Study 10 – Heaven and Hell

In this study we will deal with three things:

(1) Christ's Second Coming

(2) Heaven

(3) Hell

Christ's Second Coming

God made the world, man fell into sin and God promised a Saviour. The Saviour came, lived, died, and rose again. Then he ascended into heaven and poured out the Holy Spirit. The next event is his personal bodily return. All Christians are agreed he will return but the sequence of events around his return is still a matter of difference amongst Christians.

Christ's second coming is a fact taught by Scripture

Matthew 25:31

[Matthew 24:30-31Acts 1:111 Thessalonians 4:15-17]

The time is unknown

Any system which predicts the day or year is wrong.

Matthew 24:36-42 [2 Peter 3:3-101 Thessalonians 5:1-3]

There is a need for us to be prepared, by being saved and serving Christ [Matthew 25]

Scripture gives pointers which herald his coming

Yet in these 'last times' (the time between Christ's ascension and his second coming) Christians have always experienced some of these and thought his coming was near.

On Christ's return, two things will happen

a) The resurrection of the dead.

b) The final judgement.

Heaven

What happens to believers when they die?

(a) They go to be with Christ to await the resurrection of the body.

(b) At Christ's return their bodies and souls will be reunited.

(c) We will face judgement (the evaluation of our lives).

(d) Christians will then live with Christ in a new heaven and new earth. This will be physical.

    2 Peter 3:10-13John 14:2 [Revelation 21 and 22 (It's important you read these chapters ( they are symbolic pictures of the new heaven and earth].

(e) There will be in that new heaven and earth eternal life.

Hell

What happens to unbelievers when they die?

(a) It seems they are cast into hell like the rich man in the passage.

(b) They rise from the dead on Christ's return and face judgement.

(c) Then they are put into a place of everlasting punishment.

(d) In this awful place, deprived of God's favour, they will experience endless lives filled with pangs of conscience and despair with no opportunity to change.

In view of the awful certainty of God's judgement, Hebrews 9:27, the practical applications of what we have looked at are:

(1) Be sure to trust in Christ.

(2) Outside of Christ means Hell. Therefore we must be concerned for our fellow humans and take the gospel to them.

(3) There is an urgency now to live well for Christ. Everything we do has significance.