Summary: The preaching of hell as slowly faded from many pulpits but that does not mean there is not one. As sure as there is a Heaven there is a hell.
WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE PLACE CALLED HELL?
Intro: If you have ever looked closely in the Bible you will realize that hell is preached on more than Heaven. Jesus preached on the subject of hell 56 times and only preached on Heaven 24 times. In the book of Matthew Jesus preached on hell 10 times. He preached on Hell in his first Sermon on the Mount and preached on Hell in his last Sermon on the Mount of Olives. So if preachers are supposed to be preaching the same gospel what has happened to the preaching on hell? The problem today is that the subject of hell is too controversial. To many preachers today are portraying God as a God of universal love. They are portraying God as someone who pats sin on the back and looks over it. And while God is not sending any one to hell he will judge sin and cast unbelievers there. God is love he is also a God of wrath. I want to preach on the subject “WHATEVER HAPPENED TO A PLACE CALLED HELL.”
A lot of people think hell is a state of being and not a literal place. There are some that think hell is here on earth as we speak. But every time I read about hell I find a geographical description
I. Hell is a REAL place
A. (Matthew 16:18) says that hell has gates
B. (Revelation 14:11) says hell has smoke
C. (Revelation 21:8) says hell has brimstone
D. (Mark 9) says there are worms in hell
E. (Revelation 20:15) refers to hell as a lake
F. (Isaiah 14:9) says hell is a place beneath
G. (Psalms 55:15) speaks of going “down into hell”
H. (Revelation 20:3) refers to hell as a bottomless pit
I. So Hell is a real place
II. Hell is a place created for a purpose
A. (Matthew 25:41) tells us that hell was created for the devil and his angels
B. However, because of the wickedness and disobedience of mankind the purpose of hell has changed
C. Now hell is not only a place for devil and his angels but it is also a place for the devil and his children
D. In (John 8:44) Jesus addresses the Jews and says You are of your father the devil
E. (II Peter 2:4) Hell was created for those who rebelled against God. And because God spared not the angels that sinned he will not spare any on this earth that rebel against him.
III. Hell is a place with a growing population
A. The perimeter of hell is growing on a second by second basis. In (Isaiah 5:14) we read that hell hath enlarged herself
B. Atlanta is the fastest growing city in the south adding nearly 8,000 people a day. But think of this on the average in the United States there are 28,800 people a day die, 10,512,000 a year in the US alone How many of those go to hell?
C. 600,000 died in the Civil War, 50,000 alone at the battle of Gettysburg
D. The Bubonic Plague in the 1300’s wiped out ¼ of the population of Europe
E. In 1556 the greatest earthquake to ever hit Japan killed 830,000
F. During World War II 55 million people were killed.
G. World Stats of dying unbelievers
Number of people in the world (as of Jan. 2004) 6.339 billion
Number of true believers 410 million
Number of non-believers 5.989 billion