“Time is short. Hell is real.” March 6

 

Time is short! Hell is real!

Time is short. Hell is real. We’re all going to live forever.

It’s just a matter of where!

 

Today’s Readings:
Numbers 9 & 10
Psalm 31.6-14
Proverbs 11.7-11
Mark 9.30-50

 

Time is short. Hell is real.

 

Mark 9.30-50:

Only One Remedy

 

In verses 42-48 Jesus warned us about a place where, “Their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.”

Dr. David Jeremiah, in his book What in the World is Going On?, talks about the two men Satan will use during the Tribulation. These two men are called the Anti-Christ (or the Beast) and the False Prophet. Revelation 19.20 says that at the end of the Tribulation:

“Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. These two were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone.”

Notice these two were cast “alive” into the lake of fire.

Satan himself will also be cast into that lake of fire, but first he will be locked up for 1,000 years. At the end of that 1,000-year time period:

“The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever” (Rev. 20.10).

Did you get that? 1,000 years later the Beast (Anti-Christ) and the False Prophet are still alive and still being tormented. Dr. Jeremiah quotes Harry Ironside, “The lake of fire is neither annihilation nor purgatorial because it neither annihilates nor purifies these two fallen foes of God and man after a thousand years under judgment.”

The Anti-Christ and the False Prophet are not the only ones in danger of hell’s eternal torment. Jesus warned in this passage that we all are, unless we have dealt with the sin in our lives (Mk. 9.42-48).

remedy for sin

But there is only one remedy for sin and that’s the cross of Christ. We can never be good enough on our own to avoid hell’s fury. We can’t be religious enough or do enough good works. Our good works won’t be weighed against our bad. We don’t spend time in purgatory to pay off our sin debt.

We will never get to heaven on our own. The only way is to come to the end of ourselves, recognize that we are sinners, hopeless and helpless, and desperately in need of a Savior.

On Judgment Day, if God was to ask us, “Why should I let you into heaven?,” there is only one right answer. “I believed in what Your Son did for me on the cross. I accepted it by faith and exchanged my sin for His righteousness.”

If we have done that, we don’t need to have any fear about eternity. Instead, we can wait expectantly for the trumpet to sound!

The time is short. Hell is real. We’re all going to live forever. It’s just a matter of where! That should compel us to think soberly about our own relationship with God, and to share the Gospel with everyone we can.

 

TODAY’S OTHER READINGS:

 

Numbers 9 & 10:

At the Last Trumpet

 

Verse 10.1, “And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying. ‘Make two silver trumpets for yourself; you shall make them of hammered work; you shall use them for calling the congregation ….'”

Trumpets are frequently mentioned in the Bible. They were used here to signal several things: calling the people so Moses could speak to them, calling the leadership, and signaling the time to break camp and move out.

In other places, trumpets were used to call the people to war and to signal other events. But, for us as believers, the greatest trumpet call will be on that day when the church is taken out of the earth and God’s judgment begins …

“[I]n a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed” (1 Cor. 15.52).

1 Thessalonians 4.16-17, “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.”

The day is coming when we will be called “out of the camp.” That day may be coming sooner rather than later! Let’s be found waiting expectantly and excitedly, but let’s also be found ready spiritually and working to bring others into the kingdom so they can go with us when that trumpet sounds.

 

Psalm 31.6-14:

Hate What He Hates & Love What He Loves

 

Verse 6 begins, “I have hated those who regard useless idols…” Do you hate what the Lord hates or do you tolerate and look the other way rather than allow anyone to think you’re “religious”?

We are not to hate the person, we’re rather to love them and be gentle, not argumentative (2 Tim. 2.23-26; Gal. 6.1), but we are to hate the sin and we are to speak the truth in love at the appropriate time (Eph. 4.15) and not appear to agree by our silence.

And what about your own life? Do you hate your sin? Or do you tolerate it with, “I know I’m not perfect but ….” or thoughts like, “Well, compared to …” Let’s learn to hate what God hates and love what matters to Him.

 

Proverbs 11.7-11:

Pray for Those in Authority

 

Verses 10-11, “When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices; and when the wicked perish, there is jubilation. By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted, but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.”

2 Timothy 2.1-4 says, “Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”

We need to pray for our president and all those who are in authority over us. First of all, for the salvation of those who are not saved, and, second, for them to make righteous decisions.

Blessings,
Donna


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6 thoughts on ““Time is short. Hell is real.” March 6

  1. Thanks, Donna, for the timely challenge about being sure of our position and place with God. The time indeed is possibly much shorter than we imagine. I just finished reading a book I was given from Tyndale House that will be released tomorrow entitled The Coming Apostasy by Mark Hitchcock & Jeff Kinley. It is excellent! They make a strong case for the significance of the apostasy being a key indicator of the end times and how much evidence there is of it today.

    • That sounds like a very interesting book, one I’d like to check out. Apostasy is a subject my husband has been praying and meditating on for some time. He has great concern for the number of people in the church building every Sunday who may not be saved. I’ll share it with him, as well.

  2. Such a great reminder Donna. It’s all about what Jesus did for us, not what we’ve done. It’s all about the incredible eternity he has planned for those who have believed. I think earth is just a training ground or boot camp for “real life”, eternal life.

    • I agree. Won’t it be incredible to learn what eternity will be like and what we’ll be doing there! I’m so glad you stopped by today. Have a great week!

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