Travel Destinations by Leigh Fuller.

Hell or Heaven?

Have you ever been into a travel agent? Row upon row of glossy brochures, extolling beautiful far away places, tropical islands with sandy white beaches, sun tanned natives and grass-thatched huts? Or the castles of Europe and England; majestic Cathedrals with all the pomp and ceremony. The trip of a lifetime. Most of us come back thrilled by the experience and saving and planning for the next vacation.

BUT one day, for some sooner for others later, we will all make a trip that is inevitable. A trip to the afterlife. Of course many today don’t believe in it. The Devil has done a great job convincing the population that there is nothing after death. Do not be deceived; it is real; death is not something you can postpone. It has been said that there are two certainties in life, taxes and death. No doubt about it we are taxed where ever we go and no doubt we will die. There is a 100% mortality rate among mankind. No one is spared from the grim reaper.

We are eternal beings made with a body, soul and spirit. The body will go back to the dust but the soul and spirit live on. The spirit is the eternal part made by God for eternity. The real question is:

Where will your spirit end up? Which destination?

Let me give you a guided tour of the two destinations. This is a preview by a travel consultant. This will be a promotional tour and you will get a free ticket to whichever destination you choose after the tour of both destinations. If you do not make a choice; it will be made for you; and you may not be prepared for that final resting place. I hope to paint such a glorious and attractive picture of the best compared to the worst; the most horrible, grotesque, disgusting consequences of ending up in the other place. Many have gone before you and now wish they had heeded the warnings and accepted the free ticket to the best place to rest your soul and spirit.

Which will you choose by the end of the tour.?????

You see there is a great deceiver as a travel agent in this world. The god of this world, Satan or the Devil who comes to steal, kill and destroy. He is the enemy of God but this planet is his turf. Satan was once God’s highest and most glorious angel, but pride overcame him and he wanted to be God, so he and a third of his followers were cast down to earth. Now he has such a hatred of God and all mankind and seeks his revenge on God.

Sin came into the world through Adam and Eve. I won’t get into an argument about who of the two first sinned here, but ever since mankind has been separated from God by sin. No one is righteous, no not one. God the Father sent His son Jesus Christ into the world so that the world’s people might be saved from their sin. Christ’s death on the Cross has given back to mankind the opportunity to be right with God again. Christ is our travel guide to His Kingdom, Heaven. He has gone to prepare a place for us who believe in Him. Only He can give you the opportunity and the free gift of salvation that will allow you to go there.

Satan wants us to end up in his destination, Hell. He knows already that is where he and his rebellious angels are going and wants to have as many of mankind in there with him as he can. He cleverly lays out his travel brochure in full color, the fun parties, the drinking and revelry, the debauchery, the selfishness and hatred of each other and the lies and hypocrisy.

The scriptures speak of these things clearly as sins against a Holy God. Read what the Word of God says:

Gal 5:17-21.“The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God."

1 Cor 6:9-10."Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God."

Mark 7:20-23."He went on: "What comes out of a man is what makes him 'unclean.' For from within, out of men's hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and make a man 'unclean.'"

2 Tim 3:2-5."People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them." Most people that I speak to about sin believe that they are basically a good person. They do not understand that one lie makes you a liar, one lustful thought makes you an adulterer, and one hateful thought makes you a murderer. It only took one sin to remove Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden. No sinner can stand in the presence of a Holy God. He has no choice but to send you out of His sight.

Most of us who went to Sunday School will remember the verse, John 3:16

“For God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son into the world that he who believes in Him should not perish, but have Eternal Life.”

When we recognize that we are sinners and put our faith in our Savior, His death on the Cross-atones for our sins. It says in 1 John 1: 9 “if we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and the Blood of Christ cleanses us from ALL unrighteousness.” God the Father now sees us covered in His Son’s righteousness, so we are no longer condemned to eternal death. Our destiny is now in Heaven written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

Let me give you the tour of this glorious place.

Here are some of the descriptions given in the Bible.

There will be everlasting joy and gladness- no more sorrow. IS 35:10.

No more death, mourning, tears, pain, or sickness. Rev 20:10,21:4,22:1-5.

A new Heaven and Earth. Is 65:17,66:22, 2Pet 3:13, Rev 21:15- 27.

Walls of Jasper, streets of gold, pearly gates. Rev 21:15-27

No need for the sun or moon to shine as Christ is the Light. Rev 21:23, 22:5

This is the paradise prepared for those who love God.

James 2:5.

"Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?

This is for those who have the Son of God living in their lives. 1John 5:12.

"He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life."

It is not for those who deny the Son of God, for he will deny them. Matt 10:32-33.

"Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.

Friends, I need to show you the alternative destination. There could never be a more terrible place to describe. Nothing I can say would prepare you for this place of torment. It is Hell. If you arrive there it will have been by your choosing; by your self will, your rebellion, your hard heart, your closed mind. You cannot blame anyone else but yourself. You cannot blame me for I have told you the truth. I will not be responsible for your eternal damnation.

You will have chosen to live the good life of parties, of no responsibilities, of no accountability. You chose to be god of your life instead of choosing God as your life. Jesus Christ said “behold I stand at the door and knock, if any one opens the door I will come in and live with them”. He will never turn anyone away; even the vilest sinner can come to Him and find rest for his soul.

This place called Hell is prepared for all unrepentant sinners who fall into the hands of an Angry God. The Word says,“It is an fearful thing to fall into the Hands of the Living God” Heb 10:31. You see He is a God of love but also a God of Judgement. That is not spoken of much today from the pulpit. On the day of the great White Throne Judgement when the Book of Life is opened and read, if your name is not found there you will be placed on the left with those who are called “Goats”. See Matt 25:31-41.

This is what God will say. “Depart from Me you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the Devil and his angels.” Verse 46 of the chapter says of those goats,“and these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into everlasting life.”

Do you know how goats behave? They are stubborn, will dig in their heels and refuse to be led; much like a donkey or an ass. Stupid creatures.

These next graphic descriptions I read with much heartache and sadness in my spirit for I know I have three grown children and a brother who unless they change direction will end up in this place. I tell you these things so you will not end in this place called, HELL.

Jesus Christ was so concerned about getting across His message about Hell; He had this to say about sin. Matt 5:29-30. "If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell."

He said it would be better to mutilate your body and enter Heaven than to go bodily into Hell. You see SIN sends you to Hell.

Jesus made this startling statement in Matt 10:28.

"And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell."

Who are you to be afraid of here? Not the Devil who comes to “steal, kill and destroy.” But the One who created you; only He can destroy you; The Lord God Almighty.

I do not apologize for telling you these things, if I do not, who will? In Rev 20:10 another graphic detailed description.

"And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night forever and ever."

Note here the termology “Tormented day and night forever and forever.”

1000 upon thousands of years in eternal damnation. There is no time in Eternity. There is no light there either.

Have you ever held your hand over a flame and slowly lowered it closer and closer to the tip of the flame. How long can you leave it there? Five seconds, longer? Not a year or two. But you are willing to spend eternity in torment in the flames of Hell that never loose their heat.

Here are more details to consider. May they alert you to the peril of foolishness.

Matt 13:41-42. "The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.

Notice the words like “ fiery furnace, weeping and gnashing of teeth”. I once asked a group of non believers what they thought Hell would be like. Most thought it would be a great party with a laid on BBQ pit. The previous description does not sound like a BBQ I would like to be invited to.

I believe we are in the last days. The world is “as in the days of Noah”. As the Bible describes the debauchery, the sexual revolution, the openly gay lifestyles; everything that offends a Holy God is rampant in this world. The scene is set for the Antichrist to appear to deceive the world. A great falling away is happening; a great delusion is being cast over so many, even Christians.

The antichrist will deceive the nations and the world population. Only the strong and faithful true Christians will stand. Those deceived will accept the Mark of the Beast who will take them captive into slavery to worship and serve him until the end of days. The Bible warns those who do the will of the beast will be condemned like him.

These words from Rev 14:9-11.

"And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,

The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:

And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up forever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name."

If you are following your own path, the broad path that leads to destruction and not the narrow, rough path that leads to eternal life,{Matt 7: 13-14}these things await you. Just to recap and give you another moment to consider your choice.

Torment with fire and brimstone.

The smoke of the torment ascends forever and forever.

No rest day and night for eternity.

The wailing and gnashing of teeth.

Torment day and night.

A place where the worm never dies.

Another warning here for those who are Catholics. There is no purgatory mentioned in the Bible. Some Pope invented it to make money. Jesus made it clear when He told the story of Lazarus and the rich man, actual people, in Luke 16:10-31. The rich man was in such torment that he just wanted one drop of water to cool his tongue. But he was told that it could not be done as a great void was fixed between Hades and paradise that none could pass between.{Please read that portion of scripture}

There is no escape once you are there!!!! Some of you reading this may have gone forward at an altar call many years ago yet you have had a lukewarm life for Christ. Another warning is found in Rev 3:15.

"I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth."

This is a warning about complacency, about believing that "once saved always saved." You are only safe while in the faith and holding fast until the end. Why do you think it says there will be a great falling away from the FAITH if it cannot happen? Wake up sleepy lazy Christians! You are in mortal danger of being cast into Hell also.

Do you have a witness in your spirit that you are a child of God? That is the test. Two questions can clear up the matter for eternity.

Question 1. If you were to die tonight do you have assurance that you would be in Heaven with the Lord Jesus Christ?

If your answer is NOthen you will need to repent and pray the sinners prayer at the end of this message and change your life. Get into a Bible Believing Church and grow in the power of the Holy Spirit.

If your answer was YES, and you have the witness you are born again and need not fear. But if you said yes but are really not sure, let me ask you another question.

Question 2. If Jesus asked you “Why should I leave you enter My Heaven.?”

What would you say?

If you replied “well I have been a pretty good person, tried to help others, went to Church, gave to the poor, never murdered or stole. Let me into Heaven”. Sadly Jesus would turn you away from Heaven. It is nothing that we do that earns our way into Heaven. It is what He did for us. We cannot earn it, we cannot buy it. That would be unfair.

Eph 2: 8-9."For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast."

We get there not by our merits but by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the Cross as atonement for our sins. He offers it as a FREE GIFT, all you have to do is accept it. All who repent and believe in Him by faith will enter Heaven.

This is the answer He will expect. “Lord Jesus, I believe you died on the Cross at Calvary in my place. You paid my debt, you took the cup of wrath meant for me, you shed Your blood for me.”

If your name is not in the Lamb’s Book of Life then you deserve the other destination. HELL.

Many who read this will say. “This is serious stuff, I will do it later.” Why wait? There is a bumper sticker I used to see that says.

Many wait to meet God at 12 o clock

But death comes at 11 o’clock.

We do not know the day or the hour that we may be called to go to our final destination. Why take a chance of going the wrong way. Pray that prayer now, do not risk eternity in that most horrible of places. Christ will take you just as you are right now. We can never be good enough to come to Him, come as you are right now.

Finally I speak to you Christians reading to this article. Firstly forward this on to as many as you can. You must be like me, having unsaved loved ones heading down that path to Hell. Do not give the Devil the pleasure of taking them to a Christless Eternity. Spoil his party, save a soul; celebrate with the angels in Heaven over one rescued from bondage to freedom in Christ.

May the Holy Spirit empower you for the service of the King, the Lord Jesus Christ; the One who deserves our best! After what He has done for us, He is worthy of our love and devotion.

Heb 13:20-21."Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,

Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever." Amen.

THE SINNERS PRAYER {Must be prayed from the heart, not the head}.

Lord Jesus Christ, I now realize that I am a dreadful sinner deserving Your punishment. I believe that You died on the Cross and rose again on the third day and sit beside the Father in Heaven. I repent of my sins and claim You as my Savior. You say in Your Word that if I do this that You will send the Holy Spirit as my comforter to seal me until the day of redemption. I believe this and receive Him now. I will make every effort to grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ and serve Him faithfully from this day onward. AMEN