Horrors of Hell
In our present society almost no one trembles at
the Word of God or before God Himself.
We have become a proud, although broken,
generation that is glorying in our self-esteem
and positive thinking.
Since we do not need to fear Him, we do
not respect Him and are therefore slowly
replacing Him with an impersonal god that is
more on our human level.
Religious educators and leaders have convinced
the modern preachers to present a more benign
God and gospel to this generation to attract a
larger portion of the community to their
Indeed it has, but the level of
Christianity in these churches is woefully
America needs a dose of the theology of Hell.
A proper presentation of the final
judgment and the eternal abode of unsaved and
wicked men would help shake our churches back to
Our permissive discipline in the home has
destroyed the family and is now destroying the
Three doctrinal truths must be clearly
enunciated before the realities about Hell are
taught and preached.
Commitment to the Bible
If you don’t believe the Bible is absolute, you
will have trouble believing what it says about
the horrors of Hell and the Lake of Fire.
not dare write what I’m writing about this
horrible place if I did not know the Holy
Scripture was God-breathed and perfect.
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God
and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for
correction, for instruction in righteousness”
(II Timothy 3:16).
also believe the reverse is true, that families
and society will have a greater respect for Holy
Scripture when they clearly understand eternal
The Holiness of God
Our God is absolutely holy.
He is perfect in every aspect of His
eternal being and cannot tolerate rebellion in
His universe without proper consequences.
To think of our Heavenly Father turning
murderers and rapists loose to continue the
defiling of humankind right into eternity defies
the perfect nature of His very person.
The flaming sword at the entrance to the
Garden of Eden sets the tone for how He treats
sin and rebellion.
Rebellion could not eat of the Tree of
Life lest it exist forever.
The Redemption of Jesus Christ
The cruelest thing you can suggest is that Jesus
Christ died for everyone; that He took our sins
on Himself as our substitute; and that He
experienced the judgment of God against sin at
Yet, that same God will not send anyone
to Hell because a loving God could not possibly
“For God so loved the World that He gave His
only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in
Him should not perish, but have everlasting
life” (John 3:16).
The Biblical Picture of Those Assigned To
Nothing will awaken you to spiritual things like
the picture of damned souls separated forever
from everything beautiful.
According to the Bible, the following is
an incomplete list of persons and groups of
individuals who will be lost and judged to spend
eternity in the “Lake of Fire.”
The Children of this World’s Kingdom:
say unto you, That many shall come from the east
and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and
Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.
But the children of the kingdom shall be
cast out into outer darkness: there shall be
weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Matthew
Selfish and Worldly Who Live For Themselves:
in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments,
and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his
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.
But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou
in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and
likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is
comforted, and thou art tormented.
And beside all this, between us and you
there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which
would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can
they pass to us, that would come from thence”
Servants Who Bury Their Talents:
therefore the talent from him, and give it unto
him which hath ten talents.
For unto every one that hath shall be
given, and he shall have abundance: but from him
that hath not shall be taken away even that
which he hath.
And cast ye the unprofitable servant into
outer darkness: there shall be weeping and
gnashing of teeth.” “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.” “And these shall go away
into everlasting punishment: but the righteous
into life eternal” (Matthew 25:28-30, 41, 46).
Who Were Undisciplined As Children:
“Withhold not correction from the child: for if
thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die.
Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and
shalt deliver his soul from hell” (Proverbs
Who Offend And Do Iniquity:
both grow together until the harvest: and in the
time of harvest I will say to the reapers,
Gather ye together first the tares, and bind
them in bundles to burn them: but gather the
wheat into my barn.” “The field is the world;
the good seed are the children of the kingdom;
but the tares are the children of the wicked
one; The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the
harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers
are the angels.
As therefore the tares are gathered and
burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of
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” (Matthew 13:30, 38-41).
Who Reject the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ:
flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know
not God, and that obey not the gospel of our
Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with
everlasting destruction from the presence of the
Lord, and from the glory of his power” (2
Was Not Found Written In The Book Of Life:
the devil that deceived them was cast into the
lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and
the false prophet are, and shall be tormented
day and night for ever and ever.”
whosoever was not found written in the book of
life was cast into the lake of fire” (Revelation
Fearful, Unbelieving, Abominable, Murderers,
Whoremongers, Sorcerers, Idolaters, and All
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”
Difference Between Hell and the Lake Of Fire
Remember, Hell is the abode of the wicked dead,
but the Lake of Fire is the place of eternal
The wicked will remain in Hell from the
time of their death until the White Throne
Then Hell will deliver up its dead to be
Then, they will be assigned to the Lake
It’s important to understand the kind of
bodies that the wicked will possess for
Jesus described the resurrection of all men
during His earthly ministry.
John records His words,
not at this: for the hour is coming, in the
which all that are in the graves shall hear his
voice, And shall come forth; they that have done
good, unto the resurrection of life; and they
that have done evil, unto the resurrection of
Notice the difference in the two groups; one is
a resurrection of life, while the other is a
resurrection of damnation.
The children of God will come out of the
graves with glorified bodies, endued with life
in the fullest sense.
It will be life without the limitation of
The opposite is true for the wicked and unsaved.
There is a resurrection of damnation.
Even their bodies will be fashioned in
the horrors of depleted humanity.
Every conceivable limitation and misery
of human experience will constitute the design
of these eternal creatures.
They will dwell forever in a body that is
full of death.
It will be an eternal death.
The Horrors of the Lake of Fire
The bodies which these damned creatures will
inhabit is Hell itself, but that’s just the
Let’s use only the explicit words of Holy
Scripture to try and paint a picture of this
God never intended that one living soul
would spend eternity in this place.
It was prepared for the devil and his
“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).
“But the children of the kingdom shall be cast
out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping
and gnashing of teeth” (Matthew 8:12).
This term is used three times in Holy Scripture.
We are not talking about a moonless
midnight or the condition of a dark and
darkness would suggest a place completely
outside the realm of all light: beyond the very
light of creation or a place of uncreated
blackness and darkness.
In the Book of Genesis the Bible speaks
before God created light,
the earth was without form, and void; and
darkness was upon the face of the deep.
And the Spirit of God moved upon the face
of the waters” (Genesis 1:2).
In such a place of outer darkness or uncreated
darkness, there will never be even a glimmer or
ray of light.
No beauty of a created sunshine or
sunset, a rainbow, or even a moon or stars will
There will be nothing, as we know life,
to brighten or cheer the constantly deepening
We are talking about darkness totally
beyond the reach of light.
Weeping and Wailing
“And shall cast them into a furnace of fire:
there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.”
“So shall it be at the end of the world: the
angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked
from among the just, And shall cast them into
the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and
gnashing of teeth” (Matthew 13:42, 49-50).
The physical pain that we presently
experience has no kin to what a resurrection of
The mental stress of such an environment will be
I would suggest that these words,
“weeping and wailing” is more descriptive of
emotion and mental pain than physical.
We probably know nothing in this present
world of the kind of insanity this suggests.
It will be conscious insanity, while
present insanity is more likely to be
A mental hell is the ultimate fact this
truth seeks to convey.
Gnashing Of Teeth
“Then said the king to the servants, Bind him
hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him
into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and
gnashing of teeth”
While weeping and wailing is suggestive of
emotional pain, gnashing of teeth is probably
evidence of both emotional and physical pain.
This term certainly means excruciating
pain that causes individuals to grind their
teeth, but we are talking about more than
The term suggests rage or an overwhelming
sense of hopelessness.
It’s one thing to hurt, but it’s another matter
to be hopeless of ever experiencing relief.
“Gnashing of teeth” certainly implies
that these individuals have reached a state when
they know pain is beyond their escape.
It is a conscious experience of misery --
emotionally and physically -- that will never
Everlasting Punishment and Destruction
Acceptance is a basic need of every individual.
Our Creator created the God-shaped vacuum
in man and acceptance by Him is the basis of
When the prodigal was away from home,
sitting on a pig fence, the Bible says, “He came
to himself.” In this renewed, clear state of
mental health he wanted to go home.
That’s God-given sanity.
The place of everlasting punishment is to be
removed from this acceptance forever.
Chastisements, as we now know it, are for
a moment and we know that even as we suffer.
This punishment is for eternity and we
will be conscious of that.
Please note that this Scripture
emphasizes, “Everlasting punishment from the
presence of the Lord.” The rankest sinner on
earth can still drink in the blessings that fall
on the just and unjust alike.
While man is in his present state, even
though he has rejected God, he still experiences
a multitude of things that represent the Creator
and His presence.
Where the Worm Dieth Not
“Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not
quenched” (Mark 9:44).
The reality of eternal destruction reaches an
indescribable level at this point.
The very words,
their worm dieth not,” mean exactly what he
Jesus used a word that means a maggot or
grub, which feeds on dead bodies.
It is the exact word used in Acts 12:23
which states, “And immediately the angel of the
Lord smote him, because he gave not God the
glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up
the ghost” (Acts 12:23).
are talking about dying bodies being invaded by
devouring worms that cannot die.
The only words to describe that state are
“a living hell.”
“Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly
purge his floor, and will gather the wheat into
his garner; but the chaff he will burn with fire
unquenchable” (Luke 3:17).
Here we see fire that far surpasses what
is presently known to man.
Fire consumes; therefore, we know only of
a fire that is limited to the limitations of our
Hell and the Lake of Fire are both
Very clearly, it does not consume and is
unlimited in its Fahrenheit.
The Bible then adds the last level to
this fiery judgment.
Tormented With Fire and Brimstone
“And the beast was taken, and with him the false
prophet that wrought miracles before him, with
which he deceived them that had received the
mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his
These both were cast alive into a lake of
fire burning with brimstone” (Revelation 19:20).
“And whosoever was not found written in
the book of life was cast into the lake of fire”
When you add the idea of being “tormented in
fire and brimstone” to the prior elements of
eternal damnation, the Lake of Fire becomes an
Brimstone is burning sulfur.
It is both a destructive chemical when
burning and is insufferable in its heat and
The Encyclopedia Britannica says that
.06% of the earth’s surface is sulfur and that
it is the 9th most abundant element
in the universe.
When found in its original form, it is
yellow, but turns red and then black as it is
It boils at 444.6 degrees Fahrenheit.
Volcanoes are made up mostly of boiling
It sounds apocalyptic when you understand
the changes of colors that sulfur passes through
in becoming brimstone.
The torture of this kind of burning experience
defies one’s comprehension.
No wonder many modern preachers and
students of Scripture have rejected this truth.
How can God send men and women to a
living hell? The truth is “He does not.” He is
absolutely bent on keeping you out of this
Don’t ever say, “God will send you to Hell.”
Only your denial and rebellion before His
marvelous grace can determine such a hopeless
Yes, Hell is a horrible place! Everything
the Bible says about Hell or the Lake of Fire is
It will be a Christ-less and hellish
Billions will inhabit its misery.
Will you be one of them or will you fling
yourself on Jesus Christ and His forgiving and
cleansing Blood today?
will wash away my sin?
but the blood of Jesus.”