LISTEN: The Literal View of Hell, Part 3 (The Theology of Eternal Damnation in Hell #13 with Daniel Whyte III)

This podcast is about the negative side of eternal life. When it comes to what happens after death, people love to talk about Heaven and the wonderful benefits of eternity with God. However, there is less talk about the negative side of eternal life. This podcast will explore what the Bible says about Hell and the eternal damnation of those who die without Christ.

Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

The Bible says 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.”

Allow me to share with you some important points on this passage from David Guzik’s Commentary on the Bible:

This is the lake of fire prepared for the devil and his angels. Men only go to this place prepared for the devil and his angels if they reject God’s salvation and condemn themselves.

Henry Alford said, “As there is a second and higher life, so there is also a second and deeper death. And as after that life there is no more death, so after that death there is no more life.”

John Trapp said, “The devil and the damned have punishment without pity, misery without mercy, sorrow without succor, crying without comfort, mischief without measure, torments without end and past imagination.”

The featured quote for this episode is from J.C. Ryle. He said, “Disbelieve hell, and you unscrew, unsettle, and unpin everything in Scripture.”

Our topic for today is “The Literal View of Hell (Part 3)” from Dr. John Walvoord.


The Old Testament doctrine of hell unfolds slowly but surely. The principal term used to refer to life after this life is sheol, occurring sixty-five times in the Old Testament. Its etymology is uncertain. In the KJV it is translated “grave” thirty-one times, “hell” thirty-one times, and “pit” three times. In the NIV the usual translation is “grave.”

It is clear from the Old Testament that sheol in many cases means no more than the grave or the place where a dead body is placed. In Psalm 49:14, for instance, the statement is made, “Like sheep they are destined for the grave, and death will feed on them. The upright will rule over them in the morning; their forms will decay in the grave, far from their princely mansions.” In many other cases, however, it is debatable whether the term “grave” is a proper designation. Even the NIV translates sheol otherwise in Deuteronomy 32:22: “For a fire has been kindled by my wrath, one that bums to the realm of death below.” The NIV tries to avoid the idea of two compartments in sheol.

Isaiah writes: “The grave below is all astir to meet you at your coming; it rouses the spirits of the departed to greet you—all those who were leaders in the world; it makes them rise from their thrones—all those who were kings over the nations. They will all respond, they will say to you, ‘You also have become weak, as we are; you have become like us.'”

The reference in the NIV to the “grave” in verse 9 is sheol, though translating it this way does not explain the conscious state of those who are mentioned in the passage.

As previously mentioned, Deuteronomy 32:22 states, “For a fire has been kindled by my wrath, one that burns to the realm of death below.” The “realm of death below” refers to sheol and implies that there is punishment by fire once an unsaved person dies. The Old Testament is clear that judgment follows the death of the wicked; see Job 21:30-34, where the idea that the wicked escape punishment and are spared from the day of calamity and God’s eternal wrath is declared to be “falsehood.”

Obviously, the wrath of God is more than mere physical death. Psalm 94:1-2 states, “O LORD, the God who avenges, O God who avenges, shine forth. Rise up, O Judge of the earth; pay back to the proud what they deserve.” In verse 23 of the same psalm the psalmist says of God, “He will repay them for their sins and destroy them- for their wickedness; the LORD our God will destroy them.”

In Isaiah 33:14-15, Isaiah writes, “The sinners in Zion are terrified; trembling grips the godless: ‘Who of us can dwell with a consuming fire? Who of us can dwell with everlasting burning?”‘ Of the wicked whom God will condemn, the same prophet later writes, “And they will go out and look upon the dead bodies of those who rebelled against me; their worm will not die, nor will their fire be quenched, and they will be loathsome to all mankind”.

Let’s Pray —

Dear friend, please understand that after you die, you will be ushered into one of two places to spend eternity, Heaven or Hell.

Here’s how you can be sure that you will not go to hell and suffer eternal damnation forever and rather have a home in Heaven when you die. The Bible says, ”Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.” Here’s how you can be saved from sin and hell and have a home in Heaven when you die in more detail.

1. Accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:20: “For there is not a just man upon earth that doeth good, and sinneth not.” Romans 3:23 reads: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” In fact, I am the chief of sinners, so don’t think that you’re alone.

2. Accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

3. 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.” The Bible says 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.”

4. Accept the fact that you cannot do anything to save yourself! The Bible states in Ephesians 2: 8, 9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

5. Accept the fact that God loves you more than you love yourself, and that He wants to save you from hell. 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.”

6. With these facts in mind, please repent of your sins, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and pray and ask Him to come into your heart and save you this very moment. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 13: “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.”

Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light 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.”

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. 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 which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader. 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 School of Divinity. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for over twenty-seven years. God has blessed their union with seven children. Find out more at Follow Daniel Whyte III on Twitter @prophetdaniel3 or on Facebook.