What Then?

Posted on 11/01/2009 by Rev. Benjamin R. Faust D.D.

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The title of today's message is, "What Then?" And yes, I'm hoping that will increase my chances of winning an award for coming up with really bad sermon titles.

The last two weeks, we've been talking about the end times. We looked at a few of the things that are going on in the world today, including the rise of a one-world government with ten kingdoms, just as the book of Revelation foretold.

And in First Thessalonias chapter four, we read this:

1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 (NKJV)

16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.
17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.
18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.

So we know, from this and other Scriptures, that Jesus is coming, and that he will catch his bride away, those who are watching and ready.

But what then?

Well, that all depends on your choices now. If you have even the most casual knowledge of the Bible, you have heard of heaven and hell.

What are they really like? Let's take a look at that in the Word of God.

And let's save the best for last. I don't like talking about or thinking about hell, but it's a very real place. In fact, Jesus mentions hell more than he mentions heaven. So let's take a look at what hell is, and what hell is not.


First, here are some common misconceptions about hell.

1. Hell is a Big Party

"Well," someone might say, "since all my friends are going there, it's going to be a blast!"

The truth is that hell is anything but a party place.

Jesus tells a story about a rich man who goes to hell, and he begs for just a single drop of water for his tongue. That doesn't exactly sound like a rip-roarin' good time to me.

In many places, Jesus refers to hell as "Gehenna." This was the Valley of Hinnom, south of Jerusalem.

One such place is in Mark chapter nine, verses 47 and 48, where Jesus says this:

47 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,
48 where "Their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched."

The word translated there as "hell" is "Gehenna," the Valley of Hinnom.

Speaking of this place, Barnes writes this: "...It was the place where to throw all the dead carcasses and filth of the city; and was frequently the place of executions. The sight was horrible, the air was polluted and to preserve it in any manner of purity, it was necessary to keep fires continually burning there. The Jew's extreme loathsomeness of the place, the filth and putrefaction, the corruption of the atmosphere, and the lurid fires blazing by day and night, made it one of the most appalling symbols with which a Jew was acquainted."

From this description, you'd have to agree that Gehenna was a far cry from a popular party spot. It was something you wouldn't want to be anywhere near. It smelled like dead and rotting corpses, and you can imagine how the flies loved it, since it would be an ideal place for maggots.

Is that the kind of place you'd want to be thrown into? Of course not. So no, hell is NOT going to be one big party. Except perhaps for the maggots.


2. Satan is the Ruler of Hell

We've all seen pictures of the devil with horns, a pointy tail, and a pitchfork, sitting in a royal seat ruling over the people in hell. Anything he wants, he just snaps his fingers and a demon fetches it for him. He wears an evil grin and laughs with delight at his captives.

But that description is closer to his life on this earth. The demons do his bidding here, and he has countless men and women bound in chains, most of them clueless to the fact that they are slaves of satan himself.

And he doesn't live in hell. Ephesians 2:2 calls him the "prince of the air." And Revelation chapter 12 and verses 9 and 12 says this:

Revelation 12:9, 12

9 So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
12 Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.

So the "prince of the air" is cast down to earth, where he roams to and fro like a lion, seeking whom he may devour. And he knows his time is short.

His time is short? If he's going to be the ruler of hell, why would he be so upset that his eternal rule is about to begin?

Well, hell was indeed created especially for the devil and his demons, as Jesus points out in Matthew 25:41; and Revelation 20 verse 10 tells the truth about satan's place in hell:

10 The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

So no, satan is not in hell right now. And no, when he gets there, he will NOT rule it, but will be in eternal torment day and night forever and ever, just like everyone else who goes there.

Which brings up a good question: Who WILL go there? Well, we can find the answer in Revelation chapter 20.

Revelation 20:11-15 (NKJV)

11 Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them.
12 And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books.
13 The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works.
14 Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
15 And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.

Is your name written in the Book of Life? If so, you'll be judged according to your works. If not, you will be cast into the lake of fire.

So if you're not sure that your name is written in the Lamb's Book of Life, don't leave here today until you get things right with God!


And now... How about heaven? *And a sigh of relief comes from all over the congregation*... What will heaven be like? First of all, what is heaven NOT like?

Here are a few myths from from a website I've referenced in the notecard.

1. In Heaven, you float around on a cloud playing a harp.

This weird idea probably comes from Revelation chapter 15. Let's read this together:

Revelation 15:1-4 (NKJV)

1 Then I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous: seven angels having the seven last plagues, for in them the wrath of God is complete.
2 And I saw something like a sea of glass mingled with fire, and those who have the victory over the beast, over his image and over his mark and over the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass, having harps of God.
3 They sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying: "Great and marvelous are Your works, Lord God Almighty! Just and true are Your ways, O King of the saints!
4 Who shall not fear You, O Lord, and glorify Your name? For You alone are holy. For all nations shall come and worship before You, For Your judgments have been manifested."

Well, we see ONE thing in here that is a common theme throughout the Bible when it comes to a description of heaven: WORSHIP.

The people mentioned here are standing on what appears to be a sea of glass, mingled with fire. And they are not just the average believer; instead, they have overcome the beast and have refused his mark.

Some of you in here today might end up being part of that number. You may very well be faced with the decision to either take the mark of the beast and be eternally condemned, or to refuse and either starve or be killed.

But where in heaven is this sea of glass mixed with fire? We don't see it mentioned anywhere in Scripture as a place in heaven, and this by no means tells us that heaven is a place in which we will float around on clouds playing harps.


2. Life in Heaven is mainly rest and contemplation.

Maybe rest as in peace. But not inactivity. Just like the idea that we will float around on clouds playing harps, heaven is often portrayed as a quiet place in which you are lulled into some sort of hypnotic bliss.

But the Bible paints a picture of heaven as a place of great joy, loud, exuberant praise, and passionate worship.

And we read the following description in Revelation chapter 22:

Revelation 22:1-5 (NKJV)

1 And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb.
2 In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
3 And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him.
4 They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads.
5 There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever.

So, verse three says we will serve him, and verse 5 says we will reign with him.

What kind of service will we do? Well, I can guarantee it won't be the kind that wears us out and makes us wish we were fishing instead. Psalm 16:11 says, "You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore."

We most certainly will be in the presence of God. In fact, the Bible says that we won't need the light of the sun, for the Lamb will be our light. That's how saturated we will be with his presence. And what does that mean? It means we will have overflowing joy and pleasure.

Since we will be completely free from the curse of sin, we won't have to fear it. Since when we see him we will be like him, we will be unable to sin. We won't feel guilty about enjoying what he has set before us. And I guarantee that in our current condition, in which we struggle daily with the carnal flesh, if we were to be thrust into the joys and pleasures of heaven, it would be too much for us.

That's why those of us who have gotten glimpses of heaven during times of true worship around the throne of God, yearn for the day we'll be set free from this body of death, and will be forever free from the curse of sin.

Isn't it worth just a few short years of crucifying our flesh and denying our carnal lusts, so that we will be forever set free from sin, with no desire whatsoever to ever return to it?

You'd better believe it is!


3. There will be nothing interesting to do in Heaven.

Nothing interesting??? You HAVE to be kidding! God created everything we find so interesting, and much of it is twisted by sin, and therefore leaves us empty and dissatisfied. Do you think that he has run out of ideas?

You might not realize this, but sin blocks your ability to enoy things. One very popular myth is that you can't have as much fun if you don't sin. But that couldn't be further from the truth. Those who try to stop sinning without living a life of true worship, are only trying to do, in their own flesh, what is impossible for them. And sure, they could very well say they don't have as much fun without sin.

But to be truly free from the pull, the deception, and the mental confusion that sin causes, is to be free to indulge in true bliss! It is to be able to experience things as God intended. And I promise you, you have not experienced anything that comes even close to that.


4. Saint Peter guards the pearly gates.

First of all, the Bible doesn't say that. Second of all, the Bible doesn't say that. Third of all... Well, you get the point.

There are a lot of good jokes that involved having to answer questions or pass tests given by Saint Peter at the pearly gates. But that's just a fable someone made up. It's not based on reality.

An interesting thing I read on one of the website provided in the notecard talks about the gates of heaven, each one made of a single pearl.

Of course, we're not going to shrink like Alice in Wonderland, so the pearls will have to be incredibly huge.

A pearl is formed around a grain of sand, as irritation caused by that sand results in a coating forming around it. The writer of the article asked what kind of irritation would have been necessary to form the pearls that make up the gates to our heavenly city where they are so large they can fit into a wall that is 200 feet thick? And he suggests that it must have been severe suffering. People have reasoned that the pearl gates will be a reminder to everyone who goes in and out of the city of the suffering and great price Christ paid for us.

Whatever the case may be, Peter isn't guarding them.


5. We will become angels.

The closest the Bible comes to this is to say we will be LIKE the angels, in that there will be no marriage. Spiritually, in Jesus, there is no male or female, no slave or free, or Jew or Greek. In the spirit, we are without gender, class, or race.

When we are given our glorified bodies, we will shed our bodies of death, full of sinful desires, and sickness and disease.

1st Corinthians chapter 15 tells us about this. Let's read it together:

1 Corinthians 15:50-58 (NKJV)

50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption.
51 Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed;
52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
54 So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: "Death is swallowed up in victory."
55 "O Death, where is your sting? O Grave, where is your victory?"
56 The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law.
57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

So this says that we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. "For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed."

Our battle will finally be over! No more struggling with sin. No more battling with fear. No more pain. No more suffering. No more failing. No more falling short.

Do you really want to do something about the suffering in the world? And have you questioned how a good God could allow it to continue?

The pain and suffering in the world is the result of sin. And God not only cares, but he cares so much that he sent his Son to suffer and die so that sin could be vanquished and all those under its curse could be set free.

So yes, give to the needy, feed the hungry, reach out and touch those in pain, visit those in prison, clothe those in rags. But if that's all you do, you might as well have left them to die a little sooner, because you've only put a bandaid on a cancer.

Do all these things, expecting nothing in return. But as you reach out to those most visibly hurt by the curse of sin that is on every single one of us, offer them the bread of life, and give them a drink of the living water.

For when we are changed, those of us who are changed, we will forever be free from the results of the curse of sin. It will be broken!

And that one truth is what makes heaven possible, the truth that we will be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. And when we see him, we will be like him -- free from sin, and completely and eternally righteous. Glory be to God!


In closing, let's take a moment to answer a very important question. And that question is this: "How do I make sure I'm going to heaven instead of hell?"

The good news is that the way to get on the road that leads to life is very simple. In fact, Jesus said that only those who humble themselves as a little child can enter.

You can't get there by doing good deeds. You can't get there by going to church, reading the Bible, or praying. You can't get there by some sort of mental ascent.

No, there is one and only one way, and that is through Jesus Christ.

Jesus said in John 14:6, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." And Acts 4:12 says, "Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved."

You don't have to understand it; you only have to believe it. Jesus is your only hope.

You might think you're living the only way you can live, and that it's just the way you are. But 2nd Corinthians 5:17 says, "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new."

Some people trust Jesus to save them from paying the rightful price for the sins, but they don't trust him to make them a brand new creation, and to set them free.

But today, I'm inviting you to trust Jesus COMPLETELY.

Maybe you're a Christian, but you don't know if you're going to make it to the end, or you don't know if maybe you've blown it too many times.

But Philippians chapter 1 and verse 6 says that "He who has begun a good work in you will complete it."

Trust in Jesus and do your best; and in spite of all your shortcomings and failures, he will keep his promise to complete the work he started in you.

Talk about good news! And we have been called to the ministry of reconciliation, reconciling sinners to God. Do you realize the world is full of people who are miserable because their sin has separated them from God, and they are trying anything and everything to be reconciled to him?

The Athiest tries to silence this yearning by trying to believe there is no God.

The New Ager tries to satisfy this longing by declaring that he or she IS God.

The Budhist tries to achieve this passion by meditation.

The Pharisee tries to earn this great need by obeying laws and traditions.

But the Child of God has been given this reconciliation as a free gift, simply by surrendering their lives to Jesus, and trusting him to do what he said he will do.


Romans 10:9-11 (NKJV) says this:

9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
11 For the Scripture says, "Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame."


Anyone here today who's on the ministry team can come stand at the front now.


Have you had doubts about where you will spend eternity? Well, there's absolutely no reason whatsoever, no good reason, for you to leave here today without having that question answered once and for all.

If you haven't accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, then just knock on the door that leads to life. Jesus said in John 6:37 that those who come to him, he will certainly not cast out.

No matter how bruised and battered you are, Jesus is your answer; the Bible says in Isaiah 42:3 that "A bruised reed He will not break."

I'm not asking you to come receive judgment for your sins and hope and pray that God doesn't send down fire from heaven to consume you.

No, that's not what the Bible tells us about God. Instead, he loves you and sent his Son to be the sacrifice for your sins. He made a way. Just come to the door and knock.

Better yet, just come to the door and answer his call. He's already knocking. Jesus says in Revelation 3:20, "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."

And he not only wants to feast with you, but he has brought the food! Bread of life for your soul, and living water which will keep you from ever thirsting again.

If you accept his invitation, you don't have to come to the altar, just talk with him right where you are. Ask for and accept his forgiveness for your sins, knowing that he is setting you on the path that leads to life, and that by knowing him, you are reconciled to God.

If you'd like to get out of your seat and answer this invitation by coming forward, please do, and I or someone else on the ministry team will be happy to talk with you and welcome you to the family of God!


Maybe you're already a Christian, but you've questioned whether you're where you should be with God. But 2nd Timothy 1:7 says that "God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind."

So there's no reason you should leave here today questioning where you stand with God. He hasn't given you a spirit of fear. Instead, he offers you life in overflowing abundance, as he says in John 10:10.

And the invitation to you today is to lay down your struggles, your fears, and your sins at the altar, at the foot of the cross, and trust in Jesus to continue that good work he started in you. It is he who changes you, he who works in you, and he who sets you free; so just seek to get closer and closer to him!


This altar is open for anyone who'd like to spend some time in the presence of the Lord, and you're all invited to get out of your seats and come gather at the front.

If you need to leave, you may do so. If you can stay, you're invited to meet after this time at the altar in the room to your left for a time of fellowship.

If you'd like someone to pray or speak with you, just instant message me or someone else on the ministry team; or if you're listening to the podcast, go to almcyberchurch.org and click the prayer room or pastors' offices.

Lord God, thank you so much for giving us your Word, which is full of your promises and shows us what lies in store for those who call upon your name and follow after you!

I ask that these seeds of your Word would find good soil, and that they would take deep root. I ask that the enemy would not steal them away, but that they would change our lives, in Jesus name.

Thank you that our hope isn't in our own strength or in anyone or anything else, but that our hope is in you alone, for you cannot lie, you keep your every promise, and you never fail!

Draw us close to you as we spend this time in prayer and worship, and as we go about our day and week. And may none of us here fall away, but grow closer and closer to you.

And we pray all these things in the precious name of Jesus.

Amen!


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Sunday, November 1, 2009
"What Then?"


HIS BANNER OVER ME

He is the Vine and we are the branches,
His banner over me is love.

(repeat 2 times)

His banner over me is love.
His banner over me is love!


He is the Shepherd and we are his beloved,
His banner over me is love.

(repeat 2 times)

His banner over me is love.
His banner over me is love!


He calls us to His Banqueting Table,
His banner over me is love.

(repeat 2 times)

His banner over me is love.
His banner over me is love!

MIGHTY IS OUR GOD

Mighty is our God
Mighty is our King
Might is our Lord
Ruler of everything

His name is higher,
higher than any other name
His power is greater,
for he has created everything

TO HIM WHO SITS ON THE THRONE

To him who sits on the throne
     and unto the Lamb
To him who sits on the throne
     and unto the Lamb

Be blessing and glory
     and honor and power forever
Be blessing and glory
     and honor and power forever

1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 (NKJV)

16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.
17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.
18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.

Mark 9:47-48 (NKJV)

47 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,
48 where "Their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched."

Ephesians 2:2 (NKJV)

2 in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience.

Revelation 12:9, 12 (NKJV)

9 So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
12 Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.

Matthew 25:41 (NKJV)

41 Then He will also say to those on the left hand, "Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels."

Revelation 20:10 (NKJV)

10 The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

Revelation 20:11-15 (NKJV)

11 Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them.
12 And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books.
13 The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works.
14 Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
15 And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.

Revelation 15:1-4 (NKJV)

1 Then I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous: seven angels having the seven last plagues, for in them the wrath of God is complete.
2 And I saw something like a sea of glass mingled with fire, and those who have the victory over the beast, over his image and over his mark and over the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass, having harps of God.
3 They sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying: "Great and marvelous are Your works, Lord God Almighty! Just and true are Your ways, O King of the saints!
4 Who shall not fear You, O Lord, and glorify Your name? For You alone are holy. For all nations shall come and worship before You, For Your judgments have been manifested."

Revelation 22:1-5 (NJKV)

1 And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb.
2 In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
3 And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him.
4 They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads.
5 There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever.

Psalm 16:11 (NKJV)

11 You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

1 Corinthians 15:50-58 (NKJV)

50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption.
51 Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed;
52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
54 So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: "Death is swallowed up in victory."
55 "O Death, where is your sting? O Grave, where is your victory?"
56 The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law.
57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

John 14:6 (NKJV)

6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me."

Acts 4:10-12 (NKJV)

10 "Let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole.
11 This is the 'stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.'
12 Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved."

2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV)

17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

Philippians 1:6 (NKJV)

6 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;

Romans 10:9-11 (NKJV)

9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
11 For the Scripture says, "Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame."

John 6:37 (NKJV)

37 All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.

Isaiah 42:3 (NKJV)

3 A bruised reed He will not break, and smoking flax He will not quench; He will bring forth justice for truth.

Revelation 3:20 (NKJV)

20 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.

2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV)

7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

John 10:10 (KMV)

10 The thief comes for nothing but to steal, kill, and destroy; but I have come that they might have life, and that they might have it in overflowing abundance.

REFERENCES:

What Does the Bible Say About Hell?
http://www.ovrlnd.com/Teaching/hell.html

Welcome to Hell
http://www.clarifyingchristianity.com/hell.shtml


What Will Heaven be Like?
http://www.godandscience.org/doctrine/heaven.html#KnSCiJX4bQQA

Myths and Truths about Heaven and Hell
http://teachingsundayschool.blogspot.com/2009/06/myths-and-truths-about-heaven-and-hell_17.html

*Unless otherwise noted, all Scriptures are from the King's Millenial Version:
http://greatscroll.org