The Dire Warning of Hell
God takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked (Ezek. 18:23) and does not desire that anyone perish (2 Pet. 3:9). The Lord wept over Jerusalem because the people would not come to Him and be saved (Lk. 19:41). He warned about hell, not to put people in agony but to save them from it. Hell was not even created for men but for the devil and his fallen angels (Mt. 25:41).
Phil. 3:18 Paul wept… When warning
and will cast them into the furnace of fire; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (13:50)
Perhaps no doctrine is harder to accept emotionally than the doctrine of hell. Yet it is too clear and too often mentioned in Scripture either to deny or to ignore. Jesus spoke more of hell than any of the prophets or apostles did–perhaps for the reason that its horrible truth would be all but impossible to accept had not the Son of God Himself absolutely affirmed it. It had special emphasis in Jesus’ teaching from the beginning to the end of His earthly ministry. He said more about hell than about love. More than all other teachers in the Bible combined, He warned men of hell, promising no escape for those who refused His gracious, loving offer of salvation.
In the Sermon on the Mount alone, the Lord gives several specific and direct warnings about hell: “Whoever shall say, ‘You fool,’ shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell” (Mt. 5:22).
OT Hades 100 times NT Hades 10 times NT Gehenna 11 times (10 = Jesus Christ) + 1 time James
HELL: Sheol (31); Grave (31); Pit (3) 1. The unseen state; Strong # 7585 65 x in the Old Testament Deut. 32.22 and shall burn unto the lowest hell, and 2 Sam. 22:6 The sorrows of hell compassed me about Job 11:8 what canst thou do? Deeper than hell Job 26:6 Hell (is) naked before him, and destruction Ps. 9:17 The wicked shall be turned into hell, (and) Ps. 16:10 For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell Ps. 18:5 The sorrows of hell compassed me about Ps. 55:15 (and) let them go down quick into hell: for Ps. 86:13 delivered my soul from the lowest hell Ps. 116:3 and the pains of hell gat hold upon me Ps. 139:8 if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou Prov. 5:5 down to death; her steps take hold on hell Prov. 7:27 Her house (is) the way to hell, going down Prov. 9:18 knoweth…her guests (are) in the depths of
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Prov. 15:11 Hell and destruction (are) before the Lord Prov. 15:24 that he may depart from hell beneath Prov. 23:14 beat…and shalt deliver his soul from hell Prov. 27:20 Hell and destruction deliver his soul from hell Is. 5:14 Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and Is. 14:9 Hell from beneath is moved for thee to Is. 14:15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to Is. 28:15 and with hell are we at agreement; when Is. 28:28 your agreement with hell shall not stand Is. 57:9 and didst debase (thyself even) unto hell Ez. 31:16 when I cast him down to hell with them Ez. 31:17 They also went down into hell with their Ez. 32:21 shall speak to him out of the midst of hell Ez. 32:27 which are gone down to hell with their Amos 9:2 Though they dig into hell, thence shall Jon. 2:2 out of the belly of hell cried I, (and) thou Hab. 2:5 who enlargeth his desire as hell, and (is) as
Hades, the unseen world; Strong # 86 used in New Testament 11 times Mt. 11:23 thou…shalt be brought down to hell: for Mt. 16:18 gates of hell shall not prevail against it Lk. 10:15 And thou…shalt be thrust down to hell Lk. 16:23 in hell he lifted up his eyes, being in torment Acts 2:27 thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither Acts 2:31 that his soul was not left in hell, neither 1 Cor 15:55 “O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?” Rev. 1:18 I…have the keys of hell and of death Rev. 6:8 I looked…and Hell followed with him Rev. 20:13 death and hell delivered up the dead Rev. 20:14 death and hell were cast into the lake
Valley of Hinnom, Gehenna Strong # 1067 geenna. 12 times in New Testament Mt. 5:22 shall say…shall be in danger of hell fire Mt. 5:29,30 thy whole body should be cast into hell Mt. 10:28 him which is able to destroy…body in hell Mt. 18:9 having two eyes to be cast into hell fire Mt. 23:15 twofold more the child of hell than your. Mt. 23:33 how can ye escape the damnation of hell? _____:43 than having two hands to go into hell _____:45 than having two feet to be cast into hell _____:5 hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say _____:6 the tongue…and it is set on fire of hell
Tartarus Strong # 5020 tartaroo 1 x New Testament 2 Peter 2:4 but cast (them) down to hell, and deliver.
Lake of Fire 5 x in New Testament
1. Revelation 19:20 Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and
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those who worshiped his image. These two were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone. 2. Revelation 20:10 The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever. 3. Revelation 20:14-15 Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15 And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire. 4. Revelation 21:8 But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”
Last year, the U.S. News and World Report commissioned Gallup Polls on news about hell:
1952 72 heaven/58 hell 1981 71 heaven/53 hell 1990 78 heaven/60 hell
Descriptions of Hell:
_____ 6 bonds under darkness _____ 7 punishment of eternal fire _____ 13 black darkness forever Rom. 20:15 lake of fire Rom. 20:14 other death 2 Pet. 2:4 tartarus pits of darkness 2 Pet. 2:17 black darkness Lk. 16:28 from torment to eternal fire Rom. 2:9 tribulation and anguish Mt. 22:13; howling and gnashing of teeth Mt. 25:30 Mt. 7:23 cursed II Thess. 1:9 eternal destruction Mt. 3:12 unquenchable fire Mt. 13:42,50; furnace and place of horror Ps. 21:9; Is. 30:30 Is. 33:14 devouring fire Mt. 5:25; prison and abyss (tartarus) 2 Pet. 2:4 Mt. 25:46 hell and eternal torment Mk. 9:48 undying worm Mk. 9:43, 48; fire goes not out Mt. 25:41 Rev. 20:15, 10; sea burning with fire and brimstone 19:20 Heb. 10:31 fearful falling into hands of living God Mt. 26:24 better never born Rev. 14:11; smoke of torment goeth up forever and ever
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20:10 Lk. 16 glimpse of grave — door or death Lk. 16:22 only the body died, not the soul righteous go to bliss lost go to torments Lk. 16:23 conscious intuitive recognition of Abraham who died 20 centuries before rich man and Lazarus can see “far off” long distances recognition of those of life “saw Lazarus” can speak Lk. 16:24 physical desires present “thirst” experiences pain note the vivid contrast “that tongue that never lacked on earth calls for that hand that was unheeded at his gate….” Lk. 16:25 memory unimpaired Lk. 16:26 awareness trapped in destiny “great chasm” eternal separation, good and evil beyond help “none can pass” Lk. 16:27 no communication from the lost dead to living allowed wanted to warn of horrors dead have no influence in spirit world Lk. 16:28 reality of constant torment only drove him to have others flee (recent punk rocker said he wanted to go to hell with friends and fun) Lk. 16:29 Word of God determines the destiny of all, the rest passes away Abraham knew history after his death (died 20 centuries B.C. knew Moses and prophets 600-1200 years after death) Lk. 16:30 supernatural not always convince (note Christ’s miracle and apostles and prophets only confirmed faith — never produces….) Lk. 16:31 no one goes back!
(1) People go to hell because of their own works! God kept a running record to show none make it! Rev. 20.
(2) Either the King of Kings in unsparing holiness is going to drag into the light every second of your life or Jesus Christ will cleanse it all away!
(3) It will be eternal! 70 times aionias (unending) used 63 times of eternal life used 7 times of eternal death
Rev. 19:20/21 beast + false prophet Rev. 20:10 devil added 1,000 years later, still alive and well
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Rev. 21:8 new heaven and earth, yet hell is there!
Therefore, heaven to be sought. Hell fire to flee.
All afresh affirm their only hope in Jesus Christ!
From “Paradise Lost,” Book IV
Is there no place Left for reprentance, none for pardon left? None left but by submission; and that word Disdain forbids me, and my dread of shame Among the Spirits benath, whom I seduced With other promises and other vaunts Than to submit, boasting I could subdue The Omnipotent. Ay me! They little know How dearly I abide that boast so vain, Under what torments inwardly I groan. While they adore me on the throne of Hell, With diadem and sceptre high advanced, The lower still I fall, only supreme In misery: such joy ambition finds! But say I could repent, and could obtain, By act of grace, my former state; how soon Would highth recal high thoughts, how soon unsay What feigned submission swore! Ease would recant Vows made in pain, as violent and void (For never can true reconcilement grow Where wounds of deadly hate have pierced so deep); Which would but lead me to a worse relapse And heavier fall: so should I purchase dear Short intermission, bought with double smart. This knows by Punisher; therefore as far From granting he, as I from begging, peace. All hope excluded thus, behold, instead Of us, outcast, exiled, his new delight, Mankind, created, and for him this World! So farewell hope, and, with hope, farewell fear, Farewell remorse! All good to me is lost; Evil, be thou my Good. John Milton, 1608-1674