Luke 16:22-31 NKJV
So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried.  And being in torments in hell, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.  “Then he cried and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.’  But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented.  And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.’  “Then he said, ‘I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father’s house,  for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.’  Abraham said to him, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.’  And he said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’  But he said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.'”
In the story of Lazarus and the Rich man, we are told that when the rich man was in hell, he pleaded with Abraham to have someone go to his father’s house to testify to his family.
About what should they testify?
Imagine that the rich man has appeared to you and is speaking at this moment. His clothes are smoking with heat. His terrified eyes are aflame with fire. He wants you to testify to his loved ones.
What should you say to them?
“There’s a God-shaped vacuum in your heart that only God can fill and God has a wonderful plan for your life??”
Of course not. He would have you warn them of the terrible reality of hell that he is in, and tell them to turn from sin, flee the wrath to come, and whatever you do, please do not come here, repent and run to the Savior.
That’s our commission. Don’t be distracted from such a sobering task.
“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. . .”
“Enter ye in at the straight gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because straight is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” Matthew 7:13-14.
“But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
“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: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.”
The subject of hell isn’t a very POPULAR subject, but it is, indeed, a very IMPORTANT subject.
Jesus preached often about this horrible place for one basic reason:
HE DOES NOT WANT YOU TO GO THERE!
There are many who consider “hell fire” preaching to be cruel and unnecessary, but the Lord Jesus Christ thought it was very necessary to preach on hell and WARN lost people of this horrible place.
Since you began reading this, many people have died and went to hell forever, and many more will have gone before you’ve finished. I can assure you that they would all love to have a second chance. They would all love to be able to read this and receive Christ as their Savior, but it’s too late for them. They’ll be in hell for eternity.
What about YOU?
As followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, it is our Christian duty to WARN people about the eternal torments of hell. So we urge you to carefully consider these words of warning while you still have a chance, while God’s invitation is still open to you.
THE SPHERE OF HELL
The sphere of hell is a round, hollowed-out place in the Earth’s core. Scientists say that the Earth’s outer crust is less than twenty miles thick, and that beyond that point, there are rivers and lakes of FLAMING HOT LAVA, or, as the Bible calls it, a “lake of fire” (Rev. 20:15).
So, this very moment your eternal soul may be less than twenty miles from the burning fires of hell!
Hell isn’t in some distant dimension; Hell is UNDER YOUR FEET! The rebels in Numbers chapter 16 went DOWN into the pit. Moses wrote in Deuteronomy 32:22 about a fire in the LOWEST HELL. Amos 9:2 speaks of people trying to DIG down into hell. So hell is a REAL PLACE, and it’s UNDER YOUR FEET RIGHT NOW, torturing millions of lost souls forever! Think about that!
THE SUFFERING OF HELL
If you go to hell, you’ll suffer. That’s what hell is for. Just as the rich man of Luke 16, you’ll be TORMENTED IN FLAMES. A sinner closes his eyes in death, and the devil has his soul to torment in hell forever.
You say, “God wouldn’t allow such a thing to happen.” Sure He will! God allows people to suffer all the time. God allowed Hitler to murder 6,000,000 Jews, did He not? God allowed Herod to kill the children under two years old, did He not (see Matthew 2)?
If God will allow innocent babies to be murdered, then why wouldn’t He allow a Christ rejecting sinner to burn in hell? Did God not allow Jesus Christ, an innocent and sinless man, His Only Son, to be beaten and murdered? If God will allow His only begotten Son to suffer and be murdered, then why should God save a lost sinner from hell when he chooses not to trust Christ as Savior?
Listen, GOD WILL ALLOW YOU TO GO TO HELL AND BURN FOREVER IF YOU ARE NOT BORN AGAIN. YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN OR YOU CANNOT SEE THE KINGDOM OF GOD.
Lost and unredeemed people go to hell without being born again. It happens all the time.
The suffering of hell is horrible. Not only is there physical suffering, but there is also a great deal of MENTAL suffering.
You’ll always remember your earthly life. You’ll remember your family and your friends. You’ll remember your spouse and your children. Just as the rich man in Luke 16, you’ll remember it all! You’ll also remember the chances that you had to be saved. You’ll remember reading this article, and you’ll remember your thoughts and comments about this study.
In hell, you will always remember the moment that you REJECTED Jesus Christ as your Savior.
All lost sinners go to hell, and they go there to suffer for eternity.
THE SOUNDS OF HELL
In hell, there are certain sounds that you’ll never hear. We take many sounds for granted today, but in hell you’ll miss them terribly. For instance, the beautiful sounds of nature will not be there. You can’t hear the wind blowing gently through the tree tops in hell, no flowing springs of water, no birds singing, and no spring showers or storms.
You won’t hear any children laughing and playing in hell, for there are no children in hell. You won’t hear anyone say, “I love you”, because in hell, there isn’t any love.
In hell, you will hear people screaming for mercy twenty-four hours a day. It’ll never stop! There will be no peace and quiet in hell. Hell will be forever filled with roaring flames, boiling hot lava, and the horrible screams of billions of lost souls! You’ll never escape the sounds of hell.
THE SIGHT OF HELL
You’ll think of the wonderful sights of God’s creation, such as the beautiful sunrise and sunsets, the rolling hills, and the tall snow-topped mountains, but you’ll never see them again.
The Lord Jesus described hell as a place of outer darkness. Imagine being in a place where you could only see flames rolling in the dark. Imagine seeing someone’s FACE in those flames! There are no smiling faces in hell, only the faces of pain, agony and sorrow. You’ll remember all of the pretty, smiling faces that you once knew, but you’ll never see them again. You’ll never see your children again. You’ll never see your family again. In hell, you’ll see nothing except weeping, wailing, and gnashing of teeth forever!
THE SOCIETY OF HELL
Did you ever stop to think about WHO will be in hell with you? Hell is the prison house of the universe. Hell is the eternal home of all drunkards, whores, thieves, murderers, hypocrites, homosexuals and lesbians. When you go to hell, you will not go to some special hell just for you and your class of people. No, you will go to the prison of the universe, and you will be locked away forever with every enemy of God!
One of the most shocking things that you will discover in hell is the fact that you will be an INFERIOR being. The Bible says that man was made LOWER THAN THE ANGELS, and Jesus Himself said that hell was originally prepared for the Devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41).
In hell you will be RULED over by satan and his evil forces! You will be inferior to the supernatural forces of evil. Your new home will be made up of demons, fallen angels, principalities, powers, spiritual wickedness, and even satan himself, and YOU will be at the bottom of the guest list! If you go to hell, you will no doubt feel very much out of place, and you’ll be there forever.
THE SUDDENNESS OF HELL
Jesus said in Luke 16:22-23 that the rich man there died and was in Hell IMMEDIATELY. He was a sinner, so he went straight to Hell.
Hell is filled with people who thought they’d trust Christ to save them someday, but they kept rejecting the call to Salvation.
Proverbs 27:1 says, “Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.”
The rich fool in Luke 12 had big plans for the future, but God said, “Thou Fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee. . .”
Hell comes suddenly. When King Belshazzar threw his drunken brawl in Daniel chapter five, he had no idea that he’d be in hell before sunrise.
Goliath had no idea that a small stone slung by a young shepherd boy would land his soul in hell forever, but it did. Before his corpse was even cold, his soul was suffering the torments of hell. Hell almost always takes its victims by sudden surprise, and YOU could be next if you have not been born again.
THE SHAME OF HELL
What is the shame of hell?
Well, the shame of hell is the fact that, if you go there, you will eventually come to grips with one unforgettable truth:
YOU DIDN’T HAVE TO GO! Imagine that! Imagine spending ETERNITY with that on your mind! Imagine being in hell for a million years and then thinking, “I didn’t have to come here! I could have received Christ! Oh, what a fool I was! If only I had not been so stubborn! If…if…if…!” That’s the shame of hell: going there when you DON’T HAVE TO GO!
People accuse God of being unfair in sending sinners to hell.
Listen, YOU DON’T HAVE TO GO!
The decision is YOUR’S, not God’s.
God made His decision over 2000 years ago when He gave His Only Begotten Son to die as a payment for your sins. God has provided the remedy from hell through Jesus Christ our Lord.
If you go to hell, you will go AGAINST God’s will, because God wants you to REPENT and trust Jesus Christ to save you.
2 Peter 3:9-10 NKJV
The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.  But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.
How about it?
Will you turn from your sins right now and trust Christ to save you?
Remember, it’s YOUR decision.
THE SALVATION FROM HELL
Isaiah 1:18 says, “Come now, let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” All men are sinners and need to be cleansed from sin (Rom. 3:23).
That cleansing can only come through the precious Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ (Rev. 1:5; Col. 1:14).
Consider the words of the Apostle Paul: “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
Your only way to Heaven is through the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 10:13 says, “Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans 10:9 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.”
Why not turn to Him right now?
Turn from your sins! Claim His promises and trust Him to save you while there’s still time.
Tomorrow may be too late. In Jesus Name…Amen.
2 Corinthians 5:9-11 NKJV
Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him.  For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.  Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are well known to God, and I also trust are well known in your consciences.