Can we know if Judas Iscariot is in heaven or in hell? By Craig Brown

Can we know if Judas Iscariot is in heaven or in hell?

Well let’s go to the Word of God and see what that says regarding this question. I happened to be listening to a message from a church and they were doing a Q &  A Session, and the question came up quote Is Judas is in heaven or in hell? The pastor basically said he thinks it is hard to say where he thinks Judas is in eternity. He had no clue.  Below is a  transcript. I have also provided a link to the audio.

[[Proclaimers Church Norwich  –  Q &  A  Session  4

Here is the link >

Alex Crosses, “Is Judas in heaven or in hell?”

Owen Morgan, “Do you know it is kind of funny because I was kind of wondering if someone would send us a question like you know where is Osama Bin Laden now? or what happened to Saddam Hussain? or you know like but like the reality is I think it is really hard for us to sit here and tell people who is in heaven and who is in hell but I haven’t got a clue. I haven’t been there not yet. One day hopefully and I believe through you know my relationship with Jesus that is where I will spend eternity but I am not there right now and I think you know you should listen very carefully before you listen to a Christian who tells you that they know who is in heaven and who is in hell.

There is certain things we can’t say we know for certain and it is actually it has inspired by a very controversial book recently which Pastor Tom has done a great review on his website a controversial book by a guy called Rob Bell who is basically suggesting well everyone goes to heaven in the end anyway and I honestly I don’t really believe that and I love Pastor Tom’s response and that because I really do believe that it is important what we do in this life in terms of connecting with God. All of what we have just said about grace being accessed through Jesus. That is something that happens in this life but without wanting go down a whole another thing.

Judas if you don’t know who he is, he is the guy who betrays Jesus because he is one of his disciples. He spends loads of time with him but he actually gives him over to the Romans and well the Jewish authorities really. So he hands him over and he ends up killing himself which is perhaps why the next question kind of links in with it here. And I think one of the first things is to say it is really hard for us to know where he is but what we do know is what the Bible talks about in terms of accessing eternal life and eternal life I don’t think starts in heaven – I think it starts right now. Eternal life starts it is the kind of life that starts as soon as you invite God into your life because it is a different kind of life you are living with an eternal purpose that is eternal life. But also it then goes on once you die you live on, your soul lives on, your spirit lives on.. That is concrete and in terms of understanding what it means to access that I think the Bible is really clear that Jesus is the way, that Jesus is the only way to the Father. I think that is really clear and I don’t mind putting it on the line as bluntly as that to be honest with you.

David you want to jump in and say something?

David, “I think in both of those questions. It is as Owen says it is an impossible question to answer. But that is where we trust God in these situations, because He knows the answer. He knows in situations where people have you know ended their life. The likes of Judas you think well how could he be? But we don’t know. But God will know exactly what was going on in Judas heart.]]

That to me is a very poor response, not once did the pastor quote the scriptures or a passage.

I would also like to say to Executive Pastor Owen Morgan is disqualified from being a pastor. The Bible says in 1 Timothy 3 v 2 that a man must be able to teach. Clearly he has demonstrated in he is not able to teach God’s Word and he has demonstrated how ignorant he is about what God’s Word says.

1 Timothy 3 v 2 (NKJV – New King James Version)

A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, of good behavior, hospitable, able to teach;

Paul also says a pastor must study to show himself approved, rightly handling the Word of truth.  (2 Timothy 2 v 12). Owen clearly doesn’t know his own Bible, therefore he is not able to rightly handle God’s Word. Those who fail to rightly handle God’s Word will be strictly judged by God (James 3 v 1).

I would like to bring some correction because God has revealed to us in the Bible where Judas Iscariot is. Lets look at some passages in the Bible that refer to Judas.

Owen  Morgan,  “I think it is really hard for us to sit here and tell people who is in heaven and who is in hell but I haven’t got a clue.” 

This is nonsense because the Bible does say certain sins shut people out of the kingdom of God.  The Bible also gives indicators as to who will go and who is in heaven. In the gospel of John many people believed in Jesus as the Messiah and Son of God and believed He was sent from the Father, all who had faith in Jesus as Messiah were saved. John 3 says whoever believes in Him – that is Christ will not perish but have eternal life. In John 11 Martha believed that Jesus was the Christ and the Son of God – therefore she would got saved and went to heaven. Peter as well as many other apostles had faith that Jesus was the Christ – the anointed one, the Messiah.

1 Corinthians 6 v 9-11 (NKJV – New King James Version)

Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.

So according to 1 Corinthians 6 v 9-11 – the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God. Anyone who is habitually practicing any of those sins listed will be damned. Also in Galatians 5 v 16-21 the apostle Paul has another list for those who fulfil the lusts of the flesh and he says anyone who fulfils the lust of the flesh will not inherit the kingdom of God.

            Galatians 5 v 16-21 (NKJV – New King James Version)

16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery,fornication, uncleanness, lewdness,20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Revelation 22 v 14-15 (NKJV – New King James Version)

14 Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. 15 But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.

Galatians 1 v  6-9  (NKJV –New King James Version)

I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.

According to Galatians 1 v 6-9 any false teacher who preaches a different gospel is accursed, anathema. John MacArthur says, ‘The translation of the familiar Greek word anathema which refers to devoting someone to destruction in hell.’ Galatians 5 also lists heresies as a lust of the flesh – anyone who practices heresies / false teaching will not inherit the kingdom of God.

In John 17:12 when Jesus is praying the high priestly prayer, Jesus refers to Judas as the son of perdition, in some translations it will say son of destruction and one that is lost. Now lost refers to one that has perished. The Amplified Translation puts it quite well.

John 17  v  12 (The Amplifed Translation)            

12While I was with them, I kept and preserved them in Your Name in the knowledge and worship of You]. Those You have given Me I guarded and protected, and not one of them has perished or is lost except the son of perdition [Judas Iscariot–the one who is now doomed to destruction, destined to be lost], that the Scripture might be fulfilled.

The Nelson Study Bible (NKJV – New King James Version),

John 17:12

 “12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the scripture might be fulfilled. 

 17:12 Judas, the son of perdition is distinguished (recognized as being different) from the rest of the apostles. He was never really one of those given to Christ (18:8, 9). He had never really been a believer (6:64-71); he had not been cleansed (13:11).

The Reformation Study Bible

17:12 the son of destruction. The same term is used to denote (mark) the Antichrist in 2 Thessalonians 2:3. This fulfils Psalm 41:9. Juda’s betrayal was necessary for the fulfilment of many other passages descriptive of our Lord’s suffering. Jesus understood many Scriptures as containing prophetic announcements of various details of His messianic career. He stressed that all these would be fulfilled because they were the Word of God.”   


The MacArthur Study Bible

17:12 I kept them in Your name. Jesus protected them and kept them safe from the world as He said in 6:37-40, 44. One illustration of that can be seen in 18:1-11. Believers are secure forever because they are held by Christ and by God. See note on 10:28, 29. son of perdition. This identifies Judas by pointing to his destiny i.e., eternal damnation (Matthew 7:13; Acts 8:20; Romans 9:22; Philippians 1:28; 3:19; 1 Timothy 6:9; Hebrews 10:39; 2 Peter 2:1; 3:7; Revelation 17:8, 11). The defection of Judas was not a failure on Jesus’ part, but was foreseen and foreordained in Scripture (Psalm 41:9; 109:8; cf. 13:18).  

Mark 14  v  20-21 (NKJV – New King James Version)                                           

20 He answered and said to them, “It is one of the twelve, who dips with Me in the dish. 21 The Son of Man indeed goes out just as it is written of Him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been good that man if he had never been born.

The Nelson Study Bible (NKJV- New King James Version)     Matthew and John both identify the culprit as Judas, even though Mark does not (Matthew 26:25; John 13:26). The statement that, “it would have been good for Judas if he had never been born points to the awful judgement that awaits him. Judas was wholly responsible for his actions even though he acted in accordance with with what had long been written of Christ.

The MacArthur Study Bible (NKJV – New King James Version) 14:21 Son of Man. See note 2:10. as it is written. Jesus was no victim – His betrayal by Judas was prophesied in the OT (Psalm 22; Isaiah 53), and was part of God’s predetermined plan to provide salvation (Acts 2:23). good…if he had never been born. Cf. John 8:21-24; 16; 16:8-11. This is because the terror Judas would experience in hell would be so great. The severest punishment is reserved for Judas and others like him (Hebrews 10:29). This is one of the strongest statements in scripture on human responsibility for believing in Jesus Christ, coupled with the consequences of such unbelief.

Other scriptures that are indicators say that Satan entered into Judas and controlled him like John 13:27; Luke 22:3.

John 13  v  27 (ESV – English Standard Version)                                              

27 Then after he had taken the morsel,  Satan entered into him. Jesus said to him, “What you are going to do, do quickly?”

The Reformation Study Bible English Standard Version 13:27 Satan entered into him. Juda’s refusal to respond to Jesus appeal opened up his heart to the control of Satan. He was still a responsible agent, but had surrendered to the dominion of evil.

Luke 22  v  3 (ESV – English Standard Version)                                          

3Then Satan entered into Judas called Iscariot, who was of the number of the twelve.

The Reformation Study Bible                                                                              

Luke 22  v  3 (ESV – English Standard Version)                                          

22:3-6 Satan took control of Judas (John 13:2), and it was Judas who sought the chief priests, not they who sought him. The officers of the temple guard were mostly Levites.  

John  12  v  1-6  (NKJV  –  New  Kings  James  Version)

1  Then, six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was who had been dead, whom He had raised from the dead. There they made Him a supper; and Martha served, but Lazarus was one of those who sat at the table with Him. Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil.

But one of His disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, who would betray Him, said, “Why was this fragrant oil not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?” This he said, not that he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief, and had the money box; and he used to take what was put in it.

So in conclusion if Judas is called the son of perdition by Jesus, and one who was used and controlled, and possessed by Satan.  I think one of the strongest indicators that Judas Iscariot is in hell is that in John 12 v 6 – he is referred to as a thief and the apostle Paul lists this as one of the sins that shut people out of the kingdom of God in 1 Corinthians 6 v 9-11.

We can know to a degree if someone is in heaven or in hell. If they have or haven’t trusted in Jesus as their personal saviour then they will either go to heaven or hell, it doesn’t matter what you else you believe if you don’t believe in Jesus Christ then you like Judas are headed for eternal damnation. A lesson to learn as well is when faced with a question we need to go to The Bible and see what God says in his Word rather than relying on our own opinions – let’s use the Bible as our authority.


1 Comment

  1. William Harrison

    Very interesting. Indeed the Bible must be our final authority on all these matters and questions, not our own opinions and idle notions about what is true and what is false.

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