I would like to love you into Heaven, if I could, but if I have to scare you into Heaven, I will.
Probably the most terrifying words of the Bible are in Matthew 8:13. "But those people who should be in the kingdom (Heaven) will be thrown outside into the darkness (Hell), where people will cry and grind their teeth with pain.”
Again, hell is real. God MUST judge sin. His holiness demands it, and hell is the place He created for the all unsaved sinners.Many people will tell you that there is no hell. Jesus gives me a completely different viewpoint. Who do I believe - the person who has never been there or Jesus who knows the beginning from the end? I'll stick with the Creator.
If we look at Luke 16:19-31 we can find many facts about hell.
“There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day. But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate, desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
“Then 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.’ But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented. And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.’
“Then he said, ‘I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father’s house, for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.’ Abraham said to him, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.’ And he said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ But he said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead."
The rich man in hell has physical faculties and physical pain. Sight - "he lifted up his eyes and saw." Speech - "he cried and said..." Hearing - he heard Abraham's voice. Feelings - "Cool my tongue."; He was in torment and pain. (Without getting into the details, He had a custom body made for hell, just as believers have a new body in heaven.) Notice, he had an intelligent conversation; logic was used; interactive... but in agony.
He was in an inflamed environment. Like a man in the desert with the sun beating down but there is no relief for him. Multiply this by 100 and that's where he is at. There is no remedy to relieve his discomfort. Agony, pain, torment.
Points To Ponder::
Hell is a terrible place. Some descriptive words for hell:
Fire Gnashing of teeth
Eternal No rest
Contempt No hope
Lonely No time
There is not one good aspect of hell. Not a single one. It is pure terror... FOREVER.
There is continual darkness. It is always pitch black. Jude 13 states, "A place in the blackest darkness has been kept for them forever." Reason: No God, no light. He sees a glimmer across the great chasm, but never sees light. He will never see the light of God's attributes - only God's sovereign judgment.
He experiences social torment. He saw Lazarus in Abraham's bosom (a closeness to God) which he would never experience. Never, ever, ever. Imagine the feeling of being in hell and only seeing a vague view of Heaven. You are eternally reminded of what you missed. The decision you made when you rejected Jesus Christ haunts them forever. Psalm 11:7 states, "When the wicked die, their hopes die with them, for they rely on their own feeble strength."
There are many people in hell, but there is no sympathy between them. All are contemptuous (expressing deep hatred). Daniel 12:2 states, "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." No getting along. Their true sin nature isn't held back.
The main eternal regret in hell is remembering the decision made to get there. "I rejected Jesus." Remember, in Heaven there are no negative memories. In hell you will remember everything. Whatever sin you did on earth, you will long for in hell but without ever receiving it. Nothing in hell will distract a person from their passed sin.
Isaiah 66:24 says, "And as they go out, they will see the dead bodies of those who have rebelled against me. For the worms that devour them will never die, and the fire that burns them will never go out. All who pass by will view them with utter horror.” Mark 9:48 "...where ‘Their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched'." Their worms are the constant gnawing that never ends. It reminds them of hearing the Gospel and doing nothing with it. They have eternity to dwell on it. Again, fire is the environment they live in.
Also, all goodness of God is removed. Look at all He gave us on this earth. Even that is removed. Things are always in turmoil. Isaiah 48:22 states, “There is no peace,” says the Lord, “for the wicked.”
Hell is eternal torment. Verse 26 - No crossing over. No way out. There is no rest. There is no time. It's a life sentence with no death. It goes on and on. There is no hope of escape.
In hell, there are two phrases repeated over and over again. "I wish I..." and "Too late."
How is that for a place you would want to be in eternally? You can avoid all this. There is an "anti-hell" vaccine, and it's free. You MUST come to God through this Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Salvation can be yours today. God's grace can be yours.