The Judgment of the Living Dead, Part 9


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 9)

In order to fully understand the reality of the judgment of Hell and the Lake of Fire, we have begun 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 two 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.

Today, first notice that the Lake of Fire is a place of torments. In Luke 16:23 we read, “And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.” This aspect of Hell comes from the true non-fictional story of the rich man and Lazarus. The rich man, content in his riches and unmindful of the condition of his soul, died and went to Hell. In Hell, amidst the darkness and the weeping and gnashing of teeth, he was tormented. But by what?

He was tormented by two things: the memory of his past and the knowledge of his present. He regretted the many times he had an opportunity to receive salvation and didn’t. He regretted the careless lifestyle that he had lived. He regretted the fact that he had given no thought to the condition of his soul.

What tormented him about his present was the fact that he could look over and see Lazarus — a poor beggar on earth now at peace in Paradise. The rich man knew there was pleasure and peace and happiness over there, but he could never reach it. His condition was like that of Tantalus, who in the Greek myths was sent to Tartarus. Tantalus was chained in the middle of a cool lake beneath an overhanging branch of fresh fruit. But every time he would dip his chin to get a drink of that water, the water would recede; and every time he would tilt his head back to get a bite of that fruit, the wind would blow the branch just out of reach. What torment! You do not want to go there.

Then, the Bible tells us that the Lake of Fire is a place of sorrows. In 2 Samuel 22:6, we read David’s words, “The sorrows of hell compassed me about; the snares of death prevented me.” Of course, David was using the “sorrows of hell” as a metaphor for the difficult, near-death situations that he found himself in. However, the phrase is repeated in Psalm 18 which is regarded as a prophetic reference to how the “sorrows of hell” would surround the Son of David, Jesus Christ, as He took the sins of the world on Himself.

This tells us, dear friend, that the sorrows of hell are real. The Hebrew word for “sorrows” is “chebel.” It means pain, sorrow, travail, pang, or destruction. The fire and darkness will be painful. The agonizing memory will be painful. Any pain that you have ever experienced, multiply it a thousands times and imagine that goes on and on, consistently, forever. That is what the sorrows of hell will be like. Those in the Lake of Fire will wish for relief but will not find it. They will be surrounded by, ‘compassed’ by, the sorrows of hell. And they will be unable to escape.

That is what it will be like in Hell and in the Lake of Fire. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. There will be utter darkness. There will be unspeakable torment, both mental and physical. There will be everlasting death and sorrow. You do not want to go there.


Allow me to share with you how you can trust Jesus Christ for salvation so that you can avoid that awful place.

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 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.

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