The Lord Jesus Christ said that hell was “prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matthew 25:41). Scripture also teaches that hell will be the abode of all who are unconverted (Revelation 20:15). I made the point in my previous post that hell is a real place. As a place it certainly is not pleasant to think about. Hell is horrifying.
One cannot help but notice that the bulk of teaching on the doctrine of Hell comes from the very lips of the Lord Jesus Christ. In-fact, He taught on Hell more than He spoke about Heaven1. This then reveals the seriousness of this important subject. The Old Testament makes reference to the punishment of the wicked ( and ) and there are a number of references in the rest of the New Testament (; ; ; ; ; ; ; ) that do the same. Hell is a topic that ought to create a sense of sensitivity and sorrow to any listener. It is not an easy topic to talk about because of the horror related to it. Nonetheless, it is in the word of God and must be addressed.
The Reality of Hell
Hell is real. Despite the modern usage of hell as a reference to a state or condition of difficulty and discomfort – the Scriptures teach that it is a real place created by God for the purpose of punishing those outside of Christ (). Our Lord described it as follows: a place of weeping and gnashing of teeth (), a fiery furnace (), outer darkness (Matt.22:13), unquenchable fire () and everlasting punishment (). Hell is certainly a horrible, terrifying and real place.
24 “And they shall go out and look on the dead bodies of the men who have rebelled against me. For their worm shall not die, their fire shall not be quenched, and they shall be an abhorrence to all flesh.”
2 And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.
10 and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.
9 They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might,
27 And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment,
7 just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire.
9 And another angel, a third, followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, 10 he also will drink the wine of God’s wrath, poured full strength into the cup of his anger, and he will be tormented with fire and sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. 11 And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever, and they have no rest, day or night, these worshipers of the beast and its image, and whoever receives the mark of its name.”
20 And the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who in its presence had done the signs by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped its image. These two were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulfur.
15 And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.
8 But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”
41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.
12 while the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
42 and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
48 ‘where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.’
46 And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
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You are likely to have used the phrase “I’ll believe it when I see it.” Or maybe you have said something like “I will believe in God, if he showed himself to me.” Others might say “I will believe in God if he makes my sofa disappear and re-appear before my eyes.” We all want evidence, whether it’s seeing something is true with our own eyes, or being presented with extraordinary and irrefutable events which we think will make us believe what we previously didn’t. We would believe it, if only someone could prove it.
Yes. Of course you would. The problem is, Jesus disagrees with you. You wouldn’t believe. You would rationalise it, find a believable explanation for it, or Continue reading What Would It Take to Make You Believe?
“Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.“
A Stern Warning
These words are a stern warning to us as we approach our daily choices. However when we read through Judges, the impact becomes even greater. The book of Judges is a very sobering read. Time and time again the people of Israel choose to reject God and do it their way. They did not drive out the inhabitants of the land of Canaan as God instructed (Judges 1:19, 28-36), Continue reading If You Choose to Reject God – Expect to Face His Wrath
7 Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. 8 For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.