February 17, 2014

Heaven is For Real, But So is Hell

Matt 13:24-29 and 36-40
The Parable of the Weeds

24 Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. 25 But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. 26 When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.
27 “The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’
28 “‘An enemy did this,’ he replied.
“The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’
29 “‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’”

36 Then he left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.”
37 He answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. 38 The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one, 39 and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.
40 “As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. 41 The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. 42 They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear.”

There has been so much hype over the past few years about heaven and how it is real and all the wonderful things that go with it.  I admit to reading the book, and I really liked the book. It gave me peace seeing some of the things I get to look forward to when I get to heaven, but we need to see both sides of the coin here.  Heaven is real, but so is hell.... and the truth is many will be going to hell simply because they have not believed in Jesus/God and have not accepted His free gift of salvation.  The truth is, if you don't have a relationship with God, you will be going to hell.  That sounds harsh, but it is true.... and hell is not to be taken lightly.  You can't even imagine how horrible it will be.  I recently started reading the book “23 Minutes in Hell”.  The imagery that he describes in that book is horrifying.  Imagine having foot-long claws ripping the flesh off your bones and seeing it just hanging there... feeling the pain, but not being able to die.  The heat is unbearable, and there is absolutely no water there for you to quench your thirst.  Some people will be burning in a pit of fire for eternity.  Can you imagine your flesh being on fire yet not being able to die?  Some people think that hell will be no big deal. They say that they will be able to party with their friends there.  The truth is, you will see other people there, but you will be in so much torment that your main focus will be on yourself.  You will be able to remember people from your life on earth, but that will not bring you any comfort.  Also, imagine being surrounded by humungous scary-looking demons who hate you because you were made in God's image.

It makes me so sad to think about all the people that are going to be going to hell simply because they did not believe.

Matthew 7:13-14:  “Enter through the narrow gate.  For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”
Those verses are talking about heaven and hell.  Wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to hell, and many enter through it.  But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life/Heaven, and only a few find it.  Think about that. What does that say?  That says that there will be far more people going to hell than go to heaven.  This is not what God wanted for His creation.  He wants that none should perish.  2 Peter 3:9 says “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness.  He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”  I love this verse because it talks about how patient God is with His creation.  He is waiting patiently for the right time to come back because He doesn't want anybody to perish.  Think about that. God loves His creation.  It hurts him far more deeply than any of us could imagine when He sees people going to hell.  The end is coming people... far sooner than any of us will be ready for.  Are you ready?

If you want to find out how you can know God/Christ personally, send me a message or leave a comment. Also, if you would like to learn a little more about the End Times and what to look for, read Matthew 24.

Father, I pray that You touch the hearts and minds of those that read this.  I pray that their eyes will be opened to the truth and that, if they do not have a personal relationship with You yet, that they will seek You and find You when they seek You with all their hearts. Amen