God's Promise To Cast Lost Sinners Into Hell
Revelation 20:11-15, “And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. 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.”
Not all of God's promises are positive. In our text passage God promises to cast all Christ-rejecters who die in their sins into the Lake of Fire. This is the “second death.” The first death is when our body can no longer survive due to age, disease or accident. The first death is separation of our soul and spirit from our body. The second death is separation of our body, soul and spirit from God forever in Hell.
Matthew 10:28, “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.” We ought to FEAR GOD, Who can destroy BOTH body and soul in Hell. Obviously God will have to provide some type of body to lost sinners who are cast into Hell, because the old fleshly body is gone at death. This new body from God must be able to withstand the incredibly high temperatures and horrifying conditions of Hell, that a normal human body couldn't not tolerate.There is considerable debate over the temperature of Hell. Revelation 21:8 reveals that Hell burns with brimstone. The primary component of brimstone (lava) is sulfur, which starts to melt at 527° Fahrenheit and remains in a flowing liquid state down to temperatures as low as 248° Fahrenheit. The temperature of lava flow is usually about 1,300° to 2,300° Fahrenheit. Deep inside the earth, usually at about 95 miles, the temperature is hot enough that some small part of the rocks begins to melt. Once that happens, the magma (molten rock) will rise toward the surface (it floats). Scientists have yet to directly measure the temperature of the Earth's inner core (because they cannot get testing equipment down that far), but most estimates put it at somewhere between 9,000 and 11,000 degrees Fahrenheit (5,000 and 6,000 degrees Celsius). That's pretty hot—hot enough, in fact, to equal the temperature of the sun's surface!
There is an abundance of Scriptural evidence to support the claim that Hell resides in the inside of the earth. Ezekiel 31:17, “They also went down into hell with him unto them that be slain with the sword; and they that were his arm, that dwelt under his shadow in the midst of the heathen.” Matthew 12:40, “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.” Acts 2:27 and 31, “Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. ... He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.” By cross referencing these helpful Scripture passages, we learn that when Jesus died on the cross, His soul went to Hell. The Bible says that Jesus went INTO THE HEART OF THE EARTH!!! This is further strong evidence that Hell is inside the earth.
We are also told in Luke 23:43 that Jesus promised the repentant thief on the cross that they would both in in PARADISE that very day. So how did Jesus go to Hell and Paradise? The only logical conclusion is that Hades (Hell) is compartmentalized, with the place of Paradise on onw side and the place of Torment on the other side. We see this truth well explained in Luke 16:19-32 in the true account of the rich man and Lazarus. Jesus did not call this story a parable, nor did He afterwards explain what it meant (as the Lord always did when He told a parable). So we must take this account as being 100% true and literal. If you are interested in learning all about this topic, Pastor Max Younce has authored a helpful book (which you can read and download for free in .pdf format) titled: “A Biblical Examination Of Hell.” Dr. Younce gave me permission to type out his books in HTML format. I greatly encourage you to read Pastor Younce's book, and also visit his ministry website where dozens more books and writings can be found to freely read and download.
Dear reader, Hell is a real place. I don't want to go there and I'm pretty sure that you don't either. Most people don't believe that Hell exists, but just because somebody refuses to believe something doesn't mean that it is not true! I read in the news today that Star Trek legendary actor, William Shatner (who starred as Captain James T. Kirk) flew into outer space above the earth. Shatner, at age 90, is the oldest person to ever enter into outer space. I think that is so cool! The flight ascended 350,000 feet above the earth:
Back on Earth, William Shatner grew emotional describing his experience launching into space..."I'm so filled with emotion about what just happened. It's extraordinary, extraordinary. I hope I can maintain what I feel now. I don't want to lose it. It's so much larger than me and life."Speaking to Jeff Bezos after the Blue Origin flight, the 90-year-old actor told him: "What you have given me is the most profound experience I can imagine."He continued: "It hasn't got anything to do with the little green men and the blue orb. It has to do with the enormity and the quickness and the suddenness of life and death." —William Shatner, 'William Shatner goes to space on Blue Origin mission'
Tragically, William Shatner is an avowed lifetime atheist:
In a March 9, 2006 Associated Press story by David Germain headlined "Shatner Explores World of 'Trek' Tech," Shatner says:
"I've always had sort of an ironic view of life," the 75-year-old Shatner said. "My belief system is that when this is over, it's over. That you don't look down from heaven and wait for your loved ones to join you. There may be some soul activity, but I'm not sure about that. But what I am sure about is that your molecules continue and in due time become something else. That's science."
In a 1968 interview, Shatner said, in response to a question about whether he has religious beliefs or believes in an afterlife:
"No. I don't. Emotionally I would like to believe there is a life after death. Intellectually . . . . I cannot accept the idea. . . . as for myself, I have finally come to the conclusion that life is here and now . . . and nothing more." —Celebrity Atheists, William Shatner
Mr. Shatner claims to be a member of Judaism, which essentially is the same as being an atheist, since either way they deny the deity of Jesus Christ. It is sad that at age 90 William Shatner is so close to eternity and yet after 90 years he is still walking in darkness without the Lord Jesus Christ!
Dear friend, our blessed Savior warned the world in John 3:3b, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 14:6,“ Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” Just because William Shatner doesn't believe in an afterlife doesn't make it so!
1st Corinthians 1:18-21, “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.”
The PREACHING OF THE CROSS (i.e., the Gospel) is foolishness to William Shatner's intellect because he is ready to PERISH as a lost man. To “perish” means to go to Hell forever!
Hebrews 4:1-3, “Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.”
I love that passage of Scripture! We who have BELIEVED on Christ have entered into REST! This is what Jesus meant in Matthew 11:28-30, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” There is no peace of mind like RESTING in Jesus Christ for forgiveness of sins and eternal life. Dear reader, that is how you get saved—you simply CEASE from all your own works (human effort) and completely REST in Jesus Christ because of what He did through Calvary's cross to pay for our sins, believing that He is risen from the dead (1st Corinthians 15:1-4). If you are saved, then your name is recorded in the Lamb's Book of Life in Heaven!!! Luke 10:20b, “rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.”
But if you have never come to a place in your life where you realized that you are a guilty sinner in the sight of a holy God (Romans 3:19-23), and that there is a penalty for your sins, which is death (including a second death in Hell forever - Revelation 20:11-15), and you TRUSTED (BELIEVED) on Jesus Christ as your own personal Savior, then you cannot enter into God's Kingdom and Hell is the only other place left for you to go. Is the preaching of the cross foolishness to you dear reader? Or is the Gospel the POWER OF GOD UNTO SALVATION to you? Romans 1:16, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” I BELIEVE! Do you dear friend?
The news reported today that William Shatner was overwhelmed emotionally when he exited the space shuttle. The 350,000 feet high flight only took 11 minutes from takeoff to landing! For 3 minutes they had experienced Zero Gravity. That is so cool! Shatner was humbled with awe at the sights and things he had just experienced. I would love to take such a flight into outer space!!! But oh how it saddens my heart to know that Shatner (born in 1931) is so close to splitting Hell wide open! Jesus plainly warned in John 3:3b, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” The Devil's greatest desire is to blind men so that they will never be saved, so they will spend eternity burning in Hell with him in the everlasting Lake of Fire. The Devil is no one's friend!!!
Apart from childlike faith alone in Jesus Christ as the only begotten Son of God, no one can go to Heaven (John 20:31). John 14:6,“ Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” 2nd Timothy 2:13, “If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.” Oh how good is our beautiful God and Savior!!! Jesus paid a debt that He did not owe, knowing that we owed a debt we could not pay. JESUS PAID IT ALL! Christ died for the ungodly the Bible says in Romans 5:6, “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.”
The Bible says that the lost world BY WISDOM KNEW NOT GOD. This speaks of the secular wisdom of the sinful world. 1st Corinthians 1:21, “For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.” One of my favorite sermons is by Pastor Max Younce titled, 'The Wisdom Of The World Versus Divine Wisdom.' I encourage you to listen to this. Here's Part Two.
If God allows suffering and torment in this world, you had better believe that God allows it in the next for lost sinners who knowingly reject God's free gift of eternal life and forgiveness of sin through His only begotten Son. Acts 10:43, “To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.” The choice is yours alone to make oh sinner! I am so glad that I'm a part of the family of God. Oh it is wonderful to be a Christian! It is wonderful to be God's child! Jesus, please don't leave earth without Him!!!