You Can't Even Begin To Imagine How Horrible Hell Is!
I realize that these pictures are cartoonish and cannot begin to describe the
HORRORS of HELL! But YAHUVEH the Father sent his son YAHUSHUA Messiah to pay the
ultimate price in crucifixion and torture and death to keep US out of this
Damnation for all eternity! Would YAHUSHUA have paid this price for something
that does NOT exist?
As beautiful as Heaven is that is how Horrifying HELL is. Words cannot describe
HELL and words cannot describe Heaven. Hell was created for the Fallen angels
(demons) and satan. Hell was never made for human beings. The Horror of HELL is
NOT only for those who are the Mass murderers or Hitler or the really EVIL of
this world. But Hell is filled with people we love, and our neighbors and
friends who give to Charities and are always there to lend a helping hand.
People who we would say were GOOD people if they were judged by their works.
But Father God is PERFECTION and demands HOLINESS and just being GOOD measuring
up to man's standards is NOT enough. We must measure up to perfection for
breaking ONE commandment is breaking them ALL in GOD'S sight. ONE commandment
broken is NOT worse than another one, it is only in Mankind's eyes. It is All
All mankind has sinned and fell short of the Glory of God his perfection and
Holiness. NONE of US are perfect except ONE and his name is YAHUSHUA Messiah.
That is why accepting the price HE paid when HE spilled his Blood at Calvary is
the ONLY thing that can make US HOLY and acceptable before Father God YAHUVEH.
YAHUSHUA did this so we would be freed from the Damnation of OUR sins and would
NOT have to go to this place called Hell and the Lake of FIRE. The Holy Spirit
gave me a vision of the first level of HELL and a song.
Angels and Demons FightingIt's the most horrifying song you have ever heard. I
literally heard a song being sung off key in HELL right NOW by a pastor that
never came back to the saving grace of YAHUSHUA Messiah. You see even someone
that brings millions of souls to YAHUSHUA can still lose their own soul. Because
it's THEIR relationship with YAHUSHUA that matters, NOT our GOOD WORKS that get
US into Heaven. So NO man or woman can Boast of their good works and think that
is enough to escape HELL. God knows your motives and if its NOT Holy motives
done because you LOVE YAHUSHUA then all these WORKS mean NOTHING. For 8 hours
the LORD showed me HELL and a vision of a Citizen in HELL! I am looking for the
right person to record what the LORD gave me and one day I believe in faith
Carman will record this song.
I have been accused of scaring people into heaven with it as the Holy Spirit
anointed my voice to sound like tormented souls screaming! The Devil mocking,
demons taunting, describing in detail what I saw. You cannot get a glimpse of
HELL without it making your physical body sick. For 10 days after this song was
finished I became VERY sick but I know this Jude 1:23 says some will only come
by fear. NOT everyone comes to YAHUSHUA because HE loves them. Some will run
into the arms of the Lord YAHUSHUA Messiah running in terror when they see the
alternative which is HELL.
The name of the song is "A CITIZEN IN HELL" and if any pastor promises to USE it
to bring souls to YAHUSHUA I will give them this song. It is the UGLIEST and
most frightening song you will ever hear, for when I was the sickest is when the
Holy Spirit said NOW sing it Sherrie! There is NO beauty in HELL even the best
singer sings off KEY in HELL even the best musician plays Off KEY in Hell. Only
TORTURE, TERROR, TORMENT for all eternity! Only entrances and NO exits. Look at
a ring that represents eternity, no beginning or no end. Where are you going to
spend eternity? Heaven or Hell?
Here are a few brief lyrics to the song " A CITIZEN IN HELL" no one may copy
this without my permission and if anyone knows Carman please tell him about this
song. When the LORD gave this to me he said Carman has the anointing to sing
this song. This song is meant for the Last Chancers one step before the flames
of HELL. One step before Jer. 6 vs. 27-30. With the LORDS help and anointing he
has told me to create a animated hell from the lyrics in this song. If anyone
has the computer tech anointing to help me do this please email me right away.
Here are a few lines of the song so you can see this is NOT a place you want to
Flaming worms crawl in, flaming worms crawl out in the belly button and out the
mouth! In the front and out the rear! In the eyes and out the ears! We scream
for mercy yet NO one cares or hears! Red hot pain in my blood rivers of feces,
lava, vomit and blood, it looks like a flood! Flames everywhere yet they cast NO
light! All I have is every kind of pain, terror, torture, and fright! I am a
Citizen in HELL!
This is the first level of HELL the other levels there are NO words to tell.
Hell is so hot it boils the flesh off my skin how do I describe the HELLISH pain
I'm in! I'm so thirsty yet I've not even urine or tears to drink and OH my GOD
how this HELL stinks! AHHHH I am a Citizen in HELL!
There's NO water of any kind not even sweat to cool my brow, I know from HELL I
will never be set free and demons curse and Mock me! I scream to God to help me,
yet he does NOT hear! Instead the voice of satan laughs and jeers! Ha Ha,
there's NO GOD and there's NO mercy here! I have torture, terror, and Damnation
and every kind of FEAR but there's NO GOD HERE! Ha Ha Ha.
I saw a naked man covered in flaming worms that cannot die. he turned to me and
heaved a deep sigh as flames surrounded him and he sung this song in an
emotionless voice. A voice that held NO emotion only the pain and torment he was
in. Flaming WORMS that looked like Snakes were crawling in and OUT of EVERY
OPENING OF HIS BODY, his EYES, EARS, NOSE, FRONT, and REAR. I repeat EVERY
OPENING without getting graphically gross here. The Screams yet echo in my mind
as I am writing this down.
The rich man in the bible who went to HELL told YAHUVEH if he would just send a
man back from HELL to warn others his brothers of the torment in Hell they would
not want to come there and they would live differently. But God said even if he
sent someone back from HELL few would listen and take the warning seriously.
Few would believe. In this end time how many has the LORD allowed to see Heaven
and Hell to be brought back to life to tell of the Horror. Dr. Eby is one of
them....Dr. Maurice Rawlins is another and now Rev. Sherrie Elijah who praise
YAHUVEH I didn't have to die but in a vision so real. Its like I know the man
and grieve for the man I met in this vision and he is warning you now. Those who
mock and laugh at YAHUSHUA hear the lyrics of this song and although I can't
give it all to you. Know this, if you MOCK and LAUGH again, this was your LAST
CHANCE for your heart is hardened and YAHUVEH said this song was the LAST
CHANCERS Last Chance! If this does NOT scare you NOTHING will till you taste
HELL for yourself and then its too late.
Here are some more lyrics from the song "A CITIZEN IN HELL."
I am reminded how YAHUVEH in his mercy gave YAHUSHUA Messiah his only Son to
suffer crucifixion for my sins and on a cross he hung. Just so from HELL I would
be free and satan would have NO claim on me. But I refused YAHUSHUA'S blood to
cover my sins I wanted to live my own life so I denied him. I know I have no one
to blame now forever I'll live in satan's evil domain with every kind of torture
and shame. Wanting to die but forgetting there is no death thinking it will be
better tomorrow but forgetting I have FOREVER left. This is what its like to be
a CITIZEN IN HELL!!!
Where the Horror is so gruesome, NO tongue can tell! Everyone who is coming here
will have to dig their own level before they die and that is how deep your sins
are piled up high. But beware the greatest of all sins is the REJECTION OF
YAHUSHUA Messiah. One torture room to the next what seems like your worst
nightmare is ONLY satan at his BEST this is what its like to be a CITIZEN IN
There is so much I cannot convey with these written words if only you could hear
the screams and torments. Much more gruesome lyrics but this is enough to give
you a sample of the Terrors in HELL!
Read below what the bible describes Hell as and if you still want to go
afterthis I suppose no one will be able to stop you. But if you decide after
reading this that you don't want to go to Hell then say out loud not only with
your mouth but mean it in your heart the SALVATION PRAYER. If I am wrong you
have LOST nothing by saying this prayer. But if I am right and you don't make
YAHUSHUA your LORD and savior and say this prayer you have LOST EVERYTHING and
you will one day be a CITIZEN IN HELL!!!! As for me I intend to be a CITIZEN IN
HEAVEN! At the end of this song the LORD gave me a new vision, if you hear the
tape you would hear the excitement in my voice as the LORD showed me MILLIONS of
souls coming to HEAVEN that would NOT have been there if they had NOT heard this
song, or the lyrics of this song!
I pray dear Holy Spirit in YAHUSHUA Messiah's name let NO ONE reading this go to
HELL. Compel them to come NOW and say the salvation prayer and then confess it
before others and let me know by emailing me so I know that someone is listening
to this warning. Holy Spirit as the song is anointed I am counting on you to
anoint this page also with your convicting power and save souls so no one
reading this or saying the salvation prayer will become CITIZENS IN HELL!
Instead let US rejoice as their names are written in the Lambs Book of Life and
they decide to be CITIZENS IN HEAVEN! AMEN.
For those of you still NOT convinced READ ON. But beware this may be YOUR last
Chance. The bible says the Holy Spirit will NOT always strive with man. Today is
the day of Salvation, tomorrow may be too late. There is hardly anyone in HELL
that is NOT praying to YAHUVEH for mercy, but there is NO more mercy! Your
Reservation is being made now while you yet live...will it be heaven or Hell?
Its your Choice!
If anyone knows Carman the singer please let me know how to get this song to
him. YAHUSHUA has promised when he hears it he will want to record it and
millions of souls will be saved. Please Christians WARN THE LOST! Before they
become CITIZENS IN HELL!!! Someone who has the burden for lost souls with
computer tech knowledge, email me and lets show a animated Hell and Heaven on
the internet. I am waiting for someone special the LORD is sending, is it you?
In the meantime WARN the LOST SHEEP!
You are in a car you see a sign it's a CROSS and it says YAHUSHUA Messiah
Salvation. There is another sign and that sign is an upside down cross and that
says satan, damnation. There is a detour in the road and it comes to a two way
stop, no other road, we must choose which sign will it be? Salvation? Damnation?
The road to Salvation is an arrow and it takes faith to travel this road. So
many dangers along this road, yet we have FAITH in the one who maintains the
road he will PROTECT, and GUIDE us. He will safely get us to our Heavenly home.
The maintainer of this road is YAHUSHUA Messiah and His Holy Spirit. All because
we made him LORD, RULER of our lives.
The road to Damnation is so broad, it's easy to travel on this road and it takes
NO faith at all. We can travel at any speed. We can run over the other cars. We
can even Kill the other drivers just for sport. We don't have to have any
morals, follow any commandments, OR believe in a God Almighty or YAHUSHUA
Messiah. We can laugh and mock at the bible. We have no map to follow. No one
can tell us which way to go on this road there are many paths and all look so
SINFULLY FUN. We have traveled most of all the roads, drugs, booze, adultery,
greed, stealing, lying, fornication, homosexuality, murder, abortion, the list
goes on. There is no end in sight we can do what we want and NOT pay any
attention to the little signs that were warning us.
The cross we seen every once in a while to remind us to turn back before it was
to late but who pays attention to a map called the Bible. Heck that's just for
them Bible thumpers who believes in a God Almighty Supreme in ALL ways. The
creator of Heaven and Earth and all that lies between. We prefer to believe in
evolution. Yea that's it, believing in creation is for them Christians who think
they have to answer to the biggest road sign of all, the TEN COMMANDMENTS!
But NOT us we just passed the Cross again, just insulted some driver who tried
to flag us down for we are speeding down a winding road and this bible thumper
tries to yell something like these words REPENT, ASK YAHUSHUA INTO YOUR HEARTS!
ACCEPT YAHUSHUA Messiah AS LORD AND SAVIOR! LET HIM WASH YOU CLEAN OF ALL YOUR
SINS! TURN BACK NOW BEFORE ITS TO LATE!!! But we just look at the Bible Thumper
and mock and laugh. No way we are NOT going to live our lives Holy, what a bore.
Turning the corner now picking up speed, gee its hard to see now darker than I
ever remembered what's that up ahead it looks like ......NO, it can't be
*#$%^&*()^#@ (Cursing violently) AHHHHH ......its a DEAD END!
CRASH! BLOOD EVERYWHERE! Our blood NOT YAHUSHUA'S Blood! We look at our body its
mangled and in so many pieces laying everywhere. We have fallen in a huge pit.
What does that sign say, WAIT! No, someone evil and ugly demonic faces and long
claws are pulling me, "Where are you taking me?" pulling me toward that sign. It
says I can barely make it out, seems to be so dark here, yet the sign glows in
Fire, it says HELL! NO! My friends told me HELL wasn't real, this can't happen.
The screams are all around me. Wait that's ME screaming! Why is this happening?
Then I remember the cross, the map that was called the BIBLE. YAHUSHUA he was
the only way I could have avoided that DEAD END.
All the bible thumpers I insulted, they really did care, now its TOO LATE!
ahhhhh! The stench, the ugliness. Now how long must I stay here? I want out!
Where are the exit signs? Only entrance signs wherever I look. I look to the
demons chaining me and I ask how long must I stay here? And they laugh and mock
with yellow puke green eyes, so evil, as they say "We have just begun your here
for ETERNITY! hahahaha "all because you passed that Cross called YAHUSHUA
Messiah's Cross at Calvary now your MINE! You're MY CITIZEN IN HELL!
Thank you Sweet Holy Spirit for anointing me once again so souls will be saved.
Please use this to save lost souls. Anoint these words and let NO one reading
them choose to mock or laugh. Cause them to repent and say the Salvation Prayer
asking YAHUSHUA to save their souls and come into their hearts, forgive them of
their sins and wash them clean with the blood that was shed for them by our
perfect sacrifice. YOU Dear YAHUSHUA paid the price for OUR sins.
Given to Pastor Sherrie Elijah on Easter day
March 30, 1997 5:36 pm
Please USE this to bring the lost sheep to YAHUSHUA Messiah! the ONLY Good
Anyone who accepts the gift of salvation through YAHUSHUA Messiah after reading
this Please share your joy with US! email me at email@example.com.
The Bible says CONFESS speak and not be ashamed of your decision to make
YAHUSHUA Messiah LORD and Savior. We will not embarrass you in anyway only
rejoice, as we will look for you in Heaven one day. To be able to say WELCOME to
the Family of YAHUSHUA Messiah. We LOVE YOU! YAHUSHUA LOVES YOU! You don't have
to crash into that dead end that drop off into the Pit of HELL. If we are wrong
in serving YAHUSHUA, we have lost nothing but those of you who mock or laugh, or
deny he is GOD have LOST EVERYTHING. It's your CHOICE. Two roads, your making
your reservations NOW, will it be Heaven or Hell? Its you CHOICE. Reservations
please, what will it be? You have been warned once again, no one is guaranteed
tomorrow. Today is the day for salvation, tomorrow may be to late.
One thing about Hell is...it's no respecter of persons. The rich go to Hell, the
poor go to Hell, the old go to Hell, the teens go to Hell, the Jew goes to Hell,
the gentile goes to Hell. Even those that never hurt anyone, and even help
others, those that are kind and generous to charities. In the worlds eyes we
would say they are NOT bad enough to go to Hell with Hitler and the Satanic
worshipers, murders, etc.. but the bible says ALL Have sinned and fell short of
the Glory of God. All of US need a perfect savior and that is YAHUSHUA. This
picture shows many faces that represent the many faces in Hell if they did NOT
receive YAHUSHUA Messiah as LORD and Savior. For there is ONLY one entrance way,
one door into Heaven and that is YAHUSHUA Messiah.
It does NOT matter how famous you are in this world, in HELL you are a NOBODY.
Satan has no favorites he only wants to do one thing, to take as many souls to
HELL with Him to suffer with him for all eternity. Please don't be one of these
many faces. Please warn others! Grandma's, grandpa's, moms, dads, sisters,
brothers, husbands, wives, and children (teens) are in HELL. All races are in
Hell, warn THEM before its too late. In Hell there is no healing, you die in
sickness and pain. If you choose to go to HELL after reading this I can NOT stop
you its Your Choice!!!! But at least you were warned!
Copyright by Rev. Sherrie Elijah April 8, 1997
from "THE TERRORS OF HELL"
by William C. Nichols
"So it will be at the end of the age; the angels shall come forth, and take out
the wicked from among the righteous, and will cast them into the furnace of
fire; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth" (Matthew 13:49-50).
The doctrine of hell is one of the most neglected doctrines in all of Scripture.
When hell is mentioned today, it is generally ridiculed, as if the whole idea of
hell were so old fashioned that only the naive and ignorant would really believe
that such a place actually exists. This is not hard to understand. Natural men
hate the idea of being held accountable for their lives to a holy God, because
they love sin and do not wish to part with it.
The carnal mind throws up objection after objection to the idea of hell because
it does not want to face the reality of it. Men live their lives thinking that
maybe if they ignore a difficulty long enough, it will go away. Even
conservative religious leaders are now attacking hell. Let men do what they
will, the frivolous objections of the foolish will not do away with hell.
Amid the clamor to annihilate hell, those who believe the Bible to be true must
stand and speak. Your consideration of the terrors of hell maybe one of the most
important things you can do in this life. "Then he who hears the sound of the
trumpet, and does not take warning, and as word comes and takes him away, his
blood will be on his own head" (Ezekiel 33:4). Please, I implore you, invest the
time it takes to read this chapter and book to the end.
Why should we be so concerned about hell? Why should we spend time reading about
hell? There are several reasons why it is profitable to do so:
1) Hearing about the terrors of hell may shock your conscience and awaken you
out of your false security.
2) Hearing about hell helps to deter men from committing sin. Both the godly and
the ungodly are persuaded not to sin as much when they are regularly reminded of
the terrors of hell.
3) Hearing about the terrors of hell may help to awaken those among us who may
think they are saved because they believe in Christ or the facts of the gospel,
but who are not really saved and are on their way to hell, but don't know it.
4) Preaching the doctrine of hell is profitable to both the godly and the
ungodly alike, as will be demonstrated.
Why aren't people fearful of hell? There seems to be a real lack of fear today
of the reality of hell. This applies to both those who are in the church and
those who are in the world. People are not afraid of hell.
You would not be afraid of a lion when it is only painted in a picture upon a
wall. Why is this? Because it is only a picture. You know that it's not real.
But if you were left alone in a jungle and came face to face with a real lion
that growled ferociously at you, you would be terrified. The consciences of men
are much like the man who only views the painted lion. We hear of hell in the
Bible. We know that the Lord YAHUSHUA spoke of hell. In fact, Christ spoke more
of hell than anyone else in the Scriptures.
Why do men not believe hell is real? Because they do not hear enough about it.
We don't study what the Scriptures say about hell. It is not just what we hear
which makes up what we believe, it is what we don't hear as well which helps to
form our belief system. Only the Spirit of God can present the terrors of hell
to our hearts in such a way as to see them alive before us. The doctrine of hell
has been used by God more often to the conversion of sinners than any other
doctrine in the Scriptures. Pray now that as you read this chapter the Holy
Spirit will set hell before you as real indeed.
The Necessity Of Hell
Most who scoff at hell today probably do so for several reasons. Primary among
them is a desire to pursue their own paths of sin without having their
consciences troubled about the consequences of their actions. They do not want
to hear that what they are doing is wrong. They do not want to hear that their
sin will be punished. I can hear someone say, "But isn't eternal torment in hell
inconsistent with a merciful and loving God? How could a good God punish people
in hell forever?"
A misunderstanding of the character of God and the nature of sin can easily lead
to such questions. Why is hell necessary? Let us examine several reasons for the
necessity of hell.
1) The Great Evil in Sin and the Holiness of God. The difficulty most people
have in understanding the necessity of hell is related to an incomplete and
inadequate understanding of both how awful sin is and how glorious God is. We do
not see what a great evil is in the least sin, nor do we understand God's
holiness, His justice, and His wrath. If we saw sin as the greatest evil in the
world and realized that every sin is a rejection of God's rule over us, a
sneering at Him, a shaking of our fist in His face, and a hurling of dung at
Him, we would begin to understand a small bit of what our sin is like to God.
Every time we sin, we either set ourselves, or a pet lust, up in our hearts as a
rival god. Sin rejects the Creator as God and sets up the creature in His place.
If we could comprehend God's holiness and what it means to be holy, pure,
perfect, upright, and untainted by the least sin, we would have a better idea of
why God hates sin so much. Absolute holiness cannot tolerate the least sin, "Thine
eyes are too pure to approve evil, and Thou canstnot look on wickedness with
favor" (Habakkuk 1:13). If we could understand the glorious holiness and purity
of God and also the abominable nature of sin more, then we would have no problem
with the absolute necessity of hell.
"The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; who can
understand it?" (Jeremiah 17:9). The human heart is sick. The human heart is
wicked. The human heart is deceitful. The corruption the heart causes us to be
deceived about the awfulness of sin as well as many other things.
2) God's Infinite Nature. In understanding what our sin is really like, we must
view it through the eyes of God. God is an infinite, eternal being. Every act of
sin is committed against an infinite, holy God. In every act of sin we dethrone
God and set ourselves above God. In every sin this question is the issue, "Whose
will shall be done, God's will or man's? Now, man by sin sets his own will above
the Lord's, and so kicks God as filth under his feet." A single act of sin
committed against a holy, infinite God deserves infinite punishment. It is an
infinite evil to offend an infinite God even once.
3) Divine Justice. Even one sin against God calls for God to vindicate His name
and His justice by punishing it as fully as it deserves. God can and will
vindicate His justice. He promises to do so in Romans 12:19 where it says,
"leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, Vengeance is mine, I will
repay, says the Lord.' " One of the greatest preachers that ever lived, Jonathan
Edward's, wrote, "The glory of God is the greatest good; it is that which is the
chief end of creation; it is of greater importance than anything else. But this
is one way wherein God will glorify Himself, as in the eternal destruction of
ungodly men He will glorify His justice. Therein He will appear as a just
governor of the world. The vindictive justice of God will appear strict, exact,
awful, and terrible, and therefore glorious."
A Description Of Hell
Hell is a furnace of unquenchable fire, a place of everlasting punishment, where
its victims are tormented in both their bodies and their minds in accordance
with their sinful natures, their actual sins committed, and the amount of
spiritual light given to them, which they rejected. Hell is a place from which
God's mercy and goodness have been withdrawn, where God's wrath is revealed as a
terrifying, consuming fire, and men live with unfulfilled lusts and desires in
torment forever and ever. In Matthew 13:47-50 the Lord YAHUSHUA tells a parable
relating to the judgment. In verses 49-50, the Lord describes the fate of the
wicked: "So it will be at the end of the age; the angels shall come forth, and
take out the wicked from among the righteous, and will cast them into the
furnace of fire; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth." In examining
these words of the Lord YAHUSHUA we should first notice that hell is described
as being a furnace of blue fire.
Nebuchadnezzar's furnace was heated seven times hotter than normal and is
described as "a furnace of blazing fire" (Daniel 3:23). John the Baptist spoke
of "unquenchable fire" and Revelation describes hell as "a lake of fire burning
with brimstone" (Revelation 19:20). Can we really imagine the horror of which
these words speak? Imagine every part of your body on fire at the same time, so
that every fiber of your being felt the intense torment of being burned. How
long could you endure such punishment? Christ tells us that "there shall be
wailing and gnashing of teeth." The lost will wail and gnash their teeth from
having to endure the most intense pain and suffering they have ever felt as the
flames consume them and constantly burn every part of their bodies.
And there will be no relief.
Jonathan Edwards describes in graphic language what the fires of hell will be
like: "Some of you have seen buildings on fire; imagine therefore with
yourselves, what a poor hand you would make at fighting with the flames, if you
were in the midst of so great and fierce a fire. You have often seen a spider or
some other noisome insect, when thrown into the midst of a fierce fire, and have
observed how immediately it yields to the force of the flames. There is no long
struggle, no fighting against the fire, no strength exerted to oppose the heat,
or to fly from it; but it immediately stretches forth and yields; and the fire
takes possession of it, and at once it becomes full of fire. Here is a little
image of what you will be in hell, except you repent and fly to Christ.
To encourage yourselves that you will set yourselves to bear hell torments as
well as you can, is just as if a worm, that is about to be thrown into a glowing
furnace, should swell and fortify itself, and prepare itself to fight the
flames." Hell is also described as a place of darkness. The Lord tells us of the
guest without wedding clothes who was cast "into outer darkness" (Matthew
22:13). Jude writes of those in hell "for whom the black darkness has been
reserved forever" (Jude 13).
Christopher Love says in his work Hell's Terrors: "darkness is terrible, and men
are more apt to fear in the dark then light: hell is therefore set forth in so
terrible an expression, to make the hearts of men tremble; not only darkness,
but the blackness of darkness".' Hell is compared to Tophet in Isaiah 30:33.
Tophet was the place where the idolatrous Jews sacrificed their children to the
heathen god Molech by casting them into the fire. Day and night shrieks and
howls were heard in that place, as day and night shrieks, howls, and wailing are
heard in hell. Isaiah speaks of "the breath of the Lord, like a stream of
brimstone" setting hell ablaze. There is good evidence from the Scriptures that
God Himself will be the fire in hell. Hebrews 12:29 says, "Our God is a
The ungodly on earth ignorantly dance for joy when they hear pastors speak about
the love and mercy of God, but they will be the beneficiaries of neither, unless
they repent. To them God will bean all consuming fire. Hebrews 10:30-31 warns:
"For we know him who said, Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,' And again, `The
Lord will judge His people.' It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of
the living God." It is a fearful thing, it is a terrible thing to fall into the
hands of the living God! You shall not escape hell, sinner. God will be your
hell and His wrath will consume you and be poured upon you as long as He exists.
"Who understands the power of Thine anger?" (Psalm 90:11). It is because God
Himself will be the fire in hell that words cannot possibly express the terrors
of the damned in hell. "There is no reason to suspect that possibly ministers
set forth this matter beyond what it really is, that possibly it is not so
dreadful and terrible as it is pretended, and that ministers strain the
description of it beyond just bounds...We have rather reason to suppose that
after we have said our utmost, all that we have said or thought is but a faint
shadow of reality."
In Luke 16:19-26 Christ tells us of two men. One of them was rich (he has
traditionally been called Dives); the other man was poor (his name was Lazarus).
Both men died. The poor man was carried by angels to heaven and the rich man
went to hell. The rich man did not go to hell because he was rich, nor did the
poor man go to heaven simply because he was poor. The Lord shows us through this
contrast that our circumstances may change drastically when we pass from time
into eternity. We are not to be fooled that just because God may not have dealt
harshly with us here, that he will not do so after death. The eternal abiding
place of both men resulted from the condition of their hearts before God, while
they were on earth.
Lazarus was a true follower of God. Dives was not. We want to carefully note
what the Scriptures tell us about Dives and his condition, for from that we may
learn much about hell. Verses 23-24 indicate to us that Dives is "in torment."
What does it mean to be "in torment?" This torment refers to both torment in
body and torment in soul as well. As we have seen, men's bodies will be
tormented in a furnace of fire. Every part of the body will feel the pain of
that fire. Men with severe stomach pains can be in great agony from that alone,
but this pain will be far greater. Death from cancer is sometimes said to cause
extreme pain in the body, but the pain of hell will be far worse. If your body
were afflicted with many different and painful diseases all at the same time,
you still would not begin to approach the pain of the damned in hell. Men's
consciences shall be in torment in hell as well. Conscience is the worm that
will not die which the Scriptures speak of (Mark 9:48; Isaiah 66:24).
Dives is told to "remember that during your life." Men will be tormented with
extreme pain, but they will also be tormented by their own memories. They will
remember hearing of hell and scoffing at it. They will remember being warned and
told to repent or told that accepting the blessings of heaven without submitting
to Christ as Lord falls short of salvation, but they took no heed to those
warnings. They will be tormented by seeing at a distance the glories of heaven
(as Dives was able to do), and knowing that for all eternity they will be
damned. They will be tormented by unfulfilled desires and unfulfilled lusts
(Dives is not able to receive even a drop of water to cool his tongue). They
will be tormented by the knowledge that they will never escape from hell (Dives
is told that "neither can you pass to us"). They will be tormented by the cries,
shrieks, and curses of the damned around them.
The most extreme torments a man can experience on earth will be like flea bites
compared to the torments of hell. Jonathan Edwards speaks of men unable to find
even a moment of relief in hell in his sermon on The Future Punishment of the
Wicked: "Nor will they ever be able to find anything to relieve them in hell.
They will never find any resting place there; any secret corner, which will be
cooler than the rest, where they may have a little respite, a small abatement of
the extremity of their torment. They never will be able to find any cooling
stream or fountain, in any part of that world of torment; no, nor so much as a
drop of water to cool their tongues. They will find no company to give them any
comfort, or do them the least good. They will find no place, where they can
remain, and rest, and take breath for one minute: for they will be tormented
with fire and brimstone; and they will have no rest day nor night forever and
The Eternity Of Hell
The most terrifying aspect of all about hell is its length or duration. Hell is
eternal. Hell will last forever. Can you comprehend eternity? No mathematical
equation or formula can explain it. Your mind cannot conceive of eternity, but
it is none the less real. This aspect of hell alone should cause men to cry out
in repentance. It is not surprising that skeptics of all ages have attacked the
eternal nature of hell, substituting doctrines like the annihilation of the
wicked in its place. Let us look at the Scriptures to verify the eternal nature
of hell and to try and understand eternity better. Then we will explore why hell
must be eternal.
"And the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone,
where the beast and the false prophet are also; and they will be tormented day
and night forever and ever" (Revelation 20:10). This verse clearly gives us the
duration of hell. Hell is forever and ever. How could a stronger, more certain
expression be used? If the Spirit of God wanted to communicate the eternal
nature of hell to men what could communicate it better than the expression
"forever and ever?" The Scripture has no higher expression which is used to
denote eternity than "forever and ever" for it is the very phrase used to tell
us of the eternal existence of God Himself, as in Revelation 4:9: "to him who
sits on the throne, to Him who lives forever and ever." Does anyone doubt that
God will live to all eternity? How then can you doubt that hell will not last to
all eternity when the same expression is used for both?
"We can conceive but little of the matter; but to help your conception, imagine
yourself to be cast into a fiery oven, or a great furnace, where your pain would
be as much greater than that occasioned by accidentally touching a coal of fire,
as the heat is greater. Imagine also that your body were to lie there for a
quarter of an hour, full of fire, and all the while full of quick sense; what
horror would you feel at the entrance of such a furnace! and how long would that
quarter of an hour seem to you! And after you had endured it for one minute, how
overbearing would it be to you to think that you had to endure the other
fourteen! But what would be the effect on your soul, if you knew you must lie
there enduring that torment to the full for twenty-four hours...for a whole
year...for a thousand years!
"Oh, then, how would your hearts sink, if you knew, that you must bear it
forever and ever! that there would be no end! that after millions of millions of
ages, your torment would be no nearer to an end, and that you never, never
should be delivered! But your torment in hell will be immensely greater than
this illustration represents." Christ, describing the great day of judgment,
tells of the separation of the wicked and the righteous using these words: "And
these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life"
(Matthew 25:46). Is there anyone who would deny that heaven exists eternally?
Will the lives of the blessed in heaven be brought to an end one day? Of course
But the same Greek word is used here in this verse to speak of the eternal life
of the righteous and the everlasting punishment of the wicked. Hell will last as
long as heaven does. In hell there will be different degrees of torment
appointed to men as indicated by a number of Scriptures. Luke 12:47-48 says:
"And that slave who knew his master's will and die not get ready or act in
accord with his will, shall receive many lashes, but the one who did not know
it, and committed deeds worthy of a flogging, will receive but few."
Christ says in Matthew 11:24: "Nevertheless I say to you that it shall be more
tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for you." The
verses in Matthew indicate that the people in Capernaum will receive a greater
punishment on judgment day than those who had lived in Sodom. The verses in Luke
speak of a differentiation in judgment based on the amount of light received:
some will receive many stripes and others will receive few. Those who commit
greater sins than others or more sins than others will receive greater
punishment in hell (John 19:11). Religious hypocrites, those who profess
Christianity but are not real Christians, will be punished more severely than
others (Matthew 23:14-15).
The Lord said of Judas Iscariot," It would have been good for that man if he had
not been born" (Matthew 26:24). How could any of these things be said to be true
if annihilation were what awaited men after death? The presence of different
degrees of punishment only makes sense in light of the ability to sensibly feel
the torment. Could it be said that it would have been better for Judas if he had
never been born if annihilation was all that awaited him? Annihilation is like
no punishment at all. Each time the unbeliever sins he is adding to his torment
The person who sins twice as much as another with similar light will receive
twice as much punishment. Every day that sinners continue to live and breathe
here on earth without repenting, they are adding to their torments in hell.
Romans 2:5 tells us: "But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you
are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath and revelation of the
righteous judgment of God." The Lord YAHUSHUA encouraged the righteous to lay up
treasures in heaven rather than on earth. The wicked are increasing their future
wrath and torment in hell every day by their continued sinning. They add to
their punishment daily. In hell men will wish that they had never been born.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon said: "In hell there is no hope. They have not even the
hope of dying--the hope of being annihilated. They are forever--forever--forever
lost! On every chain in hell, there is written "forever". In the fires there,
blaze out the words, "forever". Above their heads, they read, "forever". Their
eyes are galled and their hearts are pained with the thought that it is
Oh, if I could tell you tonight that hell would one day be burned out, and that
those who were lost might be saved, there would be a jubilee in hell at the very
thought of it. But it cannot be--it is "forever" they are cast into the outer
darkness." Christopher Love uses an illustration to try and help us understand
what eternity means: "Suppose all the mountains of the earth were mountains of
sand, and many more mountains still added thereto, till they reached up to
heaven, and a little bird should once in every thousand years take one (grain
of) sand of this mountain, there would be an innumerable company of years pass
over before that mass of sand would be consumed and taken away, and yet this
time would have an end; and it would be happy for man, if hell were no longer
than this time; but this is man's misery in hell, he shall be in no more hope of
coming out after he hath been there millions of years, then he was when he was
first cast in there; for his torments shall be to eternity, without end, because
the God that damns him is eternal."
Earlier we looked at the necessity of hell or why there must be a place like
hell. Now we will look at why hell must not only exist, but why it must exist
eternally. Why is it necessary that hell be eternal? There are several answers
to this which we shall explore briefly. The first reason we will look at is the
one mentioned by Christopher Love in the passage just quoted. The God who damns
men is an eternal God. "Ultimately the eternality of hell is based upon the
nature of God." Is God's Word eternal? Is God's nature eternal? The Scripture
tells us: "YAHUSHUA Messiah is the same yesterday and today, yes and forever"
(Hebrews 13:8). "His righteousness endures forever" (Psalm 111:3). "The Word of
the Lord abides forever" (I Peter 1:24). If God's Word is eternal, if God's
righteousness is eternal, if God Himself is eternal, then why shouldn't His
wrath be eternal as well? As eternally existent, all of God's attributes are
eternal and immutable; therefore, hell, as an expression of God's wrath, must be
eternal. Hell must be eternal because God's justice could never be satisfied by
the punishment of sinners no matter how long it lasts.
Christ makes this clear when He speaks about settling with your accuser before
you get to court, otherwise you shall be cast into prison and "I tell thee, thou
halt not depart thence, till thou hast paid the very last mite" (Luke 12:59).
Man can do nothing to pay for his sins. No amount of punishment in hell, no
matter how long, can ever atone for sins. It is impossible; therefore, hell must
be eternal. Thirdly, hell must be eternal because the Scriptures tell us that
the worm which gnaws the conscience of men in hell never dies. "For their worm
shall not die, and their fire shall not be quenched" (Isaiah 66:24). If the worm
never dies, then those being tormented by the worm shall never die.
Lastly, hell will be eternal because men continue to sin in hell. They increase
and compound their guilt there. Hell is a place where tormented men curse God,
curse themselves, and scream and wail with blasphemous language at their fellow
men around them. Wicked men will increase each others torments as they accuse,
blame, and condemn one another. Men will not repent in hell because the
character of sinners does not change. They remain sinners. Men will sin to
eternity, therefore, God will punish them eternally.
Application To Believers And Unbelievers
The Old Testament prophets warn us repeatedly of the dangers of hell: "Who among
us can dwell with everlasting burnings?" (Isaiah 33:14, KJV)." Who can stand
before His indignation? And who can endure the burning of His anger? His wrath
is poured out like fire" (Nahum 1:6). Sinner, are you so arrogant as to think
you can bear the wrath of God poured out in full measure upon you? You may think
that hell is not so hot and that you will be able to bear it quite well. If you
believe that you are more than a fool. The terrors of hell cause the devils to
tremble and are you so foolish as to be unmoved by them or make light of them?
Do not think that simply because you go to church, or believe in God, or believe
intellectually in the truths of Christianity that you will escape hell. The
majority of those who regularly attend churches every week, all over the world,
will go to hell.
Thomas Shepherd, pastor and founder of Harvard University, wrote: "Formal
professors and carnal gospelers have a thing like faith, and like sorrow, and
like true repentance, and like good desires, but yet they be but pictures; they
deceive others and themselves too...most of them that live in the church shall
perish." You who profess to be Christians, but do not read your Bible much and
pray little: how shall you escape the damnation of hell? You who are not
especially bothered by little sins or troubled by the vain and filthy thoughts
which you have: are you ready to go to hell? You who think the kingdom of God
consists in a verbal profession of Christ or intellectually believing that
YAHUSHUA died for your sins, but who are not concerned with living a holy, godly
life and give little or no thought to God during the week: are you prepared to
endure the torments of hell, day and night, forever and ever? You had better be,
because if these things are true of you, you are headed straight for hell,
unless you repent.
Do not delude yourself! Christianity does not consist in words, or pious
statements, or mere intellectual belief, but in a new heart and a new life
dedicated to not sinning and living for the glory of God. If your heart and life
have not been changed by God, you are still in your sins. If you are living in
known disobedience to the word of God and are unconcerned about it, you have no
right to assume you are going to heaven: you are on your way to hell! Repent of
all your sins and turn to YAHUSHUA Messiah and surrender to Him as Lord. Listen
to the words of Christ: "If your eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out, and
throw it from you. It is better for you to enter life with one eye, than having
two eyes, to be cast into the fiery hell" (Matthew 18:9). "Nothing short of the
complete denying of self, the abandoning of the dearest idol, the forsaking of
the most cherished sinful course--figuratively represented under the cutting off
of a right hand and the plucking out of a right eye--is what He claims from
every one who would have true communion with Him." 12
But remember, the difficulty involved in forsaking all for Christ is nothing
compared to spending eternity in hell. I do not believe anyone can be scared
into heaven, but I do believe they can be scared away from hell, so that they
might begin to seek God with all their hearts, and to beg Christ to have mercy
on them. Men stand on the brink of the pit of hell and are ready to fall
headlong into it and yet they are completely unaware they are in any danger. If
hearing about hell can cause otherwise senseless men to consider eternal truths,
then preaching about hell is valuable indeed. It is better to view hell now,
while you are living, and be terrified by it, than to have to endure hell
forever when you die. I would not have you to be more afraid of hell than of
Sin is your real enemy. Sin is worse than hell because sin gave birth to hell.
Would you be willing to go to hell for all eternity for the enjoyment of a
little pleasure and lust here on earth? Flee from sin! Flee from living for self
and self pleasing to YAHUSHUA Messiah. When you die it will be to late. All
opportunity to repent ends at death. This doctrine is useful to the godly as
well as the ungodly. The doctrine of hell should stir up within the righteous a
fear of God. A godly fear is useful in many ways. The one who has a fear of God
in his heart has a greater respect for the commandments of God. He who truly
fears God will not fear men and would rather displease men than God (Isaiah
This doctrine should increase your faithfulness and joy in Christ that you have
been delivered from the torments of hell and should likewise increase your love
for Christ who endured the wrath of God upon the cross for you. The doctrine of
hell should stir up within you a fear of sin. It should cause us to fear even
little sins and be careful to confess and forsake sins of the heart and thought
life also. Let the doctrine of hell keep you from the practice of sin. The
doctrine of hell should help the godly to be patient under all outward,
temporary afflictions which come to them. No matter how great your afflictions
are in this world, they are far less than the torments of hell from which the
Lord has freed the godly. You may have to undergo lessor torments while on
earth, but remember they are only temporary and you have been freed from the
greatest of all torments so you may rejoice even in a time of affliction.
This doctrine is useful to motivate you to tell others of the message of Christ.
Eryl Davies wrote in his book The Wrath of God: "The eternity of hell's
sufferings should make us the more zealous and eager to tell people of the only
One who is able to rescue them. Do we shrink from declaring these solemn truths?
Does the thought of hell displease us? Remember that God will be glorified even
through the eternal sufferings of unbelievers in hell. His injured majesty will
be vindicated...What is supreme in the purpose of God in the election and
reprobation of men is His own glory, and hell also will glorify the justice,
power, and wrath of God throughout eternity. In the meantime it is our
responsibility to pray and work for the salvation of sinners before such awful
punishment overtakes them."
I cannot leave without one final word to those who think they are converted, but
are not; and also, to those who know themselves to be unconverted. Can you
conceive of eternity? Stop now and try to imagine being tormented unceasingly,
forever, without end. Does this not terrify you? Never a chance for a moment's
rest. Never a drop of water to cool your parched throat. Think again of how long
Try to imagine it: day and night, forever and ever, burned with fire like a
spider in a furnace of flames. Shrieking, howling, wailing, cursing the day you
were born, and being cursed by the devils and damned souls around you eternally.
Remembering, forever remembering, how you were warned on earth and how you
ignored those warnings: self-satisfied and self deceived that all was well with
your soul. Job's wife told him to curse God and die. Unless you repent and flee
to YAHUSHUA Messiah, who is your only hope, you shall curse God eternally and be
tormented by Him in His presence in the awful fullness of His wrath, and you
shall never die. You shall never die. You shall never die! Eternity is forever!