[b]The hell of hell[/b]
(Brooks, "The Golden Key to Open Hidden Treasures")
And as there are a diversity of torments in hell,
so the torments of hell are everlasting.
"Depart from Me, you who are cursed, into the eternal
fire prepared for the Devil and his angels!" Mt. 25:41
The sentence which shall be passed upon them, is eternal.
God Himself, who damns them, is eternal.
The prison and chains which hold them, are eternal.
The worm which gnaws them, is eternal.
The fire which torments them, is eternal.
Grievous is the torment of the damned--for the bitterness
of the punishments. It is more grievous--for the diversity
of the punishments. But it is most grievous--for the eternity
of the punishments!
If, after so many millions of years as there are drops in
the ocean, there might be a deliverance out of hell--this
would yield a little ease, a little comfort to the damned.
Oh, but this word Eternity! Eternity! Eternity! this word
Everlasting! Everlasting! Everlasting! this word Forever!
Forever! Forever! will even break the hearts of the
damned in ten thousand pieces!
Suppose that the whole world were turned into a mountain of
sand, and that a little bird should come once every thousand
years and carry away from that heap, one grain of sand. What
an infinite number of years would be spent before this great
mountain of sand would be fetched away! Just so--if a man
should lie in everlasting burnings so long a time as this, and
then have an end of his woe--it would give some ease, some
hope, and some comfort to him. But when that immortal bird
shall have carried away this great mountain of sand--a thousand
times over and over--alas, alas, sinful man shall be as far from
the end of his anguish and torment as ever he was! He shall be
no nearer coming out of hell, than he was the very first moment
that he entered into hell!
Suppose, say others, that a man were to endure the
torments of hell as many years--as there are . . .
sands on the sea-shore,
drops of water in the sea,
stars in the heavens,
leaves on the trees,
blades of grass on the ground
--yet he would comfort himself with this poor thought,
"Well, there will come a day when my misery and torment
shall certainly have an end."
But woe and alas! this word, "Forever! Forever! Forever!"
will fill the hearts of the damned with the greatest . . .
horror and terror,
anger and rage,
bewilderment and astonishment!
If the fire of hell were terminable, it might be tolerable. But
being endless, it must needs be easeless, and remediless.
The eternity of hell--is the hell of hell.
The damned shall live as long in hell--as
long as God Himself shall live in heaven!
"The reprobate shall have . . .
punishment without pity;
misery without mercy,
sorrow without support,
crying without compassion,
mischief without measure, and
torment without end!"
And they will go away into eternal punishment,
but the righteous into eternal life. Matthew 25:46
All the pains, torments, curse, and wrath which were
due to the elect--fell on Christ, until divine justice was
fully satisfied. "For God did not appoint us to suffer
wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus
Christ." 1 Thes. 5:9. Oh, exalt that Christ! Oh, extol
that Savior, who has saved you from that eternal wrath!
SI Moderator - Greg Gordon