Matthew 7:13-14: “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small (narrow) and the way is narrow (difficult) that leads to life, and there are few who find it.” NASB
The broad way leads to “destruction.” The word translated “destroy” or “destruction” means “to utterly destroy, to ruin.” This word does not mean “extinction,” but “a loss of all that gives value and worth to human existence – not of being, but of well-being – eternal misery!
Solomon wrote: Proverbs 14:12 – “There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death.” NLT
If you follow the broad path you will be eternally separated from God: 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9: “…when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, when He comes, in that Day…” NKJV
What does “everlasting destruction” mean? 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!
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.
The Bible describes hell as the most horrifying place imaginable, so horrific it is beyond our ability to comprehend, so dreadful it brings tears to my eyes to even preach about it!
According to the Bible, hell is a miserable place of great suffering, intense agony and torment. It is a brutal place of horror, pain, grief, punishment and tears.
Hell 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 terrible place of darkness, disorientation, dread, torment and unbelievable pain; a lake which burns with fire and brimstone; a place of weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth; a place where the soul will be violently tormented, continually, ceaselessly, eternally! Hell is ugly, ugly, ugly!
Hell is a place of eternal anguish and misery; a place of eternal burning; a place of eternal darkness; a place without rest, comfort, peace or hope!
Hell will be a Godless, Christ-less place filled with lost souls condemned to an eternity of fiery darkness, pain, misery and regret – filled with people who will say for all of eternity – “I don’t want to be here, I wish I would have listened, I wish I could have just one more chance.”
“People in hell will be tormented by the thoughts of neglected opportunities: ‘If I had obeyed the gospel; if I had listened to the pleading of my wife; if I had gone forward that night! You will not be dead five seconds until you would give ten million worlds like this one for an opportunity to become a Christian.” Jimmy Allen
The thought that God will punish forever those who have not obeyed Him in a place like this is horrifying, but that is exactly what the Bible teaches: Revelations 20:15 – “And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.” NKJV