What Are The Scariest Bible Verses?
Someone once said the Bible is an acronym for the phrase “Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth.” For such a life manual, the bible has stories for virtually every scenario. These stories can be inspiring, but can also be terrifying on some occasions.
We all know that Jesus loves to speak in parables – stories with a hidden meaning, and these stories, most often than not, do not end up being scary. However, there were some instances where Jesus said some words or phrases which, in hindsight, were downright scary, or he was involved in an exchange where he replied with a sentence that had scary meaning with more profound thoughts.
Meanwhile, as we can’t say Jesus said all of the Bible’s scariest verses, some were part of a revelation to some individuals in the bible – the book of revelations in particular has some of the scariest bible verses, as they were visions of what was to come after the rapture.
In this piece, you need to note that we do not show you this to scare you, as we are going to be examining and taking a closer look at some of the scariest bible verses, finding out the context and meanings that might exist behind each verse to establish why it was said and its significance.
21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day, many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’
Jesus was teaching about judgment in this chapter, and how to gauge and measure the teachings of others. He knew that we as humans might begin to leave the responsibility of our faith on the doors of our pastors, as our pastors are also humans. He rightly said in the verses leading to the verses above that there would be a flurry of false prophets who would come to sway believers with their false miracles and casting out demons in his name – hence the statement “not everyone who calls me Lord, would enter the kingdom of God.” which should serve as a warning to us.
James 2 vs. 10
10 “For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all.”
In the journey of our Christianity, we strive to attain holiness even when we follow the set of laid down rules given us by God – the ten commandments. However, we as Christians try to circumvent and feel we can be righteous on one part with a bit of avenue to sin, as we think 99% holiness cuts it with God – I obey all nine commandments except one.
This bible verse is actually one of the scariest bible verses I revere. Why? This verse above reiterates that we need to be total in our commitment to holiness. If we falter at one, it carries the same offense and gravity for going against all other nine also. It’s the same hell for someone that goes against one for those that go against all.
Matthew 25 vs. 1 – 3
1 “At that time, the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3 The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. 4 The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. 5 The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.
It’s not downright one of the scariest bible verses at first look, but at a closer examination, we as Christians might be terrified.
As we move on in the journey of our lives, we tend to get carried away with all the irrelevant things of this world, and this bible verse has prophetically categorized us into two groups. Just think about this book written ages ago, still getting things right about us.
Some of us have already gotten carried away with the things of this life and have lost sight of the ultimate goal – the foolish virgins who slept off, had no oil in their lamp when the bride came as this might be us when the rapture begins.
Leviticus 20 vs. 13
13 “If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death.”
Let’s take a trip down the whole bible to the story of Soddom and Gomorrah – Cities destroyed with a rain of fire because of the widespread homosexuality practiced. Its inhabitants engaged in sexual immorality and lust that wasn’t natural.
With the view above in mind, let’s look at how the world has accepted this immorality as an act that is quite the norm these days. Do we not think that this same fate might befall us of this generation if we don’t veer off this path that Sodom and Gomorrah towed that led to their destruction?
Matthew 11 vs. 24
24 “But I tell you that it will be more bearable for Sodom on the day of judgment than for you.”
In addition to the bible verse above, this verse is just scary when you think of it. The scariest bible verses have a way of linking up with each other to make up a really scary story, and what’s the bigger picture? The rapture.
This verse states that on the day of judgment, the fate of the guilty will be more terrible than that Sodom and Gomorrah were condemned to. Is there anything worse than being burnt alive with sulfur, or do we want to wait and try it out?
With the manner with which humans sin and the frequency at which we find new ways to sin, are we not on the way to this fate already? The present-day location of Sodom and Gomorrah doesn’t have a single life form existing over there – not even a tree, so desolate a region ever since God destroyed it long ago. Shouldn’t we pause, reflect and repent from our ways?
What is the scariest bible verse in Revelations?
There is no shortage of scary stories in the bible, many of which can be found in the book of revelations – a book meant to warn us about things to come, especially about the rapture.
Of all the scariest bible verses in revelations, one that stands out to us the most is the blowing of the seven trumpets, which would highlight the beginning of God’s wrath on mankind as contained in Revelations Chapters 8 to 11. Each trumpet confirms the pronouncement of a new fury, wrath, and consequence.
Can mankind take it all? As mentioned in the chapters above, the wrath is enough to make a believer shaky and scared – little wonder as to why many Christians shy away from reading deep into that particular book of the bible.
What monsters are in the Bible?
There are books in the bible made up of revelations given to people about things to come – Check Daniel and Revelations; there are a lot of monsters mentioned in these books.
The monsters mentioned in the bible are not numerous, but some have some really scary undertones, namely listed below:
- The Behemoth in Job 40 vs. 18,
- The first beast in Revelation 11 vs. 7,
- The Second Beast in Revelation 13 vs. 11 – 18,
- Unicorns in Psalm 29 vs. 6,
- Abaddon’s locusts in Revelation 9 vs. 11,
- The 200 million horsemen in Revelations 9 vs. 16
- Daniel’s beasts in Daniel 7 vs. 4 – 5
- The Dragon in Revelation 12 vs. 9
- The Nephilim in Genesis 6 vs. 1 – 4
- The Leviathan in Psalm 74 vs. 14
Are Leviathans in the Bible?
A leviathan is a massive sea monster that breathes fire and emits smoke from its nostrils, although it is not harmed by human weapons. It is a multi-headed sea serpent that was killed and fed to the Hebrews by God in the wilderness Psalm 74 vs. 14.
It was also mentioned in Isaiah 27 vs. 1, where it represented a symbol of the enemies of the children of God, He will eventually slay. Some might say it was a crocodile, but crocodiles don’t breathe fire now, do they?
The scariest bible verses aren’t meant to scare us, nor put us off in any way. They’re all meant to be a precursor to what will happen if we continue in certain ways.
Let’s take it as some sort of revelation that contains warnings and sights about what would happen using the past events in the bible to offer a glimpse. However, they are all avoidable if we do the right thing according to the scripture – we won’t end up covered in fire and brimstone if we maintain total holiness.