I’m going to try to write this without crying, because it’ll make it harder for me to type. But there is something happening in South Africa which God has placed on my heart with such a heaviness that last night when I went to pray for them, my heart broke and I simply couldn’t help but cry.
The stories I have heard fo the farm attacks in particular – the suffering and torture the white Boer and Afrikaner people have suffered at the hands of the black majority would make you blench, and as I thought about them last night, crying out to God to hear my prayers for them, I was struck by the vileness of the lie of Hell.
If you believe in Hell, then I’m sorry for you. I’m sorry that for you a Boer husband who is tied up and forced to watch as his wife is raped with a broken bottle… forced to watch as his wife and children are killed savagely. Sometimes they let those husbands live – now that is torment, don’t you think? I’m sorry that for you, believer in Hell, there is a worse place you can imagine for this husband if he doesn’t know Jesus?
I’m sorry but I want to spit in your eye for such words, because if you look in the bible you cannot find the Hell you so badly want to condemn others to. I know that temptation (mostly for the Rothschilds and Rockefellers, when I have those moments), but it’s not there.
God said to Adam and Eve that when they ate of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil that they would ‘surely die’ – not that they would surely die and be tormented in the flames of Hell for all eternity.
In the Law of Moses, God said that we were to do His law, and follow His statutes and that if we did He would bless us, and that if we didn’t He would curse us. He told us exactly what those curses would be (and we are under them now). He did not say that we would be tormented after death.
In fact Job longed for his bed in Sheol – for him that was a place of rest.
O that in Sheol Thou wouldst conceal me, Hide me till the turning of Thine anger, Set for me a limit, and remember me.
In 1 John 3:4 we are told: “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.”
Sin is transgression of the law, and death is the final penalty for sin according to the Torah.
Let me just be clear here – if the consequences of sin are death, and if Jesus died a substitutionary death for your sins and mine, then the consequences of sin can only be death – not torment in hell for all eternity.
But we have perverted the bible for our own ends. How many of you, dear believers, were scared out of Hell in order to get saved? Does that make you love God? I don’t think so!
In fact the bible is clear in God’s law – that suffering is a consequence of not following His law – and I’m not in any fragment of a moment saying that one single South African deserves what is taking place there – I don’t know their sins, and I am not their judge. That kind of torment is, in my mind NEVER justified, and I do not believe it is appointed by God either. It is pure evil – unalloyed by civility, or by education. These people conducting these farm attacks are savages filled with hate. These aren’t robberies, they are hate crimes.
One last thing in this rant, and then, I promise I’ll go and eat something (and maybe feel better) is the issue of Gehenna.
Jesus talked about Gehenna.
I know Gehenna – I’ve been through the gates of it – it’s sin and depravity – a current life place, not an afterlife place. I know one or two people who are in Gehenna right now – sinning to the point where the sin is their reason for being. If you don’t think that torment is enough, and you still want Hell then ask yourself this:
If there is an afterlife Hell then everyone gets eternal life. If you believe there are souls in Hell right now then you believe in two judgement days. The lake of fire is the second death, we are told – the second death, yet it’s an eternal life? Of torture? The bible has already told us that the dead know nothing: Ecc 9:5 “For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.”
We can twist the word of God, and make it say what we want – we can mistranslate it, and we can simply take it out of context, yet what we cannot do is insert Hell into the Torah. We cannot do that because it’s not there. Feel free to correct me – show me chapter and verse…
Please will you take a moment to pray with me for South Africa:
Heavenly Father remember your people the Boers and the Afrikaners – LORD we cry out to you to protect them, and to raise up amongst them strong leaders with godly righteousness to set right the evil which is currently rife there. This violent place where suffering and poverty also abound – LORD we stand with them in prayer – we lift them up to you, and pray you will preserve them from further anguish. Send your Angels, Father, to protect them and to fight the battles in the unseen which take place there daily. Educate your people, LORD, bring to them all the knowledge they need to fight for their lives. This we pray in the name of your beloved Son Yeshua. Amen.
I don’t have words for the anguish I feel when I think of them now – last night it was all I could do to pray in tongues, because I couldn’t find words to pray.
Please keep them daily in your prayers.
God Bless you