The Truth About Hell!
By Pastor Chris Norris
Intro; Jesus Christ took hell so serious — He could say without the
slightest hesitation — to remove your eye, cut off your hand or foot, if
that would keep you out of hell!
If hell is not real — Jesus Christ was the most deceived man that ever lived!
I’ll challenge anyone to read the words of Jesus Christ and tell me they are the words of a deceived man!
Jesus Christ knew exactly what He was talking about!
Hell is a Forgotten Fact, Frightening Future, & Fools Finish.
1.) Millionaire Ted Turner, said in an interview, "I’m looking forward to dying and being cast into Hell. That's where I belong." You say — he’s a fool! But friend, when you say "No"; to Jesus Christ and His payment for your sin — you are saying the same thing! You’re telling God — I don’t need Jesus Christ — I’ll pay for my sins in hell!
2.) Several years ago a book was published, entitled Beyond Death's Door by Dr. Maurice Rawlings. Dr. Rawlings, a specialist in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease, resuscitated many people who had been clinically dead. Dr. Rawlings, a devout atheist, "considered all religion "hocus-pocus" and death nothing more than a painless extinction". But something happened in 1977 that brought a dramatic change in the life of Dr. Rawlings! He was resuscitating a man, terrified and screaming — descending down 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."
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 said, 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!
3.) The Bible continually warns of a place called hell. There are over 162 references in the New Testament alone which warns of hell. And over 70 of these references were uttered by the Lord Jesus Christ!
I. Notice the Description of Hell.
A. The Heat in Hell.
The man in (Lk.)16:24 cries: ". . .I am tormented in this
In Matthew 13:42, Jesus says: "And shall cast them into a FURNACE OF FIRE: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth."
In (Mt.25:41), Jesus says: "Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting FIRE,. . ."
(Rev.20:15) says, " And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the LAKE OF FIRE."
B. The Horror of Hell.
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." It is humanly impossible to comprehend the Bible description of hell. Nothing on earth can compare with it. No nightmare could produce a terror to match that of hell. No horror movie could describe it’s fright. No crime scene with all it’s blood and gore could begin to match it’s horror.
You'll see HELL. . .
You'll smell HELL. . .
You'll breathe HELL. . .
You'll hear HELL . . .
You'll feel HELL. . .
It'll be beyond anything humanly imaginable! 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, "Depart
from me, ye cursed, into EVERLASTING FIRE, prepared for the devil and
In Matthew 13:42, Jesus says: "And shall cast them into a FURNACE OF FIRE :there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth."
C. The Hopelessness in Hell.
Rev. 14:11: "The smoke of their TORMENT ascendeth up for EVER AND EVER: and they have NO REST DAY NOR NIGHT."
II. Notice the Destination of Hell.
A. Its Location.
1.) When Jesus Christ died on the cross, He descended into hell. In
(Acts 2: 31), " . . . seeing this before spake of the resurrection of
Christ, that his soul was not left in HELL"
When Jesus Christ died His soul went into hell.
2.) And in Matthew 12:40, Jesus Christ says: "For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly: so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the HEART OF THE EARTH.The Bible is clear — Hell is inside the earth!3.) (Eph. 4:9), says of Jesus: "Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first 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."
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!"
B. Its Manifestation.
1.) 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".
C. Its Revelation.
1.) In Numbers 16, the Bible gives the account of people falling into hell alive!
"And THE EARTH OPENED HER MOUTH, and swallowed them up, and
their houses, and all the men that appertained unto Korah, and all their
goods. They, and all that appertained to them, went down alive INTO THE
PIT, and the EARTH CLOSED UPON THEM:"( Num.)16:32-33Inside
this earth, this very moment, there are millions of lost, tormented souls
— burning, weeping, wailing — without any hope whatsoever!
2.) In Mark 9:46, Jesus Christ says about hell: "Where THEIR WORM dieth not, and the fire is not quenched."
*The earth’s crust on land is normally 13 miles thick. You’d have to go down 13 miles before the edge of the fire. But in parts of the ocean floor, the earth’s crust is less than a mile thick.
*Scientists recently discovered cracks on the ocean floor where fire was leaking out. Do you know what they found around these fire-breathing vents in the crust? Eight-foot long worms, found no other place in the world! 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."
3.) (Rev.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!
III. Notice the Duration of Hell.
A. Its Forever.
1.) If it was for a few days, a few months, a few years or even a million years, but to be tormented — FOREVER! You will despair of ever having any deliverance! You will beg for death itself to come and take you away! You will curse the day you were born! Revelation 14:11 says, "The smoke of their TORMENT ascendeth up for EVER AND EVER: and they have NO REST DAY NOR NIGHT.
2.)Three people die every second, 180 every minute,10,800 people an hour. An automobile accident. . . A heart attack. . , A stroke. . .One thing is CERTAIN — you will DIE — today. . . tomorrow . . . a week. . . a month . . . a year. . . 5 years. . . 10 years. . . 20 years. . . 50 years — ONE THING IS CERTAIN —" . . .it is appointed unto man once TO DIE . "
I V. Notice the Deception of Hell.
a.) 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!
b.) Jesus Christ gave a solemn warning in (Mt.7:21-23) "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven. . . MANY will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity."
A. We see Religion won’t do. "have we not prophesied in thy name..."
B. We see Right living won’t do.(v.22b)
1.) Notice the Quantity of works."many works"
2.) Notice the Quality of works. "wonderful works"
C. Notice the Regret.(v.23a) "I never knew
D. Notice the Remorse."depart from me."
E. Notice the one thing missing Repentance. "Ye that work iniquity."
V. Notice the Documentation about Hell.
A. We heard the Scripture about Hell.
B. We heard from Science about Hell.
C. Lets hear the the Souls from Hell.