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by Alan Yusko

My name is Larry Smith and I am a lost soul. During my life on earth I lived and only thought about my earthly life. I took no concern for life after death. During my life I heard the Gospel many times as well as reading portions of God's Word, the Bible. Yet, I never wanted to receive the Lord Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. One unexpected day death came upon me and I was faced with a Christless eternity.

I am now a condemned lost soul who had rejected the Lord Jesus and God's salvation. To me salvation just didn't seem important while I was living. During that time I had my family with a wife that loved me and wonderful children. I had a decent job and a pretty good life. We lacked for nothing and even had enough for a yearly vacation! Even though I heard the call to salvation many times, I just didn't bother to respond. I guess I thought my life would continue indefinitely. I really didn't think much about death and life after death. Now I think about it all the time!

After death I was brought to a horrible place where I have been waiting for the Great White Throne judgment. Time really doesn't mean much anymore to me. It does pass and I have been waiting in torment for over 1000 years. I know that after the Lord Jesus returns to earth, He will setup His Kingdom and reign for 1000 years. After that time there will be a final Great White Throne judgment for all lost hellbound sinners who rejected God's salvation.

I don't know how I left my terrible waiting place. But here I am in this huge area. When I look up there is no sky, moon, or stars. Off in the distance I can see the Great White Throne with the Lord Jesus sitting on it. The Lord Jesus and the Throne area provides all the light for this place. All around the Throne is a huge multitude of lost people. There are so many that they cannot be numbered. We will all individually appear before the Lord Jesus in judgment. I dread that thought!

Looking around me I see many faces. None are happy and there is no joy here. We have all been waiting in that place of torment for this time of judgment. Not too far away I can see my wife standing there with our children nearby. She looked at me but there is no reaction. She is a lost soul like myself and has been waiting in torment for this moment also. My wife no longer acknowledges me or even loves me. She just stands there in terror transfixed on the Great White Throne looking at the Lord Jesus whom she also rejected. I get the same reaction from my children. They grew to be adults and died without Jesus as did their parents. I see others around them and I'm guessing they must be my children's spouses and their children.

There is no love here but just terror and dread. After over 1000 years of suffering and torment, we all realize that there is no hope and no salvation for us. I no longer have a family as there is no love or family ties anymore. In fact I don't even remember what it is like to be happy and carefree. I am a lost soul and those I knew on earth also rejected the Lord Jesus. Now all that we have is fear, dread, and judgment.

Time passes and I notice that people are standing before the Lord Jesus one by one. They all bow down on their knees and acknowledge that Jesus is Lord.

Phil 2
10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Their lives are reviewed and the the sins of their lives are open for all to see. The most terrible sins are when the person has heard the Gospel but yet rejected. It is a fearful thing to reject God's salvation. Every time I see the Gospel and the person rejecting Jesus a dagger of pain goes through my heart. You see, I did the same thing! I also died in rejection of the Lord Jesus.

At the end of the judgment for each person the Lord Jesus says something to them. At that point two angelic beings carry that person away somewhere. Then the next person is brought to stand before the Lord Jesus in judgment. This process repeats as millions of lost men and women are judged. All of them had no excuse and they all rejected God's salvation in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Some more time passes and finally it is my turn. I am brought before the Lord Jesus. I fall to my knees and confess that Jesus is Lord. I feel so dirty standing before the Lord Jesus. He is so pure and sinless and I'm a filthy dirty rag compared to Him. Oh, how I wish I did bowed my knee and accepted the Lord Jesus while I was on earth! During my life, I wish I had accepted Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. But I was without excuse as I didn't want Jesus in my life while I was living on earth.

The Lord begins to review my life. I can see my birth and my early childhood. I was raised in a non-Christian family and had very little Biblical influence when I was a child. I was briefly exposed to the Bible during that time. Time passes and I can see my teenage years. I see all the pranks and troubles I got into when I was a teenager. Every time someone told me or I heard the Gospel my heart rends inside me. I was exposed to the truth but I just wasn't interested in what God had to say to me. Time passes and I see my 20's. I meet my wife and get married. Again during that time I had many exposures to the Gospel of the Lord Jesus. Each time I rejected and showed no interest in spiritual things. I was caught up in my worldly life and had no time whatsoever for the things of God!

The years pass and I get established in a good job and we begin to have our children. I still have the same disinterest in the things of God. There is one thing that I notice about my life. The more I hear the Gospel the harder my heart gets. I see myself exposed to the Gospel many times over the years. As time goes on, I can see my heart grow harder as I am just not interested and want no part of God, the Bible, or salvation. But God continues to call me and I continue to reject Him.

Now I can see myself as a middle aged man. At this time I am completely immune to the Gospel of the Lord Jesus. I can see myself react and shove the Gospel from my mind. My heart has no interest in God or the Bible and I have become an expert in pushing such thoughts out of my mind. It was during these years that my unexpected heart attack took my life. I died and went into eternity as a Christ rejecting lost soul.

I could clearly see that I chose to reject God's salvation and to die in my sins. I understand that the penalty for sin is an eternity in hell, the lake of fire. That is the penalty for sin before a Holy God. I also understand that Jesus is the Saviour who died as my substitute and paid for my sins so I wouldn't have to. But I chose to pay for my sins myself and I died rejecting the Lord Jesus and God's salvation.

I stood before the Lord Jesus completely guilty and without excuse. There is nothing I could say to Him in my defense. The Lord did everything possible to save my soul and I still rejected Him. By my rejection I was telling the Lord that I didn't want salvation. Instead of salvation I would pay for my sins myself. Sadly, I understand that God would honor my decision. The penalty that I must pay for my sins is an eternity in the lake of fire. There would be no hope and no chance of a pardon. I was guilty and condemned!

After this I heard the Lord Jesus speak to me. He said the most terrible words that shook my entire being. Here are the words that He spoke to me:

Matt 25
41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

This was my fate. I was going to leave this place and be cast into the lake of fire forever and ever. I just stood there broken and in agony. At that point two angelic beings grabbed me by each arm.

I didn't notice when this happened but I now had a new body. This body had flesh and bone and looked similar to my earthly body. I realized that this was my resurrected body! It was a body suited for an eternity suffering in the lake of fire. This body would never be consumed in the flames nor could it ever die. This body would be with me as I suffered in torment forever and ever!

The angels picked me up and carried me away from the presence of the Lord Jesus. They held me gently which was quite different from the demon that brought me down to that first place. I don't know exactly where they took me but I knew my destination. I was a lost soul and I was heading for the lake of fire. This lake of fire and brimstone would be my home for all eternity!

It didn't take long but soon the angels brought me over a huge lake of fire. It looked terrible. I was frozen with panic and fear as the angels flew. They flew me over a section of the lake and dropped me. Like being drawn by a magnet I fell toward the flames. I was about to begin my eternity writhing in pain in the lake of fire. In the lake I could see lost souls in torment. I could also see demons writhing in pain as well.

This horrible place was created for Satan and his demons. They were sent to hell by Divine judgment. I sent myself to this horrible place by rejecting God and His salvation. I had no one to blame but myself for my fate.

I hit the lake of fire with a huge splash and was covered with the fire and brimstone. Yes there are those horrible fire worms in this place as well. I realized that I would be in torment in this place forever and ever. I am a lost soul and my eternity is to be spent in hell, the lake of fire. I chose to pay for my own sins and this is the penalty!

If I could only have another chance I would immediately repent of my sin and receive the Lord Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. Hell is such a terrible place that God had to become a man and die on the cross so a person would not have to come to this place. But I had rejected God's salvation!

What about you, reader? Have you also rejected the Lord Jesus as your Saviour? Is the Bible and the Gospel foolishness to you? Are you like I was with no interest to the Gospel? Is your heart growing hard to the Gospel? Have you become good at rejecting the Gospel and putting God far from your thoughts? Well, I certainly was and look at me now!

I'm a lost soul facing an eternity suffering in the lake of fire. But for you that does not have to be the case. If you are reading this then there is still hope for you! Don't wait! Take action now! Realize that you are a sinner and that sin has a penalty. Then come to the Lord Jesus with all your heart and soul and mind. Accept Him as your Lord and Saviour! Ask Him into your heart to forgive and save you from your sin! Remember the blood of Jesus can cleanse you from all sin.

But salvation doesn't apply until it is received! I chose to reject God's salvation but you don't have to! Accept the Lord Jesus today and do not wait. Death can happen at any time and you do not want to find yourself in a lost eternity as a damned soul in the lake of fire like me!


We now end this sad story about Larry Smith - a lost hellbound sinner who lived his life and died in rejection of the Lord Jesus.

John 3
36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him

Larry Smith perished without the Lord Jesus and there is no more salvation or hope for him.

Heb 2
3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard [him];

One day the lost Christ rejecter will stand before God in the Great White Throne judgment. At this point lets look at what the Bible says about the Great White Throne Judgment.

At the end of the 1000 year Kingdom the wicked Christ rejecting people will be judged. The White Throne judgment is for unbelievers only and after they will be thrown into the lake of fire. In this story Larry Smith appeared before the Great White Throne for judgment. Here is what the Bible says about that event:

Rev 20
11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.

The Great White Throne judgment is a fearful event. Here the Wicked, condemned, Christ rejecting sinners will stand before God who is Holy and sinless. I do not think we can fully imagine the terror in the heart of all the wicked as they stand before God on that day!

12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

All the dead will be brought forward to stand before God. Each person will be judged by their works. Since all men are sinners, all the works are sinful. Each man will be condemned and have no excuse before God. There will be no fancy arguments from the atheists of false religions on that day! Each person will be judged by his works and found to be condemned.

14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

The final penalty for sin is to be cast alive into hell, the lake of fire and brimstone. The lost will live forever in torment and pain. Here is what the Bible says:

Revelation 14
10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:
11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.

Notice that the lost will be tormented with fire and brimstone. The smoke of their torment will last forever and ever. The wicked will have no rest day or night. They will be in a constant state of extreme torment suffering in the lake of fire. This is the penalty for sin for those who choose to pay that penalty themselves!

With that in mind....

Are you currently saying to the Lord that you have decided to reject the Lord Jesus and salvation because you choose to pay for your sins yourself?

Are you trying to come to God by another way other than the Lord Jesus?

Do you realize that all other paths to God lead to an eternity in hell? The Lord Jesus is the only Saviour!

John 14
6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Acts 4
12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

Did you know that to do nothing with the Lord Jesus is the same thing as rejecting Him?

Make your decision and make it right now!

John 3
16 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.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

John 3
36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him

For further information read this article to see what the Bible says about Hell!
What the Bible says about HELL!

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