What does the Bible say about hell?
Hell is probably the most hated truth in the Bible. Many people are afraid to preach on Hell, but Jesus was the greatest Hell fire preacher ever. Search the Scriptures, Jesus preached more about Hell than He did Heaven. It is both easy and hard to go to Hell and here is why.
It is easy because just do nothing. Just live your life without the Lord and you are headed to eternal punishment. It is hard because you are constantly convicted but you say, “no I will not listen.”
Many people have heard the gospel over 20 times. Many people shrug off the fear of God. They close their eyes to the truths in front of their face.
Many people are in Hell right now gnashing their teeth saying, “it was a trick, it was just too easy, I didn’t think I’d be here!” All they had to do was repent and trust in Jesus Christ alone. Sadly people want their best life now. This is not a game.
Like Leonard Ravenhill said, “Hell has no exits.” People pray in Hell, but no one ever answers. It’s too late. There is no hope.
If Hell was for 100 years or 1000 years people would be holding on to that glimpse of hope. But in Hell there are no more chances. Is Hell fair? Yes, we have sinned against a holy God. He is holy and separated from all evil. The legal system says that criminals have to be punished. With a holy God there is a holy standard and the punishment is more severe.
God made a way. God came down in the form of man and Jesus lived the perfect life we couldn’t live and died for our sins. God freely offers salvation in Jesus Christ. What is unfair is that Jesus died and He offers salvation to sinners like us who don’t deserve it or want it. That is unfair.
Should a holy God allow people to continue to sin, mock Him, curse Him, forsake Him, etc. God doesn’t make you go to Hell people choose to go to Hell. I talked to some Jehovah Witness’s the other day who believed in Heaven, but did not believe in Hell. People just literally want to take it out the Bible. Just because you don’t like it doesn’t make it any less real. No one thinks they are going to Hell until they find themselves burning in Hell. These hell fire verses include translations in the ESV, NKJV, NIV, NASB, NLT, KJV, and more.
Christian quotes about hell
“I would rather go to heaven alone than go to hell in company.” R.A. Torrey
“I willingly believe that the damned are, in one sense, successful, rebels to the end; that the doors of hell are locked on the inside.” C.S. Lewis
“Hell is the highest reward that the devil can offer you for being a servant of his.” Billy Sunday
“People do not have to do something to go to hell; they just have to do nothing to go to hell.” John MacArthur
“Those who go to Heaven ride on a pass and enter into blessings that they never earned, but all who go to hell pay their own way.” John R. Rice
“When sinners are careless and stupid, and sinking into hell unconcerned, it is time the church should bestir themselves. It is as much the duty of the church to awake, as it is for the firemen to awake when a fire breaks out in the night in a great city.” Charles Finney
“Free will carried many a soul to hell, but never a soul to heaven.” Charles Spurgeon
“[The] denial of hell in the name of grace discourages people from the grace [such a person claims to] love, while leading [the individual] toward the hell [one] hates and denies… He who thinks he’s not drowning won’t reach for the life preserver.” Randy Alcorn
“The hell of hells will be the thought that is forever. The soul sees written over its head, you are damned forever. It hears howlings that are to be perpetual; it sees flames which are unquenchable; it knows pains that are unmitigated.” Charles Spurgeon
“If we had more hell in the pulpit, we would have less hell in the pew.” Billy Graham
“When sinners are careless and stupid, and sinking into hell unconcerned, it is time the church should bestir themselves. It is as much the duty of the church to awake, as it is for the firemen to awake when a fire breaks out in the night in a great city.” Charles Finney
“If there were no hell, the loss of heaven would be hell.” Charles Spurgeon
“If we had more hell in the pulpit, we would have less hell in the pew.” Billy Graham
“The safest road to hell is the gradual one – the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.” C.S. Lewis
“I believe that a great number of people are going to die and go to hell because they’re counting on their religiosity in the church instead of their relationship with Jesus to get them to heaven. They give lip service to repentance and faith, but they’ve never been born again.” Adrian Rogers
“When questioned whether the Blessed will not be saddened by seeing their nearest and dearest tortured answers, “Not in the least.” Martin Luther
“Not believing in hell doesn’t lower the temperature down there one degree.”
“Oh, my brothers and sisters in Christ, if sinners will be damned, at least let them leap to hell over our bodies; and if they will perish, let them perish with our arms about their knees, imploring them to stay, and not madly to destroy themselves. If hell must be filled, at least let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go there unwarned and unprayed for.” Charles Spurgeon
“If I never spoke of hell, I should think I had kept back something that was profitable, and should look on myself as an accomplice of the devil.” J.C. Ryle
What is hell in the Bible?
There is possibly no biblical concept that is more abhorred by unbelievers and believers alike than the idea of hell. No teaching of Scripture terrifies our mind more than the possibility of one day ending up in a place called “hell.” Now, the question becomes what is hell and why do people loathe the idea of it?
“Hell” is the place where those who reject Christ will undergo the fierce wrath and justice of God for all of eternity.
This next statement is something that we’ve all heard before. Hell is total, conscious, eternal separation from the Lord. We’ve all heard this before but what does it mean? It means this, those who end up in hell will be cut off from God forever. Luke 23:43 teaches us that believers will end up in the presence of God, but 2 Thessalonians 1:9 reminds us that unbelievers will end up away from the presence of God.
There are people that might be saying, “well that doesn’t seem so bad!” However, a statement such as this reveals a misunderstanding of the significance of being cut off from the Lord. James 1:17 teaches us that all good things come from God. When you are shut off from the Lord for eternity, you experience the full weight of your sin. Those that are in hell are stripped of all good. Their life in hell will be a life of unrelenting guilt, shame, conviction, and feeling the effects of sin for eternity. Unfortunately, no one in hell will ever experience joy or embrace God’s love and forgiveness. This alone is horrific. Leonard Ravenhill said “the most fervent prayer meetings are in hell.” Away from the presence of the Lord is torture in and of itself. The greatest punishment of hell is that His presence is gone forever.
Why did God create hell?
God created hell as a place of judgment for Satan and his fallen angels. Ezekiel 28:12-19 tells us that Satan was an “anointed cherub” who was in Eden, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty, until unrighteousness was found in him. He was internally filled with violence, and his heart was proud because of his beauty, so God cast him down from His holy mountain.
(This passage is directed to “the king of Tyre,” but is metaphorically speaking of Satan. The king of Tyre was not in Eden, but Satan was. The king of Tyre wasn’t an anointed cherub, but Satan is an angelic being.)
“Then He will also say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, you accursed people, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels’” (Matthew 25:41).
“God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to pits of darkness, held for judgment” (2 Peter 2:4).
The everlasting fire of hell was prepared for Satan and his angels. But when humans joined the devil in rebellion against God, they were condemned to share the punishment prepared for the fallen angels.
When was hell created?
The Bible doesn’t tell us when hell was created. Presumably, God created it at some point after the fall of the devil and his angels since that is why it was created.
What the Bible does tell us is that hell is eternal. “And the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are also; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever (Revelation 20:10).
Where is hell located?
The Bible does not specifically give us the location of hell, but just as the Bible often refers to heaven as “up,” or speaks of “ascending into” heaven, several scriptures refer to hell as “down.”
Ephesians 4:8-10 speaks of Jesus ascending on high, but also descending into the lower parts of the earth. Some interpret “the lower parts of the earth” to mean that hell is underground somewhere. Others interpret this as meaning death and burial; however, Jesus wasn’t buried underground but in a tomb cut into the rock.
People in Hades can see the people in heaven. In Luke 16:19-31, the poor beggar Lazarus died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s arms. The rich man, tormented in hell, looked up and saw Lazarus – far away – but was able to speak to Father Abraham. (See also Luke 13:28). Perhaps it’s more likely that both heaven and hell exist in a different dimension, rather than in a specific geographical location as we would think of it.
What is hell like?
Is hell painful? According the Bible, yes! God will not hold back His wrath in hell. We have to stop these clichés. “God hates the sin but loves the sinner.” It’s not the sin that is going to be thrown into hell, it’s the person.
Hell is a horrifying place of unquenchable fire (Mark 9:44). It is a place of judgment (Matthew 23:33), where God put the fallen angels in chains of darkness (2 Peter 2:4). Hell is a place of torment (Luke 16:23) and “black darkness” (Jude 1:13) or “outer darkness,” where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth (Matthew 8:12, 22:13, 25:30).
1. Jude 1:7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.
2. Psalm 21:8-9 You will capture all your enemies. Your strong right hand will seize all who hate you. You will throw them in a flaming furnace when you appear. The LORD will consume them in his anger; fire will devour them.
3. Matthew 3:12 His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.
4. Matthew 5:22 But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.
Description of hell in the Bible
Hell is described as a furnace of fire in Matthew 13:41-42: “The Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all stumbling blocks, and those who commit lawlessness, and will throw them into the furnace of fire; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
Revelation 14:9-11 describes a gruesome place of torment, fire, brimstone, and no rest: “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, he also will drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is mixed in full strength in the cup of His anger; and he will be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever; they have no rest day and night, those who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.”
Is hell eternal torment?
Hell is most certainly a place of eternal torment.
“They will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb” (Revelation 14:10).
Jesus gave a compelling description of the torment of Hades in Luke 16:19-31. Some think it only a parable, but the graphic description of Lazarus, named by Jesus, indicates a real-life story. A man named Lazarus, covered with sores, was laid (implying he was unable to walk) at the gate of a wealthy man’s home. Lazarus was starving, longing to eat the crumbs falling from the rich man’s table.
Lazarus died and was carried away by the angels to the arms of Abraham. The rich man also died and went to Hades, where he was in torment. He saw Abraham far away and Lazarus in his arms. And he cried out, “Father Abraham, have mercy on me and send Lazarus, so that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool off my tongue, for I am in agony in this flame.” Abraham told him there was a great chasm between them that could not be crossed. Then the rich man begged Abraham to send Lazarus to his father’s house – to warn his five brothers of the torments of Hades.
Jesus’ account makes it clear that the torment of hell is conscious suffering. In the same way that Lazarus longed for a crumb to eat, the rich man longed for a drop of water to relieve his agony. The Rich man was screaming, “help! Have mercy! It’s hot!” He was burning in agony. We can’t deny the words of Jesus. Jesus was teaching everlasting pain and torment.
Jesus’ account dismisses the false doctrine of annihilation – the belief that there is no eternal, conscious suffering in hell because lost souls will simply stop existing or pass into a dreamless sleep. This is not what the Bible says! “They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.” (Revelation 20:10). Many people say things like, “God is love He wouldn’t throw anyone into hell.” However, the Bible also says that God is holy, God hates, God is just, and God is a consuming fire. It is absolutely terrifying when the wrath of God is upon someone.
5. Hebrews 10:31 It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
6. Hebrews 12:29 for our God is a consuming fire.
7. Luke 16:19-28 “There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores. “The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.’ “But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been set in place, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us. “He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my family, for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’
Jesus preached on hell
On multiple occasions, Jesus preached on hell. In Matthew 5, Jesus preached that anger and calling someone a derogatory name is deserving of judgment and even hell: “But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be answerable to the court; and whoever says to his brother, ‘You good-for-nothing,’ shall be answerable to the supreme court; and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell” (v. 22).
A few verses later, Jesus warned against lust and adultery, saying that if one’s eye was causing them to sin, it would be better to gouge out the eye, rather than one’s whole body going to hell. He said the same about one’s hand: “And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life maimed, than, having your two hands, to go into hell, into the unquenchable fire” (Mark 9:43).
In Matthew 10:28, Jesus told His disciples not to fear their persecutors, but to fear God: “And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”
Jesus condemned the people of Capernaum for their unbelief, despite witnessing multiple healings and miracles: “And you, Capernaum, will not be exalted to heaven, will you? You will be brought down to Hades! For if the miracles that occurred in you had occurred in Sodom, it would have remained to this day” (Matthew 11:23).
Jesus said that His church was invincible against hell’s power: “And I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it” (Matthew 16:18).
In Matthew 23, Jesus chastised the hypocritical scribes and Pharisees, warning that their hypocrisy was leading others to hell: “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you travel around on sea and land to make one proselyte; and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves” (v. 15). “You snakes, you offspring of vipers, how will you escape the sentence of hell?” (v. 33)
Why would Jesus preach on hell more than heaven? Why would He warn people so strongly if it were not conscious punishment? Why would He repeatedly give strong warnings? “What’s all the fuss about? I can be passive if I want to.” Why did Jesus come if God has no wrath? What did He save us from? Ask yourself these questions.
When we preach the gospel we should always preach on hell. If you see your child about to fall off of a cliff, are you going to quietly say, “stop” or are you going to yell at the top of your lungs? Jesus was serious when it came to hell!
8. Matthew 23:33 “You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell?”
Your worm will not die
One of my favorite preachers David Wilkerson gave me a whole different perspective on Mark 9:48
This verse says in Hell “their worm will not die” automatically you see that this is not an ordinary worm. This is a personal worm. There was a young man who woke up and found himself in the fiery darkness of Hell, he woke up to the screams of lost souls in Hell. He said, “I can’t be in Hell. If only I had one more chance.” As soon as he said that he woke up. It was all a dream. He was in his living room.
He looked around and he saw his dad having Bible study in the living room and he said, “dad I’m going to get right with God.” This young man closed his eyes and began to call on the name of Jesus. Right before he said Jesus he opened his eyes and he was back in HELL! IT WASN’T A DREAM IT WAS REAL! This worm refers to a guilty conscience that can’t be cured.
Some of you who are reading this will find yourself in Hell and you will go back in time and you will see yourself sitting in church, you will see yourself being taught the same thing over and over, you will remember this article, but you refused to repent. You will never be able to forget.
Some of you reading this will have this continuous worm of torment in Hell. No more getting right with God then. Stop playing Christianity and repent. Turn away from your wickedness! Trust in Christ alone before it’s too late!
9. Mark 9:48 where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.
What does weeping and gnashing of teeth mean?
Jesus foretold the fate of evildoers: “In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth when you see Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but you yourselves being thrown out” (Luke 13:28, also Matthew 8:12).
In Matthew 13:41-42, Jesus said: “The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will weed out of His kingdom every cause of sin and all who practice lawlessness. And they will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
The weeping and wailing in hell are from bitter grief and utter hopelessness. People in hell will be shrieking in uncontainable psychological pain. Likewise, gnashing or grinding the teeth – like a wild beast snarling and snapping its teeth – portrays extreme anguish and absolute despair.
Gnashing one’s teeth also is a sign of anger – those suffering in hell will be angry for bringing condemnation on themselves – especially those who heard the good news of salvation but rejected it. Many in hell will think to themselves, “why didn’t I listen?”
Those who end up in hell will cry like they’ve never cried before. They will experience excruciating pain. They will be aware of all the chances that they had and and they will feel the weight of being eternally separated from God. The men and women that end up in hell will be brought back into realization that there is no light at the end of this tunnel. YOU’RE IN HELL FOREVER! There will be gnashing of teeth because of their hatred for God. If you are not a Christian, I encourage you to consider this. Are you going to roll the dice with your life?
10. Matthew 8:12 But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
11. Matthew 13:42-43 And the angels will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in their Father’s Kingdom. Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand!
What is Gehenna in the Bible?
Gehenna (or Ben-hinnom) was originally a valley south of Jerusalem where the Jews once sacrificed their children in the fire to Molech (Jeremiah 7:31, 19:2-5).
Later, the righteous King Josiah defiled the valley, to prevent the horrible child sacrifice (2 Kings 23:10). It became a sort of garbage dump, an enormous deep pit, kept constantly burning, where bodies of dead animals and criminals were thrown (Isaiah 30:33, 66:24). It was known as a place of judgement and death, of putrid smoke, like sulfur.
In New Testament times, Gehenna was synonymous with hell. When Jesus spoke of Gehenna – it was a place of eternal punishment of both body and soul (Matthew 5:20, 10:28).
What is Hades in the Bible?
In Acts 2:29-31, Peter spoke of Jesus’ soul not being abandoned to Hades, nor His body decaying, quoting from David’s prophecy in Psalm 16:10. Peter uses the Greek word Hades, when quoting from Psalm 16:10, where the Hebrew word Sheol is used.
Jesus used the word Hades when telling the story of the rich man and Lazarus in Luke 16:19-31. It is a place of torment from flames of fire. However, it is a temporary place of punishment before final judgment in the lake of fire. In Revelation 20:13-14, “death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds. Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire.”
Hades may be the same places as the Abyss, a place of imprisonment and punishment for Satan and the demons. When Jesus was casting the legion of demons out of the man in Luke 8:31, they were begging Him not to order them sent to the Abyss.
Satan is bound and thrown into the Abyss for 1000 years in Revelation 20:3. When the Abyss was opened in Revelation 9:2, smoke rose up from the pit like from a great furnace. However, in the Bible, the word Abyss isn’t used in association with humans, so it may be a different place of imprisonment for fallen angels.
What is the lake of fire?
The lake of fire is spoken of in the book of Revelation as the second death, a place of eternal punishment from which there is no reprieve, where both body and spirit suffer forever.
In the end times, both Christians and unbelievers will be resurrected (John 5:28-29, Acts 24:15). The first resurrection will be Christians. Jesus will descend from heaven, and the dead in Christ will be resurrected to meet Him in the air. Then the believers who are still alive will be caught up together (raptured) with the resurrected believers and will always be with the Lord from then on (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).
After this, the beast and the false prophet (see Revelation 11-17) will be “thrown alive into the lake of fire, which burns with brimstone” (Revelation 19:20). They will be the first two beings thrown into the lake of fire.
Following this, Satan will be bound in the Abyss for 1000 years (Revelation 20:1-3). The saints that were resurrected or raptured will reign with Christ over the earth for that 1000 years. (Revelation 20:4-6). The rest of the dead – the unbelievers – will not be resurrected yet.
After this, Satan will be released, and he will deceive the nations, gather a huge army, and initiate a war against the saints (the resurrected and raptured believers). Fire will come down from heaven and devour the army, and the devil will be “thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are also; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever” (Revelation 20:7-10). Satan will be the third being cast into the lake of fire.
Then comes the great white throne judgment. This is when the rest of the dead are resurrected – those who died without faith in Christ – and they all must stand before the throne to be judged. Anyone’s name not found written in the book of life will be thrown into the lake of fire (Revelation 20:11-15).
Some people are being held back by friends.
I always see in debates there is a large crowd of atheists cheering for the atheist, but I know many of them doubt and start to think when they get alone. Whatever is holding you back whether it is friends, sin, sex, drugs, partying, porn, etc.
You cut it off now because when you find yourself in Hell you are going to wish you had cut it off. When you’re in Hell you’re not going to be thinking about the popularity or the embarrassment. You will be saying, “I wish I would have listened.” You will be cursing everyone and everything that held you back.
12. Matthew 5:29 If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.
13. Matthew 5:30 And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.
In hell there will be both spiritual and bodily destruction.
14. Matthew 10:28 Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
Many people think that they can repent right before they die, but God will not be mocked. If that is your mindset you will lose because you will never pull a fast one on God.
15. Galatians 6:7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.
Who is the ruler of hell?
Not the devil! Far from it! In fact, the devil is subject to “Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28). God will throw Satan into the lake of fire (Revelation 20:10), along with anyone whose name is not found written in the book of life (Revelation 20:15).
Hell is the wrath of the Almighty God. Jesus rules over hell. Jesus said, “I have the keys of death and of Hades” (Revelation 1:18). Jesus holds the power and authority. Every created being – even those under the earth – will give Him glory and honor and proclaim His dominion (Revelation 5:13). “At the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth” (Philippians 2:10).
16. Revelation 1:18 I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.
17. Revelation 20:10 And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
18. Revelation 14:9-10 A third angel followed them and said in a loud voice: “If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives its mark on their forehead or on their hand, they, too, will drink the wine of God’s fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath. They will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb.
No sleep in Hell
I used to struggle with insomnia. Some people don’t know how terrible it is and how painful it is to live without sleep. I used to pray, “oh God have mercy on me. Just let me get some sleep please.” Imagine if you can’t get sleep and you have a huge headache or some type of pain. In Hell there will be no sleep.
You will be tired all the time. Along with tiredness you will be in fire, in pain, continuous guilt, and more. You will be screaming and crying in Hell “all I want is some sleep!”
19. Revelation 14:11 And the smoke of their torment will rise for ever and ever. There will be no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and its image, or for anyone who receives the mark of its name.
20. Isaiah 48:22 There is no peace, saith the LORD, unto the wicked.
Hell is a spiritual darkness and separation from God along with everlasting torment.
Many unbelievers forget that their next breath is because of Jesus Christ. You can’t live without Jesus Christ. In Hell you will be cut off from the presence of the Lord and you will have a greater sense of dying without the Lord.
You will have a greater sense of your filth, sinfulness, and shame. Not only that, but you will be uncomfortably surrounded by the worst of the worst sinners. Nothing good will be by your side.
21. Jude 1:13 They are wild waves of the sea, foaming up their shame; wandering stars, for whom blackest darkness has been reserved forever.
22. 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9 He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might.
People like the darkness more than the light. I’ve heard people say, “I want to go to Hell. I’m going to tell God hell you.” These people are in for a rude awakening. Most people even many professing Christians hate God and God is going to give them exactly what they want.
23. John 3:19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.
Don’t listen to the lies on Hell. Here are a few lies and below I have given verses to support they are lies. There is no purgatory like Catholics like to teach. Some people teach that everyone is going to Heaven which is false as well. Some people teach annihilationism, poof and you’re gone, which is a lie.
24. Hebrews 9:27 And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment.
25. John 3:36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.
26. John 5:28-29 Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice and come out—those who have done what is good will rise to live, and those who have done what is evil will rise to be condemned.
Saying, “hell is not real” is calling God a liar.
Talking about Hell doesn’t bring in the money. Many people are taking away from God’s Word and there is a stiff penalty for taking away from God’s Word. Because of these false teachers I have heard people say, “well I don’t need to spend eternity in Heaven.” Satan is working through these false teachers. If you read this whole article there is no way that you will think that Hell is not real.
27. Revelation 22:18-19 I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book, and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.
28. Romans 16:17-18 I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them. For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive.
The saddest part of all of this is that most people are going to hell.
Most church goers are going to hell. Over 90% of people are going to be burning in Hell. Most people hate God and most people want to keep their sins. Many people who have read this article from start to finish will one day spend eternity in Hell. Have you forgotten that the way is narrow?
29. Matthew 7:21-23 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord!’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of My Father in heaven. On that day many will say to Me, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in Your name, drive out demons in Your name, and do many miracles in Your name? Then I will announce to them, ‘I never knew you! Depart from Me, you lawbreakers!”
30. Matthew 7:13-14″Enter through the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the road is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who go through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
Who’s going to hell according to the Bible?
“The cowardly, and unbelieving, and abominable, and murderers, and sexually immoral persons, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death” (Revelation 21:8).
Maybe you’re looking at that list and thinking, “Oh no! I’ve lied!” or “I’ve had sex outside of marriage.” The good news is that Jesus paid for all our sins through His death on the cross. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).
The primary item on that list above that will send you to hell is unbelief. If you fail to receive God’s wonderful gift of salvation through believing in Jesus, you will burn in eternal torment in the lake of fire.
How to escape hell?
“Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31).
We have all sinned and deserve the punishment of hell. But God loves us so deeply that He gave His only Son Jesus to die for our sins. Jesus took our punishment for sin on His own body, so that if we believe in Him, we will not spend eternity in the lake of fire, but instead in heaven with Him.
“Through His name, everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sin” (Acts 10:43). Repent – turn away from your sin and toward God – and acknowledge that Jesus died and rose again for your sins. Receive a restored relationship with God!
If you are already a believer, what are you doing to save others from hell? Are you sharing the good news with your family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers? Are you supporting mission efforts taking the good news of salvation to those around the world who haven’t heard?
Heavenly Father, may the painful truth of hell motivate us to share Your good news with those who have not yet received it.
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To tell you the truth, eternal conscious torment in hell scares me more than annihilation, which is what the Jehovah’s Witnesses, SDAs, Armstrongnites, and even some evangelicals teach. I have also heard that some people have dumbed down the reality of hell even further by saying that hell is going to a party bash. When I was a humanist for a few months, a few years ago, I used to believe that if a Christian or a Biblical cult (eg Westboro Baptist Church) was right and that hell was real and eternal, that I would make it a big party bash. I thought that it would be a place where I would meet and play with my favorite Disney pals as well as waifus in bikinis and skimpy swimuits and it would be a mega-Block Party Bash and Move It, Shake It, and Celebrate It street party in Disney world with loud party beat, Eurobeat music.
Thank God that I put my faith in Jesus a few months later and started realizing His Word and taking it seriously.
People who say and think that there’s going to be a party bash in hell say and think so because they don’t want to give up their sinful deeds and habits. As you said, people who love to keep their evil deeds love darkness more than light for that very reason.
I found this to be one of the most powerful and truthful messages I have read on the most needed teaching of hell with biblical verses to substantiate the writings. I have used this for personal bible study as well as sharing the information with others. Thank you for this profound much needed truth. One should not and can not remain the same after reading this information. It should definitely stir the soul for an examination as the Word of God instructs us to lead one to Christ or back to Christ.
It’s so touchable after I read it, may God Of Host continue to give you wisdom and knowledge of preaching and sharing of His truthfully Word Amen, thank you so both much. Glory to the name of Jesus christ.
Hades, Sheol, Gehenna are all translated as hell in the bible. Hades and Sheol are the grave and Gehenna was a place that could have been a dump outside of Jerusalem but certainly was where child sacrificing to false gods where performed.
The Lake of Fire is where Death and Hades are thrown into. Also, the unrighteous will be thrown into the Lake of Fire. All throughout scripture it is said that the unrighteous or wicked will die, perish, be destroyed, be no more, be burned up.
This certainly doesn’t sound good but it does seem to describe the mercy and goodness of the God I have come to know and Love. He doesn’t keep humanity alive to torment them for all of eternity when he has the ability to destroy them.
The Wages of sin is death not eternal torment.
The Lake of Fire is the 2nd death.
Fear Him can destroy both body and soul in Gehenna.
God alone is immortal and gives the gift of immortality to the righteous to live with Him forever.
That is the Good News
It seems you’re still in doubt about the everlasting nature of THE TORMENTS of Hell.
God isn’t going to make evildoers disappear: nope. Or else explain Luke 16:19-31.
Also keeping fires burning after making sinners disappear makes no sense! God has clearly stated in Isaiah 66:24 and Mark 9:44 that the fires of God’s Judgement on the wicked is UNQUENCHABLE AND EVERLASTING: that means the material in the fire, the souls of evildoers, is also INDESTRUCTIBLE.