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Many throughout the world today, even some who claim to be devout Christians, do not believe in hell. They have convinced themselves, for whatever reason, that the Bible is very mysterious, mostly shaded, incomprehensible, thus, much of it is also parabolic and cannot be understood – period.
Is this what the Word of God says about “The Word?”
Daniel said to Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon,
“There is a God in heaven who reveals secrets…” Daniel 2:28.
Hence, Daniel, being beloved of God, was given not only the interpretation of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, as he requested, but also the entire dream itself, in response to Nebuchadnezzar’s mandate that not only Daniel should give him the interpretation of the dream, but tell him the dream as well! Daniel was God’s beloved, and this was made known to Daniel through the angel Gabriel,
“And he informed me and talked with me and said, ‘O Daniel, I have come forth to give you skill and understanding. At the beginning of your supplications, the commandment came forth, and I have come to show you, for you are greatly beloved, therefore, understand the matter and consider the vision’” Daniel 9:22-23.
Daniel was given much understanding, knowledge, visions and secrets were revealed to him, because he was beloved of God. Daniel was beloved of God because Daniel loved God with all of his heart. He prayed to God three times a day and he fasted and made supplications to God.
The Word of God reveals to us,
“And you shall seek Me, and find Me, when you shall search for Me with all your heart” Jeremiah 29:13.
Who is God? The Word of God tells us that God is the Word,
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” John 1:1.
God Himself is the Word. However, some believe that God has shrouded His Word in mystery, because He doesn’t want us to know what it means. Ponder that for a moment. God gives us His Word – Himself – but will not provide a way to understand it at all. Does that make any sense?
The Apostle Paul wrote,
“Study (the Word) to show yourself approved unto God, a workman who needs not be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth” 2 Timothy 2:15.
Why would Paul admonish us to study the Word, if we aren’t supposed to know what it means? Why would God send His Word to earth, if He doesn’t want us to know what it means?
People want to say that the Word of God is a mystery when they themselves do not want to meet the conditions required in order to be given the interpretation of God’s Most Holy Word. It is true; the Word is a mystery to many; but this is not the will of God for men.
Jesus became agitated with His disciples every time they questioned Him about his parables, because they, being blessed with His holy presence and continuous instructions, should have known the interpretation of His Word. Jesus said,
“How is it that you do not understand that I spoke not to you concerning bread, that you should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees? (He was speaking about their doctrine – of sin)” Matthew 16:11.
I have heard people say numerous times that the Book of Revelation is a mystery and no one understands it. However, John wrote in Revelation 1,
“The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto Him, to show unto His servants things which must shortly come to pass; and He sent and signified it by His angel unto His servant John” Revelation 1:1.
Notice, John the Revelator wrote, “…to show unto His servants things which must shortly come to pass…” If no one was supposed to understand it, because it is so mysterious, why did John say the Word was given to him to “show His servants things…”?
Jesus also told John,
“Blessed is he that reads, and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keeps those things which are written therein, for the time is at hand” Revelation 1:3.
Jesus, here, was speaking about the prophecy given in the Book of Revelation. If it isn’t intended that we understand Revelation, why are those who read “blessed,” and how can they “keep the things that are written therein,” if they aren’t able to understand what’s written in the book? Does that make sense?
While I am on that subject, I would like to share with you that evangelist Perry Stone is one of the most anointed Bible prophecy ministers in the world today. His Manna Fest program airs throughout the world weekly on Christian television. He has prepared a study of the Book of Revelation titled Breaking the Apocalypse Code. This is an extensive and very comprehensive study, including seven DVDs and a study syllabus, which explains in great detail each of the 22 Books of Revelation. I highly recommend these tools, if you haven’t completed a very prayerful study of the entire Bible, with further focus on the Book of Revelation yourself. The cost of these materials is $75.00, but if the minister doesn’t receive payment for his labor, he and his family don’t eat. The Word of God tells us regarding monetary support of ministers,
“…the laborer is worthy of his hire” Luke 10:7.
“At that time, Jesus answered and said, ‘I thank you, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hid these things from the wise and prudent, and have revealed them unto babes” Matthew 11:25.
Jesus said here that the Word is revealed even to babes in Christ Jesus through His Spirit, not to those considered to be “wise and prudent” in this world. It simply takes the indwelling Spirit in those who have received Jesus Christ as their Savior to understand the Word of God.
Jesus spoke of hell fire, and the Word of God bears out the fact that it is a very real place – and to be feared,
“But I will forewarn you whom you shall fear; fear Him, which after He has killed has power to cast into hell; yes, I say unto you, Fear Him” Luke 12:5.
God’s people don’t have to fear hell, but those that are not “born again” (John 3:3-7) should fear hell, because they are on their way there. That is not the popular message in the world today. That shouldn’t surprise us, because today we are living in an extremely wicked and agnostic world. We each have to ask ourselves if we are going to go along with the world and the tweaked “gospel message” of the world today, or are we going to walk “the ancient path” (Jeremiah 18:15) of truth and light, which leads to life everlasting.
Jesus warned of hell (Mark 9:43-48), and He was so adamant about it, He repeated Himself three times from verses 43 – 48. There are also many other warnings throughout the Old and New Testaments about hell.
The bottom line is this; will you believe Jesus, or some popular preacher that only preaches scriptures about the love of God, so as not to offend anyone, and for the sake of making money doing the same?
Eternity will meet with us much sooner than anyone realizes it.
What is your choice about heaven and hell? Choose wisely, because we have only one shot at it during this lifetime. God bless you.
Are you prepared to stand before God and give an account of the life you have lived on this earth? If not, salvation is only a prayer away. Please visit the How Can I Be Saved page – your eternal destiny depends on it. God bless you.