I pray that you would please help us toaccept the truth tonight as it is preached—as unpleasant as it may be. We love
you and thank you so much for the wonderful things that you have done for us in
the last 48 hours. What a exciting weekend it has been, what a blessing. But, God, it is not over yet and I pray that
you would please just bless the preaching service now and use it for the
purpose that you intended and help it to be a fitting end to such a great
weekend in Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Now Luke chapter
16. Turn, if you would to Revelation 21.
We’ll come back to Luke 16. But in Luke
16 we saw the very famous story that Jesus tells where he describes the rich man
and Lazarus and their eternal destiny. One is spending eternity with Jesus
Christ and with his spiritual progenitor Abraham. The other is tormented in hell in fire and
brimstone and torture forever.
But look, if you
would, at Revelation 21. And I am going
to preach to you tonight on a subject that I really don’t preach very often on
this subject and...because it is a unpleasant subject. And, believe it or not,
it is a subject that I don’t really like to think about very much.
Now I preach a lot
of very hard sermons and I would be described by most as a hell fire and
damnation preacher because I preach hard on sin. I beat the pulpit. I shout
against what is wrong. But when it comes to hell it is a horrible thought, it
is a horrible subject. It is something that I don’t like to often thing about. But it is my duty as a preacher, I believe,
to preach to you tonight on this subject, “The Horrors of Hell.”
Now I think in the whole time I pastured since I started this church a little
less than two and a half years ago, I believe I have only preached one entire
sermon dedicated to the subject of Hell.
But tonight I am going to do that and I want to start tonight by way of
introduction by talking about who is it that is going to go to hell. Who will be spending their eternity in hell?
Well, look down at
Revelation 21 verse eight. The Bible
reads, “But the fearful, and unbelieving.” Of course the unbeliever will spend eternity
in hell. It says, “And the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and
sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars.” Well, that covers everybody. “And all liars, shall have their part in the
lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now go down to verse
21, if you would. We are going to see
the description of heaven here. The
Bible reads in verse 21:
the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and
the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass. And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God
Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.
Talking about heaven,
of course. “And the city had no need of
the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten
it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.” And watch this.
the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the
kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. And the gates of it shall not be shut at all
by day: for there shall be no night there.
And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it.
Watch this now. “And there shall in no wise...”
What does that mean? He is saying, “No
way.” “There shall in now wise enter
into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination.”
Watch this. “Or maketh a lie.” How many lies? A lie.
I have heard people say
when I showed them that verse that said all liars are going to hell. They said,
“Well, that’s talking about a habitual liar.
That is talking about somebody who lies all the time.”
I am going to tell
you. There are people who are saved who lie all the time. I have known
them. I can tell you about them. But he
says here, “No. Even a person who maketh
a lie is not allowed to go into heaven.” He says, “But they which are written
in the Lamb’s book of life.”
They who are saved will be granted entrance to the pearly gates of that
glorious city, the New Jerusalem which descended from God out of heaven.
Right now it is in
heaven. Right now if you go to heaven
you would see the pearly gates and the golden streets. One day that city is going to descend upon a
new earth. “And the nations of them
which are saved shall walk in the light of it:”
You see, in order to
go to heaven you have got to be saved.
You say, “How can I
Hey, “Believe on the
Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.”
You see, if you
believe on the Lord Jesus Christ you will be saved from the awful punishment of
hell. You will be forgiven of every lie that you have told, every sin that you
have ever committed, any murder that you have committed, any abomination you
have committed. The moment that you believe on Jesus Christ your sins are
washed clean in the blood of the Lamb. Hey, past, present and future, gone,
gone, gone, yes my sins are gone.
You say, “Are you
ever going to tell a lie when you get to heaven?”
Absolutely not. The only reason I tell lies now is because I
am in the flesh. I mean, my spirit is a brand new creature. “Old things are passed away; behold, all
things are become new.”
That’s why if I walk in the spirit I’ll not fulfill the lusts of the flesh. That is why if I put on the new man I will do
what is right and godly. But right now,
“O wretched man that I am!”
Living in this sinful flesh that causes me to sin on a daily basis, one day,
the moment that I breathe my last breath this sinful flesh will be gone
forever. My soul [?] will be transported
to heaven in a sinless condition and then one glorious day my body is going to
be resurrected from the dead, changed in a moment and the twinkling of an eye
and I will live forever in heaven without sin, sinless and perfect.
Now none of us can be there now because we have the flesh. But one day that
will be the case. So who is not going to
heaven? Those who are not saved are the
ones who are going to hell. They will be excluded from heaven.
What do you have to
do to be saved? The Bible said you have
to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. That is who...John 3:15, “That whosoever
believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16:
God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever
believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to
condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
You know what I love
about the word “saved?” It has a “d” on the end. It is done. It is past tense. And so he said, “He that believeth on him is
not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath
not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”
Somebody said this.
They said, “Well, maybe you could lose your salvation if you stopped
Well, you can’t lose
your salvation or God is a liar because he said, “I give unto them eternal
life; and...neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.”
They shall never
perish. But what if purging out...
Personally I believe
that when you are saved the Bible says, “The Spirit itself beareth witness with
our spirit, that we are the children of God.”
Ok. But let’s say, theoretically, a person did stop believing. Well, Paul said to Timothy, he said, “If we
believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.” He cannot alter the thing that is uttered out
of lips. It says in Psalm 89, “Once have I sworn and I will not repent. Thy
seed shall endure forever,” he said of Jesus Christ in Psalm 89.
But what about
this? I just quoted for you John 3:18
where he said why? “He that believeth
not is condemned already, because he hath not believed.”
That’s past tense. He never believed on
Jesus Christ. He hath not believed in name of the only begotten Son of
God. Because if Jesus Christ said,
“Depart from me. I never knew you,”
once you believed on Jesus Christ you are saved. Ok. If
you go to hell it is because he never knew you. It is because you have not believed
on the name of the only begotten Son of God.
But let’s go into a
little more the finer points of who is going to be excluded. Look at Romans
chapter 11. While you are turning to
Romans chapter 11—and this is the introduction to the sermon on the Horrors of
Hell—we had better establish who it is that is going to be in hell. Let me quote for you Ephesians 2:8-9 while
you are turning to Romans 11:6.
“For by grace are ye saved through faith.”
Faith and believe are the same words. “And
that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man
should boast.” It is not of works. It is by grace through
Look down at your Bible to Romans 11:6. We are going to look at
something. And this is horrific, my friend, to realize that this group is going
to hell. But I am going to show you
right now that they are going to hell. Look at Romans 11:6. The Bible says, “And if by grace, then is it
no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then
is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.”
What is he saying? You cannot
mix faith and works. You can’t do it. He
says as soon as you start trusting works, it is no longer grace.
Now, let me just prove that to you right now. I shouldn’t have to,
because that is what the Bible said. But
I will prove it to you anyway. If I said to you, “I am going to give you a free
gift.” Ok. Brother Boscoe, I am going to give you a free gift tonight. It is
totally of grace. It is nothing that you have earned. It is just a free gift.
Now how much money would you have to give me where it would cease to be
a free gift?
One cent, right? I mean, if he
put anything forward of his own that is not free. That is not grace. Do you
understand what I am saying?
So God says, “If it is of works, if he has to lift one finger for me in
order to get that gift, it is no longer faith and grace. It is works.”
And by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified in his sight.
So, number one, we saw the unbeliever will go to hell. Number two, the
person who is trusting faith plus works is on their way to hell tonight. I am going to prove it to you again. Turn to
Galatians chapter five. The person who is trusting faith plus works will split
hell wide open.
Picture this. There is an airplane at an airport. The airplane is Jesus. Ok, this is just an illustration. It is a
parable that I am telling you. The airplane is Jesus. The destination is heaven. You get on that plane. It is headed for
heaven. What happens if you put one leg
on the plane and one leg on the tarmac?
What happens when that plane takes off?
You are not going anywhere. You are going to split your britches. You
are going to land flat on you face on that tarmac. You are not going anywhere unless you get all
the way on board. And it is just like
when Noah got on the ark. God shut him
in. God shut the door behind him. You
have got to get on board, shut the door. You are in. You can’t get out. You are on your way to
heaven. That is what salvation is.
Look at verse one of Galatians five. We will see this proven further
than if a person is trusting faith plus works, faith plus baptism, faith plus
church attendance, faith plus I gave up my sins, faith plus live a good life,
they are on their way to hell. Look at Galatians 5:1:
fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not
entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall
profit you nothing.
Does that sound like
you are going to heaven if Christ profits you nothing? No.
“For I testify again.” Look at how he is reiterating this.
testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the
whole law. Christ is become of no effect
unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.
Here we have people
ofGalatia that you have
to be circumcised and believe. He said,
“You are going to hell. Christ is going to profit you nothing. You are not
saved. If you want to add one thing,” he
said, “you have got to keep the whole law.
You better be perfect. You better
keep every part of the law. If you want
to go to heaven by the law, ok, keep every word of it. It is impossible.”
all have sinned and come short of the glory of God: Being justified freely by
his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.
So we see here that
another category that is going to hell is those who believe in faith plus
seven and this is by way of introduction to the sermon on the horrors of hell
that we have got to talk about who is going to hell. Number one, everyone who is an unbeliever.
Number two, those who are trusting faith plus works, Jesus plus baptism, Jesus
plus living a good life. That is your Roman Catholic. Jesus plus the sacraments, plus living a good
life. That is your Methodist. You have got to live a good life. You have got to
endure to the end or you are going to lose your salvation. There is your
charismatic. There is your Nazarene. There is your Assemblies of God. There’s
all these denominations that teach that if you get out of church and quit on
God he is going to take it away from you, as if church attendance is a
prerequisite, as if living a good life is a prerequisite, as if the works of
the law are part of your salvation.
Matthew 7:21 the
Bible reads, “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into
the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.”
You say, “Wait a
minute. Doesn’t the Bible say, ‘For
whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved’?” Well, keep reading.
whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall
they call on him in whom they have not believed?
You have got to call
on Jesus Christ by faith. Belief is what saves you.
And so he says here,
“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of
heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.” He says, “You have to go God’s way, the way
that the Father has ordained.”
Who is going to hell
the few or the many? The many.
is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in
thereat: Because strait is the gate, and
narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
And so he says, “Many
will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name?”
He is saying, “We
preach in the name of Jesus Christ.”
“And in thy name
have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful...”
And the word that is going to resonate in their minds throughout all eternity
“And then will I
profess unto them, I never knew you.” There is proof enough that you can’t lose
your salvation. He said, “I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work
I will read you two
more verses. You don’t have to turn
there. Matthew 25:41. “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.”
Verse 46. “And these
shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.”
So, number one. Now we are in to the sermon. Number one, what
is the horror of hell? Do you know what
the biggest horror of hell is? The duration, how long it lasts. That is the
most horrible part about hell. I mean, if you ask me what is most horrible,
fearful part about hell. Hands down in a
moment I will say to you, “The length of time that you are in hell, the fact
that it goes on forever.” That is what is so horrible about it. I mean that is
the worst part about it.
He said that they
will depart from me into everlasting fire.
The Jehovah’s Witnesses
say they will be burned up. They will be
annihilated. I show them this verse and
they say, “Well, then it also says they will be burned up.”
Well, I guess the
Bible contradicts itself then if it says too opposite things. But it doesn’t
say that. It says that nowhere.
You see, the Bible
is clear that they shall go in to everlasting punishment. That’s talking about being punished for all
eternity. I mean a hundred years from
now, punishment. I mean a punishment that never ends is what everlasting
Number one, the
length of eternity.
Let’s use our
imaginations for a moment as we get into the sermon tonight. Let’s think about
a person, think about a man who is living his life and he is an unbeliever. He
is unsaved. He has heard the
gospel. Maybe he hasn’t heard it as
clearly as he ought to have heard it, but he has heard the name of Jesus like
everybody in this world has. I don’t care what anybody says. That’s the truth. Somewhere along the way they hear something
somewhere. I mean, even inAfrica.
Somebody said, “What
about people inAfrica?”
You know,Africa, I believe the population is under 400 million. It
is under 400 million, not even a billion people reside on the continent ofAfrica. Forgive me if I am wrong, but I know it is far
less than a billion people. And yet how
many tens of thousands of missionaries are inAfrica
right now. There have been missionaries
toAfrica for centuries. There are missionaries all over the world.
The Muslim knows who
Jesus Christ. All over the world, “Their sound went into all the earth and
their words unto the ends of the world.”
God asks, “Have they
not heard? Yes, verily.” They have heard. They have heard the
if you will, a man and he is on his death bed dying. He has lived his
is an old man and he is in the hospital perhaps. And the little monitor
measuring his heart beat. It is slowly declining. He closes his eyes
and slips off into death. What happens to him? What is going to
happen? He is an unbeliever.
He is unsaved.
Well, the Bible said in Luke 16—and you can turn there if you like—but in Luke
16 the Bible says, “And in hell he lift up his eyes...”
That’s how fast that man is going to be in hell.
You say, “Well, is
he going to stand before judgment before God?”
No. He is condemned
already because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten son of
That man breathed
his last breath and in a moment, from the time it takes him to close his eyes
for the last time when he opens them he is in hell.
What does he
experience? What is he feeling?
Well, immediately he
feels pain as though his entire body...Have you ever burned yourself before?
Have you ever stuck your finger onto something that was very hot or burned? I remember one time I laid my hand on a metal
pan that had just come out of an oven.
And I seared the whole palm of my hand and it peeled and blistered and
it was extremely painful. And even after I took my hand away and ran it under
cold water I could still feel that burning sensation.
Another time as a
child I spilled hot glue on myself and I couldn’t get the glue off. It was
extreme pain and it went on for hours after I had gotten rid of the glue, hours
after I had run it under cold water.
He is going to feel.
The first thing that is going to get his attention is just the feel, the
burning all over his body. Every square inch of his body in flames and literal
The Bible says, “And in hell...”
Look down at Luke 16 in front of you
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...
Watch this. “For I am tormented in this flame.” He said, “I am being tortured by flame.”
And so the rich man
here his body didn’t go to hell at this point. His body was laying there for
everybody to see just like the man in our hypothetical story. He is laying in
the hospital bed. He breathes his last breath. The monitor goes flat and there
he is. His body is laying there, just a lifeless shell of what was once the man
that lived and breathed and talked and spoke. Now it is just a lifeless
But his soul is in hell. He can feel every part of the flame.
And you say, “Well,
he doesn’t have a body.”
Well, but, you know,
in a little bit of doctrine here. At the
end of the book of Revelation the souls of them that had been martyred for
Jesus before the rapture, it talks about them receiving whit raiment and
wearing it. You know, they were able to
wear clothing. So we understand it is a soul, but it is...it is a body of
sorts. It is just not made of flesh and
blood, ok, but it is still in the shape of a person and he is still going to
have hands and he is still going to have a tongue because he said, “Put water
on my tongue.”
Do you see what I am
So it is a spiritual
soul, but it is like a body. It has the same parts of the body, just not flesh
and bone. It is just not a physical
flesh and bone body.
But he man’s body is
not here, but his soul is burning in hell. The first thing he is going to feel
is that burning sensation all over his body.
But then there is going to be an extreme fear of falling because the
Bible describes hell as a bottomless pit.
Of course we know
from Ezekiel 30 and 31 and elsewhere in the Bible that the Bible says that hell
is in the nether parts of the earth, in the lower parts of the earth. Hell
beneath is what the Bible calls it. And so in the center of the earth there is
no gravity. And it is a sensation not of
weightlessness, but of continual falling is what it feels like because he says,
“The bottomless pit”
in Revelation 20.
And so he is
falling. And you can imagine somebody just free falling. And they are trying to
grab hold of somewhere. They don’t know if they are going to hit the ground.
They don’t know what’s happening. They feel like they are going to fall and
hurt themselves or hit themselves. They
are burning and burning. They are trying to grab for something and it is just a
I can’t even imagine what that would be like to just be falling forever. But
engulfed in flames, falling, total darkness, trying to see, but the light is
not enough for them to see any thing.
You say, “I want to
go to hell where all my friends are.”
Nobody has any friends in hell.
This man said, “I
don’t want my brothers to go to hell to be with me because I love them too
You won’t have any
friends in hell. TV and movies try to make hell out to be a place where sin
dominates and sin reigns. That’s a lie.
You know, from the
Merry Melodies cartoons that you show your children—and that is why I am
against all the world’s TV and all the world’s garbage and movies because they
all have an agenda. From Looney Tunes
and Merry Melodies where Porky Pig is the devil and he is dancing around in
hell like he owns the place laughing.
The devil is not even in hell, my friend. And one day when he goes to hell he is not
going to be laughing. He is going to be tormented. He is going to be punished. He is not rolling
You see tables set
up in hell and there’s...you know, there’s a couple of coals smoldering here
and there in the underworld. Porky Pig has got a pitchfork. Everybody is
sitting around the tables playing cards, drinking, smoking. You know, we have
all seen the images. They are drinking.
They are cursing. They are just
committing all this sin. And everybody is just kind of committing sin.
No, because you have
to understand the person who is running the show in hell is not the devil, but
God. That is who is in charge. The Bible
says in Revelation 14:10, “They shall be tormented in the presence of the holy
angels and in the presence of the Lamb.”
You say, “Well, I
believe hell is to be separated from God.”
It is a lie.
“I believe hell is
eternal separation from God.”
It is a lie.
Hell is a place
where people are tormented in the presence of Jesus Christ. It is in the Bible.
He said they will be tormented in the presence of the holy angels, in the
presence of the Lamb.
And so the devil is
not running the show in hell. Jesus
Christ is running the show in hell. He is the one who created hell. It is
fulfilling his will and his purpose, not that of the devil. And so there is falling.
The man who just
entered hell, let’s say he just entered 10 seconds ago, the man who we are
talking about. He is falling. He is
burning. He is in darkness. He is scared
to death. And he is waiting for it to
that...wouldn’t you? I mean, if you got
into some kind of that you would say, “The only hope I have is that this is
eventually going to end.” That is what Jesus said when he was in hell in Psalm
16:10 he said, “For thou wilt not...” He said, “My soul shall rest in hope. For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell;
neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One of corruption.” 
Acts. “This spake he of the
resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither did his
flesh see corruption.”
But, you see, Jesus’
only hope is that he was going to one day get out of hell and reign forever
more and be lifted up at the right hand of the Father. Of course, Jesus Christ,
God in the flesh. He said, “I have the power to lay down my life. I have the
power to take it up again.”
But the man who is
in hell, he must be thinking, “Surely, there is going to be an end to this. I
mean, surely there is going to be some reprieve. Surely it is going to
end. I mean, it is just...I have just
got to hang on. If I could just hang on
for 10 more seconds or maybe just five more minutes...I don’t even know if I
could endure five minutes of this. But
maybe if I could endure for five minutes it will be over.”
But it goes on and
on and on and on. Days go by. I mean one
day in hell is unthinkable. Three days and three nights in hell, unthinkable. I
mean going to hell for five minutes it must seem like five years. But he waits and waits and years and years go
by. In fact, hundreds of years go by and he is going to start to realize and
say, “This is never going to end. This is never going to be over. This is going
to go on forever. I am never going to get out.”
I remember when I
was a young child, maybe about 10, 11, 12, somewhere around there. I remember just sitting down and just trying
to...trying to understand hell. You know
what I mean? Because I was just a kid and I...and I knew what the Bible said,
you know. I got saved when I was six years old and I had a clear understanding
of hell at that time, for sure, a clear understanding of Jesus Christ and
salvation and eternal life and heaven and everything like that. But I remember just sitting down as a 10, 11,
12 year old boy, sitting down on the couch in my house and just trying to wrap
my mind around hell. And, you know, to
this day I can’t fully comprehend it, of course. But I sat there and just tried to understand
And this is what
thought entered mind. I thought to myself....I looked over at the closet and I
thought to myself, “What if I were locked in that closet for 100 years, nothing
to do, nothing to see, the closet is dark.”
You know and I went
in the closet and just shut the door just for a moment and it was completely
dark. I couldn’t really move around
much, right? Because it was a coat
closet. I couldn’t really move around
that much and it was totally dark and there was nothing to do, nothing to read,
no one to talk to. And I thought to myself, “I wouldn’t want to be in here for
two days.” It would be terrible. I wouldn’t want to be in here for two weeks.
Have you ever been
really bored? Have you ever...remember
when you were at school you have detention?
The torture of detention is just sitting there doing nothing. You know, at least that’s the way...you’d be
detained for an hour, an hour and a half. It’s like torture. You just sat there and it went on and on. You
are staring at the clock.
But I thought to
myself, to be locked in this closet for two weeks straight would be
torture. I mean, torture.
You know, and we’re
putting aside, you know, food and water because this is obviously a spiritual
place where you don’t need food and water. He said, “I just water to cool off
my tongue.” He didn’t need to eat food to exist or drink water.
But imagine just
being locked up like that in a place where you couldn’t move around much,
couldn’t see much, couldn’t do anything, just the boredom, just the agony of
just being by yourself alone. Darkness.
And I remember just
thinking about two weeks, a month, years, horrible thought.
And then I thought,
“What if you never get out of that closet.” That would be awful, wouldn’t it,
just locked in a closet forever and you knew you were never going to get out.
But then, that is
not even fire. Do you see what I am
saying? I mean, hell would be horrible without the fire. Think about that. And yet there is fire.
And I remember I
thought about that when I was just a young child. Man, we have got to get people saved. Good
night. It is terrible.
And I remember thinking
to myself. “It is horrible if anybody goes to hell.” But do you know what would be really
horrible? If somebody went to hell and
they could have been saved if somebody would have told them the gospel, they
would have gotten saved.
“Oh, well, if
somebody really wants to get saved, God is going to make sure...”
It’s a lie.
There are people in
this city and elsewhere in the world that if somebody would take the Bible and
really give them a clear presentation of the gospel and really lay it out for
them point by point, they’d be thrilled to receive the gospel and be
saved. They are out there. And if you
don’t believe come out soul winning with me next week. I’ll take you to them. It might take hours. We might knock doors for
hours of being slammed in our face or people saying no. But we will find that
one. And they are going to be passed from death to life and they will never
have to see hell because we were used by God to preach them the gospel.
It is the
remember as a
child as a teenager these thoughts would come into my mind. “Please,
can we just give them a chance? I mean, if somebody just rejects it
brazenly says no...I mean, I...maybe I can swallow that a little bit
somebody who would have been saved if they had really had it clearly
to them....or persistent.”
You know, my
wife...do you know how many times I had to give the gospel to my wife before
she got saved? In excess of 20
times. And I am not kidding. I mean
that. I mean I...it took a long time. It
took hours of persuasion. It took Bible
and verses and talking to her and pleading. And then it took prayer and
weeping. That is what it took.
You say, “Oh, well,
if you hadn’t gotten her saved somebody else would have.”
Do you really think
so? A girl that grew up, born and raised
in German inBavaria,
a girl who had never even heard the word Baptist, never even heard of a
Baptist? She thought there were two
Christian religions: Catholic and Evangelical, meaning Protestant, meaning
Lutheran which is pretty much over there it is the same exact thing as the
Catholics. She thought anything else was a cult. A girl who had never heard the gospel, never
even heard anybody put forth the idea that the Bible’s creation account was
actually reality. Never even heard of
And she was, what,
20 years old when I met her.
You can get people
saved if you try. I mean, not everybody
is going to get saved, but you can pull them out of the fire hating even the
garment spotted by the flesh.
And so here is this
man and he is burning in hell. He has pretty much given up on the fact of ever
getting out, you know, after about, well, for sure more than 1000 years have
gone by, over 1000 years because he had gone through the whole rest of history
and through all the events in the book of Revelation, the whole millennial
reign of Christ for 1000 years. He has been languishing in hell this whole
Well, then, suddenly out of nowhere, out of the blue...turn to Revelation
20. He didn’t see this coming. I mean, he had long ago given up. Now he has been in hell for over 1000 years,
but it even seems like longer than that.
Which, I, you know, can’t even fathom these numbers. I mean, think about how long we have been
alive. None of us even knows what 1000 years is. None of us can comprehend that
or let alone 1000 years in hell.
But suddenly out of
the blue. Here he is. He is burning in hell.
He is given up completely. He has got...what is he doing in hell? You know what? The only thing there is to do,
think. That’s all you can do in hell is just think, just remember. And I
believe he is probably just replaying his life over and over in his mind, just
to pass...just to do something, starting from the time he is born, all the way
until he dies. This is just remembering his life, just scene by scene, act by
act living out, reliving his life in his mind. And I bet something keeps coming
up in his mind every time he ever heard any thing about Jesus, every time he
ever heard anything about hell, any time he ever heard anything about the
gospel. Any time he had ever sat in a church service, any time he had ever read
a Bible verse any time he had ever heard somebody quote a verse and, you know,
the Bible has become a part of our society in many ways and our culture. And
you will hear verses. You will hear
people make statements that are from the Bible out and about. People have heard
the verse, “Jesus wept.”
Or I heard somebody say one time he was like on a political type talk show. He
said, “Let not your heart be troubled.” But he was talking about something completely
different. Of course that’s just quoting
Jesus, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God...”
You know, people
speak and they talk about, “Oh, well, render unto Caser the things that be
He is probably
thinking about every time he heard the Word of God, verses about Jesus, the
Bible, God, maybe somebody knocked on the door at some point and he said, “I’m
sorry. I’ve got to watch the game, the Phoenix Suns are on right now. It is into overtime. I can’t talk right now.”
And he is saying,
“Oh, God, why? Why didn’t I listen?”
And he is replaying
in his mind over and over again. Suddenly he is plucked from hell.
Look down at
Revelation 20 if you would. The Bible says in verse number 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.”
Watch this. “And the
sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead
which were in them” Our
friend has just been delivered from
hell. Do you see this? All the sudden he is transported. Hell ejects
him into the presence of God, the great white throne of judgment. Will
we be there? Yes, everybody will be there. The heaven and
earth are removed. There is found no place for them. Every human being
in the world is there at
the great white throne judgment.
Now we are not going
to be there to be judged, because it is the dead who were judged. Of course, we have already been resurrected
and alive. We have been alive for over
1000 years, those of us who are living in 2008.
We have been alive for over 1000 and so.
But the dead are brought out and we are there are spectators at this
event. Everybody is there. The angels, God’s throne, man, every creature.
Everything is there. There is no other place to exist. There is no
universe. There is no sun. There is no
moon. There is no earth. There is no
heaven. It is just the great white throne of judgment. They have all fled away.
No place for them. Everybody is there at this moment.
And I am sure that
man, as he is ejected from hell is saying...he is shocked. He is standing on solid ground. He is no
longer in flames. He is saying, “Oh,
thank you, God, for being merciful to me.”
And in a last ditch
effort he falls to his knees and confesses that Jesus Christ is Lord to the
glory of God the Father.
And as the Bible
says in Philippians two that at the name of Jesus Christ every knee should bow
of things in heaven and things in earth and things under the earth, things
under the earth. Did you hear? And that
every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the
And he falls to his
knees and says, “Jesus Christ, you are the Lord. You are the Savior of the
I mean he can’t even
scream loud enough. His voice is cracking and breaking as he cries out to be
heard above the thousands and millions and billions of other people who are
screaming, “Jesus, you are the Lord. Save me.”
But there is a
deafening silence as the books are opened.
Every man in sight is silent and only one thing can be heard. God the Judge, God the Father sitting on his
throne opening the books. And then another book is open, the Lamb’s book of
life. And any name that is not in the
Lamb’s book of life, he gets out the other books.
You say, “What are
the other books?” The Bible. There are
66 of them.
Because, you say,
“Well, how do you know?”
Well, because the
dead are being judged out of those things which are written in the books
according to their works.  And do you know what? The Bible says this is
what Jesus said on the Church in John five.
He said, “This is what you will be judged by, Moses. This is what you will be judged Moses in whom
to the unbelieving Jews. He said, “You will be judged by God’s Word.”
And so I have heard
people say that these books are a list of everything that everybody has ever
done in their life. Of course, if everything that Jesus had ever done in his
life...God said the world couldn’t even contain the books.  And so I believe the books that are opened is
Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy...the books are opened. And he begins to expose to them their sin.
And he runs through with them their life. And “Every idle word that men shall
speak, the Bible says, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.”
Every time they said
something wicked, every time they said something ungodly, every time they
committed a sin against God it is going to be put forth as evidence against
You say, “Why do
people go to hell?”
Because they are
sinners, because they have lied, because they have murdered, because they have
stolen, because they have thought dirty thoughts, because they have committed
adultery, physically or in their heart.
And so all of those sins will be listed off.
Of course, our sins will never be mentioned to us the Bible says. Gone, gone, gone. The Bible says, “As far as
east is from the west so far has God separated us from our sins.”
“Their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.”
But the unbeliever,
it is not so with him. God runs through
and exposes to him his sins. And then he
opens up the book of life. Names not found therein, he says, “Depart from me. I
never knew you. Depart from me, ye
cursed, into everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels.”
I can see a few strong angels take each one of them by the arms and grab them
and cast them into the lake of fire for all eternity. That one little break is
over. That one little reprieve that they had from the flames and torment of
hell, it is over. And now they know it is
forever because God has just explained to them from the Bible that it is
And there they are
going to languish forever more. Look
down at your Bible. It says, “They were judged every man according to their
every wicked work, every ungodly thing that was said out of their mouth. He
says, “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire.”
So now hell is being
relocated. It says in the lake of fire.
And I will prove that to you. “This is
the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was
cast into the lake of fire.”
You say, “How do
you know hell is being relocated to the
lake of fire?”
Well, because the
Bible says, “Fear not him which is able to kill the body, but is not able to
kill the soul. But rather fear him which
is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”
Now we know that the
unsaved man who dies today, his body is not going to hell. But there is going
to be the resurrection of damnation described by Jesus in John chapter five and
in his soul and his spirit and his body is going to be cast into hell which is
now in the lake of fire.
So it says, “Death and
hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever
was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” And they will be there forever, “In the lake
which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Let me show you two
things about hell tonight. And, by the
way, let me tell you a little story. You know, when I go soul winning, I...you
know, I guess I am a confrontational soul winner, but I am never mean or unkind
to people. You know, there is no reason to be like that and that is not the way
I am. I believe that we are bearing the
good news of salvation, so it should be a positive message. I mean the first
thing I obviously tell somebody is that you have got to tell them that they are
sinner. And you have got to show and I
show them these verses from Revelation 21, showing them that they are condemned
to hell, showing them that the wages of sin is death, showing them that even a
lie and all of these other things that will damn them to hell... But I say,
“You know, God loves you. He doesn’t
want you to go to hell.” And I explain
to them the gospel and Jesus Christ [?].
I am not going to go into that for the sake of time, but what all I
explain to them.
And then I go
through that whole thing with them. I
give them the gospel. And, you know, I don’t go to people and, “You need to be
saved or you are going to go to hell and you are a filthy sinner and...”
You know, people who
are doing that, they are not getting people saved. They don’t have love and
tear in the eye, they just go around screaming at people. And, you know, if
they really loved them they would want them to get saved so they would talk to
them in a way that is going get them saved.
And I am not talking about toning it down. I am not talking about trimming the message,
but the Bible says, “Speaking the truth in love.” It says to be gentle. The fruit of the Spirit
is gentleness. 
And so I gently explain to them that they are on their way to hell, that they
are without hope, that they are damned eternally without Christ.
[?] yell at somebody
and brow beat them and everything. Because, you know, I care about them. I love
them. I want them saved. But, you know, yesterday that was an
exception to that. And, you know, I was out soul winning all day. You know, we stop...we quit at at night. You know, we start at.
We took, you know, a break for lunch, a break for dinner. But we were
out soul winning all day long .We talked to all kinds of people. And in that whole day of probably just pure
soul winning as far as forgetting all breaks and driving from point to point,
as far as just pure door knocking and soul winning, actual just labor time, you
know, a good solid eight hours. And in that time I had six people saved
personally, ok, in that time, in eight hours.
And, you know, God
was really blessing us yesterday. Oh,
man. I mean I have been praying for this
day. And I know other people have been
praying about that town Helo Bend and never had a good church. We went down there and it was...I
remember...I mean, literally, for the last couple of days I was thinking to
myself, “You know, that is kind of a weird idea. This is a crazy idea, you
know. I have never heard of anything like this and, you know, another stupid
know, I have had
a lot of ideas. Some of them are a flop. Some of them work out great.
And you never know until you try. So I just like to try things, you
so, man alive,
did God just pour out his blessings?
Good night. Twenty-seven people saved. We had 16 people that...but 27
people saved. That’s a lot. I mean
that’s a lot. But everybody was so
friendly. I have never been invited into people’s houses so much.
“Come on in. Sit down. Show it to me.” Never have I had that kind of
But I believe that was just God blessing us. That’s all it was, was
But there was one
man yesterday. I knocked on his door. It was in an apartment complex. I knocked
on the door and an old man, he comes, he was a bitter old man. And he was very
old and he had to kind of hobble over to the door and he was extremely old and
looked mean. And I said, “Hi, how are you doing?” I said, “I want to invite you toFaithfulWordBaptistChurch. Do you go to Church anywhere?”
I said, “Well, if
you died today, do you know, for sure you would go to heaven?”
He said, “There is
no place...such thing as blankety blank heaven.” He said, “Because blankety
blank God is a lie. The Bible is blank, blank, blank.”
And I mean he just
cursed and swore and blasphemed God, Jesus, the Bible, everything you can
imagine. And I said, “What do you believe?”
I said, “What do you believe in?”
I said, “Look around”
know, I was
trying to please him to get saved. I
didn’t even...even then I didn’t just scream at him. I just said,
“Look around.” And I quoted him some verses from Romans. “For
the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly
even his eternal power and Godhead; so
that they are without excuse.” I said, “Look around at nature. Look at the
world. Who made all this?” I said, “Where did it come from?” I said,
“You believe that...”
And he said, “Oh, it
is just foolishness.”
I said, “It is
foolishness that man came from a monkey.”
And he said, “Well,
you need to take a biology class. You need to take science.”
And I said, “Do you
know what?” I said, “You need to take a biology class, because,” I said, “a
single celled organism has 28 parts. A
single cell organism has a reproductive system, a digestive system, it has all
these different functionalities. I remember when I was in high school learning
about microbiology I said a single celled organism is like a city it is so complex.” I said, “It looks
like a city with transportation. I mean, it is amazing, God’s creation.”
I said, “Man can’t
create life in a laboratory at this day. Man can’t even create the simplest
life forms. Nobody can bring it to life. When they talk about cloning, all they
are doing...they take something that is already alive and they just replace the
DNA. They didn’t create something new alive.”
Do you remember
the...and the never will, by the way? Only God can create life.
withstood Moses and said, “We are going to create lice out of dust.”
And they said, “We can’t do it. This is the finger of God.
Only God can create
life. They couldn’t spontaneously create
life from nothing.
And I said, “If man
in all his wisdom and knowledge can’t create life, how could life just create
itself from nowhere? How could it come
He said, “Well,
that’s not true. They can create life in the laboratory.”
I said, “You are
ignorant.” I said, “You are ignorant of science.” I said, “You need to do some
reading. Here you are pontificating to
me like you know so much science.” I
said, “Nobody can make something come to life.” I said, “What do you think, it
is Frankenstein?” I said, “That is how
Frankenstein was about, taking a body a bringing it to life. They can’t do
it. They can pump the blood. They can
beat the heart. They can send electronic impulses to the brain. It won’t come
to life. It is gone. It is dead forever because God ahs taken life. And the spirit went back to God that gave
You see...and I
explained this to him and he just went on and just cursed and swear again. And
the blaspheme...I am not even going to repeat the stuff he was saying. You
know, it was just...it was every four letter word mixed with Jesus and God and
the Bible combined. The boldness of this man was stunning to me. And I said to him, I said, “You know what?” I
said, “If you don’t change what you believe,” I said, “You are going to burn in
hell.” And I said, “Look.” I said, “Take a good look.” This is exactly what I
said to him. And I said it in this way
because I was a little bit angry at this point. I said, “Take a good look at my
face.” I said, “You are going to remember this face for all eternity.” I said,
“For billions of years while you burn in hell you are going to think about it.
This face is going to resonate in your mind when I came here and told you the
truth and preached to you the gospel.” I
said, “You are going to remember this forever.”
And I said, “At the white throne judgment,” I said, “I am going to look
at you right in your eyes. You remember
that I said this. I am going to look you
right in the eye when God casts you into hell.” I said, “You better change what
And he said, “Well,
I just hope that you don’t influence anybody else.”
I said, “We’re
knocking every door in this town today.” I said, “And you can’t stop us.”
And he slammed the
Boy, what’s going to
happen to him when he breathes his last?
It could be today. It could be a month from now, especially after you
say that about God. Who knows what he is going to do?
Remember when Nabal
cursed David. The next day his heart
became as a stone and in two weeks he was dead.
Who knows what is going to...I don’t know. It could be years. Hey, who cares if it is 20 years that he
lives and becomes a very old man? What
if he lives 100 more years? Is it really going to matter? Because life is this
vapor that appears for a little time and vanishes away
and the scope of eternity that he is going to spend in hell.
And, you know,
hopefully he will get saved, doubtful.
It is doubtful. He sounded like he had heard it a few times before. I
don’t think he is going to get saved. I
gave him the gospel. I told him the truth.
But he is probably going to spend eternity in hell.
Let me give you a
few points and just quickly because we are getting late tonight, but number
one. Hell is a place of literal flaming
fire and torment. 2 Thessalonians
flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the
gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who
shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and
from the glory of his power.
You know, modern
Bibles change that. The NIV would change that to say, “Away from the presence
of the Lord.” No. “Destruction from the
presence of the Lord.” Because in Revelation it says they will be punished in the
presence of the holy angels.
David said it this
way in the book of Psalms. “If I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.”
But not only is hell
a place of literal flaming fire and torment as we saw in Luke chapter 16, a man
begging for a drop of water to cool his tongue and the flames of fire, Mark
9:43. You say, “Why do you preach a
sermon to scare people?” Well, listen to
this sermon. Mark: “And if thy hand offend thee, cut it
off.” That’s pretty extreme. If your hand is going to send you to hell he
says, “Just cut it off.”
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: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is
not quenched. 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: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is
not quenched. And if thine eye offend
thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into thekingdom ofGod
with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is
not quenched. For every one shall be
salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt.
That is Mark
9:43-49. That is Jesus preaching. Wow.
But, number two, hell is a real physical place. It has a physical
location. In the book of Numbers
16—don’t turn there—it talks about them that go down quick into the pit. Talking about people falling into a chasm in
the earth, dropping alive into hell.
“If God makes a new
thing,” he said, “It has never happened before,” Moses said. But he said, “If I
am telling the truth, Korah, Dathan and Abiram and all their company will drop
in a chasm in the earth alive into hell.” And that is what happened because hell is a
real physical place. It has a physical real location in the heart of the
And so they go down
quickly into the pit. “They and all that appertain to them went down alive into
the pit and the earth closed upon them and they perished from among the
congregation.” They died on the way down, obviously, as they
reached the flames of hell it burned them up and their body was torched as
their soul and spirit continued the drop all the ay down to the bottomless pit
Amos 9:2, “Though
they dig into hell, thence shall mine hand take them; though they climb up to
heaven, thence will I bring them down.” It is a physical place.
Ezekiel 32:18, “Unto
the nether parts of the earth, with them that go down into the pit.”
We already talked
about hat they are going to be tormented in the presence of God. We can skip
over that for the sake of time. But look at this verse. Turn to Isaiah 30 verse 30. Now who remembers
reading in the Bible about a place called Tophet—T-O-P-H-E-T? Put up your hand
if that sounds a little familiar to you.
Tophet is the valley of the son of Hinnom. That might sound familiar to
you. It is a place that is described
very often throughout the Bible. Tophet or the valley of the son of Hinnom, it
was a place where wicked kings and ungodly Baal worshippers and Molech
worshippers would take their children and cause them to pass through the fire.
It was a valley that was set on fire and they would have human sacrifice,
wicked, ungodly action that God condemned again and again and again. Over I believe 11 times in the Old Testament
he talks about people making their children to pas through the fire. And he
condemned it and decried it all throughout the Old Testament. But this place was called...the proper
name...our city is calledPhoenix.
Our state is calledArizona.
This place was called Tophet. It was the
valley of the son of Hinnom.
Watch what God says
here. He is using Tophet as an illustration, as a picture of hell here. Read
this. Verse 30. “And the LORD shall cause his glorious voice
to be heard, and shall shew the lighting down of his arm, with the indignation
of his anger.”
This is God’s anger.
Are you reading it?
with the flame of a devouring fire, with scattering, and tempest, and
hailstones. For through the voice of the
LORD shall the Assyrian be beaten down, which smote with a rod. And in every place where the grounded staff
shall pass, which the LORD shall lay upon him, it shall be with tabrets and
harps: and in battles of shaking will he fight with it.
Listen. “For Tophet
is ordained of old.” He is saying it is a from a long, long time
ago. “Yea, for the king it is prepared; he hath made it deep and large: the
pile thereof is fire and much wood; the breath of the LORD, like a stream of
brimstone, doth kindle it.”
Do you see
that? Hell. What do we learn here? Hell is the culmination of God’s anger. I
mean, the flaming fire of his rage and wrath is what hell is. It is not
separation from God. It is being right
smack dab in the middle of God’s wrath and anger.
Turn to Revelation
14. We have got to hurry. We are running
out of time. But turn to Revelation 14.
Let me read this for
you. John 3:36, “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life.” Never going to die. Breathe your last breath and be in the
presence of God in heaven. “He that
believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son
shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” That is what hell is, God’s wrath, God’s
flaming fire of his anger we read about in Isaiah 30 through 31. “The breath of the LORD, like a stream of
brimstone, doth kindle it.”
Wow. But look at Revelation 14. And let me turn there myself. We will begin reading at verse number
10. The Bible reads...I’m sorry. Look at
verse number nine to get the context. “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, The same shall drink of the
wine of the wrath of God.”
30:33? Remember John 3:36?
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: 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.
Did you know that it
is a torture method to keep people awake?
In places where people have been in concentration camps or maybe
Vietnamese prison camps part of the torture many times is sleep depravation.
There is torture when somebody is about to fall asleep and you wake him up.
They are about fall asleep again. You wake them up. Imagine no rest.
Boy, isn’t it good
to go to sleep and rest? Boy, there is
nothing like after a hard day or out in the Phoenix sun, in the heat of the sun
and it just feels like it is just aching your whole body and draining every
ounce of moisture out of your body. And you are weary and tired. And sometimes you put your head on the
pillow, that pillow feels so good. I mean, you would rather be laying in that
bed and on that pillow. And I feel this way a lot. You would rather be there than being on any
sandy beach in the world, riding on any roller coaster. The only thing that you
want, better than any mean is you want to put your head on that nice cool
And I remember what
Jeremiah said, “My sleep was sweet unto me.” Because he had been awake and so tired he
And, boy, sweet
rest...and what ever happened in the day you can just kind of lay it to rest.
His mercies are new every morning. Great is thy faithfulness. Lamentations chapter three. You can lay your head down on your pillow and
it is all over. You can rest.
In hell there is no
rest, day nor night, never to rest again.
Hell is a place of
dismal darkness. “Raging waves of the
sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the
blackness of darkness for ever.” Reserved? A reservation?
Well, the Bible
said, “He shall have his part, his part in the lake which burns with fire and
brimstone which is the second death.”
darkness. Darkness, I believe, like it
says in the book of Exodus which may be felt. Do you remember that? You could feel the darkness. That is from
Exodus the ninth plague.
Hell is a place of
screaming and wailing. The Bible says, “Then
said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot...”
to a place kind of like I talked about that closet. You can’t really get around much. You can’t
move around too much because you are bound in chains. The Bible says, “Reserved
in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.”
But he says, “Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into
Referring to the lake of fire that is, referring to the new location of hell
when it is going to be away from the earth, it is going to be in outer darkness
where hell is relocated, Revelation 20.
“There shall be,” in that place, “There shall be weeping and gnashing of
Men are going to be gnawing their tongues in pain, grinding their teeth and
The word “wailing”
is just...it is not just a scream, it is like a wail. It is something
that...see, screaming doesn’t really involve your vocal cords. Wailing is more of a...something where you
are vocalizing almost like saying something, but you are not saying anything.
You are just.... It is a horrible
sound. Imagine listening to the wails.
Have you ever been
in the...I remember when my wife was giving birth in the hospital with our
first child. You could hear wailing down the hall from other women who were
giving birth. And you could hear the mixture of a couple of different people
screaming and wailing. Imagine being in
hell and there is hundreds and thousands and millions of people wailing around
Not only that, but
hell is a place—believe it or not—of flesh eating worms. The Bible says in Isaiah 14 verse 11, it
says, “The worm is spread under thee…the worms cover thee.” He is talking about hell. It is a place where
you are covered in worms that are... The Bible says the worm shall feed sweetly on thee.
You see, hell is a
place of horrific creatures. Did you
know that there are living creatures in hell? Please remember Revelation
chapter nine. God opens up the
bottomless pit. Actually he sends the angel to the bottomless pit, Apollyon or
Abaddon which is not the devil. I proved that from the Bible many times. The devil is thrown in hell by Apollyon in
chapter 20, you know, the angel of the bottomless pit and he has the key and
open s it up. So it can’t be the same
The angel of the
bottomless pit opens up and do you remember those locusts that come out of the
bottomless pit in Revelation 12 and torment men on the earth five months? Remember the tails like scorpions and the
teeth like lions and the have breast plates and they go around and they have
the sting is in their tails and they torment men. That is just giving people on this earth a
taste of hell beneath because those creatures were already n hell.
locusts, flesh eating worms. “Their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.” It is explained in Isaiah 14, in the same
book where the quote comes from, Isaiah 66:24 where it talks about, “Their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire
be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh.” He explains earlier about worms covering you,
feasting on you, feeding sweetly on you.
A place of horrific
creatures and flesh eating worms, no rest day or night, screaming, wailing
You say, “Why preach
And I have much more to my sermon, but I am going to close with this.
Why preach on hell?
You know, and I make reference to hell a lot in my sermons. This is only the
second time I have ever spent a whole sermon.
I have spent half a sermon a couple of times where I talked about heaven
and hell and doctrine and, you know.
Only the second time just a whole sermon on hell. Why?
here is probably saved and on their way to heaven, you know. We all
believe in Jesus. After all, church is for the believer, not
for unsaved people. I mean, we go out
and get them saved. But church is to
edify the believer. Why preach on hell? Why think about something so
awful? Why go there in our minds? Why... I mean we are not going to
Why comprehend it?
Because this week I
spent some time thinking about hell. It
came into my mind for some reason. And
as I thought about hell this week I just realized the need to just give it all
to God, I mean, my whole life and just say, “You know what? People are going to hell. We have got to get
them the gospel.”
mean it is just to
give you the urgency. And I am not up
here, you know, I am not up here just blowing a whole bunch of hot
air. Hey, I was out yesterday. I was out knocking doors. And guess
what? I was out last week and the
week before that and the week before that and the week before that for
almost 10 years now. I mean, I started
soul winning when I just turned 17 years old.
I am going to be 27 in July. I have spent almost a decade of weekly for
hours a week knocking the doors in addition to friends , co workers...
I am not up here
just rattling my cage. I am not up here
as some kind of a silver tongued orator.
I am not up here just trying to...to preach a great sermon and well I am
just going to [?] hey. I am going to be there knocking the doors. I am going to
be on the front lines. I am going to be in the trenches. I am inviting you to
go with me. And many of you, you have already been with me. I mean, 90% of our church was out in [?]
practically, you know, a lot of what...well, not really 90% of our church, but
a lot of people were out.
It seemed like
everybody was there, you know? I mean a
lot of people were there. Hey, it was great.
But do you know what? You don’t
want to just go out one time and just be a weekend warrior one time. I am going to tell you something. I moved toPhoenix for one reason two and a half years
ago. I didn’t have any family here. I didn’t have a job here. I had no reason to come here except one, to
give my life to one thing.
“This one thing I
as Paul said. One thing, to give my life
to preach the gospel to every creature and to train you and any body else I can
to do the same thing. That is what this church is about. And I will teach you everything in the Bible
to the best of my ability. I mean we
will give you a well rounded meal here.
You will get doctrine. You had better know you will get doctrine. You will
get Bible teaching. You will get
encouragement. You will get edification. You will get strength. You will get
the truth from Genesis to Revelation, but you better k now that the one thing
that is kind of pulsing, it is the real heart beat of our church, the one thing
that is pushing us forward all the time is what being in the heart of Jesus, I
believe what [?] I believe when John leaned on Jesus’ breast and he could hear
the heartbeat of Jesus Christ I think it beat the Son of man to come and is
come to seek and to save that which is lost.
The Son of man is come to seek and to save that which is lost.  I must work the works of my Father while it
is yet day. The nigh cometh when no man can work. The Son of man has come to seek and to save
that which was lost. Even as the Father hath sent me, even so send
I you. Go ye therefore into all the world to preach
the gospel to every creature.
Do you want to know
the heartbeat of faithful work at this church?
“See, I don’t
understand why people go to that church anyway. The pastor screams and yells.
He preaches all this crazy stuff that nobody has even heard of. I mean he
thinks everything is wrong. I mean anything you have ever...anything that
people do, TV, movies, rock music, worldliness, women that are dressed
immodest, I mean he goes down the list. I mean the guy is insane. He says it is
wrong for women to wear pants. I mean he thinks that men are the boss in their
home. I mean, he preaches things I have never even heard. He is a mad man. Why would anybody go to that church to get a brow
beating? Why would they go to that
church that is using the old King James Bible?
Why would anybody go to that church where the music is old fashioned?
I’ll tell you why
people come to this church. The same
reason I joined an independent fundamental Baptist church when I was 17 years
old. It wasn’t the music. It wasn’t the preaching. It wasn’t the
standards. It wasn’t the radical preaching? And it was there. But that is not what got me to join. It was
the heartbeat of Faithful Word Baptist Church and it was the heartbeat of the
church that I joined at that time, just beat soul winning, soul winning, win
souls, win souls, win souls, love people.
They are going to hell. We have got to get them the gospel. It is the driving force.
But, you know,
sometimes the sermon is not always the best sermon in the world. Sometimes it
is not the most entertaining sermon in the world. Sometimes it is entertaining. Sometimes it is
not. Sometimes you want to go to church.
Sometimes you might not. Sometimes you
are healthy and feel good. Sometimes you
don’t. Sometimes you are joyful and
rejoicing with joy unspeakable and full of great glory, sometimes you are
not. Sometimes you are I heaviness
because of manifold temptation and sometimes you are not.
But there is one
thing that never changes in this church.
The preaching may go along different themes. The membership may
fluctuate up and down in numbers of attendance.
But one thing never changes here.
It is the week in, week out day after day win souls, win souls, win
souls, win souls. It never changes. It
never stops. Consistency, week after
week. Day in day out.
When you are tired
of it and you say, “Well, I am tired of church.” This is a phase that I was
what? One thing that is not a phase is
hell and soul winning and the gospel. That is what keeps me going. You
know what I mean? That is what is keeping me going. I mean, it is not
preaching that keeps me
going. What keeps going is soul
winning. That is what keeps me
going. I’m just being honest. I mean the thing that keeps me going is
winning. I mean that is the thing that
keeps it real to me. That is the thing
that keeps me motivated because it is never...it is a job that is never
to be done until I breathe my last breath. It is the job that I am
All those maps...
You say, “What kind
of a stupid decoration is that? A bunch
You know what kind
of a stupid decoration it is? It is
where I am going to spend the rest of my life.
It is a map ofPhoenix,
a giant map ofPhoenix. I will spend the rest of my life making sure
that we knock every single door in the whole valley. The map ofArizona?
Spending the rest of my life making sure that we knock every small town
knock every door like we did in [?] yesterday.
We are going to go back and finish a few doors, but we knocked 80% of
the town. And we will finish it. You know, we will go down with a few people
and just finish the remainder. Knock
every door in every small town inArizona
that is under, say, 2000 people or 3000 people in number. We’ll knock...that is
what I am going to give my life to.
You know why there
is a map of theUnited
States out there? That map represents the fact that we are
going to send out young men and men to go start churches all acrossAmerica because
the local church should beget after its own kind other local churches. Just
like I started this church here, I am not talented. I’m not anybody
special. I am just a man like anybody
else. I hope that many young men will come out of this church some day and go
start churches all across that map. We will put their face on every place that
they started to say, “There is a lighthouse, there is a candle stick of the
And then the map of
the world to represent the people that we support as missionaries around the
world. And so that the gospel can go to the dark corners of the earth. That’s
why I have the verses that say, “But ye shall receive power, after that the
Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both inJerusalem.”
That’s the map ofPhoenix. “And in allJudaea.”
That’s the map ofArizona. Every small town, every village as
Jesus went to every village. “And inSamaria,”
The adjacent, the area around it, the other states the [?]America. “And unto the uttermost part of the earth.”
We are never going
to finish, folks. It is never going to be over.
Soul winning, soul winning, soul winning.
Let’s bow our heads
and have a word of prayer.
Father, it was an unpleasant sermon. It
wasn’t one that I even wanted to preach.
It is not the funnest kind of sermon to preach at all. It’s a horrible sermon. But, God, you took me
on a tour earlier this week of hell and I just felt like I needed to take my
people on the same tour of hell that I took a few day ago. Driving in my car I
took a little tour a few days ago of hell just in my mind and in the Bible.
And, God, I just felt like if...if I was going to be in one accord with my
people that they might have to take the same tour that I took and look around
at the same sights that I saw.
God, please just help it to be real to us.
Help us to realize that David Letterman and Jay Leno just aren’t that
funny. The sitcoms and the TV shows and
the movies just aren’t that cool. The
rock music just isn’t that great anymore when we realize that there is a far
greater purpose for our lives; to win souls to Jesus Christ.
Oh what a glorious day it is going to be. I
can’t wait to get to heaven. Man, I am
excited about seeing Jesus. But do you
know what? Almost as much as I am
excited about seeing Jesus I feel like I already know Jesus because I got the
Bible right here. I mean, it is pretty
much the same thing, the Word made flesh is Jesus.
But, God, almost as much as I am excited
about seeing Jesus, I can’t wait to personally see every person that I have won
to Christ. That’s the one...that is what
heaven his. It is not the golden
streets. It is not the golden
streets. It is not the pearly gates that
I am looking for. I am looking forward
to putting my hand in the hand of every single person that I have won to Christ
in my life and shaking their hand and looking them in the eye and knowing that
Jesus and I, we are co laborers together and that person is in heaven because
of my life and that my life meant something to God. That is what heaven is to me. It is going to be see Jesus and to see every
person that I have won to Christ. What a glorious day that is going to be, Father.
Help us to live our lives with eternity’s
values in view, forget the things that are seen which are temporal and think
about the things that are eternal, dear God, and to love you supremely, take
inventory of every part of our life. We love you and in Jesus’ name I