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May 19, 2010
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12. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
13. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
14. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
15. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
The topic of hell is little discussed today. Yet the Scriptures clearly indicate it's existence, and name it as the eternal destiny for unsaved mankind. Liberals soften or deny it's existence, claiming that since God is loving, that He would never send anyone there. This disregards God's justice. In the OT, people were stoned to death for adultery. Whole nations were destroyed and scattered because of their sin. God is loving, but God is also just. He is longsuffering, but He will not allow sin to go unpunished. God does not delight in sending people to hell: Ezekiel 33:11. “Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?” But, just as He has established an eternal dwelling for the righteous in heaven, He has established an eternal home for the lost in hell.
Illustration: the rich man and Lazarus. (Lk 16:19-31) This recollection of Christ's is not a parable, but rather a specific story of specific individuals. The beggar had a name, Lazarus, and the rich man referred to him by name.
This story clearly indicates a lost soul departing to hell, and experiencing real, conscious, torments and fire. The rich man has a clear memory of his life, including the beggar Lazarus, who he asks Abraham to bring him water and to go and warn his five brothers about this place. He consciously remembers his life, and does not want his family to join him in the torments of hell.
Matthew 10:28. And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
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