Apr 10, 2016
“Beyond the Grave: The Destiny of
2 Thessalonians 1:5-10
Defining “Hell” . . .
- “Sheol” and “Hades” are the Hebrew and Greek
words, respectively, that refer to the realm of the dead or
departed soul/spirit. (Gen. 37:35; Job 14:13; Ps. 6:5; Ps. 16:10;
Ps. 88:3; Isaiah 38:10; Ps. 9:7; Ps. 31:17; Ps. 49:14)
- Tartarus—Greek word that refers to the place reserved
for fallen angels and demonic (2 Peter 2:4)
- Also points to the abyss or bottomless pit.
(Revelation 20:1-4; Revelation 9:1-6)
- Gehenna—In the New Testament, this Greek word refers
to the valley south of Jerusalem where some of the ancient
Israelites would sacrifice their children to the Canaanite god
Molech. (2 Chronicles 28:3; 33:6; Jeremiah 7:31, 19:2-6); burning
of trash from Jerusalem; fires constantly burning.
- Jesus referenced “hell” as Gehenna; a place of torment,
suffering and agony.
- Lake of fire
- Final destiny for Satan, his demons, and all whose names are
not written in the book of life. (Revelation 20:14-15)
So What Happens at Death for an Unbeliever . .
- When a person who has rejected Christ dies, their soul/spirit
is immediately separated from Christ and held in Hades to await
final judgment before the Great White Throne. (Luke 16:22-23)
- At the end of the millennial reign (1,000 years) of Christ,
there will be the Great White Throne judgment, where all who
rejected Christ will be judged and thrown into the lake of fire.
The Reality of Hell . . .
- It is a literal place of conscious suffering and torment of
body and soul.
(Matthew 10:28; Matthew 22:13)
- It is a place of utter darkness. (Matthew 22:13)
- It is a place where a person is under the wrath of God.
- It is a place where a person is separated from the presence and
love of God. (2 Thessalonians 1:9)
- It is a place of eternal (2 Thessalonians 1:9; Revelation
20:10; Revelation 14:11; Matthew 25:41)
The Gospel’s Hope . . .
- Jesus Christ willingly took our place, receiving the full wrath
of God for our sin, so that we might be saved by His grace from
sin’s death grip and Hell’s eternal agony, to the incomparable and
imperishable inheritance of the glorious Christ.
My Response Is . . .?