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WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT HELL?

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 July 2011 14:02 Written by Pastor Dan Thursday, 30 June 2011 14:44

July 2011

“What does the Bible say about Hell?”

 

THE WAGES OF SIN IS DEATH

God told Adam and Eve in the day they eat of the fruit of the forbidden tree, in that day they would die.  (Gen 2.17)  Looking at things from God’s perspective being He is the One who said it, God was looking at it from a spiritual angle. 

 

When Adam and Eve partook of the fruit, something within them did die.  They fell from their state of innocence.  Did they drop dead physically the moment they partook of the fruit?  NO.  What death was God speaking about?  A spiritual death.  Notice when they heard God’s voice in the garden after sinning, they hid from God.  They sewed fig leaves around themselves to cover their nakedness.   Man is still trying to cover himself with a covering of his own making (good works etc…)God eventually provided coats of skins for them.  Now an animal had to die to provide them a covering.  Jesus Christ is the only true covering for our sins.  He was the perfect Lamb of God who suffered and died for our sins. 

 

So, the death was not a physical death, at least not immediately.  However, because sin was now in their mortal body, death was now working in the physical body.  (Romans 6:12, 13).  Death to the physical body was slow, but the spiritual man now became subject to the body and soul of man.  Before their sin, their spirit was pre-eminent over their body and soul.  God created Adam and Eve as talking spirits with a physical body and a soul (Mind, Will, Emotions).  God could communicate with them.  That close intimacy was lost after their sin.  In fact, they had to be driven OUT of the garden lest they partake of the TREE OF LIFE in the garden and live forever in their sinful state. (Gen 3:22-24)

 

When a person becomes “saved” their SPIRIT is now redeemed and reclaimed by God.  The Devil cannot have that ONE.  He now belongs to God and has the promise he will resurrect at the resurrection of the Just  (The Rapture of the Church).  The physical body is not yet redeemed.  The Redemption of the body of believers will happen at the Rapture of the Church when our bodies shall be changed in a moment in the twinkling of an eye and we shall be changed  (I Thessalonians 4).  What do we do with this mortal body?  We present it to God and sanctify it(set it apart – save it for God’s use now:  (I Cor 6:19   Romans 12:1,2).  

 

My  point is in answer to the question, Why do we still die?  We must die to pass on to the new spiritual life God has prepared for us in heaven.  The only way we can shed this body is to die, unless the Rapture comes first and we shall be instantly changed.  (2 Corinthians 5:4   I Corinthians 15:54,55).  Jesus died that we may not experience spiritual death (eternal separation from God as a result of sin.)  God loves man and is not willing that any should perish, but God also created man as a free moral agent meaning man has the ability to choose.

 

We must be careful we don’t put ourselves in a position of judging God.  Satan invited our first parents, Adam and Eve, to judge God through the prompting of the Serpent who was a very subtil creature.  He challenged God’s word by saying, Hath God said?   …..(Genesis 3:1)  He got them to doubt God’s Word.  He got them thinking that God was withholding something good from them because God didn’t want them to be as knowledgeable as Him!  What a boldface lie!  So, in a sense they were judging God.  Shall we judge God because sinners go to Hell?  We live in a moral universe created by a moral and Holy God. 

Should murderers and rapists go to prison?  The answer is yes.  Then sinners who violate a Holy God go to hell.  God is a God of Love, but He is also a God of Wrath.  Sin is a violation of His Holy Nature.  God proved His love by sending His only Son so man would not have to be eternally separated from God and go to Hell.  I do know this:  The judge of all the earth, shall He not do right?  (Genesis 18:25)  All man has to do is receive God’s Only Son and he will be spared from eternal damnation.

 

The Teaching (doctrine) of Hell is laced throughout the whole Bible.  We must be careful when declaring we have a revelation from God or the Holy Spirit that runs counter to the Word of God as revealed in the Bible.  Anything that does not line up with the Bible must be rejected as false.  (Galatians 1:18)

 

It is important to note the One who spoke most about Hell in the Bible was Jesus Christ Himself.  The prophets spoke of Hell.  The book of Revelation spoke of Hell and Jesus himself spoke of hell most of all.  He should know!  He descended into Hell and led the righteous who were in Abraham’s bosom into the very presence of God.  Hell at that time was located in the center of the earth.  Jesus described Hell as a place of torment, flame and everlasting regret:  true spiritual death.  That is what Jesus came to save us from.  To say the doctrine of Hell is false is actually a step to detract from the real purpose why Jesus came to SAVE US.  HE CAME TO SAVE US FROM ETERNAL DAMNATION AND THE FIRES AND TORMENTS OF HELL WHERE THEIR WORM DIETH NOT AND THE FIRE IS NOT QUENCHED.

 

Old Testament Scriptures on Hell:

Deut 32:22  2 Sam 22.6  Job 11:8  Job 26:6  Psalms 9:17 – The wicked shall be turned into hell and all the nations that forget God.

Psa 16:10  Psa 18:5  Psalms 55:15   86:13 116:3  139:8  Prov 5;5  7:27  9:18  15:11  15:24  23:14  27:20

ISAIAH 5:14  14:9, 15  28:15,18  EZEKIEL 31:17  32:21,27  AMOS 9;2  JONAH 2:2  HABAKKUK 2:5

 

NEW TESTAMENT REFERENCES TO HELL (MOSTLY JESUS’ WORDS)

MATTHEW 5;22, 29,30  10:28  11:23 16:18  18:9  23;15,33

MARK 9:43,45,47

LUKE 12;5 – But I shall forewarn you whom ye shall fear.  Fear him which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto fear him.

LUKE 16:23

ACTS 2:27, 31  JAMES 3:6  2 PETER 2:4

REVELATION 1:18  6:8  20;13,14,15

 

SO THE DOCTRINE OF HELL HAS BEEN AROUND A LONG TIME.  JESUS TAUGHT IT AND WARNED PEOPLE SO THEY COULD AVOID IT. 

 

MORE THOUGHTS ON HELL

We are not to judge God.  We are to trust God.

A sin against a holy God is an eternal act and requires eternal punishment.  If  this is hard to grasp it is only because we do not understand the depth of the word HOLY.  God is Holy, Sinless, Perfect, Pure.  God is love, but that is not his only characteristic.  He is also a God of Wrath.  The Book of Revelation deals much with the wrath of God on those who hate him and rebuff his gift of Salvation.  How shall we escape if we neglect so great a Salvation?  (Heb 2:3)

 

The Bible describes Hell as a place of conscious eternal punishment.  The Bible teaches that Man will live forever either in unceasing joy or in unceasing torment.  This is the most serious of matters.  God is to be loved, but He is also to be revered and feared in a godly way.

 

We need to take the Doctrine of Hell seriously.  Jesus taught about it and warned people about it.  Those who reject Jesus Christ are in the path of the wrath of God.  (Eph 2:3)  What wrath?  The wrath of God.  Eph 5:6  Colossians 3:6

 

THE GOOD NEWS!  THERE IS SALVATION!  IT IS NO ONE ELSE BUT JESUS CHRIST!  ACTS 4;12 John 14:6

JESUS TAUGHT THAT HELL IS A PLACE OF TORMENT, PAIN, FLAME AND ETERNALPUNISHMENT.  Eternity is a long long time.

 

Read the Story of the Rich Man and Lazarus in Luke 16:19.

Hell is a real place.  The Hebrew word is SHEOL.  The Greek word is HADES.

 

In the End, Death and Hell will be cast into the Lake of Fire prepared for the Devil and his angels.  All those whose names are not written in the book of Life will go there.  We are to fear the One Who has the power after He has killed, to cast both body and soul into Hell.  He is the One we fear. 

 

Hell is a place of refuse.  Jesus likened it to Gehenna, a place outside Jerusalem where they burned refuse and garbage.  Gehenna used to be a place where Israel offered their sons and daughters to heathen gods in human sacrifice.  King Joash made it a place to burn waste.  There was a continual smoke and fire and stench.  Jesus likened hell to be like that.  God doesn’t want anyone to go to Hell.  Hell is a Bible Truth, Jesus taught it and He is the Way,The Truth and The Life.  He is the Way to Escape Hell.  If one only believes on Him and allow their sins to be washed away in his blood.  Our spirit is redeemed and we shall be eternally saved.

We need to be careful what we believe and what we hear.  There are many voices in the world today.  There are many seducing spirits and doctrines of devils that lead men and women to believe what is contrary to the Word of God we find in the Bible.  (I TIM 4:1).  Unless our sins are judged at the Cross, Hell is the result.  We need to tell others about Jesus.  He came to save us.


 

OUR MISSIONARIES

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 February 2016 14:17 Written by Pastor Dan Thursday, 23 June 2011 13:43

OUR MISSIONARIES

Dr. Paul Tucker: Dr. Paul Tucker is a Traveling Missionary/Evangelist/Prophet who carries the Gospel of Jesus Christ to many many nations of the world.  Just recently he ministered in China and he reports an “awesome time”.  He ministered in homes, on the streets and in public meetings.  He found the Chinese brethren to be very open, hungry and humble.  They ministered to many with the laying on of hands and prophecy from 10am to 4:00pm in one meeting.  Dr. Paul Tucker is an itinerant Evangelist/Prophet ministering on a worldwide scale traveling to France, South America, Nepal and around the world.  Dr. Paul Tucker will be with us on Wednesday May 4, 2016 at 7:00 PM.

Rev. Brick Cliff: Rev. Brick Cliff is the President of WIN Ministries and Founder of Nation-2-Nation Curriculum (N2N).  He is credentialed and in affiliation with Elim Fellowship.  He is responsible for traveling the world over introducing the Bible Curriculum on DVD for the purpose of training Pastors and those who desire to be trained in ministry.  The curriculum meets with overwhelming spiritual fruit as many are healed, filled with the Holy

Spirit and  saved through this ministry.  It is a very welcomed tool in the hands of Pastors in out of the way places who have no other means for training themselves in leadership and ministry.  It is the ISOM (International School of Ministry) curriculum.  It is available to all even in the U.S. in which you may receive an Associates Degree as it is a recognized degreed curriculum.

Recently they met with the Superintendent of the Church of God in the Dominican Republic who was responsible for planting 300 new churches.  He is responsible for over 1200 Pastors and churches in seven countries and numerous islands in the Caribbean.  Brother Brick is excited because this is a great opportunity for distributing the Bible Curriculum to many new Pastors and infiltrating that Central American country with the Gospel.

On June 13th, Brother Brick met with Pastor Victor Chong from Quito, Ecuador who is leading a team to train 10,000 new church planters each year.  Brother Brick asks us to pray that the filming will go well as these Church Leaders take an active part in filming and teaching and training new Pastors.  What a Great Tool!  Continue to pray for its effectiveness and for safe travel for Brother Brick.  Also remember his daughter Sara who is in China doing missionary work.

Matt & Angela Catinella Living Water Ministry:  Matt and Angela are serving the Lord in Uganda, Africa.  Their ministry has been widely to teens and teaching them to reserve themselves for marriage.  They have opened up a Youth Center and find themselves also ministering the Gospel of Jesus Christ in schools and villages.  They have one child and another on the way!  Keep them in your prayers.

Bill and Karen Strong are preparing to go to the Mission Field in Northeastern Africa.  Their goal for support is just about there.  Keep them in your prayers.

Abigayle Ministries is another of our Home Missions Projects.  They minister to young mothers and infants and help these mothers get re-directed in a constructive way of life with the Gospel of Jesus Christ as their basis and foundation.  They are located on 19 Mile Road in Sterling Heights led by the capable Susan Meyer.

Remembering that the Gospel is to the Jew first, Joy Community Church supports on a monthly basis Jewish Voice Ministries International led by Jonathon Bernis.

Elim Fellowship is another of our Home Missions Projects.  Located in Lima, NY, Elim provides credentialing to ministers and seek to encourage and bless Pastors and Leaders to help them equip the church to reach the world for Christ.

 

THE CROSS - A SYMBOL OF GOD'S LOVE

Written by Pastor Dan Thursday, 05 May 2011 13:12

SERMON STUDY NOTES

JOY COMMUNITY CHURCH

From Sunday March 20, 2011

 “The Cross- Symbol of God’s Love”

A Message by Pastor Dan

 

SCRIPTURE:   I COR 1:18-2:9

 

What would you leave to your loved ones as a symbol or a remembrance of your love for them?  Thousands of dollars?  A Home?  A Car?  Precious Jewels?  Other remembrances?  What would you leave that would say to the receipients, He or She really loved me and wanted me to have this!  Every time you would look at it you would be reminded of her/his love.

 

The legacy of love that God left us that symbolizes His Great Love for us is the CROSS!  That is what I want to talk to you about this morning.

  1. The Cross an instrument of death for our Lord was the symbol (always was and always will be) of God’s Love for us.
  2. Christ is the Source of our Salvation. The Cross is the Means
  3. I want to talk about the Cross and why it is the Power of God and the Wisdom of God.
  4. How the Cross defeated Satan in totality.

 

THE CROSS

The Cross in the first century was a Roman Torture Device for criminals.  The cruel cross upon which Jesus died became the means for which God the Father provided Salvation for all mankind.  He gave His only Son and put upon him the penalty [death penalty] for the sins of all mankind.  Salvation is free to all if men will only accept God’s free Gift of Salvation. 

 

Freedom is rarely free!  We have freedom in our country, but it cost our forefathers their lives in the American Revolution in battle so we could be free from British rule and have freedom of religion and be our own sovereign state.

Slavery is abolished in our country today, but it cost the lives of many Americans to keep our nation as one nation and free the slaves.  As we thank God for our freedom, we can only do so with remembering the ones who gave their lives so we might be free.

 

Every time we take Communion, we are declaring and remembering our Lord’s death until He comes again.  The Cross was the means of our salvation, while Christ is the Source of our Salvation.

Gal 6:14 – God forbid that I should boast…save in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ by whom the world is crucified unto me and I unto the world.

Gal 2:20 – I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live.  Yet not I, but Christ liveth in me and the life that I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me.

We need to see ourselves crucified with Christ.  We need to see our sins nailed to the Cross.  The work of Christ is a finished work.  Get a revelation of the Cross of Christ.  The Blood of the Cross has saved you!  Just as nails are nailed to a wooden coffin, so the nailing of the Son of God to the Cross finished the end of Sin’s dominion over you and me.  I will glory in the Cross.

OTHER SCRIPTURES FOR STUDY:  I Cor 2:8  Colossians 2:15

Eph 6:12  Isa 52:14  Isaiah 53 all.  John 20:24-29 (Thomas)

Luke 24:28-31 (Emmaus)  They saw the nail prints in his hand.  Those nail prints will be Christ’s badge throughout eternity.

The Cross is the Wisdom of God.  I Cor 2:8.  It is the Power of God.  I Cor 1:24 Romans 1:16.

God created man out of love.  He had to redeem him out of love, but God cannot die or He would not be God.  He sent His Son, true Man and true God who suffered and died and descended into hell and confronted the powers of evil and defeated Satan in totality. (Colossians 2:15)  Satan only runs on inertia now and has power by deception in the minds of people in this present world system under the Beast rule. Jesus led captivity captive into the presence of God.  He went from an environment of evil, the very gates of Hell and defeated Satan and Jesus has the keys of hell, death, and the grave.  He went into the very Presence of God from where He now makes intercession for us at the Right Hand of the Father.  The Cross is the Symbol of God’s Love for man.  God commended his love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.  All that Christ did on Via Dolorosa He did for sinners.  Accept in totality Christ’s work for you!

 

MOTHERS OF MENTION

Written by Pastor Dan Thursday, 05 May 2011 11:51

 “Mothers of Mention”

The Word of God is filled with examples of godly mothers.

Eve was called Eve because she was “the mother of all living.”

(Genesis 3:20).  Eve rejoiced when God gave her godly seed through Seth after the death of Abel. 

Sarah was the wife of Abraham.  She had a keen sense of God’s choice of Isaac to be the one to whom the spiritual inheritance was to be given.  She would not allow Ishmael the son of the bondwoman Hagar to reside with the promised son, Isaac.  Sarah’s name means “Princess.”

Rebekah was the wife of Isaac.  As mothers can be, this woman was very determined that Jacob would receive the promised blessing of the double portion.  God had spoken to her when Jacob and Esau were in her womb.  Rebekah was driven and tenacious to see God’s plan fulfilled according to His word.

Hannah the mother of the prophet Samuel is an example of a woman who poured her heart out to God.  She made a vow that if God would give her a son, she would give him back to God.  God answered her prayer and Samuel was born.  Samuel was such a tremendous blessing to Israel.  It was all due to the fact a woman, Hannah, persevered in prayer until God answered and she kept her promise to God.

Mary the Mother of Jesus.  What an honor to be selected as the one through whom the Christ child would be born. In Israe, women who were barren were disappointed because they knew then it would not be them that would bear the long-awaited Messiah.  While this was Mary’s divinely appointed lot in life, it meant tremendous suffering and heartache to see her firstborn Son go through the heinous suffering and humiliation he endured.  As Simeon prophesied to her at Jesus’ birth, “a sword would pierce her own soul also.”  While it is tremendous blessing to be called of God to fulfill a divine plan, we must remember it always involve suffering because this world is “anti-christ”  hostile and alien to the things of God.  Our planet rejected and hated the Sinless and Holy Son of God.  We may readily notice that our society today rejects and tramples upon the holy things of God.  We know who is behind all of that:  our arch enemy Satan.  We are thankful to know that Jesus said be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.

 

Today we honor our women and mothers.  We will be serving them a delicious breakfast to tell them how much we appreciate them.  God bless all our women and mothers.

Pastor Dan

EARNEST PRAYER

Written by Pastor Dan Thursday, 05 May 2011 11:18

 “Earnest Prayer”

In Acts chapter 12, we read that King Herod began to harass some from the church.  (Read of his humiliating and untimely death in verses 20-24) He killed James the brother of John.  Remember, James and John were fishermen when Jesus called them.  They had the nickname of , Sons of Thunder.  When Herod saw how James’ execution pleased the Jews, he proceeded to arrest Peter and put him in prison with the thought no doubt of executing Peter also.

In Acts 12:5 says “Earnest prayer was offered to God for him by the church.”  A miracle took place after prayer.  The night before Peter was to be brought out before the people, the angel of the Lord appeared in the prison, he struck Peter on the side, woke him up and said, Arise quickly.  Put on your garment and your sandals and follow me!  His chains just fell off him.  He led Peter out of prison and the iron gate just opened of its own accord.  After Peter was in the clear the angel left him.  Peter goes to the house where the saints were praying and Rhoda a young girl went to the door and was so excited, she left him standing outside the locked door and ran to tell the others Peter was there and they did not believe her!  They said it was his angel.

 

What do we learn from this?  When the church gets focused on God and digs a deep trench of prayer, miracles happen. 

James 5:16 says, The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”

You can imagine how these saints cried out to God for their beloved Peter.  After James’ execution, the church was feeling overwhelmed by evil powers.  They turned to their greatest resource:  prayer.  Prayer is a spiritual weapon against the forces of evil.  When it seems that evil is having its day, earnest and prayer to God will bring the intervention of God.  Prayer is warfare.  God’s heavenly hosts (angels) will be released when God’s people gather and pray.

 

Discover this great weapon.

Ephesians 6:18 says, “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit…”  Let’s continue to be “a praying church.”

Pastor Dan

 

 

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