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Summary: The Truth About Hell

HIGHWAY TO HELL

Luke 16:22-24 KJV

22) And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;

23) And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

24) And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.

WHEN YOU THINK OF HELL, WHAT IMAGE COMES TO MIND? DO YOU THINK OF THE BIBLE’S VERSION OF HELL OR THE WORLD’S? SATAN KNOWS HE CAN’T KEEP YOU IGNORANT OF HELL, SO HE’LL DO THE NEXT BEST THING. HE’S GONNA LET YOU KNOW ABOUT HELL, BUT NOT THE REAL HELL, HE’LL FILL YOUR HEAD WITH LIES ABOUT HIS LITTLE FANTASY WORLD. YOU SEE, SATAN’S ALREADY DAMNED TO SPEND ETERNITY IN HELL, AND IF HE CAN FOOL YOU INTO BELIEVING THAT IT’S GOING TO BE ONE BIG PARTY, THEN HE WON’T HAVE ANY PROBLEM TAKING YOU WITH HIM. MOST OF YOU HAVE HEARD THE SONG BY AC/DC - HIGHWAY TO HELL. BUT, FOR THOSE WHO HAVEN’T, LET ME FILL YOU IN ON WHAT THEY SAY HELL’S GONNA BE LIKE, IT GOES LIKE THIS:

VERSE 1:

Living easy, lovin’ free

Season ticket on a one-way ride

Asking nothing, leave me be

Taking everything in my stride

Don’t need reason, don’t need rhyme

Ain’t nothing I would rather do

Going down, party time

My friends are gonna be there too

I’m on the highway to hell

VERSE 2:

No stop signs, speed limit

Nobody’s gonna slow me down

Like a wheel, gonna spin it

Nobody’s gonna mess me round

Hey Satan, payed my dues

Playing in a rocking band

Hey Momma, look at me

I’m on my way to the promised land

I’m on the highway to hell

NOW THAT SOUNDS LIKE A GREAT PLACE TO BE RIGHT? SOUNDS LIKE ONE GREAT BIG PARTY. I MEAN, WHO WOULDN’T WANT TO GO, RIGHT? IF ALL MY FRIENDS ARE GONNA BE THERE TOO. IT’LL BE ONE HUGE, NON-STOP PARTY FOR ALL ETERNITY, RIGHT? THAT’S WHAT THE SONG SAYS. WELL FOLKS, THAT’S A LIE STRAIGHT OUT OF HELL, AND TONIGHT WE’RE GOING TO FIND OUT THE TRUTH OF WHAT HELL’S REALLY GONNA BE LIKE.

HELL IS A PLACE OF TORMENTS:

LUKE 16:23

“AND IN HELL HE LIFT UP HIS EYES, BEING IN TORMENTS” NOTICE THAT THE BIBLE SAYS HE LIFTED UP HIS EYES IN TORMENTS, NOT TORMENT. BUT TORMENTS, PLURAL. TONITE WE’RE GONNA LOOK AT JUST FOUR OF THOSE TORMENTS.

THE TORMENTS OF HELL

1. PAIN

HELL WILL BE AN ETERNITY OF PAIN. MARK 9:43 SAYS THAT THE FIRES OF HELL WILL NEVER BE QUENCHED. MOST OF YOU HAVE GOTTEN BURNED AT ONE TIME OR ANOTHER, AND IT HURT, RIGHT? NOW JUST IMAGINE FOR A MOMENT THE PAIN OF THAT BURN MULTIPLIED ABOUT A MILLION TIMES. IMAGINE THE PAIN OF THAT ONE SMALL BURN MULTIPLIED A MILLION TIMES AND COVERING YOUR ENTIRE BODY. THE BIBLE SAYS THAT THERE WILL BE WEEPING AND GNASHING OF TEETH. DO YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT IS MEANT BY GNASHING OF TEETH? IT MEANS THAT YOU’LL BY IN SO MUCH PAIN THAT YOU’LL LITERALLY CLENCH YOUR TEETH SO HARD THAT THEY’LL SHATTER AND BREAK AND THE PAIN WILL NEVER EASE. YOU’LL FEEL THE PAIN FOREVER. IN REVELATIONS 20:10 THE BIBLE SAYS THAT THOSE IN HELL WILL BE TORMENTED DAY AND NIGHT FOREVER. MATTHEW 25:41 CALLS HELL THE EVERLASTING FIRE. AND, AS AN ADDED BONUS, YOU’LL HAVE YOUR FLESH EATEN BY WORMS, MARK 9:44 SAYS THE WORMS WILL NEVER DIE.

STILL THINK IT’S GONNA A PARTY?

2. SEPARATION AND DARKNESS

THE SONG SAYS THAT ALL MY FRIENDS ARE GONNA BE THERE TOO, THAT MAY BE TRUE, BUT YOU’LL NEVER KNOW IT. THE BIBLE REFERS TO HELL AS A PLACE OF UTTER DARKNESS. IF NOT FOR THE EAR PIERCING SCREAMS, YOU WOULD THINK YOU WERE THE ONLY SOUL IN HELL. JUST IMAGINE THE HORROR OF A PLACE THAT IS PITCH BLACK, YOU CAN’T SEE ANYTHING, BUT YOU’LL HEAR THE SCREAMS OF PURE TERROR, OF UNIMAGINABLE PAIN, ALL YOU CAN THINK OF IS HOW MUCH YOU WANT THE SCREAMS TO STOP AND THEN YOU REALIZE THE SCREAMS ARE COMING FROM YOU. THEIR COMING FROM ALL AROUND YOU, THEIR RIGHT IN YOUR EAR, BUT YOU CAN’T SEE WHO IT IS THAT’S SCREAMING, YOU REACH OUT IN THE DARKNESS, BUT NOBODY’S THERE. YOU ARE OVERWHELMED BY THE LONELINESS. YOU’D GIVE ANYTHING TO BE ABLE TO FEEL THE TOUCH OF YOUR MOTHER’S HAND, OR THE EMBRACE OF YOUR FATHER’S ARMS, YOU’D GIVE ANYTHING TO HOLD YOUR CHILD JUST ONE MORE TIME. BUT YOU WON’T, FOR ALL ETERNITY YOU’LL BE ALONE IN HELL WITH MILLIONS OF OTHER LOST SOULS.

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