Is There A



Part Three - Is There A Literal Hell?


I. THE EXISTENCE OF HELL: Is there really a place called Hell?

1a The Bible declares there is a place called Hell

1b OT it is mentioned a total of 37 times (Deut. 32:22; Psa. 55:15; Prov. 27:20)

2b Jesus mentioned it often during His ministry – 16 times and gives us some of the most vivid details of hell (Mark 9:43-47)

3b NT epistles it is mentioned 12 times (James 3:6; 2 Pet. 2:4)

2a The Bible does not prove Hells existence

1b God leaves it up to each person to accept His Word on the matter

2b With this said, God has given the conscience and His Spirit to bring conviction of the truth of hell (Rom. 2:12-16; John 16:8)

II THE CONDITIONS OF HELL: what is Hell like? - To answer this question we must come to a better understanding of the terms used to describe hell

1a Temporary place of the disembodied spirits

1b Terms

1c Sheol – OT word which speaks of hell being a place where both Saint and the wicked go at death

1d Good: (I Samuel 28:10-17; Psa. 139:8)

2d Bad (Prov. 15:11; 27:20 - "Destruction" Psa. 9:17 - "wicked")

2c Hades – NT word which speaks of hell being a place where both Saint and the wicked go at death (Luke 16:19-23)

2b Conditions (Luke 16:19-23)

1c Place of Torments

1d The soul of the unbeliever is in constant torment

2d He is conscious of who he is, what he had, and who maybe following him

3d He is also able to view the place known as paradise but can not go there

2c Place of Paradise

1d The soul of the believer is a place of bliss and joy – his trials of life are over and he can now rest fully

2d Place that Christ went after the crucifixion while his body lay in the tomb (Acts 2:27, 31; Eph. 4:8-10)

3d This place is no longer in hell 

1e It was altered greatly after Christ's resurrection

2e His death on the cross made it possible for Saints to enter into the presence of God

3e Christ took Abraham's bosom to heaven, leaving hell only for the tormented (Eph. 4:8; I Thes 4:13ff) 

3c Bottomless Pit or the Abyss (Luke 8:26-33; Rom 10:7; Rev 9:1; Rev 9:2; Rev 9:11; Rev 11:7; Rev 17:8; Rev 20:1; Rev 20:3) 

1d A special place of torment

2d The prison of some very nasty fallen angels 

2a Eternal place of destructions 

1b Gehenna (James 3:6; Matt. 5:22, 29-30; 10:28; Mark 9:43-47) 

1c It speaks of a valley on the Southeast corner of Jerusalem 

1d It was a place of refuse from the city – due to the idolatry and infant sacrifices of previous years 

2d It was place where the bodies of criminals and animals were continually rotting and burning 

3d It was a place that no one wanted to journey too or spend any time in! 

2c Hell then will be a place of: 

1d Rotting & dying flesh – Jesus puts it where the worm does not die (airplane survivor in the Amazon) 

2d Burning human flesh – a stench so repulsive that one can never get acclimated to it 

2b Outer Darkness (Matt. 8:12; 22:13; 25:30) 

1c This term does not necessarily mean a place absent of light but rather a place on the fringes of darkness 

2c The absence of light will put man into a depressing situation 

3c This speaks of the great torment and pain that man will go through – a pain that cause a constant weeping and gnashing of teeth 

3b Everlasting Lake of Fire (Matt. 25:41; Rev. 19:20; 20:10,14-15) 

1c This place was originally created as the eternal place of punishment for the fallen angels 

2c It is characterized by fire and brimstone (sulfur – rotten eggs smell)(Rev.14:9-11)

3c With the surrender of man to sin it now becomes the home of as well 

1d It is a greater punishment then what the unbelieving dead experience at present for it will involve spiritual and physical torment along with the process of death (Rev. 20:14-15) 

2d Along with the torment, these individual’s will be with the most wicked being ever to exist, Satan and his fallen angels 


1a Human 

1b The Scriptures declare that all who sin go to hell (Rom. 6:23; Eph. 2:1-3) 

2b The Scripture declare that everyone finds him/herself on the path to hell (John 3:17-18) 

3b The Scriptures declares that one’s deeds do not determine one’s eternal destiny 

1c The very religious can end in hell (Matt. 5:20; 7:22; 2 Cor. 11:12-15) 

2c The good can end in hell 

1d Only one small sin caused the death of Adam & Eve 

2d Even one sin is sufficient to condemn someone to hell (James 2:10) 

3c The bad can end up in heaven 

1d Thief on the cross (Luke 23:43)

2d Lot (2 Pet. 2:7)

3d Samson (Heb. 11:32-33

4d David – adulterer, polygamy, murderer 

2a Angels

1b God imprisons certain fall angels to the bottomless pit or the Abyss (Rom 10:7; Rev 20:1; Rev 20:3)

1c These appear to be renegade angels who will not abide by the parameters that God has set for them (Jude 6, 7) - like people some angels appear to be more wicked then others – Sodom Gomorrah destruction 

2c They do not want to be placed there and even begin to avoid this punishment (Luke 8:26-33) 

3c This can clearly seen in: 

1d Satan being cast out of heaven (Rev. 12:7-12)

2d Satan is chained in the pit for 1000 years (Rev. 20:1-2) 

2b These angels are in torment waiting for the Day of Judgment – (Rev 9:1; Rev 9:2; Rev 9:11; Rev 11:7; Rev 17:8) 


1a Direction given: descending into (Gen. 37:35; Sam 28:15; Isa. 5:14; Rom. 10:7; Matt. 12:40)

2a Specific descriptions (Psa. 63:9; Matt. 12:40; Eph. 4:9) 


1a Hell is forever – people do not eventually burn up! 

1b They will be tormented day and night forever (Rev. 20:10; Matt. 25:46) 

2b The fire is forever (Matt. 25:41)

3b The fate of the followers of the Antichrist (Rev. 14:9-11) 

4b The fate of the Antichrist and Prophet (Rev. 19:20 w. 20:10) 

2a How can bodies survive forever? 

1b All are going to be resurrected (John 5:24-29) 

2b The unique resurrected body will make this possible (1 Cor. 15:20 ff) 


1a Do people in hell want their family members to join them – most would not (Luke 16:27-31) 

2a Is there a second chance given to people who end in hell 

1b “Today is the day of Salvation” (2 Cor. 6:2) 

2b He who does not believe is condemned (John 3:16) 

3b Even if they did they probably would not accept it (2 Pet. 3:18-20) 

1c They will not accept Christ as Savior

2c There will no longer be the work of the Father and the Holy Spirit (John 6:44; 16:8) 3a Can God be a God of love if He sends people to hell? 

4b God wants everyone to be saved (1 Tim. 2:4) 

5b God does not force anyone to be saved. Why? 

1c To force individuals to be saved makes them machines

2c God wants individuals who want to love him 

4a Does God condemn some people to hell and saves others? 

1b It is God’s responsibility to save people (John 3:16-18)

2b It is man who condemns himself to hell 


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