Revelations 20:15 – “And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”
Close your eyes and picture this in your mind? Coming from every direction are the sounds of a massive, roaring, blazing fire, but you can’t see anything because it’s completely dark. All around you are the sounds of anguish, sounds of untold billions of people screaming and crying out in pain, and wailing and gnashing their teeth – these people seem to be in the process of being cut up into thousands of pieces. Where are they? The place the Bible calls hell, the burning lake of fire, where people will be tormented day and night forever and ever. Hell is not a nightmare, a bad dream, or fiction. Hell is just as real as heaven – heaven is good because God is there – hell is everything heaven is not because God is not there!
Hell is where you will go if you are not prepared to meet God. The Bible describes hell as a place of great suffering, intense agony and torment. It is a terrible place of horror, pain, grief, punishment and tears. It is an awful place of choking, stinking sulfuric fumes; a burning, churning sea of fire where all you can hear are people screaming and crying, because their bodies are rolling in flames of liquid fire. Hell is a place where the soul will be violently tormented, continually, ceaselessly, eternally! There is no laughter in hell – no peace, no hope, no rest, no sleep, no pleasure, no comfort. Only horrible agony, pain, thirst, torment, suffering and misery for all of eternity.
The greatest tragedy of our time is that most of the people who are alive right now will go to hell.
Matthew 7:13 – “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.”
Yet, hell is probably the least discussed of all Bible subjects, mainly because people don’t want to hear about it.
Jesus warned people over and over again what would happen to them if they were not ready on Judgment Day:
Matthew 25:31-33: “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left.”
At this time Jesus will have one of two things to say to us:
Matthew 25:34 – “Come, you blessed of my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.”
Matthew 25:41 – “Depart from me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.”
If you were to stand before Him right now, which of these would Jesus say to you?
Can you imagine for one second what it would feel like to have Jesus point His finger at you and say, “Depart from me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire.”
1 Peter 4:7 – “But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers.”