The Lake of Fire

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.

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Rick Beckman