Is Hell Real?
(For your sake in the future, I certainly hope you believe it is real!)
By David J. Stewart | May 2019
20:14-15, “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the
death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”
Is Hell real? Yes, Hell is very real! Many people are skeptics, denying the reality of Hell. The simple truth is that I cannot prove to you that a literal place called Hell exists, and you cannot prove to me that it doesn't. But the greater question is this—Do you believe that the Holy Bible is God's inspired Word? How you view the King James Bible determines how you view the subject of Heaven and Hell.
One of my favorite meals to cook at home is homemade French Fires. I buy Russet potatoes in 5 lb or 10 lb bags. White potatoes work well too, but I prefer the brown Russet potatoes for cutting them into big steak fries. I have a 3 quart metal pot on top of my stove, that I heat over a burner with about 1 1/2" of vegetable oil, as a deep fryer. I heat the oil first, for about 10 minutes over medium flame, and then with tongs lower in the cut up potatoes. The potatoes wedges stick together from the moisture if you don't separate them first before lowering into the hot oil. THE OIL GETS HOT! I can see the oil bubbling, hearing it popping as it is heating up. As I heated the oil today, and felt the warmth from the pot, I was reminded about the reality of Hell. I though about how foolish many unbelievers are, who arrogantly deny the reality of Hell, when the truth is that THEY DO NOT KNOW IF HELL IS REAL OR NOT!!! Why take that kind of risk? I mean, you can be saved for free, just for the taking!
I thought about how horrible an oil burn is. My father was a Skid Row minister for over 30 years. I grew up in Mission work, tagging along with my Dad. My father was the director of the Chicago United Mission at 34 S. Desplaines in downtown Chicago throughout most of my childhood. (Years later the City of Chicago forced dozens of Skid Row Missions to permanently close for the sake of urban development, and many of the homeless men died on the streets from alcoholism in the winter. The Mission eventually was torn down and turned into a parking lot, where I used to pray after work around midnight. I did that throughout the years while attending Hyles-Anderson College between 1985-1993. At the Mission, we had a group of about 12-18 formerly homeless men who permanently lived there and cared for the Mission. They did the cooking, maintenance and whatever work needed to be done, in exchange for free room and board.
I remember that we had a guy named “Smitty,” who did the cooking. One day Smitty accidentally spilled a 5 gallon pot of hot boiling water on him, when the handle broke off the pot. When he came home from the hospital after a week, he had a body cast on him, having suffered extensive horrible burns to his chest and abdomen. Smitty talked about how thankful he was that it wasn't oil instead, because water cools quickly, but oil keeps burning, because it takes much longer to cool down. Smitty said that while he was in the burn ward of the hospital, he heard men screaming in horrifying pain and agony, as each day the nurses would peel another dead layer of dying skin away from the burned area of burn victim's bodies! He said that he'd never experienced anything like it before. I always think about what Smitty said when I cook with hot oil, and I am definitely scared of hot oil for that reason. If you have small children, you should always place boiling pots on the rear stove burners for safety, and never leave the stove unattended if boiling liquids.
I wanted to write this article dear friend, to plead with you to get saved while you still can, before it is too late. There was a rich man in the Bible, who lived a life of plenty, good times and pleasure, forgetting about the things of God, but then he died and went straight to Hell, and found himself tormented in fire and suffering! Luke 16:22-23, “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.” There you have a direct statement from the inspired Word of God, which suggests that Hell is a real place, which is a horrible place of pain and suffering. Why would anyone want to take a chance of going to such a horrible place for all eternity? As someone wisely said: “Life is short, Hell is hot, and eternity is a long time!”
Do you realize that eternity has no time? The Bible says time will come to an end one day (Revelation 10:6). Can you even comprehend that? God lives in eternity, and He existed before He created time. God made time as a way of sharing with His friends (i.e., Christian believers) what is coming next on His prophetic calendar. There is no time in eternity. When billions of unsaved sinners are cast into the Lake of Fire at The Great White Throne Judgment (Revelation 20:12-15), there will be no time to keep track of! How will that feel for a person suffering in Hell, being tormented in fire, knowing that time doesn't exist anymore, and that they have been forgotten about by everyone. Proverbs 10:7, “The memory of the just is blessed: but the name of the wicked shall rot.” Once a person goes to Hell, they are forgotten about. That to me would be almost as bad as being tormented in flames! I can't think of anything more creepy and horrifying than to be forgotten about by our great and merciful God forever. God's holiness demands justice and payment for all sins. There are no exceptions! You either pay for your own sins in Hell for all eternity, or else you receive Jesus' payment on the cross and you spend eternity in Heaven! Those are your only TWO choices, and you must make one, regardless of who you are. If you don't make a choice, then you have indeed chosen by rejecting Christ to pay for your own sins in Hell forever!
Dear reader, God in His unconditional love and mercy has freely provided a way of escape from the wrath to come, through the precious blood of His only begotten Son. Romans 5:8-9, But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.” You must understand that our Creator is a holy God Who hates sin, and He only created Hell for the Devil and his angels, not humanity. However, when Adam sinned in the Garden of Eden, he opened the floodgate of sin and death upon the world (Romans 5:12). Romans 6:23 says, “FOR THE WAGES OF SIN IS DEATH; BUT THE GIFT OF GOD IS ETERNAL LIFE THROUGH JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD”!!! Amen! God has no place else to send a Christ-rejecting sinner except to Hell with the Devil. If you “DIE IN YOUR SINS” (John 8:24), you will go straight to a literal place called Hell forever. If you doubt the existence of Hell, then you are calling God a liar, because we have hundreds of statements in the Scriptures warning about Hell. Here are some of them...
Matthew 16:18, “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
Matthew 18:9, “And if thine eye offend thee, 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 23:15, “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 23:33, “Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?”
Mark 9:43, “And if thy hand offend thee, cut it 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.”
Mark 9:45, “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 be quenched:”
Mark 9:47, “And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire.”
Luke 10:15, “And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted to heaven, shalt be thrust down to hell.”
Luke 12:5, “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.”
No one who takes the Bible at face value can deny the reality of Hell, not without blatantly denying the plain statements of the Scriptures that we just read. If God allows pain, death, torment and inexplicable suffering in this earthly life, then why would it be so hard to accept the reality of eternal punishment in the afterlife?
The Seventh Day Adventist cult denies the existence of a literal place of Hell. They rationalize that a God of love could never burn a person in fire forever and ever. Unfortunately for them, they are basing their claims merely upon feelings, and not upon what the Holy Bible teaches. We read in Psalms 9:17, “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.” The Holy Bible teaches that there is a literal place called “Hell,” where all Christ-rejecters will spend eternity suffering. If you deny its existence, then you are the ultimate fool! You will be the only loser, because while you are being tormented in Hell, you will be taunted by the knowledge that you could have enjoyed the freedom, blessings and joys of Heaven for all eternity, for absolutely free, but you were too stupid to BELIEVE THE GOOD NEWS of Jesus Christ crucified on the cross, buried and bodily risen the third day!
Hell is Down In the Heart of the Earth
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, “Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.” If we cross-reference these two passages of Scripture, then we can logically conclude that Jesus spent three days and nights in a place called “Hell,” in the heart of the earth. Jesus told the repentant thief on the cross in Luke 23:43, “Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.” So how could Jesus go to both Hell and Paradise? Clearly, Hell must be compartmentalized (as we read in Luke 16:19-32), with the place of Paradise on one side and the place of Torment on the other side. This is the only Biblical conclusion that does justice to all Scriptures.
Yes, I believe Hell is real. Science proves that as you descend down into the earth, the temperature rises drastically. Interestingly, the oceans become colder as you descend. At the bottom of the Marians Trench, just off Guam, the water temperature 39,000 feet down is at a unbelievable 34 to 39 degrees Fahrenheit. God is amazing! Scientists (humanity) have always been arrogant, refusing to admit when they simply do not KNOW how to explain something. There is not one honest scientist upon the earth who can explain the origins of mankind apart from the Holy Bible. I believe the Bible is clear that Hell is down inside the earth. Proverbs 15:24, “The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.” 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.” There are numerous reasons why I believe Hell is located down under the earth, in the molten parts of the planet. The $64,000 question is—Will you go there when you die? Perhaps you side with the skeptics who mock the Biblical idea of Hell as being an old wives tale, ancient folklore or superstition. Are you willing to take that risk? What if? What if the Holy Bible is right, and there is a place called Hell, where Christ-rejecting sinners are tormented for their sins, suffering in burning molten fire and brimstone forever and ever? Are you foolish enough to ignore the Word of God? O friend, I beg you not to shirk off God's Word.
“I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to man. All the good from The Savior of the world is communicated to us through this Book.” —U.S. President Abraham Lincoln
Here is another Scriptural reason...
Numbers 26:9-10, “And the sons of Eliab; Nemuel, and Dathan, and Abiram. This is that Dathan and Abiram, which were famous in the congregation, who strove against Moses and against Aaron in the company of Korah, when they strove against the LORD: And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up together with Korah, when that company died, what time the fire devoured two hundred and fifty men: and they became a sign.”
The ground open and the fire consumed Korah for his rebellion against God and Moses, God's chosen leader and friend. Again, we see that Hell is down in the earth. The ground opened and Hell consumed those wicked men!
The Bible Mentions Hell More Than Heaven
Did you know that the Bible mentions “hell” much more than “heaven,” yet hardly anyone denies the existence of a place called Heaven. Why is that? It's because people don't like to hear about punishment for their sins. I watched a video on YouTube today, by a horrible false prophet called Malcolm Gladwell. The video is titled, “The Unheard Story Of David And Goliath.” The basic gist of the video is the allegation that Goliath had a brain tumor, which explains why he was 9' 6" tall, and that the brain tumor made him weak and vulnerable, so David could easily kill him with a sling and a stone. Isn't that horrible! Instead of believing that God's power was with David, skeptics have to discredit the miracles of God, and secularize the Holy Bible. What blasphemy. Sadly, if you take a look at the ratings for the video, there are 28,000 idiots who liked it, and 7,300 viewers who didn't. I definitely gave the video a THUMBS DOWN!!! I also put my feet down, my ears down, my nose down, and my eyes down! What a wicked thing for someone to say, claiming that Goliath was a sickly man and David took advantage of his poor health, killing a disabled man! Malcolm Gladwell is a fool!
Speaking of fools, William Shatner (aka, “Captain Kirk” from the popular Tv series Star Trek) is a professed atheist, who thinks he has it all figured out...
What basis does Mr. Shatner have for his beliefs? He says, “My belief system”! My belief system? Dear friend, I have no belief system other than the inspired Word of God (which is obviously the King James Bible for English-speaking people). Romans 3:4, “God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.” What a foolish man according to the Holy Bible! ...
2nd Peter 3:3-7, “Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.”
Unbelievers and skeptics today mock the Word of God, but that doesn't change THE TRUTH. Just because someone decides not to believe the reality of Hell doesn't make it go away. I SURE BELIEVE IN HELL! The reason why is simply because I believe the Word of God. I believe that every word in the King James Bible is very pure, inerrant, infallible, perfect, preserved and inspired by God almighty.
Mark 9:43-48, “And if thy hand offend thee, cut it 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: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not 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 be quenched: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee 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.”
Could the Lord be any plainer that Hell has fire, which is never quenched? I think not! The real question then, is not whether or not you believe in the existence of Hell, but do you believe that the Holy Bible are God's inspired Words? If you believe that the Bible is inspired by God, then you MUST believe in a literal Hell.
If “hell” in the Scriptures merely refers to annihilation (as Jehovah's Witnesses and Seventh Day Adventists errantly teach), then the following Bible verse would make no sense. Men can only kill the human body and put us into the grave, but God can put our BODY AND SOUL into Hell. This clearly reveals that “hell” means much more than just being dead physically. We are not supposed to fear men, who can only destroy our mortal body. We are supposed to FEAR GOD, Who has the power to not only kill our earthly body, but He can also destroy our BODY AND SOUL eternally in Hell. ...
“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
Please don't take my word for it, listen to God's Word in the Scriptures. I am amazed how people will base their personal belief system on the most meaningless things. One man told me that he believed in reincarnation because he saw a caterpillar change into a butterfly. That is foolish to think that way. The fact of the matter is that we DO HAVE A BOOK, authored by God, and if you'll give God a chance, by reading and studying the King James Bible, then you too WILL KNOW that Hell is real, and you can escape God's wrath through believing THE GOSPEL. Romans 10:17, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
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