August 02, 2013

Glimpse of Hell

Last month something happened to one of my sons that will forever make hell more real to me.
I held my son as he cried out in pain from getting burned.  The torment on his face and his screaming was haunting...........For at least five minutes there was no comfort.  He clung to me and hollered and wailed. My heart broke for his agony as well as for my inadequacy to help him.  Finally God sent relief.  My son took huge gulps of air and was able to catch his breath.  And a gentle breeze greatly lessened the pain. Ten days later, the burn is all healed.  But the Lord let me see a glimpse of hell.

In hell there is no relief, no gentle breeze to lessen the pain, no one to cling to, and never any healing .....

Jesus told us in Luke 16:22-31 And 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;
And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.  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. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. And 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.
Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house:
For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.
And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.
And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.
Jesus also said in 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.

 And again in Luke 12:5 But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.

Yes, God is love, but He is also just and He deserves our fear, not just our reverential respect but fear.
Jesus forewarned us because of His love for us.  He chose to lay down His life for us to provide the only way of escape.  Yet many will not be persuaded, though He rose from the dead.

Here is a very sobering thought:
They estimate that 6,974,000,000 people in the world. It is estimated that there is 2 billion Christians in the world. Only one in four Christians say they are born again as Jesus said we must be to go to heaven. So realistically only 7% of the worlds population or about 500, 000, 000 are really going to go to heaven when they die. 

It is said that an average of 107 people die each minute,
6,390 people die each hour,
153,000 people die each day,
1,071,000 people die each week.

So from this Sunday that you were in church till the next Sunday
 1 million 71 thousand people died and went to spend eternity in heaven or hell. 
And the reality is that only 7% if them are going to heaven. 
93% or 996 thousand souls (996,000) went to hell.

All of this mathematics is hard on my brain, BUT if we would just understand the simple statistic that every minute 107 people die and 100 of them go to hell!!! This is staggering. 

Hell is real and many people go there daily.  Are we forewarning others?  Are we reaching out in love?  My son is healed, but both of us got a glimpse of hell that day and I will forever be changed because of it.

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