“Therefore behold, I am going to make them know—this time I will make them know My power and My might; and they shall know that My Name is Yahweh.” (Jeremiah 16: 21)
Hell is a Scary Place
Have you ever tried to explain Yahweh to someone who refuses to believe? I have.
It’s not fun. I stopped trying.
Yahweh said that He will lose no one who belongs to Him. It’s His job to draw them, not mine. If they miss the boat, it’s their fault, not mine.
In a few days, Katie and I will be in Israel. I routinely meet unbelievers while I’m there. I don’t seek them out. They insinuate themselves into my orbit, so to speak. That must be Yahweh’s doing, because it’s not mine. I don’t resist it, but I don’t try to make it happen. It just happens.
While Katie and I walk around Jerusalem, we pass by and walk through the Hinnom Valley several times a day. It’s unavoidable.
In the Bible, the Hinnom Valley is called Gehenna. The Messiah used it several times as an example to explain what hell is like.
While He was with us, Gehenna was Jerusalem’s garbage dump. They burned trash in the valley and kept adding to the pile every day.
The smoldering fire never ceased. Putrid smoke billowed into the air constantly. Worms and other disgusting creatures crawled in the debris. Lepers stayed there. In King Solomon’s day, false gods were worshipped there.
When the Messiah referred to Gehenna, the picture of that dump in the minds of the people who heard Him was vivid, pungent, and powerful.
Today, the Hinnom Valley is very different. A large amphitheater has been built for live performances. There is a water exhibit with shooting jets of water and a playground for kids. It’s nothing like it used to be.
The back of the King David Hotel, arguably Jerusalem’s finest hotel, overlooks the Hinnom Valley, and very expensive housing surrounds it. It’s a go-to place for wealthy visitors who have no interest in getting to know Israel or Yahweh, but they want to say that they have been there. I suspect they are just curious.
Near the Hinnom Valley, the Israelis have built Mamilla Mall, a high-end shopping and eating place, and the Waldorf Astoria has opened near it as well. No matter how it looks today, as Katie and I walk by or through the Hinnom Valley, I can’t help thinking about what it used to be.
Sometimes I try to imagine what hell must me like. Then, I realize that one thing is worse than hell.
If you are an unbeliever and you die in your unbelief, that’s where you will end up. It won’t matter how rich or poor you were. The “good” things you did in life will be meaningless. Nothing will matter except one thing: were you saved by the blood of the Lamb?
If the answer is yes, you go to heaven. If the answer is no, you go to hell.
Being there will be horrific, but if you have children and you taught them to reject Yahweh, there is a good chance that they will be there with you. Knowing that you inflicted eternal agony on them because of your stupidity will be worse than hell.
No sane person would send his children to hell or point them in that direction. Still, it happens.
The Messiah talked about something like what I have in mind:
“Now there was a rich man, and he habitually dressed in purple and fine linen, joyously living in splendor every day. And a poor man named Lazarus was laid at his gate, covered with sores, and longing to be fed with the crumbs which were falling from the rich man’s table; besides, even the dogs were coming and licking his sores. Now the poor man died and was carried away by the angels to Abraham’s bosom; and the rich man also died and was buried. In Hades he lifted up his eyes, being in torment, and saw Abraham far away and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried out and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus so that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool off my tongue, for I am in agony in this flame.’ But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that during your life you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus bad things; but now he is being comforted here, and you are in agony. And besides all this, between us and you there is a great chasm fixed, so that those who wish to come over from here to you will not be able, and that none may cross over from there to us.’ And he said, ‘Then I beg you, father, that you send him to my father’s house—for I have five brothers—in order that he may warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’ But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.’ But he said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent!’ But he said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be persuaded even if someone rises from the dead.’” (Luke 16: 19-31)
Yahweh doesn’t send anyone to hell. People choose to go there. The fact that they don’t realize they are making that choice is irrelevant.
Some people will say, “I don’t believe in heaven or hell.” They usually say it with a condescending tone.
What they believe is irrelevant, too.
Sometimes I wonder, Don’t unbelievers know that the most intelligent people in the history of the world have believed in Yahweh?
Isaac Newton was a great scientist. He was the first to explain gravity. Albert Einstein extended Newton’s work. Both of them believed in Yahweh. No one in his right mind would deny that they were very smart.
Do unbelievers think they are smarter than those guys? They must.
I have news for them. If they think that, they are deluded.
Hell will be loaded with self-righteous people who thought they were a lot smarter than they actually were. In reality, they were stupid, because smart people don’t choose hell as their final destination.
When they find themselves in torment, they will be like the rich man who begged Abraham to allow Lazarus to bring him a drop of water. They will be there for ETERNITY.
I apologize for capitalizing every letter in eternity, but how do you convey the notion of infinity?
It’s forever. It has no end.
That’s a long time.
“Trust in Yahweh with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3: 5-6)
To see videos that explain the importance of God’s Name, click here.
A friend sent me an article titled “New Study Shows There is a Flash of Light at Moment of Conception”:
A new study has shown that a bright flash of light occurs at the moment of conception, which strengthens the pro-life debate and also may contribute to the greater success of in vitro fertilization.
The Telegraph reports the study found that an explosion of tiny sparks erupts at the precise moment a sperm meets an egg.
This phenomenon was first observed in mice four years ago, but has now found to also be true in human reproduction.
Researchers from Northwestern University in Chicago undertook the study which also found that some eggs burn brighter at the moment of fertilization than others, which would suggest that these eggs are more viable.
This discovery could help doctors choose the best eggs to transfer during in vitro fertilization.
“It was remarkable,” said Professor Teresa Woodruff, one of the study’s two senior authors and an expert in ovarian biology at Northwestern.
“We discovered the zinc spark just five years ago in the mouse, and to see the zinc radiate out in a burst from each human egg was breathtaking,” she added.
“This means if you can look at the zinc spark at the time of fertilization, you will know immediately which eggs are the good ones to transfer in in vitro fertilization. It’s a way of sorting egg quality in a way we’ve never been able to assess before,” she added. “All of biology starts at the time of fertilization, yet we know next to nothing about the events that occur in the human.”
Yahweh told Jeremiah, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations.” (Jeremiah 1: 5)
A lot happens that we can’t see.
This project has been in the works for a number of years. It has amazing possibilities.
“The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me. Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.” (John 17: 22-24)
See “His Name is Yahweh”.