You can download the entire message here: http://www.seriousfaith.com/Sinners.pdf This is part four of a four part delivery – the first twopoints below were covered yesterday; we pick up today continuing with point two in this section:
Isaiah 63:3 “I have trodden the winepress alone, And from the peoples no one was with Me. For I have trodden them in My anger, And trampled them in My fury; Their blood is sprinkled upon My garments, And I have stained all My robes. (NKJV)
It is hard for us to think of words that describe contempt, hatred and fierce anger any better than what we find in this verse. Once in hell, God will simply not ignore your cries for pity, He will trample you under His feet even while you cry out.
And even though God will know full well that you are incapable of bearing the agony of His wrath, He will still ignore you and crush you under His feet with out mercy or hesitation. He will crush you to the uttermost so that your blood will fly in all directions and stain God’s robes.
Do not make the mistake of thinking this is not true because of the symbolic language. The description in Isaiah is used simply to give us something we can comprehend in our finite minds. And even at this, we cannot possibly began to conceive of how awful hell really will be, or we would faint dead at the thought.
God will not only hate you, but He will have the utmost contempt and disgust for you. There will be no place for you in God’s presence and the only thing you will be worthy of is to be stomped down and crushed into nothing.
You can download the entire message here: http://www.seriousfaith.com/Sinners.pdf
This is part four of a four part delivery – the first twopoints below were covered yesterday; we pick up today continuing with point two in this section:
Once in a while, an earthly king will set out to show how foolish it would be to provoke his wrath. He shows this by inflicting extreme punishments on those who make him mad. Nebuchadnezzar did this to Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego throwing them into a super-heated furnace that was seven times hotter than normal; as hot as humanly possible.
So if man is willing to show his willingness to punish, how much more capable is Almighty God to demonstrate that He most assuredly will execute a penalty on those who provoke Him?
Romans 9:22 What if God, wanting to show His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, (NKJV)
Understanding that both heaven and hell are God’s design and plan, to show both his mercy and his justice, is to have no doubt that He will in fact do so without fail. There is a result and very real purpose behind the display of God’s wrath. When the Almighty of Heaven rises up and executes justice on those who have rejected Him, and exercises the full fury of His indignation upon the wicked… then the entire universe will be given notice to behold the majesty and supremacy of the God who is over all.
Isaiah 33:12-13 And the people shall be like the burnings of lime; Like thorns cut up they shall be burned in the fire. Hear, you who are afar off, what I have done; And you who are near, acknowledge My might.” (NKJV)
Make no mistake; this is how it will be for those who reject Jesus Christ. The infinite power and terrible anger of the omnipotent God will be focused directly on you with the purpose of making you suffer. You will be tormented in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb whom you rejected (Jesus).
When this happens, the inhabitants of heaven will see the awful spectacle as a testimony to the terrible reality of God’s wrath and fierceness; then, having seen it, they will fall down and worship the God of Heaven and Earth.
Isaiah 66:23-24 And it shall come to pass That from one New Moon to another, And from one Sabbath to another, All flesh shall come to worship before Me,” says the Lord. “And they shall go forth and look Upon the corpses of the men Who have transgressed against Me. For their worm does not die, And their fire is not quenched. They shall be an abhorrence to all flesh. (NKJV)
The will be no end to the unimaginable, unbearable, exquisite misery that is reserved for those who reject Jesus. Why do we fail to tell people this?!? We paint for them a picture of how Jesus will make their life better. We share with them the bliss of heaven; both of which are true, no doubt. But what how cowardly and miserably selfish and uncompassionate to allow a single sinner to go on about their life deceived or ignorant about the awful, horrible, terrible eternal punishment they will suffer one instant after death!
In hell, the wicked will look forward and see a long “forever”, an endless duration which alone is sufficient torment. The lost will despair every moment realizing they have no hope of release, relief, escape or deliverance. You will fully realize that you must endure endless ages, millions upon millions of times, wrestling with this awful reality of eternal condemnation; and then when you have finally reached the end of ages upon ages upon ages, you will realize that it is but a fraction of a second gone in eternity.
Who can imagine being in this state? Who can grasp it? It is so much harder today to imagine it because we have generations of humans who are convinced that a “loving” God would not send anyone to hell, much less for all eternity. Couple that with the fact that a large segment of “Christianity” today teaches a “temporary” hell of some type leading to eventual release to heaven… and we have reached an age where the reality of hell according the Bible is not only shunned, but laughed at.
All that we can possibly say or teach about hell is but a faint and feeble glimpse at what it will really be like. It is inexpressible and inconceivable, for “who knows the power of God’s anger”?
How scary it is for those who are in danger this very moment of dying and being lost in hell for all eternity! Sad as it is, this is the case for every single person who has not heard and responded in obedience to Jesus Christ, regardless of how good, moral or religious they are.
No matter how young or old you are, please consider the truth of these words. There is plenty of reason to believe that many who are reading these words right now are in danger of the very hell they are reading about. No one knows for sure except God. No one knows your name, or what you are thinking at this moment. You may feel safe. You may read these words and think they are silly, or that they don’t apply to you, or you may have no feeling at all about them.
You may even think in the back of your mind that there MUST be a way of escaping hell because it simply can NOT be true. If there is only one person in the whole world in danger of hell, it would still be a horrible awful thing. If we knew who that person was, we would have such pity on them! Surely we would lift up a loud and agonizing cry to them to warn them of the danger.
But instead of just one person, how many millions may read these words and remember them only when it is too late? Any how many of those millions will be in hell this year? This week? Today? No matter how long you live on this earth, it will seem like nothing in the very first instant that God’s fury washes over you.
No matter how long you linger on this earth, hell will come quickly if you do not repent and obey Jesus Christ! The only real puzzle is why you are not there already; and you don’t even see that the same God who keeps you safe now, will not keep you safe forever.
No doubt there are some people you have seen and known, that never deserved hell more than you, who are already there. They have no hope. They are crying out in extreme misery and complete despair; but here you are still living and still hearing the Word of God… you still have a chance for salvation. How much do you think those in hell would give for one more second of chance to say “yes!” to Jesus? You have that second. What will you do with it?
So right this minute you have an extraordinary opportunity… a moment still yours where Christ has opened the doors of mercy wide and stands calling your name with a loud voice, “come poor sinners while there is still time!”. Even now many are responding to His call from all corners of the world; people who were destined for hell just a short time ago. But now they are the happiest and most hopeful of all the world, their hearts filled with love for Him who loved them first and washed their sins with His sacrificed blood. The hope of the glory of God is now their destiny.
If you are reading this, the day of hope still exists for you. How awful to let it past when it is yours for the taking. How terrible to watch others no more deserving than you accept the free gift of salvation while you let it pass yet again. How can you rest for one moment if your destiny is eternal punishment? Your soul is as precious as any who has ever come to Christ; so why not you? Why not now?
There are many older people reading this that have lived a long time in this world and have not yet obeyed Christ. They have done nothing with their entire lives except build up the wrath of God against themselves. Their situation is extremely dangerous! Their heart has been hardened to God’s message and hope is slipping away.
Do you not see that in general the older someone gets, the less likely they are to turn to God in faith and repentance even though God’s grace extends to all in this day of mercy? You need to wake up before it’s too late! You cannot bear the wrath and fury of the Infinite God who is no respecter of your age or status!
And young men and women, listen up! Will you waste this precious opportunity to obey Christ while you have your whole life to give Him glory? Will you do what most other young people are doing, living for pleasure and foolishness? Many your age are turning to Christ and living a glorious life, will you be left behind?
You have an extraordinary opportunity… you have heard and understood salvation at a young age. But if you neglect it, you will end up like all the others who have lived a life of sin and become hard and blind to God’s Word.
And children… you are no different. I know it’s scary, but hell awaits all who have sinned. Many children from all over the world trust Christ for salvation every day and become children of the Most High King. Will you miss this opportunity today?
Let every single person who has not obeyed Christ understand their situation: there are suspended over the flames of hell this very moment. Whether young or old, men or women, adult or child… all of you hear the voice of God offering you salvation and eternal life.
This day is the day God is extending His saving grace to you; it will be a day of great rejoicing for some, and a day of great vengeance for others. Those who ignore this call today will have their hearts hardened at a quickened pace and they face the danger of having their eyes blinded forever to God’s mercy.
God is quickly gathering His children from all parts of the world and most likely the greater part of all persons who will be saved have been, or will be in short time. The time of grace is drawing quickly to a close. Those who hear the call of God, the Elect, will be saved and the rest left for destruction.
If you pass up God’s call today and end up in hell, you will curse this moment for all eternity… for salvation is but one decision of obedience from being yours. To pass up this opportunity will be to curse the day you born wishing that you had never seen or heard of the mercy of God which you refused and rejected.
No doubt that today is the same as it was in the day of John the Baptist, when the Lord said that every tree that did not bear fruit (meaning every person who did not respond to Him) would be cut down and thrown in the fire.
LET EVERY PERSON WHO
End of part 4 of 4
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