Issue # 4 – Heaven and Hell
NOTE: I hesitated to print Mr. Geo. Godkin’s account of hell (sheol-hades and gehennah). Could it really be possible? Could there actually be places of such suffering, such anguish awaiting those who enter a Christless eternity? When sharing this hesitation with a friend, I recalled the words “LAKE OF FIRE,” the Bible’s description of Gehennah, and these words confirmed to me that Mr. Godkin’s report was indeed harmonious with Scripture, that his narration was in no way exaggerative, and it would be an incalculable injustice to withhold his report from the reader. Further, Jesus would never exaggerate, and He described gehennah as a place of “weeping and gnashing of teeth.” The following is taken, with permission, from Mr. Godkin’s tract, “I Saw The Spiritual World.”
…my guiding angel said, “Come.” I was then guided to the place in the spiritual world called Hell [sheol-hades]. This is a place of punishment for all those who reject Jesus Christ or who just forget God. I now had the horrible privilege of not only seeing Hell but also feeling the torment that all will experience that go there.
Hell [sheol-hades] is an area in the spiritual world of outer darkness. The darkness is so intense it seems to have a pressure per square inch. It is an extremely black, dismal, desolate, heavy, pressurized type of darkness. It gives the individual a crushing, despondent feeling of loneliness. The heat is a dry, dehydrating type of heat. Your eyeballs are so dry they feel like red hot coals in their sockets. Your tongue and lips are parched and cracked with the intense heat. The breath from your nostrils as well as the air you breathe feels like a blast from a blast furnace. The exterior of your body feels as if it were encased within a white hot stove. The interior of your body has a sensation of scorching hot air being forced through it. The agony and loneliness of hell cannot be expressed clearly enough for proper understanding to the human soul, it has to be experienced, but unfortunately the soul in hell has reached the point of no return. The sad horrible fact is that the worst is yet to come, for there is a one way road from hell [sheol-hades] to the Lake of Fire [gehennah].
The agony that is experienced in the Lake of Fire is far more horrible than that which is experienced in Hell. God says that at some future time, Hell and all those therein shall be cast into the Lake of Fire. The angelic being once again said to me, “Come,” and we entered this other area of outer darkness called the Lake of Fire. This will be the final resting place of the Devil and his Angels and all those who reject God. The souls who think they have suffered in Hell will have a change of mind when in the Lake of Fire.
Being in the Lake of Fire is like being submerged into a lake of molten lava. It is a lake of liquid fire just as the term indicates. The liquid fire fills your eye sockets so that your eyeballs are floating in the fluid fire. The liquid lava penetrates your ears, flows throw your nostrils, fills your naval passages, goes down your throat and lungs until all your internal organs are filled and saturated with this agonizing burning liquid. Your veins and arteries are filled with this boiling liquid and you have a sensation and feeling of your heart pumping this searing fire through your system. That tongue of yours that cursed God and refused to confess Him as your Lord and Master shall move in a mouth filled with burning liquid fire. Although your brain shall be submerged in liquid fire the memory of your thoughts and deeds on this earth shall be your only companion in this Lake of Fire. The lusts of your flesh shall be intensified in this place of desolation and despair. I shall never forget that clinging sticky mess of white hot liquid fire that burns and burns but never consumes. How long I was in these two places I do not know, but this I do know, all the hardship that may be experienced on this earth because of obedience to the Word of God is nothing in comparison to the penalty of disobedience.
Hebrews 10:31: It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.