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Hell


 

 

Many people believe that God would not punish someone for all eternity. Some people believe that Hell is only complete separation from God. To some, hell does not even exist. These are all feelings of ones own opinion about God, because they can not imagine that God has eternal punishment in store for the wicked. It is just that, an opinion. People do not want to believe in an eternal punishment. From this idea, others have created a god that follows after their own beliefs rather than a person that believes and follows God. People have created a god that loves and excepts everyone while disregarding repentance, discipline, and consequences, saying that the wrath of God was "old testament" and does not apply anymore. Old and new testament scripture disagrees with this in every way.

 God is just, perfect, and faithful. He has given his promise: that whosoever believes in his son will never perish but have eternal life. Scripture says that Hell was created for Satan and the other fallen angels (Matthew 45:41), Hell is a place of weeping and gnashing of teeth, and in the story of the rich man and Lazarus, Hell is a place of tormenting heat (Luke 16:19-31). There is no neutral, so if you do not follow the Lord God, then you follow Satan. Jesus said, “He who is not with me is against me.” (Matthew 12:30)

 


Psalm 88:4-12

4 I am counted among those who go down to the pit; I am like a man without strength. 5 I am set apart with the dead, like the slain who lie in the grave, whom you remember no more, who are cut off from your care. 6 You have put me in the lowest pit, in the darkest depths. 7 Your wrath lies heavily upon me; you have overwhelmed me with all your waves. 8 You have taken from me my closest friends and have made me repulsive to them. I am confined and cannot escape; 9 my eyes are dim with grief. I call to you, O Lord, every day; I spread out my hands to you. 10 Do you show your wonders to the dead? Do those who are dead rise up and praise you? 11 Is your love declared in the grave, your faithfulness in Destruction? 12 Are your wonders known in the place of darkness, or your righteous deeds in the land of oblivion.?

(In the old testament, hell is often referred to as “the pit”. Ezekiel 32:18-32 also speaks of the pit.)

 


Psalm 92:6-7

6 The senseless man does not know, fools do not understand, 7 that though the wicked spring up like grass and all evildoers flourish, they will be forever destroyed. 

(Sometimes it seems as if all the wicked people are rich, famous, and powerful. As if God has blessed them in every way. Not all may have become wicked until they reached their height of glory, but you can be sure that God will destroy all of the proud and wicked.)

 


Matthew 7:19

19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

( The fruits of the spirit as listed in Galatians 5:22-23 are: Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness, self-control. If you do not bear these good fruits then you are a bear tree. Both John the Baptist and Jesus taught "bear good fruit while keeping with repentance".)

 


Matthew 13:30 (The parable of the weeds)

30 Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.

(In the parable of the weeds, an enemy plants weeds with the wheat. The landowner has the weeds thrown into the fire. The weeds represent those who are evil. The wheat are the children of God, and the Landowner is the Lord.)

 


Matthew 13:40-42(The explanation of the parable of weeds)

40 “As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. 41 The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. 42 They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

 


Matthew 13:47-50(The parable of the fishing net)

47 “Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish. 48 when it was full, the fishermen pulled it up on the shore. Then they sat down and collected the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad away. 49 This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous 50 and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

  (The parables of Jesus paint a very clear picture. If anyone chooses to disbelieve, and returns to a life of sin, he/she will recieve the punishment of the wicked. Read Ezekiel 33:1-20.)


Matthew 18:7-9

7 “Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to sin! Such things must come, but woe to the man through whom they come! 8 If your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed to crippled than to have two hands two feet and be thrown into eternal fire. 9 And if your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell.”

(This does not necessarily mean that maiming yourself should be a first choice in your battle against sin. First try cutting yourself off from whatever leads you to sin wether it is your friends, work, tv, the internet, or any other activity or place that causes you to sin.)

 


 

Matthew 22:11-14(The parable of the wedding feast)

11 “But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes, 12 ‘Friend,’ he asked, ‘ how did you get in here without wedding clothes?’ The man was speechless. 13 “Then the king told the attendants, ‘Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 14 “For many are invited, but few are chosen.”

(The Lord said that there can be no wickedness in the kingdom of heaven. This man without wedding clothes was not prepared. If you are not sure that you are saved and on the wrong path then you are unprepared. Everyone is invited to find salvation and many find it, but many never keep pursuing God. Many give up having faith and they pursue their own desires, while they still try to convince themselves and others that they are saved.)

 


Matthew 23:33

33 “You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell?”

(Here Jesus is talking to the teachers of the law and the Pharisees who are hypocrites. Hell is a place for the hypocrites. For more about hypocrisy go here.)

 


Matthew 24:51

51 He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

(Jesus tells of an unfaithful servant who is found getting drunk and eating with other sinners when the Son of man comes back. This servant said in his heart, "My master is taking a long time in coming back." Then he fell into a life of sin, thinking that he would get away with it. But his master came back at a time when he did not know, and he punished him. Do you get this attitude with God sometimes? The best way to not get caught in the act, is to not do it in the first place.) 


Matthew 25:29-30(The parable of the talents)

29 For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. 30 And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

(Jesus tells a parable about a servant who is given money but does nothing with it. We are offered salvation, and ask Jesus into our life, we are given the Holy spirit as a down payment for our soul. If you do not further your quest with God to bear good fruit in the spirit, then you will become like the servant that did nothing with the money given to him by his master.)

 


Matthew 45:41-46(The judgment seat of Christ)

41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘ Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’ 44 They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ 45”He will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’”

(How many times have you passed up helping someone in need? Did judgment pass your thoughts? Were they poor and dirty  looking? Maybe you thought that they were just going to buy beer or drugs with the money you gave them. Maybe you said, "I will pray for you." Even though you were able to help them. Did you ever think that maybe THEY prayed, and YOU were their answered prayer? Help everyone because God is kind to even the wicked.)

 


Luke 3:9

9 The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.

(John the baptist said this while teaching his disciples. We are the trees, and the fruits that we bear are out good deeds.)

 


Luke 3:17

17His winnowing fork is in his hand to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”

(Chaff is the useless outer husk of the grain. They would throw the wheat into the air and the wind would seperate the chaff from the grain.)

 


Luke 16:19-31(the rich man and Lazarus)

19 “There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. 20 At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores 21 and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores. 22 “The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 In hell, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. 24 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.’ 25 “But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he his comforted here and you are in agony. 26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.’ 27”He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my father’s house, 28 For I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’ 29 “Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.’ 30 “’No, father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’ 31 “He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’”

(Even today many do not believe that Jesus rose from the dead even though the evidence outweighs the disbelief. Jesus brought Lazarus, his friend, back to life and the Jewish leaders were in disbelief. They even plotted to kill Lazarus after hearing that he came back to life.)

 


Hebrews 6:7-8

7 Land that drinks in the rain often falling on it and that produces a crop useful to those for whom it is farmed receives the blessing of God. 8 But land that produces thorns and thistles is worthless and is in danger of being cursed. In the end it will be burned.

(We are to produce good fruit, like the land that drinks in the rain often. But if we do only evil, we produce only thorns and thistles. Thorns and thistles hurt others, cause bloodshed, and are a nuisance. No one wants to walk through a field with thorns and thistles.)

 


Hebrews 10:26-31

26 If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, 27 but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. 28 Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” and again, “ The Lord will judge his people,? 31 It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

(Those who keep on sinning deliberately often use the excuse, “God will forgive me” over and over again. They say it casually, as if the excuse justifies their actions. Those who do this are not true to the Lord and they Trample over his blood. If they do not truly repent they will be caught up on that day and thrown into the fire that awaits them.)

 


1 Peter 3:18-20

18 For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit, 19 through whom also he went and preached to the spirits in prison 20 who disobeyed long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water.

(Before the law was given, there was no transgression. The law made us conscious of our sins. After Jesus died, he was in sheol for 3 days. There he preached to those who had died long ago. Even the prisoners in sheol from before the flood were offered salvation.)

 


Revelation 14:9-11

9 A third angel followed them and said in a loud voice: “If anyone worships the beast and his image and receives his mark on there forehead or on the hand, 10 he, too, will drink of the wine of God’s fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath. He will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb. 11And the smoke of their torment rises for ever and ever. There is no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and his image, or for anyone who receives the mark of his name.

  (In Israel, It is believed that Sodom and Gomorrah were located around the sea of Galilee, as well as other wicked cities that were destroyed by burning brimstone (sulfur). Around the area where these cities are believed to have been located are burnt balls of sulfur. When cracked open there is unburned sulfur inside.)


Revelation 19:20

20 But the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who had performed the miraculous signs on his behalf. With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped his image. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur.

 


Revelation 20:10

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.

 


Revelation 20:1515If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

(Those who have asked Christ into their lives and remained faithful are the ones who’s names are written in the book of life. It is possible to have your name erased from the book of life. Scripture gives evidence of this in Revelation 3:5)

 


Revelation 21:7-8

7 He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son. 8 But the cowardly, the unbelieving , the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars-their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.


 

Other Scripture and Readings

 

The Book of Enoch

 

1 Enoch

In the book of Enoch, Enoch visits a place that is described as being a place of punishment for angels. There were mountains of blazing fire, huge glittering and blazing fire, and huge columns of fire in a deep descent.

According to the book as the Arch angel guided Enoch through here there were 3 seperations in Hell.

 

Josephus the Jewish Historian

 

Joseph's discourse

In Josephus's discourse he describes the Jewish Hell or Sheol as it is called. Sheol is a place of waiting for both the righteous and the unrighteous. It is not actually the Hell as spoken about today. Although Hell is in Sheol. Part of Sheol where the righteous wait for judgment I a place of paradise referred to as Hades. The part of sheol for the unrighteous is a place of temporary suffering. There is also a lake of fire. The discourse describes a place much like that of the place described in the story of Lazarus and the rich man that Jesus told.