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June 29, 2020
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In this compelling message; Pastor Robert uncovers the very real nature of hell and explains who it’s for; what it’s like; and what we can do about it.

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  • PASTOR ROBERT MORRIS: Remember,I told you a few weeks ago,
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  • but I'm going to actuallyshow you the scripture.
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  • Hell was notcreated for you.
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  • Why I showed you the scriptureof Isaiah 5 that shows us
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  • that because mandecided to follow Satan.
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  • Hell had to be enlarged.
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  • ♪ ♪
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  • PASTOR ROBERT: The first week,I talked about a tough question.
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  • The second week,some easy questions.
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  • If you haven't heard those,go back and listen
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  • or get the CD's.
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  • This week I'm calling it,"A Tough Message."
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  • Because I'm going to talk to youabout Hell and it's a tough
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  • message for meto talk about.
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  • I believe it was also atough message for Jesus.
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  • But Jesus didpreach about Hell.
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  • Jesus actually preachedabout Hell 33 times.
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  • He talked more about Hellthen He did about Heaven.
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  • That's pretty amazing.
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  • And I believe He did becauseHe didn't want anyone to go.
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  • So, think about this, He hada three-year ministry and He
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  • preached on Hell 33 times.
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  • So, almost once a month Hewould bring a message on Hell.
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  • You might not have wanted toattend His church because you
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  • have heard so much.
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  • But why did he didit -- why he do that?
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  • He had to just been filledwith compassion to keep people
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  • from going tothis difficult place.
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  • The Bible talks about Hell167 times, 167 times.
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  • Yet, many Theologians, manyPastors, many denominations
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  • are distancing themselvesfrom Hell today and even denying
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  • the existence of it.
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  • And in a recent survey manypeople said they do not believe
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  • in a literal Hell.
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  • As a matter of fact, ina survey I read 35% of Baptist,
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  • 54% of Presbyterians,58% of Methodist,
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  • and 60% of Episcopaliansdo not believe
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  • in a literal Hell.
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  • But the Bible talks about it167 times and Jesus preached
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  • 33 messages on Hellthat we know of.
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  • That we have recorded inscripture, maybe more.
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  • In my opinion, to deny theexistence of Hell is to deny
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  • Jesus Christ and to deny theBible because Jesus told
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  • us about this.
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  • There are four groups --just to give you a little --
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  • before we go to Luke 16.
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  • Four groups of people if youdeny the existence of Hell
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  • you fall into one ofthese four groups.
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  • The first group are Atheist.
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  • Atheist do not believe inHell because they do not
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  • believe in God.
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  • They believe that we evolvefrom nothing and that once
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  • we die we cease to exist.
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  • Now I want to make astatement here this might
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  • shock you.
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  • Atheist don'tbelieve in God.
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  • I don't believe in Atheist.
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  • I actually believe that it'sscientifically impossible
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  • to be an Atheist.
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  • Atheist make the statement,"There is no God."
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  • And the reason it'sscientifically impossible
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  • to be an Atheist is because inorder to make the statement,
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  • "There is no God," you wouldhave to possess all knowledge.
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  • You have to know everythingto be able to say emphatically,
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  • "There is no God."
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  • And scientist tell usthe smartest human being
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  • probably possesses2% of all knowledge.
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  • So, you really can'tbe an Atheist,
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  • but you can be an Agnostic.
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  • So that an Atheist andAgnostics don't believe in Hell.
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  • Here's the second group,Annihilationist,
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  • don't believe in Hell.
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  • Now here's whatthey believe.
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  • They believe that believersgo to Heaven, but unbelievers
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  • are annihilated.
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  • And some even believe thatthey are annihilated in Hell.
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  • They use Matthew 10:28 whichsays, "Fear him who can destroy
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  • both body and soul in Hell."
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  • Destroy they use the word,"Destroy," for their
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  • annihilationist theory.
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  • Now let me tell youwhy that's wrong.
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  • You can't take yourinterpretation of one verse
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  • and build a doctrine on it.
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  • You have to take the wholescripture and the whole
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  • scripture teachesus of Hell.
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  • So, annihilationist wouldnot be a scriptural
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  • viewpoint either.
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  • The other group that -- thethird group
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  • are ultimate reconciliationist.
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  • Ultimate reconciliationistbelieve that ultimately
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  • everyone will bereconciled to God.
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  • That people do go to Hell,but they only go to Hell
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  • dependent upon how badthey were on Earth.
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  • In other words, if you werevery bad you would spend
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  • more time.
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  • That Hell is a purifyingplace that purifies us
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  • in to be able to go to Heaven.
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  • They actually believe thatSatan would ultimately
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  • be reconciled to God.
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  • And then the fourthgroup are Universalists.
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  • They're actually manypopular preachers today
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  • that are becoming Universalistsbecause they are misunderstand,
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  • and they've taken that twistedquestion that I answered first,
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  • "How could a loving God sendsomeone to Hell?"
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  • And I've already answered thatquestion.
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  • But they take that and say,"Because of that when Jesus
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  • died on the cross He paid theprice for everyone's sin," --
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  • which He did, "but youstill have a choice."
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  • They take free will completelyout of the equation
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  • and everyone is goingto go to Heaven.
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  • Adolf Hitler willgo to Heaven.
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  • The terroristswill go to Heaven.
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  • As a matter of fact, if youtake Universalism to its
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  • 'nth degree here's ananalogy about that.
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  • The terrorist of 9/11 whenthey hit those buildings
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  • the believers on the plane andterrorists were immediately
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  • in the presence of God.
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  • That's whatUniversalism say.
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  • And, you know, I thinkthat's foolishness.
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  • So, Luke 16 Jesustells us about Hell.
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  • I need to tell you somethingabout this passage
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  • before we read it.
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  • And that is many peopledon't understand this,
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  • this is a true story.
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  • This is true whatJesus tell us.
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  • Here are some reasons why.
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  • It doesn't say -- and Hespoke this parable to them.
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  • And Luke 16 talks aboutdifferent parables and even
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  • has a parable at thebeginning of the chapter.
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  • But by the time you get hereit's not a parable
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  • 'cause it does not -- that hespoke this parable.
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  • Also, it's not a simile thatJesus isn't saying,
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  • "It is like, it is like, it islike." He is telling us a true
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  • story and we know it's truebecause of a couple of things.
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  • And first of all, he says,"There was a certain rich man."
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  • This word "Certain"means individual or specific.
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  • There was an individual,specific, rich man I'm telling
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  • you about right now.
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  • And then He says, "There wasa certain beggar," --
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  • now listen to what He says,"Named Lazarus."
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  • Okay, Jesus wouldn't havemade up a name.
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  • Now let me explain one otherthing two because I got some
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  • questions lastnight afterwards.
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  • This is not the same Lazarusthat he raised from the dead.
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  • Okay?
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  • It's a common name, like, John,but it's not the same person.
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  • Okay?
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  • So, this is another person.
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  • All right let'sread the story.
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  • Luke 16:19: "There wascertain rich man who was clothed
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  • in purple and fine linen andfared sumptuously every day.
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  • But there was a certainbeggar named Lazarus full
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  • of sores who waslaid at his gate.
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  • Desiring to be fed with thecrumbs which fell from
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  • the rich man's table.
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  • Moreover, the dogs cameand licked his sores.
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  • And so, it was that thebeggar died and was carried
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  • by the angels," nowwatch this carefully.
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  • This is Jesus talking, "toAbraham's bosom."
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  • okay let's talk justfor a moment.
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  • Was Abraham a real person?
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  • Okay, he's talkingabout real people.
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  • "The rich man also died andwas buried and being
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  • in torment," I want you toremember the word, "Torment"
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  • because a variation of thatword is in this passage
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  • four times.
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  • That's -- this is thefirst reference, okay.
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  • "Being in torment in Hades,"and Hades is the Greek word
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  • for Hell.
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  • Okay, so this is Hell.
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  • They just used theGreek word there.
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  • "He lifted up his eyes andsaw Abraham," a real person,
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  • afar off, "andLazarus," a real person,
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  • "in his bosom.
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  • Then he cried and said,'Father Abraham have mercy
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  • on me and send Lazarus thathe may get the tip of his finger
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  • in water and cool my tongue forI am tormented.'"
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  • there's the second timewe see a variation of that word,
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  • "in this flame."remember the word "Flame"
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  • this is Jesus talking now.
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  • He describes Hell as aplace of torment and flame.
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  • "But Abraham said, 'Sonremember that in your lifetime
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  • you received good things andlikewise Lazarus evil things,
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  • but now he is comforted, and youare tormented,"
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  • third time wesee the variation of that word.
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  • And besides all this betweenus and you there's a great
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  • gulf fixed so thatthose who would want to pass
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  • from here to you cannot.
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  • Nor, can those fromthere pass to us.
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  • Then he said, "I beg youtherefore father that you would
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  • send him to my father's housefor I have five brothers
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  • that he may testify to them lessthey also come to this place
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  • of torment." fourth time.
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  • "Abraham said to him, 'Theyhave Moses and Prophets
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  • let them hear them.
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  • And he said, 'No, fatherAbraham, but if one goes to them
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  • from the dead they will repent."but he said to him:
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  • "If they do not hearMoses and the Prophets neither
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  • will they be persuaded the onerise from the dead."
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  • Yeah, I first --a few things I want to tell you
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  • about this.
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  • Jesus is talking.
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  • And the first thing I wantyou to know is this ends all
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  • debate on theexistence of Hell.
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  • Because Jesus is referringto a specific man and He says
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  • in Verse 23: "In Hell.
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  • In Hell."
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  • He's referring to a person.
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  • And Jesus says, "He's in Hell."
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  • This also ends all debate onwhether it's a place of fire.
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  • Because Jesus says,"In this flame."
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  • Now listen to me carefully.
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  • 32 times the New Testamentrefers to Hell as fire --
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  • a place of fire.
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  • Unquenchable, everlasting,eternal fire.
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  • Lake of, flame of,furnace of, okay.
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  • And 19 times Jesus himselfrefers to Hell as fire.
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  • And this also ends alldebate on whether it's a place
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  • of torment or notbecause we have the word --
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  • or variation of the word,"Torment" four times.
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  • The Greek word here fortorment has three meanings.
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  • It would be like when youlook up a word in Webster's
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  • dictionary and it has two orthree different meanings.
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  • That's what the Greekword here --
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  • it has three meanings.
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  • The first is acute painfrom debilitating disease.
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  • Acute pain fromdebilitating disease.
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  • The second is actually thename of a -- a rack of torture
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  • that they invented,and they gave it this name --
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  • the name that istranslated torment here.
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  • That's what they called it.
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  • It was a rack that had sharpobjects that they would stretch
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  • a body on and continue tostretch it around it.
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  • Until eventually the sharpobjects would pierce the body
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  • and the person woulddie from the piercings.
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  • And the third, is describingfire that is hot enough
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  • to melt metals.
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  • So, I want you to understandthese three definitions
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  • of this word torture are acutepain, a rack of torture,
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  • and intense fire.
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  • That's the word Jesus used.
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  • So, according to this thatJesus tells us we can discern
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  • a few things aboutwhat happens to a person
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  • when he goes to Hell.
  • 00:11:03.611 --> 00:11:04.846
  • So, I want to give you threethings that happens to a person
  • 00:11:04.946 --> 00:11:07.515
  • when he goes to Hell.
  • 00:11:07.615 --> 00:11:08.783
  • Here's number one,he desires comfort.
  • 00:11:08.883 --> 00:11:11.853
  • He desires comfort.
  • 00:11:11.953 --> 00:11:13.288
  • Send Lazarus said, "He maydip the tip of his finger
  • 00:11:13.388 --> 00:11:16.091
  • in water.
  • 00:11:16.191 --> 00:11:17.425
  • That I may cool my tongue for Iam tormented in this flame."
  • 00:11:17.525 --> 00:11:22.130
  • I want you to noticethat he didn't say,
  • 00:11:22.230 --> 00:11:23.932
  • "Could I have a bucket of water?
  • 00:11:24.032 --> 00:11:25.333
  • Or could I havea cup of water?"
  • 00:11:25.433 --> 00:11:27.135
  • And he didn't even say thathe might dip his finger.
  • 00:11:27.235 --> 00:11:31.005
  • He said, "That he might dipthe tip of his finger in water
  • 00:11:31.106 --> 00:11:35.477
  • and cool my tongue."Remember I told you this a few
  • 00:11:35.577 --> 00:11:38.279
  • weeks ago, but I'm goingto actually show you
  • 00:11:38.379 --> 00:11:40.081
  • the scripture, "Hell wasnot created for you.
  • 00:11:40.181 --> 00:11:43.685
  • Hell was not created for you."
  • 00:11:43.785 --> 00:11:45.253
  • Why I showed you the scripture
  • 00:11:45.353 --> 00:11:46.888
  • of Isaiah 5 that shows us thatbecause man decided to follow
  • 00:11:46.988 --> 00:11:50.525
  • Satan, Hell had to be enlarged.
  • 00:11:50.625 --> 00:11:53.027
  • It was enlargedby necessity.
  • 00:11:53.128 --> 00:11:54.896
  • Not by design.
  • 00:11:54.996 --> 00:11:56.197
  • But notice -- here's thescripture that shows you Hell
  • 00:11:56.297 --> 00:11:58.533
  • was notprepared for you.
  • 00:11:58.633 --> 00:11:59.901
  • Matthew 25:41: "Then youwill also say to those
  • 00:12:00.001 --> 00:12:02.737
  • on the left-hand depart fromme you cursed into
  • 00:12:02.837 --> 00:12:05.840
  • the everlasting," noticeagain it's not -- this blows
  • 00:12:05.940 --> 00:12:08.543
  • away Annihilationist theorythat it's only a brief time,
  • 00:12:08.643 --> 00:12:11.579
  • "fire," fire, it is fire,"Watched prepared for the Devil
  • 00:12:11.679 --> 00:12:17.018
  • and his angels."And that's Jesus talking.
  • 00:12:17.118 --> 00:12:19.487
  • Okay, "Hell was not preparedfor you."
  • 00:12:19.587 --> 00:12:22.056
  • Now I want to make a statement.
  • 00:12:22.157 --> 00:12:22.991
  • I want you to remember this.
  • 00:12:23.091 --> 00:12:24.225
  • Jesus did not prepare Hellfor you, but He did prepare
  • 00:12:24.325 --> 00:12:27.762
  • Heaven for you.
  • 00:12:27.862 --> 00:12:30.165
  • John 14, he said, "I'm goingto prepare a place for you."
  • 00:12:30.265 --> 00:12:34.602
  • Isn't that agreat statement?
  • 00:12:34.702 --> 00:12:35.804
  • He did not prepareHell for you.
  • 00:12:35.904 --> 00:12:37.405
  • He prepared Heaven for you.
  • 00:12:37.505 --> 00:12:38.940
  • So, number one aman desires comfort.
  • 00:12:39.040 --> 00:12:41.376
  • Number two, heexpresses concern.
  • 00:12:41.476 --> 00:12:44.245
  • He immediately says, "Pleasesend him to my brothers.
  • 00:12:44.345 --> 00:12:48.616
  • My father's house.
  • 00:12:48.716 --> 00:12:49.684
  • I have five brothers." Okay,every person will
  • 00:12:49.784 --> 00:12:51.953
  • have this thought at some point.
  • 00:12:52.053 --> 00:12:53.154
  • I hope my kidsdon't come here.
  • 00:12:53.254 --> 00:12:55.957
  • I hope my spousedoesn't come here.
  • 00:12:56.057 --> 00:12:58.359
  • And they might even havea thought like this.
  • 00:12:58.459 --> 00:13:00.695
  • Maybe, maybe -- and theymight bring --
  • 00:13:00.795 --> 00:13:03.598
  • they'll not remember thatyou go to church.
  • 00:13:03.698 --> 00:13:06.267
  • Or that you're a believer.
  • 00:13:06.367 --> 00:13:07.468
  • And so, they might think,"Well maybe at Christmas
  • 00:13:07.569 --> 00:13:11.539
  • I know Bill is a believer.
  • 00:13:11.639 --> 00:13:13.341
  • I know Mary is a believer.
  • 00:13:13.441 --> 00:13:14.309
  • I know Sue is a believer.
  • 00:13:14.409 --> 00:13:15.510
  • I know Jim is a believer.
  • 00:13:15.610 --> 00:13:17.045
  • Maybe at Christmas Sue willtell my children about
  • 00:13:17.145 --> 00:13:21.482
  • this place."
  • 00:13:21.583 --> 00:13:22.750
  • And then I wonder, I wonder ifhe will have this thought,
  • 00:13:22.851 --> 00:13:27.222
  • "She probably won't tell mychildren because
  • 00:13:27.322 --> 00:13:30.959
  • she didn't tell me."
  • 00:13:31.059 --> 00:13:34.229
  • I remember arguments about who Ivoted for,
  • 00:13:34.329 --> 00:13:38.099
  • but I don't rememberher ever telling me that this
  • 00:13:38.199 --> 00:13:40.635
  • was where I would go and that itwas easy to avoid this place.
  • 00:13:40.735 --> 00:13:46.674
  • That if I would simply givecontrol of my life to Jesus
  • 00:13:46.774 --> 00:13:49.544
  • Christ I could haveavoided this place.
  • 00:13:49.644 --> 00:13:52.013
  • So, every person desirescomfort, expresses concern,
  • 00:13:52.113 --> 00:13:57.018
  • and here's number three,he seeks consolation.
  • 00:13:57.118 --> 00:14:00.421
  • He seeks consolation.
  • 00:14:00.521 --> 00:14:01.623
  • Here's what he said -- hetries to tell himself
  • 00:14:01.723 --> 00:14:03.725
  • if someone would gofrom the dead.
  • 00:14:03.825 --> 00:14:06.394
  • If someone would rise fromthe dead and tell them maybe
  • 00:14:06.494 --> 00:14:11.199
  • they would believe.
  • 00:14:11.299 --> 00:14:12.233
  • I'm sure they would believe.
  • 00:14:12.333 --> 00:14:13.668
  • Abraham says this, "Listen theyhave Moses and the Prophets."
  • 00:14:13.768 --> 00:14:17.005
  • Now you need tounderstand what Moses
  • 00:14:17.105 --> 00:14:18.406
  • and the Prophets meansin the Bible.
  • 00:14:18.506 --> 00:14:20.074
  • Moses wrote the first fivebooks of the Old Testament.
  • 00:14:20.174 --> 00:14:22.710
  • The Prophets wrotethe other books.
  • 00:14:22.810 --> 00:14:24.445
  • We call them the majorand minor Prophets.
  • 00:14:24.545 --> 00:14:26.414
  • It's the way we woulddivide
  • 00:14:26.514 --> 00:14:28.049
  • the Old Testament theologically.
  • 00:14:28.149 --> 00:14:31.552
  • And understand at this pointthere's no New Testament.
  • 00:14:31.653 --> 00:14:35.623
  • So, when they say -- when hesays, "If they don't believe
  • 00:14:35.723 --> 00:14:37.892
  • Moses on the Prophets," he'sreferring to the Bible.
  • 00:14:37.992 --> 00:14:40.228
  • He's saying, "If they won'tbelieve the Bible," and listen
  • 00:14:40.328 --> 00:14:42.263
  • to what he says, "If they won'tbelieve the Bible they won't
  • 00:14:42.363 --> 00:14:44.766
  • believe even if one were to risefrom the grave."
  • 00:14:44.866 --> 00:14:49.671
  • Listen carefully,Jesus did rise from the grave.
  • 00:14:49.771 --> 00:14:53.107
  • That's a direct reference.
  • 00:14:53.207 --> 00:14:54.742
  • He did rise from the grave.
  • 00:14:54.842 --> 00:14:56.077
  • So, if they don't believethe Bible they wouldn't believe
  • 00:14:56.177 --> 00:14:58.780
  • even if one wereto rise from the grave.
  • 00:14:58.880 --> 00:15:00.815
  • And He did.
  • 00:15:00.915 --> 00:15:01.983
  • Now this story is describingHell before
  • 00:15:02.083 --> 00:15:05.286
  • the resurrection of Christ.
  • 00:15:05.386 --> 00:15:07.155
  • You need to understand thatevery person that died before
  • 00:15:07.255 --> 00:15:09.390
  • the resurrection of Christ wentto a place of "Waiting".
  • 00:15:09.490 --> 00:15:12.493
  • There were two compartmentswith a chasm between.
  • 00:15:12.593 --> 00:15:15.930
  • One was Hell wherepeople were tormented.
  • 00:15:16.030 --> 00:15:19.634
  • The other though, was Abraham'sbosom is what it was called.
  • 00:15:19.734 --> 00:15:22.570
  • It was a place of waiting forOld Testament Saints.
  • 00:15:22.670 --> 00:15:25.506
  • And the Bible says thatbefore Jesus ascended into
  • 00:15:25.606 --> 00:15:28.076
  • Heaven, he descended intothe lower parts and led all
  • 00:15:28.176 --> 00:15:31.646
  • of those Old TestamentSaints to Paradise.
  • 00:15:31.746 --> 00:15:33.748
  • Remember He said, "Even tothe thief today you will
  • 00:15:33.848 --> 00:15:36.117
  • be with me in Paradise."
  • 00:15:36.217 --> 00:15:37.518
  • Okay, so He leads them outof there.
  • 00:15:37.618 --> 00:15:39.754
  • So, this is talking about itbefore the resurrection
  • 00:15:39.854 --> 00:15:41.489
  • of Christ.
  • 00:15:41.589 --> 00:15:42.657
  • There is also a future Hellafter the second coming.
  • 00:15:42.757 --> 00:15:46.661
  • And the Bible tell us somethings about future Hell
  • 00:15:46.761 --> 00:15:49.697
  • that you need to understand.
  • 00:15:49.797 --> 00:15:52.000
  • I'm going to tell you somethings that will help you
  • 00:15:52.100 --> 00:15:54.068
  • to understand what eternalHell will be like.
  • 00:15:54.168 --> 00:15:57.205
  • And I'll give you thescripture to prove it to
  • 00:15:57.305 --> 00:15:58.606
  • you, okay.
  • 00:15:58.706 --> 00:15:59.874
  • First of all, there are twophysical properties on Earth
  • 00:15:59.974 --> 00:16:04.145
  • that keep usmentally stable.
  • 00:16:04.245 --> 00:16:06.547
  • All right.
  • 00:16:06.647 --> 00:16:07.715
  • Two physical properties thatkeep us mentally stable.
  • 00:16:07.815 --> 00:16:10.618
  • This a scientific fact.
  • 00:16:10.718 --> 00:16:11.886
  • Light and solid.
  • 00:16:11.986 --> 00:16:13.688
  • Light and solid.
  • 00:16:13.788 --> 00:16:15.056
  • Light helps us togain our bearings.
  • 00:16:15.156 --> 00:16:17.625
  • If we can just see wherewe're going, what we're doing.
  • 00:16:17.725 --> 00:16:20.995
  • Even blind people many timescan see light and dark because
  • 00:16:21.095 --> 00:16:25.033
  • when the light turnson in the room many times
  • 00:16:25.133 --> 00:16:27.135
  • and keeps them stable.
  • 00:16:27.235 --> 00:16:28.870
  • Please understand thatlight is not in Hell.
  • 00:16:28.970 --> 00:16:32.540
  • The Bible describes Hell asa place of utter darkness
  • 00:16:32.640 --> 00:16:35.676
  • or outer darkness.
  • 00:16:35.777 --> 00:16:36.911
  • Matthew 8 describes Hell:"Complete total darkness."
  • 00:16:37.011 --> 00:16:40.181
  • As a matter of fact, theGreek word means blackness.
  • 00:16:40.281 --> 00:16:43.418
  • Total darkness.
  • 00:16:43.518 --> 00:16:44.652
  • Please understand you willnever -- listen Satan has so
  • 00:16:44.752 --> 00:16:46.888
  • lied that Hellis going to be some big party.
  • 00:16:46.988 --> 00:16:49.090
  • You'll never see anyone.
  • 00:16:49.190 --> 00:16:51.292
  • You will never seeanother person.
  • 00:16:51.392 --> 00:16:52.794
  • And you'll nevertalk to them.
  • 00:16:52.894 --> 00:16:53.995
  • The reason he did in thisstory -- remember this
  • 00:16:54.095 --> 00:16:55.830
  • is before the resurrection.
  • 00:16:55.930 --> 00:16:57.165
  • This is not eternal Hell.
  • 00:16:57.265 --> 00:16:58.599
  • You will never see ortalk to any other person.
  • 00:16:58.699 --> 00:17:01.469
  • So, there's nolight in Hell.
  • 00:17:01.569 --> 00:17:03.504
  • The reason there's light inHeaven -- Revelation 21 tell us:
  • 00:17:03.604 --> 00:17:06.808
  • "That there's no sunin Heaven", Did you know?
  • 00:17:06.908 --> 00:17:09.043
  • There's no sun becausethe lamb is the light.
  • 00:17:09.143 --> 00:17:11.512
  • The reason there's no lightin Hell is because God takes
  • 00:17:11.612 --> 00:17:14.148
  • His presence from Hell.
  • 00:17:14.248 --> 00:17:15.750
  • So, there's no light.
  • 00:17:15.850 --> 00:17:17.051
  • Here's the second thing,solid, in other words being
  • 00:17:17.151 --> 00:17:19.554
  • able to hold something.
  • 00:17:19.654 --> 00:17:20.755
  • Grab something.
  • 00:17:20.855 --> 00:17:21.789
  • Keeps us mentallystable on this Earth.
  • 00:17:21.889 --> 00:17:24.625
  • Being able to sit down, orwalk, or touch something.
  • 00:17:24.725 --> 00:17:27.328
  • Hell is describedRevelation 9:11.17.20.
  • 00:17:27.428 --> 00:17:32.533
  • Okay Revelation 9:11.17.20tell us that:
  • 00:17:32.633 --> 00:17:36.804
  • "Hell is a bottomless pit.
  • 00:17:36.904 --> 00:17:40.241
  • You will nevertouch anything.
  • 00:17:40.341 --> 00:17:42.510
  • You will never sit down.
  • 00:17:42.610 --> 00:17:43.811
  • You will never stand.
  • 00:17:43.911 --> 00:17:45.179
  • No matter how hard youlunge, you will never be able
  • 00:17:45.279 --> 00:17:48.583
  • to touch anything else."
  • 00:17:48.683 --> 00:17:50.518
  • Those two physical propertiesare not in Hell.
  • 00:17:50.618 --> 00:17:52.987
  • They keep usmentally stable.
  • 00:17:53.087 --> 00:17:55.056
  • There are two emotionalproperties that keep us
  • 00:17:55.156 --> 00:17:58.526
  • emotionally stableon this Earth.
  • 00:17:58.626 --> 00:18:00.661
  • Rest and hope.
  • 00:18:00.761 --> 00:18:02.263
  • And I know many of you thinkrest is a physical property,
  • 00:18:02.363 --> 00:18:05.199
  • which it is, but it's alsoan emotional property
  • 00:18:05.299 --> 00:18:09.070
  • because rest keepsus emotionally stable.
  • 00:18:09.170 --> 00:18:11.205
  • Think about how grumpy youget when you get tired.
  • 00:18:11.305 --> 00:18:15.343
  • We have a littlesaying in my house.
  • 00:18:15.443 --> 00:18:16.711
  • My wife will say to me, "Youneed a nap."
  • 00:18:16.811 --> 00:18:21.249
  • And she says that to hergrandkids as well.
  • 00:18:21.349 --> 00:18:22.984
  • And the grandkids and Ihave to go take a nap.
  • 00:18:23.084 --> 00:18:25.419
  • So -- when we get tiredwe begin to lose it emotionally.
  • 00:18:25.520 --> 00:18:32.326
  • And think about if you'velost a person close to you.
  • 00:18:32.426 --> 00:18:35.596
  • How tired you are and peoplearound you will say to you,
  • 00:18:35.696 --> 00:18:38.766
  • "You need to get some rest.
  • 00:18:38.866 --> 00:18:40.434
  • You need to get some rest."
  • 00:18:40.535 --> 00:18:42.069
  • And we know on this Earth if wecan just rest for sometimes
  • 00:18:42.170 --> 00:18:45.907
  • just a few moments then we canhandle what we're
  • 00:18:46.007 --> 00:18:49.177
  • going through emotionally.
  • 00:18:49.277 --> 00:18:51.078
  • Revelations 14:11 says, "Onthe smoke of their torment
  • 00:18:51.179 --> 00:18:54.582
  • ascends forever and everand they have no rest.
  • 00:18:54.682 --> 00:18:59.053
  • Day or night."
  • 00:18:59.153 --> 00:19:00.721
  • No rest.
  • 00:19:00.821 --> 00:19:02.023
  • So, there's no rest.
  • 00:19:02.123 --> 00:19:03.191
  • And the second emotionallyproperty that is not
  • 00:19:03.291 --> 00:19:04.692
  • in Hell is hope.
  • 00:19:04.792 --> 00:19:07.428
  • There's no hope.
  • 00:19:07.528 --> 00:19:08.930
  • On this Earth we always havehope that it can get better.
  • 00:19:09.030 --> 00:19:12.500
  • Do you realize that a personwho commits suicide is a person
  • 00:19:12.600 --> 00:19:16.504
  • whom Satan has convinced thatsomething is true on Earth
  • 00:19:16.604 --> 00:19:20.441
  • that is actually true in Hell?
  • 00:19:20.541 --> 00:19:23.344
  • He's convinced that personthat you have no hope.
  • 00:19:23.444 --> 00:19:25.513
  • And on Earth you always havehope because you're alive
  • 00:19:25.613 --> 00:19:27.982
  • and you can turn to God.
  • 00:19:28.082 --> 00:19:29.550
  • But in Hell there's no hope.
  • 00:19:29.650 --> 00:19:31.786
  • Every person who goes toHell will at some point have
  • 00:19:31.886 --> 00:19:35.156
  • a thought something like this:"When I have been here
  • 00:19:35.256 --> 00:19:40.061
  • 10.000 centuries I will nothave one less second to be
  • 00:19:40.161 --> 00:19:50.671
  • in this place because Hellis forever."
  • 00:19:50.771 --> 00:19:54.775
  • And there's one thing I want totell you about Hell that comes
  • 00:19:54.875 --> 00:19:57.979
  • directly from Jesus theway He described it.
  • 00:19:58.079 --> 00:20:00.581
  • Jesus used a word todescribe Hell that no person
  • 00:20:00.681 --> 00:20:03.818
  • had ever used.
  • 00:20:03.918 --> 00:20:05.453
  • And the Jewish people understoodwhat he was talking about.
  • 00:20:05.553 --> 00:20:08.222
  • He used the "Gehenna".
  • 00:20:08.322 --> 00:20:10.625
  • Gehenna means thevalley of Henna.
  • 00:20:10.725 --> 00:20:15.263
  • It is a valley that is southof the old city Jerusalem.
  • 00:20:15.363 --> 00:20:18.065
  • If you are in the King Davidcitadel you can see
  • 00:20:18.165 --> 00:20:21.102
  • the old city and the North,you see two valleys.
  • 00:20:21.202 --> 00:20:26.207
  • The North valley and theSouth that actually
  • 00:20:26.307 --> 00:20:27.842
  • come together, up at Westernside of the city right in front
  • 00:20:27.942 --> 00:20:31.045
  • of the Western wall.
  • 00:20:31.145 --> 00:20:32.813
  • That valley on the Southsideof Jerusalem is called Gehenna.
  • 00:20:32.913 --> 00:20:37.285
  • That valley there was alwaysa continual fire in that valley.
  • 00:20:37.385 --> 00:20:41.956
  • They would burn therefuse from the city.
  • 00:20:42.056 --> 00:20:45.359
  • But when they went a droughtseason when poor people
  • 00:20:45.459 --> 00:20:49.664
  • would die and did not haveenough money to be buried
  • 00:20:49.764 --> 00:20:53.267
  • they began burning the bodies ofpoor people in that valley.
  • 00:20:53.367 --> 00:21:00.341
  • So, you could smellflesh burning.
  • 00:21:00.441 --> 00:21:04.679
  • But there's somethingelse that happened.
  • 00:21:04.779 --> 00:21:06.447
  • When they were taken out ofthe land -- the captivity
  • 00:21:06.547 --> 00:21:08.349
  • they learned of Babylonianand Chaldean practice
  • 00:21:08.449 --> 00:21:12.720
  • and that was offering theirchildren to the god of Molech.
  • 00:21:12.820 --> 00:21:17.558
  • And we know, the Bible tellsus specifically two kings
  • 00:21:17.658 --> 00:21:20.795
  • did this.
  • 00:21:20.895 --> 00:21:21.796
  • Manasseh and Ahaboffered their children,
  • 00:21:21.896 --> 00:21:25.266
  • burned their childrenin the valley of Henna.
  • 00:21:25.366 --> 00:21:29.870
  • And I told you it'sa tough message.
  • 00:21:29.970 --> 00:21:31.706
  • What I'm about to tellyou is very difficult.
  • 00:21:31.806 --> 00:21:35.776
  • They made their childrenwalk into the fire alive.
  • 00:21:35.876 --> 00:21:41.282
  • And they burned them alive.
  • 00:21:41.382 --> 00:21:43.484
  • Sometimes they even used whipsto drive them into the fire.
  • 00:21:43.584 --> 00:21:49.256
  • And Jesus used a phrasethat every Jewish person
  • 00:21:49.357 --> 00:21:52.493
  • understood describing Hell.
  • 00:21:52.593 --> 00:21:56.530
  • He said, "It islike Gahenna.
  • 00:21:56.630 --> 00:21:59.900
  • Where there is," -- andyou've heard this phrase,
  • 00:22:00.000 --> 00:22:01.736
  • which you might not knowwhere it came from,
  • 00:22:01.836 --> 00:22:04.071
  • "Where there is weeping andwailing and gnashing of teeth."
  • 00:22:04.171 --> 00:22:11.712
  • These young boys and girls wouldbe so afraid and in so much pain
  • 00:22:11.812 --> 00:22:19.453
  • they would weep andwail and gnash their teeth
  • 00:22:19.553 --> 00:22:23.891
  • together while theywere burned alive.
  • 00:22:23.991 --> 00:22:28.329
  • And Jesus said, "I'm tryingto tell you the best I can
  • 00:22:28.429 --> 00:22:34.668
  • about this place, soyou don't go there.
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  • Now I want to give you aludicrous illustration.
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  • It's ludicrous.
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  • If you were to drive hometoday and your neighbors
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  • house was on fire,what would you do?
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  • We'd all do the same thing.
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  • We would immediatelycall 911.
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  • And if it were safe to do sowe would enter the house
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  • to try to see if anyonewas still in the house.
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  • The reason I said this isludicrous is none of you
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  • would see your neighborshouse on fire and pull into
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  • your garage and have thethought,
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  • "Someone else will tell them."
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  • Someone will tell them."
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  • And even this thought maybe.
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  • And I don't mean this in ajoking way, but listen we
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  • wouldn't have the thought,"Oh, I'll just pray for them."
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  • And I believe in prayer.
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  • I believe in prayer.
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  • That's the first step whenit comes to witnessing
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  • is praying.
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  • But the second step isthat you got to tell them.
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  • You know, Romans 10 says,"Whoever calls on the name
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  • of the Lord will be saved."But how can they call on Him
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  • whom they've not heard?
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  • And how can they hearunless someone tells them?
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  • We have to tell them.
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  • So, hear me.
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  • Your neighbors house is noton fire, but your neighbor is.
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  • If he doesn't know the Lordaccording to the Bible,
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  • he will go to a place of fireand a place of torment
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  • for all eternity.
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  • PASTOR ROBERT: I know thatthis is a very difficult
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  • subject to talk about,but I want to remind you
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  • that God did not createHell for human beings.
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  • He created Hell for angelsthat rebelled against Him.
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  • And yet because of the choicesthat we've made we could
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  • be on our way to Hell.
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  • But here's the good newsbecause of a choice
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  • that we can make we can beon our way to Heaven.
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  • You do not haveto go to Hell.
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  • You can go to Heaven bysimply accepting Jesus Christ
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  • as your Lord and Savior.
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  • Jesus died on the crossto pay for our sins.
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  • We could never pay for ourown sins and yet he did that.
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  • And it is a free gift.
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  • Salvation is afree gift from God.
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  • And you could receiveJesus Christ right now.
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  • Just tell him rightnow while I'm talking.
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  • Tell him, "Jesus I receiveyou as my Lord and my Savior."
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  • And if you did that we wouldlove to hear from you.
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  • And we would love to sendyou some material that will help
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  • you in your new lifewith Jesus Christ
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  • as your Lord and your Savior.
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  • Thanks for watching.
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  • I'll see you next time.
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  • ANNOUNCER: We're so glad thatyou joined us
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  • for today's program, and we hopethat you enjoyed
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  • this important and timelymessage from Pastor Robert.
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  • The afterlife is mysterious, andcan often be scary
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  • and overwhelming to think about.
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  • Just the thought of it raisesquestion after question.
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  • What's Heaven like?
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  • Is there a literal Hell?
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  • Is there a judgement?
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  • What about the second coming?
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  • How can you know for sure?
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  • In this five-part series, "TheEnd: What Happens Next"
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  • Pastor Robert reveals theanswers to these questions
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  • and so many more so that you canbegin living a life
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  • that truly matters.
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  • will determine how you live.
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  • wonderful kids,or the ideal job.
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  • When God changes your heart,you'll discover
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  • that there is so muchmore to life.
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  • "The Secretsof Living Your Best Life."
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