What is hell like? The Bible Describes Hell
Hell is not a place where we'll be eating, drinking and partying
with our friends.
Matthew 13:42, Jesus describes hell: "...and
will throw them into the furnace of fire; in that place there will
be weeping and gnashing of teeth."
In Luke 16:22-28 Jesus Christ gives this picture of hell as
a place of fire and agony:
Now the poor man [Lazarus] died and was
carried away by the angels to Abraham's bosom, and the rich man
also died, and was buried. And in hell he lift up his eyes, being
in torment, and saw Abraham far away and Lazarus in his bosom. And
he cried and said, 'Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus
so that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool off my
tongue, for I am in agony in this flame.'
But Abraham said, 'Child, remember that during
your lifetime you received your good things; and likewise Lazarus
bad things: but now he is comforted here, and you are in agony.
And beside all this, between us and you there is a great chasm fixed,
so that those who wish to come over here to you will not be able,
and that none may cross over from there to us.'
And he said, "Then I beg you, father, that
you send him to my father's house--for I have five brothers--in
order that he may warn them, so they will not also come to this
place of torment.'"
Some say there is no such place as hell. But the Bible makes
it clear that hell is real, and some of us are heading to hell.
Revelation 20:15 says, "And if anyone's
name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into
the lake of fire."
Some say that God is too loving to send
anyone to hell.
In Matthew 25:41, Jesus says: "Then
He will also say to those on His left, 'Depart from me, accursed
ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil
and his angels.'"
"Those on His left" is referring to judgment day when
all the nations [everyone who has ever lived] will be gathered before
Jesus. He will then judge us, separating those who trust Him for
their salvation from those who do not. Those trusting Jesus will
be placed on His right. Those who have rejected Jesus will be placed
on his left and then be cast into the eternal fire.
God demonstrated His love by punishing His Son in our place.
There is no greater love. God gives us His love by making salvation
freely available to everyone. If you end up in hell it is because
that is what you chose. You know the options. Trust Jesus as having
paid the penalty for your sin [disobeying God] or on your own pay
the penalty you owe for your crimes against God [hell].
Hell is where there is burning wind. It is like a fiery oven
with flames of fiery judgment. It is filled with an unquenchable
fire. It is eternal. It never ends. There is no relief. There is
no comfort. There is no hope. There is eternal darkness and death.
It is a fiery pit of eternal and just punishment in a lake of fire.
Forever. Alone. That is what hell is like.
It's your choice. Which do you choose? Life
through Jesus Christ, or death and hell?