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Is Hell really eternal torment?

I. Introduction:

 Not all believe that hell is eternal suffering under the righteous wrath of God.  Some believe that sinners will suffer for a certain amount of time, but will then be annihilated.  Others believe that sinners will actually be redeemed at some point after they suffer.  We saw this morning that Revelation teaches that hell will be eternal torment for all of those outside of Christ.  Tonight I just want to consider a few other passages that teach agree with this.

II.  Other passages:

 A. Isaiah 66:22-24 Isaiah’s description of our eternal state includes the idea for those that are enemies of God that their worm shall not die, their fire shall not be quenched.  Both of these images are referring to torment and both of them last forever.

 B. Daniel 12:1-2 Daniel is prophesying about the end of days and he makes a distinction between two eternities.  One will be everlasting life, while the other is described as everlasting contempt.  We would expect the contrast to be everlasting death, but that is not what is said.  Rather, the picture is one of eternal torment, not annihilation.

 C. Matthew 25:31-46 Jesus here teaches of the final judgment.  All will be separated into two categories: the sheep and the goats.  The sheep, those who obeyed Christ will be given eternal life and the goats, those who disobeyed, will be given eternal punishment (v. 46).

 D. Mark 9:42-48 We read this passage this morning and Jesus teaches that the fires of hell will be unquenchable.  Hell will be a place where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched (quoting from Isaiah).

 E. Jude 7, 13 Again both of these verses communicate judgment that will last forever.  It will be a punishment of eternal fire and the gloom of utter darkness…reserved forever.

III.  Conclusion:

 Although I understand the desire to want to view hell in a different way, it seems clear from the Bible that hell is nothing less than eternal torment.  We must pray and preach the gospel to all that we can so that they can escape the terrible wrath to come.  Amen.

~ William Marshall ~

Last Updated ( Monday, 10 September 2012 )

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