Maranatha Devotionals

The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God. (Psalm 9:17)

The believer who is concerned about lost souls has heard many excuses as to why someone won’t be saved. One of the excuses I’ve heard is that there is no God and that when one dies, that’s the end. [To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.] The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good. (Psalm 14:1)

Seems to me, I would rather take precautions while I had still had the chance than to find out that it’s too late to make any changes. I think of Jesus’ account of the rich man and Lazarus. In all of Jesus’ stories, this account was the only one that He gave the name of an individual. This was a true story and Luke, the physician, goes into great detail when he records Jesus’ account in Luke 16:20-31. The rich man no longer had an opportunity to be saved, he no longer had an opportunity to warn his family – that was it! He was stuck in hell, burning, thirsting and hurting for all eternity!!

I once heard one of our dear senior saints say, “Eternity is too long and hell fire too hot for me to take the chance of hell not being true!” Oh so very true! These are not the words of a fool, that’s for sure. The word “hell” is found in 54 verses in the Word. God wants us to know all about this place where the unrepentant sinner will go. This place called hell will be a horrifying place where the pain is so great that there will be gnashing of teeth. Noah Webster defines it as:

A grinding or striking of the teeth in rage or anguish.

I found it interesting that there are seven verses which use this phrase “gnashing of teeth.” God’s perfect number is the number seven which means “completion”! Man’s rejection of Him will be complete when he is cast down into hell’s fires. There won’t be any more chances to accept Jesus Christ as the only way to Heaven. Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (John 14:6)Allah won’t be able to help you. Buddha won’t be able to help you. Mary won’t be able to help you. Only Jesus can help you – and only while you are yet living, my friend.

But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Mat 8:12)And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. (Mat 13:42)

And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. (Mat 13:50)

Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Mat 22:13)

And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Mat 24:51)

And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Mat 25:30)

There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out. (Luke 13:28 )

If you are reading this today and you are not 100% convinced that you are going to Heaven when you die, then I hope that you will let these verses speak to your heart and not be the fool as the rich man was. Denying there is a God does not remove the fact that He does exist. God is the beginning and the end. All things started with Him and all things will end with Him. He is not mocked and He does hold judgment for those who reject Him. He also holds reward of salvation for those who accept Him.

And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. (Rev 21:6)

Maranatha Devotionals

He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. Psalm 103:10,11

Praise the Lord that our Heavenly Father does not reward us according to our sins the way we deserve to be dealt with. Had it not been for our Saviour’s work on the cross, we would all be gonners! But the fact that we no longer have to worry about spending eternity in hell’s burning flames does not mean that it stops there.

A good study on hell and what it has in store for those who are not born again and blood bought is so needful today! I can probably count on one hand the number of times the topic of hell has been the center of conversation in those Christians around me. I have maybe heard two messages in my 30+ years of salvation on the teaching of hell. Why is that? Not only do the lost need to hear where they will be spending eternity but I believe the saved would be more challenged to be soul winners if they had a clear understanding of where these lost souls are going!

What is hell all about? The Bible mentions the word “hell” 54 times. There are three terms that are used to reference hell: Sheol, Hades and Gehenna. Most of Christ’s accounts of hell were referring to Hades and Gehenna. The most popular use of Hades was the account of the rich man in Luke 16:22-24. Here all of the rich man’s natural senses were affected by being in Hades. The account shows that the rich man could see what was happening, he spoke to Father Abraham, he could hear Father Abraham’s response, his mind was clear because he recognized where he was and where Father Abraham was, he cried to him for mercy, he asked Father Abraham to help his family on earth, he felt the pain because he thirsted and asked for water. All his senses were affected, as well as his emotions. He was so aware of his surroundings and what he was suffering that he did not want his family to go through the same thing. He knew he could not escape the torment he was in and it was too late for him, but not too late for his family. It was too late for him to be a soul winner at this point.

Gehenna is another term for hell which refers to the Lake of Fire after Great White Throne judgment. Rev. 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. The souls in hell (Hades) will experience a second death at this point and be thrown into Gehenna (the lake of fire). Gehenna’s fires are so real that Jesus warned that it would be better to lose an eye or other part of our bodies than to be whole in the Lake of Fire! (Mark 9:43-48 ) That’s pretty serious stuff – to be told to cut off a part of your own body! Jesus said it is better that we cut off a hand and enter heaven a partial man than to be in that Lake of Fire with a whole body!

Jesus also said in Matt. 18:8 that the flames are everlasting! Have you ever burned yourself on the stove or with a hot iron? The first thing I do is run to get a cold glass of cold water filled with ice cubes and dip my finger in it until the pain subsides. But this won’t be an option to the unsaved person who is cast here! Matthew 3:12 also says that the fires are unquenchable. It’s not like a campfire that dies down after a while. These flames keep going.

The Bible shows us that the Lake of Fire will have different degrees of punishment also. God’s punishment will be given out to the lost in same degree that they denied His Word. Luke 12:47-48 describes it well: And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. (47) But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more. (48 ) I also think of Rom. 2:5-6, But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; (5) Who will render to every man according to his deeds:(6)

My friend, all will stand before Christ and give an account of every action we have done. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. (2 Cor. 5:10) It’s reiterated in Rev. 2:23, And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.

I look at it this way, those unsaved who get “few stripes” will burn for all eternity at a level like being burned all over with the most horrible sun burn he’s ever had. The unsaved who gets “many stripes” will be burning at a level of being totally engulfed with fire!! Both will be suffering but at different degrees. However, they will all share equally in hell’s permanence (eternity) and its unquenchable flames – there will be no reprieve – there will be no death as a result of these burns. Granted, there is no way for me to know exactly the pain levels the lost will experience – this is just my interpretation which helps me to imagine. Whatever it takes for you to get a burden for the lost soul, do it! This is just my way of keeping myself motivated to win the lost.

The unsaved stand no chance. Luke’s account of the rich man says it all. Once the unsaved dies, it is too late. There is no going back and changing one’s mind. The Hitlers and Neros of this world will suffer greater punishment once they are released from Hades and cast into that Lake of Fire. In my soul winning efforts, I’ve come across people who just don’t see their sin. They can’t be saved if they don’t know they are lost. But upon death, it will be a horrible awakening in a place where the worm dieth not. Christ spoke this statement three times in Mark 9:44-48. Not only is there no escaping hell’s fire for the unbeliever, but the pain and torment of being burned continuously goes on for all eternity. I cannot even begin to imagine what it will be like for a person to be engulfed in flames and to continuously be burned and their body not turning to ash – just continuously burning and burning and burning. Not for just an hour, a day, or a week – but forever!

Christian, have I helped you to realize your need to tell your lost loved ones about where they will be spending eternity if they don’t repent and get saved? Prayerfully, this has renewed your zeal for lost souls! If not, shame on you.

If you are reading this and you are not born again, won’t you reconsider what you believe today? You may not believe in a literal hell. Many may say that hell is here on earth. But Jesus did not preach that at all. Don’t take what others say and make it your belief. Could you possibly be wrong? Have you been right about everything in your life? What if you’re wrong about this?

God created hell for the devil and his angels (Matt. 25:41). It is your choice to remain in the lost condition you are in right now. No one is forcing you to get saved. But admit this one thing … deep down inside you, you’re wondering if what I have said is even remotely true. I would rather exercise my little faith, be saved, and find out when I die that the Bible was true than to ignore my little faith and enjoy life full of sin only to find out that everything about hell was true and now I have to spend an eternity burning, writhing in pain for all eternity.

A wise Senior Saint once told me, “Hell’s fire is too hot and eternity is too long for me to ignore salvation!”

Dear God…
Please open the heart of the one who reads
What You have laid on my heart today
Create in me a burden so heavy and great
That I need to show someone salvation’s way.

Maranatha Devotionals, Good Reading, Devotionals

~Revelation 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

Picture two doors in your mind.  Behind Door #1 is a book.  Behind Door #2 is a lake.  You have a choice between the two.  It’s really a simple choice – the one presented to you today. If you had a choice between a book or a lake, which would it be? Most would chose a lake – probably because of it’s real estate value, or peaceful scenery, or visions of building a vacation home on it.

However, if I were to qualify those two choices with a look toward eternity, your answer may take on a different light. The Bible says that when you die, you can be found named among those names written down by God in the Book of Life. But if your name is not written down in that book, you will be cast into the lake of fire.

I find it interesting that the phrase Lake of Fire is mentioned four times in the Scriptures. The number four symbolizes God’s creation (four seasons, four corners of the earth, four elements, four divisions of the day, four variations of lunar phases, etc.).

~Revelation 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

~Revelation 19:20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.

~Revelation 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

~Revelation 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

The Word of God states that all those who do not accept Christ as Saviour will spend eternity there along with the devil and his angels. Jesus spoke about the time to come where He would pass judgment on those who did not accept Him in Matthew 25:31-46. Notice what Christ said here:

~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.

Is this really where you would want to spend eternity? The Lake of Fire is a place that God created, just as He created Heaven and earth, for those who would rebel against Him. All those who do so will not be found in the Book of Life. Only the names of those who are born again will be found in the Lamb’s Book of Life.  We do not have to wait to find out once we die. Our name can appear in the Book of Life while we are yet living – at the moment of salvation!  Jesus said that He is the only way to Heaven.  Therefore, if you do not believe in Jesus Christ, your name will not appear in His Book of Life.

~John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

As I researched the verses about the Book of Life, I discovered that the phrase the book of Life appears eight times in Scriptures. The number eight is the number specially associated with resurrection and regeneration, and the beginning of a new era or order.  Christ’s death, burial and resurrection represent a new covenant with mankind, giving the Gentiles an opportunity for salvation! One who is born again (John 3:3) accepts Christ’s perfect work on the cross as payment for their penalty of sin. His shed blood is our remission of sins – while the blood of lambs and goats from the first covenant with the Jews merely covered their sin awaiting Christ’s perfect sacrifice – the old covenant could not bring remission and forgiveness! There is no other way to be found in the book of life unless it is through Christ, Jesus!  The born-again believer is no longer dead to sin but has been regenerated by the blood of Jesus Christ and is given a new life, resurrected from spiritual death and his name is then placed in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

~Philippians 4:3 And I intreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life.

~Revelation 3:5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.

~Revelation 13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

~Revelation 17:8 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.

~Revelation 20:12 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.

~Revelation 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

~Revelation 21:27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

~Revelation 22:19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

God spoke twice as much about the “book of life” than He did about the “Lake of Fire”! It’s important information, don’t you think?  God gives us double opportunity to choose eternal life with Him!  Oh what mercy!!

Don’t let the sun go down today before you have made certain that your name is found in the Lamb’s Book of Life! Eternity is too long and Hell’s fire too hot to push this matter aside!

So what door will you pick? Will you chose the book or the lake?

Maranatha Devotionals, Good Reading, Scriptures, Devotionals

~Matthew 8:12 But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

~Matthew 13:42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.

~Matthew 13:50 And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.

~Matthew 22:13 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

~Matthew 24:51 And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

~Matthew 25:30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

~Luke 13:28 There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out.

The Lord spoke on the topic of Hell often in the New Testament. He made it clear that it was a place of darkness where there would be weeping and gnashing of teeth! One ghashes his teeth when one is angry, in anguish or in pain. In these seven verses we can see that all these feelings will be evident in the one who is cast into Hell.  An endless burning of the body, yet not consumed, and in total darkness!  Not just for a minute … but for all eternity!

Even when I was not born again, I thought about the “after life” and wondered if my catholic upbringing would be enough to get me into Heaven. However, the mere fact that I had these thoughts was evidence enough that I did not have the assurance that salvation brings. No earthly father wants his child to wonder if he is part of the family or if he will be cast out of the family. All the more with the Heavenly Father. Along with salvation, our Heavenly Father gives us an assurance that we belong to Him. Praise the Lord for that blessed assurance! But to the unbeliever and to the scoffer, there will be no second chance.  It’s now or never!

Today’s devotional is not about Hell, directly. It is a reminder to the Christian to keep on pressing forward and not to be discouraged with the trials and tribulations you are experiencing. If you get up this morning and you don’t have a warm house, it could be worse … it beats Hell. If you are having health issues, it could be worse … it beats Hell. If your spouse has left you, it could be worse … it beats Hell. If your family has abandoned you because of your faith, it could be worse … it beats Hell!!

My friend, take your eyes off your circumstances and place them on eternity! Heaven awaits us and our faith will be made sight! Joy will be with us through all of eternity. God will personally comfort us for all the trials and tribulations of this lifetime.

~Revelation 7:17 For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

Revelation 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

Life here is short in comparison to eternity! Be encouraged, brethren! We are almost there! Christ is ready to make His appearance in the clouds and once He does, we are Heaven bound! No more tears … no more pain … no more struggles! Praise His Holy Name!

~Luke 21:28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

We are in those times that Christ talked about in Luke 21. Read the chapter again and be encouraged!

Bible Studies

This Bible study is from a dear friend, Lee Pierson. I pray that it is a blessing to you!


Things That We Need From Hell


Luke 16:19-31

Points:

1- Vision – Verse 23 – “He lift up his eyes in torment”
a) If we could see that place of torment
b) If we could see the tormentors
c) If we could see those flames up close our mindset would change
d) We need a vision of being engulfed in flames looking out at those being comforted in safety
e) We need a vision of being in a place of safety and looking on as men, women and children are engulfed in flames.
f) If we could actually see what hell was like wouldn’t we be more motivated to warn others of that place?

Proverbs 29:18
Where there is no vision, the people perish…



We need to get a vision of hell

2- Crying – Verse 24 – “He cried, have mercy on me.”
a) God is a God of mercy
b) God is a God of love and grace
c) But God is also a God of judgment and wrath
d) We need to learn to cry for those that are under Gods judgment and wrath
e) If we cared enough that it brought us to tears maybe we would be more motivated to do something about it.

Amos 5:16-20
16 Therefore the LORD, the God of hosts, the Lord, saith thus; Wailing shall be in all streets; and they shall say in all the highways, Alas! alas! and they shall call the husbandman to mourning, and such as are skilful of lamentation to wailing. 17 And in all vineyards shall be wailing: for I will pass through thee, saith the LORD. 18 Woe unto you that desire the day of the LORD! to what end is it for you? the day of the LORD is darkness, and not light. 19 As if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him. 20 Shall not the day of the LORD be darkness, and not light? even very dark, and no brightness in it?

We need to learn to cry out to God for the lost.

3- Thirst – Verse 24 – “Dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue”
a) If we had a few minutes in hell maybe we would thirst more after righteousness. It would not take long in a place that was devoid of any righteousness to develop a desire for just one drop of it to cool our unrighteous tongues.
b) If we could spend some time in a place of eternal death maybe we would thirst more for that eternal life.
c) Just a few minutes in hell might give us a thirst for some of that living water.

John 4:10
Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.

We need to learn to thirst after righteousness and that living water

4- Flame – Verse 24 – “I am tormented in this flame”
a) If we had some of the flames of hell burning in our hearts perhaps we could get on fire for the Lord
b) We need to have a burning desire to see the lost get saved
c) We need to be burning with the fire of God yet not consumed, in our service to the Lord, a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable.

Exodus 3:2
And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.

We need to kindle a little flame into our lives.

5- Remembrance – Verse 25 – “Remember that thou”
a) As born again Christians we need to remember where we came from and what we have been saved out of. Not in discouragement because of our past sins but out of encouragement of those sins forgiven. As God forgave us He will forgive others if they have a chance to hear the gospel message.
b) We need to remember where we would be right now if we had died in our sins.
c) If we could only remember what it was like to be in slavery to sin maybe we could do a better job of helping others escape from that bondage.


Acts 20:35
I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.

We need to remember what we have received so that we can be even more blessed by what we give.

6 – Separation – Verse 26 – “There is a great gulf fixed”
a) We need to put some separation between the world and us. A sinner that is on his way to hell should be able to look at us and see that there is a difference, and that there is something good about what we have.
b) We need to fix a gulf between us, and the sin that abounds around us.

2Corinthians 6:17
Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,

We need to separate ourselves from unclean things.

7 – Prayer – “I pray thee therefore father”
a) We need to get a burden for the lost before we are ever going to see anyone get saved. Many Christians have the attitude of “Me and my three and no more.” But if we could just spend a few minutes in hell we would surely have a great burden to keep even our worst enemies out of that place.
b) And like the rich man in our scriptures, just a few minutes in hell and we would be begging and pleading in prayer for our lost family and friends.

Psalm 55:22
Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.



We need to have a burden for the lost so that we can pray and cast our burden upon the Lord.

8 – Understanding – Verse 31 – “If they hear not”
a) We need to understand that the lost need to hear the gospel message while there is still time. They need to hear the Law of Moses so that they can see their sin before a Holy God. They need to hear the prophecies of the coming Messiah and they need to hear how those prophecies were fulfilled in Jesus’ death burial and resurrection.
b) We need to understand what it is to die in sin with no hope and no peace.

Proverbs 9:10
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.

We need to understand and gain wisdom.

Hell is a place of:


Darkness – 1 Samuel 2:9, Matthew 8:12, 2 Peter 2:17

Destruction – Job 31:3, Psalm 103:4, Proverbs 10:29, Matthew 7:13

Eternal Separation – Proverbs 15:29, 2 Thessalonians 1:9

Fear – Psalm 73:18-19, Proverbs 10:24

Fire – Deuteronomy 32:22, Psalm 11:6, Isaiah 66:24, Matthew 18:8

Desolation – Isaiah 59:10, Ezekiel 26:20

Humiliation and shame – Isaiah 5:14-15, Ezekiel 32:24

No Hope – Job 8:13, Proverbs 11:7, Ephesians 2:12

No Mercy – Psalm 36:5, Psalm 109:17

No Peace – Isaiah 57:21, Ezekiel 7:25

No Rest – Isaiah 57:20, Revelation 14:11

Torment – Luke 16:23

Let us all take the things that we have learned from hell and use them to pull others out of that pit.

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