There is a passage in Isaiah that warns against using our own or the world’s resources or understanding when encountering the barren blindness of living in this dark and depraved world rather than trusting the light of the revelation of God through His Son Jesus Christ and His deliverance.
“Who among you fears the Lord? Who obeys the voice of His Servant? Who walks in darkness and has no light? Let him trust in the name of the Lord and rely upon his God. Look, all you who kindle a fire, Who encircle yourselves with sparks: Walk in the light of your fire and in the sparks you have kindled-This you shall have from My hand: You shall lie down in torment. Isaiah 50:10-11
This false flame which doesn’t light our darkness brings only shame and eternal destruction. This deceptive deliverance rejects the true light and only source of genuine life in this wicked world. God’s Word reveals we must trust in the name of Jesus Christ the Son of God and obey His voice. He is the true light Who removes our darkness and death with His glorious life.
The people who walked in darkness Have seen a great light; Those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, Upon them a light has shined. & For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:2 & 6
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe. He was not the Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world. John 1:6-9
Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life. John 8:12
God tells us in Isaiah 50:10-11 that those who reject the provision of the grace and forgiveness offered to us through His Son Jesus Christ and rely upon any other source for righteousness will suffer torment. That this torment is real and eternal is clarified for us by Jesus Christ in the gospel of Luke.
Jesus told this parable to the Pharisees, lovers of money, after they derided Him for His warning that no one can love God and money at the same time. This parable was used by God to reveal the Pharisee’s wicked avarice which turned them away from the kingdom of God, and warn them of the consequences of their wickedness.
“There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day. But there was a certain beggar name Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate, desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. 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.’ “But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that in your life time you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented. And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.’ “Then he said, ‘I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father’s house, for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.’ “Abraham said to him, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.’ “And he said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ “But he said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.’” Luke 16:19-31
This parable could be an actual account of Lazarus and the rich man used for warning against greediness and its consequences. Either way, it gives evidence of hell and the torments that await the sinner there.
There is another passage in the gospel of Mark in which Jesus warns what awaits those who cause His disciples to stumble. He then advises it is better to take whatever action is necessary than to experience the torments of hell.
“If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed, rather than having two hands to go to hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched-“where ‘Their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.’ “And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame, rather than having two feet, to be cast into hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched-“where ‘Their worm does not die And the fire is not quenched.’ “And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire-“where ‘Their worm does not die, And their fire is not quenched.’ Mark 9:43-48
The repeated quoted phrase is taken from the book of Isaiah.
“And they shall go forth and look Upon the corpses of the men Who have transgressed against Me. For their worm does not die, And their fire is not quenched. They shall be an abhorrence to all flesh. Isaiah 66:24
Jesus again describes the judgment of the wicked in the book of Matthew.
“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. Matthew 25:31
This everlasting fire is called the lake of fire and brimstone in the book of Revelation.
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. Revelation 20:10
“But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” Revelation 21:8
This everlasting fire, this lake of fire and brimstone is the eternal destination for all who reject Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and trust in their own efforts and baseless opinions for their eternal security and justification before our holy God. This destiny of damnation awaits all sinners who reject the only One Who can save them from their sin and the judgment they deserve. The everlasting burnings are the abode of any and all who do not know nor have faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. How tragic that professing Christians are rejecting the doctrine of eternal judgment in hell and replacing it with either annihilation or universalism. Those sparks that light no one’s way will increase the faithless followers of lies and enlarge the numbers in hell. Let faithful followers of Christ clearly proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ that He died for our sins and rose again from the dead so that we can be saved from eternal damnation. Let us proclaim that Jesus Christ being raised up to heaven where He is seated at the right hand of the Majesty on high intercedes for His church until He returns for His beloved and brings judgment on all the unbelieving liars. Let us warn the lost to flee the wrath to come and enter into the safe harbor of the Savior of mankind, Jesus Christ the righteous.