This is what Jesus said about heaven and hell.
What if you could spend 30 seconds in heaven and 30 seconds in hell? Which of the two do you think would give you a greater burden for lost people: the glory and majesty of heaven or seeing and hearing those in agony in hell?
Today, we are going to consider two things we need that are in hell. In the passage we are going to look at, Jesus pulls back the veil between this world and the next and shows us there is a heaven and a hell. There are only two eternal destinies and everyone in this room will end up spending eternity in one of them: either heaven or hell. There are only two directions you can go after death.
People don’t like to talk about hell. But because I’m committed to teach the full counsel of God, I am going to devote today’s message to this…
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END TIME TEACHINGS- New Category in Top Bar
The message to the church from these blog posts emphasizes the need to take note of the signs of the last days, the lateness of the hour, and to prepare for the return of Jesus for His church.
“What’s it all about?”
Here is a link I just added- a blog by two sisters who share their faith in God.
“If you are not assured of your salvation and eternal life, please also read about Richard, ‘The Man Who Was Mad At God’, then say this simple prayer that he said, to accept Jesus as YOUR Saviour, too:
“Dear Jesus, I am a lost sinner. I believe that you died for me. Please forgive me for my sins and come into my heart today. I accept you as my Lord and Savior and with your help, I will live for you. Amen.”
“The Bible says when one sinner comes to the Lord, all heaven rejoices:
Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth. Luke 15:10
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The answer to my elderly neighbor who asked me why we were moving out from our community was, “We’re going to do mission work.” We had lived a few doors away in a custom designed split-level, hillside dream home where we raised our children. From our front windows we had a panoramic view of the extinct volcano crater that had a beautiful lake and golf course. Our home was in a suburb nestled away, but close enough to the city of Honolulu.
We had lived in the split level house in the front of our large property and then extended the back of our home with a two story addition for our son’s family. We had completely remodeled our kitchen with a built-in Corian sink and counter tops, new cabinets with slide drawers and corner lazy susan, built in convection-microwave oven, new gas range and ceramic tile floor- an ideal kitchen for any homemaker. After a few years, our son and his family decided to move closer to town. I was already retired from teaching, and Wyman was soon to retire as a meteorologist for the National Weather Service. We were free to answer the call to the mission field, but the house tied us down. It didn’t make sense for two people to live in a tri-level 9 bedroom with 5 1/2 bathrooms home. When we left on a mission trip, we needed someone to take care of our home, house sit, pet sit, take care of the yard, water the house plants, secure the home, etc., etc.
In 2001 after our second trip, the Lord said, “Sell your home.” That took some serious consideration and we waited for confirmation from God. Then things began falling into place when a good friend recommended a realtor to us. By the following year, in 2002 , our home was put on the market. After 8 months and waiting for the right party to purchase our large home, it was finally sold to two sisters with their families, mother, and family friend. All told, there was space enough for over a dozen people to live there! As for us, we found a comfortable two bedroom condominium in the city with fine amenities and 24/7 security so that we could just close the door and leave whenever we needed to!
When a good friend came to visit me after we moved, she asked a similar question as my former neighbor, “Why did you sell your home to come live in a condo?” I explained to her, “This is only my temporary home, anyway. My real home is in heaven.” In the Bible, Hebrews 11:13 and l Peter 2:11 tell us that we are ‘strangers and pilgrims on the earth’. There is a old song that goes like this: “This world is not my home, I’m just a passing through, my treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue. . .”
In John 14:1-3, Jesus said before he went away, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”