What would the damned in hell
give, for one hour's sleep!
(Thomas Watson, "The
"Jesus, who rescues us
from the coming wrath!"
1 Thessalonians 1:10
In the kingdom of heaven—we shall be freed
from the torments of hell.
Consider the multiplicity of those torments.
In this life, the body is usually exercised with
only one pain at one time; but in hell there
is a diversity of torments. There is . . .
darkness to affright,
fire to burn,
a lake of sulphur to choke,
chains to bind, and
the worm to gnaw!
The torments of hell will seize upon every part of the
body and soul. The eye shall be tortured with the sight
of devils; and the tongue that has sworn so many oaths,
shall be tortured. "Send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip
of his finger in water, and cool my tongue." Luke 16:24.
The memory will be tormented to remember the mercies
that have been abused, and seasons of grace neglected.
The conscience will be tormented with self-accusations.
The pains of hell are unmitigated, with no mixture of
mercy. In this life, God in anger remembers mercy. But
in hell there is no alleviation or lessening of the pains.
In hell, there is no oil of mercy to assuage the sufferings
of the damned.
In the pains of hell, there is no intermission. "The
smoke of their torment rises forever and ever, and they
will have no rest day or night!" Rev 14:11. What would
the damned in hell give, for one hour's sleep! They
are perpetually on the rack. There is no expiration in the
pains of hell; they must always lie scorching in flames of
But in the heavenly kingdom, the elect shall be freed
from all infernal torments. "Jesus, who rescues us
the coming wrath!" A prison is not made
for the King's
children. Christ drank that bitter cup of God's wrath—
that the saints might never drink it!