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Beginning Bible Studies (15 Lessons)
Lesson 15 – The Judgment, Heaven, and Hell
The day of judgment is coming! God will judge the world. He has appointed His Son, Jesus Christ, to be the judge. “…God …commandeth men that they should all everywhere repent…he hath appointed a day in which he will judge the world in righteousness by the man whom he hath ordained…” (Acts 17:30,31). The judgment will take place on the day that Christ comes again.
NONE WILL ESCAPE
No person can escape the judgment! All who have ever lived will be there. All who are now living will be there. All who will live in the future will be there. The rich will be judged, the poor will be judged. Kings, presidents, and the common man will be judged. All will be judged alike. “…we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad” (2 Corinthians 5:10 KJV).
ACCORDING TO OUR WORKS
We will be judged according to our works! All the good things we have done will be revealed. All of the bad things we have done will be revealed. “who will render to every man according to his works: to them that by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and incorruption, eternal life: but unto them that…obey not the truth…wrath and indignation” (Romans 2:6-8).
All the wicked and all who have never obeyed the gospel of Jesus Christ will be cast into Hell. Hell is a place which was prepared for the Devil and his angels. “ Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into the eternal fire which is prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matthew 25:41).
Hell is a terrible place! The Bible uses three pictures to tell us how terrible Hell is: First, Hell is often described as a fire which never stops burning. Jesus said: “And if thine eye cause thee to stumble, cast it out: it is good for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell; where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched” (Mark 9:47, 48). Second, Hell is often described as a place of great darkness where people in pain and anguish weep and gnash their teeth, “And cast ye out the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness: there shall be the weeping and the gnashing of teeth” (Matthew 25:30). Third, Hell is described as the second death. “But for the fearful, and unbelieving, and abominable, and murderers, and fornicators, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, their part shall be in the lake that burneth with fire and brimstone; which is the second death” (Revelation 21:8).
Hell is eternal! Those cast into Hell will be punished forever and ever. Jesus said, “And these shall go away into eternal punishment: but the righteous into eternal life” (Matthew 25:46).
The Bible plainly teaches that Hell is a real place. It is a place of punishment for the wicked and for all who do not obey Christ. “…and to you that are afflicted rest with us, at the revelation of the Lord Jesus from heaven with the angels of his power in flaming fire,
rendering vengeance to them that know not God, and to them that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus: who shall suffer punishment, even eternal destruction from the face of the Lord and from the glory of his might” (2 Thessalonians 1:7-9).
On the Day of Judgment, the wicked and unbelievers will be cast into Hell, but the faithful Christians will receive eternal life. They will be given a home in Heaven which Jesus has prepared for them. “In my Father’s house are many mansions… I go to prepare a place for you …And if I go and prepare a place for you, I come again, and will receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go, ye know the way (John 14:2-4).
Jesus is now preparing a place in Heaven for us if we will become his faithful disciples. Heaven is a beautiful place. In Heaven there are no bad things. There is no pain, sickness, sadness, trouble, or death. There is no hate or fear in Heaven. In Heaven there is only peace and happiness and every good thing.
The apostle John tells us about this beautiful home which Jesus is preparing for us. “…And I saw the holy city…coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of the throne saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men…and God himself shall be with them, and be their God: and he shall wipe away every tear from their eyes; and death shall be no more; neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain, any more: the first things are passed away” (Revelation 21:1-4). Read Revelation, Chapters 21 and 22, for a full description of the beautiful place called Heaven.
What about you? Are you prepared for the judgment? Prepare now so that you can have a home with Jesus in Heaven. Please let us know if we can assist you in becoming a Christian, a member of Christ’s church, “which He purchased with His own blood” (Acts 20:28).