KEY SCRIPTURE: Luke 16:23 KJV “And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.”
Among the many teachings the Lord gave about hell, He also gave a story about a rich man and a poor Man. Luke 16:19-31
Please note: This was not an abstract story but concerned people with names. It must be read with lots of seriousness.
The Lord revealed that, when Lazarus died, angels carried his spirit to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. His spirit did not remain in the grave but was taken to hell. We learn that there are only two destinations for the dead. The people born of God will be taken to heaven, whiles those without Christ will be sent down to hell.
The Lord said in hell the rich man was in flames and grievously tormented. He could see Lazarus from far in Abraham’s bosom. How long will he be in hell? He will be there till his second death. Rev 20:14 KJV “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.”
The Lord Jesus made the following remarks about hell. Mark 9:44 KJV “Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. “This term worm may be carried from the idea of putrefying bodies with worms. Besides, this idea, there is no authority to explain the meaning of the worm. We may not be able to explain the reference to worms, but the following is certain,
1. The fire is never quenched
2. The spirit of the person never dies.
3. The person can remember events of his or her life on earth. This aspect could be more tormenting. When one remembers how he rejected the gospel many times, yet finds himself or herself in hell.
Dear one, if you are not very sure about meeting Jesus in heaven, then your eternal destination would be hell. Don’t do yourself such irreparable harm by rejecting Jesus.
Dear heavenly Father, thank you for giving your Son Jesus to die for me. I surrender my life to Him and confess Him as the Lord of my life.
THOUGHT:” IF YOU MISS HEAVEN YOU CANNOT MISS HELL”
Mark 9:47 KJV “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:”
Luke 12:5 KJV” 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.”