The Description of Hell
by evangelist dag heward mills
You might ask, “If there is such a place as Hell, then where exactly is it?”
According to God’s Word, Hell is beneath us. Its specific geographical location is underground.Isaiah says: “Hell from BENEATH is moved…to meet thee…” (Isaiah 14:9).
In a book I read, a man of God gives a very vivid testimony about dying and going to Hell. He had been stricken with an incurable heart disease, which kept him bed-fast most of the time. The illness got worse till he knew he was dying. He had been baptized and had been going to church all his life, but was not saved.
When he died, he felt his spirit (his real self, the inner man) coming out of his body. He could see his lifeless body on the bed. Then he began to go down into Hell. As he went down into the pitch darkness, it became hotter and hotter. When he could go no further, a fearsome, beastly creature emerged from the darkness. The foul, demonic monster grabbed his hand to receive him. Then it began to pull him through the thick darkness towards the unbearable heat.
Suddenly, a voice boomed from above. He did not understand the language. But the hand released him immediately, and his spirit sort of floated back up to the earth and into his body. This happened two more times, and each time his spirit was released to go back into his body.
Some months later his heart failed again, and he died. But this time he was born again. When his spirit came out of his body, he began to go up instead of down.
This was sheer bliss; a totally different experience from his descent to Hell. Just then, he heard a voice saying, “Go back to earth! Your work is not done!”
I believe this testimony by this Minister, because it lines up with Scripture. In Isaiah 14:15,the Bible talks about being “cast down to hell.” So does Psalm 55:15. And while Ezekiel 32:27 talks about going down to Hell, Paul is even more specific in the fourth chapter of the book of Ephesians:
Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? Ephesians 4:8-9
Hell is in the lower parts of the earth. Just think about it. So all this “descending” and “going down” leads somewhere after all. It leads to the lower parts of the earth!
Hell is not (as some have foolishly supposed), a gathering of all departed Rock and Reggae stars for an endless “jam, though there are many “wailers”. In fact the only thing that is close to singing in Hell is groaning,weeping and gnashing of teeth!
Hell cannot be just a state of mind. To dismiss it as an empty threat would be very risky indeed.Hell actually exists. It is a tangible, physical place and its location is down under; in the lower parts of the earth. Even as you read this, some people that you know are crying for help that will never, ever come.
Different Departments in Hell
The souls of men who die without Christ are not just flung into Hell indiscriminately. Yes,in the midst of the darkness, torment, pain, screaming, and all the horrors in the furnace, there is some order. Hell is divided into different areas, for different classifications of people.
1. The entrance
First, there is a sort of“reception” area.Hell from beneath is moved…to MEET thee at thy coming… Isaiah 14:9
When the perished soul arrives in Hell, he is probably met by the most repulsive, foul-smelling,reptilian beasts at the gates of Hell. Then he is assigned to the part of Hell where the punishment most fits the crime.
2. The levels
For a fire is kindled in mine anger, and shall burn unto the LOWEST hell, and shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains Deuteronomy 32:22 Notice the expression “lowest hell”, is the superlative of the word “low” as in:
Low ………………..Lower ………………………….LOWEST The levels are not the same. There is a progression here. One level differs from the other. Now let us look at it again this way:
Low Hell ………………Lower Hell …………………………..LOWEST HELL So you see, there are different levels in Hell and the lower the level, the greater the torment.
God is a just God, with a fairer sense of justice than all of us put together. Therefore, the severity of the punishment will be proportional to the sins committed. For example, those who have caused the death of so many people through wars, murder and witchcraft, may get a more severe punishment than perhaps, pickpockets or petty thieves.
Even in our earthly legal system there is a sense of fairness in the administration of justice. We pronounce different judgement for different crimes.Even our prisons have different areas, solitary confinement and soon. That is probably the way it is in Hell. There are various departments reserved for different groups of people. Now, let us discover what classes of people are predominant in Hell.
Hell: A “Big Shot” Society
Observe from the Scripture below that Hell has become the permanent address of many chief one sand kings of the nations.
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 NATION Isaiah 14:9
This refers to kings, emperors,presidents, statesmen, film stars, business tycoons. These are the high and mighty in the society, the wealthy and the influential,the great leaders in history, the chief ones of the earth!Basically, Hell is a “big-shot” society.This is not to say, of course,that there are no poor people there. However, the well-known disregard for the things of God by many rich people, has over the centuries populated Hell with them. While the Bible makes it clear that the poor are generally rich in faith, not many noble people have chosen the way to salvation. With all the comforts of affluence, the rich and powerful see no need for God.
No wonder Jesus said the rich would find it hard to get to Heaven; because of the deceitfulness of riches.
So where are all the heads of state, pop stars, great philosophers, business magnates and other famous world figures who have died?
Well, according to the Bible most of them are in Hell. And, while we hold state funerals for them and erect monuments in their honor, the old-timers of Hell will be saying to the newcomers:
…Art THOU ALSO become weak as we? art thou become like unto us? THY POMP IS BROUGHT DOWN to the grave, and the noise of thy viols: the worm is spread under thee,and the worms cover thee Isaiah 14:10, 11
Those who are far from God in this life will still be far from God after death. Unfortunately,our glowing tributes will not change their destination. Neither can their wealth or their achievements buy them a place in Heaven.
It should not be surprising then, that Hell’s roll call will sound like a “Who’s Who” of the rich and famous.
Hell is Expanding
Hell is currently undergoing some major rehabilitation and extension works. What for? In order to cater for the multitudes who, alas, are streaming in.
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 Isaiah 5:14
The mouth of Hell is probably the main gate of Hell. It is being enlarged! It is being worked upon. How alarming! This means Hell is expecting much more human traffic!
Preparations are being made for those who are not Christians. This should make you sit up! This should also make the church of God sit up. It should shake us out of our slumber. It should make everybody sit up, especially those living in sin.
Escape from Hell
How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him; Hebrews 2:3
How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation? Salvation is a great thing. If your boat capsizes at sea and you find yourself floating on the sea, you will wonder how you can be saved? But if a helicopter is dispatched to rescue you, will you not be grateful for such a great salvation on the sea? However, if you refuse to go on board that helicopter when it gets to you, there is no way you can be saved.
In the same way, Jesus Christ was sent by God to this earth, to save man from perishing in Hell.
For God so loved the world,that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have life everlasting John 3:16
How can you be saved if you reject this great salvation offered you?
Is a Transfer Possible?
One big-shot found himself in Hell (Luke 16:23). From a distance he saw a former hustler relaxing in Heaven. This man was undoubtedly surprised to find himself in Hell and conscious, even after death. In his desperation, he sent a telex to Abraham asking for a possible transfer! But Abraham explained to him that transfer out of Hell was not going to be possible! Hell is a permanent situation! As the anguish of this man worsened, he sent another telex asking for a drop of water, not even a glass of water.
Abraham’s response is stated clearly in the Bible: “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” (Luke 16:26).
Dear friend, make sure you do not get into Hell, because once you are there, there is no way out!As you read this, ask yourself: Am I headed for Hell? Or am I headed for Heaven? Are you going to burn in the fires, flames, and fumes of Hell? You have a chance now to escape from Hell! Take this chance and give your life to Christ. Simply and sincerely accept Christ as your Savior now.