Hell – What to Expect
“Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:” Matthew 25:41
The Bible talks about a place of punishment and everlasting torment called Hell. As you can see from Matthew 25:41 above, it was originally constructed for Satan and his fallen angels or demons. And in 2 Peter 2:4, Peter says that if the angels (fallen angels) were not spared from Hell than those that are not “saved” can also expect to end up in Hell. Humans send themselves to Hell by failing to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior. God never sent even one human to Hell. People choose to go there of their own volition.
So, if you have chosen to go to Hell, what do you think you’ll discover there? Some people believe that Hell is just a place of endless carnal pleasures and wickedness. They feel that going to a place like that, with all their wild friends, wouldn’t be so bad. Unfortunately, that idea has no supporting Biblical scripture to back them up.
So, what will Hell be like? 2 Thessalonians 1:9 says that flaming fire will be God’s vengeance for those that reject Christ and they will be punished with everlasting destruction. Jude 1:7 talks about God’s vengeance of eternal fire. So, does that make God some sort of horrible, vicious super being? No, of course not, remember – you choose to send yourself to Hell, so God’s vengeance is just like the resulting consequences of a broken law. If you murder someone, you have consequences – if you reject Christ, you have consequences. Your choices drive the resulting consequences.
In Luke 16:19-31 Jesus told the parable about Lazarus and the Rich man. The rich man could see heaven, but could not reach it, because of a huge chasm between them. The rich man was in torment and just wanted Lazarus to give him one drop of water to cool his tongue – but it wasn’t possible – Lazarus was in Heaven and couldn’t get to the rich man even if he tried.
If you do send yourself to Hell, what can you expect? When Jesus spoke of Hell, he often referred to it as similar to Gehenna or the Valley of Hinnom. It was a place outside of the walls of Jerusalem that was set aside for the burning of garbage, and was kept burning continually. This is not to say that those that are not saved are garbage. Everyone is a potential child of God, if they make the right choices. God provided a way to Heaven for anyone willing to accept Christ. Gehenna is actually a picture of a disgusting smelling, perpetually burning place.
If you send yourself to Hell, you will be exposed to a horrible stench, and fire that burns you but never consumes you. You will be in pain perpetually without any relief. You will feel thirst and hunger but never have those needs quenched. You will be forever separated from friends and loved ones, and exist in total and complete loneliness and darkness. You will be tormented constantly, buy both your physical environment and your mental anguish. You will forever be separated from God and all those saved by God’s grace, through their faith in Christ. These torments will be eternal and inescapable – you can’t even put yourself out of your misery by killing yourself – because you are already dead.
Again, please remember, you chose this fate for yourself.
God doesn’t want anyone to suffer in the eternal Hell He created for Satan and his demons. Peter explained it this way, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9 All that’s required is that you believe Jesus is who he said He was, and that you accept Him as your Lord and Savior. The apostle John said this about Jesus, “That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:15
Accept Jesus today and stay out of that horrific place called Hell. Amen!