Hell I am speaking tonight about the hardest thing there is in the bible to talk about. There is a place that God had to make for all those who will not submit to His authority. Hell is REAL. Jesus , God the creator spoke about Hell more than He did Heaven. He gave Himself as a sacrifice in our place so that not one person has to go there. Hell is mentioned 54 times in the bible. The same book that teaches us about a beautiful place called Heaven, also teaches about a horrible place called Hell. When Satan rebelled against god, and tricked 1/3 of the angels into following him, God had to make Hell. In Matthew 25:41 we read "Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:" From this verse, we learn that Hell is forever. The word used for those who will live forever with Christ, "everlasting life" in John 3;16 also is used for those who will be punished "forever in the Lake of fire." Hell is called "The bottomless pit" 7 times. Think for a moment. If the earth is a circle , Hell is in the middle of it, then there is no bottom. Ever sea lava out of a volcano. A Lake of fire is beneath our feet. Is Hell a literal burning place? Luke 16:24- "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." Jude 7- "...suffering the vengeance of eternal fire." Will you have a body in Hell? Matthew 10:28- "And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell." Are there different degrees of punishment in Hell. Yes! Hitler will suffer more than a person that did not kill 6 million Jews. Matthew 10:15- "Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city." Romans 2:6- "Who will render to every man according to his deeds:" Revelation 20:13- "...and they were judged every man according to their works." God answers to no-one. He could destroy all the universe in the blink of an eye and there is nothing anyone could do about it. The cults do not believe in Hell. The Mormons The 7th Day Adventists The Jehovah's Witness's All of them teach there is no such place. All of them are teaching lies and condemn their followers to go there. Jesus believed in Hell. He said that if there is anything that would keep you from getting saved, it is better to "Cut off your hand, or your foot, or take out your eye.. than to go to Hell forever." Read it for yourself in Mark 9:43 " And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: 44 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched .45 And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: 46 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. 47 And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire: 48 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched." If there were not many other verses in the bible, isn't this enough? I had a man who I witnessed to and tried to get saved. He asked me first if he had to stop smoking cigarettes. I told him to get saved first. But Jesus said If anything keeps you from getting saved.. Get rid of it from your life, throw it away, forsake it! It may be that beer you do not want to quit. Or marijuana, or cigarettes, or pornography, or your pride, or whatever... Are you going to let it take you to Hell? Note: You do not stop your sinful habits before you get saved. You get saved, and start cleaning yourself up for the Lord. You can stop smoking, drinking,, taking drugs, and live what you think is a clean life, but that will not wash one sin away.! HOW MANY SINS TAKE YOU TO HELL? Just one. Just one? Yes... All lawbreakers have to go there. Because God can not tolerate one sin in His presence. All sin has to be punished. Read what the Lord says in James 2:10- "For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. 11 For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law." The ten commandments do not help you to get saved. They condemn you and I .this makes you and I a transgressor. A lawbreaker. We all inherited a sinful rebellious nature the is selfish and proud and makes us not able to keep from breaking God's Holy law. Only Jesus was born without a fathers seed, or a virgin, so He did not have a sinful nature. god's law is love, but we are self centered and proud. Every time you break a commandment, you save up more wrath upon yourself from God. Lets see how you do.. Ever break this law? 1.You shall have no other gods before me. 2.You shall not make for yourself any carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. 3. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain. 4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 5. Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you. 6. You shall not murder. 7. You shall not commit adultery. 8. You shall not steal. 9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. 10. You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s." I never killed anybody, but I told lies, I disobeyed my mom and dad. So, I am a lawbreaker, and deserve to go to Hell. If I had not gotten saved, I would have had to go before God at the Great White throne Judgment to be judged, and then thrown into Hell. Revelation 20:11 "And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. 14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire." Notice, Hell is like God's holding cell, until the final punishment.. in the Lake of Fire. The false prophet that will soon appear on the earth, and the Antichrist will be tormented there forever. All those who take the Mark of the Beast.. the 666, will be Revelation 14:9 says - " And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, 10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: 11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name." Forever. Revelation 20:10 “And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.” Hell is literal fire. There is no water in Hell. The rich man in Hell in Luke 16:24 cried out for a drop of water to cool his tongue for he said "for I am tormented in this flame." There is no physical thing that can keep you out of Hell. When your heart stops, and you die, you are there. Those who put off salvation are taking a big chance every breath they take, every time they go to sleep, every time they cross a busy street. When you die, there is no more chances to repent and get saved! There is no purgatory in the bible. The Mormon doctrine of baptism for the dead is a fairy tale. If you are lost, and not saved, you hang over Hell on a spiders thread. God could throw you there any time, but He wants you to repent, He wants you to trun around and be willing to live His way. In Matthew 10:28, Jesus says “ And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Fear , tremble and shake! You say, “Well I do not believe what you say.” Friend, it does not matter if you or a billion people do not believe what the Bible says, it is still real! It does not change what is going to happen to you! With tears in my heart, I urge you to have a deep change of heart, repent, turn from the way you are living and turn to God, NOW! Jesus, God Almighty, the creator of everything, came to this earth to save your soul from going to Hell. He lived a perfect sinless life. He willingly laid down His life as a sacrifice, paying the full penalty every person who ever has lived, or will live for their sins. He allowed Himself to be almost beaten to death. then He allowed soldiers to drive huge spikes into His hands and feet, and hang Him up to die on a cross. That was agony. An agony of love. He did it because He loves you. I will let Him say it. He said so in John 3:16. John 3:16 "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved." Do you want to be saved today? He hung on that Cross of torture for 3 hours. The sky was darkened, god turned His back on His Son, because He was taking your place. He died, tasting death for every man, but three days later, He arose from the grave, Amen! Why don't you come and get saved today? What is keeping you from getting saved?