Hell as Real as Heaven and Earth

Written Thursday, May 15th 2008 – Posted Tuesday, May 20th 2008

Hell as Real as Heaven and Earth

Many people including Christians refuse to accept that hell is just as much a reality as the earth we live in and the heaven we are headed for.  The thought of God creating such a hideous place seems not to fit in with their concept of their Marshmallow Father.  Real it is however, and real is the reality that everyday people die and end up in this gruesome place for all of eternity.

The Bible has a bit to say about hell.  Granted it is not the focused upon like heaven but we have some information we can examine. Please look up most if not all the Scripture References I provide for you and read them.  The Word is powerful when read and considered!

What is it?
is considered the place of eternal punishment for the unrighteous. The NKJV and KJV use this word to translate Sheol [O.T.] and Hades [N.T.], the Old and New Testament words, for the abode of the dead.  Hell, the place of eternal torment.

Who is talking about this place?
The word Gehenna occurs 12 times in the New Testament. Each time it is translated as “hell.”
With the exception of James 3:6, it is used only by Jesus (Matt. 5:22, 29–30; 10:28; 23:15, 33; Mark 9:43, 45, 47; Luke 12:5). In Matthew 5:22; 18:9; and Mark 9:47, it is used with “fire” as “hell fire.”

How is hell described?
In Mark 9:46 and 48 along with Matthew 25:41, hell is described as a place where “their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.” Repeatedly Jesus spoke of outer darkness and a furnace of fire, where there will be wailing, weeping, and gnashing of teeth (Matt. 8:12; 13:42, 50; 22:13; 24:51; 25:30; Luke 13:28).  The Book of Revelation describes hell as “a lake of fire burning with brimstone” (Rev. 19:20; 20:10, 14–15; 21:8).  Represented to be everlasting punishment (Matt. 25:46) and everlasting destruction  (2 Thess. 1:9).

Who will be in hell?
Into hell will be thrown the beast and the false prophet (Rev. 19:20). At the end of the age, the devil himself with his angels (Matt. 25:41 and 2 Pet. 2:4) will be thrown into it, along with death and Hades and all whose names are not in the Book of Life. There will be them that chose to be worshipers of the beast (Rev. 14:11).  Also, those who have rejected the Gospel (Matt. 10:15).

How long will hell last?
“And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever” (Rev. 20:10b).


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