Day of Judgment

Hell – Day of Judgment

 

Cal Poulsen

Scripture Insights

12-23-2015

 

Hebrews 9:27 

And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

Our curiosity about the abode of the dead is sometimes not completely satisfied by biblical terms or verses. What we do know is that either eternal torment in hell or eternal joy in heaven awaits all people after death, based on whether they trust in Christ’s payment for sin or reject Christ. Therefore, there will be a Day of Judgment when all people that have ever lived will face God. Those who have accepted the gift of salvation by believing Jesus was resurrected from the dead, and those that are not covered by his sacrifice and will be cast into Hell where they will undergo eternal punishment.

The Bible speaks of a lake of fire reserved for the devil and his angels*. Human beings were never intended to go into hell. But the ones who choose to reject God will one day follow Satan right into hell.

Matthew 25:41 

Then shall he say also unto them (unbelievers), on the left hand Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

There will be no exit from hell, no way out, no second chance. That is why it is so important in this life to receive the pardon that God extends to all men through His Grace and the cross of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:1-4).

In support of this, the following words were given to us by Jesus himself.

Matthew 25:46 

Then they (unbelievers) will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.

In this verse, the same word, “eternal,” is used to describe the punishment of the wicked as well as the eternal life of the believer.  

John 5:24

.  .  .  I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him (God) that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

We must believe in the Son that God sent to earth. This belief gives us eternal life. Believers have eternal life as a present possession. Because of that, they will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life. The Day of Judgment has passed. Belief in Jesus provides the only escape from this judgment.

The salvation gospel (1Corinthians 15:1-4) was given to us by the apostle Paul and is of the greatest importance because it saves people from eternal damnation. In verse one Paul tells us that this is “The Gospel.” It is not, a gospel or another gospel. It means that there is only one true gospel by which we receive salvation.

1 Corinthians 15:1 

Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand.

1 Corinthians 15:2 

By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.

1 Corinthians 15:3 

For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,

1 Corinthians 15:4 

.  .  . that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,

The companion verses (1 Corinthians 15:1-4) bear witness that we are saved by “The Gospel.”

Romans 10:9 

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

Romans 10:10 

For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

To confess means to “give verbal affirmation.” In this case to acknowledge with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and was raised for you. The gospel message in a nutshell is confess and believe and you will be saved. There is no reference to works or rituals. Belief and confession lead to salvation, not by being good in this life, or professing that God knows my heart. None of these will save you.

The following are a several verses that show that the unbelievers will go to Hell and receive eternal punishment. In several instances God uses different phrases to describe the same thing.

2 Thessalonians 1:9 

Who (unbeliever), shall be punished with everlasting (eternal) destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;

Paul has explained when and who will be punished; this passage explains what that judgment will be. They will be punished with everlasting destruction, forever separated from the Lord. The word “punished” pictures what God will do to those who have been rebellious. At Christ’s return, there will only be two groups of people. Those who belong to him and those who do not.

Jude 1:7 

Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

Jude was pointing out that Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed by fire. The inhabitants were so full of sin that God wiped the cities off the face of the earth. The people were following their own sinful natures, indulging in sexual immorality and pursuing sexual perversion. The destruction of these cities served as a warning of the eternal fire that will punish all who are evil.

The fire that rained on the evil cities pictures the fire that awaits unrepentant sinners. Many people don’t want to believe that God will punish people with “eternal fire” for rejecting him. But this is clearly taught in Scripture. Sinners who don’t seek forgiveness from God will face eternal darkness.

The word “unquenchable” occurs in only two verses of the Bible (Matthew 3:12; Luke 3:17). The word unquenchable means “without end.”

We have not talked about what is suffering in hell for those unbelievers that reject Jesus Christ. It is not the body, for the body returns to the dust in the ground. What suffers is the person’s soul. Upon death the soul returns unto God who gave it. The disposition of the soul is then up to God.

Ecclesiastes 12:7 

Then shall the dust (body) return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.

Traditional Christianity teaches that when people die they don’t really die. The body dies but the person still continues to live a conscious existence as a “soul.” And, depending on the person, the “soul” either goes to heaven or to hell at the time of death. This is an accounting of the “Day of Judgement,” and the state of hell for those that do not believe in Jesus Christ. 

 

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