Summary: This Sermon deals with Eternity for those who chose not to believe in Christ. This is a two part sermon.
Intro; This morning I want to preach on a subject that does not get a whole lot of preaching time. The Reality of Hell- Sheol or Hades
The word “Sheol” means a “hollow subterranean place, “therefore “Hades” is a place of hollow emptiness and torment. It has “gates,” for Jesus said that the “Gates of Hell” (Hades) that means that those who are behind it cannot get out.
Jesus said, “I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the “KEYS” (of the Gate) of hell (Hades) and of death (the Grave).” To get these “Keys” Jesus had to descend into the “lower parts of the earth.”
There have been many references to Hell, one may tell someone to go there, or speak Hell as being a party place. It is neither funny nor amusing in Hell.
The very mentioning of the name brings horror to some and some are changed because they realize that they themselves are in danger of it. Remember Hell is only one breathe away!
There are stories of men and women that have died and were on there way to Hell and somehow they were brought back to life and they were changed from that moment on. They heard groans and horrible sounds of suffering.
In the Bible there is a story of and man by the name of Lazarus
Luke 16:19-31 says, “19 There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: 20And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,. 21And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. 22And 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. 23And in hell he lifted up his eyes, being in torments, and seeing 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. 25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime received thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. 26And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us that would come from thence. 27 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou would send him to my father’s house: 28For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. 29Abraham saith unto him, they have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. 30And he said, nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. 31And he said unto him, if they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.
This spoken by Jesus is not a parable for a parable does not give proper names as Abraham and Lazarus, both the “Rich Man” and Lazarus had died and their bodies had been buried, and what happened to them in the “Underworld,” was descriptive of what happened to them in their “disembodied state,” in that sate they were conscious, could see, hear, speak, and recognized each other.