People like to say: "It is hotter than hell." Have you ever been there?" The blazing heat of Death Valley would be a cool day in hell.
Have you read of the rich man begging for a drop of water in the flames of hell? His tongue was burning up. He was a rich man in this world but totally impoverished to the uttermost in the prison beneath the earth.
He wasn't asking for much, or was he? You have running water faucets in your residence. You can get a free glass of water at nearly any restuarant. Your neighbors sometimes have outdoor water you can turn on. There are fountains and manmade lakes in our parks. Cool waters gush out of the mountains. Rivers cut through the valleys and flow out to the sea. The supermarket sells bottled water. The delivery man delivers it in five gallon bottles. It rains in our world. And we gather it in reservoirs. There is water in abundance in much of our world.
But sinners in hell cannot get a drop of water! (Zechariah 9:11)
If there was any money or gold in hell, can you imagine what the price of one drop of water might be?
There are other conditions in hell to make matters worse for the guilty who loved death more than life. Suffering there is beyond human imagination.
There are burn victims in our world above ground who are comforted when a physical therapist lowers them into a tank of water where air can't trouble their wounded flesh. Burning pain can be quenched temporarily.
Yet there is no temporary relief in hell!!! No physical therapist with a tank of water to put the fires of hell out!!! Never a drink of ice cold water. No lights to turn on. No thermastat on the wall to turn down the heat. No resources. No merchandise. No comforts. No conversation. No mercy forever!!!
The tongue set on fire with hell is a furnace burning in the mouth with unquenchable flames.
The Prophet known as John the Baptist told the crowds gathered by the Jordan River: "I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that comes after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: He shall baptize you with the Holy ghost, and with fire. Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner: but HE WILL BURN UP THE CHAFF WITH UNQUENCHABLE FIRE." (St. Matthew 3:l1/l2)
All of the fire departments in the world cannot put out the UNQUENCHABLE fires of hell. There is no rest day nor night. No hope of amnesty. No lawyer to argue their case. No court of appeals. No doctors to supply pain pills. No visitors to comfort and distract the inmates of the largest prison population in this world.
The purpose of hellfire and damnation is not just to punish, but to destroy. Sinful spirits are the chaff Almighty God consumes in his anger there. Every farmer treats chaff as waste from the harvest of wheat. It is of no further use to him.
Lighthearted talk in this world about reigning with the devil below rather than serving God above is no longer funny in hell to spirits imprisoned there. There is no laughter. No party. No pleasure. Their tongues are on fire as soon as they open their mouth. It is painful to speak. "The sorrows of death compassed me, and the pains of hell got hold of me: I found trouble and sorrow." (Psalm 116:3) The pains of hell get hold of the inmates there and will not let go of them.
God heard their evil speeches all the days of their lives. The lying voices of the buyer and the seller, the worldly singer and actor, the oppressive ruler and his hateful cronies, the outwardly beautiful but ugly sinner, the screaming spouse and roaming babbler, the sweet talking adulterer and threatening rapist, the bloodthirsty murderer and quiet thief, the mouthy drunkard and hateful prostitute...they are all silent in hell.
The tyrants of world renown are all there with their wicked followers who pillaged, raped and murdered at will. They are all helpless to help one another now. The Genghis Khans, the Mao Tse-Tungs, the Adolph Hitlers, the Saddam Husseins. Their servants who lived in fear of their lives rather than in the fear of God no longer think of their masters. They are all silent in hell.
There is nothing worth talking about in hell. No-where to go. Nothing to do. Nothing to see. No resources. Nothing to buy. No change in conditions. No food. No drink. No conversation. No sleep. No hope of salvation.
Dante is a name among artists who illustrate hell in their art. Here we
see his notion of the misery suffered there.
Hell is on fire like a burning house with iron gates on windows and doors so those trapped in the flames cannot escape.
Imprisoned spirits in hell cannot die the way flesh men die, neither can its fire be extinquished. It is not a fire fed by fuel from a burning house. The fire is fueled by the anger of God toward sinners there.
"FOR A FIRE IS KINDLED IN MY ANGER, AND SHALL BURN UNTO THE LOWEST HELL,..."
(Deuteronomy 32:22) God's anger is burning up sinners right now even as you are reading
this document. They wanted nothing to do with God when they were among the living, God
wants nothing to do with them while they are dying continually.
"OUR GOD IS A CONSUMING FIRE." (Hebrews 12:29) When He is done with sinners in hell, there will be nothing left of them.
Too many look at someone thinking they see the individual. But you are a spirit dressed in flesh. When someone dies, they are released from their dead body like a driver pulled out of a totally wrecked vehicle. He is alive but the dead body of the vehicle is carried off to its grave. You will be alive but your dead body will be carried off to its grave.
The flesh returns to dust, but the spirit needs a place to stay. Unrepentent spirits cannot rest in heaven with God's people, neither does God Almighty intend to let them roam around the earth haunting houses and terrorizing the living. He doesn't want them disrupting his work, neither is it profitable for them to be turned loose like a plague overrunning his universe. Those who are unprofitable to God in their flesh would be unprofitable to Him in their spirit after death.
Sinners are fruit trees that bear no godly fruit in their lifetime. They may build skyscrapers, bridges and roads; raise children and pay taxes. Their credit may be good at the bank, and honours may hang on their walls; they may even be elected Pope or President, but those who bear none of the fruit of God's love, joy, peace, patience and faith toward God and neighbor are of no use to the LORD in the world to come. God wants to live through us so perfect love for one another will manifest when each individual is "wholly sanctified" with truth setting us free in the Spirit from the darkness of our inner selves.
The purpose of hell is: to lock sinners up out of reach of mankind, to totally immobilize them in silence, to punish them thoroughly for the evil lives they led and to bring them to their end where they are no more.
"THE WICKED SHALL PERISH, AND THE ENEMIES OF THE LORD SHALL BE AS THE FAT OF LAMBS: THEY SHALL CONSUME; INTO SMOKE SHALL THEY CONSUME AWAY." (Psalm 37:20)
Christians who have not thoroughly studied the holy Book are unaware of the ultimate purposes of hell. The evil personality of the sinner will CONSUME AWAY from the spirit God breathed into their body to give them life in the womb.
Sinners love God's created reality. They adore the children he gives them. They praise the chef for the food God made. They drink in the wonders of life. They gather materially of his blessings. They spend their lives living for pleasure without praising their Maker and mocked those who did.
Oh God, thankyou for letting me see your great and wondrous works without number. They are as infinite as your genius in making them. There are endless marvels of wisdom in your Universe. I praise you for your greatness and am thankful to know I have been turned away from hell.
Is that too hard a prayer for you to pray sinner? Are you too proud to let your Maker know you appreciate his great goodness? Will you make yourself his enemy without a cause? Will you judge God based on what you see his people doing? Do you think you can serve Him better than any among us? Let us see how great your works will be without the attractions of financial profit. Let us see how virtuous you are with all the world despising and rejecting you for your love of God and neighbor. Just how strong will you be when persecution comes to steal your resources and challenge your faith. Perhaps you are already great or wise or mighty or noble. Did it ever occur to you God Almighty could make you greater, wiser, mightier and even more noble?
This is the day of salvation. Tomorrow will bring distractions. It is time to decide who you will serve in this world. Your self centered humanity or God Almighty who created you whose wisdom and virtues are infinitely beyond your comprehension.
The Lord's "mercy endures forever" (Psalm 107:1) toward his people while we struggle for the infiniteness of spiritual Perfection forever, but sinners deceive themselves when they call themselves children of God while serving the devil with the love of money and power driving them and their gluttonous appetites of the flesh.
What use are they to their Maker?
Hell is God's trash dump set on fire forever.
It is "the bottomless pit"
(Revelation 20:1&3) into which spirits of sinners are carried down into in the moment of death.
"But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and DESTROYED, speak evil of things they understand not; and shall UTTERLY PERISH in their own corruption;..." (2 Peter 2:12)
"Hear, you afar off, and you that are near, acknowledge my might. The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness has surprised the hypocrites. Who among us shall dwell with THE DEVOURING FIRE? Who among us shall dwell with EVERLASTING BURNINGS?" (Isaiah 33:13/14)
The Prophet described hell before Christ came warning of the lake of fire into which prisoners from hell are thown. There is no future in hell. No-one in their right mind wants to go there. But many toy with the idea of it in rebellion against God,... hoping it is not real.
Why play Russian roulette with salvation like many throughout the world? Serve God with "godly fear and reverence." (Hebrews 12:28)
It's no problem for God to provide sinners with their paychecks. "The wages of sin are death." (Romans 6:23)
Sinners in hell are dying continually. Every moment is death. Sinners chose to live in spiritual darkness all the days of their lives, so God provides "blackness of darkness" (St. Jude V13) in the burning furnace of hell. It will be the same thick darkness in which Pharoah's Egyptians could not see candlelight for three days. God gives what sinners choose. They prefer darkness in life. He gives them darkness in death.
"And the Lord said unto Moses, Stretch out your hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even darkness which may be felt. And Moses stretched out his hand toward heaven; and there was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days: They saw not one another, neither rose any from his place for three days: but all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings." (Exodus 10:21/23)
The external darkness in hell is black, so black it can be felt. Imprisoned in absolute darkness, the inner light of the sinner is continually besieged. There is no longer anything or anyone to see while the fires of hell torment their dorment consciousness without ceasing, making it impossible for them to ponder anything until they no longer have a consciousness. All of their memory becomes lost. They no longer remember who they were. Their knowledge is obliterated. Their desires are gone. They have no notion of good or evil. Their minds become empty. They remember nothing of the world they once lived in.
"The light that lights every man that comes into the world" (St. John 1:9) is gone from them along with all they knew from their birth to their death.
Bildad, the Shuhite warned Job of hell thinking the holy man had backslidden: "Yea," he said, "the light of the wicked shall be put out, and the spark of his fire shall not shine. The light shall be dark in his tabernacle, and his candle shall be put out with him." (Job 18:5/6)
By "tabernacle" Bildad meant the human body of the damned. In the New Testament, our human bodies are referred to as temples. The light shall be dark in his human body. The candle of the Lord in his spirit shall be put with the personality he became in his lifetime. His ultimate punishment is eternal death. He is no more.
Sound like an experience you would like to have forever or a place where you would like to reside? The light men have in this world is burned out of them in hell. All their knowledge, confidence, hopes, desires, lusts and affections are consumed. There is nothing left of their former selves after God Almighty is finished with them. They do not even remember how to walk.
How long does it take for a sinner to be consumed in hell? You don't need to know or God would have specified it clearly in his holy Book. But be assured it will not be a short work.
We have to work with what limited knowledge God provides in holy Scripture. Hell gives up its prisoners from the Old Testament, New Testament, and The Thousand Year Reign....for the White Throne Judgment. Once it has been ascertained their names are not in the Book of Life, they will be cast into the lake of fire. We have no reason to believe they will escape hellfire and damnation at the White Throne Judgment based on the promise that "Every knee shall bow, every tongue confess, that Jesus is Lord."
Those who offer indulgences to sin show up in every generation. Doubters of God Almighty's resolve to incarcerate sinners in hell for the purpose of "EVERLASTING DESTRUCTION" would rather wrestle with an escapist text saying, "Every knee shall bow, every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord." So, they hope every sinner in hell will escape by means of an opportunity for repentance that was not promised to the prisoners there. They give themselves and others a false hope by means of a promise they cannot be sure of; except they reason from their human mind how God could not do such a great evil to those who lived in rebellion against him.
In this world, men destroy their enemies. Why shouldn't God destroy his enemies from the world to come?
This is bad news for sinners. We know Jesus went down into hell and preached to sinners incarcerated there, but "No man comes to the Father except he draws him." We have no word of any prisoner from hell being carried away when Jesus "LED CAPTIVITY CAPTIVE" in his ascension to heaven. We also have no word from holy Scripture suggesting any prisoner will be absent at THE WHITE THRONE JUDGMENT when hell is cast into the Lake of Fire. All indications are that sinners cast into hell from as far back as Adam and Eve approximately six thousand years ago; will be thrown into the Lake of Fire. It simply doesn't sound promising for anyone to believe they will be able to repent their way out of hell.
Those who are saying God will not punish sinners endlessly throughout all eternity are ignorantly correct. They are mistaken to presume God is weak in his resolve as perhaps their parents were toward them when they were unruly and disobedient. There is no promise of escape from hellfire and damnation. Only a fool would gamble on one obscure text outweighing manhy Scriptures specifically telling us the sinner will be totally consumed in the fires of hell like a house burned to the ground where there is nothing left except the cement foundation (which in this similie represents the spirit God gave the sinner when He formed him in the womb of his Mother.)
There are specific prophecies pointing to sinners CONSUMING AWAY IN SMOKE. Sinners suffering EVERLASTING DESTRUCTION. The INNER LIGHT OF SINNERS PUT OUT WITH HIM. Sinners in the DEVOURING FIRE. Sinners imprisoned in EVERLASTING BURNINGS.
They will UTTERLY PERISH. They will be burned up like the waste chaf of wheat in UNQUENCHABLE FIRE. God's anger is burning against them down into the lowest hell.
Don't let the largeness of a religious leader's following convince you. Don't let his prestigious ordination papers persuade you he must know the truth. Don't become prey to promises of promotion within the religious system. Jesus made himself very clear when he said, "YOU SHALL KNOW THE TRUTH AND THE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE." It is the truth of God's holy Word you should listen to with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength. And if someone is teaching error, get far from him and don't go back.
The spirit comes from God. To God it returns once the consciousness of the evildoer is erased from his spirit. His punishment was everlasting until THE DEVOURING FIRE finished putting out his light, until THE DEVOURING FIRE was finished devouring him, until he was consumed into smoke and utterly perished. The end of every prisoner in hell is "EVERLASTING DESTRUCTION."
Just as we recycle everything of any value, so God recycles the spirit he gives a baby in the womb. Were he to continue imprisoning every spirit eternally who is unworthy of salvation, his infinite supply of spirit would end up incarcerated in hell eternally and God would have no spirit remaining for his Omnipresence in this universe he created through his Son, Jesus Christ.
We find the Greek word "aionios" translated "EVERLASTING" in in the Scriptures. The sinner condemned to hell is imprisoned in "UNQUENCHABLE" "EVERLASTING FIRE" to suffer "EVERLASTING BURNINGS" until the sinner no longer retains any of his former consciousness. Then he is no more. His light has been put out forever. His consciousness has been consumed. He no longer knows a word of human language. Everything he ever knew is forgotten. He doesn't know how to walk or talk. His spirit is alive but he is gone from it and it would be vain to leave a spirit in hell that no longer has a consciousness.
Dante in his musings in art was given to understand this revelation. We see it in his painting men as trees in the
unquenchable fires of hell. A tree is alive but has no consciousness.
There is a difference between an Age and eternity. The Ages are not clearly specified but we think of the Old Testament times as an Age encompassing time all the way back to Adam and Eve, the New Testament time we are presently in will last until the second coming of Christ, the Millenium Age upon Christ's return will last a thousand years, and the New Heaven and Earth Age will follow it.
Let's consider a verse where we find the phrase "for ever and ever:" "Aionios and aionios. For "ever and ever"cannot mean eternity in that verse. The endlessness of God who has no beginning and no end is the source of eternity. He is the source of all life. There would be nothing without Him.
The verse cannot read "for eternity and eternity:" There is only one eternity just as there is only one God.
In Revelation 14:11, the complete verse reads: "And the smoke of their torment ascends up FOR EVER AND EVER: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receives the mark of his name." The smoke of their torment ascends up for Ages and Ages.
Sinners are not punished eternally. They suffer "EVERLASTING DESTRUCTION" when they are eventually destroyed in hell. An Age is limited perhaps to a thousand or a few thousand years. It is limited in time unlike eternity. "The smoke of their torment ascends up "for Ages and Ages". Almighty God is merciful in that He is consuming them in his anger.
Sinners suffer "EVERLASTING PUNISHMENT" limited to the Ages. But lets say this is a mistake.
Would you want to suffer for Ages in hell or for eternity, either one? Neither notion is
desireable to anyone. "Let everyone be fully persuaded in their own mind." Hell is very
difficult for anyone to sum up from the Scriptures, but one thing is certain about HELL.
It is a horrible place of imprisonment.
The rumor of devils reigning in hell is false, but God in his omnipresence is there. "If I ascend up into heaven, you are there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, you are there." (Psalm 139:8) Sinners in hell find themselves "in the hands of an angry God" as Jonathan Edwards warned long ago in his famous revival message: The King of terrors becomes omnipresent to them. But the righteous inherit the perfect love and peace of God in Spirit.
Is hell ever full? No. "Hell has enlarged itself." (Isaiah 5:14) Hell has expanded many times throughout the history of mankind to make room for hordes of sinners especially after major catastrophe's and wars where the death rate is high. One of the greatest tragedies in this world is spiritual neglect. People will buy every kind of insurance and neglect eternal insurance which is bought with obedience to God and Christ by those who "endure to the end." (St. Matthew 24:13)
The anecdote for hellfire and damnation is total commitment to God through Christ to grow up into the anointing of his power and Light where you too could walk into a furnace like Shadrack, Meshack and Abindego untouched by fire.
"Work out your salvation with fear and trembling."
Don't let RELIGIOUS LEADERS suggest there is no reason to be concerned with hell.
(Philippians 2:12) RELIGIOUS LEADERS were not particularly concerned with hell when
their opposition to Messiah sent him to the cross
where he was nailed. When hell coughs up its prisoners, RELIGIOUS LEADERS
will tell the Lord of glory they did
many wonderful works in his name and he will answer them:
"I never knew you: depart from me, you workers of iniquity." (St. Matthew 7:23)
The Lord promised RELIGIOUS LEADERS in his day "greater damnation," warning them of
their wickedness; saying:
"WOE UNTO YOU, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! you shut up the kingdom of
heaven against men: for you neither go in yourselves, neither suffer
you them that are entering to go in. WOE unto you,
scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you devour widows' houses, and for a
pretence make long prayer: therefore you shall receive THE GREATER DAMNATION.
WOE unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!
for you compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, you
make him twofold more the CHILD OF HELL than yourselves."
(St. Matthew 23:13/15)
"Verily you are a God who hides yourself, Oh God of Israel, the Saviour. (Isaiah 45:15)
They shall be ashamed, and also confounded, all of them: they shall go to confusion together that are makers of idols. (Isaiah 45:16)
But ISRAEL SHALL BE SAVED IN THE LORD WITH AN EVERLASTING SALVATION: yOU shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end. (Isaiah 45:17)
For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he has established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else. (Isaiah 45:18)
I have not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the earth: I said not unto the seed of Jacob, Seek me in vain: I the LORD speak righteousness, I declare things that are right. (Isaiah 45:19)
Assemble yourselves and come; draw near together, YOU THAT ARE ESCAPED OF THE NATIONS: they have no knowledge that set up the wood of their graven image, and pray unto a god that cannot save. (Isaiah 45:20)
Tell IT, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who haS declared this from ancient time? who haS told it from that time? have not I the LORD? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me. (Isaiah 45:21)
Look unto me, and be saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else. (Isaiah 45:22)
I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, THAT UNTO ME EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW, EVERY TONGUE SHALL SWEAR. (Isaiah 45:23)
Surely, shall one say, in the LORD have I righteousness and strength: even to him shall men come; and all that are incensed against him shall be ashamed. (Isaiah 45:24)
IN THE LORD SHALL ALL THE SEED OF ISRAEL BE JUSTIFIED, AND SHALL GLORY." (Isaiah 45:25)
If you want to understand the above prophecy, you must first realize God is the A and the Z of all things. The Lord hid himself from Israel. (Verse 15) The Lord could have gotten a handle on Israel just as Moses did in the first exodus, but he came to be sacrified for the sins of the world.
Israel rejected the Lord Jesus Christ from that time and caused him to be crucified. To this present day the Jewish people all over the world reject Jesus Christ.
They will reject him until He comes in glory and hissssses for THE FINAL EXODUS of of the Jewish people from all of the nations of the world.
Once the Jewish people have arrived from all of the nations of the world to Jerusalem," Jesus will tell them of the final exodus: "Assemble yourselves and come; draw near together, YOU THAT ARE ESCAPED OF THE NATIONS:" (Verse 20)
At that time the Jewish people will realize Jesus was their long looked for Messiah all along; but it had been hidden from them; for he is a God who hides himself. And all of Israel will fulfill the prophecy of "every knee shall bow, every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord."
That verse of prophecy is not in any way an exit for sinners from hell. It has as you may be able to clearly see, a completely different application.
Anyone setting their hope on being able to repent their way out of hell should be warned. The above prophecy
they are using as their main proof, has nothing to do with sinners repenting from hell. It is a prophecy
of Israel repenting when Christ returns and reveals himself to them as their Messiah.
The Lord of glory who made all things (St. John 1:3) will create a lake of fire in the Middle East upon his glorious return in the second coming.
"And they (the resurrected) shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh." (Isaiah 66:24) In other words, there will be two hells during the thousand year reign. One above ground and one beneath it.
Those who take THE MARK OF THE BEAST will be cast into it along with Antichrist and the false prophet.
"And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worships the beast (Antichrist) and his image, and receives his mark IN his forehead, or IN his hand, the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation: and he shall be tormented with FIRE AND BRIMSTONE in the Presence of the holy angels, and in the Presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascends up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast (Antichrist) and his image, and whosoever receives the mark of his name." (Revelation l4:9/ll)
At the end of the thousand year reign of Christ comes THE WHITE THRONE JUDGMENT and hell is cast into the lake of fire.