"11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. 13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. 14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire." (Revelation 20:11-15)

Now that human history and time are completed John sees the awful event that ushers in eternity. The Millennial earth and heavens dissolve before the eternal glory of God. All that he sees now is God sitting on His white throne and the unsaved dead whom He resurrected.

Some people reject the idea that a God of love could send people to suffer in Hell for eternity. However, think about that conjecture. God so loved the world that God the Son died so that people wouldn't have to spend eternity separated from Him. He made a way for everyone to escape the flames of Hell. Yet some people do not want anything to do with God and His sacrifice for them. If they do not want to spend their earthly lives in fellowship with Him why would they want to spend their eternal lives with Him?

Jesus referred to hell several times during His ministry and spoke of it as a place of judgment and something to fear.

"28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell." (Matthew 10:28)

It is interesting that several times during Jesus' ministry He told the people to "fear not" and "be not afraid". Yet here He told them that Hell was something they should fear. The implication is that if a person does not fear God, and therefore lives a life of rebellion, then that person will spend eternity in Hell. One other noteworthy aspect to this saying of Jesus is the fact that there will not be disembodied souls or spirits suffering in Hell. Just as believers in Jesus receive an eternal, glorified body for their souls and spirits, so too will the unsaved have eternal bodies.

The plain truth is that the Bible declares that there is a real hell and the unsaved will spend eternity there. I deal with the subject of hell and how a God of love could send someone there in chapter 13 of my book. Please go there for a more extensive discussion of this issue. (Ch 13 - The Great White Throne and Hell)

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