Buried Alive: The Horrifying Reality Of Hell

By David J. Stewart | January 2013

...to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.” —Jude 1:13

There is no death any more frightening than to be buried alive. Luke 16:22-23, “And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.” The rich unsaved man died in his sins during the night, waking up in a confined space with no way out. The man cried out in torments, but he could not escape and there was no relief from his anguish, pain and panic.

Waking up in Hell will be worse than waking up in a coffin—not only confined, trapped, darkness, lonely, panic and there's no way out; but also burning in flames, tormented, and without the presence of God forever and ever!

The Bible describes Hell as a furnace! Matthew 13:50: “And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.” Furnace is defined as “an enclosed chamber in which heat is produced.” All Christ-rejecters will wake up upon death in the confines of a fiery furnace, with no way out.

The Bible also describes Hell as a place of “blackness of darkness.” Jude 1:13, “Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.” The Greek word for “darkness” is skotos and simply means “obscurity” (the absence of illumination). Literally Hell will be a place of darkness. However, the Greek word for “blackness“ is zophos and means “gloom.” Gloom is defined as “an atmosphere of depression and melancholy.” Hell is going to be a place of great depression, where there will be continual feelings of thoughtful sadness. No amount of self-help thinking will encourage a soul that has been condemned to Hell for all eternity. Oh, friend, whoever you may be, I beg you not to go to Hell. It is such an awful place of misery, sorrow, loneliness and horrifying torment day-and night.

Historical records indicate that during the 17th century when plague victims often collapsed seemingly dead, there were 149 actual cases of people being buried alive. A disturbingly high rate of people being buried alive have occurred in modern times, such as in Pakistan in 2008 when 3 teen girls and 2 adults were buried alive. Hell will be a place of claustrophobia (a morbid fear of being closed in a confined space). People who go to Hell will be overwhelmed with the reality that they are trapped in a confined space, from which they can never escape, nor will there be an end. How horrifying! Oh, how frightening is the very thought of being confined in a place forever that is dark, gloomy, sad, depressing—a place of torments and flames of fire—a furnace in a confined space.

Psalms 50:22, “Now consider this, ye that forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver.”

Hell is a Lake of Fire that is confined, dark and miserable. Revelation 20:14-15, “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” There won't be any sun, moon nor stars in Hell. It will be a confined place of the blackness of darkness.

All unbelievers who die in their sins will suffer God's wrath and vengeance for ever and ever, punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord. While the saints (God's children) with the Lord are enjoying “ALL THINGS” (Romans 8:32), the unbelieving (Satan's children) will get NOTHING from God except eternal damnation. Romans 8:32, “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” Those in Hell are going to hate themselves, knowing that they could have enjoyed all things from God; but instead they are suffering the eternal wrath and vengeance of an angry God, because they died in their sins without Christ.

My friend, if you are not saved you are already condemned. If you died this moment, your fate is sealed. You will go to Hell forever. Nothing that you nor the living do, can change your fate once you die. John 3:18, “He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” The Bible describes in detail why people go to Hell and what happens to them once they get there. 2nd Thessalonians 1:8-9, “In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power.” People go to Hell for not obeying the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

2nd Peter 2:4 and 21, “For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment ... For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.”

Once you've heard the truth of the Gospel and reject it, the light that is in thee becomes darkness and you are two-fold the child of Hell. Matthew 6:23, “But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!” If you are not saved, Satan owns you!!! “In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother” (1st John 3:10). Each and every Christian believer belongs to Jesus Christ. 1st Corinthians 3:23, “And ye are Christ's; and Christ is God's.”

I shudder to think when Sarah Silverman dies how awful she's going to suffer. Silverman is Jewish and openly blasphemes the name of Jesus often, just as many Christ-rejecting Jews do today. Jon Stewart (real name: Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz) recently referred to Christ's nativity scene as “the Virgin Manger.” No one hates Jesus as much as Christ-rejecting Jews; and no one loves Jesus as much as truly born-again Jews. I believe that. It was Nicodemus, a born-again Jew (and Joseph of Arimathaea), who loved Jesus and prepared the body of our precious Lord for burial and then buried Him in a tomb.

ABC TV debuted a new sitcom on March 4, 2012 called GCB (Good Christian Bitches). Every Hollywood movie today blasphemes the name of Jesus. Sexual suggestiveness in every movie is synonymous with Jewish-owned Hollywood.

Do you think God has missed any of this filth and blasphemy? These God-haters, sodomites and blasphemers are reserved for the lowest (hottest) parts of Hell. Conan O'Brien is Irish, but he is paid to blaspheme Christ by the Jewish-owned networks. Conan O' Brian brags that he is going to Hell when he dies!

All those lost without Christ will be cast body and soul into Hell forever and ever. Did you know that God casts one's “body” into Hell too? Matthew 10:28, “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.” It would seem likely that God must provide some type of body that can withstand the intense heat of a furnace, burning day and night, where the smoke ascendeth up forever and ever. Revelation 14:11, “And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.).” The Word of God ought to frighten anyone who has never come to Jesus to be forgiven of their sins and receive eternal life. It's all free in Christ Jesus, paid for by His precious blood (1st Peter 1:18-19).

For those who reject God's goodness and kindness, turning away the gift of God, then God cannot deny Himself for being faithful. 2nd Timothy 2:13, “If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.” It is a fearful thing to fall into God's hands the Bible warns. Ecclesiastes 12:7 teaches that God gives the human spirit to each body, and our spirit will return to God for judgment when we die (Hebrews 9:27). Hebrews 10:31, “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” Eternal life is free for even the vilest murderer, child rapist or Washington politician (Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9). To be saved, simply believe upon Jesus' name—trusting that He died, was buried and rose from the dead as payment for your sins—whose precious blood cleanses away even the darkest stains of sin. Praise the name of Jesus!

Death is inevitable for us all. Today may be the last day of your life, or mine. I'm ready to meet God, knowing that I am saved in Christ Jesus. Are you ready to meet your Maker? Have you been born-again by the Spirit of God (John 3:5-7) in obedience to the seed of the Word of God (1st Peter 1:23)? Specifically, have you obeyed the Gospel? Would you like to be saved now? The Gospel is the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. If you receive what Christ did at Calvary as payment for your sins, then you are saved.

“...if I make my bed in hell...” —Psalm 139:8

The Saving Gospel Is That Jesus Died, Was Buried And Rose For Our Sins

The only people who go to Hell are those who make their bed there, just as Psalm 139:8 teaches. We read in Matthew 25:41, “Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.” God never intended for one human being to enter into Hell. It is mankind who makes his bed in Hell, choosing to burn in the flames of God's vengeance forever (2nd Thessalonians 1:8,9).

Don't make the mistake of believing that skeptics and naysayers would convert if only they had more evidence or proof...

Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house: For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead (Luke 16:27-31).

If a person will not listen to the Word of God (i.e., Moses and the prophets), then nothing is going to convince them of the truth. Romans 1:20 tells us that nature itself PROVES, beyond any reasonable doubt, that there is a God... “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.”

Oh, listen my friend, you will have no valid excuse on Judgment Day when you stand trial before God (Hebrews 9:27; Romans 14:12). If you die in your sins, you will go to Hell (John 8:24). You need to have your sins blotted out; but you cannot do anything of your own merit or self-righteousness to remedy the problem (Isaiah 64:6). No matter how much good you accomplish in your earthly life, you'll still have sins on your record against you. The answer is Jesus Christ, Who paid for your sins in full with His own precious blood... “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot” (1st Peter 1:18,19).

To be saved, you simply need to believe that Jesus is the Christ, the only begotten Son of God Who died, was buried and rose from the dead to pay for YOUR sins (1st Corinthians 15:1-4). John 1:12-13, “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” Christ died, was buried and rose for my sins, plus NOTHING, equals salvation!

We need HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS to have our sins forgiven... “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33). 2nd Corinthians 5:21 states, “For he [God the Father] hath made him [God the Son] to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” This is why we read in Romans 4:5, “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.” Amen! Any sinner can be saved and go to Heaven because Jesus took our sins upon Himself; and when we place our faith in Him as our Savior, He places His righteousness upon our record. This is called IMPUTATION. We go to Heaven not because of our own self-righteousness; but rather, because of the righteousness of Jesus Christ.

The Bible tells us in Isaiah 5:14, “Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it.” Hell is getting bigger and bigger every day, being occupied by tens-of-millions of people every day who die in their sins without Jesus Christ as their Savior. Please don't make your bed in Hellfire. If you do go to Hell, it will only be because you turned down the gift of eternal life (Romans 6:23), which God offers exclusively through His Son Jesus Christ (John 3:16; Acts 10:43). 

John 20:31, “But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.”

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