Special Report: Once to Die, But After This the Judgment
Vol: 22 Issue: 23 Wednesday, July 23, 2003
There are a lot of bad guys still out there; Osama bin-Laden, Mulla Omar, ‘Chemical Ali’ and Saddam Hussein — but two of the worst, Uday and Qusay Hussein — are dead. They were killed by US forces who surrounded a house in Mosul where they were told the two sons of Saddam were holed up.
The world is much improved by their absence — the murderous pair could, in terms of personal brutality, give lessons to Hitler and his henchmen.
The older son, Uday, controlled propaganda in Iraq and allegedly oversaw the torture of athletes who failed to perform to his liking.
As head of the paramilitary Fedayeen Saddam, Uday helped his father eliminate opponents and exert iron-fisted control over Iraq’s 25 million people.
Iraqi exiles say he murdered at will and tortured with zeal, and routinely ordered his guards to snatch young women off the street so he could rape them. The London-based human-rights group Indict said Uday ordered prisoners to be dropped into acid baths as punishment. The Caligula-like Uday seemed proud of his reputation and called himself Abu Sarhan, an Arabic term for “wolf.”
Uday’s brutality cannot be overstated.
Uday owned Iraq’s most widely circulated daily newspaper, Babil, which he used as a platform for regime propaganda, publishing signed editorials full of bombastic rhetoric. He also oversaw Al-Zawra, a weekly published by the journalists union that he headed, and owned the popular Youth TV.
Much of Uday’s notoriety abroad stemmed from his position as head of the National Iraqi Olympic Committee.
According to Indict, the committee once made a group of track athletes crawl on newly poured asphalt while they were beaten, and threw some of them off a bridge. Indict also said Uday ran a special prison for athletes who offended him. The International Olympic Committee in Lausanne, Switzerland, accused by critics of overlooking allegations of torture, said earlier this year that it was investigating the reports.
One defector told Indict that soccer players, after failing to reach the 1994 World Cup finals, were jailed and forced to kick a concrete ball. Another defector said athletes were dragged through a gravel pit and then dunked in a sewage tank so infection would set in.
As a teenager in 1983, Uday reportedly bashed an army officer unconscious when the man refused to allow Uday to dance with his wife. The officer later died. Uday also shot an army officer who did not salute him.
Uday was so brutal that he even disgusted Saddam, who passed him over as heir apparent in favor of younger son Qusay. Qusay was no less vicious than Uday, but more subtle.
He had plenty of blood on his hands – but the crazed germaphobic personally detested getting them dirty.
It was Qusay who preferred torturing prisoners by dropping them headfirst into a shredding machine or hacking off their feet with chain saws. Qusay was a germophobic who was so obsesive that if one of his kids touched him, he’d have a special aide called a ‘cleaner’ to disinfect him.
Dubbed “The Snake” by Iraqi locals for his quiet, slithering style, Qusay grew from a pampered, pouty kid to become his father’s most trusted aide – head of all of Iraq’s intelligence and security services and its ultra-elite Republican Guard.
Qusay was the one in charge of the regular prison ‘cleansings’ in which thousands of prisoners would be ordered executed en masse to make room for a new crop of his father’s enemies. Qusay oversaw the systematic murders of as many as a million Shiites in the post-Gulf War I uprising. He personally began the executions by walking up to the first batch of 300 Shiite prisoners, calmly removing his side arm and personally shooting the first four in the head.
Uday and Qusay are dead, but they have yet to meet justice for their crimes. Hebrews 9:27 tells us that, “And as it appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” Jesus revealed to the Apostle John the existence of the ‘second death’ (Revelation 2:11) when He promises that those who are saved ‘shall not be hurt’ by it.
Scripture tells us that there are two resurrections. The first resurrection takes place at the Rapture of the Church. Paul tells us that;
“For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” (1Thessalonians 4:14)
Further, Paul explains, “Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.” (1 Corinthians 15:51-53)
This is the first resurrection. Those who ‘sleep’ in Christ will rise first, will be ‘changed’ (receive their immortal body – “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.” [1 John 3:2]).
After they have been resurrected, we who are alive and remain will also ‘be caught up with Him” where we will likewise exchange our corruptible bodies for incorruptible, Resurrection bodies.
But what of Uday and Qusay? The Bible says that there is a real hell, and after that, the lake of fire. This is the second death. It is at this point that Qusay, Uday, Saddam and all those who died in their sin will also receive an immortal body.
We get a picture of hell — the waiting place until the Final Judgment– from Jesus Himself. Luke 16:19 opens with Jesus saying, “There was a certain rich man. . .” It is important to note that Jesus did NOT say, “learn the parable” . . or “the Kingdom of God is like . . .” — but instead He said, “There WAS a certain rich man. . . ” He was speaking from His own Divine Knowledge of an actual individual. Jesus went on to describe what the rich man experienced in hell.
To keep this OL manageable, I’ll summarize the relevant verses (Luke 16:19-31)
The rich man died and is in hell awaiting judgment at the Great White Throne, at which time he too will receive his resurrection body. (Revelation 20:11-15)
In the meantime, Jesus tells us a number of things about hell.
* The lost go immediately to hell (Luke 16:22), just as the saved go immediately to heaven (2 Corinthians 5:8).
* It is a place of torment — (Luke 16:23)
* The torment is in the form of a literal flame (16:24)
* In hell, your memory of life on earth is intact (16:27)
* You have eternity to consider your fate and the eternal fate of those you love. (16:27-28)
And finally, note two things. Although Jesus refers to the beggar, Lazarus, by name, the rich man is simply ‘the rich man’. In hell, you have NO NAME! You don’t need one. Qusay and Uday Hussein are alone in the dark, memories intact, in eternal and constant torment, knowing they will never hear their names again.
At the resurrection unto death, they will stand before the Great White Throne, but their names will not be found in the Book of Life. They will never hear their names again, because they won’t need them. They will spend eternity alone, in the lake of fire, where the Bible says the beast and false prophet are.
Qusay and Uday will not spend eternity in the lake of fire because a harsh God ‘sent’ them there. It is abundantly clear that these two monsters condemned themselves by their actions.
It is important to remember that the fate so richly deserved (by our standards) for Uday and Qusay and eventually, Saddam himself, will be shared by every person who stands before the Great White Throne and does NOT hear his name read from the Book of Life.
We have a responsibility to those unfortunates who, through ignorance and persistent brainwashing, do not recognize their lost condition and their need for a Saviour.
Scripture says “Again, When a righteous man doth turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumbling-block before him, he shall die: because thou hast not given him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he hath done shall not be remembered; but his blood will I require at thine hand.” Ezekiel 3:20
Your Omega Letter exists to this single purpose. To prepare us for the work ahead. God can use you — He can use anybody, but He won’t use you if you aren’t willing.
Everybody you meet — whether it’s the kid who delivers your paper or the waitress at the coffee shop — has an eternal destiny. That destiny will be one of two possibilities. Either they will spend eternity in heaven, with Christ, in unspeakable joy, or they will join Uday and Qusay for an eternity of unspeakable agony.
The time is short, the fields are white with the harvest, but the laborers are few. “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:” (1 Peter 3:15)
That is what your Omega Letter is all about. Help us keep the fires burning. Tell your friends. Time is short.