The word ‘reality’ means actual being or existence of something. It is not imagination, fiction or a mere idea. It is something you can see with your eyes and touch with your hands. Dear reader, if you don’t know before, I must tell you that both heaven and hell are real places and not the figment of the imagination of anybody. They are as real as where you live, or this little piece of paper in your hand.
How do I know? I know because Jesus Christ, who came from heaven and saw it all, said so many times in the Holy Bible which can never lie. He told us the story of two men, Lazarus and the rich man, who once lived and died (Luke 16: 19-31). Lazarus went to heaven, while the rich man went to hell. The rich man cried in hell, “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”(verse 24). Abraham replied, “but now he (Lazarus) is comforted and you are tormented”(verse 25).
From this passage, we can learn two important facts about heaven and hell. First, heaven is a place of comfort and everlasting joy for the RIGHTEOUS only. Heaven is the dwelling place of God. It is an incomparable place where the righteous will find total freedom from all problems, headaches, tragedies and disasters. There, “God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed”(Revelation 21:4). The streets are paved with pure gold (Revelation 21:21). The best five-star hotel in the world cannot in any way be compared with the mansions in heaven (John 14:2). There will be no night there and no need for light, God will be their light. (Revelation 22:5). No human words can adequately capture the glory and splendor of heaven.
Second, hell is a real place of everlasting torment or punishment for the UNRIGHTEOUS where “their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched” (Mark 9:46-48). God did not make hell fire for human beings. It was made for the devil and his angels (Matthews 25:41); but many people will go there because of unbelief and ignorance. It must be pointed out here that there is no intermediate state between heaven and hell. There is no purgatory where sins are purged, “And as it is appointed for men to die once but after this judgement “(Hebrew 9:27).
In His great mercy, God had permitted thousands all over the world to experience heaven and hell and come back to warn us. They include Robert Liardon, documented in his book, “I Saw Heaven”
(www.roberliardon.org)’ Mary Baxter, “A Divine Revelation of Heaven”(www.mbaxterdivinerevelation.org)’ Choo Thomas, “Heaven is So Real”(www.choothomas.org) and Augustus Chidozie of Nigeria who died for four days and came back to life. On top of these experiences, something extra-ordinary happened around 1989 in Russia which is reputed not to believe in God .A group of Russian scientists drilled a hole in Siberia to a depth of 9 miles (14 kilometres). The temperature deep down was 2000 oF (1,090 oC). Their microphones picked up the tormented screams of people deep down, thus confirming the account of the Bible that hell is below the earth (Ephesians 4:9-10).
The critical question any wise person should address is: “How do I
make heaven”? Jesus is the only way to heaven. He said, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No man comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). He is the only Way to heaven because it was His death on the cross that reconciled us to God (2Corinthians 5:19). All human beings are sinners because of the sin of Adam, the ancestor of all human beings, (Romans 3:23). The penalty for sin is death (Romans 6:23); but God has no pleasure in the death of a sinner (Ezekiel 33:11). He therefore sent His Son, Jesus Christ to die in our place (1 Peter 3:18) because without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sin (Hebrews 9:22). It is only the precious blood of Jesus that makes us RIGHTEOUS before God, not the work of our hands which are like a filthy rag before God (Isaiah 64:6)
Dear Reader, I invite you to surrender your life to Jesus so that you
can spend eternity with Him in heaven. If you reject Him, you will spend eternity in hell fire. The decision is yours. If you want to surrender your life to Jesus, please pray this prayer sincerely from the bottom of your heart: “Lord Jesus, I believe that You are the only Way to heaven. You died and rose again to save me. Forgive my sin and cleanse me with Your precious blood. Come into my life and be Lord for ever. Thank You for saving me. Amen.”