Is It Really That Bad? – Revelation 20:11-15

by Pastor John Fredericksen

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Scores of websites try to rationalize the use of Methamphetamine, but the consequences are severe and undeniable. One of the most striking effects is in physical appearance. It causes destruction of tissue, loss of elasticity, rotting and broken teeth, acne, all of which causes the user to appear decades older. It eventually robs the user of cognitive abilities, libido, and often causes psychotic behavior. It is also highly addictive. One user who lost his family and ended up homeless admitted, “I tried it once, and BOOM! I was addicted.”

Lost souls often try to rationalize their rejection of Christ by trying to minimize the severity of eternal punishment. So-called jokes, jeers about partying with friends, or even denying the existence of Hell are attempts to sooth inner fears about what they innately know awaits them. Some even ask, “Is it really that bad?” The answer is, “Yes.” It is hundreds of times beyond our ability to fully comprehend. However, the Scriptures give us ample insight to be highly motivated to avoid this dreadful place. The final residence of all who reject eternal life through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is called “the Lake of Fire” (Revelation 20:15). It is a place where one is bound “hand and foot” (Matthew 22:13) and kept in the fearfulness of literal “outer darkness” (Matthew 8:12; II Peter 2:4). “Soul and body” (Matthew 10:28) will experience unending pain where “their worm dieth not” (Mark 9:44). Great sorrow is evident through weeping and “wailing, and gnashing of teeth” (Matthew 13:42). Regret for having refused eternal life, and possibly for hindering others from trusting in Christ, is implied in the account of the rich man and Lazarus (Luke 16). Perhaps worst of all, the duration of punishment here is for all eternity. “The fire is not quenched” (Mark 9:44), and there is “no rest day nor night” because “the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever, and ever” (Revelation 14:11).

We have taken the time to document some of the horrors of the coming Lake of Fire for three reasons. We want all to grasp the Lord’s point that it really is that bad. We want to urge any who have yet to trust in Christ alone for eternal life, to do so immediately. We all essentially choose eternal life or eternal punishment. Choose life. We also want to remind forgiven ones how truly blessed they are because Christ has saved us from this dreadful place.

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