Looking down from Jerusalem on the south you can see the Hinnom Valley, the
Gehenna of the New Testament (please see Sheol/Hell/Gehenna),
where the gates of hell are said to be. This valley connects with the Kidron to
form the "Valley of Fire" which comprises the lower compartments of
hell (please see Azazel/Bottomless Pit) which in turn
ends up in the Dead Sea (please see Lake of Fire). This
seems to be a geographical representation of the netherworld.
Your Next Door Neighbor's in Hell
Let me give you a brief outline of this message here: No person would purchase a piece
of property on which to build a home without first investigating the neighborhood. A
thinking husband, planning a family, would not purchase a piece of property on the street
of forgotten men, in a settlement of bootleggers, nor in a section of the city where
gangsters and dopers live. A thinking husband and father-to-be would purchase a piece of
ground on which to build a home in a respectable neighborhood of decent, honest, upright
ladies and gentlemen, always checking as to whether or not there is a good school and a
good church. But if you are so unfortunate as to die in sin and drop into hell, you next
door neighbor will be the following:
1. THE FEARFUL. The Greek word suggests "cowardly" . . . those who are afraid
to confess Christ, afraid to identify themselves with Jesus, the Gospel, and Christian
people; afraid of what others might say if they became a Christian. Have you ever been
around anyone who is afraid of everything? To be around such a person takes all the joy
out of life.
2. UNBELIEVERS. The most numerous on earth today are the millions of unbelievers, and
they will all open their eyes in hell.
3. THE ABOMINABLE. This denotes the filthy, despicable dopers, sex maniacs, alcoholics
from the gutter on the street of forgotten men . . . in other words -- every degenerate
sinner who has died, or will die and drop into hell, will be your next door neighbor.
4. MURDERERS. How would you like to live in an apartment house filled with murderers?
How would you like to live in a community where twenty-five murderers have their homes? If
you go to hell you will live there with millions of murderers, including Judas, Hitler,
Stalin and the gangsters whom you know have lived and been executed in America.
5. FORNICATORS. This points to the persons who practice illicit love before marriage --
girls and young women who sell their bodies to ungodly, lustful men. Some of you precious
girls and ladies who read these words would scream and run for your life if you thought
you were in the same room alone with a sex fiend; and yet -- good, moral, clean, virtuous
girls and ladies who are not saved will read these lines, and regardless of how clean they
are, if they die without Jesus they will open their eyes in hell and live next door to
every fornicator who has ever died or will die!
6. SORCERERS are named among those who will occupy hell. A sorcerer is one who
professes to discourse with spirits of the other world. Under the Law, a sorcerer was put
to death (Deut. 18:10-12). God has appointed the lake of fire as the final destiny for all
who practice witchcraft, spiritualism, devil-worship or any kind of sorcery.
7. ALL IDOLATERS will be in hell. The teeming millions who worship idols, other gods --
the HEATHEN, past and present; great men who make gods of their business, their home,
their wife, their lady friends or whatsoever . . . all idolaters will be in hell. Would
you like to purchase a piece of property right in the midst of the jungle and build a home
amid head-hunters and monkey-worshippers? Think it over! If you go to hell you will live
right in the middle of them forever!
8. LIARS. I think a liar is one of the most detestable people on earth. You can watch a
thief, you can put locks on your doors and put your valuables in a strongbox -- but what
can you do about a liar? A liar can destroy the reputation of a young girl, a young man, a
minister, an evangelist, and can cause more heartache and heartbreak in sixty seconds than
a lifetime can erase. There will be no liars in Heaven; every liar who has ever lived and
died will open his eyes in hell.
In closing the discussion here, let me add three other neighbors to the list: "And
the devil that deceived them was cast alive into the lake of fire and brimstone where the
Beast and the false prophet are, and will be tormented day and night forever" (Rev.
20:10). Not only will you live next door to the fearful, the unbelievers, abominable ones,
murderers, whoremongers, sorcerers, idolaters and liars, but you will also live next door
to the devil himself, to the Beast and the false prophet -- the Satanic trinity! And if
you go to hell when you die, after the devil is put into the lake of fire he will point
his finger in your face and say to you, "Did you not know you did not have to come to
this place of torment? Did you not know Jesus died for you? Did you not know that all you
had to do to stay out of hell was to believe on Jesus and receive Him? Then he will laugh
in your face and say, "You poor fool! You could be in glory with Jesus now!" The
greatest torment in the lake of fire will be the continual reminder that God did not
create hell for you (Matt. 25:45), nor was it God's will that you spend eternity in hell
(II Pet. 3:9). You will curse the day you were born, while you scream, beg, roast, fry,
sizzle, gnash your teeth and beg for a drop of water to cool your parching tongue. God
help you, friend, if you are not born again, to come to Jesus now and let Him save your
soul. "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved" (Acts 16:31).
(Also read John 1:12,13; John 5:24; Eph. 2:8,9; Titus 3:5; Rom 10:9,10).
(The Revelation Verse by Verse Study, Dr. Oliver B. Greene)
See the excellent treatise entitled "The Terrors of Hell" (34k) by William C. Nichols, International Outreach, Inc. (1992).
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