I was thinking the other day as I drank a bottle of water, that in my younger days water was something that was relatively inexpensive and was never sold in the market place. And yet, I also thought that despite the expense of water today, imagine how rich one would become if someone had but one bottle of water in hell. What would be the worth of only one drop of water in hell? Priceless?
Hell is described as a lake of fire and brimstone (Rev. 20:10,15). This would be about like being caught up in the flow of an active volcano many times hotter. The sulfur content in one volcano is approximately 29%. The sulfur content in the ruins of Sodom and Gomorrah has been measured at 98%. It was fire and brimstone (sulfur) which literally melted these wicked cities. The lake of fire and brimstone is where the devil and all who follow him shall be cast into, day and night forever and ever (Rev 20:10). In Mark 9:43-44, it is spoken of as “unquenchable fire.” It is a place of eternal suffering with no way to escape. Have you ever pondered the idea of placing your hand on a burning hot stove and being unable to remove it? Or what about your whole body? Hell is truly hotter than we can even imagine. Truly God has sought to warn us!
Hell is full of sin and corruption, from the two-faced hypocrite to the people of Sodom and Gomorrah (1 Cor. 6:9-10 f; 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 that will include: from Herod to Hitler and from alien sinner to fallen saint! And, if we are lost and go there, we shall be there among the very worst of them! Indeed this is a terrifying thought to even ponder!
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. Just 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 or relative 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 and forgotten, left out and left to suffer in eternal agony.
Unlike heaven, 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). He will not offer his only begotten son on a cross, despised and rejected by the very ones he came to save, in order to save you from the horrors of hell. And, it’s not because he is unaware of what life has in store for you. Believe me, God has full knowledge of what hell is like for he created hell and it’s ever enlarging (Matt. 8:29 ff; Rev. 20:10 f; Prov 27:20). To the Devil, 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! God’s patience has its limits and it is manifested in hell and damnation! Man has the ability to kill your body. However, God has the power to destroy both soul and body in hell (Mt 10:28)!
You have one ray of hope and that is in the every saving grace of Jesus Christ. God sent him to save you (Jn 3:16). Jesus verily died for you (Acts 20:28). He can only save you if you obey His Gospel (Mk 16:16). In order to be saved you must believe Jesus is the Christ and confess such before men (Rom 10:8-10). You must repent and be baptized for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38). And you must remain faithful unto death (Rev 2:10). If you reject this gospel, you are guaranteed that you will spend your eternity in hell and suffer day and night forever and ever (2 Thess 1:8,9). Think about that the next time you sip a cool glass of water on a hot summer day when you are thirsty.