Our text is in Mark 9:43-48
43 And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:
44 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
45 And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:
46 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
47 And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire:
48 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
Do you believe in Hell?
In a recent survey, it was determined that 35% of Baptists, 54% of Presbyterians, 58% of Methodists and 60% of Episcopalians do not believe in a literal place called Hell. 71% of the 8 leading Bible Seminaries in the U. S. do not believe in either Heaven or Hell.
Hell is not mentioned much in preaching these days. More time is spent solving such debates as to whether or not Adam had a belly button.
Hell has become thought of as a joke or a negative subject.
Hell is a negative subject, but it is no joke. Jesus spoke more about Hell than he did Heaven.
He spoke of Heaven once. He spoke of Hell 11 times in the New Testament.
The eternity of Hell is spoke of 126 times. I don't speak of Hell today to only the lost, but also to the Christians, that we might find a new burden for the lost.
This is the Top Ten Countdown:
10. ETERNAL ASSOCIATION WITH THE WICKED.
Hell was not created for mankind, but for the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41), as well as the beast and the false prophet, but Isaiah 5:14 says that Hell hath enlarged her mouth without measure.
Revelation 21:8 gives a partial list of those you will be numbered with if you go to Hell: Murderers, whoremongers, sorcerers, liars, etc.
Miss Heaven and you are numbered with the ones who hated our Savior.
9. ETERNAL SEPARATION FROM LOVED ONES.
Jesus told the unsaved religious leaders of his day in Luke 13:28; There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets in the kingdom of God and you yourselves thrust out.
In the 16th chapter of Luke, Jesus taught about the rich man and Lazarus. The rich man lifted up his eyes in Hell. He could see Abraham. He remembered he had 5 brothers still alive.
Maybe you have children that are saved, maybe a mom or dad. If the Lord comes and you are not ready, you will be forever separated from them.
8. ETERNAL DARKNESS.
II Peter 2:4 speaks of chains of darkness, and verse 17 says; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved forever.
Jude 13 talks of the blackness of darkness for ever.
Matthew 8:12 says, cast into outer darkness.
Darkness has torment.
Exodus 10:21-23 says that the darkness that fell on Egypt was felt by the people.
I have a nephew who was trapped in a coal mine and his light went out. He said the total darkness was the worst part of his ordeal.
This darkness of Hell will not only be natural darkness, but also spiritual; a total absence of the presence of God. Satan has not even known that torture yet. It is the darkness of eternal night.
7. ETERNAL DEATH.
No second chances. No hope of being saved. Eternal death. A dying that is never finished. Never dead, but eternally dying.
6. UNSPEAKABLE SORROW.
Hell is a place devoid of any and all forms of happiness or joy.
Mark 9:43, Matthew 13:42, and Luke 13:28 are all teachings of Jesus about the sorrows that will be in Hell. Jesus calls it a place of continual weeping a gnashing of teeth, no laughter, no jokes, no parties, no let up of sorrow. There will be only biting, burning, remorse, and memory.
Luke 16:23 tells of the rich man in Hell. He remembered his brothers and Lazarus.
5. A PLACE OF UNSATISFIED CRAVING.
Like the rich man in Luke 16 who craved just 1 drop of water to cool his tongue. All his senses and desires were still in tact.
Hell is going to be a place of unending thirst, hunger, and pain. Unsatisfied desires that are impossible to escape from, even for a moment.
4. DESPAIR AND HOPELESSNESS.
Revelation 14:10-11 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:
11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.
Matthew 25:41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.
One thing is for sure, Hell is forever and ever. Once you are there, there is no hope of return, no parole, no pardon, no escape; total hopelessness.
3. UNQUENCHABLE FIRE.
Fire produces the greatest possible pain known to man.
2. THE NOISE AND SOUNDS OF HELL.
Weeping, wailing, gnashing of teeth, the sounds of eternal dying, and the worms eternally gnawing away.
And now the number 1 and the saddest thing about going to Hell is:
1. YOU DIDN'T HAVE TO GO THERE.
Jesus suffered so you would not have to. He finished the plan of salvation and made a way for you and I to be saved and never have to see that awful place.
I Timothy 1:15. Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.
II Peter 3:9 says he is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
John 3:16. For God so loved the world that he have his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life.
If you don't know Jesus, turn your life over to Him today. It will be the best decision you will ever make. He is a friend that sticks closer than a brother. He has made every provision for you to stay out of that awful place called Hell.