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Tormented In This Flame - The Reality of Hell
by Brian Price 4/29/2012

I want to talk a little bit about hell. A lot of people think that hell was only a doctrine brought up in the New Testament. That only Jesus talked about it. That's not exactly true. The Bible talks about Hell in the Old Testament as much as it does in the New Testament. In fact, the book of Proverbs talks about Hell quite frequently. In fact it says in Proverbs of the harlot, that "...her house leads to hell." - Proverbs 7:27

And it also says in Proverbs that "the way of life is above to the wise that he may depart from hell beneath." - Proverbs 15:24. It's also written in the book of the Psalms in which David talks about his betrayers, saying, "...let them go down quick into hell." - Psalms 55:15

And it says in the book of Isaiah that, "Hell from beneath is moved for thee..." - Isaiah 14:9

And then it goes to say in reference to Lucifer, "How art thou fallen from heaven O Lucifer, son of the morning! .... thou shalt be brought down to hell." Isaiah 14:12 & 15

And so we can see that in the Old Testament that Hell is a very serious subject, not just in the New Testament but also in the Old Testament. And here we read in Luke chapter 16 a true story. It was not a parable, but rather a true story of Lazarus whom Jesus later resurrected in the book of John. But we read of Lazarus and we read of the rich man, and Jesus tells of the rich man and Lazarus in Luke 16:19-31.

And it says:

"19 There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:

20 And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,

21 And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.

22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;

23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.

25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.

26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.

27 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house:

28 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.

29 Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.

30 And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.

31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.

Moses wrote in the Old Testament that God's anger would "...burn unto the lowest hell..." - Deuteronomy 32:22. And I just quoted before this story the Old Testament which was Moses and the prophets. One of the prophets I quoted to you was the prophet Isaiah. And here we read in Jesus' story of a rich man and this poor beggar named Lazarus.

We also read of Lazarus in other chapters in the New Testament in which Lazarus, we know, was a leper. And he ended up dying, and approximately 4 days later, Jesus raised him from the dead. Lazarus was the one whose sisters were Martha and Mary, whom Jesus loved.

Now, in this story that Jesus tells, both Lazarus and the rich man die. One goes to Hell, and the other goes to Paradise. And its interesting that we read this dialogue that Abraham and this rich man had. We read that the rich man lifted up his eyes and say Abraham and Lazarus. In Hell, for some reason, God allows people in hell to see the other side. God allows the people in torment to see Paradise. And again Jesus confirms this in other places in the Bible in which when someone asked him, "Lord are there few that be saved?" Jesus replied,

"24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.

25 When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are:

26 Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets.

27 But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity." - Luke 13:24-27

So when people die and go to hell, they are actually able to see the other side of what they missed or what they could have had. Now I want you to note this important passage of the Bible in which Abraham tells the rich man that they have Moses and the prophets, refering to the Old Testament. And he is speaking in reference to the rich man's family. He was saying that they have the Bible. Let them hear the Bible. And in those days, the Bible was read every sabbath day in the synagogues. And every sabbath day they would hear from the Old Testament. And they would hear depictions of hell. They would hear about different passages of hell. I just quoted to you a few of them.

And this goes on to this day. There are many synagogues in almost every city out there in which Moses and the prophets (the Old Testament) is read in the Jewish synagogues. And not only so, but we also have Christian churches all over the world that also read from the Bible, from the Old Testament, and the New Testament (in which there are even more clear passages of Hell, or I should say just as clear passages of hell in the New Testament).

And so notice that Abraham said to him that they are basically without excuse. That, let them hear Moses and the prophets, and if they don't hear them, they are not going to be persuaded though one were to rise from the dead. And we know of Lazarus that he did rise from the dead because Jesus raised him from the dead (I believe its in John chapter 11). And we go on to read that, Lazarus when Jesus raised him the dead, that the Pharisees wanted to put him to death because by reason of him (Lazarus), "...many of the Jews went away, and believed on Jesus." - John 12:11.

But moving along. I wanted to read you a couple of testimonies of Hell that comes from our day.

According to theforbiddenknowledge.com, the British News agency, The Telegraph, reported that "Patients near death see visions of hell." This is what part of the article had to say:

"But it is now becoming clear that for some people, NDEs are far from blissful. Instead of a feeling of floating upwards, they report being pulled downwards - towards a pit inhabited by demons.

The experiences of Evelyn Hazell, a London-based art historian, as she fought for life against meningitis, are typical. "I had reached a critical stage in the illness and was hovering between life and death - I was aware of being involved in an intense and very real struggle for my life," she told The Telegraph. "A three-legged being - rather like the Isle of Man symbol - was pulling both my legs down to infinite depths. I knew without doubt that if I relaxed and gave in I would be dead. I believe this struggle went on for some considerable time and I eventually managed to break away from whatever it was pulling me down."" - http://www.theforbiddenknowledge.com/hardtruth/visions_of_hell.htm

By Robert M atthews, Science Correspondent http://www.telegraph.co.uk /nhell25.html

Now I tried researching this to see if this truly was written by the Telegraph, and I pretty much came up empty handed. But I imagine that theforbiddenknowledge.com simply grabbed this from the Telegraph, from their website, and then put it on their website. And its there for your reading. And for some reason it is no longer on the Telegraph.

The Telegraph is not the only source out there to report Near Death Experiences of Hell. In fact, the former Jesuit priest, Alberto Rivera, claimed that his mother, when she died, reported to have seen demons and that they were dragging her to hell. And actually, the Catholic priest tried to do whatever he could to help her, but there was nothing more he could do. And that was a very stressful time in Alberto's life. And you can read about that in Jack Chick's comic book that he did on him, called "Alberto."

And even the famous author of Pilgrim's Progress, John Bunyan, supposedly had a Near Death Experience of Hell, in which he even had dialogue with the tormented and their tormentors.

No one is quite sure whether or not that what he saw a vision or if it was indeed beyond the grave. Another notable figure, Dr. Maurice Rawlings, a devout atheist who later became a Christian, wrote about this encounter with one of his dying patients, and later wrote about it in his book "Beyond Death's Door." It says,

"Each time he regained heartbeat and respiration, the patient screamed, "I am in hell!" He was terrified and pleaded with me to help him. I was scared to death. . . Then I noticed a genuinely alarmed look on his face. He had a terrified look worse than the expression seen in death! This patient had a grotesque grimace expressing sheer horror! His pupils were dilated, and he was perspiring and trembling he looked as if his hair was "on end." Then still another strange thing happened. He said,"Don't you understand? I am in hell. . . Don't let me go back to hell!" . . .the man was serious, and it finally occurred to me that he was indeed in trouble. He was in a panic like I had never seen before." -- Maurice Rawlings, Beyond Death's Door,(Thomas Nelson Inc., 1979) p. 3).
Now whether or not you regard these testimonies as legitimate experiences of hell, one thing is certain, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, knew about hell better than anybody. Because he created it.

And he created it for the devil and his angels. And we can see that in Matthew chapter 25, in regards to the future; he said, "Depart from me ye cursed into everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels." You see, earth was created for human beings, and hell was created for the devil and his angels.

And hell is a place where you do not want to go. And its a place that Jesus wants to save you from. And that's why he went to the cross on Calvary in Jerusalem. That's why he died... So that he could save you from hell. It was so that your sins could be washed away with his blood. And there is only one way to escape hell. And that's to believe on Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins.

The Bible says,

"9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God." - 1 Corinthians 6:9 -10

The Bible says that sinners will not inherit the kingdom of God. And all are sinners. The Bible says that if you hate your brother, that you are a murderer. The Bible also says that if you look on a woman with lust that you are an adulterer. So you see, sin does not only have to be an external thing. It is also an internal thing. It is done inside your heart and inside your mind.

And friend if you have never received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, I urge you this day to settle the issue, and to receive him as your Lord and Saviour. The Bible says:

"But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name." - John 1:12
And praying to God does not have to be something fancy. It can be very simple. The Bible that whosoever shall upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. - Romans ch. 10.

And it also says that if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus.

Now here is what you need to do my friend... simply pray and say, "Lord Jesus, I pray, save me, and forgive my sins. I am truly sorry, and I mean it with my whole heart. Please come into my heart. Please save me, in Jesus' name. Amen." And if you have done, then you will go to heaven.


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