“And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments. . .” Luke 16:23
On our weekly Apostolic Bible Study, we will be discussing a subject that some of you may have a hard time believing. We’re going to analyze the place the Word of God calls hell. I will be presenting you with Scriptural evidence proving its existence. If you do not believe that the Word of God is Truth than this study will do you no good. My prayer is that you take what you are about to hear and read for yourself to heart. Know this, if what I am about to show you today is true, YOU COULD BE IN SERIOUS DANGER!
Back in 1979, Dr. Maurice Rawlings, a specialist in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease, published a book entitled Beyond Death’s Door. Fulfilling his duties as a doctor, he revived many people who had been clinically dead throughout his career. Dr. Rawlings, at one time, was a devout atheist. He considered all religion hocus-pocus. While performing his duties as a physician, was reviving a man from death. This man was terrified and was screaming that he was descending into the flames of hell.
“Each time he regained heartbeat and respiration, the patient screamed, “I am in hell!” He was terrified and pleaded with me to help him. I was scared to death. Then I noticed a genuinely alarmed look on his face. He had a terrified look worse than the expression seen in death! This patient had a grotesque grimace expressing sheer horror! His pupils were dilated, and he was perspiring and trembling — he looked as if his hair was “on end.”
A Place Called Hell
Then still another strange thing happened. He said,”Don’t you understand? I am in hell. . . Don’t let me go back to hell!” . . .the man was serious, and it finally occurred to me that he was indeed in trouble. He was in a panic like I had never seen before.” (Maurice Rawlings, Beyond Death’s Door,(Thomas Nelson Inc., 1979) p. 3) Dr. Rawlings went on to say that no one, who could have heard his screams and saw the look of terror on his face could doubt for a single minute that he was actually in a place called hell!
The Bible, the Word of God, continuously warns us of a place called HELL! Although I will not take the time to read each passage, there are over 162 citations in the New Testament alone that warns us of hell. Seventy of which were utter by Jesus Christ Himself. So let’s begin with a very familiar passage in Luke.
Luke 16:22-28 The poor man died and was carried away by the angels to be with Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 In Hades, where he was being tormented, he looked up and saw Abraham far away with Lazarus by his side. 24 He called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am in agony in these flames.’ 25 But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that during your lifetime you received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in agony. 26 Besides all this, between you and us a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who might want to pass from here to you cannot do so, and no one can cross from there to us.’ 27 He said, ‘Then, father, I beg you to send him to my father’s house— 28 for I have five brothers—that he may warn them, so that they will not also come into this place of torment.’
Hell, the place of torment that the rich man was in is described as a PLACE OF FIRE
The man in Luke16:24 cries: “. . .I am in agony in these flames.”
Matthew13:42, Jesus says: and they will throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Matthew25:41, Jesus says: Then he will say to those at his left hand, ‘You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; . .”
Revelation20:15 and anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.
THE BIBLE GIVES THE LOCATION OF HELL
When Jesus Christ died on the cross, He descended into hell.
Acts 2:31, Peter is speaking, ” . . . Foreseeing this, David spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, saying, ‘He was not abandoned to Hades,”
When Jesus Christ died His soul went into hell.
Matthew 12:40, Jesus Christ says: “For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the sea monster, so for three days and three nights the Son of Man will be in the heart of the earth. “
The Bible is clear — Hell is inside the earth!
Ephesians 4:9, says of Jesus: “When it says, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower parts of the earth?
On page 85 of Beyond Death’s Door, Dr. Rawlings writes patients who described hell said, “. . . this place seems to be UNDERGROUND or WITHIN THE EARTH in some way.”
Saints, let me say this. As far as I can tell by the study of His Word, the present hell that I am talking about is somewhere in the heart of the earth.
The Bible also calls Hell ‘the pit’
Isa. 14:15 But you are brought down to Sheol, to the depths of the Pit.
Ezek. 32:18-21 Mortal, wail over the hordes of Egypt, and send them down, with Egypt and the daughters of majestic nations, to the world below, with those who go down to the Pit. 19 “Whom do you surpass in beauty? Go down! Be laid to rest with the uncircumcised!” 20 They shall fall among those who are killed by the sword. Egypt has been handed over to the sword; carry away both it and its hordes. 21 The mighty chiefs shall speak of them, with their helpers, out of the midst of Sheol: “They have come down, they lie still, the uncircumcised, killed by the sword.”
Rev. 9:2 he opened the shaft of the bottomless pit, and from the shaft rose smoke like the smoke of a great furnace, and the sun and the air were darkened with the smoke from the shaft.
For Your Consideration
Any student of the Word of God knows that the writings are God-inspired. Each man believed and described hell as a real place, and geographically ‘beneath’ the earth’s surface. Consider this fact. This great pit would only need to be about 100 miles or so in diameter to hold the forty billion souls who have ever lived. Assuming their bodies ‘spiritual’ bodies are the same size as their physical bodies.” (Henry M. Morris, The Bible Has the Answer, p. 220)
The Birmingham News, April 10, 1987 had an article entitled “Earth’s Center Hotter Than Sun’s Surface, Scientists Say”. The article stated that scientists have recently discovered, “THE EARTH’S INNER CORE HAS A TEMPERATURE OF OVER 12,000 DEGREES FAHRENHEIT!”
Have you seen pictures of a volcano erupting, spewing a lake of fire from inside the earth — consuming everything within miles just from the heat? When Mount St. Helens erupted in May 18, 1980, it was described by reporters, “when HELL surfaced upon the earth.” The book, Volcanoes, Earth’s Awakening (p.91) describes an erupting volcano as “descent into HELL”.
What science has discovered the Bible knew thousands of years ago! So YES! THERE IS A PLACE CALLED HELL!
In Numbers 16, the Bible gives the account of people falling into hell alive!
Numbers 16:32-33 The earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up, along with their households—everyone who belonged to Korah and all their goods. 33 So they with all that belonged to them went down alive into Sheol; the earth closed over them, and they perished from the midst of the assembly.
Caspar Peucer, a famous fourteenth century astronomer and physician, who also researched and documented the volcano eruptions at Heklafell wrote some very frightening information in his research findings. Peucer, claims (as others) that “fearful howlings, weeping and gnashing of teeth” could be heard “for many miles. . .” as these volcanoes erupted: “Out of the bottomless abyss of Heklafell, or rather out of Hell itself, rise melancholy cries and loud wailings, so that these can be heard for many miles around. . . there may be heard in the mountain fearful howlings, weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Haraldur Sigurdsson, Melting the Earth, The History of Ideas on Volcanic Eruptions, p. 73)
There are others who believe they have heard “cries and screaming” coming from volcanoes. Most have tried to ignore the obvious. Some simply explain the “sounds of hell” to some rational meaning. But they are there. . . “The fearsome noises that issued from some of their volcanoes were certainly thought to be the screams of tormented souls in the fires of hell below”. (Haraldur Sigurdsson, Melting the Earth, The History of Ideas on Volcanic Eruptions, p. 73)
Inside this earth, this very moment, there are millions of lost, tormented souls — burning, weeping, wailing — without any hope whatsoever! Jesus Christ says about hell:
Mark 9:48 “where their worm never dies, and the fire is never quenched.
If you are still following along, I want you to pay close attention to what Mark wrote here. He wrote the word their. Not a worm, or the worm, but THEIR worm. The usage of the word their is an adjective meaning his, her or its. You need to pay close attention, the Bible teaches we will one day have a body like the risen Jesus Christ. Knowing this, do you think the souls in hell will take on the form of their father, Satan?
John 8:44 You are from your father the devil, and you choose to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks according to his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
Revelation 12:3 Then another portent appeared in heaven: a great red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns on his heads.
Here we see that Satan is described as a red dragon. Do you think that maybe Jesus could be referring to the body lost men and women will have for eternity?
If you were to walk out your front door and drill a hole to the edge of the fire at the earth’s core, you would have to go almost 50 miles. But in parts of the ocean floor, the earth’s crust is less than a mile thick. Scientists discovered cracks on the ocean floor where a fire was leaking out. And at those fire-breathing cracks, they also found eight-foot long worms. These worms, called riftia, are found no other place on the planet.
The Deep Sea
The book, The Deep Sea, by Joseph Wallace (p.39), reads, “Perhaps the strangest of ocean creatures recently discovered are Riftia, the giant tube WORMS. Measuring up to 8 feet in length, the worms are ONLY FOUND NEAR DEEP SEA VENTS.”
And Jesus Christ said, “Where THEIR WORM dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.”
Have you read Isaiah 66 where Jesus is quoting Mark 9:46? Look at the context and time period of Isaiah 66:22-24:
Isaiah 66:22-24: For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make,
shall remain before me, says the Lord; so shall your descendants and your name remain. 23 From new moon to new moon, and from sabbath to sabbath, all flesh shall come to worship before me, says the Lord. 24 And they shall go out and look at the dead bodies of the people who have rebelled against me; for their worm shall not die, their fire shall not be quenched, and they shall be an abhorrence to all flesh.
The “new heavens and new earth” of Isaiah 66:22 matches Revelation 21:1.
This event occurs AFTER the Great White Throne Judgment of Revelation 20:10-15! The references to “carcasses”; “their worm”; “their fire” (vs 24) — is AFTER the Great White Throne Judgment of the LOST people!
And at this point — they have received their NEW BODY! Notice what Isaiah says, the saved people shall “LOOK upon the CARCASS of the men that have transgressed. . .” It’s worth mentioning that a “carcass” is not always a “DEAD body”. For instance, two times the Bible specifically uses the term “dead carcass” (Deut. 14:8 and Ezek 6:5). If a carcass is ALWAYS a “dead” body, then why say “dead” carcass? And there’s NOTHING in the context of Isaiah to imply these “men that transgressed” are “dead”.
In fact, Isaiah clearly says, “their worm shall NOT DIE”. Even in our language, we refer to a living body as a “carcass”. For example, “Get your carcass [body] in here”.
So why am I spending time on this? Because I want you to see what Isaiah is saying here. Looking upon the carcasses of the men that have transgressed! What is he saying? “Their worm”! The “carcass” they are seeing is “their WORM! Their worm that shall not die”. The end of Isaiah 66:24 should scare you to the core of your soul. What the Children of God are looking at is abhorring unto all flesh”. Something that is regarded as repugnant or disgusting. Just the very thought of this sends chills screeching through my soul. And if you are not right with God, it will be you that the Saints are looking at!
HELL IS REAL!
It doesn’t matter what the world says or thinks. Hell is real. You can disagree with me if you like. Ignore to your peril the writings of God’s Word. Cover your ears, pay no attention to the weeping, the wailing, the gnashing of teeth! Your refusal to accept such a place exists will not only affect your soul but possibly the soul of your family and friends as well. You can not believe one verse as truth and disallow another. Hell is real, and I know it because God’s Word says so. Nothing you can do or say can erase the horror of hell.
National Geographic magazine truthfully titled their story on Volcanoes “Going To Hell”. When PBS did a series on The Savage Earth, one episode was titled “Hell’s Crust: Our Ever changing Planet”. Everything we know. Everything we observe. Echoes the truth of a place called hell. It is there. And we know it.
Revelation 14:10 says, ” . . . and he shall be tormented with fire and BRIMSTONE . . .” And Job 18 describes the ” . . . PLACE of him that knoweth not God” (vs 21), in verse 15 as, ” . . . BRIMSTONE shall be scattered upon his habitation.”
Do you know what brimstone is? It’s sulfur. And do you know where sulfur or brimstone is found? INSIDE THIS EARTH! According to the book Volcanoes by Pierre Kohler (p. 43), when Mt. St Helens erupted in 1980 — 150,000 tons of sulfurous gas was ejected! Job is the oldest book in the Bible, written over 3,000 years ago, and yet Job knew what science wouldn’t know for years — inside this earth is BRIMSTONE!
HELL IS A PLACE OF TORMENT
Nature magazine recently discovered (July 2002) what the Bible knew over 3,000 years ago. Inside this earth is “fire and brimstone”: “Volcanoes may be more like hell than anyone realized. Eruptions disgorge streams of molten sulphur, the brimstone of evangelical preachers, which burns up before it can be preserved for posterity, new research in the journal Geology shows”. (Nature, Science Update, July 22, 2002)
Jesus says of the man in Luke 16:23 “And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in TORMENTS. . . ” 24 “. . . for I am TORMENTED in this FLAME.” 28 “. . .PLACE OF TORMENT.”
Church, I want you to understand something here. Wes Craven’s most terrifying horror movie could not come close to the nightmare of the horrific horrors that is hell! No crime scene with all its blood and gore couldn’t begin to match its horror. Our human minds are incapable of comprehending the torture, the savagery which will be in hell.
Psalm 9:17 The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.,
Look very close at this verse. You will not only be in hell. You will BE TURNED INTO HELL! You will literally BE HELL!
The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.
Psalm 9:17 YOU will see HELL. . . YOU will smell HELL. . .YOU will breathe HELL. . . YOU will hear HELL. . .YOU will feel HELL. . .YOU WILL BE HELL. . .
The Bible describes it as weeping (Matt 8:12), wailing (Matt 13:42), gnashing of teeth (Matt 13:50), darkness (Matt 25:30), flames (Luke 16:24), burning (Isa 33:14), torments (Luke 16:23), everlasting punishment! Jesus Christ says in
Matthew 25:41, Then he will say to those at his left hand, ‘You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels;
In Matthew 13:42, Jesus says: “and they will throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
HELL IS FOREVER!
All who enter hell — abandon all hope!
Rev. 14:11: And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever. There is no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and its image and for anyone who receives the mark of its name.”
Just look how the Bible warns of the eternity of hell!
One of my favorite verses in the Bible is
Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
This verse is the true road-map to salvation. I love teaching and preaching Acts 2:38. It truly breaks my heart that so many people disagree with this Acts 2:38 message. I mention this to get to this one point. I have searched my Bible from cover to cover, I have studied every occurrence of hell in the Bible, and I can not find one verse, not one word of HOPE for someone in hell! NOT ONE WORD! I want you to remember that the rich man in hell in Luke 16 never even asks to get out! You know why? He knew there was no way out! HELL IS FOREVER AND EVER! The Bible teaches us to work out our salvation. Study God’s Word, make sure you are correct in your view of salvation. Don’t take anyone’s word, but only God’s Word!
Mark 8:36 “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and LOSE HIS OWN SOUL?”
Jesus Christ took hell very serious. . .
Jesus Christ says in Mark 9:43-47 If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life maimed than to have two hands and to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire. 45 And if your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life lame than to have two feet and to be thrown into hell. 47 And if your eye causes you to stumble, tear it out; it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and to be thrown into hell
Isaiah tells us to precept upon precept. If you claim to be a Christian, then you must take God at His Word. Jesus says without the slightest hesitation to remove your eye, cut off your hand or foot if that would keep you out of hell! Ask yourself, if hell is not real, was Jesus deceived? Saints, Jesus was not deceived. He knew what He was stating. Jesus spoke on hell more than he did about anything else.
WHAT JESUS CHRIST SAYS ABOUT HELL!
WHAT IF JESUS IS RIGHT?
Hebrews 9:27 And just as it is appointed for mortals to die once, and after that the judgment,
it is appointed unto man once to die . . . and one day — YOU will die . . .
And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments . . .
As you leave your body — you realize something is happening. You hear a sound. . . getting louder and louder. . . screaming . . .weeping. . . wailing. Terror and fear beyond anything you could imagine overtakes you. “This can’t be happening!” you scream. Your nostrils are filling with the awful stench of burning souls. Your face ignites from the heat. Flames are now blazing from your eyes, nostrils, ears, mouth — every opening in your body, flames are roaring out. Your body is sizzling and crackling from the flames.
Your body is now madly thrashing and convulsing from the horrible pain. “Why don’t I die?”, you scream. You begin weeping and gnashing your teeth with the millions. “When will this pain stop?” But you know it will never stop. The darkness is so terrifying, it begins engulfing you. You feel something moving in the darkness. . . something horrible is happening. “No! No! This can’t be happening” you scream — as your worm is emerging.
You begin cursing the day you were born. You scream — “Oh God, why didn’t you warn me?”— but you remember the preacher pleading with you to receive Jesus Christ. You remember reading that gospel tract. You cry — “God don’t you care?” — but you remember
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son,. . .” “God is a God of love — He won’t allow this”, you cry — but you remember John 3:36, “. . . he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.”
And you soon realize, that Jesus Christ was right! There is a place called hell. AND YOU ARE THERE — FOREVER! Because God is holy — sin MUST be condemned. BUT FRIEND I HAVE GOOD NEWS! God does NOT want you in hell. Hell was not made for man.
Matthew 25:41 Then he will say to those at his left hand, ‘You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels;
Romans 5:8 But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us.
God does not send anyone to hell, He gives them a choice! I mentioned earlier about the TRUE path to salvation. I challenge you to prove this Acts 2:38 message wrong. Please understand this is not an I am right, and you are wrong style debate. I want you to be right as well as I want to be right. Look into God’s Holy Word, ask Him to show you the right path. Study the words of Jesus. Look in the book of Acts and see how the new Church lead souls to salvation.
Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
I read this story about the Millionaire Ted Turner. In this story, it stated, he said, I am looking forward to dying and being cast into hell. That’s where I belong. I do not understand why anyone would want to be in hell. But here is the cold hard truth, if you say no to Jesus. If you are wrong in your doctrine, you are saying the same thing. And if you are wrong, you will pay for your sins in hell.
Dr. Rawlings has watched as thousands of people depart into eternity. Most people think they’ll somehow “sneak” into heaven, but Dr. Rawlings claims most people descend into the flames of hell!
Jesus Christ gave a solemn warning in
Matthew 7:21-23 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many deeds of power in your name?’ 23 Then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; go away from me, you evildoers.’
Revelation 14:11 And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever. There is no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and its image and for anyone who receives the mark of its name.”
What could possibly be worth eternity in hell?
No wonder Jesus Christ said in
Mark 8:36 For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life?
God has something far better than words can describe for those who love Him.
I Corinthians 2:9 But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the human heart conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him”
Friend, there is a place called hell! And, if you continually refuse God’s gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ — just as sure as you live and breathe — ONE DAY YOU WILL WAKE UP IN HELL!
Don’t wait until you die to find out the truth about Hell! Tomorrow may be too late!
Proverbs 27:1 Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.
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