He Has Been In Heaven, or Hell, for Over 300 Years – Where Will You Go?

by Rex Rouis

I saw this portrait the other day, and it made me think, “This man actually lived and died; I wonder what happened to him.”

Just as man is appointed to die once, and after that to face judgment, so also Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many; and He will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who eagerly await Him. Hebrews 9:27, 28

This portrait was painted by Jan Verkolje in 1685. Both of these men have now been dead for well over 300 years. They are now spending the very beginning of their eternity in either Heaven or Hell. Heaven is wonderful, and Hell is terrible. There is nothing in between. And both are eternal.

Someday you will also be 300 years into your eternity. Where will you spend it? Remember, eternity is forever, meaning that there is nothing after it. Your condition will never change. Please stop and think about that. This WILL be you someday. Where will you go?

If you don’t know for sure, please pray the following prayer, loud enough that you can hear it:

“Heavenly Father, I acknowledge that you are God of the universe, and Jesus is your Son. I am tired of being my own god and messing up my life. Please forgive me. Help me, I have been disobedient, and I am now sorry for my sins.

I believe that Jesus Christ died for me and paid for my evil deeds. Come now into my heart, live inside of me, and be my personal Lord and Savior. I turn away from evil, and I choose you, your will, and your Life.

I believe with my heart, and I say with my mouth that you, Jesus Christ, are now my Lord and my Savior. I believe you died on the cross for me, and when you were raised again, I was raised with you. I totally commit myself to obeying you every day, for the rest of my life. Fill me with your Holy Spirit and your power. In Jesus name, it is done! Thank you, Jesus.”

That was the best thing you ever did!


  1. Hello Rex,
    Buddhists don’t believe in Jesus. Does this mean that the 488 million Buddhists in the world will all go to hell after death ?

    1. Author

      I am sorry to say yes, I believe so. Who you believe in makes a world of difference. Believing is an awesome responsibility. Rex

    2. Patricia,
      Unfortunately, this is exactly what this means.

      John 3:18 says he who believes in Me is NOT condemned. But he does NOT believe in me is condemned ALREADY!

      I did not say this!

      Jesus did!


  2. The bible says the God has put this intuitive knowledge into every man, this knowledge to “KNOW HIM”. There comes a time into everyone’s heart to make a conscious decision to “KNOW HIM”. During those times of God’s Holy Spirit awakening our spirit man, He is presenting and offering Himself to us to “KNOW HIM”. The man in this painting and the man who painted him, as you have said Rex, are in eternity now. At some point in their lives there came a time where this intuitive knowledge of God became apparent in their lives of having to make this conscious and eternal decision of “KNOWING HIM”. As you have mentioned “it is appointed unto man once to die and after this judgement”.
    Your site and the information you offer here really paint the same picture(s) – of making decisions, eternal decisions. You present the surety found in God’s Word the promises to all who will believe. These promises found in God’s Word that you present you have first believed and made your own. It is this belief in God and His Word that enables you to write with such confidence of what He is willing and able to do – what He has already done. The truth found in God’s word, proclaimed, will always have it’s desired affect. It’s His promise to prosper it where it is sent (heard).
    What a wonderful time of year to make apparent all that God offers through this commitment to Him – eternal life. “…and this life is in the Son, he that hath the Son hath life…”.
    Have a blessed and wonderful Resurrection Sunday!

    1. Author

      Andrew – This is wonderful. And so well written. Thank you so much for this. God is really speaking through you Andrew. You also gave me the idea for another article, something like – “The Eternal Decisions We Don’t Realize We Make Every Day.” God bless you. Rex

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