Summary: Hell has been abandoned by the modern Church, but will that make it 1 degree cooler when people arrive there?
Prior to the sermon I had our drama team do A skit I wrote called "What are we teaching our Children" See skit under Dramas.
I ran across these notes while in college but could never find the author, I have massaged this sermon for my own style of Preaching. If you know the author I would gladly give them the credit for the context of this sermon.
This morning we will deal with a subject that the modern church has abandoned. Today I want to speak to you concerning “The Seven Wonders of Hell”.
Lets start this morning by first looking at the seven man made wonders of the ancient world.
Our modern society recognizes 7 wonders of the Ancient World.
# 1 There is the Great Pyramid built nearly 5000 years ago as the
tomb of a Pharaoh in Egypt who ruled about 2700 B.C.
This Pyramid covers an area of some 13 acres at the base.
It con¬tains some 2 million 5 hundred thousand well-cut blocks with
each block weighing about 2 and 1/2 tons.
The original peak rose some 481 feet.
This pyramid is so well constructed that a razor blade can
hardly be inserted between its close fitting stones.
The building is so precisely aligned that the errors of a modern
Magnetic compass can be checked against it.
These gardens were created some 2500 years ago by King Nebuchadnezzar II
of Babylon. Babylon lay in the flat land of Mesopotamia and had no mountains.
On the banks of the Euphrates River which flowed through the city, the King’s workmen raised an artifi¬cial hill some 350 feet high.
The mountain was terraced with a series of platforms set with trees, lawns, and flowers. Water was pumped up the hill and allowed to flow down through channels and miniature waterfalls. All this was done for the King’s young bride who came from the mountains of Persia.
#3. A third wonder of the Ancient World was the huge figure of Zeus.
Zeus was the God of Thunder, King of the Gods who stood in
The Temple of Zeus at Olympia in Greece. His statue rose to 40 ft.
It was fashioned of thin plates of gold and ivory covering a wooden frame. The eyes were made of 2 large jew¬els and precious stones adorned the golden robe he wore.
#4. The Temple of Diana was the 4th Wonder of the Ancient World.
This temple was made of many pillars of white marble en¬riched with gold and silver. Jewels were stored in the temples base.
#5. The 5th Wonder was in Asia Minor (modern Turkey) was the Mausoleum at Hal¬icarnassus.
It was a marble tomb built for King Mausolus by his devoted wife. The mausoleum was made of white marble, rising to a height of 140 feet on a mound overlooking the little port of Halicarnassus.
Its rectangular courtyard was surrounded by a wall. In the center of the court stood a high platform that was approached by a splendid flight of marble steps. Lions carved in marble guarded the approach.
#6. The Colossus of Rhodes was the sixth wonder of the Ancient World
This bronze statue of the sun god Helios towered above the harbor of Rhodes, an island in the Aegean Sea. It stood over 100 ft. High on a stone base. The Colossus was built by a Greek craftsman named Charles of Lindos in 280 B.C. It was made of metal that had been melted down from the siege en¬glnes used by Demetrius when he attacked Rhodes in 305 B.C.
After gallantly resisting and defeating this invader, the Rhodians erected the statue as a thanks offering to their god The statue depicted Helios shading his eyes and gazing out to sea. In 224 B.C. it was thrown to the ground by an earthquake
#7. The Seventh Wonder of the Ancient World was the Pharos.
The Pharos was the forerunner of all lighthouses. It was built on an island of Pharos near Alexandria, the gateway to Egypt between 285 and 247 B.C. It stood nearly 400 ft. high and was built in levels. Near the top was a broad balcony. Above that a platform supported a brass pan in which a fire burned day and night.
A huge mirror reflected the light so brightly that it could be seen far out at sea. This too was destroyed by an earthquake in the 14th century.
Seven ideas produced Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
I would draw your attention now to yet another place, to another
creation by none other than our Lord God. A ¬creation of a place called HELL.
For the next few minutes I want to share with you the 7 Wonders of Hell as we will eventually hear "The Last Cry of the Lost."