Psalms 5: 4-7 4 You are not a God who takes pleasure in
with you the wicked cannot dwell.
5 The arrogant cannot stand in your
you hate all who do wrong.
6 You destroy those who tell lies;
bloodthirsty and deceitful men
the LORD abhors.
7 But I, by your great mercy,
will come into your house;
in reverence will I bow down
toward your holy temple.
7Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
8The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
As I pointed out earlier, No one wants to speak about hell. Many choose to believe there is no hell and hope that there is a heaven. Where do we get this belief that there is no hell? Is it from Godís teaching or is it manís teaching? Is it only hope and a means for us to justify our lives for the way we choose to live them? According to scripture, hell is a real place. In Job we can learn what it is like. From all being guilty of sin and admitting to it, we learn what we all have earned (I include myself for I am guilty).
At the end of chapter 10 verses 20-22 in the book of Job, you get a small picture of what hell is like.
20 Are not my
few days almost over?
Turn away from me so I can have a moment's joy (That is what a lot of us are telling God to do!)
21 before I
go to the place of no return (hell),
to the land of gloom and deep shadow,
22 to the land of deepest night,
of deep shadow and disorder,
where even the light is like darkness."
How scary is this description? Look at the key words- A place of no return, gloom and deep shadows, deepest night, shadow and disorder, and where even the light is like darkness. Job is seeing a place after death that no one in his or her right mind would want to go. Look at this as more than a warning. Look at this as Godís love for you that he does not want anyone to perish that he does warn us.
Again in chapter 18, some more insight of what hell will be like. Please read the entire chapter in your bible. It warns that unbelievers are on the wrong path and there are traps ready to seize them. When the trap does finally snare one at their death, terrors will make him or her afraid from every side and Satan, ďthe firstborn of deathĒ will be there to devour the unbeliever.
Verse 5: 5Yea, the light of the wicked (all have fallen short of the glory of God and therefore are wicked) and the spark of his fire shall not shine.
Verse 8: 8For he is cast into a net by his own feet, and he walketh upon a snare.
Verse 9: 9The gin (trap) shall take him by the heel, and the robber (Satan- he is a robber of our joy) shall prevail against him.
10: 10 A noose is hidden for him on the
a trap lies in his path.
Verse 11: 11Terrors shall make him afraid on every side, and shall drive him to his feet.
13: 13It shall devour the strength of his
even the firstborn of death (Satan) shall devour his strength.
Verse 14 14His confidence shall be rooted out of his tabernacle, (What are you confident in that you are relying on? I pray it is God.) and it shall bring him to the king of terrors. (Satan is waiting)
17: 17 The memory of him perishes from the
he has no name in the land. (God says to me the land is Heaven and unbelief will make us miss out on our destiny).
Verse 18: 18He shall be driven from light (God is the light) into darkness (hell), and chased out of the world. (The sinner is going to be banished from Heaven).
Verse 21 21Surely such are the dwellings of the wicked, (I cannot stress enough all have fallen short of Godís glory and therefore all are evil) and this is the place of him that knoweth not God. (Do you know God? I pray you do!)
Chapter 18 is a very frightening description to me what is going to happen to unbelievers in Jesus Christ. I am being very bold here. Using all of scripture, we know this is the fate for those who will not accept Godís free gift for salvation. If the word of God showed another way to be saved, I promise I would tell you about it. I cannot find it.
The fate of all sinners (everyone who ever lived or will live start here) is described in chapter 20. I do not want to be counted with the unrighteous sinners and I pray that you will not want to be either. There is a way out and God prepared it for us, as you will see later. Please read chapter 20.
Chapter 20: Verse 5: 5That the triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the hypocrite but for a moment?
Above, God is telling us the joys of the earth last for only the time you are alive and at death, they cease. This is a simple truth. Sin can be very pleasurable, it is not always painful, but its time is short. There is so much more God has planned for those who become children of God!
Verse 7: 7Yet he shall perish for ever like his own dung: they which have seen him shall say, Where is he? (Unforgiven Sinners will perish forever and we will ask where are they.)
Verse 10: "His own hands must give back his wealth." (NIV) (We only have our wealth while on this earth. At death we must all give up what God has given us).
Verse 11: 11His bones are full of the sin of his youth, which shall lie down with him in the dust. (The unbelieversí sins remain with them forever. The wages for sin is death.... we all die...why? It all began in Genesis chapter 3).
Verse 17: 17He shall not see the rivers, the floods, the brooks of honey and butter. (A good description of missing out on heaven. Heaven is Godís desire for us. )
Verse 18: 18That which he laboured for shall he restore, and shall not swallow it down: according to his substance shall the restitution be, and he shall not rejoice therein. (We cannot take our property with us at death. What does a man profit if he loses his own soul? There will be no rejoicing.)
Verse 20-21: 20Surely he shall not feel quietness in his belly, he shall not save of that which he desired.
21There shall none of his meat be left; therefore shall no man look for his goods (Verses 20 and 21 state we cannot buy our way into heaven, our wealth will not get us there nor will it last...Can man save himself?)
Verse 27: 27The heaven shall reveal his iniquity; (God will expose our guilt and we will know we are unrighteous for we all fall short of the glory of God.)
Verse 29: 29This is the portion of a wicked man from God, and the heritage appointed unto him by God. (The fate of the wicked will be judgment for their sins.)
Again, chapter 20 clearly warns the fate of all who are unrighteous in Godís eyes. How can one be counted amongst the righteous? God does have a plan, as we will see.
Now that we have seen through Job how God deals with sin and also that there is a real place of eternal punishment called hell, the book of Job deals with the judgment of God.