Alright, so today I wanted to do a quick sermon on hell in the Old Testament. Now, I have heard from a few ‘unbelievers’ that hell is a doctrine found only in the New Testament, or that is was invented by Christianity and can be found nowhere in the Old Testament.
Many people do not even realize that when Jesus spoke of hell He was quoting the Old Testament.
First, lets see what Jesus said about hell.
And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:
44 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
45 And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:
46 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
47 And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire:
48 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
We can see from this that Jesus said hell is a place of unquenchable fire, and worms that do not die.
What does the Old Testament say about this?
The first verse that should be noted is Deuteronomy 32:22.
For a fire is kindled in mine anger, and shall burn unto the lowest hell, and shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains.
A fire is kindled in mine anger, and shall burn unto the lowest hell. That sounds a lot like what Jesus is speaking of. A place of burning under the earth.
Psalm 11: 6 Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup.
Fire and brimstone is the New Testament description of the lake of fire, not to be confused with hell. But it is here in the Old Testament as well.
Isaiah 1:28-31 And the destruction of the transgressors and of the sinners shall be together, and they that forsake the Lord shall be consumed.
29 For they shall be ashamed of the oaks which ye have desired, and ye shall be confounded for the gardens that ye have chosen.
30 For ye shall be as an oak whose leaf fadeth, and as a garden that hath no water.
31 And the strong shall be as tow, and the maker of it as a spark, and they shall both burn together, and none shall quench them.
Transgressors and sinners shall both burn together and none shall quench them. This is a strong depiction of hell in the Old Testament.
Isaiah 66:24 And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh.
This verse is the one Jesus quoted the most, it is a clear cut depiction of the lake of fire, the final punishment for all the wicked.
I cannot close this message without giving you the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Do not go to hell, Jesus paid the price for your sins so that you can be delivered from an eternal punishment.
Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
1 Timothy 1:15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.