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JESUS…Fire and Brimstone Preacher

JESUS…Fire and Brimstone Preacher

In the midst of preaching a very fiery and accusatory sermon to the Pharisees, Scribes and multitude, Jesus said this, “And I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.  But I will show you whom you should fear:  Fear Him who, after He has killed, has power to cast into hell;  yes, I say to you, fear Him!”       Luke 12:4,5

     We don’t hear very much about hell in the church today, yet Jesus spoke of hell often — more than He spoke of heaven in the New Testament — 28 times.  And His “sermons” were more energetic and descriptive than those of any preacher on earth!  He knew exactly what hell was like…..He created hell…..for the devil and his angels.  He did not create it for human beings, but became a man, suffered, died was buried, rose from the dead, and ascended back to heaven, to save us from hell, and so He could enjoy being with if us forever!  His great Love for humans caused him to strenuously warn us of this place!  He wants us to join Him in the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, rather than to be cast in the eternal fire.  

     Listen to the fire and fervor with which He warns us:

         “If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off.  It is better for you to enter into life maimed, rather than having two hands, to go to hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched—where THEIR WORM DOES NOT DIE AND THE FIRE IS NOT QUENCHED.’  And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off.  It is better for you to enter life lame, rather than having two feet, to be cast into hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched—where ‘THEIR WORM DOES NOT DIE AND THE FIRE IS NOT QUENCHED.’  And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out.  It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire—where ‘THEIR WORM DOES NOT DIE AND THE FIRE IS NOT QUENCHED.  (Mark 9:43 – 48)’  These are words we do not hear these days in our churches….very seldom….yet only a fool would not do whatever was necessary to avoid spending FOREVER in this Lake of Fire, which does not consume, and even the worms feeding on flesh are not destroyed.  It is the absolute LOVE of JESUS, the Son of God, that He came to earth one Christmas day, to SAVE us from our sins, and from this hell, and to promise to take us to Him, for all eternity, to heaven instead.  He himself suffered, died, spent 3 days and nights in hell paying the price, then ROSE FROM the DEAD, so that we could be free to spend eternity with HIM, by repenting from our sins, and giving ourselves totally to Him!  There is no other way to get to heaven.  (see John 14:6)  and, in John 3:18, “He who believes in Him is not condemned;  but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

The Second Coming of Jesus Christ

The Second Coming of Jesus Christ

“Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called

The Word of God.

And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written:

KING OF KINGS  AND LORD OF LORDS.
Revelation 19:11 – 16

 

Are YOU up in a tree?

JESUS stopped right under the tree in which Zacchaeus was, and all at once He looked up and saw Zacchaeus, and said to him, “Zacchaeus, make haste and come down.” I can just imagine Zacchaeus saying to himself, “I wonder who told Him my name? I was never before made known to Him.” But Christ knew all about Zacchaeus; and, sinner, Christ knows all about you; He knows your name, your dwelling-place. Do not think God does not know you. If you would try to hide yourself from Him, bear in mind you cannot do so. He knows where each one is; He knows all about our sins. He said to Zacchaeus, “Make haste and come down.” He might have added, “This is the last time I shall pass this way, Zacchaeus.” And thus also He speaks to sinners,—-“This may be the last time I shall pass this way.” Yes, this may be your last chance of eternity. He may be passing away from some soul now. Oh! sinner, make haste and come down and receive Him.”
The words of my fellow-Massachusettsian, D. L. Moody,  in 1875

My Greatest Symphony Hall Event

My Greatest Symphony Hall Event…….

It was January, 1973, and I was practicing on my Alexander CC tuba in the large tuning room right off the stage in Symphony Hall. It was vacation period so no one else was in the building, save for the man at the stage door. I was all alone, and frustrated, thinking about Jesus, thinking about my life, but not really knowing what to do — where to turn, to relieve my frustrations. I set my tuba down, and, realizing that no one could hear me, and in total honesty, I yelled out, “Jesus! If you are real, will you let me know?!” Instantly, His Presence FILLED that room, and I said, “You are real…….” And He has never left me. I found out that He IS REAL, and that He HAS RISEN FROM THE DEAD, and is now ALIVE! Why don’t you try yelling? He is there. He waits. Listen to His words:

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door,

I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.”

Revelation 3:20  The  Bible

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