07 Sep Where In the Bible Does It Say Hell Is Eternal?
What Is Hell?
There are many different interpretations of what hell is, but most agree that it is a place of suffering and torment. Some believe that Hell is a physical place, while others believe it is a state of mind. Regardless of what you believe, there is no doubt that hell is a very unpleasant place. There are many different stories and myths about hell, but the one thing that they all have in common is that Hell is a place of punishment for those who have sinned. In some cultures, hell is believed to be a place where souls are tortured for eternity. Other cultures believe that Hell is simply a place where sinners are forced to face the consequences of their actions. So, where in the bible does it say Hell is eternal?
While the Bible does not specifically say that hell is eternal, it does seem to indicate that it is a place of everlasting punishment. Some specific Bible passages that indicate that Hell is an eternal place include:
- Matthew 25:41-46
- Revelation 20:10-15
- Matthew 7:13-14
- John 3:36
- Revelation 14:9-11
- Revelation 20:10,15
- Matthew 25:41,46
- Jude 1:7
- 2 Thessalonians 1:9
Regardless of what you believe, there is no doubt that hell is not a place anyone would want to go to. It is a place of suffering and torment, and it is best to avoid it if at all possible.
Is Hell Eternal?
The Bible does not specifically state that hell is eternal. However, there are a few verses that suggest this may be the case. For example, in Matthew 25:41, Jesus says that the punishment for those who reject Him is “eternal fire.” And Revelation 20:10, states that the devil will be “thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone” where he will be “tormented day and night forever and ever.” So while the bible doesn’t explicitly say that hell is eternal, some verses suggest it may be.
There are a few verses in the Bible that seem to indicate that hell is eternal. For example, in Matthew 25:46, Jesus says “And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” This seems to suggest that there will be an endless punishment for those who are sent to hell.
And Revelation 20:10, says “And the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.” This also seems to indicate that those who are sent to hell will be subjected to endless punishment.
So, while some verses seem to indicate that hell is eternal, others suggest it is not. For example, in 2 Thessalonians 1:9, it says “They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and the glory of his might.” This suggests that the punishment in hell is not eternal, but rather it is the destruction that leads to a separation from God.
What Does the Bible Say About Hell?
The answer may be found in understanding the different words that are used to describe hell in the Bible.
The word “hell” is used quite infrequently in the Bible. In most English translations, it is used in the Old Testament to translate the Hebrew word “Sheol” and in the New Testament to translate the Greek word “hades”.
“Sheol” simply refers to the grave or death. It is not used in Scripture as a place of torment after death. Rather, it is just used to describe the fact that when a person dies, their body goes into the ground and their soul goes to be with God.
“Hades”, on the other hand, does refer to a place of torment after death. In the Bible, it is often used interchangeably with “Gehenna” or “lake of fire”, both of which are used to describe a place of eternal punishment.
Therefore, while some verses seem to indicate that hell is eternal, the word “hell” itself is not used in those verses. Rather, it is the words “hades” or “lake of fire” that are used. And, both of those words can be interpreted to mean a place of eternal punishment.
Therefore, while the Bible does not specifically say that hell is eternal, it does seem to indicate that it is a place of everlasting punishment.
Specific Passages About Hell
1. Matthew 25:41-46
“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire 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, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”
2. Revelation 20:10-15
“And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night forever and ever. Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. The earth and the heavens fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. The sea gave up the dead that was in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that was in them, and each person was judged according to what they had done.”
“Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.”
3. Matthew 7:13-14
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”
4. John 3:36
“Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.”
5. Revelation 14:9-11
“A third angel followed them and said in a loud voice: “If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives its mark on their forehead or their hand, they, too, will drink the wine of God’s fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath. They will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment will rise forever and ever. There will be no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and its image, or for anyone who receives the mark of its name.”
6. Revelation 20:10,15
“And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night forever and ever… And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.”
7. Matthew 25:41,46
“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels… Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”
8. Jude 1:7
“Similarly, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.”
9. 2 Thessalonians 1:9
“They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and the glory of his might”
Is Hell Eternal?
The Bible is clear that hell is a real place, and it is eternal. In Matthew 25:41, Jesus says that He will send the wicked to “eternal fire.” And in Revelation 20:10, we’re told that the devil, his angels, and all those who have not obeyed God will be thrown into the “lake of fire” where they will “suffer the punishment of eternal fire.” So, there’s no question that hell is real and eternal. The only question is: Will you be spending eternity in heaven or hell? The choice is yours. Choose wisely.
Additionally, the Bible also describes hell as a place of great torment. In Luke 16:23, Jesus says that the rich man in hades was in “agony.” And in Revelation 14:11, we’re told that those who worship the beast will be tormented day and night forever. Therefore, hell is not just a place of separation from God. Also, it is a place of great torment.
If you are not sure where you will spend eternity, I urge you to consider the claims of Christ. He is the only way to Heaven (John 14:6). Belief in Him and you will be saved (Acts 16:31). Don’t delay. Time is short. And eternity is forever.
Hell is a real place, and the Bible is clear that it is eternal. So, if you have not trusted in Christ, I urge you to do so today. As from someone who has been to hell once told me, there is no mistake, you have to trust and believe in Jesus Christ. As he is the only way to heaven. Believe in Him and you will be saved.
Don’t delay. Time is short. And eternity is forever.
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