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How Does This
Truth Apply To Us?

audioSo how does this truth apply to us? How should we respond?

We don’t hear a lot of straightforward talk about Hell today. It’s not considered polite or “friendly.”  My word, folks! Of course it’s not friendly!  You’re talking about confronting someone with the awful reality of eternal condemnation that could start any second!

By discussing this terrible subject, it might certainly wake up the unrepentant sinners who had not yet heard about Hell.  What we have said to this point is true for every person outside of Jesus Christ.

The place of misery, full of fire and torment and the raging wrath of God, is waiting below each and every person who has not yet responded to Christ’s Gospel.  Hell is the horrible pit of fire, burning, waiting to devour you. You have nothing to keep you safe from it; there is nothing but thin air between you and Hell.  Only the power and wish of a merciful God keeps you from going there right this moment.

You probably aren’t even aware of this; you know you aren’t in Hell, but you don’t realize that only the Hand of God keeps you from it.  Instead you focus on the state of your physical existence, your health, your possessions, and everything you do to take care of yourself.

But these things are nothing! If God moves His hand, they will no more keep you one second from hell than thin air can keep you from falling!

Your wickedness weighs you down so that you are headed even more surely downward towards Hell; if God decided to let go, you would plunge with great speed into the bottomless pit… then what would your worldly possessions mean? Your health and riches cannot slow down or stop your fall any more than a spider web could stop a falling boulder.

If it was not for the mercy and will of God, you would not be on this earth one second longer. You are a part of the sinful curse that causes the creation to groan in death; for the whole world is in bondage to sin. The sun does not shine on you and give you light so that you may sin against its Creator; it only does so because of the curse of sin.  The Earth does not willingly produce food so you can grow strong and pursue your wickedness; it does so because of the curse of sin.  Air was not created to fill your lungs so you could curse God.

God’s creation was created for good. All things in it were made to help man serve and worship God.  The creation and its creatures groan because they are now forced to help wicked men profane the name of God by their wickedness.

The world would spew out the wicked if it were not for God’s Hand keeping it from happening.  The black clouds of God’s anger hang directly overhead of the wicked.  The storm of wrath is raging; and were it not for God’s restraint, it would consume every sinner in an instant.

The sovereign pleasure of God, for a while, holds back the storm; otherwise it would rush upon us with destruction like a hurricane or tornado on a pile of hay.

The anger of God regarding sin is like a great body of water that is held back by a dam; the water keeps rising and rising until it finds some way to escape.  The longer the source of water is held back, the more intense and quickly it will travel when finally let loose.

It is often true that punishment is delayed for a sinner’s wickedness.  God’s judgment is withheld for a time, but your guilt and punishment are building up constantly and becoming more and more intense. Only the mercy of God keeps your punishment from coming immediately and swiftly.

If God should simply move His Hand, the floods of His fierce wrath would wash us away with inconceivable fury; they would rush on you with all the power of God. If you were one million times stronger than you are now or even if you were the strongest being who has ever existed on earth or in heaven, you still could not withstand God’s rage for even one second.

The bow of God’s anger is flexed, and an arrow of fury is drawn back, pointed straight for your heart.  Only God keeps the arrow from its flight.  Even though He is angry over your sin, and He is under no obligation to restrain the arrow, it is only His mercy and restraint that keeps the arrow from plunging into your heart.

Make no mistake, every person who has not been given a new heart by Christ; every person who is not indwelled with the Holy Spirit of God; every person who is not born again into a new creature in Christ saved from sin; every person who has not experienced the life and light of God are right now at this very moment in the Hands of an angry God.

No matter how many things you have changed in your life, no matter how religious you have been, no matter if you have played “church” all your life, it doesn’t matter. If you have not believed and obeyed Jesus Christ, you are only one moment from being swallowed up into eternal Hell.

It really doesn’t matter whether you are convinced of this truth now; you will be. Every single person who has ever died in their sins knows the truth about Hell.  The truth came upon them suddenly and with complete finality. One moment they were denying that Hell existed, and the next moment they were regretting it.  While the words “peace and safety” were coming from their lips, the very things they were placing their hope and trust in disappeared into empty shadows.

God holds you from falling into Hell much the same way someone would hold a spider or creepy insect over a fire.  This same God hates your sin and is terribly angry at your wickedness.  His wrath burns to be satisfied, to cast the sinner into the flames, worthy of nothing but death because the Eyes of God are too holy to look upon sin.

Our sin is ten thousand times more awful to God than the worst rottenness in the world is to us.   We offend God infinitely more than any other human has ever offended us – no matter how terrible or destructive their offense may be. And yet, if you do not belong to Christ, it is the Hand of this very same offended God that keeps you from going to Hell this very moment.

There is no other reason than God that a lost sinner is not this very moment entering the flames of Hell; or that they woke up this moment here and not in torment.  There is no other reason than God that death has not come at some point on this day to take the sinner to Hell.  There is no other reason than the good will of God why any lost person reading this very sentence does not die instantly and be lost forever.

Listen to me!  Think about the terrible danger you are in if you have not obeyed the words of Jesus Christ.  You are one moment from being in the flames of Hell, the bottomless pit, the fire of God’s wrath, which has been inflamed as much by your sin as the sin of those who are already in Hell.

You are held from Hell by a slender thread.  The flames are rising up all around. At any moment, the fire could burn the thread in two and drop you. How can you go on uninterested in God?  No one else can save you, certainly not you yourself.  Nothing about you, nothing you have ever done, nothing you possess can save you.  Nothing about YOU can keep you from going to Hell right this moment.  Consider these things:

Whose anger are we talking about? The Infinite God, that’s who! If we were simply speaking of a man, even someone powerful like a president, then it would be comparatively easy to ignore. The wrath of a king or dictator who has the power of life and death in their hands no doubt is a scary thing.

  • Proverbs 20:2 The wrath of a king is like the roaring of a lion; Whoever provokes him to anger sins against his own life. (NKJV)

The person who enrages a tyrannical dictator is probably going to suffer, maybe even be tortured cruelly.  But the very worst that any earthly power can inflict on man, even with all the resources of wickedness at their disposal, is nothing more than an insignificant speck of nothing compared to the power of the Creator of Heaven and Earth.

In reality, there is comparatively little harm men can inflict on each other, even at its very worst and most furious.  All the power of all men on the whole earth is like a grasshopper compared to God; we are like nothing – no, less than nothing!

The wrath of God is infinitely greater that all the power of man, as is His majesty and power:

  • Luke 12:4-5 “And I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after He has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, fear Him! (NKJV)

It is the intensity of God’s wrath that the lost sinner is exposed to.  Consider some of these descriptions of God’s fury (emphasis mine):

  • Isaiah 59:18 According to their deeds, accordingly He will repay, Fury to His adversaries, Recompense to His enemies; The coastlands He will fully repay. (NKJV)
  • Isaiah 66:15 For behold, the Lord will come with fire And with His chariots, like a whirlwind, To render His anger with fury, And His rebuke with flames of fire. (NKJV)
  • Revelation 19:15 Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. (NKJV)

These are some pretty scary images! The “wrath of God” is fearsome enough but notice it says the “fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.” The fury of God, the burning anger of Jehovah… how awful and frightening that must be!

Who can imagine what that really means? No matter how terrible we can imagine it, it must be exponentially worse. It’s not just “wrath” but “fierceness and wrath”! Think of how bad it would be to feel the fierceness and wrath of some terrible human dictator who unleashed all of his anger and torment on some poor victim…

How much more terrible must it be then for those who feel the fierceness and wrath of God?  What will become of the pitiful soul who is the target of the fury of God? Who could endure it? Whose heart will not melt?

Can you imagine the depth of misery that will be experienced by any poor creature who is the object of God’s anger? If you have not repented of your sins and obeyed Jesus Christ, think about this:

God will turn His anger and fury on you without pity, without mercy, without relenting.

When God looks down on you in all your suffering and sees that it is infinitely too much for you to bear, that your suffering is immense compared to your ability to endure it, that your soul is crushed and broken in infinite gloom and despair… He will have NO compassion on you. None.

God will not stop nor lessen His execution of anger, torment, and wrath upon you in the slightest amount.  There will be no breaks, no relief, no mercy. In no way at all will God let up pouring out His vengeance on the soul who has denied Him.

God will have no regard or care for you except for one thing: you will not suffer beyond what strict holy justice requires.  Nothing will be withheld no matter how unbearable it will be.

  • Ezekiel 8:18 Therefore I also will act in fury. My eye will not spare nor will I have pity; and though they cry in My ears with a loud voice, I will not hear them.” (NKJV)

Right now, this moment, God has pity on you.  Today, God has mercy on you and is offering you a chance to escape the coming storm.  You can cry out to God this second and He will hear you and show you love and mercy.

But once the day of mercy has passed, it will not matter how much you beg and plead, or cry and repent, or scream and suffer… it will be too late.  You will be completely lost and God will not take you back.  He will not be concerned with your welfare at that point.

God will have no other purpose or use for you than to see that you suffer.  You shall exist for all eternity with no other reason than to be tormented and punished.  You will be a container for God’s wrath, good for no other use. God will be so deaf to your cries, and so far from showing you any mercy, that it is said He will only “laugh and make fun” of you. (Prov. 1.25-26)

How terrible are these words! This is not the God that we hear about today.  This wrath and fury are foreign to us today.  And not by accident. How much more would sinful men stop and listen if they believed the truth about Hell and eternity!

Consider how fearsome God’s words are (emphasis mine):

  • Isaiah 63:3 “I have trodden the winepress alone, And from the peoples no one was with Me. For I have trodden them in My anger, And trampled them in My fury; Their blood is sprinkled upon My garments, And I have stained all My robes. (NKJV)

It is hard for us to think of words that describe contempt, hatred, and fierce anger any better than what we find in this verse. Once in Hell, God will simply not ignore your cries for pity, He will trample you under His feet even while you cry out.

And even though God will know full well that you are incapable of bearing the agony of His wrath, He will still ignore you and crush you under His feet without mercy or hesitation.  He will crush you to the uttermost so that your blood will fly in all directions and stain God’s robes.

Do not make the mistake of thinking this is not true because of the symbolic language.  The description in Isaiah is used simply to give us something we can comprehend in our finite minds.  And even at this, we cannot possibly began to conceive of how awful Hell really will be, or we would faint dead at the thought.

God will not only hate you, but He will have the utmost contempt and disgust for you.  There will be no place for you in God’s presence, and the only thing you will be worthy of is to be stomped down and crushed into nothing.

Once in Hell, the misery you are exposed to is the same that will be inflicted for all eternity, without end or break.  It is God’s purpose to demonstrate the eternal and secure nature of His love, forgiveness, and mercy.  So how does it not make sense that it is also true that His wrath and punishment are eternal and sure?  God has given plenty of warning.

Once in a while, an earthly king will set out to show how foolish it would be to provoke his wrath. He shows this by inflicting extreme punishments on those who make him mad. Nebuchadnezzar did this to Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, by throwing them into a super-heated furnace that was seven times hotter than normal; as hot as humanly possible.

So if man is willing to show his willingness to punish, how much more capable is Almighty God to demonstrate that He most assuredly will execute a penalty on those who provoke Him?

  • Romans 9:22 What if God, wanting to show His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, (NKJV)

Understanding that both Heaven and Hell are God’s design and plan, to show both His mercy and His justice, is to have no doubt that He will in fact do so without fail.  There is a result and very real purpose behind the display of God’s wrath.  When the Almighty of Heaven rises up and executes justice on those who have rejected Him, and exercises the full fury of His indignation upon the wicked… then the entire universe will be given notice to behold the majesty and supremacy of the God who is over all.

  • Isaiah 33:12-13 And the people shall be like the burnings of lime; Like thorns cut up they shall be burned in the fire. Hear, you who are afar off, what I have done; And you who are near, acknowledge My might.” (NKJV)

Make no mistake; this is how it will be for those who reject Jesus Christ. The infinite power and terrible anger of the omnipotent God will be focused directly on you with the purpose of making you suffer. You will be tormented in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb whom you rejected (Jesus).

When this happens, the inhabitants of Heaven will see the awful spectacle as a testimony to the terrible reality of God’s wrath and fierceness; then, having seen it, they will fall down and worship the God of Heaven and Earth.

  • Isaiah 66:23-24 And it shall come to pass That from one New Moon to another, And from one Sabbath to another, All flesh shall come to worship before Me,” says the Lord. “And they shall go forth and look Upon the corpses of the men Who have transgressed against Me. For their worm does not die, And their fire is not quenched. They shall be an abhorrence to all flesh. (NKJV)

God’s anger towards the unsaved will NEVER end. It would be the most horrible of torments to suffer God’s wrath for one second; the lost will suffer it for all eternity.

There will be no end to the unimaginable, unbearable, exquisite misery that is reserved for those who reject Jesus.  Why do we fail to tell people this?!?  We paint for them a picture of how Jesus will make their life better. We share with them the bliss of Heaven; both of which are true, no doubt.  But how cowardly, miserably selfish, and uncompassionate of us to allow a single sinner to go on about their life deceived or ignorant about the awful, horrible, terrible eternal punishment they will suffer one instant after death!

In Hell, the wicked will look forward and see a long “forever,” an endless duration which alone is sufficient torment.  The lost will despair every moment realizing they have no hope of release, relief, escape, or deliverance.  You will fully realize that you must endure endless ages, millions upon millions of times, wrestling with this awful reality of eternal condemnation; and then when you have finally reached the end of ages upon ages upon ages, you will realize that it is but a fraction of a second gone in eternity.

Who can imagine being in this state?  Who can grasp it?  It is so much harder today to imagine it because we have generations of humans who are convinced that a “loving” God would not send anyone to Hell, much less for all eternity.  Couple that with the fact that a large segment of “Christianity” today teaches a “temporary” Hell of some type leading to eventual release to Heaven… and we have reached an age where the reality of Hell according the Bible is not only shunned, but laughed at.

All that we can possibly say or teach about Hell is but a faint and feeble glimpse at what it will really be like. It is inexpressible and inconceivable, for “who knows the power of God’s anger”?

How scary it is for those who are in danger this very moment of dying and being lost in Hell for all eternity! Sad as it is, this is the case for every single person who has not heard and responded in obedience to Jesus Christ, regardless of how good, moral, or religious they are.

No matter how young or old you are, please consider the truth of these words. There is plenty of reason to believe that many who are reading these words right now are in danger of the very Hell they are reading about.  No one knows for sure except God. No one knows your name or what you are thinking at this moment. You may feel safe. You may read these words and think they are silly, or that they don’t apply to you, or you may have no feeling at all about them.

You may even think in the back of your mind that there MUST be a way of escaping Hell because it simply can NOT be true. If there is only one person in the whole world in danger of Hell, it would still be a horrible awful thing. If we knew who that person was, we would have such pity on them! Surely we would lift up a loud and agonizing cry to them to warn them of the danger.

But instead of just one person, how many millions may read these words and remember them only when it is too late? Any how many of those millions will be in Hell this year? This week? Today?  No matter how long you live on this earth, it will seem like nothing in the very first instant that God’s fury washes over you.

No matter how long you linger on this earth, Hell will come quickly if you do not repent and obey Jesus Christ! The only real puzzle is why you are not there already; and you don’t even see that the same God who keeps you safe now, will not keep you safe forever.

No doubt there are some people you have seen and known, that never deserved Hell more than you, who are already there.  They have no hope.  They are crying out in extreme misery and complete despair; but here you are still living and still hearing the Word of God… you still have a chance for salvation.  How much do you think those in Hell would give for one more second of chance to say “yes!” to Jesus?  You have that second. What will you do with it?

So right this minute you have an extraordinary opportunity… a moment still yours where Christ has opened the doors of mercy wide and stands calling your name with a loud voice, “come poor sinners while there is still time!”  Even now, many are responding to His call from all corners of the world; people who were destined for Hell just a short time ago. But now they are the happiest and most hopeful of the entire world, their hearts filled with love for Him who loved them first and washed their sins with His sacrificed blood.  The hope of the glory of God is now their destiny.

If you are reading this, the day of hope still exists for you. How awful to let it pass when it is yours for the taking.  How terrible to watch others no more deserving than you accept the free gift of salvation while you let it pass yet again.  How can you rest for one moment if your destiny is eternal punishment?  Your soul is as precious as any who has ever come to Christ; so why not you? Why not now?

There are many older people reading this that have lived a long time in this world and have not yet obeyed Christ.  They have done nothing with their entire lives except build up the wrath of God against themselves.  Their situation is extremely dangerous!  Their heart has been hardened to God’s message and hope is slipping away.

In general, do you not see that the older someone gets, the less likely they are to turn to God in faith and repentance even though God’s grace extends to all in this day of mercy? You need to wake up before it’s too late! You cannot bear the wrath and fury of the Infinite God who is no respecter of your age or status!

And young men and women, listen up! Will you waste this precious opportunity to obey Christ while you have your whole life to give Him glory? Will you do what most other young people are doing, living for pleasure and foolishness?  Many your age are turning to Christ and living a glorious life, will you be left behind?

You have an extraordinary opportunity… you have heard and understood salvation at a young age. But if you neglect it, you will end up like all the others who have lived a life of sin and become hard and blind to God’s Word.

And children… you are no different. I know it’s scary, but Hell awaits all who have sinned.  Many children from all over the world trust Christ for salvation every day and become children of the Most High King.  Will you miss this opportunity today?

Let every single person who has not obeyed Christ understand their situation: there are suspended over the flames of Hell this very moment. Whether young or old, men or women, adult or child… all of you hear the voice of God offering you salvation and eternal life.

This day is the day God is extending His saving grace to you; it will be a day of great rejoicing for some, and a day of great vengeance for others. Those who ignore this call today will have their hearts hardened at a quickened pace and they face the danger of having their eyes blinded forever to God’s mercy.

God is quickly gathering His children from all parts of the world and most likely the greater part of all persons who will be saved have been, or will be in short time. The time of grace is drawing quickly to a close.  Those who hear the call of God, the Elect, will be saved and the rest left for destruction.

If you pass up God’s call today and end up in Hell, you will curse this moment for all eternity… for salvation is but one decision of obedience from being yours. To pass up this opportunity will be to curse the day you born, wishing that you had never seen or heard of the mercy of God which you refused and rejected.

No doubt that today is the same as it was in the day of John the Baptist, when the Lord said that every tree that did not bear fruit (meaning every person who did not respond to Him) would be cut down and thrown in the fire.

LET EVERY PERSON WHO HAS NOT SURRENDERED TO AND OBEYED CHRIST wake up and run from the wrath that is coming! The wrath of God is now waiting for many who are reading these very words.  Don’t let it be you. Run from evil! Run for your life into the arms of Jesus! Don’t look back; escape to God lest you be lost in Hell forever.