Friday, 30 June 2017

A Miserable Hell

Proverbs 7:9 In the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night.

      I heard a news anchor person saying that a particular politician had created a miserable hell for himself and there was no hope for his situation. Is there any other kind of hell but a miserable one? Why do we end up in such positions of destruction while we live on this green earth? Wars continue on a worldwide scale, while hunger kills millions every year. The fear factor in the world is now on a color scale to alert us to the imminent danger of a terrorist attack. The world lives on the edge of misery and destruction continually and seems hell-bent on collapsing completely.
      The Lord tells us not to be troubled by what we see going on around the world. Matt.
 24:6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. Jesus says to go on living in the peace He has secured through the sacrifice of the cross for each one of us who love and accept Him as Lord. Jesus says His peace can overcome the fear of world events and we can live in His peace. John 14:27 I am leaving you with a gift--peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don't be troubled or afraid.
      When the news anchor used the adjective miserable to describe hell, I thought of the words in the bible that described it. Black, torment, darkness, consuming fire and on it goes to explain what it is like to be separated from our God forever and ever. Jude 1:13b To whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever. 
      The Apostle Peter describes people who wander from God and reject Him as ending up driven by the storms of life and suffering eternally for it. 2 Pet. 2:17 These are springs without water and mists driven by a storm, for whom the black darkness has been reserved. Why would anyone want to end up this way for eternity? Separated and tormented in the gloom of complete darkness with no light or relief to come. Mark 9:48 In hell worms that eat the body never die, and the fire is never put out. 
      Many say, "How could a loving God do this to his created beings?" True, He is pure love but He is also the eternal judge. Rev. 20:12 I saw the dead, both great and small, standing before God’s throne. And the books were opened, including the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to what they had done, as recorded in the books.
      The good news is that Jesus gave His own life for us all so we would never have to go to a miserable hell or be conquered by eternal death. What a victory Jesus has secured for us who have accepted His sacrifice. Talk about the gracious hand of God being upon our lives. 2 Cor. 5:21 God made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God. 
      Jesus went to hell on our behalf because of His amazing love for us and conquered death and hell so we would never have to face that eternal darkness. Rev. 1:18 I am He that lives, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. The peace of knowing there is no misery of hell in our eternal future is a peace that surpasses understanding. 
      The amazing grace that has been poured out on us is beyond that which we could have thought of or asked for. Eph. 3:20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.
       There is no torment or misery in Christ. Where we spend eternity is our choice. Jesus says to come to Him and He will give us rest. What more can He do? Matt. 11:28 Then Jesus said, "Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.

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