Summary: This is the 5th sermon in the series "The Kingdom Is Near". The sermon is about hell.
Sunday Morning, September 1, 2002 Bel Aire Baptist Church
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Series: “The Kingdom Is Near” [#5]
BEAT THE HEAT
1. As we are approaching Fall I always look forward to cooler weather. I really “feel” for those that have to work outside in this heat. Imagine never being able to beat the heat. Never able to cool off!
2. This morning I am going to preach about a place that will never cool off. If you remember from the last several sermons, I have told you that when you die you will either go to Heaven or to Hell. If you died with Jesus as your Savior you go to Heaven and if you died without Jesus as your Savior you would go to Hell.
3. Although I don’t enjoy it, I must tell you about this terrible place called Hell. I want us this morning to look at two views about Hell.
Of all the many doctrines in the Bible, undoubtedly the very first that the unbeliever will deny and the weak believer will question is the doctrine of Hell.
Satan has accomplished this goal through three methods:
1. Rationalism: Some people would say, “There is no God, and therefore there can be no Hell”. These people try to use science as their evidence usually, which does not work.
2. Ridicule: They would say something like this: “There may be a God, but it is silly to speculate about multitudes of disembodied spirits frying in some literal lake of fire somewhere.”
3. Religion: “There is a God, but He is a God of love, and therefore would not and could not send anyone to Hell.”
Satan could care less, which one of the three you might go with as long as you with one of these thoughts, but this is not what the Word of God teaches. We have seen Satan’s deceit, not let’s see what God says about Hell.
1. In Revelation 20:11-15 we are told that following the Tribulation, all the unsaved dead will be resurrected from Hades to appear before the Great White Throne Judgment. They will then be cast into Gehenna Hell forever.
2. Gehenna is a New Testament word with an Old Testament background. In the Old Testament, a wicked Israelite king named Ahaz forsook the worship of Jehovah and followed the devil-god Molech. In trying to please Molech, Ahaz actually sacrificed his own children in the fires as burnt offerings. This all took place in a deep and narrow valley called the Valley of Hinnom. In Jesus’ day this was the location of the city garbage dump. In A.D. 70 the fighting between Jews and Romans ended here with as many as 600,000 bodies of dead Jews.
3. If you put all of this together, what you have is a place of filth and sorrow, of smoke and pain, of fire and death. This is the word the Holy Spirit chose in describing the final destiny for the unsaved.
Nature And Characteristics Of Hell
What will Gehenna really be like?
1. Hell is a place of unquenchable fire.
2. Hell is a place of memory and remorse.
3. Hell is a place of thirst.
4. Hell is a place of misery and pain.