What Is Hell? How And For What Purpose Was It Developed? Is It Real And If So Where Is It?
How many times during the course of a day have you heard someone say something about “Hell?” If you stopped to count them, you would be amazed. As you listen for the word, consider how it’s being used; ask yourself if that person even knows what or who they are calling on each time they say it. Do any of those people know what Hell is; why it exists; or even if it is actually real? If people would just take a few minutes and read some scriptures about Hell, they would know and understand that it is a very real place and is the ultimate holding place for Satan and his followers. After reading this article, I believe you will be making a fast and easy decision to follow God in all His glory and pure love rather than the empty darkness, pain, never-ending torment in fire and sulfur, and continual feeling of hatred that Satan holds for every person who chooses to repent their sins and follow Jesus Christ.
It appears that the first written mention of a place like Hell was around 165 B.C.E. in the book of Daniel 12:2-3, which we will go through more thoroughly later in this Article. Although the verses do not mention Hell itself, it does give the genre that it is a place that holds individuals who refuse to turn away from Satan but would rather hold on to their shame and everlasting contempt.
Originally, Hell was made to hold Satan and his dark angels; since that time, Hell has become a holding place for those who mock and attempt to destroy not only the word of God but God himself (which we know is an impossible task, but still the devil tries). As you read through the following scripture and notations, try to recognize how you feel about the information; allow these scriptures to filter into your heart and feel the horror inside at the thought of spending “eternity” in a place like that without ever having a small chance of ending the suffering and torment, no, not even for one moment!
Bible Verses About Hell
Numbers 16:32-33 The earth opened its mouth and swallowed the men, along with their households and all their followers who were standing with them, and everything they owned. So they went down alive into the grave, along with all their belongings. The earth closed over them, and they all vanished from among the people of Israel.
NOTE: The people involved in this incident were non-believers and working in sin; they had turned away from God and denied Moses as God’s envoy. God saw no goodness in them and thus opened the earth and dropped them into the blistering pit of fire at the center of the earth, now known as “Hell.”
Job 18:11-16 Terrors surround the wicked and trouble them at every step. Hunger depletes their strength, and calamity waits for them to stumble. Disease eats their skin; death devours their limbs. They are torn from the security of their homes and are brought down to the king of terrors. The homes of the wicked will burn down; burning sulfur rains on their houses. Their roots will dry up, and their branches will wither.
NOTE: These scriptures should make you think about what you want in life, God: love, peace, joy, happiness, and living in the light of our dear Savior; or do you want wickedness with Satan: hatred, darkness, burning with sulfur for eternity with no relief from the pain and torture. This is something you should think long and hard about. Know what your choices are before you make them.
Isaiah 33:14 Sinners in Jerusalem shake with fear. Terror seizes the godless. “Who can live with this devouring fire?” they cry. “Who can survive this all-consuming fire?”
NOTE: You have nothing to fear if you have repented your sins and follow Jesus; however, if you chose to walk in sin with Satan, you will be consumed by fire; a fire that will not kill you, but burns you forever; be very aware of your choice as to where you want to spend eternity.
Matthew 7:19-20 So every tree that does not produce good fruit is chopped down and thrown into the fire. Yes, just as you can identify a tree by it fruit, so you can identify people by their actions.
NOTE: This scripture is telling you that if your actions are wicked, you will only produce wicked, evil results in your life, and ultimately you will be thrown into the fires of Hell; however, if you have repented your ways, asked for forgiveness and are following, obeying and walking the footsteps of Jesus Christ you will have nothing to fear and will earn your place in heaven and eternal life.
Matthew 13:40-42 Just as the weeds are sorted out and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the world. The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will remove from his Kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. And the angels will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
NOTE: God has spent a millennium attempting to warn people of what will happen to them if they don’t repent, change their ways, and repel sin. In order to avoid going to Hell, a place of never-ending pain and unbelievable torture induced by Satan himself, they must want to follow God and obey His commands. Giving yourself to God is the most beautiful experience you will ever have in this life; He will show you what it means to be loved.
Mark 9:43-48 If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It’s better to enter eternal life with only one hand than to go into the unquenchable fires of hell with two hands. If your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It’s better to enter eternal life with only one foot than to be thrown into hell with two feet. And if your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out. It’s better to enter the Kingdom of God with only one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell, where the maggots never die and the fire never goes out.
NOTE: God is telling you to get rid of any part of your body that causes you to sin, for you will not be allowed in the Kingdom of God if you are carrying sin within you; therefore, you should cut out and throw away any sinful part of your body as it would be so much less harmful and painful than being thrown into the fiery pits of hell.
Revelation 14:9-11 Then a third angel followed them, shouting, “Anyone who worships the beast and his statue or who accepts his mark on the forehead or on the hand must drink the wine of God’s anger. It has been poured full strength into God’s cup of wrath. And they will be tormented with fire and burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and the Lamb. The smoke of their torment will rise forever and ever, and they will have no relief day or night, for they have worshiped the beast and his statue and have accepted the mark of his name.” This means that God’s holy people must endure persecution patiently, obeying his commands and maintaining their faith in Jesus.
In some of this writing, it may seem rather harsh to you that a loving, pure, and giving God would “throw” people into a place like Hell to be tortured and burn for eternity; keep in mind that God never “threw” anyone into Hell, it was an individual choice as to whether or not they wanted to follow God or turn to the evilness which lies in Satan. From the very beginning of time, God gave each and every individual a “free will” so they had the ability to make their own firm choices about life; who they wanted to follow, and how they wanted to live. So you see, it wasn’t God making the choice to throw someone in Hell, it was the individual who rejected God and with their free will, decided to follow Satan. As you read this article, just keep reminding yourself that each of us can decide how we want to live and where we will go when this life is over. I only pray that each and every one of you make the right decision and follows God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. Always grow in God’s love.
The final scripture in this article describes what will happen during the last days on the old earth. Our earth, our home will be cleaned and cleared of all evil, all deception, sickness, and death. Those who have taken the road less traveled will manage to find the narrow gate into heaven. Those who have been loyal to God and Jesus will have a chance to see our faith turn to actual sight in the new city of Jerusalem and our Lord and King Jesus Christ. When you find you want to give your life to Jesus, go to the Peace With God website.