How We Are Saved: What the Hell?

If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed, rather than having two hands, to go to hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched where Their worm does not die
And the fire is not quenched.

And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame, rather than having two feet, to be cast into hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched where Their worm does not die
And the fire is not quenched.

And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell firewhere  Their worm does not die
And the fire is not quenched.
(Mark 9:43-48)

For those who think Jesus is just about love and grace, you might be surprised how often He talked about Hell. Just in the passage above, He repeated Himself 3 times when describing Hell, as if worried that His words might not get through to His listeners.

The description of Hell is consistent throughout the Bible: An extremely hot place where a fire is burning for eternity and those inside are tormented by it forever and ever but can never die.

So who are those destined for this terrible place?

But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.
(Revelation 21:8)

While the verse mentions many different kinds of sinners, we have already established in my previous post that it is the “goats” (unbelievers) that will make their way there. So if you are a believer, fret not, you are already saved by your faith in Christ.

Besides the unbelievers, Hell is also reserved for some of the most infamous characters in the Bible.

For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment; and did not spare the ancient world, but saved Noah
(2 Peter 2:4-5)

These “angels who sinned” are the fallen angels who impregnated mortal women (Genesis 6:2/4) before the Flood. Their sins are so unforgivable that they are chained in Hell from Noah’s time and never to be released (whereas Satan and the other fallen angels were allowed to roam freely for some time).

Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. These two were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone.
(Revelation 19:20)

Then there are the 2 Beasts of Revelation: the Antichrist (666 Beast) and his False Prophet. They will be defeated by Jesus Christ at His Second Coming and will join those fallen angels in the burning lake.

The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.
(Revelation 20:10)

Next in the line is the archangel-formerly-known-as-Lucifer, aka Satan aka the devil. After his 1000-year jail term (Revelation 20:2-3), he will be released to wage a final battle against Christ in which he will be defeated and ends up in the sizzling hot pool as well.

And finally, our last enemy, Death (1 Corinthians 15:26)…

Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
(Revelation 20:14)

*Please note that I do not think Death and Hades are personalities even though they are described as such in the above verse.

Hades is a holding place for the souls of the dead, called Sheol in the Old Testament and Death is… well, a state of being dead.

But, as pointed out by a friend, Death is mentioned as one of the Four Horsemen in Revelation 6, and is “given power” (along with Hades) to kill off a quarter of the world’s population, it is also possible this Death means a spirit of death.*

At this point, you might ask, “Why are we talking about Hell?”

Well, because… there is a Hell.

If you believe Heaven is for real, you have to believe Hell is for real too and it would have been our eternal destination if Jesus had not saved us (the believers) at the cross. Anybody who teaches there is no such a thing as Hell or believes it is just a metaphor is denying the clear teachings of Jesus and it is never a good idea to deny His teachings…

But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction.
(2 Peter 2:1)

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