What is brimstone?

Brimstone (man now calls it "sulfur/sulphur") is a lemon-yellow colored stone. Brimstone means, "burning stone" or, "the stone that burns." At left is a picture of brimstones and powdered brimstone. When a plain brimstone (like those to the left) is exposed to the air, nothing happens--but if a match is put to it, it will burn in a peculiar way, like a liquid fire, and it emits noxious fumes. The stone melts like wax but the dripping is a peculiar thick fire, like a piece of wax on fire. As it burns, it has a rich, fluorescent-type deep colbalt bluish color (see below right). It is an interesting, sticky, "acidy"-type burning fire. The little drops burn for some time. Ancient peoples sometimes used brimstone as a type of match.

A burning match held under a brimstone causes it to catch on fire. It then melts and drips like wax and gives off fumes that do something to your nostrils--I know because I burned some (the brimstones that I have are about one and a half inches long and maybe about an inch wide). The fumes should not be breathed in, it is dangerous. I read on the internet that:

  • The fumes from burning sulfur...are "toxic and dangerously irritating..."
  • "Sulphur Dioxide [I do not know if this is the correct term] [i]n small quantity...is going to give you a choking feeling and you will not be able to bear it. In excess, IT CAN LEAD TO PERMANENT RESPIRATORY PROBLEMS...[AND] DEATH DUE TO CHOKING..."

[Aside: I tried a second experiment in burning brimstone and the brimstone just melted in an acidy way burning wood like acid with "no flame" and eventually fell apart--wait--I think I know why. When I burned it, I was outside and could not see the flame, just the burnt wood. When I tried burning another stone inside it ignited in a flame but when I took it outside, you could not see the flame--you could only see the smoke. When I brought it back in again, you could see the flame again. I do not recommend that anyone burn brimstone and most certainly not inside. The experiment was quick and with small drops.]

Brimstone starts out in the molten rock under the earth's surface. It spews out in the lava of volcanoes and often comes to the surface of the earth from volcanoes and hot springs. Sulfur deposits have been found on the Italian island of Sicily where it lay near the surface of the earth and also Louisiana (USA) deep underground near the Gulf of Mexico. One quote from the internet said, "a hundred years ago, people used to make a suspension of sulfur powder in molasses and drink it as a health tonic." I don't know anything about this type of usage and have not tried it and do not intend to try it in the absence of further pertinent information--and I do not suggest that anyone else try it.

Brimstone/sulfur has many commercial/industrial applications. It is often converted to sulfuric acid which is so widely used that it is known as the "king of chemicals." Brimstone/sulfur is used for things such as fertilizer, car batteries, chemical/petroleum refining, paper, rayon, film, automobile tires, paint, detergents, explosives, matches, food processing (sulfur dioxide in food preservation can be harmful), drugs, and dyes. It is said that sulfur is used at some stage of almost everything we eat, wear, or use. It is used to bleach fabrics. Too much sulfur dioxide in the air can kill people when they breathe it in--it causes choking and suffocation. It causes the throat and breathing passages to become irritated and closed up.


It is in the Authorized King James Bible that we learn the role of brimstone in eternity. Hell and death and all the wicked are going to be cast into the lake of fire that burneth with fire and brimstone (reference Revelation 21:8). This is the second death. We all have to die the first time--sin requires that--but if a person dies without the Lord Jesus Christ, he will die a second time--but he will not die to go to sleep, he will continually be burning and tormented for ever--when unrepentant sinners die now, they go to hell, but at the end, when the Lord judges the world, hell and death and the wicked shall be cast into the lake of fire. Sin is when people break God's commands--like when they lie, steal, rob, covet, etc. All of us have sinned and come short of the glory of God but God does not want to cast us in hell--that is why he sent his Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to shed his blood to pay for our sins. The Lord Jesus Christ did not remain dead, he rose from the dead on the third day and if we put our trust in him and obey his word, we will be saved and will go to heaven when we die.

Hell is real and one day, hell and death are going to be cast into the lake of fire that burneth with fire and brimstone. Now, while you are alive, is the time to get your testimony for the Lord Jesus Christ. At this link, you can learn how to get to heaven. If you die unsaved, you will spend eternity in the lake of fire. You need to REPENT of your sins and BELIEVE on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved. The Lord Jesus Christ is the author of eternal salvation unto all them that OBEY him (ref. Hebrews 5:9). Heaven is not for the disobedient and unrighteous. It is not for liars, whoremongers, murderers, sodomites, thieves, etc. It is for God and his people. I'm not trying to put anybody down, we have all sinned and come short of the glory of God. All saved people used to be unsaved. We were the liars, whoremongers, sodomites, thieves, etc. but we repented and believed in the blood of Jesus that he shed for our sins so that we could be forgiven. Then the Lord Jesus Christ gave us a whole new life, a clean one, and we purpose to keep his commandments which are found in his holy word, the Authorized King James Bible of 1611. If you are not saved today, you can be saved right now. REPENT and BELIEVE the gospel message that Jesus died for you (he shed his blood to pay for your sins), was buried, and rose again from the dead on the third day. There is rejoicing in heaven over one sinner that repenteth. Jesus Christ is the ONLY way to God. If you continue in his word then are you his disciple indeed (reference John 8:31). As the days go by, evil men and seducers are waxing worse and worse deceiving and being deceived. The end of time is near. The Lord Jesus Christ is coming back again to judge the world.

Revelation 20:11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.

12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

The following is excerpted from an article entitled, Hell is Real--

The Stakes Are High

What will happen if you die
Rejecting the truth and trusting a lie?

Where will you go and what will you do
If the mouth of hell opens wide for you?

Cast into the fire that will not cease
There shall be weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth.

Everlasting torment and everlasting shame
To those who lived this life like it is one big game.

Rebels will not recover from their fatal error
An eternity awaits them full of terror.

Flee, flee from the wrath to come
You who have the gospel shunned.

The Lord Jesus Christ died for your sins so that you should not perish. Just repent of your sins and believe in his death, burial, and resurrection and obey his holy word (his commandments are not grievous)--the Lord Jesus helps his people to obey as they try to obey. God sent his Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, into the world because he so loved the world. God is not willing that you should perish.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.


Before the Lord Jesus Christ comes back, a man that the Bible calls "the beast" is going to arise in the earth. All the world is going to wonder after him. The book of Daniel tells us that BY PEACE he shall destroy many. He may be alive right now. All who worship the beast and his image and receive his mark in their right hand or in their forehead will burn for ever in the lake of fire that burneth with fire and brimstone. He and his false prophet will also be cast into the lake of fire and the devil will also be cast in there eventually, too, to be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

Revelation 14:9 ...If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,

10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:

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.

Revelation 19:20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.

Revelation 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

Revelation 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

In this world, Christians shall be hated of all men, but he that endureth to the end the same shall be saved (ref. Matthew 10:22) and we shall live for ever with the Lord.


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