Post 023 (April 5, 2000)
JUDAS WAS UNSUCCESSFUL IN COMMITTING SUICIDE
Was Judas successful in committing suicide? The Holy Spirit told us that he was not. Jesus promised His 12 apostles including Judas Iscariot that they will be with Him in Heaven. Judas had a role to play, that is, to betray our Lord Jesus. That was His role. But God did not allow him to die by suicide. Unknown to people, Judas was hit by lightning, according to the Holy Spirit. This was what killed him. His trying to commit suicide was thwarted. Lightning killed him before he was able to take his own life.
We read in Matthew 27:3-10 a repentant Judas, who, after seeing his Master that he betrayed was condemned, brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders. When they rejected, Judas threw down the pieces of silver in the temple, departed, and hanged himself.
In Acts 1:18, it states that "Judas bought a field with the reward of his wickedness; and falling headlong, he burst open in the middle and all his bowels gushed out." (The Holy Bible, Revised Standard Version)
From these verses, we can say that Judas did not succeed in his attempt to commit suicide because he fell and burst open in the middle causing his internal organs to gush out. There must be something that caused him to fall headlong, and this, according to the Holy Spirit, was caused by his being hit by lightning.
Also, in Acts 1:16-17, Peter said that "the Scripture had to be fulfilled concerning Judas who was guide to those who arrested Jesus." Peter also said that "Judas was numbered among them and was allotted his share in ministry."
The Holy Spirit confirmed the role of Judas Iscariot of betraying Jesus so that the Scripture would be fulfilled. The Holy Spirit also confirmed the promise of Jesus to His 12 apostles including Judas Iscariot that they will be with Him in Heaven. Because of this God did not allow the attempted suicide of Judas to succeed. The Holy Spirit told us that suicide is unpardonable. If Judas was successful in committing suicide, he would not be with Jesus in Heaven.