by Terry Watkins
“And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments. . .” Luke 16:23
What you're about to read is hard to believe. . .
We're going to examine the place the Bible calls hell. We'll present documented
evidence for a place called hell. Don't take what you're going to read lightly. If what
you read is true — YOU COULD BE IN SERIOUS DANGER!
Several years ago a book was published, entitled Beyond Death's Door by Dr. Maurice
Rawlings. Dr. Rawlings, a specialist in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease,
resuscitated many people who had been clinically dead. Dr. Rawlings, a devout atheist,
"considered all religion "hocus-pocus" and death nothing more than a painless
extinction". But something happened in 1977 that brought a dramatic change in the life
of Dr. Rawlings! He was resuscitating a man, terrified and screaming — descending
down into the flames of hell:
"Each time he regained heartbeat and respiration, the patient screamed, "I am in
hell!" He was terrified and pleaded with me to help him. I was scared to death. . .
Then I noticed a genuinely alarmed look on his face. He had a terrified look worse
than the expression seen in death! This patient had a grotesque grimace expressing
sheer horror! His pupils were dilated, and he was perspiring and trembling — he
looked as if his hair was "on end."
Then still another strange thing happened. He said,"Don't you understand? I am in
hell. . . Don't let me go back to hell!" . . .the man was serious, and it finally occurred
to me that he was indeed in trouble. He was in a panic like I had never seen before."
(Maurice Rawlings, Beyond Death's Door,(Thomas Nelson Inc., 1979) p. 3).
Dr. Rawlings said, no one, who could have heard his screams and saw the look of
terror on his face could doubt for a single minute that he was actually in a place called
The Bible continually warns of a place called hell. There are over 162 references in the
New Testament alone which warns of hell. And over 70 of these references were
uttered by the Lord Jesus Christ!
In Luke 16, Jesus Christ gives a frightening picture of hell:
22 . . . the rich man also died, and was buried;
23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and
Lazarus in his bosom.
24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that
he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in
25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good
things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art
26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they
which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would
come from thence.
27 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my
28 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this
place of torment. (Luke 16:22-28)
HELL IS A PLACE OF FIRE
The man in Luke 16:24 cries: ". . .I am tormented in this FLAME."
In Matthew 13:42, Jesus says: "And shall cast them into a FURNACE OF FIRE: there
shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth."
In Matthew 25:41, Jesus says: "Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting FIRE,. . ."
Revelation 20:15 says, " And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was
cast into the LAKE OF FIRE."
THE BIBLE GIVES THE LOCATION
When Jesus Christ died on the cross, He descended into hell. In Acts 2, Peter is
speaking, verse 31, " . . . seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his
soul was not left in HELL"
When Jesus Christ died His soul went into hell.
And in Matthew 12:40, Jesus Christ says:
"For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly: so shall the Son of
man be three days and three nights in the HEART OF THE EARTH. "
The Bible is clear — Hell is inside the earth!
Ephesians 4:9, says of Jesus: "Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also
descended first into the LOWER PARTS OF THE EARTH."
On page 85 of Beyond Death’s Door, Dr. Rawlings writes patients who described hell
said, ". . . this place seems to be UNDERGROUND or WITHIN THE EARTH in
Scientist and Bible teacher, Henry Morris also
agrees the Bible plainly teaches that hell is in this
"So far as we can tell from Scripture, the present
hell, is somewhere in the heart of the earth itself.
It is also called 'the pit' (Isa. 14:9, 15: Ezek.
32:18-21) and 'the abyss' (Rev. 9:2). . .
The writers certainly themselves believed hell to
be real and geographically 'beneath' the earth's
surface. . .
To say this is not scientific is to assume science
knows much more about the earth's interior than
is actually the case. The great 'pit' [hell] would
only need to be about 100 miles or less in diameter to contain, with much room to
spare, all the forty billion or so people who have ever lived, assuming their
'spiritual' bodies are the same size as their physical bodies."
(Henry M. Morris, The Bible Has the Answer, p. 220)
The Birmingham News, April 10, 1987 had an article entitled "Earth's Center Hotter
Than Sun's Surface, Scientists Say". The article stated that scientists have recently
discovered, "THE EARTH'S INNER CORE HAS A TEMPERATURE OF OVER
12,000 DEGREES FAHRENHEIT!"
Have you seen pictures of a volcano erupting, spewing a lake of fire from inside the
earth — consuming everything within miles just from the heat? When Mount St.
Helens erupted in May 18, 1980, it was described by reporters, "when HELL surfaced
upon the earth." The book, Volcanoes, Earth's Awakening (p.91) describes an erupting
volcano as "descent into HELL".
Thousands of years ago, the Bible described a place called hell in the heart of the earth
that matches exactly what science is discovering.
YES! THERE IS A PLACE CALLED HELL!
In Numbers 16, the Bible gives the account of people falling into hell alive!
"And THE EARTH OPENED HER MOUTH, and swallowed them up, and their
houses, and all the men that appertained unto Korah, and all their goods. They, and all
that appertained to them, went down alive INTO THE PIT, and the EARTH CLOSED
UPON THEM:" Numbers 16:32-33
Caspar Peucer, a famous fourteenth century astronomer and physician, who also
researched and documented the volcanoe eruptions at Heklafell wrote some very
frightening information in his research findings. Peucer, claims (as others) that
"fearful howlings, weeping and gnashing of teeth" could be heard "for many miles. .
." as these volcanoes erupted:
"Out of the bottomless abyss of Heklafell, or rather out of Hell itself, rise
melancholy cries and loud wailings, so that these can be heard for many miles
around. . . there may be heard in the mountain fearful howlings, weeping and
gnashing of teeth."
(Haraldur Sigurdsson, Melting the Earth, The History of Ideas on Volcanic Eruptions,
And Caspar Peucer is not alone. There are others who believe they have heard "cries
and screaming" coming from volcanoes. Most have tried to ignore the obvious. Some
simply explain the "sounds of hell" to some rational meaning. But they are there. . .
"The fearsome noises that issued from some of their volcanoes were certainly thought
to be the screams of tormented souls in the fires of hell below".
(Haraldur Sigurdsson, Melting the Earth, The History of Ideas on Volcanic Eruptions,
Inside this earth, this very moment, there are millions of lost, tormented souls —
burning, weeping, wailing — without any hope whatsoever!
In Mark 9:46, Jesus Christ says about hell: "Where THEIR WORM dieth not, and the
fire is not quenched."
Jesus said explicitly — THEIR worm — not a worm, or the worm — but THEIR
worm. The Bible teaches that Christians will one day have a body like the Lord Jesus
Christ. Could it be, as some Bible students teach — that men and women in hell take
on the form of their father, Satan (John 8:44)? In Revelation 12:3, Satan is described as
a red dragon. Could Jesus Christ be referring to the body lost men and women will
have for eternity?
The earth’s crust on land is normally 50 miles thick. You’d have to go down 50 miles
before the edge of the fire. But in parts of the ocean floor, the earth’s crust is less than a
Scientists recently discovered cracks on the ocean floor where fire was leaking out. Do
you know what they found around these fire-breathing vents in the crust? Eight-foot
long worms, found no other place in the world! The book, The Deep Sea, by Joseph
Wallace (p.39), reads, "Perhaps the strangest of ocean creatures recently discovered
are Riftia, the giant tube WORMS. Measuring up to 8 feet in length, the worms are
ONLY FOUND NEAR DEEP SEA VENTS."
And Jesus Christ said, "Where THEIR WORM dieth not, and the fire is not quenched."
Have you read Isaiah 66 where the Lord Jesus Christ is quoting Mark 9:46?
Look at the context and time period of Isaiah 66:22-24:
22 For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before
me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain.
23 And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath
to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD.
24 And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have
transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be
quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh.
The "new heavens and new earth" of Isaiah 66:22 matches Revelation 21:1. This
occurs AFTER the Great White Throne Judgement of Revelation 20:10-15! The
references to "carcases"; "their worm"; "their fire" (vs 24) — is AFTER the Great
White Throne Judgement of the LOST people! The reference to ". . the men that have
transgressed. . ." are the LOST people AFTER the Great White Throne Judgement.
And at this point — they have received their NEW BODY! Notice what Isaiah says,
the saved people shall "LOOK upon the CARCASES of the men that have
transgressed. . ." It's worth mentioning that a "carcase" is not always a "DEAD body".
For instance, two times the Bible specifically uses the term "dead carcase" (Deut. 14:8
and Ezek 6:5). If a carcase is ALWAYS a "dead" body, then why say "dead" carcase?
And there's NOTHING in the context of Isaiah to imply these "men that transgressed"
In fact, Isaiah clearly says, "their worm shall NOT DIE". Even in our language, we
refer to a living body as a "carcase". For example, "Get your carcase [body] in here".
Why is that important? Because when the saved people in Isaiah 66:24 are "looking
upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed" — And do you know what they
are SEEING? "Their worm"! The "carcase" they are seeing is "their WORM that
shall not die". The end of Isaiah 66:24 is a frightening endorsement of this
interpretation. What the saved people are viewing Isaiah says is , ". . . an abhorring
unto all flesh". And my friend, that is not JUST a normal flesh body they are looking
at! It is something that will send chills screaming through your soul at the horror.
And it will happen!
And it will happen TO YOU if you die without the Lord Jesus Christ!
Even though the world tries to extinguish the cries and reality of hell — the truth of
hell echoes throughout our world. We desperately pretend to cover our ears and
igonore the "screams, the weeping, the wailing, the gnashing of teeth" but it is there. . .
And we know it. We refuse to accept such a place exist. But it is there. And we know
it. Nothing we can do, nothing we can say, can erase the horror of hell from our minds.
It is there. And we know it.
National Geographic magazine truthfully titled their story on Volcanoes "Going To
Hell". When PBS did a series on The Savage Earth, one episode was titled "Hell's
Crust: Our Everchanging Planet". Everything we know. Everything we observe.
Echoes the truth of a place called hell.
It is there. And we know it.
Revelation 14:10 says, " . . . and he shall be tormented with fire and BRIMSTONE . .
." And Job 18 describes the " . . . PLACE of him that knoweth not God" (vs 21), in
verse 15 as, " . . . BRIMSTONE shall be scattered upon his habitation." Do you know
what brimstone is? It's sulfur. And do you know where sulfur or brimstone is found?
INSIDE THIS EARTH! According to the book Volcanoes by Pierre Kohler (p. 43),
when Mt. St Helens erupted in 1980 — 150,000 tons of sulfurous gas was ejected! Job
is the oldest book in the Bible, written over 3,000 years ago, and yet Job knew what
science wouldn't know for years — inside this earth is BRIMSTONE!
Nature magazine recently discovered (July 2002) what the Bible knew over 3,000
years ago. Inside this earth is "fire and brimstone":
"Volcanoes may be more like hell than anyone realized. Eruptions disgorge streams
of molten sulphur, the brimstone of evangelical preachers, which burns up before it
can be preserved for posterity, new research in the journal Geology shows".
(Nature, Science Update, July 22, 2002)
Click here to view an incredible National Geographic Macromedia Flash clip on
Volcanoes with the intro "FIRE. . . BRIMSTONE. . . HELL ON EARTH. .
VOLCANOES" Note: You will need the ability to play MacroMedia Flash to view
The cover of Discover magazine, August
2002, asks the question — "What's Really
at the Center of the Earth?".
I know what's REALLY in "the center of
this earth". Jesus Christ told us. Over and
over. There is a lake of fire — with
millions of people burning, weeping,
screaming, wailing, gnashing of teeth".
READ THE FOLLOWING!
". . . they dig into hell . . ." Amos 9:2
The following article appeared in the well respected Finland newspaper,
"As a communist I don’t believe in heaven or the Bible but
as a scientist I now believe in hell," said Dr. Azzacove.
"Needless to say we were shocked to make such a
discovery. But we know what we saw and we know what
we heard. And we are absolutely convinced that we
drilled through the gates of hell!"
Dr. Azzacove continued, ". . .the drill suddenly began to
rotate wildly, indicating that we had reached a large
empty pocket or cavern. Temperature sensors showed a
dramatic increase in heat to 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit."
"We lowered a microphone, designed to detect the sounds
of plate movements down the shaft. But instead of plate
movements we heard a human voice screaming in pain! At
first we thought the sound was coming from our own
"But when we made adjustments our worst suspicions were confirmed. The
screams weren’t those of a single human, they were the screams of millions
The following is a recording that claims to be the actual
sounds of hell from the above article.
Are these the actual sounds of hell?
Listen and you decide. . .
Real Audio Format
HELL IS A PLACE OF TORMENT
Jesus says of the man in Luke 16:
23 "And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in TORMENTS. . . "
24 ". . . for I am TORMENTED in this FLAME."
28 ". . .PLACE OF TORMENT."
It is humanly impossible to comprehend the Bible description of hell. Nothing on
earth can compare with it. No nightmare could produce a terror to match that of hell.
No horror movie could describe it’s fright. No crime scene with all it’s blood and gore
could begin to match it’s horror.
It will be beyond anything humanly imaginable!
The Bible warns in Psalm 9:17, you will not only be in hell — you will BE TURNED
INTO HELL! You will literally BE HELL!
The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.
YOU will see HELL. . .
YOU will smell HELL. . .
YOU will breathe HELL. . .
YOU will hear HELL. . .
YOU will feel HELL. . .
YOU WILL BE HELL. . .
The Bible describes it as weeping (Matt 8:12), wailing (Matt 13:42), gnashing of teeth
(Matt 13:50), darkness (Matt 25:30), flames (Luke 16:24), burning (Isa 33:14),
torments (Luke 16:23), everlasting punishment! Jesus Christ says in Matthew 25:41,
"Depart from me, ye cursed, into EVERLASTING FIRE, prepared for the devil and
In Matthew 13:42, Jesus says: "And shall cast them into a FURNACE OF FIRE: there
shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth."
HELL IS FOREVER!
All who enter hell — abandon all hope!
The horror of hell — for even one second is unbearable — but FOREVER!
Jesus says in Matthew 25:41: ". . . Depart from me, ye cursed, into EVERLASTING
fire, . . ."
Rev. 14:11: "The smoke of their TORMENT ascendeth up for EVER AND EVER: and
they have NO REST DAY NOR NIGHT."
Just look how the Bible warns of the eternity and permance of hell!
everlasting fire — Matthew18:8, 25:41
everlasting punishment — Matthew 25:46
everlasting chains — Jude 1:6
eternal damnation — Mark 3:29
eternal judgment — Hebrews 6:2
eternal fire — Jude 1:7
unquenchable fire — Matthew 3:12
the fire that never shall be quenched — Mark 9:43, 44, 45, 46, 48
fire unquenchable — Luke 3:17
mist of darkness is reserved for ever — 2 Peter 2:17
the blackness of darkness for ever — Jude 1:13
My friend, I have searched my Bible, from cover to cover. . . I have studied every
occurrence of hell in my Bible — and I can not find one verse, not one word of HOPE
for someone in hell! NOT ONE WORD! The rich man in hell in Luke 16 never even
asks to get out — He knew there was no way out!
OH MY FRIEND – HELL IS FOREVER AND
What could possibly be worth eternity in hell? No wonder Jesus Christ warned so
much about hell! No wonder Jesus said in Mark 8:36, "For what shall it profit a man, if
he shall gain the whole world, and LOSE HIS OWN SOUL?"
Jesus Christ took hell very serious. . .
Jesus Christ says in Mark 9:43-47,
43 And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed,
than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:
45 And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than
having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:
47 And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the
kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire:
Jesus Christ took hell so serious — He could say without the slightest hesitation — to
remove your eye, cut off your hand or foot, if that would keep you out of hell!
If hell is not real — Jesus Christ was the most deceived man that ever lived!
I’ll challenge anyone to read the words of Jesus Christ and tell me they are the words
of a deceived man!
Jesus Christ knew exactly what He was talking about!
How did Jesus describe hell?
Jesus Christ spoke more on hell than any other subject.
Just look at how Jesus described hell:
WHAT JESUS CHRIST SAYS ABOUT HELL!
"fire" Matt 7:19, 13:40, 25:41
"everlasting fire" Matt 18:8, 25:41
"eternal damnation" Mark 3:29
"hell fire" Matt 5:22, 18:9, Mark 9:47
"damnation" Matt 23:14, Mark 12:40, Luke 20:47
"damnation of hell" Matt 23:33
"resurrection of damnation" John 5:29
"furnace of fire" Matt 13:42, 50
"the fire that never shall be quenched" Mark 9:43, 45
"the fire is not quenched" Mark 9:44, 46, 48
"Where their worm dieth not" Mark 9:44, 46, 48
"wailing and gnashing of teeth" Matt 13:42, 50
"weeping and gnashing of teeth" Matt 8:12, 22:13, 25:30
"torments" Luke 16:23
"tormented in this flame" Luke 16:24
"place of torment" Luke 16:28
"outer darkness" Matt 8:12, 22:13
"everlasting punishment" Matt 25:46
WHAT IF JESUS IS RIGHT?
Hebrews 9:27 says, "And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this THE
it is appointed unto man once to die . . .
and one day — YOU will die . . .
And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments . . .
As you leave your body — you realize something is happening. You hear a sound. . .
getting louder and louder. . . screaming . . .weeping. . . wailing. Terror and fear
beyond anything you could imagine overtakes you. "This can’t be happening!" you
scream. Your nostrils are filling with the awful stench of burning souls. Your face
ignites from the heat. Flames are now blazing from your eyes, nostrils, ears, mouth —
every opening in your body, flames are roaring out. Your body is sizzling and crackling
from the flames.
Your body is now madly thrashing and convulsing from the horrible pain. "Why don’t I
die?", you scream. You begin weeping and gnashing your teeth with the millions.
"When will this pain stop?" But you know it will never stop. . .
The darkness is so terrifying, it begins engulfing you. You feel something moving in the
darkness. . . something horrible is happening. "No! No! This can’t be happening" you
scream — as your worm is emerging.
You begin cursing the day you were born. You scream — "Oh God, why didn’t you
warn me?"— but you remember the preacher pleading with you to receive Jesus
Christ. You remember reading that gospel tract. You cry — "God don’t you care?" —
but you remember John 3:16 "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only
begotten Son,. . ." "God is a God of love — He won't allow this", you cry — but you
remember John 3:36, ". . . he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath
of God abideth on him."
And you soon realize, that Jesus Christ was right!
There is a place called hell.
AND YOU ARE THERE —
But God is a God of LOVE. . . Why would a GOD OF LOVE send me to hell? Yes,
God is a GOD OF LOVE — but God is also a HOLY GOD. A HOLY GOD demands
payment for sin. Otherwise God would NOT and could NOT be HOLY.
Because God is holy — sin MUST be condemned. Joshua 24:19 says, ". . he is an
HOLY GOD;. . . he will NOT forgive your transgressions nor your sins."
BUT FRIEND I HAVE GOOD NEWS!
God does NOT want you in hell
Hell was not made for man. Matthew 25:41 says, hell was, ". . . prepared for the devil
and his angels:"
Because God is a GOD OF LOVE, and He LOVED YOU so much, He sent His Son,
Jesus Christ, to this earth to die a cruel death on a cross to pay the price a HOLY GOD
demands for your sins.
Romans 5:8 says, "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet
sinners, Christ died for us."
God does not send someone to hell. You choose hell when you reject Jesus Christ.
When you refuse God's love gift of eternal life in Jesus Christ. . .
YOU CHOOSE HELL!
Millionaire Ted Turner, said in an interview, "I’m looking forward to dying and being
cast into Hell. That's where I belong." You say — he’s a fool! But friend, when you
say "No"; to Jesus Christ and His payment for your sin — you are saying the same
thing! You’re telling God — I don’t need Jesus Christ — I’ll pay for my sins in hell!
If you reject God’s gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ
ONE DAY YOU WILL BE IN HELL!
Dr. Rawlings has watched as thousands of people depart into eternity. Most people
think they'll somehow "sneak" into heaven, but Dr. Rawlings claims most people
descend into the flames of hell!
Jesus Christ gave a solemn warning in Matthew 7:21-23
"Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven. .
. MANY will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name?
and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful
works?And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that
If it was for a few days, a few months, a few years or even a million years, but to be
tormented — FOREVER! You will despair of ever having any deliverance! You will
beg for death itself to come and take you away! You will curse the day you were born!
Revelation 14:11 says, "The smoke of their TORMENT ascendeth up for EVER AND
EVER: and they have NO REST DAY NOR NIGHT."
What could possibly be worth eternity in hell?
No wonder Jesus Christ said in Mark 8:36:
"For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own
soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?"Mark 8:36:
God has something far better than words can describe for those who love Him. I
Corinthians 2:9 says:
". . . Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the
things which God hath prepared for them that love Him."I Corinthians 2:9
Friend, there is a place called hell! And, if you continually refuse God's gift of eternal
life through Jesus Christ — just as sure as you live and breathe — ONE DAY YOU
WILL WAKE UP IN HELL!
Don't wait until you die to find out the truth about Hell! Tomorrow may be too late!
Proverbs 27:1 says, "Boast not thyself of tomorrow: for thou KNOWEST NOT what a
day may bring forth."
Three people die every second, 180 every minute, since you started reading this —
2000 more people have gone into eternity! An automobile accident. . . A heart attack.
. , A stroke. . .One thing is CERTAIN — you will DIE — today. . . tomorrow . . . a
week. . . a month . . . a year. . . 5 years. . . 10 years. . . 20 years. . . 50 years — ONE
THING IS CERTAIN —" . . .it is appointed unto man once TO DIE . . ."
DON'T BE CAUGHT DEAD
You may have made some terrible mistakes in your life. There may be some things in
your life you would give anything to be able to change. But friend, I assure you — if
you die without Jesus Christ — it'll be the worst mistake you could possibly make!
Has there ever come a time and a place in your life, when you received Jesus Christ as
your personal Savior?
If not, you are on the way to hell!
Don't let anyone convince you that when you die it will be all over! The Bible says in
"And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this THE JUDGMENT."
Revelation 20:15 says:
"And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the LAKE OF
FIRE." Revelation 20:15
If you've never received Jesus Christ as your Savior, bow your head this minute and
ask the Lord Jesus Christ to save you.Don't put it off another second!
NOTHING'S WORTH TAKING THE CHANCE!
It's simple to be saved ...
Realize you are a sinner.
"As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:" Romans 3:10
"... for there is no difference. For all have sinned, and come short of
the glory of God;" Romans 3:23
Realize you CAN NOT save yourself.
"But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses
are as filthy rags; ..." Isaiah 64:6
"Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but
according to his mercy he saved us, ..." Titus 3:5
Realize that Jesus Christ died on the cross to pay
for your sins.
"Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, ..."
1 Peter 2:24
"... Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his
own blood," Revelation 1:5
Simply by faith receive Jesus Christ as your
"But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become
the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:" John
" ...Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on
the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.""
"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." John 3:16
WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE SAVED?
Pray this prayer, and mean it with all your heart.
Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner, and unless you save me I am lost forever. I thank
you for dying for me at Calvary. I come to you now, Lord the best way I know how,
and ask you to save me. I now receive you as my Savior. In Jesus Christ Name, Amen.
"How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation;"
For a detailed article on the Place of Hell The Place of Hell
Terry Watkins, Th.D. Dial-the-Truth Ministries
NOTE: This is a detailed study of the place of hell found in the Bible. It is
fairly lengthy. I would strongly encourage you to carefully and prayerfully
read it all. It could be the most important words you’ve ever read.
Anyone familiar with the Bible realizes the Lord Jesus repeatedly warns of a place called hell.
You can’t travel very far in the Gospels without crossing paths with hell. The Bible’s
descriptions and careful details of hell plainly depict a real place. Someone that doubts Jesus
Christ believed in hell concedes either gross ignorance or deliberate dishonesty. Billy Graham
writes in his book, Storm Warning, "One cannot read the Bible and miss the references to
hell. They are unmistakable in the teachings of Christ Himself." (p. 263)
Throughout history, man has searched for a magical hammer to chip away at the place of hell.
They’ve used mind and madness trying to douse the place called hell. Some have quietly
declared hell as a mere state of existence. Others have mystically obscured hell as nothing but
symbolism or religious fantasy. Others have taught hell as an endless termination or
annihilation. Today’s Bible-rejecting churches bury hell deep in the murky mire of Hebrew and
Greek word games, or self-serving scholarship. Whatever the method or whatever the
message – the flames of hell are cooling rapidly. The first step in extinguishing the flames
of hell starts with removing the place of hell.
Bishop Wordsworth, warned years ago of Satan’s attack on the place of hell:
"There is nothing that Satan more desires than that we should believe that he does not exist,
and that there is no such a place as hell, and no such things as eternal torments. He
whispers all this into our ears, and he exults when he hears a layman, and much more when
he hears a clergyman, deny these things, for then he hopes to make them and others his
(Wordsworth, Bishop. Sermons on Future Rewards and Punishments, 36)
On July 28, 1999 Pope John Paul II used the mighty pen of religion to decree that hell was no
longer a place, but simply a "state."
"Rather than a place, hell indicates the state of those who freely and definitively separate
themselves from God, the source of all life and joy. This is how the Catechism of the Catholic
Church summarizes the truths of faith on this subject: "To die in mortal sin without repenting
and accepting God’s merciful love means remaining separated from him for ever by our own
free choice. This state of definitive self-exclusion from communion with God and the blessed is
called ‘hell’" (n. 1033).
JOHN PAUL II GENERAL AUDIENCE, Wednesday 28 July 1999
Others have quenched hell using the deadly and deceitful duo of psychology and philosophy.
The Los Angeles Times writes in, "Why a Fiery Hell Gets Cold Shoulder":
"Hell's fall from fashion indicates how key portions of Christian theology have been influenced
by a secular society that stresses individualism over authority and the human psyche over
moral absolutes. The rise of psychology, the philosophy of existentialism and the
consumer culture have all dumped buckets of water on hell."
(Why a fiery hell gets cold shoulder, Mike Anton and William Lobdell Los Angeles Times
Service, Jul. 06, 2002
In the same article, The Los Angeles Times, also states the once believed place of hell is now
a "state of the soul":
"Where once hell was viewed as a literal, geographic location, it is more often seen now
as a state of the soul."
(Why a fiery hell gets cold shoulder, Mike Anton and William Lobdell Los Angeles Times
Service, Jul. 06, 2002
InfoPlease online encyclopedia writes under the definition for hell:
"Many Christian churches now regard hell more as a state of being than a place."
Even the popular evangelist Billy Graham sadly attempts to douse the literal fire of hell. In his
book, Storm Warning, he states, "Jesus used this symbol [fire] over and over. I believe that it
means a thirst for God that is never quenched." (p. 263)
U.S. News and World Report, in a cover story titled, "Hell, A New
Vision of the Netherworld" (Jan. 31, 2000), wrote that in 1997, 48%
believed hell was a real place – but just three years later, that
number dropped an astonishing 14 points to only 34%! The
article said, "Edwards [Jonathan] would scarcely recognize the hell
of today. After decades of near obscurity, the netherworld has
taken on a new image: more of a deep funk than a pit of fire." (p.
45) The article also states that 53 percent now view hell as simply
"an anguished state of existence eternally separated from God". This
is the same teaching promoted by Billy Graham and Pope John Paul
The attack on the place of hell is widespread. And it is effective. . .
While man ridicules and redefines hell – the Bible speaks. Despite 6000 years of opposition,
God’s Word continues the message of hell. It’s impossible to read the Bible and not realize the
Bible describes a literal place called hell. You may reject it. You may refuse to believe it. But
you can not ignore it. It is there.
In Luke 16, the Lord Jesus Christ tells of a terrifying place called hell. The rich man in hell asks
Father Abraham to send Lazarus to warn his five brethren, lest they also come to "this place"
For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of
torment. Luke 16:28
People attempt to deny the "place" of hell in Luke 16 with the teaching that Jesus is speaking a
fictitious "parable," not an actual event. But Jesus never names the people in parables. And in
Luke 16, Jesus says, "there was a certain beggar named Lazarus. . ." Jesus Christ begins
Luke 16 with the definitive statement, "There WAS a certain rich man. . ." Luke 16 is no
19 There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared
sumptuously every day:
20 And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,
When the Lord Jesus speaks in "parables," He later explains the parable. In Luke 16, the Lord
Jesus gives no "parable" explanation. Luke 16:19-31 stands as told – a real event.
You’ll notice Jesus Christ calls Lazarus by his name, but not the rich man. John 10:3, the Lord
Jesus says, ". . . he calleth his own sheep by name. . ." Matthew 7:23, He tells the unsaved,
"And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity."
The rich man in hell was just ". . . a certain rich man. . ." The Lord did not know him. He knew
of him, but He did not know him.
In John 14, the Lord Jesus tells His disciples about the place of heaven. He instructs His
disciples that He will go and "prepare a place" for you.
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that
where I am, there ye may be also.
Heaven is a "prepared place." It is no accident. It is not a state of reality. The Lord Jesus
prepared a real place for His children. The Lord Jesus says in Matthew 25:41 that hell also is a
Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting
fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
Hell is a prepared place. It is a "prepared place" of judgment and wrath. Heaven is a prepared
place gleaming with the love of God. Hell is a prepared place burning with the wrath of God.
Hell is as real as Heaven. Hell is as much the work of a Holy God as is Heaven. If there is no
hell – there is no heaven.
It is worth noting that hell was not a part of the original creation. Genesis 1:1 reads, "In the
beginning God created the heaven and the earth." Genesis chapters 1-3 contain no mention of
hell. The creation of hell apparently came as a direct result of the fall of Lucifer. The Lord Jesus
told us in Mathew 25:41, hell was "prepared for the devil and his angels." Any suggestion that
hell was the "perfect" will of God quickly dissolves "In the beginning. . ." of the Genesis
Every word the Lord Jesus spoke about hell clearly describes a real place.
In Matthew 13, Mark 9, and Luke 12, the Lord Jesus says the unsaved are "cast INTO" or "go
INTO" a place – a furnace or a fire. Clearly, He is not referring to a state of existence, but a real
place of fire that lost people are "cast into."
41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all
things that offend, and them which do iniquity;
42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. . . .
49 So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from
among the just,
50 And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
43 And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than
having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:
44 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
45 And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two
feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:
46 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
47 And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God
with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire:
48 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to
cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.
The Bible employs the phrase "cast into" hell [fire] 14 times:
cast into the fire
cast into the fire Matt 3:10
cast into hell Matt 5:29
cast into hell Matt 5:30
cast into the fire Matt 7:19
cast into everlasting fire Matt 18:8
cast into hell fire Matt 18:9
cast into hell Mark 9:45
cast into hell fire Mark 9:47
cast into the fire Luke 3:9
cast into hell Luke 12:5
cast into the lake of fire and
cast into the lake of fire Rev 20:14
cast into the lake of fire Rev 20:15
The Bible uses the phrase "cast into" 44 times, and every time, it refers to a real, literal place.
The following two scriptures are examples of "cast into" referring to a literal place.
And Pharaoh charged all his people, saying, Every son that is born ye shall cast into the river,
and every daughter ye shall save alive.
Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison, he departed into Galilee;
The following scriptures describe hell using words that undeniably reference a real location,
such as, "in", "into" or "to"—again, plainly indicating a real place.
in this flame Luke 16:24
in hell Psalm 16;10
into hell Psalm 55:15
in hell Psalm 139:8
in the depths of hell Proverbs 9:18
down to hell Ezekiel 31:16
down into hell Ezekiel 31:17
down to hell Ezekiel 32:27
body in hell Matt 10;28
brought down to hell Matt 11:23
in hell Luke 16:23
in hell Acts 2:27
in hell Acts 2:31
in the fire Matt 13:40
cast them into the fire John 15:6
In Matthew 5, the Lord Jesus warns of being physically and bodily cast into hell. The only valid
explanation of Matthew 5 is that Jesus is describing an actual event. Any other reading
completely destroys the text.
29 And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee
that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.
30 And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee
that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.
Scores of scriptures confirm hell is a real place. There remains no other conclusion. To read
otherwise, demands either willful misinterpretation or the deliberate distortion of the scriptures.
HELL IN THE OLD TESTAMENT •
Hell is a major topic in the Word of God. And it should be. The Lord Jesus Christ in the New
Testament spends much time warning about hell. Jesus preached about hell more than any
other subject. The Old Testament does not overlook the place of hell. The Old Testament
contains over 67 direct references to hell. In the King James Bible, the word "hell" occurs 23
times in the New Testament – but 31 times in the Old Testament. The Old Testament includes
some of the clearest and most horrifying pictures of hell.
The following scriptures are examples of "hell" in the Old Testament.
For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
Let death seize upon them, and let them go down quick into hell: for wickedness is in their
dwellings, and among them.
But he knoweth not that the dead are there; and that her guests are in the depths of hell.
16 I made the nations to shake at the sound of his fall, when I cast him down to hell with
them that descend into the pit: and all the trees of Eden, the choice and best of Lebanon, all
that drink water, shall be comforted in the nether parts of the earth.
17 They also went down into hell with him unto them that be slain with the sword; and they
that were his arm, that dwelt under his shadow in the midst of the heathen.
Hell is just as real as heaven or the sea. In Psalms 139, David compares hell with heaven and
7 Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
8 If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.
9 If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;
39 times the Old Testament calls hell "the pit." It never uses the plural "pits" or the indefinite "a
pit," but always the singular, specific place, "the pit." The wording, "the pit" refers to one
Isaiah 14 describes the fall of Lucifer. Isaiah 14:15 reveals "the pit" is hell, ". . . thou shalt be
brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit."
12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to
the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the
stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
Ezekiel 31:16 also confirms "the pit" is hell.
I made the nations to shake at the sound of his fall, when I cast him down to hell with them
that descend into the pit:. .
As we can see, the scriptures teach a real place called hell. But the Bible does not stop there.
The Lord gives careful details about the place called hell. The precise information the Lord
provides dumbfounds many. They refuse to believe the simple Word of God. Many recklessly
dig through Greek and Hebrew words searching for a morsel of bread. And like Esau, they sell
their birthright, the Word of God (1 Peter 1:23), for one morsel of meat.
Evangelist and radio-preacher, Oliver Greene understands the Bible’s teaching about the place
"Hell is a place—not a state of mind; and the terms used in the Bible to describe hell
prove this statement beyond any shadow of doubt."
(Greene, Oliver B. Hell, 1973, The Gospel Hour: Greenville p. 25)
Amen, Brother Greene. . . Amen
THE LOCATION OF HELL •
Note: Our study on the location of hell deals with the present location of hell. The Lake
of Fire described in Revelation 20:14 will replace the current place of hell.
The Bible does not describe an unknown, mystic place of hell. The Word of God gives specific
and careful details concerning hell. The Bible even provides the geographical location of hell.
As the Lord reveals the location of hell, He challenges us to examine the evidence.
Despite man’s massive efforts to disprove the Word of God, no fact has ever been proven
contrary to the Word of God. Not one. Every discovery of true science, history, and archeology,
agree with the Word of God. The place of hell is no different. In our next chapter, we shall
examine the place of hell under the skeptical microscope of verifiable science.
As we study the following scriptures, I strongly encourage the reader to carefully read along in
the King James Bible. Look up the verses. Read them. They may be the most important words
you will ever read. If you have a different Bible version, you will see a deliberate attack on hell.
(We will examine the perversion of Hell in a later chapter.)
The Lord openly gives us the location of hell.
In Acts 2, the Apostle Peter preaches the Holy Spirit filled message of Pentecost. In verse 31
he says, " . . . seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left
When Jesus Christ died on the cross, His soul descended into hell. To deny this fact, (as many
do), is to deny the scriptures. What Jesus did in hell may be open for discussion, but the fact
He went there is not. Where the scriptures speak—the critics remain silent.
In Matthew 12:40, Jesus Christ tells the apostles the geographical location where He will be
after His death.
For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly: so shall the Son of man be
three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
Some Christians teach "the heart of the earth" signifies the grave. But Jesus is not referring to
the grave. Nor is He talking about His body. His body was not in the earth, nor in the ground,
but in a "tomb which he had hewn out in the rock." It is not His body because His body was
not "in the earth." The Bible distinctly and plainly states that the body of Jesus Christ was in a
rock – not in the earth.
And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great
stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed.
Another reason why Matthew 12:40 can not mean merely His body placed in the grave
because the body is buried only six feet in the ground--not in the heart of the earth. The only
accurate explanation is that the soul of the Lord Jesus Christ descended into the heart of the
earth—exactly as the Bible said.
John Gill, in his popular, Exposition of the Entire Bible, acknowledges the difficulty of
reconciling the "heart of the earth" in Matthew 12:40 with the "rock" tomb of the Lord Jesus. But
rather than accepting the text as it reads, Gill rashly decides "inside the rock" satisfies
Matthew’s "heart of the earth."
"That Christ means himself by the ‘son of man,’ there is no reason to doubt; and his being laid
in a tomb, dug out of a rock, is sufficient to answer this phrase, ‘the heart of the earth,’ in
distinction from the surface of it; . . ."
(John Gill's, Exposition of the Entire Bible, Matthew 12:40)
Because of the importance to firmly resolve "the heart of the earth" could not be the body of
Jesus in the grave, let us observe the women’s visit at the tomb (sepulchre) on resurrection
morning. In Luke 24, after the stone was rolled away, the women walked into the tomb.
Obviously, this was no "hole in the ground" located in the "heart of the earth." You do not
"walk" into a hole in the ground – you "fall" into it.
1 Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre,
bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them.
2 And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre.
3 And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.
A careful reading of the women’s arrival at the grave in Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24 and
John 20 completely debunks the teaching that His body was in the "heart of the earth."
It is amazing (and appalling) the effort some Christians exert to twist and shrewdly reject the
scriptures. They will not accept what the Lord says. So they "interpret" for us what God really
meant to say. As someone acutely asked, "If God didn’t mean what He said--then why didn’t
He say what He meant?"
Author J. Sidlow Baxter, in The Other Side of Death, furnishes us a classic example of
"interpreting" what the Lord really meant in his massacre of Ephesians 4:9 and Matthew 12:40:
"No one would argue that by ‘the heart of the earth’ our Lord meant no more than the
sepulchre in which his corpse was deposited . . . Neither our Lord nor Paul meant that hades
[hell] is a ‘lower part’ inside the solid earth itself. They meant that the grave, deep-dug in the
earth, represented that unseen ‘deep’ which lies just beyond."
(Baxter, J. Sidlow. The Other Side of Death, :Tyndale House: Wheaton 1987 p. 34)
Baxter’s comments about Ephesians 4:9 and Matthew 12:40 are disingenuous and false. The
standard depth of the grave is a mere six feet down. Considering the earth’s diameter is over
8,000 miles, to imply six feet is "deep-dug" and in the "lower parts of the earth" is laughable.
And we have already verified, the body of the Lord Jesus Christ was not placed in a "grave,
deep-dug in the earth" but "in a tomb rock." Mr. Baxter also states a scientific error. The earth
is not "solid," but filled with a liquid "lake of fire and brimstone" called hell.
Ephesians 4:9 gives us another account where the Lord descended after His death. Ephesians
4:9 plainly reads that Jesus Christ "descended into the lower parts of the earth" before "He
ascended in heaven." Again, the "lower parts of the earth" is not the grave. Ephesians 4:9
defines a specific part of the earth, not just in the earth, but "the lower parts of the earth."
Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the
Ephesians 4:9 does not passively say "His body" was placed into the lower parts of the earth.
But the verse actively states, "he (not his body) also descended first into the lower parts of
the earth." The Lord Jesus, Himself [He] actively descended into the lower parts of the earth.
The first part of Ephesians 4:9 reads, the Lord Jesus actively and literally ascended into
heaven, but first He actively and literally descended into the lower parts of the earth.
Bodies do not "descend" into the grave. Someone else places the body in the grave – the body
does not descend. The body is dead and motionless. To "descend" requires the action of
moving or motion. Webster’s Dictionary defines descending as:
1. To move or pass from a higher to a lower place; to move, come or go downwards; to fall;
to sink; to run or flow down; applicable to any kind of motion or of body."
1 Thessalonians 4:16 describes the Second Advent of the Lord Jesus as "descending" from
heaven. This event is an active, visible moving of the Lord Jesus Christ.
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel,
and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
1 Thessalonians 4:16
The body does not descend into the grave, it is simply laid there.
59 And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth,
60 And laid it in his own new tomb. . .
The Bible presents many verses that emphatically locate hell in the center of the earth. And not
vague verses that are open to self-interpretations, but clear and precise references. For a
Christian to reject or disregard this extremely important Bible fact is inexcusable. Until the last
fifty years, most Christians knew hell was a real place of fire in the center of the earth. With the
murky confusion sown by the plethora of new Bible versions and Christian relativism, the literal
place of hell is classified as archaic fantasy. Virtually every modern book on hell consists of
nothing more than murky mud wallowing in the mire of Greek and Hebrew word studies. And
yet, the simple Word of God gives us crystal clear details of hell.
The following verses designate the physical location of hell. The direction of hell always
references down or beneath. The Bible never refers to hell in any other direction.
Eleven times the Bible reads the direction of hell is "down."
". . . let them go down quick into hell. . ."
Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell.
Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death.
Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
". . . when I cast him down to hell with them that descend into the pit:. . ."
"They also went down into hell. . . "
The strong among the mighty shall speak to him out of the midst of hell with them that help
him: they are gone down, they lie uncircumcised, slain by the sword.
". . . which are gone down to hell. ."
And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell. . ."
And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted to heaven, shalt be thrust down to hell.
"For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell. . ."
2 Peter 2:4
Twenty-one times the Bible says the location of the pit [hell] is "down."
. . .they go down quick into the pit;. . .
They, and all that appertained to them, went down alive into the pit. . .
They shall go down to the bars of the pit. . .
Then he is gracious unto him, and saith, Deliver him from going down to the pit: I have found
. . . I become like them that go down into the pit.
. . . that I should not go down to the pit.
What profit is there in my blood, when I go down to the pit? . . .
But thou, O God, shalt bring them down into the pit. . .
I am counted with them that go down into the pit. . .
. . . lest I be like unto them that go down into the pit.
. . . as those that go down into the pit:
. . . they that go down into the pit cannot hope for thy truth.
. . . them that go down to the pit, . . .
They shall bring thee down to the pit. . .
. . . with them that go down to the pit.
. . .when I cast him down to hell with them that descend into the pit:. . .
. . . them that go down into the pit.
. . . them that go down to the pit.
. . . them that go down to the pit:. . .
. . . them that go down to the pit.
. . . them that go down to the pit.
Two times, the Bible states hell is "beneath."
The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.
Hell from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming: it stirreth up the dead for
thee, even all the chief ones of the earth; it hath raised up from their thrones all the kings of the
In Isaiah 5:15, the Bible records that people "descend" into hell. Descend means "To move or
pass from a higher to a lower place;"
Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory,
and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it.
Twice the Bible states that people "descend" into the pit.
When I shall bring thee down with them that descend into the pit. . . .
. . . them that descend into the pit: and all the trees of Eden, the choice and best of Lebanon,
all that drink water, shall be comforted in the nether parts of the earth.
Seven times the Bible distinctly locates hell or the pit in the "lower" or "nether" [nether means
lower] parts of the earth. Ezekiel 26:20 and 31:16 also record people "descend" into the pit. To
descend requires downward action— to the nether parts of the earth--not simply laid in the
grave. This is not the body or the grave.
But those that seek my soul, to destroy it, shall go into the lower parts of the earth.
When I shall bring thee down with them that descend into the pit, with the people of old time,
and shall set thee in the low parts of the earth, in places desolate of old, with them that go
down to the pit, that thou be not inhabited; and I shall set glory in the land of the living;
The following three verses in Ezekiel 31 (verses 14, 16 and 18) that reference "trees" are
referring to men and kings, in particular the judgement of Pharaoh (verse 2) and the Assyrian
To the end that none of all the trees by the waters exalt themselves for their height, neither
shoot up their top among the thick boughs, neither their trees stand up in their height, all that
drink water: for they are all delivered unto death, to the nether parts of the earth, in the midst
of the children of men, with them that go down to the pit.
I made the nations to shake at the sound of his fall, when I cast him down to hell with them that
descend into the pit: and all the trees of Eden, the choice and best of Lebanon, all that drink
water, shall be comforted in the nether parts of the earth.
To whom art thou thus like in glory and in greatness among the trees of Eden? yet shalt thou
be brought down with the trees of Eden unto the nether parts of the earth: thou shalt lie in the
midst of the uncircumcised with them that be slain by the sword. This is Pharaoh and all his
multitude, saith the Lord GOD.
Son of man, wail for the multitude of Egypt, and cast them down, even her, and the daughters
of the famous nations, unto the nether parts of the earth, with them that go down into the
pit. . .
There is Elam and all her multitude round about her grave, all of them slain, fallen by the
sword, which are gone down uncircumcised into the nether parts of the earth, which caused
their terror in the land of the living; yet have they borne their shame with them that go down to
Job 11 uses the comparative phrases "as high as heaven" and "deeper than hell." The
comparison of "deeper" obviously refers to "descending far downward" while "as high as
heaven" goes in the opposite direction or upwards.
7 Canst thou by searching find out God? canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection?
8 It is as high as heaven; what canst thou do? deeper than hell; what canst thou know?
Amos 9:2 is very interesting. Amos makes the astonishing statement, "Though they DIG into
hell. . ." Webster’s Dictionary defines "dig" as "To open and break or turn up the earth with a
spade or other sharp instrument." Amos certainly believes hell is in this earth. Either you
discount Amos as foolish metaphor or clearly, inside this earth contains a lake of fire burning
with suffering souls of the damned.
Though they dig into hell, thence shall mine hand take them; though they climb up to
heaven, thence will I bring them down:
Sidlow Baxter, in The Other Side of Death, writes about the Hebrew word "sheol":
"Sheol is never spoken of as digged by man. .."
(Baxter, J. Sidlow. The Other Side of Death, :Tyndale House: Wheaton 1987 p. 180)
Do you know what the Hebrew word for "hell" is in Amos 9:2—"Though they dig into hell"? It is
"sheol." Baxter shows how Christians disregard the simple text, in this case, both the English
and Hebrew, to prove their own private mis-interpretation.
Reading the scores of precise and clear scriptures the Lord provides, how can Christians who
have even casually read the Bible, deny the location of hell?
But they do. . .
In the popular book, Whatever Happened to Hell?, author John Blanchard, incredibly writes:
"The Bible gives many different descriptions of hell and consistently refers to it as a specific
place . . . As to its location, we are given no details—though perhaps there is at least one
important clue. . . This word "outside" is the one that Jesus used frequently when speaking
about hell and almost certainly lays to rest the notion that hell is located somewhere in
the center of the earth." …
"As far as its location is concerned, we have almost nothing to go on. Not even
statements which say that heaven is ‘above’ and hell is ‘beneath’ tell us very much. The
clearest clue we have is that hell is ‘outside’."
(Blanchard, John. What Happened to Hell?, Crossway Books Wheaton, Illinois 1995 pp. 131-
How can anyone who has read the Bible truthfully say, "As to its location, we are given no
details. . ."? The answer is simple. The human psyche of mankind, even among Christians,
refuses to accept the reality of hell. If they ignore the evidence long enough and loud enough,
maybe it is not really there. But it is there. . .
As far as Blanchard’s assertion that "the clearest clue we have is that hell is ‘outside’"--
completely ignores scores and scores of clear scriptures, in favor of three "outer" references
(Matthew 8:12, 22:13, 25:30). How can Blanchard write, ". . . Not even statements which say
that heaven is ‘above’ and hell is ‘beneath’ tell us very much?" Why don’t they? Why did God
write them? Over a hundred verses describe hell as "down"; "in the heart of the earth";
"beneath"; or "lower parts of the earth" and yet that doesn’t "tell us very much!" How can a man
stand in such judgment of the Word of God by telling us God’s Word does "not tell us very
much"? No wonder they ripped the Bible from our schools -- preachers have been
ripping it apart for years.
The three verses in the Bible that mention "outer darkness" plainly refer to earthly judgments
during the millennium. Not hell. Here are the verses:
Matthew 8:10-12, says, "That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with
Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven." The "sitting down with Abraham
and Isaac and Jacob" occurs during the millennium. The "kingdom of heaven" refers to the
earthly millennial reign.
10 When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I
have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.
11 And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down
with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.
12 But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be
weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Matthew 22:10-12 has someone (Friend) walking into a wedding without the proper garment
(salvation). Obviously, no one can "die" and casually "walk" into heaven, but they can "walk"
during the millennium into the Lord’s presence. Again, we are plainly dealing with the earthly
10 So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they
found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests.
11 And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a
12 And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding
garment? And he was speechless.
13 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast
him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
The last "outer" occurs in Matthew 25:28-31. The context of (verse 31), "When the Son of man
shall come in his glory. . . then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:"—no question is the
millennium. Verses 28-29 teach "earthly rewards" by working and talents. Again, this can only
be the millennium.
28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.
29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that
hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.
30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and
gnashing of teeth.
31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he
sit upon the throne of his glory:
Aren’t you glad the Lord wrote the Bible where any dummy can understand it—if they’ll just
read it! The Lord Jesus gives the "key" to understanding the Bible in Matthew 24:15, ". . .
whoso readeth, let him understand. . ." Read and understand. Not read and say, this doesn’t
"tell us very much." What it says – is what it means.
Another sad case of Bible rejection occurs in Sidlow Baxter’s The Other Side of Death. Baxter
conveniently dismisses the reality that God placed hell inside the earth with feeble human
"I cannot see how a vast cavern somewhere deep inside the physical earth could confine
nonphysical, disembodied human spirits. If this revolving physical orb could imprison purely
spiritual beings, then contradictorily enough it would burn them to nothingness by the
intense internal fire which becomes increasingly hotter toward its center."
(Baxter, Sidlow L. The Other Side of Death, Tyndale House Wheaton, 1987 p. 187)
How can a Christian reject the scriptures with the mindless reasoning of, "I cannot see. . ."?
Beloved, there are many amazing things the Lord says and does that humanly speaking "I
cannot see." I cannot see the innumerable stars the Lord created. I cannot see the infinite
wisdom of creation. I cannot see why He loved me so much to die for my sins. But what I
cannot see with these frail physical eyes, the boundless spiritual eyes of faith can clearly see in
the Word of God. Does not our Lord admonish us in 2 Corinthians 5:7 to, "walk by faith, not by
Mr. Baxter also writes the reckless humanistic statement that the "intense internal fire" inside
this earth would "burn them to nothingness." First of all, if hell is a literal fire (which it is) it does
not matter where it is located, as pertaining to "burn them to nothingness." To follow Baxter’s
explanation leads to the total elimination of the fire of hell.
I wonder has Mr. Baxter ever heard about Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego of Daniel 3.
These three Jewish boys were thrown alive into a furnace of literal fire that was heated seven
times hotter than normal. Yet their hair was not even singed! The Bible says in Daniel 3:27, ". .
.the fire had no power, nor was an hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed,
nor the smell of fire had passed on them." The power of Almighty God is not limited, nor
confined by the power of fire. To reject the scriptures on pathetic human rationale is
In Numbers chapter 16, the Lord silences all skeptics to the
location of hell. You may have disputed or questioned the
evidence thus far – but no further. . .
In Numbers 16, the Bible records the rebellion and
destruction of Korah. As a consequence of their rebellion,
the Lord opens the earth and they go down alive into the pit
of hell. This is not the grave—verse 30 says, ". . . the LORD
make a new thing. . ." There’s nothing "new" about
"opening the earth" and going into the grave. Verse 33 also
states, they ". . . went down alive into the pit. . ." Obviously,
the "went down" does not refer to the shallow grave.
30 But if the LORD make a new thing, and the earth open
her mouth, and swallow them up, with all that appertain
unto them, and they go down quick into the pit; then ye
shall understand that these men have provoked the LORD.
31 And it came to pass, as he had made an end of
speaking all these words, that the ground clave asunder that was under them:
32 And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the
men that appertained unto Korah, and all their goods.
33 They, and all that appertained to them, went down alive into the pit, and the earth closed
upon them: and they perished from among the congregation.
34 And all Israel that were round about them fled at the cry of them: for they said, Lest the
earth swallow us up also.
What could the Lord possibly write in the scriptures that He could make the location of hell any
clearer? For you to reject the fact that God prepared hell inside this earth, you must
intentionally ignore many, many plain and detailed scriptures. The evidence of the scriptures is
convincing. It is conclusive. And it is real.
TESTIMONY OF OTHERS •
We've listed some quotes from various preachers throughout history that clearly understood
hell was located in the center of the earth. These are just a few of the many quotes we could
Author and Bible-Believing scientist Dr. Henry Morris deduces from the scriptures, the present
hell "is somewhere in the heart of the earth itself. . ." and the writers of the scriptures, ". . .
certainly themselves believed hell to be real and geographically ‘beneath’ the earth’s surface."
"So far as we can tell from Scripture, the present hell, Hades, is somewhere in the heart
of the earth itself. It is also called "the pit" (Isa. 14:9, 15: Ezek. 32:18-21) and "the abyss"
(Rev. 9:2). . . the Biblical descriptions are quite matter of fact. The writers certainly
themselves believed hell to be real and geographically ‘beneath’ the earth’s surface. . .
(Henry M. Morris, The Bible Has the Answer, p. 220)
"Both Hades and Gehenna were believed to be underground, and both were places of
(Russell, Jeffrey Burton, Satan, The Early Christian Tradition, London: Cornell University
Press, 1981, p. 120
This star, like Wormwood, is a messenger from God, but the judgment it brings is even more
terrible. It does not strike the earth or poison the waters, but with the key to the shaft of the
Abyss (v. 1) opens a pit [the bottomless pit] into the very heart of the earth. From the pit,
or Abyss, comes smoke like the smoke from a gigantic furnace, darkening the sun and sky
IVP New Testament Commentaries :: Revelation 9:2
"Though they dig into hell, into the centre of the earth, or the darkest recesses of it, yet
thence shall my hand take them, and bring them forth to be made public monuments of divine
Matthew Henry (1662-1714) Bible commentator and author of the popular Matthew Henry
Matthew Henry, The Complete Matthew Henry Commentary on the Bible, Amos 9:2
Christ, as Lord of all, took possession first of the earth the unseen world beneath it (some
conjecture that the region of the lost is in the central parts of our globe), then of heaven
Jamieson, Faussett, and Brown Bible Commentary, Ephesians 4:9
Though they dig into hell--though they hide ever so deeply in the earth
Jamieson, Faussett, and Brown Bible Commentary, Amos 9:2
Hades [Hell] is a place in the created system, rude, a locality beneath the earth, in which the
light of the world does not shine; and as the sun does not shine in this locality, there must
necessarily be perpetual darkness there. . . And in this locality there is a certain place set
apart by itself, a lake of unquenchable fire. . .
Hippolytus, Against Plato, on the Cause of the Universe Ante-Nicene 5.222
By ourselves the lower regions (of Hades) are not supposed to be a bare cavity, nor some
subterranean sewer of the world, but a vast deep space in the interior of the earth, and a
concealed recess in its very bowels; inasmuch as we read that Christ in His death spent
three days in the heart of the earth, that is, in the secret inner recess which is hidden in
the earth, and enclosed by the earth, and superimposed on the abysmal depths which lie still
Tertullian, Ante-Nicene Church Fathers 160 AD – 230 AD
(Tertullian, A Treatise on the Soul, Ante-Nicene Fathers Vol 3 p 231)
Hence he says, If they dig for themselves passages to hell, that is, to the center of the earth.
John Calvin 1509–1564, French Protestant theologian of the Reformation
John Calvin, Commentary on the Prophet Amos, Amos 9:2
"So Job calleth hell the land of darknesse, and the reason thereof is plaine, because the
nethermost hell is a bottomlesse pit in the heart of the earth. . . "
John Boys, Dean of Canterbury (1571-1625)
Boys, John. The Workes of John Boys
Though they dig into hell, thence shall mine hand take them, . . .the utmost recesses of the
earth, the very centre of it. . .
John Gill (1697 – 1771) Pastor, theologian and author
John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible, Amos 9:2
The wrath of God burns against them, their damnation does not slumber; the pit is prepared,
the fire is made ready, the furnace is now hot, ready to receive them; the flames do now rage
and glow. The glittering sword is whet, and held over them, and the pit hath opened its
mouth under them. . .
that take of burning brimstone, is extended abroad under you. . .
Unconverted men walk over the pit of hell on a rotten covering. . .
Jonathan Edwards (1703 – 1758) Pastor and theologian.
Jonathan Edwards, Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God
"Hell — The center of the earth. . ."
John Wesley (1703 – 1791)
(Wesley, John. John Wesley’s Explanatory Notes, Amos 9:2)
At the same time it provides against that despair into which men would be otherwise plunged,
when convinced of their sins, by revealing the immense love of God, the glory and grace of
Christ, and inviting all to come to him, that they may obtain pardon, life, and happiness. In a
word, it shows the pit of hell under men’s feet, and opens the gate and points out the way to
heaven. An excerpt from a letter entitled, "Man in His Fallen Estate"
John Newton (1725 – 1807 Preacher and author of "Amazing Grace")
"And Jesus after His return from ‘The Underwood,’ said—‘I am He that liveth, and was dead;
and behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the ‘KEYS’ (of the Gates) of hell and of
death.’ Rev. 1:18. To get these ‘Keys’ Jesus had to descend into the lower parts of the
earth.’ Eph. 4:9 . . . Therefore Hades or ‘The Underworld,’ must be in the ‘heart of the
earth’. . ."
Clarence Larkin (1850 – 1924) Pastor and Author of Dispensational Truth and many other
(Larkin, Clarence, The Spirit World, Rev. Clarence Larkin Estate, 1921, pp 47-48)
"The Bible locates Sheol [Hell] in the heart of the earth. . . Jesus then descended first into
the lower parts of the earth (Ephesians 4:9). But we know that Jesus upon His death went into
Hades [Hell]. . . And Hades [Hell] was in the lower parts of the earth."
M.R., De Haan (1891 – 1965) Pastor, author, and physician. Founder of Radio Bible Class
(De Haan, M. R., Jonah and Christ, The Radio Bible Class, 1942 pp 21-22)
There is no doubt in my mind that hell is in the center of this earth. . . Amos describes hell
in these words: "Though they dig into hell, thence shall mine hand take them; though they
climb up to Heaven, thence will I bring them down" (Amos 9:2). Certainly when we think of
digging, we think of going down in the earth - we do not dig UP, we dig DOWN: we do not dig
in the air, we dig in the dirt. Amos tells us as the Holy Spirit leads him to write - "Though they
dig into hell, thence shall my hand take them." Amos believed that hell is in the center of
the earth. . . Without a shadow of a doubt, hell is in the center of this earth. . ."
Oliver B. Greene (1915-1976) Evangelist, author and Bible teacher of popular radio broadcast
called The Gospel Hour.
(Oliver Green – Where the Worm Dieth Not)
I personally believe that Hell is in the heart of the earth. . . Scientists say that beneath the
earth there is a boiling volcanic disturbance constantly going on in the heart of the earth. And
so I personally believe Hell will be in the heart of the earth.
Dr. Jack Hyles: (1926 – 2001) Pastor of First Baptist Hammond, In and Hyles-Anderson
Dr. Jack Hyles, To Hell and Back, sermon
"Some scoff and say, ‘Where is hell?’ Well, that’s easy. It is under your feet. ‘They . . . are gone
down into hell,’ Ezekiel 32:27. Hell is down under your feet, Isaiah 14:9. . . There is no doubt
where hell is . . . it was in the heart of the earth where Christ went after He died. In Acts
2:31 and Acts 2:27 you are told that although Christ went through hell, He was not ‘left in hell.’
In plainer words, the Bible teaching on this is so clear that you have to go to Hebrew or Greek
to get rid of it."
Dr. Peter S. Ruckman
(Ruckman, Peter S., Theological Studies: Book Number 23, Bible Baptist Bookstore,
Pensacola, 1987 p. 33)
Hopeless immortals! how they scream and shiver,
While devils push them to the pit wide-yawning
Hideous and gloomy, to receive them headlong
Down to the centre!
Isaac Watts 1674–1748, English clergyman and hymn writer
(Isaac Watts, Day of Judgment)