The following article appeared in the February 1990 edition of the Trinity Broadcasting Ne

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The following article appeared in the February 1990 edition of the Trinity Broadcasting Network monthly newsletter to its supporters: THE GATES OF HELL OPENED? Scientists are afraid that they have opened the gates to hell. A geological group who drilled a hole about 14.4 kilometers deep (about 9 miles) in the crust of the earth, are saying that they heard human screams. Screams have been heard from the condemned souls from earth's deepest hole. Terrified scientists are afraid they have let loose the evil powers of hell up to the earth's surface. "The information we are gathering is so surprising, that we are sincerely afraid of what we might find down there," stated Mr. Azzacov, the manager of the project to drill a 14.4 kilometer hole in remote Siberia. The geologists were dumbfounded. After they had drilled several kilometers through the earth's crust, the drill bit suddenly began to rotate wildly. "There is only one explanation - that the deep center of the earth is hollow," the surprised Azzacov explained. The second surprise was the high temperature they discovered in the earth's center. "The calculations indicate the given temperature was about 1,100 degrees Celsius, or over 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit," Dr. Azzacov points out. "This is far more than we expected. It seems almost like an inferno of fire is brutally going on in the center of the earth." "The last discovery was nevertheless the most shocking to our ears, so much so that the scientists are afraid to continue the project. We tried to listen to the earth's movements at certain intervals with supersensitive microphones, which were let down through the hole. What we heard, turned those logically thinking scientists into a trembling ruins. It was sometimes a weak, but high pitched sound which we thought to be coming from our own equipment," explained Dr. Azzacov. "But after some adjustments we comprehended that indeed the sound came from the earth's interior. We could hardly believe our own ears. We heard a human voice, screaming in pain. Even though one voice was discernible, we could hear thousands, perhaps millions, in the background, of suffering souls screaming. After this ghastly discovery, about half of the scientists quit because of fear. Hopefully, that which is down there will stay there," Dr. Azzacov added. Translated from AMMENUSASTIA, a newspaper published in Finland. Their address: -------------- TBN P.O. Box A Santa Ana, CA 92711 HELL.DOC Page 1 A SHORT STUDY ON HELL ===================== by Rick Fortier BIBLICAL REFERENCES ON HELL IN THE NEW TESTAMENT 1. Hell is located in the heart of the earth. Matthew 11:23 "...brought down to hell..." Luke 10:15 "...thrust down to hell..." Matthew 12:40 "...in the heart of the earth..." 2. There is an unquenchable fire in hell. Matthew 5:22 "...in danger of hell fire..." Mark 9:43,45 "...into the fire that never shall be quenched..." Luke 16:24 "...for I am tormented in this flame..." 3. Hell was originally meant for the fallen angels. 2 Peter 2:4 "For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgement;" 4. Is a temporary holding place for the wicked dead until the Great White Throne Judgement. Then those in hell will be cast into the Lake of Fire. Luke 12:5 "...after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell..." 2 Peter 2:4 "...to be reserved unto judgment..." Revelation 20:12-14 "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. 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. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death." 5. References on humans that are under the earth. Matthew 10:28 "...able to destroy both the soul and body in hell..." Philippian 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;" (note that the things have knees) Revelation 5:3 "...And no MAN in heaven, nor in earth, NEITHER UNDER THE EARTH..." HELL.DOC Page 2 6. The discovery of the physical location of hell could be an end time sign. Acts 2:19 "...And I will show wonders in the heaven above, and SIGNS IN THE EARTH BENEATH; blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke..." 7. Persons dead in hell have complete senses, desire, and memory intact with remembrance of what occurred before death. Luke 16:22-31 22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; 23 And in hell he lift up HIS EYES, being in torments, and SEETH Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. 24 And HE CRIED and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of HIS FINGER in water, and cool MY TONGUE; for I am tormented in this flame. 25 But Abraham said, Son, REMEMBER that thou in thy lifetime received good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. 26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that THEY WHICH WOULD pass from hence to you cannot; neither CAN they pass to us, that would come from thence. 27 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house: 28 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. 29 Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. 30 And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. 31 And he said unto him, IF THEY HEAR NOT MOSES AND THE PROPHETS, NEITHER WILL THEY BE PERSUADED, THOUGH ONE ROSE FROM THE DEAD. Comments: v 23. The rich man recognized Abraham, and knew who he was even though he had never seen him before indicating either that he was more aware after he died than while he was alive, or that he had the ability to be taught after he died. He also saw Lazarus and recognized and remembered him. Also, our souls must have recognizable features just like our bodies because he could discern between Abraham and Lazarus. v 24. Evidently after death we can speak and will have emotion. And we will have fingers and tongues that can sense death. HELL.DOC Page 3 v 25. The rich man in hell must have had the ability to remember, because Abraham tells him "REMEMBER". Also, it must be that we will experience either comfort or torment after death depending on our location. v 26. The dead still had the capability of desire, because Abraham says "THEY WHICH WOULD", meaning "those that desire to". Also, Abraham states that it is impossible to pass the gulf, thus indicating that there was no mercy to be granted after death, which rules out purgatory. v 27. It is interesting to note that the rich man still thought that he could boss around people even after he was dead. v 28-31. People that are alive now must believe and be persuaded by the scriptures. Physical evidence, such as someone being raised from the dead will not cause people to become believers. CLOSING COMMENTS The article printed in TBN's newsletter does not definitively state that they found the gates of hell. Even if they did have physical evidence, that would not necessarily persuade non-believ- ers into becoming believers. Think about this, if Jesus could have shocked people into believing that he had rose from the dead, then why didn't he just walk through Jerusalem a few days after his death with his hands raised in the air? They definitely would have known where he had been by the daylight that was showing through the holes in his hands! You might ask, "Why didn't he?". To that question I would have to reply that if it was the best method of gaining believers then he would have done it. During the forty days after his resurr- ection, Jesus showed himself to many people. But he only showed himself to those that were already believers at the time of his death. It wasn't until after the preaching started that the church began to grow. Rick Fortier 14411-114 Kittridge St. Van Nuys, CA 91405

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