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What you need to know about Hell

Four things you need to know about Hell

Jesus spoke of hell many times and described it as a place of righteous judgment for the wicked and rebellious people (Matthew 5:22; 8:12; 10:28; 13:42; 24:51; 23:33; 25:30; Mark 9:43–48; Luke 13:28).

He came to earth not just to save us but really to warn us that eternal punishment is real. Jesus said, “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life” (Mathew 25:46).

1. Hell is no joking matter

  • Jesus spoke of heaven and hell as real places (Matthew 13:41–42; 23:33; Mark 9:43–47; Luke 12:5).
  • Luke 16:19-31 tells the story of the beggar Lazarus and the rich man who described hell. He said: “Have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue because I am in agony in this fire.”
  • … The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way.” (Matthew 7:13)

2. Three descriptions of hell

  • FIRE – Jesus depicted punishment for the unrepentant with fiery imagery. In Matthew 25:41, he speaks of “eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.”
  • OUTER DARKNESS – This term symbolizes separation from God and eternal despair. In Matthew 8:12, Jesus mentions “outer darkness” where there will be “weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
  • WEEPING AND GNASHING OF TEETH – Descriptive of the anguish of those facing judgment, Jesus warns of “weeping and gnashing of teeth” in Matthew 13:42 for those cast into the fiery furnace.

3. Four kinds of ‘hell’ in the Bible

He’ll in the Bible is not a mental condition but literally a lake of fire or Gehenna.

“Gehenna” originates from the Hebrew “Ge Hinnom,” or the Valley of Hinnom near Jerusalem. Historically associated with pagan rituals, it evolved into a metaphor for hell, a place for eternal punishment.

  • HELL (Gehenna) – The general word used to describe the “final and permanent destiny” of sinners and evildoers. The place for weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Matthew 13:49-50)
  • LAKE OF FIRE – The descriptive word for Hell or Gehenna, the “second death” and “final destination” of the wicked sinners and those who rejected Christ to save them (Revelation 20:14).
  • HADES – Unseen world in general in the New Testament. It is where the unsaved dead are, awaiting the final judgment (Luke 16:23Revelation 20:11-15). It differs from hell, which is a permanent destination.
  • SHEOL – “The place of the dead,” including the grave (Number 16:30,33; Psalm 16:10), the unseen place of those who died (Genesis 37:35), and the wicked (Prov. 9:18).

Who goes to Gehenna or Lake of Fire?

  • Sinners and evildoers.
  • Those who rebel against God.
  • Those who mocked God.
  • Those who rejected Jesus.
  • Satan and his demons.

Who goes to Sheol or Hades?

People who died without Jesus as their savior go to “Sheol-Hades” (Matthew 11:23; Acts 2:27–31), while Believers in Jesus go to heaven immediately.

Sheol-Hades are in the same realm divided by a great chasm. (Luke 16:26)

  • A place of blessing – Abraham’s bosom or side; paradise (Luke 23:43)
  • A place of judgment – Where the dead await their Final Judgment in the future.

Why did Jesus go to hell?

When Jesus died, He went to Abraham’s bosom (blessed side). From there, He preached in the Holy Spirit and took believers with Him to heaven when He resurrected. (Ephesians 4:8–10; 1 Peter 3:18–20)

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Final Judgment* for Unbelievers: After the Millennium Reign is the “Final Judgment” for all Unbelievers. Both dead and living Unbelievers stood before God on judgment day. Books were opened. If your name is not written in the book of life, you are thrown into your final destination, the lake of fire where there are weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Revelation 20:11-15)

In the Final Judgement, books were open. If your name was not in the Book of life, you were thrown into the lake of fire.

4. How can I be saved from going to hell?

Humble yourself and acknowledge you’re a sinner who needs a savior. There is no other name under heaven given among men to be saved, and that name is Jesus (Acts 4:12). Membership in a church or religion will not save you.

God offers a limited atonement which means not everyone is going to be saved from hell. He limits atonement to the elect yet offers salvation to those who choose to believe and repent of their sin.

Membership in a church or religion will not save you.

Why are you an atheist?

The thief on the cross: Your past doesn’t matter

The thief on the cross told Jesus, “Remember me when You come into Your kingdom!” Jesus answered, “…today, you will be with Me in paradise.” The thief believed Jesus was the Messiah, and that was enough for Jesus.

However, boasting of good things you did will never be enough to save you. Only Jesus can. (Ephesians 2:8-9)

Do you believe?

God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. Do you believe this? Ask Him to save you now!

Faith comes by believing and receiving Jesus as your LORD and SAVIOR.’ It’s a personal relationship between you and him. Religion will NOT save you, only Jesus can. Ask Him!

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