Strange and Unusual STORIES
by Dr. Steven White
President of PWBC
Is Judas Iscariot in Heaven?
Pope Francis has now claimed that Judas, who sold Jesus for 30 pieces of silver, could very likely be in Heaven.
As reported in Aletia.org, the pope said, “How did Judas end up? I don’t know. Christ never calls Judas a ‘traitor’ personally. Rather, Jesus calls him ‘friend’ and kisses him.”
Then he said, “Jesus threatens forcefully here; he threatens forcefully: “Woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed. It would be better for that man if he had never been born. But does that mean that Judas is in Hell? I don’t know. I look at that capital. And I listen to the word of Jesus: ‘Friend.’”
Dear readers, we live in the last days before the Rapture and the 7 years Tribulation, in which will come a universal, one-world religion (some use the word ‘church’) that will be universally accepted by the unsaved. Perhaps the pope is helping to prepare the way. We can’t say for sure.
But in any event, Acts 1:25 makes it very clear that Judas is NOT in heaven. “That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.”
Judas’ own place is NOT heaven, but in hell. There is no other understanding of Mark 14:21 The Son of man indeed goeth, as it is written of him: but woe to that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! good were it for that man if he had never been born.
To “never been born” can mean either, 1) never conceived, in which case he would never have existed, or 2) he died in the womb, meaning he would be in heaven. (Yes, we believe that babies who die go to heaven.)
But there are NO Bible verses that say, or even suggests, that Judas ended up in heaven!
Truly, these are the last days and we must stand for the truth and not be influenced to water down the truth about sin and hell, and about God’s love and heaven.
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