JUDGMENT AND HELL

Revelation 20: 11-15 – Key Word – Judgment and Hell

As we begin, we will look first at Judgment as seen in the context of Revelation 20: 11-15.  In this context we will also consider Death and hades (the grave), the lake of fire is the second death, the basis of judgment is the BOOK OF LIFE and what it means for your name not to be found therein.  And if time permits, we will begin our study of what the Bible has to say about Hell in greater depth.

Revelation 20:14-15 – Judgment is the terrorizing punishment of God’s judgment.  If there is any one thing that unbelievers should do, it is to note these two verses.  As the great preacher E. V. Hill has said in a sermon:  the first reason he accepted Jesus Christ was because he did not want to go to hell.  He did not want to be tormented and punished by being separated from God, forever and ever.  Note the verses:

“And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire.  This is the second death.  And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.  (Revelation 20:14-15)

Special Emphasis – note 3 things:

First, Death and hades (the grave) will be cast into the lake of fire. (v. 14)  Hades is the place where all unbelievers go after their death.  Hades is a temporary place where unbelievers go to await final judgment.

Note:  After the Great White Throne judgment is completed, then all those who are dead and in hades will be cast into the lake of fire.  (v.15)  The lake of fire is the final and eternal place of torment where all unbelievers shall be cast.

Note:  There are many who say the idea of fire is symbolic, that the lake of fire is not real fire.

But we must never forget this:  If  it is not real fire, then it is something far, far worse.  For physical and material substances are nothing compared to spiritual and eternal substances.  The substance of physical and material fire is nothing compared to spiritual and eternal fire.

The human mind cannot conceive how glorious heaven will be, nor how terrible the lake of fire will be.  Therefore, to say the LAKE OF FIRE is a symbol does ease the punishment of hell.

Scripture paints the punishment of suffering apart from God as being so horrifying and terrorizing that a person who goes to hell would probably choose fire over the reality of the lake of fire.

Remember the rich man and Lazarus the concern of the rich man in hell was not that he was in a flame of fire, but the torment and suffering that he was bearing.  He was so concerned over the suffering that he longed for his brothers to escape the suffering when they died.  (Luke 16: 20-31)

“But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness:  there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”  (Matthew 8:12)

“The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; and shall cast them into a furnace of fire:  there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.”  (Matthew 13:41-42)

“So shall it be at the end of the world:  the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, and shall cast them into the furnace of fire:  there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.”  (Matthew 13:49-50)

“Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”  (Matthew 22:13)

“The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, and shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites:  there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”  (Matthew 24:50-51)

“And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness:  there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”  (Matthew 25:30)

Second, the lake of fire is the second death.  That is, it is eternal death.  In the Scripture death means separation from God.

Note:  Death does not mean annihilation, ceasing to exist, nor extinction.  This life is not all there is.  When a person dies upon this earth, he still exists.  How?  He exists in the world, in the spiritual world and dimension – the permanent and eternal world, the world that does not age, deteriorate, die, or pass away.

The spiritual world, the next world, is eternal and lasts forever and ever.  Therefore, when a person dies upon this earth, he exists there forever and ever,  Therefore, when a person dies upon the earth, that is the first death.  The person is merely separated from this life and this world.  He merely passes over into the next world, and he exists there forever and ever.

But note what happens to the person who dies separated from God.  If he does not follow God, if he chooses to be separated from God in this life (he did not follow John 3:16; Romans 10:9-13; Ephesians 2:8-9), then when he passes on into the next world, he is still separated from God.  In other words, he did not accept Christ as his personal Savior in this lifetime, his condition and state never changes.  He chose to be separated from God in this lifetime, he shall be separated from God forever and ever.

The point is this:  when the unbeliever stands before the Great White Throne judgment of God (which is for the unsaved only),  his sentence is that he shall die the second death.

At that time, he shall be judged to be separated from God forever and ever (eternally).  God will know   at the time of his judgment that the man never lived nor followed him while he was alive on earth, that the man chose to be separated form Him (God).  Therefore, the man shall die the second death.  He shall be separated from God eternally.

The second death simply means to be separated from God eternally.  But note how terrible the second death is:  the place of the second death IS THE ETERNAL LAKE OF FIRE.

Third, the basis of judgment is the BOOK OF LIFE.  If a person’s name is not found written in the BOOK OF LIFE, then he will be cast into the lake of fire.  A person must possess the perfect life of Jesus Christ if he is to live forever in heaven with God.  If a person does not posses life, the perfect life and righteousness of Jesus Christ, by carrying out John 3: 16  and Romans 10: 9-13, while living on earth, his name will not be written in the book of life, then he is doomed to be eternally confined to the lake of fire.  In other words, he is doomed to the second death, which is the lake of fire.

“But I say unto you, that whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of judgment:  AND WHOSOEVER SHALL SAY TO HIS BROTHER, Raca, shall be in danger of the council:  And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee:  for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.”  (Matthew 5: 22, 29)

“And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”  (Matthew 10:28)

“The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; and shall cast them into a furnace of fire:  there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.”  (Matthew 13:41-42)

“Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee:  it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to cast into everlasting fire, And if thine eye offend, pluck it out, and cast it from thee:  it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire.”  (Matthew 18:8-9)

“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!  for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.”  (Matthew 23:15)

“And shall cast them into a furnace of fire:  there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.”  (Matthew 13:42)

“And these shall go away into everlasting punishment:  but the righteous into life eternal.”  (Matthew 25:46)

“But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation.”  (Mark 3:29)

“And if thy hand offend thee, cut if off:  it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched.  And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off:  it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall quenched:  where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.  And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out:  it is better to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire:  where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.”  (Mark 9:43-48)

“Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and will gather the wheat into his garner; but the chaff he will burn with fire unquenchable.”  (Luke 3:17)

“But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear:  fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.”  (Luke 12:5)

“And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom:  the rich man also died, and was buried; and in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.  And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.”  (Luke 16:22-24)

For your information please study these portions of Scripture which have something to say about hell:

“Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power.”  (2 Thessalonians 1:9)

“And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity:  so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.”  (James 3:6)

“The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished.”  (2 Peter 2:9)

“The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:  and the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever:  and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.”  (Revelation 14:10-11)

“And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever…And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”  (Revelation 20:10, 15)

“But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone:  which is the second death.” (Revelation 21:8)

“Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest:  this shall be the portion of their cup.”  (Psalm 11:6)

“The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites.  Who among us shall dwell with devouring fire?  Who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?”  (Isaiah 33:14)

“And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me:  for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh.”  (Isaiah 66:24)

“Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.”  (Malachi 4:5)

Now note how to be saved if you have never accepted Him as your savior:

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Hebrews 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please him:  for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”

Romans 10: 9-13 “That if thou shall confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart thou God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unrighteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.  For the scripture saith, whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.  For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek:  for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.  For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Ephesians 2:8, 9 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves:  it is the gift of God:  not of works, lest any man should boast.”