This is another most intriguing and somewhat perplexing question. It has been considered many times down through the ages by Christians and non-Christians alike. Back in 1320 AD Dante wrote the book, Divine Comedy, and it was published finally in 1472 AD. It describes his view of what torment might be like in various levels of Inferno or Hell. It is of course fictional but worth reading to get one perspective on torment in Hell for body and soul.
We, however, always look to see what God has said in His inspired Word, the Bible. First, in many references it says that Hell is a real place, a place that was initially created for Satan and the fallen angels. (Jude 1:6) It is also a place for all those who have rejected God’s free gift of redemption and salvation in His Son, Jesus Christ. The Scriptures are very clear that there is no condemnation or punishment or torment for those who have trusted in Jesus as Savior and Lord. (Romans 8:1) That’s the good news! Jesus, who spoke more about Hell than heaven, described Hell as a place where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. In other words, a body.
In the book of Revelation there is reference to the resurrection of the dead nonbelievers with bodies as it says every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God. (Philippians 2:9-11) Unfortunately, it will be too late for those to enter heaven as they made their choice while on earth to say no to God. Hebrews 9:27 says, “It is appointed onto man once to die and then judgment.” Again in the book of Revelation 20:11-15 we learn that the unsaved will stand before God in judgment and be cast into hell or the lake of fire for all eternity.
Finally their unsaved souls will be in constant torment and anguish. They will forever regret the choice that was made to reject Jesus. They will lament over thoughts like, if I had only listened, or if I hadn’t been so stubborn, or if I had only believed, or if I only trusted in Jesus. God gives everyone an equal chance to have eternal life and be forever with Him in heaven. So choose wisely while there is yet time. Jesus is calling. We trust that you will say yes.
The Bible says that heaven is a real place prepared for all who love God and have trusted in Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord. ( See Revelation 21:1).
Heaven is beyond human description although some have been given glimpses of it. The best reference on what heaven could be like is found in Randy Alcorn’s book, Heaven. Another book, Heaven is for Real, is a sneak preview of how heaven might be seen through the eyes of a child. Finally, Jesus said to his disciples then and for those who have trusted him down through the ages and now:
I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. (John 14:3 – ESV)
Paul, an apostle of Jesus, wrote to the believers in the Greek city of Corinth:
What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him. (1 Corinthians 2:9 – ESV)
Yes, Heaven is for real. It’s not a myth! It’s God’s ultimate gift to all who believe.
God doesn’t send anyone to hell. People choose to go there when they reject Jesus Christ.
Surprised by that answer? you shouldn’t be. God is both loving and just. He won’t force anyone to love him. In fact, he allows all to to pursue the longings of their lives. People who want nothing to do with God in this life will be granted that desire for eternity. That results in eternal separation from God who is the source of all love, joy and beauty.
But God’s desire is for all of us to enjoy Him. He wants everyone be saved from the torments of an endless pursuit of that which will never truly satisfy–an eternity devoid of love and beauty. One of Jesus’ disciples, Peter, reminds us :
The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. (2 Peter 3:9)
He has provided a way to much better eternal life, one in which there is no more sadness or disappointment or loneliness or war or pestilence or pain or death. It comes though a personal relationship with His son, Jesus Christ. God is patient and long-suffering, but eventually all must choose.We all will die and meet God the Creator face-to-face; no reincarnation and no second chances. When we do, we may discover that our choices in life lead to an eternity in hell. Choose wisely.
The short answer is the Bible does not tell us who they will be. Therefore only God knows the answer. However, this does not stop many theologians and others including us from speculating.
The one most common suggestion is that they will be Moses and Elijah, since they were present on the Mount of Transfiguration with Jesus and the three disciples; Peter, James and John. (see, Mark 9:2-4)
The next most common speculation is that it will be Elijah and Enoch, as these are the only two who did not experience physical earthly death. Others say they will be two new unknown individuals specially chosen by God. The honest answer is that we do not know whom but we are certain that they will be real men.
As to their purpose, it is to prophecy. Now to prophecy means two things; to declare the Word of God and/or to declare what is going to occur in the future. Picture two Billy Graham types proclaiming the Gospel.
In addition these two men will have supernatural powers, and their testimony to Israel, Jerusalem, and the world will be true and profound. Anyone that tries to harm them will themselves be reduced to ashes by fire from heaven. (See Revelation chapter 11 for the rest of the story)
This will occur in the Tribulation Period probably during the first 3.5 years or 1260 days. Remember that all who believe in Christ will have been taken out previously. The interesting aspect of this prophecy is that the entire world will be able to witness these two men. 100 years ago it was a mystery and thought impossible but today we have global satellite television. And just remember that the Apostle John was given this vision over 1900 years ago, confirming once again that the Bible is the inspired Word of God since God alone knows the future.
Now how about you? Have you already committed your life to God?