Can Heaven Wait?

But God will redeem my soul from the power of Sheol, for He will receive me. Selah  Psalm 49:15  NASB Receive – If the Tanakh really doesn’t have a clear concept of Heaven, then what can this verse mean?  Doesn’t it imply that there is redemption from Sheol?  Doesn’t it suggest that God “saves” us from the eternity…

Howard Beale

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,  1 Peter 1:3  NASB Born again – What was the name of the movie where the newscaster stands in the window of…

The Pearly Gates

For He looked down from His holy height; from heaven the Lord looked upon the earth, to hear the groaning of the prisoner, to set free those who were doomed to death,  Psalm 102:19-20 NASB Heaven – Early Hebrew thought says almost nothing about heaven or hell.  The ideas of eternal bliss in some celestial realm and eternal punishment in a…

Go Straight to Hell

Therefore Sheol has enlarged its throat and opened its mouth without measure;  Isaiah 5:14a Without measure – Why do people go to Hell?  No, it’s not a theological trick question.  Why do you think God would send people to Hell?  Is it because they were wicked and deserved long-lasting punishment?  Is it because true justice demands that…

The Eternal Executioner

But I will warn you whom to fear: fear the One who, after He has killed, has authority to cast into hell; yes, I tell you, fear Him! Luke 12:5  NASB Fear Him– Yeshua, the Platonist.  No, maybe he’s a Stoic.  Don’t worry about what can happen to you while you live.  Worry about what can happen to…

The End

“It is all one; therefore I say, ‘He destroys the guiltless and the wicked.’”  Job 9:22  NASB Guiltless– You and I will be rewarded.  We are followers of the King.  We believe.  Therefore, He will protect us.  Right? All those terrible consequences that are destined to befall the wicked will not scratch us.  We will emerge whole, perfected, saved.  Right? …

Plato’s Legacy

By the sweat of your face you will eat bread, till you return to the ground, because from it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.Genesis 3:19  NASB Return to the ground– suveka el ha’adamah says the text.  We recognize the verb and the noun, šûb andʾădāmâ (“to turn/return” and “ground/earth”).  But do…

Fire Escape

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, Matthew 28:19 NASB Go – An article by Greg Laurie[1] uses the image of your neighbor’s house on fire to spur you toward evangelism. Laurie asks, “Wouldn’t you do something to…

What Do You Want? (2) Rewind

All his sons and all his daughters rose up to comfort him, but he refused to be comforted and said, “No, I shall go down to Sheol to my son, mourning.” Thus his father wept. Genesis 37:35 ESV Sheol – Do you find it astounding and insightful that the word she’ol is derived from the…