Judgement is Coming
HELL – A Terrible Reality!
“The wicked shall be turned into Hell, and all the nations (people) that forget God.” Psalm 9:17
HELL - How terrible the truth that unsaved men and women must make it their home forever! The following article has stirred my soul to its depths until I am praying – Oh Lord, save and use us! Use me to win the Lost to Christ—who alone can save.
There is a Hell, understand this first, and be mercilessly clear on this point. There is a Hell, though some people – with the blandest of smiles, come to tell us, that all alike, saint and sinner, will turn up in Heaven at last. The murderer, the seducer, the hater and the hated, the robber and the robbed, to their surprise, will all find Heaven at last. Nero and Paul, Jesus and Herod, Judas and Peter, Cain and Abel, Elijah and Jezebel, will all come out at the same side of the judgment throne. A strange Heaven indeed! – with all the hypocrites and whoremongers and drunkards and backbiters and blasphemers standing on the glassy sea. I say in the name of reason, the thought is blasphemous.
Sin is being burnt into your soul as with a red-hot iron. You cannot throw it off as you do your clothes. It is part of your being. Look out, men, sin is no trifle; it will live when the sun is buried.
The popular theory of the age is: “I die like my dog.” I die a sinner, and am nowhere ever after. The coffin that holds my soul, and, of course, punishment of any kind in eternity is an impossibility. Now this theory denies the immortality of the soul; for when my body dies, my soul dies. But God says, “The wicked shall be turned into Hell,” – ”Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.” Mark 9:48
The eternal God says in His Word, “The wicked shall be turned into Hell.” Psalm 9:17. You may scatter the everlasting mountains or split the sun in two, until, with dimmed eyes, it slumbers on the pathway of light; but you cannot alter God’s Word. I cite the tenderhearted Saviour; and three times in one chapter (Mark 9) He speaks of a worm that never dies, and a fire that never shall be quenched. Now be mercilessly clear, for your soul is at stake. Answer me this question: Did the Lord Jesus lie when He spoke of the unquenchable fire? Did the Son of God picture a lie when He shows us the rich man lifting up his eyes in torments, and begging a drop of water to cool his tongue? Did He mean to save our souls from distress with lying pictures of that which never existed? “It was impossible for God to lie.” Hebrews 6:18 Then it is also impossible that there is no Hell; and let that settle the question forever.
If there is no Hell, then there is no Heaven. They have the same foundation – God’s truth – and if Hell be a fable, then Heaven is a fable too. There is as much proof in this Bible for a Hell, as there is for a Heaven. The threatenings are as numerous as the promises. God’s woes are as distinct as thunder. Drown the fires of Hell, and you drown the music of Heaven, and like our dogs let us die. The plan of redemption is one. Take Hell out of it and the whole scheme fails.
There is a Hell. Be mercilessly clear; let no doubt rest in your mind here, as you love your soul. Because if not, Calvary was a huge mistake; the death of Jesus was the greatest blunder of the ages. The eternity of punishment and the divinity of Christ stand or fall together. Jesus was not God if there is no Hell. The Book which tells of the one, tells of the other.
By the permanency of sinful character, the demands of a broken law, the truth of God’s Word, and the death of yonder Son of God, there is a Hell!
Understand, therefore, secondly, that the wicked shall be turned into it. I have no delight in preaching Hell. I would refrain from harrowing your feelings but that necessity is laid on me. Woe is me if I preach not the truth, the half of which is, “He that believeth not shall be damned.” Mark 16:16 I dare not, on peril of my soul, preach a one-sided Gospel, lest I should be found smoothing your road to perdition.
If there is no Hell, certainly we ought to stop preaching a lie. But if there is, I ask you, as you love your soul, is it a thing to be hid from you until you are in it? Is he your friend who hides it from you, till you are there, and past redemption? If you were walking hard by the edge of a precipice, and about to put your foot on thin air unawares, would not I be branded a murderer if I did not with loud cries warn you? With endless torment on the track you tread, and only a few steps to it, how dare I stand silently by while you move forward?
Unsaved sinners, you shall be turned in there: God says it. You may wish it otherwise; you shall wish in vain. Turned in there! Your companions – fiends and murderers, and adulterers, hypocrites, and blasphemers. Your torment in body and soul unsupportable, and that forever. There is no death in Hell, mark that, unbeliever! Death, which is a monster on earth, would be an angel in hell. If death went there all the damned would fall down and worship him, and shout a triumph that would rend the fiery vault till all was still. But there is no death in Hell. As long as Heaven lasts, Hell will last. Farewell offers of mercy and wooings of love. Farewell, voices of mirth and songs of gladness. No more forever shall mercy woo thee. No more forever shalt thou rest in thy sin. It was sweet. Now it will haunt you, and scare you, and damn you; and as you rise to your feet, it will hurl you down again – your sin! Never shall you rest again. Black clouds thunder it from above, “No rest,” and tongues of flame around say, “No rest,” and the tortured everywhere shriek “No rest.”
You must go there. You shall be turned into Hell. It will be by force. No entreaties shall save you. No power can rescue you. The arm of God Almighty will turn you into Hell. Drunkard! You shall be hurried from your cup, smitten of everlasting thirst. Swearer! God will rivet the last oath on your tongue and drag you to judgment. The last laugh you have at Jesus, scoffer, will remain in your lungs, and echo there forever. Ye drunkard-makers who put the bottle to your neighbor’s mouth and make money by the murder of souls, ye shall be turned into Hell, damned forever.
Kindly permit me to present the bright side. Jesus loves you and came all the way from Heaven’s glory to die just for you and to save you. It is not too late even yet to flee to Jesus from the wrath that is most assuredly coming. Come to Him now, repent of your sin and accept Jesus as your Saviour. He will gladly accept you and you will find pardon and peace in Him. “Him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out.” John 6:37
“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” II Peter 3:9
REV. CLARENCE WALKER