Not like us.

God sees all. He knows all. As human beings, we can hardly contain two thoughts at the same time. God is also omnipresent (see Psa. 139:7–10). He is nothing like we imagine Him to be.

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Hell in the Old Testament.

When witnessing to Jewish people, it is not uncommon for them to claim that the Scriptures (specifically the Old Testament) do not talk about hell. While we must remember that the Bible is a progressive revelation—that is, more and more details and information are revealed over time—the Old Testament makes it clear that hell exists.

Sheol is the Hebrew word for the place of the dead. It can mean several things based on context: a grave or pit or the abode of the dead below the earth. Sheol is translated “grave” 31 times and is translated as “hell” 31 times in the Old Testament. Following is a sampling of verses that mention hell or describe the afterlife.

  • “For a fire is kindled in My anger, and shall burn to the lowest hell; it shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains.” (Deut. 32:22)
  • “The dead tremble, those under the waters and those inhabiting them. Sheol is naked before Him, and Destruction has no covering.” (Job 26:5,6)
  • “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.” (Psa. 9:17)
  • “Your hand will find all Your enemies; Your right hand will find those who hate You. You shall make them as a fiery oven in the time of Your anger; the LORD shall swallow them up in His wrath, and the fire shall devour them.” (Psa. 21:8,9)
  • “If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.” (Psa. 139:8)
  • “The way of life winds upward for the wise, that he may turn away from hell below.” (Prov. 15:24)
  • “Hell and Destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.” (Prov. 27:20)
  • “The strong shall be as tinder, and the work of it as a spark; both will burn together, and no one shall quench them.” (Isa. 1:31)
  • “Therefore Sheol has enlarged itself and opened its mouth beyond measure; their glory and their multitude and their pomp, and he who is jubilant, shall descend into it.” (Isa. 5:14)
  • “Hell from beneath is excited about you, to meet you at your coming; it stirs up the dead for you, all the chief ones of the earth; it has raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations.” (Isa. 14:9)
  • “You shall conceive chaff, you shall bring forth stubble; your breath, as fire, shall devour you. And the people shall be like the burnings of lime; like thorns cut up they shall be burned in the fire.” (Isa. 33:11,12)
  • “And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, some to shame and everlasting contempt.” (Dan. 12:2)
  • “Though they dig into hell, from there My hand shall take them; though they climb up to heaven, from there I will bring them down.” (Amos 9:2)

While the Sadducees of the New Testament did not believe in the afterlife, the Pharisees believed in both heaven and hell and the resurrection of the dead (see Isa. 26:19).

It would be wise to memorize at least one of these verses so you can share it in your next witness encounter with a Jewish person.ByTod Friel 

Amos 9:2“Though they dig into hell, From there My hand shall take them; Though they climb up to heaven, From there I will bring them down;

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The daily horoscope.

How many people today read their daily horoscope and bow to what it says about their future? It is not just “harmless entertainment” to appeal to the sun, moon, and stars for advice on how to live. See Deut. 4:19; 2 Kings 23:5.

Zephaniah 1:5 Those who worship the host of heaven on the housetops…

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Despair follows…

“Without grace all men are of this kind, but especially the self-righteous. Hence Scripture says and concludes: ‘All men are liars’ (Ps 116:11); and again (Ps 39:5) ‘Every man at his best state is altogether vanity’; and (Ps 14:3) ‘There is none that does good, no, not one.’ But despair follows when a man becomes aware of the reason why he is keeping the Law and recognizes that to love God’s Law is impossible for him, since he finds nothing good in himself but only hatred of the good and lust for the bad.

Then he recognizes that works cannot do justice to the Law. Therefore he despairs of works and disregards them. He ought to have love, but he does not find any and of and by himself can have none. The result must be a poor, miserable, humbled spirit, a man oppressed and frightened through the Law by his conscience, which demands and requires of him what he has not a penny to pay. Yet the Law alone is of benefit to such presumptuous people, for it was given to work this knowledge and humiliation. This is its [the Law’s] proper work…” Martin Luther 

Amos 2:4Thus says the Lord: “For three transgressions of Judah, and for four, I will not turn away its punishment, Because they have despised the law of the Lord, And have not kept His commandments. Their lies lead them astray, Lies which their fathers followed.

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Fresh endeavour.

God’s Spirit was poured out on those who repented on the day of Pentecost. See Acts 2:16–21.

“Whenever, in any century, whether in a single heart or in a company of believers, there has been a fresh effusion of the Spirit, there has followed inevitably a fresh endeavour in the work of evangelizing the world.” A. J. Gordon 

Joel 2:29 And also on My menservants and on My maidservant I will pour out My Spirit in those days.

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Chilling John Lennon movie.

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Afflict them with God’s Law.

It seems that it took all this time for them to honestly acknowledge what a wicked thing they had done, not only to their brother, but to their father. Jacob was in anguish for all those years because of their deceit. Matthew Henry said, “The office of conscience is to bring to mind things long since said and done. When the guilt of this sin of Joseph’s brethren was fresh, they made light of it, and sat down to eat bread; but now, long afterward, their consciences accused them of it. See the good of afflictions; they often prove the happy means of awakening conscience, and bringing sin to our remembrance.” There is a way to awaken the conscience without having to wait for life’s afflictions to humble sinners. Afflict them with God’s Law. Remind them of their sins by doing what Jesus did, and going through the Ten Commandments. Charles Spurgeon said, “They must be slain by the Law before they can be made alive by the gospel.”

Genesis 42:21Then they said to one another, “We are truly guilty concerning our brother, for we saw the anguish of his soul when he pleaded with us, and we would not hear; therefore this distress has come upon us.”

22 And Reuben answered them, saying, “Did I not speak to you, saying, ‘Do not sin against the boy’; and you would not listen? Therefore behold, his blood is now required of us.” 23But they did not know that Joseph understood them, for he spoke to them through an interpreter.24And he turned himself away from them and wept. Then he returned to them again, and talked with them. And he took Simeon from them and bound him before their eyes.

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