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The Bible says in Revelation 20:13-14: "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. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death."
The featured quote for this episode is from J.C. Ryle. He said, "The whole extent of hell, the present suffering, the bitter recollection of the past, the hopeless prospect of the future, will never be thoroughly known except by those who go there."
Our topic for today is "The Literal View of Hell (Part 1)" from Dr. John Walvoord.
PROBLEMS IN THE CONCEPT OF ETERNAL PUNISHMENT
Most Christians have natural problems with the concept of eternal punishment. In their study of Scripture they have been instructed from the pulpit on a loving Savior who died on the cross for our sins, rose again, and provides grace and forgiveness for all who put their trust in him. Many Christians will hear hundreds of sermons on this theme in their lifetime. On the contrary, they will probably never hear a sermon on hell, though they may hear some allusions to it from time to time. Almost immediately problems arise. What about those who live and die without ever hearing the gospel? Are they doomed to eternal punishment? Is a religious Jew or a religious Muslim who carefully follows his religion doomed to eternal punishment? How can one harmonize the concept of a loving, gracious God with a God who is righteous and unforgiving? These are very real problems that naturally call for solution.
TEXT: Revelation 18:20-24
Today, we are going to continue looking at the destruction of the antichrist world religious system which will be coupled with a materialistic economic system during the end times. As you will recall from our previous message, the world will be in an uproar over the fall of the Babylonian economic entity which will make it possible for many to live lavishly even as the world will be going through the darkest days it has ever seen. This idolatrous world system will ultimately be wiped out by the judgment of God, and all those who trusted in it -- even some Christians, as this chapter indicates -- will suffer great loss.
Notice the words directed to God's people during the destruction of Babylon: "Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her." One of the reasons why Babylon is judged so harshly is because of her persecution of God's people. Verse 24 tells us that in Babylon "was found the blood of prophets, and of saints." Because of the evangelistic outreach of the 144,000 Jews during the end times, there will be many who accept Jesus Christ as their Savior and who will refuse to live by the antichrist world system. They will refuse to go along to get along. And many of them will be imprisoned and killed for their faith.
Timothy Jones said: "As Christians, we can joyfully know that Jesus will return. The Bible assures us of this."
This is Daniel Whyte III with Just Jesus, a podcast designed to celebrate the birth, life, death, burial, resurrection, ascension, and second coming of Jesus Christ, the impact He has on the world, and the salvation He offers for all people. This is episode #324. The aim of this podcast is to encourage you to begin a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and to begin to live your life according to His Word.
Our Just Jesus passage from the Word of God today is John 6:35 which reads: "I am the Bread of Life: he that cometh to Me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on Me shall never thirst."
Our featured Just Jesus quote today is from Greg S. Keneer. He said: "Jesus gives one prerequisite for the end that was not fulfilled within His generation: When the good news of the kingdom has been proclaimed among all peoples, then the end will come. If we live in anticipation of Jesus’ return, there’s a part we can play."
TEXT: Isaiah 66:22-24
This is the sixth message in our series on Hell leading up to Halloween. People today, even many Christians, do not like to talk about Hell. However, I believe that if lost people become convinced about the reality of Hell, they would trust Christ as Savior. And if saved people believed in the reality of Hell, they would tell lost people how to be saved from Hell.
Today, we are going to looking at the never-ending publishment of hell from John Wesley. John Wesley was an Anglican minister and theologian who, with his brother Charles Wesley and fellow preacher George Whitefield, is credited with the founding of the movement known as Methodism.
Regarding the never-ending publishment of hell, he said:
It remains now only to consider two or three circumstances attending the never-dying worm and the unquenchable fire.
First, consider the company wherewith everyone is surrounded in that place of torment. It is not uncommon to hear even condemned criminals, in our public prisons, say, "O, I wish I was hanged out of the way, rather than to be plagued with these wretches that are round about me!" But what are the most abandoned wretches upon earth, compared to the inhabitants of hell? None of these are, as yet, perfectly wicked, emptied of every spark of good; certainly not till this life is at an end; probably not till the day of judgment. Nor can any of these exert, without control, their whole wickedness on their fellow-creatures. Sometimes they are restrained by good men; sometimes even by bad. So even the tortures in the Romish Inquisition are restrained by those that employ them, when they suppose the sufferer cannot endure any more...
1. Israel and the United States signaled on Sunday that they were starting to put disputes over the Iran nuclear deal behind them, announcing resumed talks on U.S. defense aid for Israel as it hosted Washington’s top general and a joint air force drill.
2. A series of videos glorifying the wave of deadly stabbing attacks against Israelis was released on Sunday by the Islamic State terrorist group, in an unusual step by the extremist organization, which tends to steer clear of commenting on the situation in Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
3. NATO and its allies opened their largest military exercise in more than a decade on Monday, choosing the central Mediterranean to showcase strengths that face threats from Russia's growing military presence from the Baltics to Syria.
4. Israel is working to thwart a draft UN agency resolution which declares that the Western Wall in Jerusalem – the most holy site in Judaism – belongs to the al-Aksa Mosque compound.
5. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday ordered a halt to the placement of any more portable concrete slabs between a predominantly Jewish area of Jerusalem and an adjacent southeastern Arab neighborhood, after several lawmakers criticized the construction of a temporary wall as a de facto division of the unified city.
You can read these stories in more detail and get more prophecy-related news at SecondComingHerald.com.
The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Psalm 98 which reads in part: “The Lord hath made known his salvation: his righteousness hath he openly shewed in the sight of the heathen. He hath remembered his mercy and his truth toward the house of Israel: all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.”
Ever Garrison said, "Some stand on tiptoe trying to reach God to talk to him – you try too hard, friend – drop to your knees and listen to him, he’ll hear you better that way."
Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is James 4:3 which reads: “Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts."
Our prayer motivator quote today is from Herbert Lockyer. He said, "Prayer, to the patriarchs and prophets, was more than the recital of well-known and well-worn phrases. It was the outpouring of the heart. Beset by perils, persecutions, pain and privations, they naturally turned to God in their need, believing that He was able to redeem them out of their troubles."
The Torch Leadership Foundation Institute presents the Hill-Lutzer-McKissic Lecture Series.
Why the Church Must Stand Against Homosexuality, Homosexual Marriage, Homosexual Parenting and the Homosexual Agenda
This lecture series is in honor of Pastors E.V. Hill, Erwin Lutzer, and Dwight McKissic, men of God who have stood for God, truth and righteousness down through the years without compromise.
James MacDonald said: "I want you to be ready. I want you to experience the sense that time is fleeting and we can't afford to be lax or lazy. Maybe the skies will break open today and Jesus Christ will return. This is not a moment for wasting time. This is the moment to think soon!"
This is Daniel Whyte III with Just Jesus, a podcast designed to celebrate the birth, life, death, burial, resurrection, ascension, and second coming of Jesus Christ, the impact He has on the world, and the salvation He offers for all people. This is episode #323. The aim of this podcast is to encourage you to begin a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and to begin to live your life according to His Word.
Our Just Jesus passage from the Word of God today is John 10:14-15 which reads: "I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep."
Our featured Just Jesus quote today is from John Barnett. He said: "Christ's first coming was to a manger, surrounded by donkeys, sheep, cattle and goats. At the end of this brief life on Earth He chose a donkey to carry Him into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday as He presented Himself as the Lamb of God to die for the sin of the world. But Christ's second coming will be on a horse, a pure white stallion thundering through the clouds of heaven with the armies of God following Him. On His head will be many crowns, for He will come back to earth as King of kings and Lord of lords."
The Bible says in Matthew 25:46: "And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal."
The featured quote for this episode is from Charles Spurgeon. He said, “If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our bodies. If they will perish, let them perish with our arms about their knees. Let no one go there unwarned and unprayed for.”
Our topic for today is "The Eternality of Future Judgment (Part 2)" from the book, "Christian Theology" by Dr. Millard J. Erickson.
John A. T. Robinson says, "The genuine universalist will base nothing on the fact (which is a fact) that the New Testament word for eternal does not necessarily mean everlasting, but enduring only for an indefinitely long period. For he can apply this signification to 'eternal punishment' in Matthew 25:46 only if he is willing to give exactly the same sense to 'eternal life' in the same verse. As F. D. Maurice said many years ago now, writing to F. J. A. Hort: 'I did not see how 'eternal' could mean one thing when it was joined with 'punishment' and another when it was joined with 'life.' To admit that the two phrases are not parallel is at once to treat them with unequal seriousness. And that, a true universalism must refuse to do."
A problem arises from the fact that Scripture speaks not merely of eternal death (which one might interpret as meaning that the wicked will not be resurrected), but of eternal fire, eternal punishment, and eternal torment as well. What kind of God is it who is not satisfied by a finite punishment but makes humans suffer for ever and ever? This seems to be beyond the demands of justice; it appears to involve a tremendous degree of vindictiveness on the part of God.
1. The United States and the European Union both took formal legal steps on Sunday that will lift sanctions once Iran meets the conditions tied to a landmark nuclear agreement with major world powers.
2. A senior Israeli official said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will not offer any concessions to the Palestinians during his scheduled meeting in Berlin later this week with US Secretary of State John Kerry.
3. An IDF soldier was killed and 11 more people were injured in a terror attack at the Central Bus Station in the southern city of Beersheba on Sunday night.
4. Iran said on Saturday that its recent test launch of a long-range missile does not violate UN Security Council resolutions as claimed by the United States and France.
5. North Korea reportedly rejected the idea of resuming talks to abandon its nuclear program on Saturday, but said it would welcome negotiations for a peace treaty with Washington.
You can read these stories in more detail and get more prophecy-related news at SecondComingHerald.com.
The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Psalm 96:10-13: “Say among the heathen that the Lord reigneth: the world also shall be established that it shall not be moved: he shall judge the people righteously. Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof. Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein: then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice....”
Our second coming quote for today is from Oswald Chambers. He said, "The only way to wait for the Second Coming is to watch that you do what you should do, so that when he comes is a matter of indifference. It is the attitude of a child, certain that God knows what he is about. When the Lord does come, it will be as natural as breathing. God never does anything hysterical, and he never produces hysterics."
Jack Graham said: “It's through times of prayer that your faith really begins to affect your life and to make an impact on those you encounter. If you want the power to touch your world for Christ, you must spend time with the source of power, Jesus Christ!”
Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 145:18, which reads: “The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.”
Our prayer motivator quote today is from Charles Spurgeon. He said: "Christ's prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane was a lonely prayer. He withdrew even from His three best friends about a stone’s throw. Believer, especially in temptation, be much in solitary prayer. As private prayer is the key to open Heaven, so is it the key to shut the gates of Hell. As it is a shield to prevent, so is it the sword with which to fight against temptation.”
Ray Pritchard said: "The coming kingdom of Christ will be preceded by an unprecedented period of seven years of suffering and worldwide travail. The clearest picture of that seven-year period is found in Revelation 6."
This is Daniel Whyte III with Just Jesus, a podcast designed to celebrate the birth, life, death, burial, resurrection, ascension, and second coming of Jesus Christ, the impact He has on the world, and the salvation He offers for all people. This is episode #322. The aim of this podcast is to encourage you to begin a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and to begin to live your life according to His Word.
Our Just Jesus passage from the Word of God today is John 15:1-2 which reads: "I am the true Vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit."
Our featured Just Jesus quote today is from Chuck Swindoll. He said: "Quite obviously, Jesus’ return has not been considered an insignificant issue through the centuries. But the strange thing is that many Christians in this generation either ignore it or are somehow confused by it. Too bad. It is a marvelous truth."
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