Hell and Everlasting Punishment
Part 11: Keeping
Hell is a place of keeping- where the wicked will be kept for all eternity. Dr. Harry Ironside spoke of this place of imprisonment: "Hell is God's well-ordered prison house; the lake of fire is His penitentiary."
Evangelist Fred Barlow commented on Hell as a place of unescapble doom:
"Criminals behind the bars, sentanced for life and even for execution, live in hope that they may be paroled, escape, get to freedom someday, someway. But Hell is not a penitentiary from which a person can ever escape or ever hope of release. For God does not consign a soul to Hell to make him penitent for sin and to rehabilitate him for heavenly society someday. God sends a sinner to hell to punish him for committing the unrepentable, unforgivable sin- the final and eternal rejection of Christ."
HYMAN J. APPLEMAN: "Should you make your abode in hell, you will see the burning faces, the glazed eyes, the tortured hands of fellow prisoners of damnation. You will reconize, God forbid, husband, wife, father, mother, brother, sister, son, daughter, friend, neighbor, that you could aas easioly have taken to heaven as dragged down to hell. Oh, that awful mass of weeping, wailing humanity that inhabits hell! They, too, cry one heaven-searching cry to God, but, alas, too late. All cry that endless refrain, 'Forever! Forever! Forever!' Beyond God forever! Beyond Christ forever! Beyond the Spirit forever! Beyond the Bible forever! Beyond the Gospel forever! Beyond the cross forever! Beyond the blood forever! Beyond tears forever! Beyond repentance forever! Beyond faith forever! Beyond confession forever! Beyond time forever! Beyond eternity forever! Forever! Forever! Forever!"
BELGIC CONFESSION (1561): "The consideration of the judgement is justly terrible and dreadful to the wicked and ungodly... who shall be convicted by the testimony of their own consciences, and being immortal, shall be tormented in that everlasting fire which is prepared for the devil and his angels."
"And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath resevered in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgement seat of the great day." (Jude 6)
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