Heaven and Hell
What is heaven like? Below are first-hand descriptions by people who have been to heaven
“They placed me at the feet of the most glorious Being I could ever imagine. A crown of pure light rested on His head, and hair as white as snow fell upon His shoulders. No words could begin to describe His splendor . . . I was totally overawed by Him. His goodness, tenderness, and love overwhelmed me. I bowed down.”1 -Marietta Davis
“He looked down at me. He had such beautiful eyes. I’ll never forget those eyes. They were so large and full of meaning – and kindness and forgiveness and compassion. Everything you would want to see in Jesus’ face was there.”2 -Lorraine Tutmarc
“I looked into Jesus’ eyes . . . they looked like wells of living love. It seemed as if one could see a half mile deep into them, and the tender look of His love is indescribable. As I looked into His face and into His eyes, I fell at His feet.”3 -Kenneth Hagin
“I felt I had everything I ever wanted to have. I was everything I had ever intended to be. I was arriving at where I had always dreamed of being.”4 -Betty Malz
Eby calls his visit “unutterable . . . indescribable . . . spiritually resplendent . . . and most ecstatically moving.”5
The scene was “gorgeously unsurpassable in its beauty,” with the foliage having a radiance. It was a great outdoors of mountains, trees, flowers, music, and sweet smells. Forests of symmetrical trees unlike anything on earth covered the foothills on each side. Every tree was tall, graceful, perfect, unblemished . . . Rolling hills under cloudless skies seemed to stretch for miles. The skies were a new color, an iridescent white-gold light. The valley floor was gorgeous. Stately grasses with perfectly straight blades were mixed in with ultra-white, four-petalled flowers on stems two feet tall, with a touch of gold at the centers.6 -Richard Eby
She looked into his eyes, which were loving and clear as blue water, yet piercing. It was like she was mirrored in his eyes . . . There was a heavenly illumination that made his hair light red, his eyes bluish and transparent, and his skin a light gold color . . . ‘There is no way to describe his coloring. It is like another world’s color. It’s the Shekinah glory, iridescent golden light glowing through him.’7 -Valvita Jones
Why is there a hell?
Angels are eternal. There had to be a place for them for eternity. Hell is “the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matthew 25:41).The Greek word for “prepared” is “hetoimasmenon,” which means “having been made ready.”A man of God, Bill Wiese, who has been to hell, explains it this way: God withdrew Himself from that place. He did not create hell. God creates all good things. Therefore, hell has none of the good and wonderful things God gives to humans on earth, such as: His glorious presence; sun, air, water, food, love, hope, happiness, friendships, or any good thing.
Satan will be tormented in the lake of fire, forever (Revelation 20:10).
Description of Hell
The unsaved, those who do not know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, whose names are not written in the Lamb’s book of life, will spend eternity in hell, in the lake of fire and burning sulfur.They will be tormented with fire and brimstone, forever. The smoke of their torment will ascend forever and ever. They have no rest day or night.The lost souls in hell burn in fire forever. Their flesh literally burns and falls off their bodies. Worms and maggots crawl inside them.Hell is a place of continual fire, torment, loud wailing, weeping, screaming, and gnashing of teeth.The lost souls feel and know everything going on. They suffer a literal eternal death. Human beings exist forever, because we are eternal beings, made in God’s image. Their souls exist forever.Jesus Christ spoke about hell often in the gospels, in: Matthew 5:22,29,30; 10:28; 11:23; 12:40; 16:18; 18:9; 23:15; 23:33; 25:41; Mark 9:44,46,48; and Luke 16:19-31. Hell is currently located in the center of the earth.At the end times, it will be thrown into the lake of fire.In hell, a person has ALL their senses – sight, smell, hearing, taste, and touch – and all five are a lot stronger there. The spirit realm is on a much higher level than the natural realm.There are more than 110 specific scriptures in the Bible about hell and the other four worlds under the earth, which are: the pit, tartarus, the lake of fire, and paradise.Jesus preached and talked about hell more often than He spoke about heaven.Who goes to hell?Anyone on earth who dies and does not know Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior will go to hell and spend their eternity there. Anyone whose name is not in the Lamb’s book of life spends eternity in the lake of fire.
In hell, there is no life or goodness of any kind – no living things, no light, no love, no mercy, no water, no food.God withdrew Himself from that place. Therefore, there is no life or anything good.Hell is a place of: fire; brimstone; burning sulfur; deadly heat; extreme darkness; awful nauseating smells; lethal torment; scary, massive overpowering demons that torture helpless people; worms and maggots that crawl inside people and never die; and worse. Anyone who ends up in hell can never get out, FOREVER. For ALL ETERNITY.At death, judgment is set.Repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand.The beings in hell are: demons; some of the angels; Satan (a fallen angel); and, tragically, humans who died without knowing Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, without having a personal relationship with God Almighty through His Son Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit.Humans in hell can never get out.Judgment is set. It can never be changed, FOREVER.They are stuck in hell for eternity, and they know it. They remember their life on earth.They are placed in small pits or cells. Their bodies are continually burned with fire, burning sulfur and hot coals. The fire and flames literally burn and tear their flesh off their skeletons. Worms and maggots crawl inside them and are not affected by the fire.Demons torment and torture them and keep them in their holding places.Even worse, at the end times, hell will be thrown into the lake of fire. They will be a literal lake of fire and burning sulfur, forever.Humans in hell feel everything and know everything going on. They remember their life on earth and the many times they could have repented and received Jesus Christ. They remember the times they could have done good and did not. They remember family and friends on earth – and hope that they avoid hell.They know they are among billions of other lost souls, all of them weeping and wailing in torment. Approximately 108 billion people have lived so far on earth – and most people do not make it to heaven. People in hell only leave their small pit or cell to be taken somewhere else for even worse torture, sometimes by Satan himself.When the earth is destroyed, hell will be thrown into the lake of fire, where everyone in hell will burn in fire FOREVER (Revelation 20:14).
Why is there even a place with such horrible, extreme, excruciating suffering?We know only in part.The word of God says that hell was “prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matthew 25:41) – not for man.The real battle in the universe is between God Almighty – the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – and His enemy, Satan.The devil was originally the highest-ranking angel of God (Lucifer; see Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28) who rebelled and tried to overthrow God. Satan was cast out of heaven and is still today opposing and trying to defeat God. He still thinks he can overthrow God, but he was defeated at the cross of Jesus Christ.One of the main ways He opposes God is by deceiving human beings into NOT following God through Jesus Christ – and into following the devil, or any other path apart from Jesus Christ. Satan and his enslaved demons hate people, because people are made in God’s image; and Satan hates God.Why is this happening? This battle is a mystery in many ways to humans. But God has revealed much about it through His word. See the book War in the Heavens for a full summary of the real war in the universe.This battle has been going on for a long time – we do not know how long.When you understand the spiritual battle and the good and evil forces behind it, a lot of questions and mysteries are answered and solved.Tragically, Satan deceives people into following him – and those who follow him will end up in hell. It’s very important to know this: if someone is not following Jesus Christ, that person is following and serving Satan, the devil. Every person on earth is in one of two families: God’s or the devil’s.