Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Brother Christian Savage brought us a powerful and gripping message entitled Hell, An Eternal Destination. Br. Savage, a young minister, saved for 3 1/2 years and serving a congregation in Ohio with his young family, delivered the message with God-given authority and the full agreement of the well-represented body of apostles and prophets in attendance.
The message began with two questions that are sometimes asked and more often thought: Is all that the church of God does really necessary? Why do the saints do what they do when there are so many who profess Christianity that don’t find it necessary to go to the same lengths? The message that followed was delivered with a burden to give the hearer an answer to these questions by giving a better picture of hell.
Beginning with Luke 16:19–24, we were reacquainted with Lazarus and the rich man. We know this to be a true account and from it we understand that hell is place of torment. The horrors of hell are beyond human comprehension. Every person reading or hearing of hell should want to go the other way!
Eternity is forever. There is no relief from hell. Hell is a place of fire, fire that would surely instantly vaporize our current, mortal bodies.
We often hear people say that they will be with their friends in hell, but there will be no friends in hell. In hell, the unsaved will be companions in torment with people like Adolf Hitler, Osama bin Ladin and the most wicked and fearful persons who ever lived.
On this side of eternity we deal with wicked people and yet there are good things about even the worst of them. There are attributes that they have that we can look at and see some good in; it will not be so in hell. Hell is pure wickedness, pure evil.
Matthew 7:21–23 speaks of religious persons. People who would say, “Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?” Religious people who spent their lives going to church, singing hymns; and also many moral people who mowed their elderly neighbors grass and donated time at the local library and yet never had a real experience of salvation will hear, “I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”
In Luke 16, the rich man wanted Abraham to allow Lazarus to resurrect, to go back to warn his five brothers. “Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house: for I have five brethren; that he may testify to them, lest they also come into this place of torment.” Abraham replies that “they have Moses and the prophets” to testify to them, to tell them how to live so that they can escape hell. No, Lazarus will not come, but tonight the Lord sent Moses and the prophets in the form of Br. Savage to all who will hear.
It is better for you to lose every one of your “friends”, live with no family member to companion you and not a penny to your name than for you to have many friends, the fellowship of your entire family and all of the riches in the world and in eternity lift up your eyes in hell.
To resist salvation is to resist God, the Maker of the Universe! You will not attempt such a match and come out the winner. “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life …” Deuteronomy 30:19