That Horrible Place Called Hell Rev. 20:11-15A. Majority of religious people do not believe in a place called Hell.B. Man reasons it out of existence by human reasoning instead of Divine instruction.C. Hell is a prepared place for an unprepared people.
I. The Bible describes Hell in terms the 1st century people of Jerusalem could understand easily.A. Word “Gehenna” was familiar to them. Appears 12 times in N.T. Jesus used it 11 times. James 3:6 is the other place it is found.B. Jews and the Valley of Hinnom. 1. See 2 Kings 23:1-20.
II. As with Heaven, Hell had to be described in terms mortals could understand.A. People today know about the Holocaust, A Bomb, war, etc.B. In the N.T. Hell is described as:
• Lake of fire & second death-Rev. 20:14-15; “And death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire.”• Rev. 21:8 “But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”
2. Furnace of fire-Matt. 13:41-42“The Son of Man will send forth Hisangels, and they will gather out ofHis kingdom all stumbling blocks,and those who commit lawlessness,and will cast them into the furnaceof fire; in that place shall be weepingand gnashing of teeth.”
3. Place of outer darkness & grinding of teeth (Matt. 25:30).“And cast out the worthless servant into the outer darkness; in that place there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”4. Place of mental anguish (Rich man-Luke 16:19-31).
5. Place of eternal punishment:”And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life” (Matt.25:46).III. We need to be thankful for a Savior who came to save us from such a place (John 3:16)“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only-begotten Son,…”
“The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish, but all to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).
A. The love of Jesus & God should be our motivation rather than just the fear of Hell.(John 14:15) “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.”(1 John 5:3) “For this is the love of God that we keep His command- ments;…”