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Thoughts and ministry set forth here about the Bible and Christian life.   Questions are welcome to Bible Counsel for help.  All letters are held confidential.   One can use initals or a nickname if they wish.       Readers should also see ministry on other pages of the Bible Counsel site.   Send e-mail to   R. DeWitt at  sojourning@charter.net.
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For those undecided ones who wonder, wander, and worry….

A  TRAP!
When a religious soul turns from the Bible or changes it to suit self, he/she forms a personal religion;

When one forms a personal religion he/she changes God's ways to man's ways;

When one changes God's ways he/she serves self and pleases Satan;

When one serves self and pleases Satan he/she falls into a trap;

Don't fall into Satan's trap ---hold to the Bible and learn God's ways.

UNDERSTANDINGS OF ETERNAL JUDGMENTS
[A Bible picture of judgment and some reference to saints of God]

  Some references to HELL are a mistranslation in some Bibles, and should have been shown as HADES ---see Concise Bible Dictionary, which shows Hades is a holding place adjacent to the Lake of Fire --Hell. No one yet is in Hell, but many from the Old Testament and the New Testament are in Hades now, as well as lost souls who die in this present age. The first people to be cast into the eternal fire will be the two Beasts of Revelation, then Satan will also be cast in before others now suffering in Hades. 

  One can see all reference to Hades and Hell, by understanding "sheol" and "gehenna" in sound Bible dictionaries; also "a great gulf fixed" as shown in the Gospels. All the Old Testament people who were not true saints of God are in Hades now, and they with all souls since then who die today without Christ as Savior are in Hades, even though they may be very religious. The OT saints of God who died in faith were first sent to "Abraham's bosom" (note Luke 16:19-31) --a separate section of blessing in Hades (paradise), and have since been translated up to God, when Jesus descended into Hades after His death to deliver them (Eph. 4:8-9). Hades had two sections, and others in Hades on the other side of the "great gulf fixed" are still there; and will be joined by souls today also without the Savior, and waiting for the final judgment at the "Great White Throne". 

  When the "Great white throne" is set in the air all souls then on earth who are not of the redeemed, will be sentenced there (not a time of trial, but sentencing); and they then will see the Lord who they rejected and be cast promptly into the fire (of which gehenna is a type). 

  Those of us who are redeemed by Christ will never see Hell fire, but will be translated (raptured) up to Heaven when Jesus comes for His "Bride" ---or when we die before the Tribulation time (which time may be very soon). What a day of rejoicing that will be for us who know Him. Our standing at the "Judgment seat of Christ" in Heaven will be with rewards, and some forfeiture for failure in life while on earth.  

Where will the readers here be? The writer will reply to sincere inquiries at the site: Biblecounsel.homestead.com. 

 - Robert DeWitt: 2016
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