Yeah, I recycled this pun.
But this time with a twist.
What in the hell?
Yeah, that's right.
I regifted it.
'Tis the season.
Who's your hollaback grrl now?
9 And a third angel followed them and spoke with a loud voice: “If anyone worships the beast and his image and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, 10 he will also drink the wine of God’s wrath, which is mixed full strength in the cup of His anger. He will be tormented with fire and sulfur in the sight of the holy angels and in the sight of the Lamb, 11 and the smoke of their torment will go up forever and ever. There is no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and his image, or anyone who receives the mark of his name.
Myth #1 - Hell is the absence of God.
Hell is the presence of God without His mercy. Hell is not where God refuses to go. Hell is where God's justice and wrath are given full vent. There is nowhere you can go to escape God. You don't get to avoid Him. You will face Him. One way or the other. There exists no place where God is not. He is here, He is in hell and He is in heaven. How can He be three places at once? I dunno. How can He be three persons at once? He's God. That's why.
For now the rain falls on the just and the unjust.
One day, rain will not fall on the unjust anymore.
It will be drought.
It will be famine.
It will be torment.
Myth #2 - The Devil "rules and reigns" in hell.
The Devil did not win hell as a booby prize when he fell short of securing Heaven. Hell was not the silver medal. The fight was not over Heaven with the loser to rule somehwere else. The fight was over the whole kingdom. The loser was to be ruled by the winner in any and every thing and place. The Devil was and is banished to hell. The Devil does not want to be in hell. He does not like it or find a way to make lemonade from the lemons of defeat.
Jesus rules hell.
It is under His direct oversight.
He personally supervises the torment of those who in pride reject His sacrifice.
C.S Lewis observed:
"There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God
, 'Thy will be done,' and those to whom God says, in the end, 'Thy will be done.'"
Hell is the home of everyone who gets what they want.
God is the gift given to everyone who by grace get after what Jesus wants.
And He will take it.
On all who reject Him: the Devil included.