In the Bible, Methuselah lived to be 969 years old (Genesis 5:27). Yet the Bible says life is like vapor (James 4:14). It appears, then vanishes away. Psalm 90 portrays life as a short sleep passing quickly (vs. 5); as grass that grows and is cut down (vs 8); as a story told it’s soon over (vs. 9). You may live to be 100, but what is that when you stand at the door of death? It is a single grain of sand on the shore of eternity. Your years already are passing too quickly. The days of man are 70 years. If you are 35 years old life is already half over. Who can be sure of tomorrow?
The Bible says “It is appointed unto men once to die..” (Hebrews 9:27). Every funeral home, every cemetery with its tomb stones as ghostly fingers pointing to the sky is evidence that death is sure. Death is no respecter of persons. The young and the old, the wise and the simple, the beautiful and the plain, the famous and the unknown, the rich and the poor, the sinner and the saint cannot escape its resistless call. Death for you is as near as a car bumper, the skipped beat of the heart or even the swarming of malignant cells of cancer. Just as life is short, death is sure.
Again the Bible steadfastly proclaims that after death “comes the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). That is why men fear death. They know they must face God. The very God they had no time for on earth; the very God whose name they blasphemed; the very God they mocked by breaking His laws will be their final and righteous judge. If there was no God as Judge, death would not bring the fear it does to your soul. But men fear death because the honesty of their soul will not let them forget that they will face God.
Some preachers may take Hell out of the pulpit but God has not taken it out of the Bible. You can not lower the temperature of Hell by one degree with your denial of its existence. You have not put out a single flickering flame of the Lake of Fire by your foolish jokes of this place of the damned. The Lord God calls this Hell a place of everlasting fire (Mark 9:45); a tormenting day and night forever (Revelation 20:10); a place of separation (2 Thessalonians 1:9). In this place called Hell there will be no church, no preacher, no tracts like this one you are reading and there will be no gospel invitation for you to be saved. You must face this fact of Hell; if not in this life, then certainly in the next.
Almost 2,000 years ago the Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried and rose again the third day. He bore your penalty, He shed His blood, He paid the price of sin that was yours. He took your place so you could be forgiven if you repent of your sin and trust Him as your Savior. The Bible says “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16). “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13). Friend, face the facts: Life is short, death is sure, Judgment is certain, Hell is real and Heaven can be yours. These are the facts. You must face them someday. May today be the day you ask the Lord Jesus to be your Savior.
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Written by Evangelist Dan Souza