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written by Pastor David Wood

HELL

No one likes to talk about Hell; it's a hideous thought. Yet at the same time we must admit the reality of a place called Hell. The Bible clearly teaches that there is a place prepared for the Devil and his angels called Hell. The only place we can turn for information about Hell is the Bible. No man has ever been there, observed the horror, then returned to tell about it. Scientifically we are limited to things in this life which we can observe. If men are to ever understand anything about the future beyond this life we must learn it from God. God=s Word is the sole source of information about Hell. Any other information gathered from other sources is fraudulent because it's based on man's limited opinion rather than's God's authoritative Word.
False views about eternity abound can be grouped into three basic viewpoints:

1. Annihilationism-
Annihilationism teaches that after death man ceases to exist in any form material or spiritual. This view is especially popular today with those who insist there is no God, Humanist and Evolutionist. This particular view fails to take into account that we're made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). We are made differently than the animal kingdom. Being in the image of God we're made with an everlasting soul that must live somewhere forever. Hebrews 9:27 states reality, And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment. Scripture says the wicked will die in their sin. The key idea of the word death is separation not extinction.

2. Restorationism
Restorationism teaches that God is too kind to permit man to suffer forever for his sins. The idea is "No matter how long it may take, God will eventually restore all creation, including man, to fellowship with Himself in heaven" (HANDBOOK OF CHRISTIAN TRUTH). Most religions that reject the Bible or add to it will take exception to Scripture in this area. To reject this point of Scripture is to reject the Holiness of God. Romans 3:23 "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." Hebrews 7:26 "For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens." Because of His character, God cannot be defiled by sin. There must be a place of eternal punishment separated from God's presence; God must maintain His Holiness. But 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 (Revelation 21:8).

3. Presentism
Presentism teaches that men experience their heaven or hell right here in this present life. Reward for goodness or revenge for sin is meted out here on this earth. Now, while it is true that we reap what we sow here, this life is not the ultimate reward or payment. There is much to come. Hebrews 9:27


In the languages in which the Bible was written several different terms are used which are translated "Hell" in our English Bibles. In the Old Testament Hebrew sheol is translated grave or hell. It has the root idea of a "Hollow place." The word refers in every case to the realm of the dead, but can be used to indicate one of three meanings: 1) sheol can mean "grave" as in a specific location for the dead (Prov. 1:12 Num. 16:33 Jonah 2:2). 2) sheol can indicate a concept of death but continued existence (Psalm 18:5 Gen. 37:35 I Sam. 2:6 Job 14:13 Psalm 16:10). 3) sheol is used in specific instances to show God's judgement upon the wicked and the burning in the lowest hell (Prov. 9:17 Deut. 32:22 Prov. 15:24 Isaiah 14:14,15).

In the New Testament Greek the word hades is used to indicate an temporary abiding place of the dead, similar to the second usage of sheol. "It never denotes the grave, nor is it the permanent region of the lost... it is between the decease and the doom of gehenna" (VINE'S). Four times the Lord Jesus used this term (Matt 11:23 16:18 Luke 10:15 16:23). It is used of the Lord in Acts 2:27 and 31. Christ proclaimed he has the keys of it in Revelation 1:18. Luke 16:19-31 is the most descriptive passage of the place called hades. It speaks of two compartments with a great gulf fixed between the two. The righteous side it is referred to as Paradise. Abraham was there and we know that Abraham was saved by faith. So was Lazarus. Luke 16:19-31 goes on to describe the unrighteous side of hades. The souls and spirits of unbelievers are still confined in this compartment of torment awaiting the Great White Throne judgement where they will be sentenced to an eternal destiny in the lake of fire and brimstone.

Another term used in the Greek New Testament is the word gehenna. Each time it was used by the Lord Jesus. He used it as a prophetic symbol of judgement (Matt 23:33). It speaks of the final destiny of the wicked described as the lake of fire. Revelation 20:11-15 describes this final scene. Hell was originally prepared for the Devil and his angels (Matt 25:41).

What do we know for sure about the place of eternal punishment?

1. We know it endures forever.
Matthew 25:46
And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

2. We know it is a place of suffering.
Matthew 10:28
And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
Matthew 13:42
And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
Luke 16:23,24
And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. 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.


3. We know it will be a place of judgement
Daniel 12:2
And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.

4. We know it will be a place of darkness and loneliness.
Matthew 22:13
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.

***It is important to note that God does not send people to hell. Hell was not prepared for man, but for the Devil and his angels. Man, however, makes his own choice as to his eternal state.
John 3:18
He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.


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