Hell is a subject which has fascinated the mind of man for millennia. Works of literature seek to describe it (i.e., Dante’s Inferno), sermons warn of it (i.e., Jonathan Edwards’ “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”), and pop culture parodies it.
I have no trouble believing in Hell; it is a real place, as attested by countless passages of scripture.
But Hell is not “the place of eternal torment.” No doubt that those who die will pass into either Heaven or Hell. But Hell is not forever. It is not eternal. There is a worse place, oft forgotten by Christians in their everyday speech.
And that place is the Lake of Fire. Revelation 20:13 says that Hell gives up the dead within it–there is a release from Hell!
But that release is short lived, as those who come out from it are straightway taken to the Great White Throne of God, to be judged “every man according to their works.”
After being emptied, Hell itself is cast into the Lake of Fire. What manner of place is this that can consume even Hell!
And finally, those who were in Hell pass from the Judgment and are “cast into the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:15), where along with Satan, the false prophet, and the beast they will be tormented “day and night for ever and ever” (Revelation 20:10).
We are admonished by the Holy Bible to bear only a true witness, for lies are of Satan (John 8:44). Remembering the Lake of Fire will allow us to bear a true witness when we teach and preach about the eternal abode of the damned.
Hell is no doubt a terrible place, and certainly I am thankful that Christ was merciful to me and provided a means of escaping even that temporary prison. But the terror of Hell pale in comparison to that which will consume it… The Lake of Fire. Keep that in mind when warning of the fate of unbelievers.