Hell

The final abode of the unbeliever.


The scriptural references to hell may be summarized to present a unified Biblical view.  First and foremost, hell is eternal (Isaiah 66:24; Matt. 18:8; 25:41; 25:46; 2 Thes. 1:9; Jude 1:7), everlasting (Dan. 12:2; Matt. 25:46), and lasts forever and ever (Jude 1:13; Rev. 14:11; 20:10).  There is no other way to state it; hell will never cease to exist.  Secondly, hell itself is described as a lake of fire (Rev. 19:20; 20:10, 14, 15; 21:8), eternal fire (Matt. 18:8, 25:41; Jude 1:7), unquenchable fire (Mark 9:43), the second death (Rev. 20:14), and darkness (Matt. 8:12; 22:13; 25:30; Jude 1:13).  The wicked consigned to hell will never cease to exist and their body will never be consumed (Isaiah 66:24; Mark 9:43, 48); they must face eternal punishment (Matt. 25:46), eternal destruction (Matt. 10:28; 2 Thes. 1:9), and their torment will last forever and ever (Rev. 14:11; 20:10).  There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth (Matt. 8:12; 22:13; 25:30), they will be weak (Isaiah 14:9-10) and lack any interaction with those outside of hell (Ecc. 9:4-6).  Upon the unbeliever’s death he will be an abhorrence (Isaiah 66:24), shut out from the fellowship of God (2 Thes. 1:9), experiencing God’s wrath (Rom. 2:8; Heb. 10:27; Rev. 14:10), anger (Rev. 14:10), indignation (Rom. 2:8), retribution (2 Thes. 1:8), vengeance (Heb. 10:30), and judgment (Matt. 25:31-46; Heb. 9:27; 10:27, 30; Rev. 20:11-15).  Hell will be dreadful and painful for all, but for some it will be worse than others (Matt. 5:22; Rev. 20:12-14).  Finally, there will be no second chance for the unbeliever to change his destiny (Matthew 12:32; Mark 3:29; Luke 16:26; Heb. 9:27. All in all, “It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Heb. 10:31).