Hell Fire: What did Bible Say About Hell?

The force of fire is devastating. It may be controlled and used for good in many ways, but when it gets out of control, it can wreak havoc like no other. Some of the worst fires in recorded history have occurred worldwide in the previous few years.

Some of the worst bushfires in the world occurred recently in Australia. Twenty million hectares, or about 200 thousand square km, were destroyed by fire. That is almost equal to the combined areas of Scotland and England. Three billion animals were either wiped out or moved. Thirty-four persons were killed, and nearly three thousand dwellings were damaged.

The fire’s aftermath included burned remnants of cities, farms, and previously prosperous woodlands. The problem with fire is that it consumes everything in its path, leaving only ashes behind. The Bible discusses fire often, particularly regarding Hell and the demise of sin.

The significant question regarding this subject is, however, Will the hellfires burn incessantly? Will it just burn everything in its path and leave nothing but ash behind, like every previous fire on Earth? Let’s examine what the holy books say about Hell. These ten biblical facts concerning Hell are very essential.

What is Hell fire According To The Quran

According to Islamic belief, Hell is an actual location that God has prepared for anyone who disobeys His commands, does not believe in Him, and ignores His messengers. Hell is not only a mental condition or a spiritual being; it is an actual location. At the same time, they are authentic; the atrocities, suffering, agony, and retribution are not the same as they are on Earth. Nothing is worse than Hell, the height of loss and humiliation.

According to Islamic belief, Hell is an actual location that God has prepared for anyone who disobeys His commands, does not believe in Him, and ignores His messengers. Hell is not only a mental condition or a spiritual being; it is an actual location. At the same time, they are authentic; the atrocities, suffering, agony, and retribution are not the same as they are on Earth. Nothing compares to the ultimate humiliation and loss that is Hell:

“Lord! Undoubtedly, You have degraded the person You confess to the Fire, and wrongdoers will never again find supporters.” (Quran 3:192)

“Do they not realise that the person who rejects God and His Messenger, Muhammad, will undoubtedly be confined to the Fire of Hell? That is the height of dishonor.” (Quran 9:63)

Hell is real and will stay that way for eternity. Its people will live there forever, and it will never fade. Only guilty believers who accepted that God is One and that a particular prophet was given to them will be able to escape Hell (before the birth of Muhammad). It will always be home to the polytheists and unbelievers. This idea dates back to the classical era. It is supported by verified accounts from the Prophet of Islam and explicit verses from the Quran. The Quran claims that Hell has already been formed and refers to it in the past tense:

“And fear the Fire which is prepared for the disbelievers.” (Quran 3:131)

The Islamic Prophet stated:

“Everyone who passes away is told where they will be in the Hereafter both in the morning and the evening. He is shown where the inhabitants of Paradise are located if he is one of them. He is shown where the people of Hell are if he is one of them. “This is your position until God resurrects you on the Day of Resurrection,” is what is conveyed to him. (Saheeh Muslim, Saheeh Al-Bukhari)

In another account, the Prophet stated:

“Surely, the soul of a believer is a bird hanging on the trees of Paradise, until God returns it to his body on the Day of Resurrection.” (Malik’s Muwatta)

It is evident from these scriptures that there is a Hell and a Paradise and that souls might go there before the Day of Resurrection. About the endless torment of Hell, God says:

“They will long to leave the Fire, but never will they leave there from; and theirs will be a lasting torment.” (Quran 5:37)

“…And they will never leave of the Fire.” (Quran 2:167)

“Surely, those who disbelieve and did wrong; God will not forgive them, nor will He guide them to any way except the way of Hell, to dwell therein forever.” (Quran 4:168–169)

“Surely, God has cursed the disbelievers, and has prepared for them a flaming Fire wherein they will abide for ever.” (Quran 33:64)

“And whosoever disobeys God and His Messenger, then surely, for him is the fire of Hell, he shall dwell therein forever.” (Quran 72:23)

How The Bible Defines Hell

Revelation 20:10–15 ESV: They would be tormented day and night for eternity and ever after, and the devil who had tricked them was cast into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were. Then, I noticed him sitting on a large white throne. Earth and sky fled from his presence, leaving no trace behind. And I witnessed books being opened and all the dead, big and tiny, standing before the throne. The Book of Life was then opened, which is another book. And based on their deeds, the deceased were judged by what was recorded in the records. And the dead in the sea gave up their bodies, and the dead in Death and Hades gave up their bodies, and they were all judged according to their deeds. After that, Hades and Death were sent into the lake of fire. This is the lake of fire, the second death. …

The context they pertain to is when Jesus “comes in His glory” (Matthew 25:31–32). It is said of Him that He divides the sheep from the goats. The pious are symbolized by sheep (Matthew 25:34-40). He places the sheep at His right hand upon His return. Here, the goats stand in for sinners. They are to gather on Jesus’ left hand at the designated time. Next, according to Matthew 25:41, Christ condemns the goats to “the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels.”

The Greek term aionios is translated as “everlasting.” The secret to deciphering this passage is knowing what will happen forever. Is it alluding to an endlessly torturous fire, or is there another significance to it?

Jesus mentioned both eternal life (aionios) and everlasting punishment (aionios) in a single line in Matthew 25:46. Many theologians hold that the punishment of the wicked must last for the same amount of time as the life granted to the virtuous since the righteous will receive endless, or everlasting, life.

However, this contradicts the claim that people thrown into the lake of fire die—they are killed. They die, as previously mentioned (Revelation 2:11; Revelation 20:6, Revelation 14:1–20; Revelation 21:8). This is the second death.

The wicked are hurled into a fire that annihilates them, making them permanently extinct, according to a straightforward interpretation of Matthew 25:46 consistent with the rest of the Bible.

Casting someone into the aionios fire as a punishment is a one-time occurrence. It is an everlasting punishment with eternal consequences, namely eternal death. It is not a never-ending cycle of punishment that never ends. This one is the only interpretation that makes sense in light of the rest of the Bible.

Regarding the definition of aionios, one more thing has to be mentioned. God destroyed the towns of Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis 19 due to their immorality: “Then the LORD rained brimstone and fire on Sodom and Gomorrah” (Genesis 19:24). They were engulfed by fire and destroyed.

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These towns are described as “suffering the vengeance of eternal [aionios] fire” (Jude 1:7) in the New Testament book of Jude. However, the fires that consumed Gomorrah and Sodom are no longer raging. The fire burns and utterly destroys in the cases of these towns and the wicked, who are doomed to Aionio’s fire. However, the enduring impact of a fire is what makes it immortal, not the duration of its burning.

Bible References About Hell Fire

⦁ Matthew 5:22 ESV: However, I tell you that everyone upset with their brother will face judgment; everyone who makes fun of their brother will meet the council, and everyone who says, “You fool!” shall be subject to the fires of Hell.
⦁ Revelation 21:8 35 ESV: However, those who are cowardly, unfaithful, vile, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and liars will all have their share of the second death. This lake burns with sulfur and fire.
⦁ Mark 9:43–48 ESV: And chop off your hand if it leads you astray. It would help if you were disabled when you start life rather than have two hands and go to Hell or the unquenchable fire. And chop off your foot if it leads you astray. It would help if you went barefoot into life rather than be cast into Hell with two feet. And take out your eye if it leads you astray. If you have one eye, you should enter God’s kingdom rather than having two eyes and being sent into Hell, “where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.”
⦁ Matthew 25:41 ESV: “After that, he will say to those to his left, ‘Go from me, you cursed people, into the eternal fire that the devil and his angels have prepared.'”
⦁ Luke 16:19–31 / 26 ESV: “There, a wealthy guy dined lavishly every day and dressed in purple and beautiful linen. And there, at his gate, lay a destitute man named Lazarus, who had sores all over him and asked to be fed with the scraps that dropped from the wealthy man’s dinner. Even the dogs visited and licked his sores, too. After passing away, angels took the unfortunate guy to Abraham’s side. The wealthy man, too, perished and was buried; during his agony in Hades, he raised his eyes and saw Lazarus by Abraham in the distance. …
⦁ Romans 6:23 ESV: Because sin results in death, God gives us everlasting life in Christ Jesus, our Lord.
⦁ Matthew 10:28 ESV: And have no fear of those who can murder the body but not the soul. Be afraid of him, for he has the power to kill your body and soul in Hell.
⦁ Ezekiel 18:4 ESV: Look, all souls are mine, even the souls of the parent and the son; the soul that sins will perish.
⦁ Revelation 20:14 ESV: After that, Hades and Death were sent into the lake of fire. This is the lake of fire, the second death.
⦁ Jude 1:7 ESV: The cities that surrounded Sodom and Gomorrah, which also engaged in immoral sexual behavior and unnatural desire, are punished with eternal fire, just as they serve as an example.
⦁ Matthew 25:46 ESV: And while the good will enter eternal life, the wicked will be sent to endless damnation.
⦁ Revelation 20:10 ESV: They would be tormented day and night for eternity and ever after, and the devil who had tricked them was cast into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were.
⦁ Acts 4:12 ESV: Furthermore, no one else can save us since no other name on earth has been given to us by which we may be dedicated.
⦁ Hebrews 9:27 ESV: Additionally, just as man is meant to die just once and then face judgment,
⦁ Ezekiel 18:20 ESV: Sinners’ souls will end in death. The father’s sin will not cause the son to suffer, nor will the son’s sin cause the father to suffer. The wicked will bear the consequences of their actions, and the virtuous will bear the consequences.
⦁ Revelation 14:11: These worshippers of the beast and its image and anybody who bears its name have no rest, day or night, and the smoke of their anguish never ends.
⦁ 2 Peter 3:10 ESV: On the other hand, the day of the Lord will arrive like a thief, and at that point, the earth and everything done to it will be revealed, and the heavens will collapse with a loud crash.
⦁ Mark 9:43–45 ESV: And chop off your hand if it leads you astray. It would help if you were disabled when you start life rather than have two hands and go to Hell or the unquenchable fire. And chop off your foot if it leads you astray. It would help if you went barefoot into life rather than be cast into Hell with two feet.
⦁ Malachi 4:1 ESV: “For lo, a day approaching will burn like an oven, turning all the arrogant and evildoers into stubble. The Lord of hosts warns that fire will consume them on the coming day, leaving them without a single root or branch.
⦁ Isaiah 66:24 ESV: “And they’re going to go outside and see the dead bodies of the men who disobeyed me.” Because of this, their worm will never die, their fire will never go out, and they will disgust all living things.
⦁ Psalm 145:20 ESV: All who love the Lord are kept safe, but the wicked shall all perish.
⦁ Malachi 4:3 ESV: The Lord of hosts declares, “And you shall tread down the wicked, for they will be ashes under your feet on the day when I act.”
⦁ Psalm 16:10 ESV: You will not allow corruption to reach your holy one or cast my soul into Sheol.
⦁ Revelation 20:13 ESV: And the dead in the sea gave up their bodies, and the dead in Death and Hades gave up their bodies, and they were all judged according to their deeds.