Hell is an unpopular subject today, but it is an undeniable Bible subject which to which much attention is given. The word hell appears about 39 times in the NT, about half of the occurrences are Christ’s words concerning it. Parallel words and phrases include perdition, everlasting fire, lake of fire, furnace of fire, separation from God, etc.
Matthew 25:41 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.
Hell was never meant to be man’s final place. It was created for fallen angels who do not have the possibility of redemption. Since they are created above man, and not in God’s image, and they exist in full knowledge of God and His glory and majesty, when they choose to sin, it is an unpardonable act of volition. There is no second chance for them. God created hell to house them for all eternity apart from the rest of creation once their sentence is carried out (Jude 1:6).
Luke 23:43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.
Hell and heaven are the ultimate contrasting opposites of the universe. Heaven is the presence of God, the everlasting kingdom, pleasures forever more, ultimate possibilities with few reservations. Before Christ’s ascention people of faith who died could not enter into the presence of God because the Blood of Christ had not been presented as a propitiation yet, so they were held in a short term place called Abrahams Bosom, or Paradise, until that time.
Mark 9:43-44 And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
Revelation 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
Ultimately after the great white throne judgement, hell is cast into the lake of fire, so there are no degrees of punishment, the fate of all who reject Christ is the same, eternal fire and torment without escape. All men have their name written in the Book of Life. As we age and become accountable, we reach a point where our names are erased due to our sins. When we get saved, our name is written with permanent ink and cannot be removed. This book is the single most important document you will ever have or face. With it, you have joy everlasting. Without it, you are certainly doomed beyond understanding.
In the OT, we find colorful descriptions of hell – the pit, down into the earth, endless unsatisfiable desire, regret. After death we all get a new resurrection body, capable of seeing the spiritual dimension and comuning with God. It can eat and not grow fat. It can rejoice. You retain your identity that others can recognize. If you are saved, you can visit stars and planets by thinking yourself there. You can scuba dive or walk through the sun unharmed. We have the same type of body that Christ showed his disciples after the resurrection. In hell, it is captive. You will only be able to experience complete unabated pain and suffering without end. Your resurrection body will survive endless millenia there, in perfect pain and agony and regret.
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