Revelation 9 Lesson

Who Is Going To Hell?

HELL

What does the Bible say about hell, who will go there, and can it be avoided?  These are the questions that will be answered in today’s lesson.  As always, the scriptures will be our guide.    

WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT HELL?

The Bible continually warns us about hell.  In fact, “There are over 162 references in the New Testament alone which warns of hell. And over seventy of these references were uttered by the Lord Jesus Christ!” (source: Google)

If you search for hell on Google, more than nine hundred million results populate.  But what does the Bible have to say?

According to openbible.info, the following four scriptures were voted the most helpful scriptures in the Bible concerning the study of hell:

  1. “But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” - Revelation 21:8,
  2. “Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” - Mathew 10:28,
  3. “Then He will also say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry, and you gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me nothing to drink; I was a stranger, and you did not invite Me in; naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit Me.’ Then they themselves also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not take care of You?’ Then He will answer them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” - Mathew 25:41-46,
  4. “And the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are also; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.” - Revelation 20:10.

God warns us repeatedly to repent of our sins and obey His commands.  If it were up to God, everyone would choose the previous gift of salvation:

  • “The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.” - 2 Peter 3:9.

Sadly, due to the hardness of hearts, more people will reject God’s plan for salvation than will be saved (Mathew 7:13-14).

WHO WILL GO TO HELL?

The simple answer to this question is everyone who does not go to heaven. 

There are only two possibilities when we die, we will either spend eternity in heaven, or we will spend it in hell.  John writes about this in the Book of Revelation:

  • “And they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds. Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.” - Revelation 20:14-15.

There is no middle ground, and no room for change after God makes His righteous and final judgment:

  • “It is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment.” - Hebrews 9:27.

Therefore, it is imperative that we understand what we must do to be saved!

WHAT MUST WE DO TO BE SAVED?

To be saved, there are five things that we must do:

  1. Believe in Jesus. “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.” –  Acts 16:31,
  2. Confess our belief in Him. “For with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.” – Romans 10:10,
  3. Repent (turn away from) of our sins. “Unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” –  Luke 13:3,
  4. Be baptized. Baptism now saves you—not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience—through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.” – 1 Peter 3:21 and “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” – Mark 16:16,
  5. Obey God’s commandments. “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. – Mathew 7:21

Those of us who obey the Gospel and submit to God’s will are going to spend eternity in paradise with God, Jesus, and all the saints!  It is up to us to make the soul-saving decision to follow Jesus and to obey God’s commands.

CONCLUSION

The book of Revelation, more so than any other book in the Bible, gives us a picture of just how horrifying things will be for those that are not saved.

Fortunately for us, it is not too late to repent and follow Jesus. 

We will end today's lesson with the words of our Savior, from the Gospel of Mathew.  Jesus invites all of us to follow Him and His teachings and to be saved.  Will you accept His invitation?

  • “Come to Me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For My yoke is comfortable, and My burden is light.” - Mathew 11:28-30.

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John

"The carrot and the stick". God is using both tools to try and move our hearts to obey His commandments. But He also gives us freewill, so ultimately the choice is ours to make. Rewards await those who choose God's way. Horrible punishment awaits those that do not.

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