by Duane Bemis

Scriptural Hell
Duane Bemis
Isaiah 14:9

I was in prayer one morning and found that the Lord wanted me to preach on Hell. Now, I do not like preaching doom-and-gloom kind of things. I prefer to preach on the good topics of love, grace, and His tender mercies, which are new every morning. But, I wanted to be obedient to His voice, because His miracles come when we are obedient to His voice. This lesson will walk you through the Old Testament, the New Testament, and Revelation on the topic of ''Hell.'' Let the Word of God speak to your heart and give you scriptural truth about this place we call ''Hell.''

The first place I would like us to start is with a verse found in the book of Hebrews. Listen with your heart to gain God's truth, understanding, and His wisdom. In Hebrews chapter 13 verse 8, the Bible says, ''Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.'' The word of God is clear that Jesus, or God, does not change. So, in simple logic, we should find a description of ''Hell'' in the Old Testament, the New Testament, and in the book of Revelation. Do you see the connection? So, in my earthly logic, I perceive the Old Testament as relating to ''yesterday'', the New Testament relating to ''today'', and the book of Revelation relating to ''forever.''
Let us begin our enquiry about ''Hell'' in the Old Testament in the book of Isaiah. Understand that there are 35 verses where the New King James Version uses the word ''Hell.'' We are only going to look at a few. So, turn with me to the 14th chapter of the book of Isaiah and we read:

''Hell from beneath is excited about you, to meet you at your coming;
It stirs up the dead for you,
All the chief ones of the earth;
It has raised up from their thrones
all the kings of the nations.
(Isaiah 14:9)

In verse nine we see words that are not very comforting. According to the prophet Isaiah ''Hell'' is a real place full of dead people. At one time these people held power and riches in their hands, ...

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