TEXT: Revelation 20:11-15
11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
The Judgment of the Living Dead (Part 17)
In order to fully understand the reality of the judgment of Hell and the Lake of Fire, we have been looking at the major aspects of Hell. In other words, we are answering the question, What kind of place is the Lake of Fire? There are twelve main aspects of the Lake of Fire spoken of in the Bible. We have already looked at eleven of them:
1. The Lake of Fire is a place of weeping and gnashing of teeth.
2. The Lake of Fire is a place of outer darkness.
3. The Lake of Fire is a place of various torments.
4. The Lake of Fire is a place of sorrows.
5. The Lake of Fire is a place of unsatisfied desires.
6. The Lake of Fire is a place of hopelessness.
7. The Lake of Fire is a place of bitter memory.
8. The Lake of Fire is a place of no rest.
9. The Lake of Fire is a place where the fire never goes out.
10. The Lake of Fire is a place prepared for the devil and his angels.
11. The Lake of Fire is a place where there are degrees of punishment, but no mercy.
Today, I call your attention to the fact that the Lake of Fire is a place where people live forever. Charles Spurgeon said, “The hell of hells will be the thought that it is forever. The soul sees written over his head, ‘You are damned forever.’ It hears howlings that are to be perpetual; it sees flames which are unquenchable; it knows pains that are unmitigated.”
To those of us who take the Bible literally, this might seem obvious. But there are some in the Christian community who teach or would have us to believe that the Lake of Fire is a place where those who reject God meet their end. On top of that, many in the world believe that death is an end in itself — that once a person dies, they are just gone. However, the Bible teaches clearly that each person has a soul, that we are eternal, and that we will exist somewhere forever. Death is a doorway into another life. Those who trust Christ as Savior will live forever with Him in Heaven. Those who do not trust Christ as Savior will live forever without Him in the Lake of Fire.
This doctrine is taught in 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9 which tells us that in the last days, “The Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power.” The fires of Hell, of God’s eternal punishment upon the wicked, are not the most horrifying aspect of Hell. (You might recall that Daniel’s three friends were in a fiery furnace that was turned up seven times hotter than normal, but they were not burned because the Lord was in the fire with them.) What makes Hell so horrifying is the fact that people in Hell are forever cut off from “the presence of the Lord.”
That is not God being vindictive. It is God being just and fair. Henry Morris said, “The word rendered ‘vengeance’ has no association of vindictiveness. It is a compound based on the same root as the word rendered ‘righteous’; it has the idea of a firm administration of unwavering justice.” If people, throughout their lives, reject Christ when He is knocking on the door of their hearts, there will come a time when He will return the favor. Remember Noah and the Flood? For 120 years, Noah preached about the coming judgment as he built the Ark. People laughed at him, ridiculed him, didn’t listen to him. One day, Noah and his family boarded the Ark and God shut the door. When water started falling from the sky, people desperately tried to board the Ark — they beat on the door trying to get inside — but it was too late — the door was shut and they perished.
Those who shut their door against Christ, will suffer the punishment of living forever without Him. Yes, Hell is a place where people live for ever. The Bible says those who end up in the Lake of Fire “shall be punished with everlasting destruction.” If the punishment is eternal, the punished must also live eternally to experience their punishment. Just as the blessings of Heaven are everlasting, so are the punishments of Hell. Just as those who go to Heaven will live forever, so will those who go to Hell. If you read Scripture, there is no escaping this fact.
In Revelation 22 — the last chapter of the Bible, John describes the fate of all those who receive Christ. He says, in part, “There shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: And they shall see his face; And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.” A few verses later, he says, “Without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.” From these passages and many others in Scripture, it is plain that while the saints are enjoying the blessings and benefits of Heaven, sinners will be enduring the punishment and pain of Hell. They, too, live forever.
Here is how you can trust Jesus Christ for salvation so that you can completely avoid the Lake of Fire.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “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… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.
He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.
He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.