Ask the counselors: Is hell a place?

Q and AJanene’s Question: Can you please tell me if hell is a place, then when did God create it?
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Dear Janene,
What a great question and one I’m sure many people have had.
Yes, hell is a real place. Jesus talked about the dangers of hell more than He talked about heaven. In the Sermon on the Mount alone (Matt. 5-7), He talked about it numerous times. In Luke 16, with the story of the rich man and Lazarus, Jesus gives us a great deal of detail about hell and its finality. The rich man begged for even a drop of water on his tongue and when he realized there would be no relief for him, begged Abraham to send someone to warn his brothers before they ended up there, too.
We must also ask ourselves why Jesus would have come and suffered the horrible death He endured unless there was something very real from which we needed to be saved.
As far as when God created hell, I don’t believe the Bible makes any reference to when He created either heaven or hell. It appears they both predated the creation account. But Matthew 25.41 says it was a place prepared for the devil and his angels.
I hope that helps.
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September 16 “The Rapture or the Tribulation?”

sky, sun, cloudsThere will be a day when, “… the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout … we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air …” (1 Thess. 4.16-17). There will also be those who think they’re ok with God because of all the things they have done. They may be religious, but will realize too late that they were not truly saved and that they’ve been left behind. What about you? Will you experience the Rapture or the Tribulation?

Today’s Readings:
Isaiah 23 & 24
Psalm 107.10-22
Proverbs 25.17
2 Corinthians 8.1-24

Isaiah 23 & 24:

God will one day judge the world

Chapter 24 changes the pattern in this book. Instead of talking about God’s judgment on specific nations, the prophet begins to speak to the inhabitants of the earth. This prophecy is more general in nature.

It certainly had near future meaning, possibly either the devastation brought about by Sennacherib and his Assyrian army or by Nebuchadnezzar and his armies from Babylon.

But it also has yet future application concerning the period of history called the Tribulation. The book of Revelation talks about the incredible destruction that will take place during those horrible, terrifying seven years: fires, earthquakes like the world has never seen, pestilence and wars, among other things.

shockedThe next few chapters of Isaiah will continue talking about God’s judgment on the world, but there is also comfort contained in many of the passages for God’s people. Even in the worst of times, God cares for His own! And as for the Great Tribulation to come, I don’t believe those of us who have made a decision for Christ now will be around to see that time. I believe that time will be proceeded by the Rapture of the church:

“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord” (1 Thess. 4.16-17).

But there will also be those who attend church, but who have never made a personal commitment to Christ and who will realize too late that they were not truly saved. Continue reading