Hell, is it Eternal?

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Commentary By:  Gordon King

As Christians we believe in heaven.  Most of us believe that it’s a time of eternal life with God Almighty.  But what about Hell?  Many Christians do not believe that there is actually a place called Hell, or if they do that it is only temporary and not eternal.  That when God judges the lost they will be cast into the “lake of fire” and be annihilated forever.  Completely gone.  Is this what the bible tells us is the truth?

This is a very serious subject which we should all be concerned with, both the unsaved and the saved.

For the unsaved, if you are told that Hell is not eternal, that you will be burned up and nonexistent afterwards, then there is not too much to fear.  But what if Hell is eternal and you are told that it is not?  What then?  You will live for eternity in Hell!  You will have been told a lie and you will be the one paying the price forever.  That’s an awfully long time!

For the saved, if you preach the gospel to the lost, which we should all be doing, and you do not preach about Hell then you are not preaching the whole gospel.  You must tell the lost what they will suffer for not accepting Christ as their Savior.  If you tell them that they will be burned up after judgement, and that they will no longer exist, what if you are wrong?  What if they then choose not to accept Christ by what you have told them and they go on to exist forever in Hell?  How will you then be judged by Christ?  You will have misled the lost into believing a lie, and perhaps have caused them to not accept Christ as their Savior!

However, if you preach to the lost that Hell is eternal, and they do not accept Christ, then they have made that decision knowing the consequences.  If it turns out that Hell is not eternal, then they will be spared eternal punishment.  How shall you then be judged by Christ?

Luke 12:4-5

“And I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after He has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, fear Him!”

If this verse is true, and I believe all of scripture to be true, then we need to fear being cast into Hell!  How much fear should we have if we are burned up and completely annihilated?!

You see, we must tell the lost about Hell when leading others to Christ, for in not doing so we are misleading and misguiding.  I for one do not want to be a part of that!

I have been placed into the position that I am in, as a teacher I suppose, by the Holy Spirit of God.  Therefore, I am and will be judged by God at a higher level.  More weight has been placed on my shoulders and if I mislead, twist the truth, or lie about God and His word then He will judge me for it.

Luke 12:47-48

47 “And that servant who knew his master’s will, and did not prepare himself or do according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. 48 But he who did not know, yet committed things deserving of stripes, shall be beaten with few. For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more.”

Therefore I must follow what I believe to be the truth of God’s word.  I must follow the Holy Spirit in direction and truth.  He shall lead me, He is my guide and my discernment.

The word of God is not meant to distract, to confuse.  That is the work of Satan, the father of confusion.  We must take scripture for what it tells us and not for our own interpretation of it.  We must keep scripture in context and not pull verses to meet our own will, but for the will of our Father in heaven.

For the record, I do believe that Hell is an eternal punishment.  For one, that is what the bible tells me to be the truth.  If the bible is wrong about this then why should I even read it?  I should just put it away and forget about it.  Close the churches, lock the doors, and throw away the keys! 

I have enough proof to believe in an eternal Hell.  I am convicted by the Spirit of God to believe this.  However, like I said before, there are many Christians who do not.

There seems to be much controversy over whether or not Hell is eternal.  I am not writing this to condemn anyone.  For me, I believe what the word of God says, that Hell is an eternal punishment.  It is written, it is easy to understand, not confusing, and in context with scripture.  Remember, we must keep these verses in line with the context they are written in.

Many Christians say that God is one of love, peace, forgiveness, and mercy.  That such a God would not allow His creation to suffer in Hell for eternity.  This is their argument, without any scripture to back it up.  I am sorry but this is not an argument.  Sure, He is a God of love, peace, forgiveness, and mercy.  But He is also a God of wrath and judgement.  We need to look at all sides of God, not just one side.  This would be omitting the whole truth.  Just read the bible and you will see that God is a God of wrath and judgement, I will not quote scriptures here, there are so many, just open the bible and read it!  From Sodom and Gomorrah, Noah, Egypt, the Israelites, Jonah, etc.

God is a wrathful God, a jealous God, a fair God, a loving God, a forgiving God, and a peaceful God.  Yet He is just and righteous.  His ways are true and pure.  His ways are not our ways, nor are His thoughts our thoughts.

Isaiah 55:8-9

8  ‘ “For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts.’

Therefore we must not second guess God nor His ways.  We do not know all of God’s thoughts or His ways.  They are perfect.  He is perfect.  He is mighty and more intelligent than any other being!  After all, He created the universe and all things, and holds them all together.

There are many verses in the bible referring to “Eternal Hell”.

Matthew 25:41

41 “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels”

Revelation 20:10

10 “The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.”

13 “The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. 14 Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15 And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”

2 Thessalonians 1:9

9 “These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power,”

Jude 1:7

7 “as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them in a similar manner to these, having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.”

 2 Peter 2:17

17 “These are wells without water, clouds carried by a tempest, for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever.”

Matthew 13:41-42

41 “The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, 42 and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.

As Matthew 13:42 says, “there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth”.  If the lost are cast into the lake of fire and are burned up, totally annihilated, then why would there be any wailing and gnashing of teeth?

Matthew 25:46

46 “And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

There are many, many more verses of scripture, not taken out of context, have the meaning of “eternal” punishment.  But what does eternal, forever and ever, and everlasting really mean?  The original scriptures of the New Testament were written in Greek.  Lets take a look.

The words “eternal”, “forever and ever”, and “everlasting” in Hebrew according to “hebrew4christians.com”:

The Hebrew word used is “Olam


(oh-LAHM) n. Eternity; world. Also: everlastingness.

olam: long duration, antiquity, futurity

Original Word: עוֹלָם
Part of Speech: Noun Masculine
Transliteration: olam
Phonetic Spelling: (o-lawm’)
Short Definition: forever

 The Greek word used is “Aionios“.

Strong’s Concordance definition in Greek:


aiónios: agelong, eternal

Original Word: αἰώνιος, ία, ιον
Part of Speech: Adjective
Transliteration: aiónios
Phonetic Spelling: (ahee-o’-nee-os)
Short Definition: eternal, unending
Definition: age-long, and therefore: practically eternal, unending; partaking of the character of that which lasts for an age, as contrasted with that which is brief and fleeting.

Strong’s Concordance and Hebrew4Christians both agree that the word used in the bible for “eternity”, “everlasting”, and “forever and ever” mean the same thing: forever, eternal, unending, eternity, everlasting.

Don’t believe me then look them up for yourself.

The point is that we must take the words and place them in the context of scripture to get the full meaning of the word.  We must rightly divide the word of God.

2 Timothy 2:15

15 “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

Jesus is telling us throughout the new testament that those who are not saved shall be cast into the lake of fire, have eternal punishment, and be separated from God forever.  This is the theme of the new testament.   Repent, accept Jesus Christ as Lord, or reap eternal punishment.  It is the theme of Revelation as well.  That’s what it’s all about, right, wrong, belief, unbelief, being with God, being without God, accepting Him or rejecting Him, obeying Him or rebelling against Him.  Our universe has principles, universal principles, opposing principles: right and wrong, good and evil, love and hate, weak and strong, humble and proud, male and female, life and death, eternal heaven and eternal hell.

We have a choice to make, eternal life with God, or eternal hell without God.

There are many more bible verses using the word “aionios / aionion” or “eternal”, “everlasting”, and “forever and ever”, many of which pertain to the existence of God and our eternal life.  This is the same word used in describing hell as eternal. 

(From Carm.org)

  1. John 6:47, “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes has eternal (aionion) life.”
  2. John 10:28, “and I give eternal (aionion) life to them, and they shall never perish; and no one shall snatch them out of My hand.”
  3. Acts 13:48, “And when the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord; and as many as had been appointed to eternal (aionion) life believed.”
  4. Romans 2:7, “to those who by perseverance in doing good seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal (aionion) life.”
  5. Romans 5:21, “that, as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal (aionion) life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
  6. Rom. 16:26, ” but now is manifested, and by the Scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the eternal (aionion) God, has been made known to all the nations, leading to obedience of faith.”
  7. Gal. 6:8, “For the one who sows to his own flesh shall from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit shall from the Spirit reap eternal (aionion) life.”
  8. 1 Tim. 6:16, “who alone possesses immortality and dwells in unapproachable light; whom no man has seen or can see. To Him be honor and eternal (aionion) dominion! Amen.”
  9. 1 John 1:2, “and the life was manifested, and we have seen and bear witness and proclaim to you the eternal (aionion) life, which was with the Father and was manifested to us–“
  10. 1 John 5:11, “And the witness is this, that God has given us eternal (aionion) life, and this life is in His Son.”


Jesus also tells us of a story of Lazarus and the rich man.  The rich man was sent to Hades and was tormented with fire, yet was not burned up.  Think this is merely a fable?  I don’t think so, I believe this to be a true story, that is why names are mentioned.  Why else would He mention Lazarus by name?

Luke 16:24

24 “Then 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.’ “

Tormented with the flame, cool my tongue, sounds like what Hell would be like to me.  A place of torment, separated from God, forever.

We are composed of a body, a soul, and a spirit.  When the body dies the spirit is returned to God.  This does not mean that we are no longer, but that we (our spirit) shall be judged by God.  For God shall judge the righteous and the wicked.

Ecclesiastes 12:7

7 “Then the dust will return to the earth as it was,
And the spirit will return to God who gave it.”

Why would Jesus Himself go to great lengths to inform us of Hell if it were not so?  Why would He tell us that it is a place of eternal punishment if He did not want us to believe it?  Why would the apostles tell us about Hell and warn us to fear Him who could send us their forever?!  Why if it were not true?

 I do not want to believe that Hell is a real place or that it is a place of eternal punishment.  I cannot understand why God would do such a thing.  But He tells me that it is and I believe Him.  I do not know all of His ways, nor all of His thoughts.  I do not second guess Him, nor will I.  Mine is to trust in Him, to believe what He tells me.  For His ways are greater than mine, His thoughts are higher than mine. 

I know that God is the creator of all.  That He is the smartest, the most powerful, the most loving, the most fair, the most forgiving, the most understanding of all that ever was or ever will be.

For us to say that God would not send someone to Hell for eternity because He is loving, peaceful, forgiving, and merciful, is no basis for not believing in Hell.  Where are the scriptures that say otherwise?  Where in the bible does it say that Hell is not eternal?  Where in the bible does it say that God will not punish the wicked?

If the scriptures are flawed, if I cannot believe what the bible tells me, than what do I have?  What else do I have to study in order to learn God’s ways?  If the bible is not 100% accurate than I am just wasting my time.  But I believe with all of my heart that it is true, 100%!  I believe that my discernment of the scriptures regarding Hell is true also.

Believe what you will.  Study the scriptures and ask God for discernment and enlightenment.  Test what I have written against God’s word.  See for yourself what God has to say about Hell.

We all have a journey to take.  We all  have choices to make.  Making the right choice, believing what is true and what is not can make an eternity of difference, not only to us but to those who are lost.

God is not out to confuse us, but to inform us of what is coming, what is and what will be.  If we are saved then we are His children and He wants us to be informed.  If someone can prove to me that Hell is not real or that it is not eternal then God bless them!  But I must stand on my convictions, on the word of God, and follow where the Holy Spirit leads me.

Let us not use scripture to meet our own will.  Let us take scripture at its word and in context.  This is most important.  Please do not use the argument that because God is loving and kind that He could not send anyone to Hell for eternal punishment!  That is your own opinion speaking, your own will.

Believe it or not, eternal Hell or not, if we are saved then we are all children of the most high God!  Love one another, stay true to the faith, and spread the gospel of Jesus Christ!  If you are saved then you should have no worries about Hell, on the other hand if you are unsaved you have a whole lot to worry about!

God Bless my friends, until next time!

14 thoughts on “Hell, is it Eternal?

  1. Thank you Kristiann! Many will not believe in an eternal Hell, yet they so readily believe in an eternal Heaven! Without question. God Bless!

  2. YOU ARE ALREADY IN HELL, and you have been here for thousands of
    human years. Hell is not a place with flames, and a man with a fork,
    and a pointed tail and horns. THIS IS IT! The flames are only on
    the Last-Day, HERE, to destroy the evil souls.
    11:41 Some of you, say that you do not think that this planet is Hell,
    or a prison, and that you actually LIKE it here.
    11:42 ONLY someone who IS evil can feel at home in Hell, and like
    being here, with all these bad people (John 12:25)(Sura 16:106-111).
    11:43 The priests have helped Satan, by maintaining and feeding
    your egos, and their own; teaching that Planet Earth is a good place,
    and that you are all good, and all sinners at the same time. What a
    ludicrous contradiction, and how STUPID. How can you be good, if
    you are a sinner? You use the word sinner, because the word bad
    offends your ego, but they both mean the same.
    11:44 This stupidity has prevented you all from being humble
    enough, to REALLY ask for, and receive, God’s guidance, and has
    helped to keep you here, all this time.
    11:45 What is absolutely astounding, is that you actually believe that
    you are good, and that what happens on this planet is NORMAL. Do
    you actually believe, that all this evil; cruelty; selfishness; murder;
    rape; theft; child-molesting; etc., could happen on a NORMAL
    civilised planet? It could not happen anywhere else but in Hell,
    which is exactly where you all are, and where all this evil happens.
    You don’t know the meaning of the words, civilised, and good
    (Isaiah 64:6), and that is one of the reasons why you are still here.
    11:46 If you are like Jesus (genuinely), in your present human-life,
    and your body dies, THEN you will go to heaven. ANYTHING less
    will NOT make the grade, and you will return to Hell (Earth), in your
    next body, continually, until you get it right, or run out of time, and
    then burn in “The Fire”, on the Last-Day (Acts 2:31-34).
    11:47 You are ALL bad, or you would not be here, in prison. God does
    not keep good people in prison. Be humble and LEARN to be good.

    From “The Way home or face The Fire” which is “the little book” spoken of in Revelation chapter 10.
    The mysteries of God are finished.

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  4. Hello, this is a topic that really gets me down alot. I have asked God for discernment and keep coming back to annihilation as the answer. One of the main verses making me think this way is John 3:16 that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. Does perish not mean to die? There’s another somewhere calling it eternal death which I read to mean death which is eternal, as our death from this life is not, we will all be raised again. It’s the concept of eternal hellfire that causes alot of people to instantly not believe or want to know any more about God. I know that’s how my mum feels cos it scares her and she does actually believe there’s a God but doesn’t want to know anything about this ‘religion’ after being scared to death in Catholic school. I’m sick of worrying about it but I know if I go around telling people to be careful they don’t burn forever they will more likely be turned away from God. I wish I could have some peace of mind on this, I live in fear for loved ones and myself as I often question my salvation. Out of interest, how do you think you will feel in heaven knowing the fate of others or do you think you will have forgotten about loved ones? I know that doesn’t have any bearing on what is true I just wonder your thoughts on that. Thanks.

  5. Thanks for your comment Lisa.

    There are a lot of believers who do not think hell is eternal, however, scripture tells us that hell is forever, eternal punishment and separation from God. I believe what the scripture tells me, however much I wish that it said something else. Scripture never says that we will be annihilated, but will live forever in hell. Do we believe what God tells us to be the truth or do we believe what we want to believe? And if this is the truth then why would anyone not want to believe in God? God does not send us there, we condemn ourselves, it is of our own doing.

    Think of it this way, hell is separation from God. It is everything that God is not. If an unbeliever, who does not love God, does not believe in God, goes to heaven, do you think they will be happy in heaven? Why would they suddenly accept God, love Him, and be happy serving Him forever if they don’t want to here on earth? They don’t want God now, they don’t want to love Him or serve Him on earth, they separate themselves from God, God isn’t separating them from Him, He wants no one to perish! If we tell the unsaved that if they do not believe in Jesus Christ, then when they die they will just be annihilated, will that turn them to God? I believe that if people believe this then they will rebel even more against God!

    I don’t have all of the answers Lisa, but I do know that God tells us that we will have no more tears, pain, sorrow, or grief in heaven. So, maybe we don’t remember our loved ones who didn’t go to heaven or some other reason, but when we are living in the presence of God Almighty, this will all make sense. Many things of God are a mystery to us.

    God bless Lisa, keep seeking the truth my friend!

  6. Of all the topics on the bible, the truth about hell has made many to become atheist. Many can’t understand why a loving God can be so cruel as to enjoy punishing sinners for all eternity. For me, I wouldn’t even want to worship such a God. If heaven is supposed to be a place where Christ will wipe away every tear from our eyes, where there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the former things have passed away.” .Revelation 21:4, how will all that happen if outside God’s city the New Jerusalem our loved ones will be burning forever and ever? Brothers and sisters, you see the enemy of souls has misconstrued the truth about hell into a fable that would win him more souls if not studied carefully. Basically, here is where he mars the character of God and depicts him as a sadist when in real sense God desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth (1 Timothy 2:4). In fact, God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life(John 3:16). Back to the question as to whether hell is a real place that exists today or is it a time and moment in the future when God will destroy sin forever. I prefer to let the bible speak for itself. According to Mathew 25:41, hell/eternal fire was meant for the devil and his angels, but for sinners, who have rejected the grace of Christ, will find themselves in hell out of their own volition. So if hell does exist right now and also according to Mathew was meant for the devil and his angels, why isn’t Satan there? Why is it that, humans are the once who end up there? Let’s look at Revelation 20:7-9 to see when the lake of fire will happen (notice the highlighted portions)
    When the thousand years are complete, Satan will be released from his prison, and will go out to deceive the nations in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to assemble them for battle. Their number is like the sand of the seashore.
    And they marched across the broad expanse of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city. But FIRE came down from heavena and consumed them. 10And the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur, into which the beast and the false prophet had already been thrown. There they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.
    As of the question of how long will the eternal fire last, ask yourself this? We know that God is Just (Hebrews 6:10) then where would God’s Justice be when he torments an atheist who wouldn’t accept Christ as being Lord and savior but was nice to people for the same amount of time(forever) as the devil himself… that wouldn’t make sense at all. You see, when the bible uses the term forever which in greek is aion (pronounced as ahee-ohn) it means a cycle of time not necessarily an infinite, unending length of time. An example of a passage that uses the same Greek word is Jude 1:7 referring to how Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed by an eternal fire, which of course if you go the southeast of the Dead Sea where they archeologist discovered the ruins of Sodom and Gomorrah, you will not find it burning to this day. And thus it suffices to say that, eternal fire simply means a fire that has a lasting consequence meaning, after Satan and all the wicked followers (Malachi 4:3) is burned up to ashes, he will seize to exist forever and the only thing that would remind us of his rebellion against God will be the nail marks on Christ’s hand the mark of the spear on his side.
    There are myriads of other verses that expound on the topic of hell, and it’s my prayer that you study for yourself and the Holy Spirit will guide you unto all truth…. John 16:13.

  7. Thanks for your comment Dickson!

    I disagree with you, scripture tells us that hell is eternal, just as heaven is eternal! God does not punish sinners in hell, they send themselves there for rebelling against God. We all make the choice, an eternal choice. I have listened to people who believe as you do, Annihilationists, and I totally disagree. I believe what scripture says about hell, what Jesus taught about hell.

    God bless!

  8. Thanks for your comment Dr. Gold!

    The truth must be told, and if it were not true nor important then Jesus Christ Himself would not have told us these things.

    God bless!

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