There is only one of two places in eternity that we can
go: Heaven or Hell. Each one of us will be placed in one of these two
places on Judgment Day to be there forever and ever. Our Lord in speaking
of eternity in Matthew 25:46 says, "And these will go away into
everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life". Notice
that the duration of the lost in Hell is exactly the same as the duration
of the saved in Heaven, "forever and ever". It is
hard for us as mortals to grasp how long eternity will be, but after we
have been there a billion years, eternity will have just begun.
We do not like to think about eternal punishment. But
it evidently must be very important or God would not have told us about
it. For a
few moments let us consider what the Lord says about eternal punishment
and then we will turn our attention to a more pleasant thought, Heaven.
Our Lord in describing how horrible that Hell will be for the many who
will end up going there, says in Matthew 13:42, "And will cast them
into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth".
This definitely will be a horrible and terrible place beyond description.
Jesus says in Mark 9:45-46 concerning those who are lost, that they will
be "cast into Hell, into the fire that shall never
where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched".
There will be no reprieve or appeal to a higher court, because we will
have been judged by the highest. The Lord is trying to get our attention and
to give us fair warning. He is pleading with us not to go there, but we
make the choice. The choice is ours. We will bear the responsibility and
In Luke 16:24 Jesus is describing a man who went to
Hell and is pleading, "Then he cried and said, Father Abraham, have
mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in
water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame".
How much relief, and how long would a drop of water last on the tongue of
those who are being tormented forever? It would not last even one second. We must wake up and heed our Lordís warning!
The many who end up in eternal punishment will not be
there alone. They will have company. Revelation 20:10, "The devil,
who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the
the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever
and ever". Not very good company to be in. Notice that the
torment goes on "day and night forever and ever".
There are many people who scoff at the idea of eternal
punishment, but they are scoffing at what God says. The fire will
burn forever and
those who are lost will be there in the fire for eternity whether they want to believe
it or not. In eternity their
scoffing will quickly change to weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth. We must take what our
Lord says in the Bible seriously. Hell is real! There is no way for
the horrors of Hell to be adequately described in human language.
Many people do not realize the danger of eternally losing their
souls. This is very serious!
In Hell there will be billions of people crying out in
indescribable pain and agony for which there will be no relief or hope
that things will ever get better. There will be haunting memories of
all the opportunities of salvation that were passed up. Eternity is
forever and has no end. There will be no opportunity for second
chances. Hell is eternal, final, and irrevocable.
We read in Revelation 14:11, "And the smoke of
their torment ascends forever and ever, and they have no rest day or
night." But reading further we see in Revelation 20:15,
"And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the
lake of fire". It is imperative that our name be found in the Book of
Life. Is your name in that book? Do we know for sure, or are we making a
wishful assumption? It will be too late on the Day of Judgment to find out that it
is not there.
Now let us turn our attention to something more
pleasant, Heaven. Our Lord says in John 14:2-3, "In My Fatherís
house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you.
I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you,
I will come again and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there you
may be also". Heaven will be a very wonderful place. For the
who go there it will be beyond their wildest dreams and they will be
totally surprised and amazed. As we read in 1 Corinthians 2:9, "Eye
has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the
things which God has prepared for those who love Him." There is no way that the glories of Heaven
can be adequately described to us mortal beings. The only way will be to
Heaven will be the very opposite of eternal punishment. Revelation 21:4
says, "And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall
be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more
pain, for the former things have passed away". There will be no
weeping, and no wailing, and no gnashing of teeth as will be happening in
eternal torment. But there will be nothing but joy, and peace, and
happiness, beyond description. What a wonderful place Heaven will be. But
again, the choice is ours. We cannot escape the consequences if we make
the wrong choice. We will not accidentally end up in Heaven.
Heaven is a prepared place for prepared people. Our Lord says in Matthew
6:33, "But seek first the kingdom of God, and His
righteousness." Going to Heaven has got to be our number one goal in
this life. We must want to go to Heaven more than anything else.
Questions Lesson 3
(click on the button of the answer of your
1) (Matthew 25:46) Those who are lost will go into
people will be placed into one of two places in eternity.
3) (Matthew 13:42) Eternal punishment is described as
A furnace of fire.
Not very hot.
There will be no eternal punishment.
punishment will be horrible and beyond description.
5) (Mark 9:45-46) The fire of hell
Will never be lit.
Will soon go out.
Will never be quenched.
If we end up in eternal punishment we will be able to appeal our sentence.
7) (Revelation 20:10) Eternal punishment will last
A short period of time.
Forever and ever.
will also be punished in the lake of fire and brimstone.
9) (Revelation 20:15) If we are not found in the Book of Life
We will cease to exist.
We will be cast into the lake of fire.
We will have another chance.
Even after death we can have our name added to the Book of Life.
11) (John 14:2-3) Heaven is described as
The earth made over.
A bad place.
will be in Heaven with the few who are saved.
13) (Revelation 21:4) In Heaven there will be
Sorrow and crying.
No sorrow or crying.
Pain and suffering.
People will die after they get to Heaven.