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HELL

Hell is a place of unquenchable fire;

 

Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.  (Matthew 3:12)

 

The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.  ( Matthew 13:41, 42)

 

And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched.  (Mark 9:43)

 

A place of memory and remorse;

 

In Luke 16: 19-31 the unsaved rich man experienced memory and remorse over his lost condition in Hades.

 

A place of thirst;

 

And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.  (Luke 16:24)

 

A place of misery and pain;

 

The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall 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 ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosover receiveth the mark of his name.  (Revelation 14:10,11)

 

A place of separation;

 

Often the unsaved man jokes about Hell in the following manner: “Well , if I do go to Hell, I won’t be lonely, for all my friends will be there too.“  But quite the opposite is true!  In at least four separate passages Gehenna Hell is called “the second death.”

 

He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.  (Revelation 2:11)

 

Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.  And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.  (Revelation 20:6,15)

 

But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.  (Revelation 21:8)

 

Thus Hell is literally the second death, for the sinner will be forever separated from God, and, inasmuch as Gehenna is a place of darkness, this separation will doubtless isolate him from the companionship of unsaved friends as well.

 

Thus, the worst thing about Hell is closely connected to the best thing about Heaven, and that is, the first is a place where Jesus Christ will be conspicuously absent, while the second location is a place where he will be conspicuously present!

 

A place originally prepared for Satan and his hosts;

 

Perhaps the saddest fact about Hell is that unsaved man goes there as an uninvited guest, so to speak.  Note Jesus words:  Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.  (Matthew 25:41)

 

How tragic, therefore, that the sinner will refuse Heaven, the place prepared for all repenting men, only to eventually descend into Hell, a place originally not created for him!

 

A place created for all eternity;

 

The Greek word for “everlasting” is aionios, and is found seventy-one times in the New Testament.  Sixty-four of these instances are in reference to God, such as His eternal power, spirit, kingdom, covenant, etc.  The remaining seven instances are directly related to the duration of Hell.  In other words, Hell will continue as long as God’s works continue, which is forever!  Many passages bring this truth out.

 

And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.  (Daniel 12:2)

 

And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.  (Matthew 25:46)

 

Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, 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.  (Jude 1:7)

 

Without a doubt the most difficult truth to accept, even for Christians, is the duration of Hell.  One might understand a sixty-five-year old sinner going to Hell for sixty-five years, or 650, or 6500, or even 65 million years.  But why the endless ages?  How can a just God rightfully punish forever those sins which were committed in a brief period of time on earth?

 

A full answer to this exists only in the mind of God.  However, Hell does vividly demonstrate the heinousness of sin and the holiness of God.  Thus, sins against God’s eternal holiness can only be punished by God’s eternal justice.

 

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