Take your Bible and turn to Psalm chapter nine. We all should know this passage. Verse seventeen says, The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God. I want us to pay special attention to that first phrase, The wicked shall be turned into hell.
Now take your Bible and turn to Revelation 20:13-15. There we read, And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. The Bible says the wicked shall be turned into hell, and whoever is not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. The outline of this message is very simple and it asks one simple question. Do you believe in Hell?
The Bible teaches us a lot of things about Hell. In fact, Jesus, for every sermon He preached on Heaven, He preached two on Hell. Jesus preached a lot about Hell. He preached on Hell more than any other character in the Bible. And the Bible tells us a lot about Hell.
HELL IS A PIT
The first thing the Bible tells us about Hell is that it is a pit. In Isaiah 14:15, Ezekiel 31:16, we read that Hell is a pit. We read that this pit of Hell is in the depths of the earth. In Proverbs 9:18, the Bible mentions the depth of Hell. Isaiah 14:9 says that Hell is beneath the earth. Ezekiel 31:17 uses the phrase, down into hell. Ezekiel 32:27 uses the same phrase, down into hell. Matthew 12:40 describes Hell as being in the heart of the earth.
Science has verified this fact. Scientists tell us that our earth is a ball and has a core that is hollow - that hollow ball is full of flame and molten lava. The temperatures are so hot that they cannot even record them. Not only that, but the Bible teaches us that Hell hath enlarged herself (Isaiah 5:14), and scientists tell us that this hollowed out ball in the center of the earth is getting bigger and bigger as the years go by. Every time they measure that hollowed out ball in the center of the earth, they say it has grown a little bigger. Hell is obviously enlarging herself. They say that at present that hollowed out ball in the heart of the earth, that place called Hell, is approximately sixteen miles from the earth's surface. (Right now, you are closer to Hell than you are to the airport!) Hell is a real place, and scientists have found it, and it is in the center of the earth.
HELL IS A PLACE OF DESTRUCTION
They say that place in the center of the earth, that pit is a place of
destruction, according to Proverbs 27:20.
HELL IS A PLACE OF DAMNATION
Matthew 23:33 says that Hell is a place of damnation, using the phrase,
damnation of hell.
HELL IS A PLACE OF DARKNESS
Our Bible teaches us that Hell is a place of darkness. So you say, "Well, if Hell is a place of flame in the center of the earth, how can there be darkness?" Scientists have also figured that one out for us. As flame gets hotter, you have yellow flame, orange flame, then blue flame. Then beyond blue flame there is a green flame, and if gets much hotter than that, the flame becomes entirely clear and gives no color at all. So there is no light in Hell, because the flames are so hot they have no color and have no light. They are simply clear. And the Bible says Hell is a place of darkness. Matthew 8:12 says they were cast out into outer darkness. In Matthew 22:13 it says, cast him into outer darkness. Matthew 25:30 once again uses that phrase, outer darkness.
HELL IS A PLACE OF SORROW
But Hell is more than a pit. It is more than a place of damnation and outer darkness. It is also a place of sorrow. Second Samuel 22:6 says, The sorrows of hell compassed me about; the snares of death prevented me. Psalm 18:5 says, The sorrows of hell compass me about. Psalm 116:3 talks of the trouble and sorrow in Hell. But it gets worse.
HELL IS A PLACE WHOSE OCCUPANTS ARE BOUND IN CHAINS
Not only is Hell a pit. Not only is it in the center of the earth. Not only is it a place of flame. Not only is it a place of sorrow and damnation, but its occupants are bound in chains. Second Peter 2:4 says, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment. Matthew 22:13 says they are bound, hand and foot and cast into outer darkness, and there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. So not only are you in a pit, surrounded by flame and total darkness, a place of damnation and despair, you are also bound hand and feet in chains.
HELL IS A PLACE OF PAIN
It can go without saying that Hell is also a place of pain. Psalm 116:3 says, the pains of hell gat hold upon me; I found trouble and sorrow.
HELL IS A PLACE OF ETERNAL FIRE
As we said before, Hell´s flames are so hot that they are clear. Matthew 5:22 speaks of the dangers of Hell fire. Matthew 13:42 says, And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Matthew 13:50 says, And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Hell is so terrible that Jesus said in Mark 9:43, it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched. Jesus said it is better for you to cut your hand off than to go into Hell. Jesus said it is better to pluck your eye out than to go to Hell. I've never plucked my eye out, but I would assume it is very painful. Obviously, the fire of Hell is more painful. James 3:6 again speaks of the fire of Hell. Remember our text there in Revelation that the wicked are turned into Hell, and those who are not found written in the book of life are cast into a lake of fire.
HELL IS A PLACE OF TORMENT
Hell is a place of torment. I think you have figured that out by now. Luke 16:22-25 says, the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. Matthew 5:29-30 says, And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. The torment of Hell is so great that those who go there will weep and gnash their teeth. Have you ever gnashed your teeth? I can only think of a couple times in my life that I had gnashed my teeth. You really have to be in pain to gnash your teeth. But the Bible says the torment of Hell, the fire of Hell, the damnation of Hell, the misery of Hell is so terrible that the lost will gnash their teeth. Matthew 8:12 says, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Matthew 13:42 says, And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Matthew 13:50 says, And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Matthew 24:51 says, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Matthew 25:30 says, And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Luke 13:28 says, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
NO PLACE COULD BE WORSE THAN HELL
I have told you the scientific facts about Hell and that it is in the core of the earth, and is molten lava, perpetually burning flames. And yet, the Bible says Hell is darkness and fire. This is scientifically substantiated by the fact that they have proven that the Hell of flame in the core of the earth is clear. Hell, according to Isaiah 5:14, enlarges itself, and scientists say that the core of the earth literally expands in size daily, undoubtedly to make room for all the lost people who died that day and will spend all of eternity there. And yet, the borders of Hell are getting closer and closer to the crust of the earth. And right now, you are geographically closer to Hell than you are to the nearest airport. Hell is a place of suffering. But as though that is not bad enough, it is a place where you never die. It is not like you go and burn up for a few minutes and are gone. It goes on forever and ever, for all of eternity. The Bible says the flame never stops. It says, where the fire is not quenched and the worm dieth not. Normally, when a worm gets into a decomposed body, they stay there for awhile and eat the decomposed body until nothing is left. The worms are stuck in the grave with no other source of food and they die. But according to Jesus, the worm will never die. They just sit there and eat on your body for all eternity. And for some reason, just when you think they have about eaten you completely gone, there will be more of you for them to eat. The pain will be so excruciating that you will gnash your teeth.
SO DO YOU REALLY BELIEVE IN HELL?
Let me ask you this question. Having told you all this: Do you really believe in Hell? I should hope that if I walked into any fundamental church and ask the question, Do you really believe in Hell?" that everyone would say, "Yes." I mean after all, that is supposed to be a point of our doctrine, that we believe in a Hell that has fire. That is what good fundamentalists believe. But do you really believe in Hell? I'm not just talking about the abstract sense that, yes, there is some place somewhere that has some fire, and that people go there. I'm not asking if you believe a certain point on the doctrinal statement. I'm asking, do you really believe in Hell? Do you really believe your unsaved son will go to that place where the fire is not quenched and the worm dieth not? Do you really believe that your unsaved daughter, if she dies without Jesus, will be bound in those chains and that worms are going to eat her body for all of eternity? Do you really believe that your unsaved parents are going to weep, wail and gnash their teeth for all of eternity? Do you really believe your unsaved neighbor, who you passed and waved at on the way to church, while he was mowing his lawn, is going to die and go to Hell without Jesus, and suffer in that terrible place I've just spent time describing, to go there for all eternity? Do you really believe your friends and co-workers could die and go to that place called Hell? What about the clerk at the store, or the waitress at the restaurant? Do you really believe that when they die, they will go to Hell?
If you still believe in Hell, not just abstractly, but practically, if you still believe the lost die and go to hell, if you still believe your neighbors, your children, your parents and those you work with will die and go to Hell, let me ask you this? When was the last time you gave out a tract? When was the last time you preached on the street corner? I mean, if you really believe those people down at the bus stop, waiting for the bus, are going to die and go to Hell, when was the last time you stood there and spoke to them?
When was the last time you knocked on a door? When was the last time you invited your neighbor to church? Do you really believe in Hell? If you don't believe in Hell, then there is no point. If we don't believe in Hell, I wonder why we even come to church? I guess to listen to the music. I guess it has some entertainment value, and that is why we come, if we don't believe in Hell. But if we don't believe in Hell, why then do we go to church? We could be down at a park where they have a festival going on. We could be eating Tostitos, burritos and all that other stuff. If we don't believe in Hell, why do we spend the money? Why put money in an offering plate? Why spend ten percent of your income to propagate a church that doesn't believe in Hell. If we didn't believe in Hell, we could sleep in on Sunday mornings. We could watch football in the afternoon, drink an Old Style, eat lunch, sit back at a pool, and enjoy ourselves.
Do you really believe in Hell? If you do believe in Hell, then it is a good thing that you come to church. If you do believe in Hell, then you need to tithe and then some more. If you do believe in Hell, you need to go soul winning. If you do believe in Hell, you need to work on a Sunday school bus, maybe kicking in some money to buy a few more busses. If you do believe in Hell, you need to find a street corner and preach on the subject of Hell. If you do believe in Hell, you need to find a room somewhere in church and start a Sunday school class and fill it. Knock on doors, preach on street corners, go to the neighborhood and bring them. Build a Sunday school class. Build a bus route. Build the church. Get people saved. Get them baptized. Get them serving God, so that they can win others. Do you really believe in Hell? Then it is time to get busy.
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