This course explains why hell was created in the first place; whether there is really fire there; what people there are thinking, and why people can never get out once they are there.
Bible Study Course
Welcome to the second series in the Liberty Bible Course! This series deals with the two places in which people will spend all of eternity — either in heaven, or in hell. This course is designed to be used with the KING JAMES BIBLE, otherwise your answers are going to be wrong. Please get your Bible, and begin another exciting study in God’s Word!
I. Why Was Hell Created?
A. It was created because of Satan.
1. According to Matthew 25:41, “everlasting fire” or “hell” was created for the __________ and his angels.
This tells us that the original cause for hell
being created was not because of man, but because of
the devil and his angels (we refer to his angels as “demons”).
2. Ezekiel 28:11-19 is a passage directed against the wicked human king of Tyrus, but it goes beyond the mere human king to the wicked one behind him – the devil. This is clear because of the things attributed to this person.
a. Verse 12 says he was once “________ of wisdom.”
b. That same verse says he was “______________ in beauty.”
c. The next verse says he had been “in ________ the garden of God.”
d. It also states that his ________________ was every precious stone.
e. Verse 13 also states that on a certain day he was ______________ – as opposed to being conceived by two parents.
f. The next verse says his position was that of the anointed ____________.
g. Verse 15 says he was ______________ in his ways from the day that he was created.
Note: The references here clearly go beyond the human king of Tyrus. It is very descriptive language indicating that the human king of Tyrus is much like someone else — that “someone” being the devil! But why did God create hell for the devil, if the devil was so wise, beautiful, and perfect?
— Why was hell created?
B. It was created because of sin.
1. Ezekiel 28:15 said that Satan was beautiful and perfect “till ______________ was found in thee.”
2. Verse 16 clearly says, “thou hast ____________: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God.”
3. Satan’s sin is shown to be pride over his ____________ and brightness. (vs.17)
4. Proverbs 16:18 tells us that, “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a ________.”
Note: The king of Tyrus had experienced great wealth, beauty, and opportunities. His case was a good example of the devil’s opportunities, so the Scripture uses it to tell us what happened to Satan to bring about his fall. But why make a special place for the devil and his angels?
— Why was hell created?
C. Hell was created because of the need for separation.
1. Please read Luke 16:19-31, and answer the following questions.
a. The rich man in hell saw “Abraham ________ off.” (vs.23)
b. Verse 26 says, “between us and you there is a great ________ fixed:” (a wide and deep space).
c. That verse also goes on to say, “they which would ________ from hence to you cannot; neither can they ________ to us, that would come from thence.”
Illustration: The need to separate wicked people from righteous people is clear — that is why jails are built.
Jails keep wicked people “afar off” from honest, law-abiding people. Between honest people and criminals there are placed bars, wide courtyards, high fences, and guards.
It is interesting to note the many problems with the jail systems of today.
It may surprise you, but God never made any
provisions for a jail system like we have. He taught
His people to do four basic things when a crime,
or apparent crime, had been committed.
#1 – Cities of Refuge
#2 – Capital Punishment
#3 – Corporal Punishment
#4 – Restitution
The first one — “Cities of Refuge.”
These were specially designated cities that were to protect people “which killeth any person at ________________.” (Numbers 35:11) (“Unawares” means to kill someone “accidentally” or “by mistake.”)
This matter today is called “negligent homicide.” Deuteronomy 19:1-5 gives an example of this by telling of two men cutting wood, and the ________ of the axe coming off the handle and striking a neighbor so that he dies. It was an unintentional act, so it was not considered to be “murder.”
Although a person who accidentally killed someone was not physically punished or put into jail, there was a serious reminder to be more careful in the future. According to Numbers 35:11,12,22-28, he had to go live in a city of refuge until the death of the ______________________, then he could return to live in his own land. (vs.28)
The second one — “Capital Punishment.”
This refers to putting a person to death for his crimes. Deuteronomy 19:10-13 teaches that murderers are to be put to __________ for their crimes.
The elders or leaders of the cities of refuge were responsible to hear the evidence and allow justice to be done, or else they became guilty of innocent blood.
Numbers 35:30 states that more than ______ witness is needed to convict someone of murder, and thus sentenced to die. This protected against putting an innocent person to death.
You can read Leviticus 20 for a list of other crimes that required the death penalty.
Note: Is Capital Punishment still in effect today? Yes, according to Romans 13:1-4, “the higher powers” (the government) is now the “________________ to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.” (vs.4) That same verse also says that “he beareth not the __________ in vain.” That instrument was a weapon to kill. So God has ordained the government to execute the death penalty today.
The third one — “Corporal Punishment.”
This is physical punishment. Deuteronomy 25:1-3 states that a convicted criminal may be given up to “__________ stripes.” (vs.3) This was the number of times that a person could be whipped for his crimes. The judge was to decide the proper number.
The fourth one — “Restitution.”
It means “to make things right with the owner.” Exodus 22:1-4 says that if a man steals an ox or a sheep, and kills it, or sells it, he has to restore ________ oxen for an ox, and ________ sheep for a sheep. Verse 4 says that if he is caught before he has time to kill or sell it, he has to restore ____________ to the owner.
This can be applied to anything stolen and/or damaged. If a boy steals a package of gum and is caught outside the door by the store detective, then he should be made to give the gum back, and also to pay for the gum. He thus learns that crime does not pay — but costs! He had to pay for the gum, but ended up with nothing.
If the boy had been caught outside of the door having already ripped open the package and chewing a piece of gum, then the gum could obviously not be returned and sold to a customer. Thus, he now has to pay back 4 to 5 times the price of the gum. Now he really learns that crime does not pay when you destroy or consume people’s property! He pays all of that money, and still ends up with nothing.
This Biblical principle works with anything stolen — from gum, all the way to cars and other expensive items.
If these four things were practiced (capital punishment,
corporal punishment, and restitution), there would be no
need for jails, except to hold people awaiting trial (the
cities of refuge held people awaiting trial in God’s plan).
Vicious criminals would be put to death, thus endangering no more people, nor living off honest people. Lesser crimes would be met out with physical punishment, and restitution to the one whose property was stolen and/or damaged.
Although, for the most part, Biblical punishment is not followed (which is why something like 80% of criminals will be back in prison again, and also why financially jails and prisons are breaking state budgets because of the tremendous cost to feed and house the growing number) – despite all that, it is interesting to note that people still realize that criminals have to be separated somehow from law-abiding citizens.
If people realize that upon earth, there needs to be
such a separation for a life of peace, how much more
should they realize that such a separation must also be
present for all eternity, or there would be no peace,
safety, and happiness in heaven?
Can you imagine all of eternity with ungodly people sneaking around causing trouble here and there? Why, such a place would be no better than on earth right now!
It would not be true justice if people who have rejected Jesus Christ were let into heaven — no more than if a vicious murderer received a suspended sentence, and was allowed to live right next to you. You would be furious at the judge, and would fear for your life.
If a person refuses to accept Jesus Christ now because
he enjoys his sin too much, then what makes you think he
will change any because he is let into heaven? If he did as
he pleased in life, and was still let into heaven, then
what is there to stop him from doing as he pleases in heaven?
Evil has to be separated from good, if true paradise and peace are to be experienced. So hell was created to separate good from evil forever.
1. Hell was created for the __________ and his angels.
2. Satan is a ______________ being, as opposed to being conceived by two persons, and then born.
3. Satan’s position was that of the anointed ______________.
4. Satan was beautiful and perfect till ________________ was found in him.
5. Satan’s sin was pride over his ____________ and brightness.
6. Hell was also created because of the need to ______________ the wicked from the righteous.
7. God never ordained the “jail system” as we know it today. What four things did He ordain to take care of criminals or apparent criminals?
8. If a person steals something and kills, destroys, or sells it, he has to restore ________ times the amount to the owner.
9. If a thief is caught before he has had a chance to kill, destroy, or sell the object, then he has to pay the owner ____________ the amount.
II. Who Will Go To Hell?
A. People who reject the gospel.
1. According to I Corinthians 15:1-4, the gospel is, “that Christ died for ______ sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.”
Note: The word gospel means “good news.” It is the good news that Jesus died in our place, and that we can have our sins forgiven.
2. Revelation 21:8 lists some characteristics of people who reject the gospel. Please read it and answer the following questions.
a. The first characteristic of those who reject the gospel is that they are “______________.”
Note: Some may disagree with this verse, but it is true.
What about mean, tough sinners who are seemingly
not afraid of anything — including death? They are fearful
— of friends laughing at them and mocking them.
Others are afraid to get saved for fear of what their families will say. A meek and mild wife may be afraid to get saved for fear of what her husband will say — or even what he might do to her.
Sometimes a family is raised in a false religion that is held to very strictly. If a member of that family ever becomes a Christian, he/she would be forsaken by the rest of the family — even though he/she may be grown up and married.
And so for these fears and many more, people reject the gospel for the present time. The problem is that days turn into weeks; weeks into months; and months into years. Before a person realizes it, life has gone. That is why the Bible says, “behold, ______ is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” (II Corinthians 6:2)
b. A second characteristic of people who will go to hell is that they are “______________________.” (Revelation 21:8)
Note: Many times people talk about the “unpardonable sin.” What exactly is it? Is it committing suicide? Is it having a conversation with the devil and “selling your soul” to him?
John 3:16-18 tells us how much God loves us, and how Jesus came to save us – not condemn us. Verse 18 tells us, “he that believeth ______ is condemned already.” Why is he already condemned? That verse goes on to say, “because he hath not ________________ in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”
A sin which God cannot forgive is the sin of unbelief.
If a person rejects Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross for his sins,
then there is no other way to get his sins forgiven.
The Bible says, “Neither is there salvation in ______ other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)
Note: What about Matthew 12:31? It says that, “the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall ______ be forgiven unto men.”
Why would anyone blaspheme the Holy Ghost? One reason is that His purpose in coming is to ______________ the world of sin, according to John 16:8. And who likes to be reproved? John 16:9 shows that the Holy Spirit even shows them why they are sinning, “because they believe ______ on me (the Lord Jesus).”
What it boils down to is that if people are not believing the Holy Spirit when He convicts them, then they are also not believing on the Lord Jesus, to whom the Holy Spirit is pointing. According to John 16:13,14, the Holy Spirit does not speak of ______________, but rather glorifies the Lord Jesus.
c. A third characteristic of people who go to hell is that they can portray many harmful character traits, as is shown in the rest of Revelation 21:8.
1.) ____________________ — they do deeds that make people disgusted and outraged at them.
2.) __________________ — they take the lives of others.
3.) ______________________ — they lust after others and seek immorality with them.
4.) __________________ — they delve into drugs, potions, spells, curses, and spiritism.
5.) __________________ — they worship some “thing” or some “one” other than the true God.
6.) __________ — they tell people lies to cover up their evil deeds; to make gain; or to simply try to impress others.
These are all traits of those who reject the gospel. These people will one day wake up in the lake of fire, unless they repent and accept the gospel message.
— Who will go to hell?
B. People who never hear the gospel.
1. Romans 10:13 says that you have to “________ upon the name of the Lord” to be saved.
2. But verse 14 of that same chapter says that they cannot call upon someone “in whom they have not __________.”
3. That verse also states that they cannot believe in someone “of whom they have not __________.”
4. Verse 17 of that same chapter shows that a person cannot even have faith to get saved without _______________ the Word of God.
Note: No one, no matter how good he/she may be, can get saved without hearing the gospel. Please read Acts 10:1-48; 11:11-14, and answer the following questions.
1. According to verse 2, Cornelius was a devout man that ___________________ God and gave a lot of alms (gifts) to the people.
2. That same verse also states that Cornelius prayed to God __________.
3. Verse 4 says his prayers and alms were come up for a ________________ before God.
4. Even though Cornelius had a “good report” among the people, he was ___________ from God by an angel to send for Peter and hear his words. (vs.22)
5. Peter preached in verse 43 that the prophets all witnessed of Jesus, that through His name whosoever believed in Him would receive _________________ of sins.
6. Verse 44 shows that Cornelius and the people immediately trusted Jesus Christ to save them, because the ____________________ fell upon them.
7. According to 11:14, Cornelius and all of his house (his family) got __________ when they heard Peter preach the gospel.
This shows us that even morally good and kind people
who pray a lot cannot be saved until they hear the gospel.
— Please read Psalm 19:1-3, and answer the following questions.
1. Verse 1 says the ______________ declare the glory of God.
2. According to verse 2, even the days and nights speak of God and show ________________.
3. The evidence from nature that there is a God is so strong that there is no speech or language where this “voice” or “proof” is not __________.
Although nature gives absolute proof that there is
a God, it cannot tell a person how to get saved saved.
That is why we are responsible to tell people the gospel.
Note: Romans 10:14 says, “How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a ________________?”
— Who will go to hell?
C. Angels who reject God’s authority and plan.
1. As we have previously seen, “everlasting fire” or “hell” was “prepared for the devil and his ____________.” (Matthew 25:41)
2. According to Ezekiel 28:14,16, the devil himself is an angelic creature called the “anointed” or “covering” ____________.
Note: To find out more about how a cherub looks, and what he does, read Ezekiel 1:4-28 and 10:6-22.
3. II Peter 2:4 tells us that God spared not the angels that ____________, but cast them down to hell.
4. We are also told in Jude 6 that the angels which did not keep their first estate, but left their own habitation, God has reserved in everlasting ________ under darkness unto the judgment day.
Note: This tells us that some angels have committed other vile sins even further than rebelling against God when Satan did. We know this because Satan and the angels which fell with him at that time of rebellion were not immediately cast into hell, nor are they even chained at this present time.
a. Job 1:6 says that on a certain day the sons of God came before God, and __________ came among them.
b. In the next verse when the Lord asked Satan where he had been, he answered, “From going to and fro in the __________, and from walking up and down in it.
c. Luke 8:26-33 relates the story of a demon-possessed man (demons are fallen angels).
1.) How many devils or demons were in this man? (vs.30) _________
2.) The demons’ greatest fear when they met up with Jesus was that He would command them to go out into the ________. (vs.31)
The word deep means “bottomless, great depth.” So
the demons’ greatest fear is to be confined to the
bottomless pit right now. This means that many are
free to roam and cause evil at this present time.
1. People who ____________ the gospel will go to hell.
2. The “gospel” is the “good news” that Christ died for ______ sins; was buried; and rose again the third day.
3. The first characteristic of those who reject the gospel is that they are ______________.
4. The one sin which God cannot forgive is the sin of _________________.
5. If people will not believe the conviction of the Holy Spirit, then they are not believing on the ________________ to whom the Holy Spirit is pointing.
6. People who never hear the ____________ will also go to hell.
7. The story about __________________ shows us that even good people who pray and give a lot of money to help others will go to hell, unless they hear the gospel and get saved.
8. Although nature gives absolute proof that there is a God, it cannot tell a person how to get __________.
9. ____________ who reject God’s authority and plan will also go to hell; in fact, some are already there.
III. What Is It Like In Hell?
Note: Strictly speaking, people in hell right now are there in the spirit — not in the flesh. They will be physically resurrected at the Great White Throne Judgment and cast into the lake of fire, but that is something we will discuss later. But even now, they feel tremendous physical torment.
Illustration: If you have ever spoken to someone who has had a finger, hand, arm, foot, or some other body part amputated or cut off in an accident, you know that that person could still “feel” the missing limb. They feel the pain, and try to move that part of their bodies, even though it has been removed. Even so, those people now in hell feel all of the torment of a physical body.
Note: The Scripture really only refers to two bodies. I Corinthians 15:44 says there is a natural body and there is a __________________ body. This passage is specifically referring to saved people. We are born with “natural” or “physical” bodies. Then at the rapture, we are raised to receive our “spiritual” or “glorified” bodies.
Therefore, according to Scripture, there are no special “intermediate” bodies for people in between death and the resurrection day.
But it is also true that there are many things about the spirit realm that we do not yet fully understand. According to Hebrews 1:14, angels are “ministering ______________, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation.” So angels are “spirit” beings, but they have often appeared in “physical” forms, capable of all normal physical activities.
Illustration: In Genesis 18:1-8, the Lord and two angels appeared to Abraham as three men in bodies. These bodies were capable of everything that ours are, because in verse 8, Abraham gave them food and “they did _______.”
Have you ever helped out a stranger with food, lodging, or some other necessity? Notice what Hebrews 13:2 says, “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained ____________ unawares.” They did not even realize that they were entertaining angels. They thought they were helping people!
— What is It like in hell?
1. They suffer pain.
a. Luke 16:19-23 shows that the rich man in hell “lift up his eyes, being in ______________.” (vs.23)
Note: Torment means “extreme pain and suffering.”
— Merriam Webster’s Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary
Illustration: When you are in extreme pain, you clench or grit your teeth. The Scripture describes people in hell doing that very thing. Please notice the next passage.
b. According to Matthew 13:40-42, in hell there will be wailing and ________________ of teeth. (vs.42)
Note: Gnash means “to bite or grind with the teeth”
— Merriam Webster’s Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary
Hell is a place of extreme pain, and a place of physical reactions to that pain.
— What is It like in hell?
2. They suffer thirst.
a. The rich man in Luke 16:24 asks for Lazarus to be allowed to dip the tip of his finger in __________ to cool his tongue.
b. Mark 9:42-48 describes a hell of no water, because ______ times it says the fire there is never quenched.
— What is It like in hell?
3. They suffer heat.
a. The rich man wanted his tongue to be “____________” in Luke 16:24.
b. Matthew 13:49,50 describes hell as a “______________ of fire.”
c. Mark 9:42-48 describes hell as a place, “Where their worm dieth not, and the ________ is not quenched.”
d. According to Revelation 20:10, hell is described as a “________ of fire and brimstone.”
Note: A “lake” is a large “pool” of water. Even so, hell is described as a “pool” or “lake” of “liquid fire,” or as the inside of a furnace of fire. In all cases, it is described as a place of extreme heat and fire. So people in hell suffer extreme physical suffering.
Do all people in hell suffer to the same degree?
Does the person who has never heard the gospel suffer
the same degree as the person who preached a false
gospel? Does the basically “moral” person suffer
the same in hell as a vile, immoral criminal?
The answer is, “No, all people in the lake of fire do not suffer the same degree of punishment, although all suffer.”
1. Revelation 20:12 says that the lost were “judged out of those things which were written in the books, __________________ to their works.”
Note: No one appearing at the Great White Throne Judgment is saved. Each one there is “condemned ______________, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” (John 3:18)
We know that because they are being judged according to their works, it cannot concern the matter of their salvation, because it is “Not by __________ of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us…” (Titus 3:5)
So if lost people are judged according to their works, then
it can only mean that they are being sentenced to different
degrees of punishment and torment in the lake of fire.
2. According to Revelation 18:4-8, this one had glorified herself much, so “________ torment and sorrow give her.” (vs.7)
Note: The idea seems to be clear — “much sin upon earth — much torment in hell.”
3. Luke 16:25 says that the rich man in his lifetime received good things, and Lazarus evil things: but after death their roles were the opposite — Lazarus was comforted, and the rich man was __________________.
The Scripture is also very surprising as to what sins
bring a person the most torment in hell.
4. Please read Matthew 11:20-24 and answer the following questions.
a. According to verse 20, the setting is that Jesus is upbraiding (scolding) the cities where “most of His mighty works were done, because they ________________ not.”
b. Jesus tells Chorazin and Bethsaida that if the cities of Tyre and Sidon had seen His works like they had, then they would have repented; so it would be more __________________ in the judgment for Tyre and Sidon than for them. (vss.21,22)
c. Jesus then turns to Capernaum and says that Sodom would have even responded and been spared if they would have seen His mighty works that Capernaum had, so it would be more __________________ for Sodom in the judgment than for Capernaum. (vss.23,24)
Note: This shows us that there is a sin which God considers to be even worse than the homosexuality of Sodom and Gomorrah — that is the sin of rejecting the Son of God Himself when confronted with His glory. These people will receive more torment in hell that the wicked, immoral people of Sodom.
Question: Seeming Jesus is now in heaven, and people cannot literally see Him with their eyes and still reject Him, is such a sin as the above mentioned still possible? Answer the following questions to see.
d. Mark 6:7-12 says that Jesus sent out the ____________ disciples by two’s.
e. According to verse 12 of that same passage, they went out “and ________________ that men should repent.”
f. Verse 11 of that passage gives a warning: “whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear you… It shall be more __________________ for Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment, than for that city.”
Note: To reject even the disciples when they were out with the gospel message was to do worse than Sodom and Gomorrah, and would thus receive more torment in hell.
Illustration: This is a very sobering thought. Think of all of the Americans who have heard the gospel time after time, but have rejected it. You probably know several of them personally. Think about it — they are going to suffer more in hell than the vile people from Sodom and Gomorrah!
— This is the physical aspect of hell, now let us look at another area:
1. In Luke 16:25, Abraham said to the rich man in hell, “Son, ________________ that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things.”
This tells us that people in hell have a full memory
of things that happened when they were living upon earth.
Note: How bad can mental suffering possibly be when remembering past things? It can literally drive a person insane, and it can literally make a person physically ill and unable to eat, drink, or sleep.
2. In that same chapter, verse 27-31 show another “thought” that now enters his mind – that of his ________ brethren back on earth whom he knows are not saved. (vs.28)
Some people think that they would rather go to hell than to heaven,
because, they say, “All my friends will be in hell — not heaven! I would not even
feel at home in heaven!” Their “feelings” will quickly change when they get in hell.
Note: They will suddenly not want any of their friends or relatives to come to such a terrible place. But they will have the memory of how they joked about hell, and the fear that their friends and relatives will also end up there.
— There is yet another area to discuss about hell:
1. Jesus told Nicodemus, “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is ____________.” (John 3:1-6)
Note: Even “religious” people like Nicodemus often do not realize what spiritual life really is. They can only fathom it in relation to physical life.
2. According to Ephesians 2:12, those who are without God have no ________.
3. Jude 6 describes hell as, “everlasting chains under ________________.”
4. Jude 13 describes hell as a reserved place in the __________________ of darkness for ever.
Note: Hell is a place of no “hope” and no “light,” and those words describe “spiritual life.” Jesus said in John 8:12, “I am the __________ of the world.”
Job said in Job 3:20, “Wherefore is __________ given to him that is in misery, and life unto the bitter in soul?”
Illustration: “Light” is often associated with “hope.” On what days are people more depressed — sunny days, or cloudy days? ____________ Why?
Hell is a place of utter hopelessness and darkness.
Apart from spiritual life in Jesus Christ, there is
no light, and there is no hope.
1. Strictly speaking, people who are in hell right now are there in the ____________ — not in the flesh.
2. Spirit beings can appear in a bodily form capable of all physical activities, because the Lord and two angels appeared to Abraham and ______ the food he had prepared for them.
3. When you are in extreme pain, you grit or clench your teeth. We know that people in hell are in extreme pain, because the Bible describes it as a place of “wailing and ______________ of teeth.”
4. In hell, all people do not suffer the same ____________ of torment, but all suffer.
5. Whoever would not receive or hear the disciples, it will be more tolerable for __________ and ________________ in the day of judgment, than for that city.
6. People in hell have a full ____________ of things that happened when they were living upon earth.
7. People may joke about wanting to go to hell because all of their friends are there, but when they get there, they will hope ________ of their friends or relatives have to come to such a terrible place.
8. Hell is a place of no hope and no __________.
IV. When Do People (& Angels/Demons) Go To Hell?
1. According to Job 1:7, Satan (an angelic creature) was free to roam the __________ in Job’s day.
2. Revelation 12:6-10 reveals to us that even up to the midpoint of the Tribulation Period, Satan has access to ____________, because at that point there is a war up there, and the Devil is cast out from there.
Satan has access at the present time to both heaven
and earth. He causes trouble down here, and then
goes before God to accuse us of sin.
3. Verse 7 of this same chapter reveals that the dragon (another name for Satan, vs.9) and his ____________ fought against Michael and his angels.
Note: This tells us that a number of evil angels (demons) also have access into the heavens right along with Satan.
4. When Jesus asked the possessed man in the country of the Gadarenes what his name was, he replied, “Legion,” because many ____________ were entered into him. (Luke 8:26-30)
Note: This verse shows us that devils or demons also have access to the earth to cause trouble. But not all demons (fallen angles) are free to roam as they please.
5. II Peter 2:4 tells us that “God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to ________, and delivered them into chains of darkness to be reserved unto judgment.”
6. According to Jude 6, some angels committed such a vile act that they are right now “reserved in everlasting ____________ under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.”
Note: These verses tell us that some angels are not free to roam, but are bound in chains in hell. But these verses also describe a future day of judgment awaiting them as well.
When is this judgment going to take place for the fallen angels? It may possibly be just before the Great White Throne Judgment for unsaved people. Remember that everlasting fire was created for the __________ and his ____________. (Matthew 25:41)
a. According to Revelation 19:20-20:15, the first ones cast into the lake of fire are whom? (19:20) ________________________________
b. Who is the third one to be cast into the lake of fire and brimstone? (Revelation 20:10) __________
Note: The Bible does not mention when the rest of the devil’s angels (demons) are cast into the lake of fire, but we presume it to be right in this general time. You will notice that the very next verse, Revelation 20:11, begins speaking about the Great White Throne Judgment.
7. I Corinthians 6:1-3 also places the judgment of the lost and the judgment of angels side-by-side when it says, “Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the __________? …Know ye not that we shall judge ____________? how much more things that pertain to this life?”
a. John 12:48 says that the one that judges those who reject Jesus is “the ________ that I (Jesus) have spoken.”
b. That certainly agrees with Revelation 20:12 when it says the dead “stand before God; and the __________ were opened.”
In what way do we play a part in the judging process
in regard to the world and angels? One way is simply
by our presence there. In any legal matter,
witnesses play a very important part.
Eyewitness accounts are very important. So we will be there as living proof (eyewitness accounts) that it was indeed possible to get saved by the grace of God.
Illustration: One of the biggest excuses for sin is, “Everyone else is doing it!”
The motorist is pulled over by the police officer for speeding and says, “I was only staying with the rest of the traffic. Why did you pull me over?” He thought it was permissible to speed as long as there were other people doing it, too.
The young lady is about to go out the door to school when stopped by her mother, who says, “That dress is too short on you, you will have to go change before you go to school.” The girl protests, “But all of the girls wear dresses this length, and much shorter! If I wear a long dress to school, they will think that I am weird.” She thinks short dresses are okay to wear, because so many others are wearing them.
Face it, we all feel justified in our sin if we can point to enough other people who are also doing it. But let one person rise up and say, “I will do the right thing no matter what other people do!” Such a stand brings conviction to others. Why? Because it takes away their excuses for doing wrong. It shows that their excuses are flawed — not “everyone” is doing it! Thus, the ones doing wrong are judged by the life of the one who chooses to do right.
Even so, as we stand in heaven redeemed and purified by the blood of Jesus Christ, our lives will judge those who rejected and disobeyed the Lord.
— When do people (& angels/demons) go to hell?
1. According to Luke 16:19-23, as soon as the rich man died and was buried, he found himself in ________. (vs.23)
2. In verse 24 of that same chapter, he says, “I am tormented in this __________.”
How can people die and immediately find themselves in
hell, when they have not even faced the Judgment Day yet?
Note: The answer is found in John 3:18. “He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned ______________.” A person is condemned by the very fact that he has not yet trusted Christ. That is why people die and immediately go to hell with no formal trial and sentencing before God.
3. The “trial” comes later, according to Revelation 20:11-15.
a. They will stand before the great __________ throne. (vs.11)
b. They will be judged according to their __________. (vs.12)
c. Having died in a remote place will not prevent them from being brought before God, because the sea, death, and ________ will deliver up the dead in them. (vs.13)
d. Those lost people will be brought up, and will be cast into the lake of ________. (vs.14)
In the Judgment Day, lost people will be raised from hell
to be cast into the lake of fire. Although they are two
different places, the torment in each is the same; except
for varying degrees of punishment in the lake of fire.
Note: We often only speak of our resurrection to eternal life, but lost people are also going to be physically resurrected.
e. Daniel 12:2 says that many people “that sleep in the dust of the earth shall __________, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.”
f. The Bible also says again that the lost shall be physically resurrected to face judgment in John 5:28,29, “Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of __________________.”
g. According to Revelation 20:4-6, this resurrection of the lost takes place after the millennium, because it says, “the rest of the dead (the unsaved) __________ not again until the thousand years were finished.”
Lost people will be physically resurrected to face God
at the Great White Throne Judgment, and then will be
cast into the lake of fire. That is why it is called the
“second death” (Revelation 20:6). Lost people will
literally and physically face two deaths.
1. Satan has access at the present time to both ___________ and earth.
2. Not all demons (fallen angels) are free to roam around heaven and earth, because some committed such vile acts that they are right now reserved in everlasting ____________ under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.
3. The first ones cast into the lake of fire are the __________ and the __________________________.
4. The third person to be cast into the lake of fire is the __________.
5. One way we will judge unsaved people and angels is by our very _______________ there at the judgment.
6. A person is __________________ by the very fact that he has not yet trusted Christ, and that is why he can die and immediately go to hell with no formal “trial” and “sentencing” before God.
7. The “trial” and “sentencing” will come when they stand before God at the Great __________ Throne Judgment.
8. Lost people at the Great White Throne Judgment will be ____________________ resurrected to face God, and that is why they experience the “second death” when they are cast into the lake of fire.
V. How Long Must A Person Stay In Hell?
A. The length of time.
1. According to Psalm 49:19, “they shall __________ see light.”
2. Matthew 25:41 tells us that the devil and his angles will be cast “into ______________________ fire.”
3. Verse 46 of that same chapter refers to lost people, and says they “shall go into _____________________ punishment.”
4. When the rich man in hell asked Abraham to send Lazarus to help him, Abraham said, “they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to ____, that would come from thence.” (Luke 16:26)
Note: There is no way to ever pass from hell to heaven, nor is there any way to ever pass from heaven to hell.
This not only tells us that people in hell will be there
for eternity with no way out, but it also tells us that we
who are saved never need fear about being cast
out of heaven some day in eternity.
5. Jude 13 refers to the unsaved and says, “to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness ______________.”
Note: How long will people be in hell? Forever. They will be there for all eternity.
Why cannot God let them out after years of suffering down there? Read on to find the answer to that question.
— How long must a person stay in hell?
B. The reason for the time.
1. Hebrews 9:22 says that “without shedding of blood is no __________________.”
Note: “Remission” means, “a dismissal, a release, or forgiveness.” (Vine’s Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words)
2. According to Hebrews 10:4, it is not possible for the blood of animals to take away ______.
3. Hebrews 9:11,12 says that Jesus Christ by His own __________ entered in once into the holy place to obtain eternal redemption for us.
Note: There is no “dismissal, release, or forgiveness” of sins, except through the perfect blood of Jesus Christ. Animal sacrifices cannot forgive sins. Human sacrifices cannot forgive sins, because “______ have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Only Christ can save, because He, God in the flesh, was born of a miraculous virgin birth — thus, with no sin nature like us. Then He lived a perfect life, and died in our place. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for ____.” (Romans 5:8)
The reason that people must spend eternity in hell if they
reject Jesus Christ, is because no amount of suffering on
their part can ever take away one of their sins that they committed.
Only the pure and sinless blood of Jesus
Christ can do that, and they rejected that while
they had the chance in life to accept it.
Yes, they will suffer a lot in one thousand years in hell; but after all those years, all of their sins will still be held against them, because suffering cannot take away sins — only the blood of Christ can.
Illustration: It would be something like a criminal who is sitting in jail for stealing a million dollars from an armored truck. He had taken the money home to his house. The police then picked him up as a suspect. While they were questioning him at the station, an electrical short had started his house on fire, and the money was completely burnt. He had gone to trial, and the judge had sentenced him to remain in jail until every penny of the million dollars was paid back.
What are his chances of doing that? He is sitting in jail with no job. He has no way to earn any money. How much of the million dollars can he repay in 10 years? Not one penny.
How much could he pay back in 50 years? Not one penny.
In his situation, he would never get out of jail, because he would have no means of paying his debt.
Even so, a lost person will never be able to get out of hell, because he has no way to pay for his sins — only the blood of Christ could have done that for him, and he rejected that.
Why cannot people in hell have another chance to
accept Jesus Christ as their Savior?” The answer
is simple — they sinned in this life, and so they had
to accept the remedy for sin in this life.
Illustration: Suppose that a man gets into an automobile accident, and loses a lot of blood. The problem is that he has a rare blood type, and the only one that can help him is one man. But that man has witnessed to him many times, and he does not like him. Rather than accept the blood of this “religious fanatic,” he says, “I can make it without your God, and I can make it without your blood! Get out of here!”
The Christian sadly leaves, and the bleeding man dies about an hour later. Like the rich man in Luke 16:22,23, he immediately finds himself in hell in torments. He cries out, “Wait, I will take a blood transfusion from him!” Will his request do him any good now? No, because he is already dead.
Illustration: What about a man that gets bit by a rattlesnake and says, “I am tough. I do not need to get an antidote!” But later, when he is all swollen, he decides that he should go to the hospital. On the way there, he dies.
Will it help him any now to inject the antidote into his body? No. The antidote could only help him while he was alive.
A person’s only hope of going to heaven is to get
Jesus’ blood applied to his sins while he is yet alive.
Has Jesus’ blood been applied to your sins? Hebrews 9:27 says, “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the ________________.”
1. People who go to hell will __________ see light.
2. Those who reject the Lord will go into ______________________ punishment.
3. There is no way to ever pass from hell to heaven, nor is there any way to ever pass from heaven to ________.
4. Without the shedding of __________, there is no remission (dismissal, release, or forgiveness) of sin.
5. A blood transfusion can only help you if you accept it while you are still __________.
6. A poison antidote can only help you if you accept it while you are still __________.
7. Jesus’ blood can save you only if you accept it while you are still __________.
Please study your notes carefully before taking this test. When you are finished, please return the entire booklet to us for grading. We will return the booklet to you for further reference, and will also get you a copy of the next booklet in this series entitled, “Heaven.”
1. The original cause for hell being created was not because of man, but because of the __________ and his angels.
2. Before Satan’s fall, his position was that of the anointed ____________.
3. Satan was beautiful and perfect till ______________ was found in him.
4. Hell was also created because of the need to ________________ the wicked from the righteous.
5. God never ordained the present “jail system” as we know it today. What four things did He design to take care of criminals, or apparent criminals?
6. People who reject the ____________ (the good news that Jesus died for our sins; was buried; and rose again the third day) will go to hell.
7. The one sin which God cannot forgive is the sin of ________________.
8. People who never hear the ____________ will also go to hell.
9. The story about Cornelius shows us that even good people who pray and give a lot of __________ to help others, will also go to hell unless they hear the gospel and get saved.
10. Although nature gives absolute proof that there is a God, it cannot tell a person ______ to get saved.
11. ____________ who reject God’s authority and plan will also go to hell; in fact, some are already there.
12. Strictly speaking, people who are in hell right now are there in the __________ – not in the flesh.
13. Spirit beings can appear in a bodily form capable of all physical activities, as was seen when the Lord and two angels appeared to Abraham and ______ the food he had prepared for them.
14. When you are in extreme pain, you grit or clench your teeth. We know that people in hell are in extreme pain, because the Bible describes it as a place of “wailing and ________________ of teeth.”
15. In hell, all people suffer, but all people do not suffer the same ___________ of torment.
16. People in hell have a full ____________ of things that happened when they were living upon earth.
17. People may joke about wanting to go to hell because all of their friends will be there, but when they get to hell, they will hope that ________ of their friends have to go to such a terrible place.
18. Satan has access at the present time to both ____________ and earth.
19. Not all demons (fallen angels) are free to roam around heaven and earth, because some committed such vile acts that they are right now reserved in everlasting ____________ under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.
20. One way we will judge unsaved people and angels at the judgment is by our very ________________ there.
21. A person is __________________ by the very fact that he has not yet trusted Christ, and that is why he can die and immediately go to hell with no formal “trial” and “sentencing” before God.
22. The “trial” and “sentencing” will come when they stand before God at the Great __________ Throne Judgment.
23. Lost people at the Great White Throne Judgment will be ____________________ resurrected to face God, and that is why they experience the “second death” when they are cast into the lake of fire.
24. People who go to hell will __________ see light.
25. There is no way to ever pass from hell to heaven, nor is there any way to ever pass from heaven to ________.
26. No amount of suffering in hell can ever pay for a person’s sins, only the shedding of __________ brings remission.
27. Jesus’ blood can save you only if you accept Him while you are still ___________.
How The Bible Says You Can Be Saved
1. Do you realize that you have sinned? (Rom. 3:23) (I John 1:8)
2. Do you realize the penalty for your sin? (Rom. 6:23)
3. Do you realize that if you die in your sin, you will go to hell? (Psa. 9:17) (Prov. 15:24) (Luke 12:4,5)
4. Do you realize that the Lord Jesus Christ paid that death penalty for you? (Rom. 5:8) (I Pet. 3:18) (I Pet. 2:24)
5. Do you realize that it is only through the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ that you can be saved, and not through any good works of your own? (I John 1:7) (I Pet. 1:18,19) (Eph. 2:8,9) (Titus 3:5-7)
6. Do you realize that after Jesus died for your sins, He arose victorious from the grave the third day, proving that His sacrifice was sufficient to pay for all of the sins of the whole world? (I Cor. 15:1-4)
7. Do you realize that to be saved you must repent (you must have the desire to turn from your sin and false beliefs, and for the Lord Jesus Christ to cleanse you from all your sin)? (Luke 13:3) (Acts 3:19) (Acts 26:20)
8. Do you realize that after you get saved, God’s first command for you is for you to get baptized and then to live for Him? (Acts 2:41) (II Cor. 5:17)
9. Are you ready to now pray and ask the Lord Jesus Christ to forgive you of all your sins, and to save you? (John 1:12) (Rom. 10:13) (I John 5:13)
* If you are, then bow your head right now and confess to God that you are a sinner deserving judgment. Ask the Lord Jesus Christ to forgive you of all your sins, and to save you. Ask Him to cleanse your life, and to give you the power to live for Him. Ask Him to lead you to a good, Bible-preaching church, where you can follow the first command after salvation — that of getting baptized and publicly confessing your faith in Him. Ask Him to help you find some good Christian friends to encourage you in the faith and to help you grow.
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