Occasionally people get all introspective and ask some really meaty questions like How do I know if I am going to Hell?
And very, very occasionally that type of question is directed towards me and I get the rare privilege of sharing some raw, life-giving truths with them, like this: Without Christ, we are all destined for hell.
If you’ve been left behind, then you need to hear this.
I’ll say it again.
Without Christ, we end up in the worst place imaginable . . . for all eternity.
Now that I have your attention, I’m going to take the liberty of answering that question in detail. I’m going to give it to you straight: like whisky, no ice. It’ll burn a little as the answer goes down, but it’s a good kind of burn that might shock some sense into you – and it’ll still be nothing in comparison to the searing heat of the unquenchable lake of fire, of sulfur and brimstone, that continuously torments those in hell.
Hell is a place of neverending nightmares come true and it’s as real as the Rapture and Tribulation; as real as the Gospel Angel, the 144,000 Evangelists and the Two Witnesses; as real as angels and demons that move and have their being in the spiritual realm that is all around us; as real as your left behind body and soul and as real as the Creator, God Almighty who will judge all one day at the end of time . . .
. . . It’s as real as the computer screen in front of you and that cup of coffee you haven’t quite finished yet.
Can I be any clearer?
Hell is a place of total darkness.
The book of Exodus in the Bible describes a type of darkness that came upon Egypt as a judgment for the Pharoh’s defiance against God’s command to set His people free. It was a darkness so oppressive, so thick and stifling, that it was tangible. It could be felt. All activity halted during the three days of darkness. The bustle and plans of daily life stopped dead.
Exodus 10:21-29 . . . For three days there is darkness in the land of Egypt, even a darkness that can be felt . . .
This was darkness devoid of God’s presence. Of course, there was no warm, nourishing sunlight to be felt or blue skies to be seen during those 3 days. But there were also no gentle moonbeams from a frosted crescent moon to be seen, nor any sparkly, twinkling stars to give light and glory to their Creator – for these nocturnal delights are from the God and reflect His presence onto the earth.
It was just total blackness, all around.
Hell is a place of darkness and judgment.
Jeremiah 13:15-17 Hear and pay attention, do not be arrogant, for the Lord has spoken. Give glory to the Lord your God before He brings the darkness, before your feet stumble on the darkening hills. You hope for light, but He will turn it to utter darkness and change it to deep gloom. If you do not listen, I will weep in secret because of your pride; my eyes will weep bitterly, overflowing with tears, because the Lord’s flock will be taken captive.
It is a place of deep gloom, similar to what is described in Jeremiah; an utterly hopeless place that remains so forever.
2 Thessalonians 1:9 They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His might.
It is a place of torment and pain with no reprieve; no respite.
Luke 13:28 “There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, for you will see Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all the prophets in the Kingdom of God, but you will be thrown out.”
Matthew 13:40-44 Just as the weeds are sorted out and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the world. The Son of Man will send His angels, and they will remove from His Kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. And the angels will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous (those who have been cleansed of sin by Jesus’ payment) will shine like the sun in their Father’s Kingdom. Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand!
There is no community in hell. There are no parties, as some like to think. It is a terrible place of permanent isolation and extreme loneliness resulting from eternal separation from God. Separation from the source of all light and love means an eternity of being alone, away from humanity and away from all that is true, good and beautiful. Hell is the opposite of Heaven, where the blessed experience eternal communion, joy, love and friendship. It is a place devoid of the righteous, life-giving, sustaining, comforting, restoring, peace-filled, wonderful, radiant and glorious presence of God.
Hell is all about death. It is a place filled with the ‘dead-undead’. There is no rest there. The ‘living’ dead merely exist on and on with no actual life to live. There’s more truth in the television shows and movies we watch which actually mock the outcome of those who don’t know Christ. Hell is a type of Zombie apocalypse that just goes round and round and round. Things never improve or progress for those who experience the second death.
Revelation 21:8 “But cowards, unbelievers, the corrupt, murderers, the immoral, those who practise witchcraft, idol worshipers, and all liars—their fate is in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”
So how do you know if you if you’re going to end up there after you die?
Jesus gives us the answer in the following: “. . . unless you believe that I Am He, you will die in your sins” (John 8:24).
Who is He, this Jesus that we need to believe in?
John 14:6 Jesus told him, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one can come to the Father (reach Heaven) except through Me.
John 3:16 For this is how God loved the world: He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him (in Jesus) will not perish (experience the second death) but have eternal life.
Jesus is God’s Son. He is the Messiah; the saviour. His death and resurrection paid for your sins so that you don’t have to die in your sins.
Romans 6:23 For the wages (the penalty) of sin is death (the second death), but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.
Jesus took the sting of death for each one of us so that we would not have to suffer it. He conquered the second death on our behalf.
1 Corinthians 15:55-57 “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Timothy 1:10 . . . but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Saviour, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.
Hebrews 2:14 Since the children (all people) have flesh and blood, He (Jesus) too shared in their humanity so that by His death He might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil—
Revelation 1:18 I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.
Now to the issue of sin.
YOU WILL NEVER DIE IN YOUR SINS IF YOU ADMIT THEM TO GOD AND CHOOSE TO TURN AWAY FROM THEM . . . TOWARDS HIM.
This is called repentance – and if genuine – signifies belief in Christ, through action.
But let me be crystal clear: Anyone who denies sin in their own life is absolutely, positively destined for Hell. There is no room for political correctness as far as this subject is concerned. It may be offensive and it may hurt your pride, but the reality is that everyone has sinned:
Romans 3:23 . . . for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God . . .
Jeremiah 17:9-10 “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? But I, the Lord, search all heart and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve.”
God is not interested in whether you give to a dog shelter, or work at a soup kitchen each month as far as your soul is concerned. Your good deeds and good intentions will not remove your sin.
We are all tainted with sin and even one sin is enough to send us far away from God to Hell because He cannot allow sin to exist in Heaven. It has to be cleansed from us, and that comes only through accepting Christ’s payment.
You might ask yourself: Well, does God love me even though I sin?
Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
You might push a little further by asking: Does God love me even though I keep sinning?
All wrestle with sin: Christians and non-believers alike. The Apostle Paul said: For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing (Romans 7:18-19).
Believers are only set free from the sinful nature once they reach Heaven. The battle of the fallen nature, the cursed state of the world and the attacks from Satan remain here in this life – yet believers are saved from the second death! And so the crucial difference is that the Church is set free from the penalty of sin because they have believed in Jesus Christ.
When Jesus left the earth and ascended into Heaven, the Holy Spirit came and indwelt believers, signifying the dawn of the Church Age (also known as the Age of Grace). The Church Age has been going on for thousands of years so that many could come to Christ and escape eternal wrath. This age is a prime example of God’s mercy and patience towards all people: The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. The Lord is good to all; He has compassion on all He has made (Psalm 145:8-9).
But with the Rapture of the Church, this age ends and a new time-frame begins, namely The Tribulation, which is a time of wrath and judgment upon the sin of those who have refused Christ and have been left behind.
Look at this:
Jeremiah 13:23 Can an Ethiopian change his skin or a leopard its spots? Neither can you do good who are accustomed to doing evil.
God’s holiness is so perfect and so pure that even a ‘measly, harmless white lie’ (by human standards) is evil to Him.
Proverbs 12:22 The Lord hates lying lips, but those who speak the truth are His joy.
Truly, without Christ’s payment, our sins, ‘big’ or ‘small’, condemn us to Hell.
It is utter foolishness to continue to deny your sin along with Christ in light of the horrors of Hell.
1 John 1:8 If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth.
No one will send you there except yourself. The choice is yours to make.
Choose well while there’s still time. You can still receive salvation during the Tribulation.
I beg of you, JUST-DON’T-GO-THERE!
Friend, rip up your one-way ticket to the Zombie Zone by turning to Christ today.
If you’ve witnessed the Rapture – millions of people rising instantly to Heaven – then asking “How do I know if I am going to Hell?” is the most intelligent question you could possibly contemplate right now.
The supernatural is out in full force and as someone left behind, you need to know where your spirit will end up when all’s said and done.
Don’t waste your time wondering about God’s love for you:
Does God love me even though I sin?
Does God love me even though I keep sinning?
GOD PROVED HIS LOVE FOR YOU WHEN HE SENT JESUS TO COME TO YOUR RESCUE.
Yes, you need to be saved from the second death. You don’t want to die in your sins.
Jesus made an example of how bad Hell is by saying: If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter Heaven maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out (Mark 9:43).
But you don’t have to go that far.
Keep your hands.
Just give your soul, your life, over to Jesus.
Matthew 16:25 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for Me will find it.
Simply believe in Jesus.
Proverbs 15:24 The path of life leads upward for the wise to keep them from going down to the realm of the dead.
* For more information on this subject, check out the video section in the English menu: Testimonies For Jesus: The Other Side
“Atheist College Professor Dies And Jesus Rescues Him. It Changed His Life: Parts 1 & 2”
“This Man Went To Hell For 23 Minutes”