Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. Mark 9:48
Did Jesus speak about Hell? Absolutely, what did he have to say about it? Well here we see he describes Hell as a place their worm will never die and the fire will never be quenched. Sounds like eternal torment to me. What does Jesus mean about their worm?
Well if we look at the orginal Greek the word here is “scolex” which also means gnawing and anguish. So he could be saying your torment will never end. However why do all the English translations say “worm”? Well Jesus is actually quoting the Prophet Isaiah here (Isaiah 66:24) If we look at the original Hebrew for this word “towlatam” which is also translated as “oppressor” and “worm”
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 remainAnd 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..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. Isaiah 66:22-24
When we read Isaiah 66, there is where God is revealing the New Heavens and Earth and also the eternal destination for the unsaved. Because God is revealing his eternal Kingdom we can also assume God is revealing his eternal “Hell” for the wicked
The word quenched translated from Greek and Hebrew means exactly what is says. The Fire will never be extinguished, its an eternal Hell-Fire. Its very clear from these teachings that Jesus and Isaiah were speaking of an Eternal Hell where the weeping and gnashing of teeth would never end!
And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal. Matthew 25:46
Is Hell eternal? Well first I would ask you, do you believe Heaven is eternal? I’m sure almost everyone has no problem with accepting that Paradise is eternal, so why do we have these same people who would say Hell is temporary or symbolic? If your going to be honest, you need to be consistent. God is eternal , and designed us to originally be eternal. Our destination is eternal , whether good or bad. You cant just pick of choose which qualities of God you like
When you look at the original Greek here, the word “aionion” This same Greek word is used when Jesus describes Heaven and Hell. This word is typically translated as “Eternal” or “Everlasting”. Now some would say “This word just means Age-ending”, meaning that its not eternal but temporal. The problem with this is, if your going to say Hell is temporal then you must also say Heaven is temporal.
This is why I said in the beginning, you cant have it both ways. Either Heaven and Hell are both eternal or not. There’s no way to theologically dance around this. This is one of the reasons I totally reject annihilationism or conditional immortality
Understand this , we must prepare for the eternal, whether good or bad. This life has eternal consequences, get Born Again and inherit eternal life. Amen!
And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. 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 this flame. Luke 16:23-24
The story of the rich man and Lazarus is not only one of the most powerful revelations Jesus gave to us, but its also one of the most highly debated stories also. Many will argue this is just a parable instead of a true story. The reason we know it’s a story is because Jesus uses real names in it. Unlike all the parables Jesus taught that never included names
Second most translations will use Hades instead of Hell. While reading the story you’ll see the rich man is eternally conscience being tormented in a flame. This sounds like Hell to me, Hades is typically translated as the grave or realm of the dead.
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 tormented. Luke 16:25
The rich man lived like a King on this Earth, while the poor man suffered. What did it profit this rich man to gain the entire world yet lose his soul? Nothing, this world is temporary but your soul is eternal , choose wisely
And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead. Luke 16:31
Notice once you are dead, there are no second chances of salvation. There is no purgatory or repentance in Hell. Our time is running short, follow Jesus or perish! Notice Jesus also prophecies here about his own resurrection.
And Jesus was right, he rose from the dead over 2,000 years ago, yet millions still deny him and are going to Hell. Don’t follow the broad way of this world, get on the narrow path of life in Jesus Christ! Amen!
Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree growing in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it but did not find any. Luke 13:6
The parable of the barren fig tree is very short and simple, yet it describes perfectly the relationship between God, Jesus, and Man.
We are Gods creation, which we represent the Fig Tree. God not only made us in him image but expects us not to follow the ways of Satan. Sin only produces bad fruit which equals death.
So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?’ Luke 13:7
God makes its very clear those who continue to follow Satan and live a life a sin will be cast into the lake of fire. But the good news is we have an advocate, a redeemer.
Because of the blood of Jesus we are worthy to stand before God. What fruit are you bearing in your life? If God looked at your life would he consider you fruitful or barren?
“‘Sir,’ the man replied, ‘leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it. If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.'” Luke 13:8-9
Because of Jesus we can live, our past sins have been forgiven. But the journey doesn’t end there, when we accept Jesus into our hearts we become transformed and begin producing good fruit by faith , hope , and love of Christ.
Remember Fear of The Lord is the beginning of wisdom and understanding, if we don’t respect our Maker how can he respect us? It’s a Father/Child relationship. Be obedient and faithful to God and he will give you everlasting life in Jesus Name Amen