Nobody wants to talk about hell. The imagery it projects is very scary to many. But hell is real. Jesus spoke about hell more than about heaven. And here are 5 facts about hell.
- It’s literal. You don’t have to listen to Mary Baxter’s testimony or the alleged drillings to the center of the earth (coming soon as a list topic). The Bible plainly speaks of hell as a literal place for those who died without Christ. It has fire that never quenches (Mark 4: 45), worms that die not (Mark 4:46), darkness (Matt. 8:12), a bottomless pit (Rev. 9:1), fire and brimstone (sulfur) (Rev. 20:10).
- It’s everlasting (Rev. 20:10, Mark 4:46). Many people can’t imagine hell is forever. People believe that in some point in time hell will end. However, as long as God is holy, separation from Him because of sin is eternal. No one can escape from it. You can’t escape God (Rev. 14:10)! Imagine the God you rejected will be watching you as you burn in fire.
- It a conscious punishment. Read the story of the Rich man and Lazarus on Luke 16:20-31. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth (Matt. 13:42).
- Satan doesn’t rule there. It’s a popular idea that Satan reigns over hell. The truth is God rules hell. Christ has the keys to it (Rev. 1:8, and not Peter). Eventually Satan and his cohorts will be thrown in hell in the end times (Rev. 20:10).
- Hell will eventually be thrown into the lake of fire. Revelation 20:14 “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.”Bible commentators interprets this as the end of hell in his work as receiving the damned and the victory of Christ (1 Cor. 15:55).
- Good people will go there. It’s quite shocking that good people will burn in hell. They might even know Jesus, read the Bible or attend church. You can read about them on Matthew 7:21-23. Many will get the surprise of their life when God Himself rejects them. God doesn’t base His salvation on what we are and what we accomplish. It’s based on how we respond to the gospel of Christ. Have you accepted His Son?
- God doesn’t want you to go there. 2 Peter 3:9 ” The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish (in hell) , but that all should come to repentance.” Many people ask how a loving God can send people to hell. The question should be: what did God accomplished for us to avoid going to hell. God who is rich in mercy doesn’t want people to go there but be saved by the gospel of Christ. The ultimate reason for the gospel is not just to deliver people from hell but reconcile them to God. Repent and believe the gospel today.
Thanks for reading! Anything you may add to the list?
(originally from my Facebook Notes, Spetember 14, 2011)