MEMORY VERSE: The wicked shall be turned to hell, and all the nations that forget God. Ps. 9:17.

BIBLE PASSAGE: Luke 16:19-31

INTRODUCATION: Is there an everlasting hell? The Bible declares in very certain terms that there is. There are 162 texts in the New Testament alone which speak of the doom that awaits the unrepentant sinner and 70 of these were uttered by the Lord Himself. Hell is a reality, an awful fact to be realized. It seems that the angels that sinned with Satan are even now in hell waiting for judgement (11 Pet. 2:4). The Bible made it abundantly clear that the wicked who finally reject Christ will be turned into hell (Ps. 9:17).

Hell is a place of torment and punishment (Lk. 16:23). Hell is banishment from the presence of God (11 Thess. 1:9). Some people ask, “Where is hell” The Bible says it is “down” (Isa. 14:9). The justice of God demands degrees of punishment; therefore some parts of hell are hotter than others (Deut. 32:22). Perhaps those who will suffer the hottest flames of hell are those who reject Him the most times.

Hell was originally prepared for the devil and his wicked angels (Matt. 25:41). Hell was never intended for man but if men insist on rejecting heaven through the Saviour, Jesus Christ, then they must accompany Satan forever. The original size of hell is not known but because of man’s insistence on going there, God has had to 
enlarge hell (Isa. 5:14).

Hell is a place of punishment, a sort of prison where the wicked are punished for ever (Matt. 25:46). It is a place of torment, of unquenchable thirst, of suffering and agony at its worst (Lk. 16:23).Hell is a place of fire; fire so hot that even angels who go there will continuously cry out in pain despite their great strengths. The heat is such that even the devil will call Jesus “Lord” when the pain becomes unbearable for him (Matt. 13:42-50, Rev.20:15, Isa. 33:14). It is a place of worms, but supernatural worms not ordinary ones because there worms never die (Matt. 9:44-46, 48). The worst part of it is that just as those who go to heaven will recognize themselves, those who go to hell will also recognize themselves too (Lk. 16:23). They will even be able to pray but their prayers will never be answered (Lk. 16:27). And the torment there is everlasting. The Bible repeatedly says both heaven and hell are eternal, everlasting. We may not be able to understand it, but since God says so, then it must be true.

(a) Won’t the doomed repent in hell and seek the Lord and then be forgiven? No. Salvation is limited to this life. There is no repentance in the grave. All prayers of the doomed are denied (Lk. 16:24-27).
(b) Does “hell” not mean “grave” where both the good and the bad must go? No. In Lk. 16, both the rich man and Lazarus died and went to the grave, for both were buried. But their souls went to different places. One was in a place where he was comforted, the other in a place of torment, and the two were separated by a great gulf to prevent travel back and forth.
(c) Is there a place of probation, purgatory, after death? Certainly not. Once a person dies he either goes straight to paradise of the place of torment (Heb. 9:27). Where will you love to go to?

How does one get to hell? Simply by neglecting the Salvation purchased for us by the Blood of Jesus (Heb.2:3). How does one avoid hell? By receiving Jesus as one’s personal Saviour, no more no less (Jn. 3:16, Prov. 15:24). What is your choice?

1. What is the origin of hell?
2. Can someone who has gone to hell get out?
3. Who are those who will go to hell?
4. How can someone miss going to hell?

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