been partially blinded until the fullness of the gentiles comes in (Romans 11:25)...would they go to hell or to Abraham’s bosom? Will they get a SECOND CHANCE to receive Jesus Christ as their Messiah?
  • And...is there any chance of getting OUT of hell and ever going to Heaven if one totally messed up their chance of receiving forgiveness of sins through the Messiah Jesus Christ while on earth? Can a person receive the Messiah Jesus Christ AFTER going to HELL? Or is hell an automatic ticket to the lake of fire 🔥because the Great White Throne Judgement is a judgement of “works” and it is IMPOSSIBLE for any human being to gain entrance into Heaven based on their own works.

The Bible does not really address these questions specifically; however, all indications are that this life is our “Valley of Decision” where we make our choice FOR or AGAINST God’s MESSIAH JESUS CHRIST✝️. We do believe that God is very merciful towards children, the mentally ill or people who are physically/mentally UNABLE to make a choice.

Hebrews 9:27:  And just as it is destined for people to die once, and after this comes judgment,

We cannot answer definitively whether God gives PEOPLE a second chance in Sheol or hell to receive forgiveness of sin. Our feeling is that it is way too risky to think one can live however one wants to live (according to the lusts of the flesh, the lusts of the eye and the pride of life), and figure well…I’ll get another chance at Eternal Life if I do land in hell. the bible seems to indicate that this life on earth is our ONLY chance to receive the Messiah, ✝️

we recommend NOT waiting on the FENCE BUT choosing JESUS NOW!

No one is promised tomorrow!

Hell is a horrible place, a burning place, a place of fire and torment and agony. 🔥Just as there are near death experiences of people who have seen Jesus Christ in Heaven, there are also people who have been to hell in a near death experience and have returned to talk about the horrors. 😱 Hell is a place where the souls of unbelievers go to await the final Great White Throne Judgement that occurs after the Millennial (1000 year) reign of Jesus Christ on this earth.

After Jesus’ 1000-year reign on the earth is complete, the BODIES of all the departed UNbelievers will rise up out of the grave and be REUNITED with their SOULS which have been in hell to stand before YHWH at the Great White Throne Judgement. They will be judged according to “their works” and then be thrown into the LAKE OF FIRE (GEHENNA), where they will be ETERNALLY separated from God forever. If hell is bad, the lake of fire is worse, and it is PERMANENT.🔥

Revelation 20:11: Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled, and no place was found for them

Rev. 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone (Gehenna)😈, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

12 And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and BOOKS WERE OPENED; AND ANOTHER BOOK WAS OPENED, WHICH IS THE BOOK OF LIFE; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, ACCORDING TO THEIR DEEDS

13 And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them; and they were judged, each one of them according to their deeds. 14 Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. 15 And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

There are still many things about the final destination of mankind that we do not fully understand and cannot fully comprehend. We see in a mirror dimly. When UNBELIEVING mankind is thrown into hell, the MOST WICKED fallen angels are LOCKED in a deep abyss AWAY from mankind. This is the same abyss that the devil (Satan) will be thrown into during Jesus’ Christ’s Millennial reign on earth. However, at the very end, AFTER Christ’s Millennial reign on the earth and AFTER the Great White Throne Judgement, Satan and his minions and all of mankind who have taken the mark of the beast and REFUSED Jesus Christ are thrown into the lake of fire TOGETHER! 😱 At this point THE DAMNED (MANKIND) is in some sort of resurrected BODY. This is likely what the Bible refers to as “The Great Supper of God”, where the “birds of the sky” (fallen angels) feed on the FLESH of the DAMNED FOREVER.

Matthew 24:28: Wherever the corpse (dead body) is, there the vultures will gather.

I don’t know about you, but to me there is only ONE SOLUTION to this problem. No matter which way you slice it, NOT BELIEVING in Jesus Christ during our stay on this earth WILL LEAD to MUCH MORE SUFFERING than what people are ALREADY going through. Some may not believe this. Others will be angry with God because they think He is not “fair”. Still others will be absolutely terrified. What we would like you to come away with is that if you are reading these pages, there is absolutely NO REASON for you to go to hell! You do not have to be afraid! If you BELIEVE in Jesus Christ and make HIM LORD of your life – you are SAVED!

How to be saved – Life in a Dying World

Jesus Christ is REAL. His Spirit is on this earth, and HE LOVES YOU and ME! Jesus loves us more than our mom loves us, more than our dad loves us, and more than our spouse or anybody will EVER love us! Jesus loves mankind more than we can ever, ever imagine. This is why He was WILLING to come to this earth and die a very painful and torturous death on the CROSS to pay for all of our sins. ✝️ He calls to us gently with His Spirit. 🕊️ He wants to SAVE us. God desires for ALL to be SAVED and NONE to be lost! He does NOT want ANYONE to go to hell/lake of fire!

2 Peter 3:9: The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

Ezekiel 33:11 Say to them, ‘As I live!’ declares the Lord God, I take no pleasure at all in the death of the wicked, but rather that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn back, turn back from your evil ways! Why then should you die, house of Israel?’

Heaven is a BEAUTIFUL place of joy, peace, youth, health, happiness, abundance and LOVE!

We hope you Choose LIFE ✝️(Jesus) today – AND LIVE FOREVER! 💖✝️

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