Summary: This message deals with the horrors of Hell by showing the things that will not be present there.


Text: Ps.9: 17

Intro: Everything in our physical world possesses certain qualities that make it what it essentially is. For instance, water is made up of two molecules of hydrogen and one molecule of oxygen. Any other mixture, and you won’t have water. You’ll have something totally different.

In a very real sense, we recognize things in our physical world not only by the characteristics that they possess, but also by those that they do not possess. You’re not likely to ever see a horse with antlers growing out of its head, or a deer with a trunk hanging from its face. If they did, they would be considered freaks of nature.

Today as we deal with the topic of Hell, I want to talk about some of the things that will not be there. By doing so, we will also get a vivid idea of its characteristics. I can assure you, if you are normal, you won’t like what you see.

You may be wondering why I would preach a message like this. It is my hope that if there is anyone here today without Christ, that they will determine to give their heart to Jesus before it’s eternally too late. For those who are saved, I pray that you will get such a vivid picture of Hell today that you will determine to keep as many people out of it as possible.

I want to make it very clear today that this preacher does not view what the Bible has to say about Hell as simply metaphorical or allegorical. I believe that the Hell that the Bible speaks of is a literal place, filled with literal people, enduring literal unbearable pain. I believe our worst nightmare would not come close to the horrors of Hell.

One might ask, “Why would a loving God create such an awful place?” Folks, I believe that God wanted to make Hell so horrible, so hot, that all who seriously considered it would be repulsed by it. Hell was not created with man in mind. It was created for Satan and his angels according to Matthew 25: 41. However, the Bible teaches that all who reject Christ will wind up there as well.

Today I want us to look at some things that Hell will never have. Let’s see what God’s Word has to say about it.

Theme: In Hell, there will be:


Matt.8: 12a “But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness…”

Matt.22: 13a “Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness…”

II Pet.2: 17 “These (false teachers) are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved forever.”

Jude 12 “These (false teachers) are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;

13 Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever.”

NOTE: [1] Can you imagine never seeing the light again? When lost souls have suffered the darkness of Hell for a thousand years, they will still be tormented by the memories of the warm glow of the sunlight that once caressed their faces. But the light of day they will never see again. But what more fitting punishment could there be for those who “loved darkness rather light” (John 3: 19)?

[2] I am told that one who is forced to remain in total darkness for an extended period of time becomes very agitated and irritable.

[3] There are some other reasons why there will be no light in Hell:

3a. The Light of the world will not be there (John 8: 12).

3b. The light of the Gospel won’t be there, for every heart has already been darkened. II Corinthians 4: 4b says, “…the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ…should shine unto them.”


Luke 16: 24 “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.”

NOTE: To the consternation and torment of the doomed, the only cool liquid they will have in Hell will be what remains in their memories. One can only imagine the torment of a dry, parched throat and swollen tongue that begs for one drink of water, and yet can never be satisfied.

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