Out of all the places one doesn’t want to end up in, hell tops the list. Hell has nothing good to be said for it. It is described as a lake of fire and brimstone (Rev. 20:10,15-this would be about like being caught up in the flow the hottest active volcano known to man, only three times the heat). In Mark 9:43-44, it is spoken of as “unquenchable fire.” It is a place of eternal suffering with no way to escape. And yet, most are in a rush to get into it.
Hell is full of sin and corruption (1 Cor. 6:9-10; Rev. 21:8). All of the scum from all of the societies for all ages are going to be found there. Just pause and think for a moment of all the wicked that will be there: from Jezebel to Jeroboam and Hitler to Idi Amin! And, if we are lost and go there, we shall be there among the very worst of them. If the wicked are your heroes and your role models, hell has your invitation.
Hell will be a place where there will be no light only eternal darkness and misery (Matt. 25:30). There will be no “light of a new day” or “hope for a better tomorrow” (for there will be no tomorrow). Although there will be a “lake of fire,” there will be no light to seek escape. Agony so horrible that the rich man begged, not for a whole drink, but that Lazarus would but dip his finger tip in water and touch his tongue with a single drop of water to relieve his suffering. Try to do this, and see how much comfort it would give. Yet, even this would be gladly accepted as a welcomed relief by the rich man in his suffering “in this flame” (Lk. 16:24).
Likewise, there would be no joy over anticipated reunions with other loved ones in hell (Lk. 16:27-28). The fact that a close friend might be there would offer no satisfaction or comfort. You indeed would prefer to suffer by yourself, if it needs to be that you go there! And in fact it will be alone, for the Bible tells us those in hell “will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord” (2 Thess 1:19). Alone, forgotten, left out and left to suffer in eternal agony.
In hell, there will be no one to love and care what happens to you. Certainly the devil doesn’t care. To him you are but a pawn in the battle being waged against God, and the devil could care less what happens to you in that battle (witness the affliction he heaped on Job in his efforts to get him to curse God (Job 1:7 ). The Devil would never offer his only son on a cross, despised and rejected by the very ones he came to save, to save you from the horrors of hell. And, it’s not because he is unaware of what life has in store for you. After-all, he lives there! (Matt. 8:29 f; Rev. 20:10). You are a disposable pawn he is merely using to try to get to God! Did he care what agony and suffering he brought on Adam and Eve? Or what would happen to mankind if he could succeed in getting Christ to worship him instead (Matt. 4)?
In Revelation 21:4 a single drop of water (a single tear) was sufficient to command God’s personal care and concern. Yet when the rich man begged for a single drop of water in Luke 16:24, the response was that He was too busy, not interested and no longer cared! Nor was anyone else allowed to supply the single drop of water to relieve his agony! He would find no comfort in hell!
Some think that God won’t destroy both soul and body in hell, but Jesus said fear the one who is able to do just that (Mt 10:28). Perhaps some can’t envision hell to be able to contain all that are worthy of damnation. Yet, the scripture instructs us that hell is never full and ever expanding (Isa 5:14 f; Prov 27:20).
Is hell in your immediate future? It is if you have not obeyed the gospel of Christ (2 Thess 1:7-9). It is if you continue not in the doctrine of Christ and his apostles (2 Jn 9 f; Acts 2:42). It is if you refuse to take up your cross and follow in the footsteps of Christ for which you were called (Lk 16:47 f; 1 Pet 2:20,21).