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Bible question: did Jesus mention hell anywhere other than in Matthew?

 
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If not why not?

And if not, why would only Mathew recall Jesus mentioning it?
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Probably never mentioned it made up by controllers
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really hoping it doesn't exist huh?
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there is a parable about somebody sitting in a place of extreme heat and asking for a drop of water in the afterlife. Can't remember the exact parable though. I bet somebody knows what I'm talking about
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Probably never mentioned it made up by controllers
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Yeah, I always assumed it was an invention (or re-invention) of the Church, or a perversion of the original Christianity that had developed as an aid to control and to convert.

Then i come across Matthews version of events. He clearly quotes Jesus talking about Hell, Hades, the Devil, eternal fire etc.

I was like...WTF?

This just don't seem right.

Anyone know anywhere else he is quoted speaking about hell?
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really hoping it doesn't exist huh?
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it doesn't, not how most Christians think it does anyway.

The only place that version of hell exists is in the mind of those who believe in it.
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Luke 16:19-31 "Now there was a certain rich man, and he was clothed in purple and fine linen, living in luxury every day. A certain beggar, named Lazarus, was laid at his gate, full of sores, and desiring to be fed with the crumbs that fell from the rich man’s table. Yes, even the dogs came and licked his sores. It happened that the beggar died, and that he was carried away by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died, and was buried. In Hades, he lifted up his eyes, being in torment, and saw Abraham far off, and Lazarus at his bosom.

He cried and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue! For I am in anguish in this flame.’

"But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that you, in your lifetime, received your good things, and Lazarus, in like manner, bad things. But now here he is comforted and you are in anguish. Besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, that those who want to pass from here to you are not able, and that none may cross over from there to us.’

He said, ‘I ask you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father’s house; for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, so they won’t also come into this place of torment.’

"But Abraham said to him,
‘They have Moses and the prophets. Let them listen to them.’

"He said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’

"He said to him, ‘If they don’t listen to Moses and the prophets,
neither will they be persuaded if one rises from the dead.’"
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there is a parable about somebody sitting in a place of extreme heat and asking for a drop of water in the afterlife. Can't remember the exact parable though. I bet somebody knows what I'm talking about
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Funny, the rich man just never tires of the poor man doing his bidding. Not even in hell.


19 Now there was a certain rich man, and he was clothed in purple and fine linen, faring sumptuously every day: 20 and a certain beggar named Lazarus was laid at his gate, full of sores, 21 and desiring to be fed with the crumbs that fell from the rich man's table; yea, even the dogs come and licked his sores. 22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and that he was carried away by the angels into Abraham's bosom: and the rich man also died, and was buried. 23 And in Hades he lifted up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. 24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am in anguish in this flame. 25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things: but now here he is comforted and thou art in anguish. 26 And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, that they that would pass from hence to you may not be able, and that none may cross over from thence to us. 27 And he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house; 28 for I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. 29 But Abraham saith, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. 30 And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one go to them from the dead, they will repent. 31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, if one rise from the dead.

Luke 16:19-31 (ASV)
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did Jesus mention hell anywhere other than in Matthew?
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Yes he did:

42And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea. 43And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: 44Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. 45And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: 46Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. 47And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire: 48Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.

Mark 9
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4And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. 5But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him. 6Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? 7But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.

Luke 12
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19There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: 20And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, 21And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. 22And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; 23And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. 24And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. 25But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. 26And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence. 27Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house: 28For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. 29Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. 30And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. 31And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.

Luke 16
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Thanks, er i think i must have meant the gospel of Mark not Matthew, because that quote about the eye was definatley from one of the ones i read. That was the one that shocked me most infact, as it comes right after him saying how we should be like a child, and be humble like a child.

My bad.

Matthew/ Mark....easy to mix up in my brain.
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Re: Bible question: did Jesus mention hell anywhere other than in Matthew?
Matthew also...

Mat 5:22, 5:29, 5:30, 10:28, 18:9, 23:15, 23:33

Mark 9:43, 9:45, 9:47,

Luke 12:5

James 3:6

Hell

Derived from the Saxon helan, to cover; hence the covered or the invisible place. In Scripture there are three words so rendered:

(1.) Sheol, occurring in the Old Testament sixty-five times. This word sheol is derived from a root-word meaning "to ask," "demand;" hence insatiableness (Prov 30:15, 16). It is rendered "grave" thirty-one times (Gen 37:35; Gen 42:38; Gen 44:29, 31; 1Sa 2:6). The Revisers have retained this rendering in the historical books with the original word in the margin, while in the poetical books they have reversed this rule.

In thirty-one cases in the Authorized Version this word is rendered "hell," the place of disembodied spirits. The inhabitants of sheol are "the congregation of the dead" (Prov 21:16). It is (a) the abode of the wicked (Num 16:33; Job 24:19; Ps 9:17; Ps 31:17); (b) of the good (Ps 16:10; Ps 30:3; Ps 49:15; Ps 86:13).
Sheol is described as deep (Job 11:8), dark (Job 10:21, 22), with bars (Job 17:16). The dead "go down" to it (Num 16:30, 33; Ezek 31:15, 16, 17).

(2.) The Greek word hades of the New Testament has the same scope of signification as sheol of the Old Testament. It is a prison (1Pe 3:19), with gates and bars and locks (Mat 16:18; Rev 1:18), and it is downward (Mat 11:23; Luke 10:15).
The righteous and the wicked are separated. The blessed dead are in that part of hades called paradise (Luke 23:43). They are also said to be in Abraham's bosom (Luke 16:22).

(3.) Gehenna, in most of its occurrences in the Greek New Testament, designates the place of the lost (Mat 23:33). The fearful nature of their condition there is described in various figurative expressions (Mat 8:12; Mat 13:42; Mat 22:13; Mat 25:30; Luke 16:24).
—Easton's Illustrated Dictionary
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really hoping it doesn't exist huh?



it doesn't, not how most Christians think it does anyway.

The only place that version of hell exists is in the mind of those who believe in it.
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NOT wanting to believe that there is an eternal prison for wicked souls doesn't make it go away.

Because we are intelligent beings that have a soul and live in a body with the ability to learn. It is our responsibility to search for the truth, and understand why we are who we are, and where we are going. ONce you tap into this knowledge, you begin to see it. It is like the sun rising after the night, all of a sudden everything becomes more clear. An eternal you lives in a body that some day will parish. The bible says that the soul that sins will die. This is what is called the second death. The true definition of dead means: separation.When our soul is separated from our body the body dies. When our soul is separated from God who is the source of life (Jesus said, I am the way the truth and the life and no man goes to the father except by me)then we will be forever separated from all that he is. Separated from LIFE, LIGHT, and the SOURCE OF CREATIVITY AND CREATION, THE BEAUTY OF HIS HOLINESS, things he has allowed even those who hate him to enjoy while living in HIS world. Earth at it's best is a reflection of Him, Earth at it's worst is where man has been able to void out God's principles and golden rule. All things we enjoy on this earth are only a reflection of those things that will be forever. The soul who chooses to learn of HIM, and to be known of Him, will spend eternity with Him. God will not demand it from you, but He cannot help who he is, not being with Him is called outer darkness, and void of love, because He is Love, and He is light.
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If not why not?

And if not, why would only Mathew recall Jesus mentioning it?
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Matthew is the only one who mentioned "Hell".

In Christianity as well as in Judaism there is no hell.

When we are dead, our souls lie domain, awaiting the day when we all be awaken.

And Lord Jesus did promise us one thing - the day He Cometh back he will awaken each and every one of us.

Those of us who believed in Jesus and accept Lord Jesus as our savior will follow him to Heaven.

Those who don't, will be left behind, with utter shame.

In a way, planet Earth is "hell".
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really hoping it doesn't exist huh?
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What has been, is. What will be- has already been. Kings rise, and kings are deposed. Their domains crumble, and other dominions take their place. What is the verdict? There is no new thing under the sun. Ecclesiastes. My other favorite sight- Prophetic Dream Journal
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there is a parable about somebody sitting in a place of extreme heat and asking for a drop of water in the afterlife. Can't remember the exact parable though. I bet somebody knows what I'm talking about
 Quoting: lapis lazuli 925845

bee1 This story is also in a Chick illustrated tract. THE TRAP... [link to www.chick.com]
Zec 12:3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.
Psa 9:17 The wicked shall be turned into hell, [and] all the nations that forget God.
Jer 6:2 I have likened the daughter of Zion to a comely and delicate [woman].
STOCK UP NOW. You should have at least 6 months worth of basics for every member of your household. Stay away from crowds when trouble starts, do not forget water storage, tobacco is worth more than gold or silver, and be kind to hungry children.
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If not why not?

And if not, why would only Mathew recall Jesus mentioning it?





Matthew is the only one who mentioned "Hell".

In Christianity as well as in Judaism there is no hell.

When we are dead, our souls lie domain, awaiting the day when we all be awaken.

And Lord Jesus did promise us one thing - the day He Cometh back he will awaken each and every one of us.

Those of us who believed in Jesus and accept Lord Jesus as our savior will follow him to Heaven.

Those who don't, will be left behind, with utter shame.

In a way, planet Earth is "hell".
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My, My, My.

My dear friend. Do you not have a Bible to read????

God bless you my child! You need to do a lot of reading.
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really hoping it doesn't exist huh?



it doesn't, not how most Christians think it does anyway.

The only place that version of hell exists is in the mind of those who believe in it.


NOT wanting to believe that there is an eternal prison for wicked souls doesn't make it go away.

Because we are intelligent beings that have a soul and live in a body with the ability to learn. It is our responsibility to search for the truth, and understand why we are who we are, and where we are going. ONce you tap into this knowledge, you begin to see it. It is like the sun rising after the night, all of a sudden everything becomes more clear. An eternal you lives in a body that some day will parish. The bible says that the soul that sins will die. This is what is called the second death. The true definition of dead means: separation.When our soul is separated from our body the body dies. When our soul is separated from God who is the source of life (Jesus said, I am the way the truth and the life and no man goes to the father except by me)then we will be forever separated from all that he is. Separated from LIFE, LIGHT, and the SOURCE OF CREATIVITY AND CREATION, THE BEAUTY OF HIS HOLINESS, things he has allowed even those who hate him to enjoy while living in HIS world. Earth at it's best is a reflection of Him, Earth at it's worst is where man has been able to void out God's principles and golden rule. All things we enjoy on this earth are only a reflection of those things that will be forever. The soul who chooses to learn of HIM, and to be known of Him, will spend eternity with Him. God will not demand it from you, but He cannot help who he is, not being with Him is called outer darkness, and void of love, because He is Love, and He is light.
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Nicely put, fellow AC!


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Bible prophecy is wonderful to know, but it saves no one. Fulfilled Bible prophecy can build faith. Faith can lead to repentance and obedience to God. After proving God exists, you must move on to the remaining teachings of the Bible to get an overall perspective of the purpose for human existence. One such understanding must be about the term HELL in the Bible!
A professor of Theology - religion, went into graphic detail of an "unsaved" person dying in an automobile accident. This person had not accepted Jesus as his personal Saviour, neither been baptized for the remission of sins. According to this minister, the DEAD man went to hell. He graphically described him being roasted on one side, then turned to the other side, jumping from one hot rock to another. In constant pain and suffering for millions and millions of years, and this was only like a second in eternity to suffer. Many people were terrified for a week or two, then proceeded to live the same way they always had. This is the teaching of nearly EVERY church in the world. Is this teaching true? Where did this teaching originate? Was it from the Bible or another source?

The Bible states that God IS love! The word "is" is like an equal mark in a sentence. What is on one side must balance what is on the other side. Example: 2 + 2 = 4. In the Biblical sentence: God = love. Not one person had a choice whether to be born or not. God made all of us from "the dust of the ground." He made us with nerve endings that allow us to feel good sensations as well as pain. WHY WOULD GOD CREATE THE HUMAN RACE, LEAVE SATAN HERE TO DECEIVE THE WHOLE WORLD (Rev. 12:9), THEN PROCEED TO SEND PEOPLE INTO A FIRE THAT TORTURES FOREVER? This is a legitimate question! Would God create the human race with this background to draw upon, then say I'm torturing you because I am love. This does not even make sense.

God Is Love!

To find out what the Bible REALLY says about "hell," we need to discover a central character trait of God. "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. For God sent not his Son into the world TO CONDEMN the world; but that the world through him might be SAVED" (John 3:16-17). These verses relate that God loves the WORLD - meaning every inhabitant. It does not say that He loves ten in Mexico, thirteen in Canada, and forty in China. It says He loves the WHOLE world. His intent is that no one will perish. If a literal Satan has DECEIVED the whole world (Rev. 12:9), then it is God's responsibility to remove him and make known the truth to the world (Rev. 20:1-6; Ezek. 37:1-14). This is known as judgement. God's Spirit will be poured out upon ALL flesh, then a decision will be made as to who is obeying and believes or who is not.

Jesus Spoke of a Hell Fire

Jesus did indeed speak of a "hell" fire! Does it have any meaning for us in the 20th Century? Did it have meaning in His day; and if so, WHAT DID IT MEAN? Jesus said: "And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off [spiritually speaking, not literally]: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the FIRE that never shall be quenched:" (Mark 9:43). If you listen to ministers explanation of this verse without dissecting it, you could believe God will send people to a fire that never goes out with the accompanying pain forever. Jesus even repeated the thought using the foot as the analogy in verse 45: "?than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:" This verse seems to enforce the world's concept of a hell fire that burns forever, but does it really say that? One FACT is for sure - there will be a fire that men CANNOT quench, put out! But there is a third verse with a different example. Verse 47: "?it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire:"

The English Word Hell

Unfortunately, the King James translators translate three different Greek words as the one English word "hell." The actual Greek word translated "hell" in the above three verses is Gehenna.

It is derived from the Valley of Hinnom. Hinnom was a depository of the dead bodies of animals and Gentiles or strangers that died within the borders of Israel. These bodies, both animal and human, were cast into this fire to be burned up. This Valley of Hinnom had a perpetual fire burning because of the dead bodies and its being used as a refuse dump. The fire burning these bodies was NEVER quenched - or extinguished by man. The fire was never put out, rather was refueled every time a new body or refuse was dumped into it. Today, we would call it a garbage dump only with fire. If no new bodies or refuse was dumped into the fire, it would naturally die out because of the lack of combustible materials. God is scientific. He created every law that exists. Man has just discovered their use. Everyone who has studied physics and chemistry knows fire goes out when there is no more combustible material to burn. The people of the community surrounding Hinnom never extinguished the fire. That is why it was never quenched! Light a fireplace and see how long it burns - UNTIL the wood is consumed!


Jesus stated: "But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him" (Luke 12:5). Once again the English word hell is from the Greek word Gehenna. He was referring to that perpetual fire burning outside of Jerusalem in the Valley of Hinnom that men did not extinguish. If someone's body were cast into this fire, it would burn until there was no more combustible material left to burn. Jesus is referencing the possibility of being burned up and NEVER returning - remaining dead for all time.

Hell As the Grave!

The English word "hell" was translated from yet another Greek word. Did you know that Jesus went to "hell?" "He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his SOUL was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption" (Acts 2:31). The English word "hell" was translated from the Greek word hades. It is the GRAVE, where all are buried except those cremated by fire. The Irish potato farmers used to say they put their potatoes in "hell" - the grave. They dug holes, put the potatoes in them, covered them with dirt. It was called the grave or hell. Jesus Christ was NOT to be left in the grave, rather be resurrected with a new glorified spirit composed body. It is because He was resurrected out of the grave [hell] that we also can look forward to the resurrection from the grave [hell].

Hell As a Place of Restraint

The English word "hell" is also translated from the Greek word tartaros. This makes three different Greek words translated as "hell" in English. "For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell [tartaros], and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be RESERVED unto judgement;" (2 Pet. 2:4). One-third of the angels followed Lucifer in his rebellion against God (Rev. 12:3-4). God cast many of the most vicious into a spiritual prison called "tartaros" or hell. There is a prevalent teaching that people who sin "go to hell" when they die - meaning a fire but you never burn up. These angels sinned! Are they in such a place? No, it said they are being restrained now waiting for judgement. They are being RESERVED unto judgement. Tartaros, rendered "hell" by the King James translators, is a place of restraint.

The angels, before the flood of Noah's day, that invaded earth to establish a "false" kingdom of God were placed in tartaros. They taught man every principle of witchcraft known today (Gen. 6 and the Book of Jasher mentioned twice in the Old Testament).

Satan Obscures the Truth

Satan is the deceiver of the whole world (Rev. 12:9); therefore, he has had various ministers promulgate the doctrine that the Old Testament was nailed to the cross, thus done away. This teaching obscures all knowledge of God's law that determines sin, what man is, and what happens to man upon death. But thankfully, Jesus' life was "done away" with on the cross to cancel our death penalty. He even stated in Matthew 5:17-19 that His law that determines sin was never or ever will be done away. We can learn the make-up of man from the Old Testament. If you fall for Satan's lie, you will never read the Older Writings to learn the truth. Does man burn forever as is taught or not?

When man dies, does he go directly to an ever burning "hell-fire" if he was evil? "For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as the one [animal] dieth, so dieth the other [man]; yea, they have all one breath [oxygen]; so that a man hath no preeminence above a beast; for all is vanity [temporary]. All go unto one place; ALL are of the dust, and all turn to dust again" (Eccl. 3:19-20). That statement is very scientific. When we quit breathing, we die and begin to decompose. Man was taken from the dust of the ground and upon death returns to the ground - NOT an ever burning hell-fire!

Notice again: "All things come alike to all: there is ONE event to the righteous, and to the wicked; to the good and to the clean, and to the unclean;?This is an evil among all things that are done under the sun, that there is ONE event unto all: yea, also the heart of the sons of men is full of evil, and madness is in their heart while they live, and after that they go to the DEAD" (Eccl. 9:2-3). It does not matter what your status in life is - king, president, factory worker, etc. - we all will die and return to the dust. There is a "spirit in man" (1 Cor. 2:7-16) that gives us intellect and sets us above the animal world. God uses this in combination with His Holy Spirit to resurrect us as individuals from the dead.

Because of Adam and Eve's sins, they were driven from the Garden of Eden. God instructed them: "In the sweat of thy face shall thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground [not an ever burning hell-fire]; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return" (Gen. 3:19). This is as clear of a statement as you can get! We turn back to dust awaiting the resurrection FROM the dead. This is verified in Psalms 146:4: "His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish." The very instant your breath leaves your body your brain ceases all activity. This is far different from the teaching you continue to live in hell in torment and torture, feeling the pain that never stops. As is often spoken, death is the separation from God - meaning you don't really die. You just live somewhere else in pain forever. Nothing could be farther from the truth! The Bible says, when you die, you're dead - thoughts cease. You're not alive somewhere else. Upon death, you have no more dreams, no thoughts, no more goals of buying a new home. You become clinically dead.

God inspired to be written: "For in death there is NO remembrance of thee: in the grave who shall give thee thanks?" (Ps. 6:5). How does the modern teaching of "going to heaven when we die" fit this scripture? It says you will not remember nor give thanks when you are in the grave! The GOOD NEWS from one end of the Bible to the other is that God has provided a way to come out of the grave and praise Him. It is called the resurrection! If there is NO resurrection, then no one will ever come out of the grave and enter the kingdom of God or be cast into the Lake of Fire. If there is NO resurrection, whether you have been righteous or unrighteous, you will not be able to pray, sing, or hear God's word spoken any more. If there is NO resurrection, you will never have opportunity to be changed to a glorified spirit composed body. In the grave we no longer experience happiness or sadness. We have no concept whether our children are succeeding or failing in life.

Something Everyone Knows

Everyone can see a child that is born into the world begin to grow. Early childhood learning to talk. Elementary school age with the loss of teeth. Middle school adolescence and puberty. Then the glorious high school years followed in many cases by college. The next step is reality in an adult world. We've watched our bodies and our friends change, mature. Finally, middle-age! It finally strikes us right between the eyes. WE ARE GROWING OLDER JUST LIKE OUR PARENTS BEFORE US! In horror we recognize the FACT that we will one day DIE!

"For the LIVING KNOW that they shall die:" (Eccl. 9:5a). This writer has pictures from long ago to demonstrate the aging process. People who were once fine athletes can hardly get out of bed every morning. We KNOW that we are aging and eventually death will stalk our body. This is the process God set in motion. Notice the next part of this verse: "but the dead know not anything, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten" (Eccl. 9:5b). The dead no longer have a thought process capability. You will have no further communication with your mother or father-in-law. You will have no opportunity to bounce your grandbaby on your knees. Everything you once were vanishes, ceases to exist as far as you are concerned.

It is because of this understanding concerning death and the present state of the dead that the following verse becomes so important! "Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; [WHY?] for there is NO work, NOR device, NOR knowledge, NOR wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest" (Eccl. 9:10). That verse is as CLEAR as you could get. The best job a person could imagine or all the riches to consume today will NOT be available in the grave. If anyone breaks God's immutable law, the penalty of death will inexorably march on until it exacts itself upon you. Everything you've ever hoped for, dreamed of, worked for will not be remembered by you anymore UNTIL the resurrection. There is an old saying that will become a truism: "You can't take it with you." The Egyptians have found this to be true. Excavations have unearthed treasures the Pharoah's had thought would go with them into an after-life. It didn't and their mummified bodies were still in their tombs. The Pharaoh's knew they would die. They just had a misunderstanding of what happens at death like our modern society.

From the Oldest Book in the Bible

"If I wait, the grave is mine house: I have made my bed in the darkness. I have said to corruption, Thou art my father: to the worm [that feeds on decaying matter], Thou art my mother, and my sister. And WHERE IS NOW MY HOPE? as for my hope, who shall see it? They shall go down to the bars of the pit, WHEN our rest together is in the dust" (Job 17:13-16). Job knew his body would be buried in the ground and return to dust - decay. Old grave sites have been unearthed by mistake and skeletal systems were found. The flesh had decayed just as the Bible has said scripture after scripture. Because they did not bury in caskets as we do today, Job knew the worms would feast on his remains. Job knew death would come and be a rest from his labors - no more worries, house payments, car payments, credit card payments, no more debt, sickness, etc. Just REST in the grave UNTIL the resurrection from the grave.

Even the New Testament [newer writings] tell us basically the same but in a short version. "And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but AFTER this the judgement:" (Heb. 9:27). "For as in Adam [made of flesh] ALL die, even so in Christ [now composed of spirit] shall all be made alive" (1 Cor. 15:22). God created the fleshly man FIRST, then spiritual. We had no choice whether we would be born or not. God pre-ordained it. All of us are the descendants of Adam and Eve. We are genetically kinsmen. They passed on chromosomes and DNA patterns that determine our stature, looks, etc. Just as Adam sinned, we all have eventually sinned because of the nature God has built into us. King David said he was born under sin - that is, the capacity to sin was built into him from birth. At a certain point in his life, he became weak in the flesh and sinned. The death penalty passes upon everyone that sins. "?for by the LAW is the knowledge of sin. For ALL HAVE SINNED [broken God's law], and come short of the glory of God" (Rom. 3:20,23).

Every person who has ever drawn breath has walked down the same path as Adam - sin! Every human being is hopeless unless there is a way to PARDON the death penalty. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, paid the price of DEATH for you if you accept the pardon on HIS terms. He will redeem you, buy back your sentence of death with His own. Therefore, you must now surrender your life to His perfect way of life found in the Bible. You cannot live as you please and be redeemed. Yes, God the Father will forgive you for lying, stealing, coveting/lusting, breaking the Sabbath, using His name improperly, placing other physical objects or desires before Him, etc., but you must now start obeying Him to remain justified. Don't be a law-breaker anymore. Jesus shed blood has paid the penalty FOR you if you truly repent. We can then come out of the grave at the Seventh Trump ALIVE!

All the saints from righteous Abel down to our day will come out of the grave with a new glorified spirit composed body. The resurrection is our hope.

Lamb of God

The human race was made for God's own purpose. He has favored us with forgiveness of sins. Notice how! "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning WITH God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made." "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth" (John 1:1-3,14). Jesus was God with the Father before the world was created. He came into human flesh to die for our sins. "The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world" (John 1:29). Jesus came into human flesh to become the sacrificial Lamb to cover our sins. Jesus has accomplished His task.

"Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he [Jesus] also himself likewise took part of the same; that through DEATH he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the DEVIL;" (Heb. 2:14). Satan has been given permission to perform his work of DECEPTION. God has basically had a hands off policy on planet earth except to call the elect to train to become kings and priests in God's kingdom (Rev. 5:10; Rev. 20:4,6; Dan. 7:18,22). Otherwise, Satan and his fallen angels have deceived the WHOLE world (Rev. 12:9). They will eventually die for their sins (Matt. 25:41). Those of us who have accepted the shed blood of Jesus will be delivered from the power of death. Satan is the instigator of sin and death. Satan's day is coming. He will be put into the abyss before the thousand year reign of Jesus begins (Rev. 20:1-3). He will no longer deceive that the message of salvation can saturate the entire earth. After he is loosed for a "little season" when the thousand years are finished, he and his angels will be destroyed.

Jesus Christ, and Lamb of God, has defeated Satan. When Jesus died and paid the death penalty for all who accept Him and came out of the grave by a resurrection, He defeated Satan's grip on us through death. We can be FREE from that penalty. King David will come out of the grave; Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all those who have ever lived WITH God's Spirit will come forth. Satan CANNOT prevent this resurrection from the dead!

Jacob [Israel] Understood

Jacob, the grandson of Abraham, was declared a "prince" or prevailer with God when his name was changed to Israel. After hearing of the potential death of Joseph, he grieved severely. He wouldn't be comforted. Notice his statement of understanding where he would go at death. "?For I will go down into the grave?" (Gen. 37:35). He knew what death was. He knew you went into the grave to wait for the resurrection just as Job understood.

Jacob had no concept of modern religionists - that you could go to a place called hell to roast for trillions of years but never burn up. Then God flips you over to roast even more. Pain, anguish, suffering with no end in sight! This would be a foreign concept to all of God's people from old. Jacob will be resurrected at the last trump (1 Cor. 15:50-57). Notice when this last trump will sound: "And the seventh angel sounded [his trumpet]; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever" (Rev. 11:15). The LAST trump is sounded that heralds the kingdom of God being established on earth - Christ's intervention in world affairs. See the events happening at this time: "And the nations were angry, and thy [God's] wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth" (Rev. 11:1.

The true saints of God will receive their reward after all the disasters of the Horses and Trumpets of Revelation, yet just before the seven last plagues are poured out upon the final Beast social system (Rev. 19:11-21). If all mankind goes straight to "heaven" or "hell" upon death, what would be the need for a resurrection. So what is this thing called hell? We will find out as we continue.

Resurrection to Judgement

There is coming a resurrection TO JUDGEMENT! This resurrection CANNOT be for true saints of God. Why? Judgement is upon EVERY true saint as we live. By the time we die, God has already made His judicial decision of whether we will be resurrected at the last trump to a spirit composed glorified body or wait in the grave to later be resurrected to be thrown into the Lake of Fire. The Bible cannot be changed. "For the time is come [present tense, while we are alive] that judgement must begin at the house of God: and if it begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?" (1 Peter 4:17). True saints are being judged today AS THEY LIVE and make decisions whether to obey God or not. The remainder of the world is blinded (Rom. 11:7-28; Rev. 12:9; Isa. 6:9-12; Isa. 28:9-13). They will not be judged UNTIL the deceiver is removed. God's people, from righteous Abel until Christ's return, are seeking a better resurrection for obeying while Satan's influence is still here to deceive (Heb. 11:35b).

"Marvel not at this [the resurrection]: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice" (John 5:2. Christ revealed a resurrection from the dead to life or the Lake of Fire. All in professing Christianity understand that the Jews who reject Jesus will not be in the resurrection at the seventh trumpet when true saints of God will be born into the kingdom of God. But look what Paul wrote under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit! "For if the casting away [blinded, v. 7] of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but LIFE FROM THE DEAD?" (Rom. 11:15). Paul refers to this blindness of Israel UNTIL Christ comes "And so ALL Israel shall be saved: as it is written, THERE SHALL COME OUT OF ZION THE DELIVERER, AND SHALL TURN AWAY UNGODLINESS FROM JACOB: FOR THIS IS MY COVENANT UNTO THEM, WHEN I SHALL TAKE AWAY THEIR SINS" (Rom. 11:26-27).

Notice HOW God will perform this great event of salvation. God gave a vision to Ezekiel. He saw a valley of old dry bones. Ezekiel was asked "can these bones live?" The answer was "?I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye SHALL live: And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye SHALL LIVE; and ye shall KNOW [be taught] that I am the Lord" (Ezek. 37:5-6). The scripture goes on to say "they LIVED, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding GREAT army [yes, ALL Israel]" (v. 10-11). God assured Israel that He would "open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. And ye shall KNOW [for the first time] that I am the Lord, WHEN I have opened your graves, and brought you up out of your graves, And shall put my spirit IN you, and ye shall live,?then shall ye KNOW that I the Lord have spoken it, and performed it, saith the Lord" (Ezekiel 37:12-14).

After the human race has been resurrected to their former physical bodies, except the ones who received their glorified body at the seventh trump, God will pour out His Holy Spirit upon them. For the first time in their lives, they will be able to accept spiritual information. Satan will have been jailed in the abyss to stop deception. God will begin the salvation process for all the masses of humanity who have never had a REAL opportunity for salvation. All those from the very beginning who migrated to Asia, Oceania, Australia, Europe, Africa, South, Central, and North America will be resurrected and offered an understanding of God and His plan without Satan's deception. Did all these people who never KNEW Jesus go straight to hell to burn forever? God says NO!!! They will be in a resurrection from the dead to BE TAUGHT THE TRUTH FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER!!!

God will bring them out of the grave to put His Spirit in them. They will then begin to develop the "fruit of the Spirit" just as is expected of us today (Gal. 5:22-23). These character traits are God's character. God IS love. If you love someone, do you want them to be tortured without end? What is hell? Would a loving God create someone without their approval and throw him/her into an ever burning fire without a REAL opportunity to know the truth? Romans 1 says we can know about God by the things He made. Would you, if you are a parent, want your child to be placed in a state of suffering that would NEVER stop? Neither does God! Satan would rejoice in torture and pain forever, not God!

God did not give a REAL time sequence in John 5:28-29 when He spoke of the resurrection to life and the resurrection to condemnation. The resurrection to life is at the seventh trump (1 Cor. 15:50-57) while the resurrection to condemnation does not occur UNTIL after the 1,000 year reign of Christ when all will be offered salvation (Rev. 20:11-15). God will resurrect all to their physical bodies who will not be in the first resurrection (Rev. 20:4-6) to teach them His truth and purpose for being born. Death is captivity according to the Bible. God will bring Israel, Sodom, Samaria and all other nationalities back FROM captivity of death to teach them truth, so they can avoid the second death from which there will be NO return. Those that fail to repent AFTER being brought back from the captivity of the first death will "have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which IS the second death" (Rev. 21:.

Unjust Reserved to Be Punished

God created every animal, fowl, creeping things, fish and man. He made man differently than all others in that we can communicate. God also created every law that upholds the universe with its orbiting earths and moons around the various stars. Is it a hard thing for God to be able to reserve ungodly people for final punishment? "The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to RESERVE the unjust unto the day of judgement to be punished" (2 Pet. 2:9). It states that God knows HOW to reserve those that will not repent to be punished. It does not say he was going to cast them into a continuing fire that will never go out. It says they will be reserved to be punished - not punishing! It will be a one time event that will destroy by fire, not a continuing process that never ends.

Nothing is too hard for God. Because God left Satan on earth to deceive, He is ultimately responsible for Satan's activities. Whatever Satan does, God has the ability to undo it. Notice: "The Lord killeth, and maketh ALIVE: he bringeth down to the grave, and bringeth up [from the grave]" (1 Sam. 2:6). God does not actually kill. Satan has caused all to be deceived into sin and the penalty of death is the result. God will resurrect and make alive because He was responsible for man being exposed to sin. God predetermined this before the foundation of the world. God will not let anyone have eternal life until he has learned the lessons of sin. Sin destroys happiness. Sin destroyed Lucifer's character through lust. His name was changed to fit his new personality - Satan, meaning the adversary.

Satan has deceived mankind into murder of innocent children and adults; rape of girls and women that scars for life; scheming to defraud fellow human beings; military dictatorships that are brutal and murder to retain their power. Every sin imaginable he has inspired with the help of his fallen angels. THE HUMAN RACE WAS A VICTIM OF SATAN'S DECEPTION!!! When Jesus came out of that grave alive, Satan was as good as finished. Satan has no power to prevent even one thought of God from coming about as planned. His penalty for sin is death! Satan is currently causing as much havoc in the lives of individuals and nations until Christ comes to stop him. His fate is the Lake of Fire. Notice the power of God. "And the sea gave up the DEAD which were in it; and death and hell [hades - the grave] delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works" (Rev. 20:13).

After Jesus' thousand year reign is over, all that did not accept the opportunity for salvation will be cast into the lake of fire. "And death and hell [the grave] were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire" (Rev. 20:14-15). All rebels will be cast into this fire to be burned up (Isa. 66:22-24). Jesus spoke of this fire and for WHOM it is primarily prepared. "Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand [human beings], Depart from me, ye cursed [by the death penalty], into everlasting [age-lasting] fire, prepared for the devil and his angels" (Matt. 25:41). The Lake of Fire will primarily be for the destruction of the rebellious angelic host. Only those human beings who deliberately REBEL against God after receiving a knowledge of the truth will be destroyed along with Satan and his angels in the Lake of Fire.

What Happens to Those Who Know the Truth and Refuse It?

Many people are religious. They are very sincere and dedicated to their beliefs. Does that alone make them a Christian? Does being polite and courteous alone make you a Christian? "?Now if ANY man have not the spirit of Christ, he is none of his" (Rom. 8:9). Without the Holy Spirit of God inside of your mind as a begettal to sonship, you are NOT a Christian - so says Paul under inspiration. If you do have God's Holy Spirit that makes you a true Christian, notice: "For if we sin WILFULLY after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth NO more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgement and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries" (Heb. 10:26-27).

If an individual is truly converted, walks God's way of obedience, then determines in his/her mind to go the other way and reject God's way, they have forfeited the very sacrifice that once cleansed them from all their sins. They are counted as a sinner again without hope UNLESS they repent. If they continue in this state of mind of rebellion, their only destiny is to be destroyed [devoured] in the Lake of Fire. This says clearly the rebel will be devoured - not burn forever, yet never burn up. This physical human being made from the dust of the ground will return to dust. The penalty for sin is death. "For the wages [payment we earn] of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 6:23).

The curse or penalty for breaking God's law is DEATH from which there is no return. If anyone that receives the Holy Spirit of God continues to live a lifestyle of sin after baptism and forgiveness, the only payment earned is death. It is inexorable. We cannot stop the death penalty from being exacted. Death will come to anyone that tramples on the shed blood of Jesus Christ and does not have the penalty removed. We have seen the Lake of Fire will absolutely devour God's adversaries. However, the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ if we remain in a justified condition. These are the two OPPOSITES offered to us - LIFE or DEATH! We did not have opportunity to choose whether to be born or not. When our time comes to have the death penalty removed, we must act. Those that are being called today must make their calling and election sure.

Jesus gave warning: "Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits [actions in life]?Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire" (Matt. 7:15-19). THERE IS A FIRE!!!

How Long Will this Fire Last?

A literary work inspired by demons was adopted during the Middle Ages by the ruling church of that day to keep its members in fear that has been handed down to us today. The work - Dante's Inferno - goes into gory details of a fire that never dies out. People who did not live the way this church taught them were told they would go there to be tormented FOREVER with no end in sight. Is this ever taught in the Bible? Jesus will say: "And then will I profess unto them [false prophets], I NEVER knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity [lawlessness]" (Matt. 7:23). These were men or women who claimed to be prophets of God that said they cast out demons in Jesus name, performed miracles, and maybe feed the poor! Jesus said they were workers of iniquity, therefore rejected to be burned. What is iniquity? The word iniquity is assigned the number 458 in the Strong's Concordance of the Greek language. It literally means LAWLESSNESS! They were violating the Ten Commandments of God and the Everlasting Covenant for which Jesus shed His blood (Heb. 13:20-21). Many will profess Jesus but not be obedient to Him. That creates a problem because inspired scripture says: "And we [Apostles] are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost [Spirit], whom [the Holy Spirit] God hath given to them that OBEY him" (Acts 5:32).

Obedience is required. That is what repentance is all about. Obedience is NOT an attempt to earn salvation. No one can earn it. It's a gift. Obedience prevents us from being sinners all over again with the attending death penalty. Note Jesus' conversation: "I tell you, Nay; but except ye repent, ye shall all likewise PERISH" (Luke 13:3). Since "sin IS [=] the transgression of the law" (1 John 3:4), we are required to QUIT breaking the Ten Commandments which is God's spiritual law. Breaking it brings the death penalty. If we don't repent, Jesus said we would perish.

The English word perish was translated from the Greek language. It is #622 in the Greek Strong's Concordance. It means to destroy FULLY! Now I submit to you that Dante's Inferno, a fire that burns forever with no one burning up, would violate everything Jesus said. Jesus said they would PERISH [be destroyed FULLY]!!! The Bible says God is not even tempted with sin. Lying to us about "hell" and its purpose would constitute sin. Men say we burn forever without end! God says we will be destroyed FULLY!!! Which one do you believe?

"Hell Fire" will destroy fully - not just torment for an unending length of time. It will literally burn them up so as not to exist anymore. They will not be in torment, torture, unhappy anymore. They will not constantly complain about the extreme heat. They will just cease to exist. Notice Jesus' words: "Let both [sinner and righteous] grow together until the harvest: and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares [unrepentant sinners], and bind them in bundles to burn them?" (Matt. 13:30). There will be people who are burned. Jesus says so, and that settles it. What happens when something burns? We have already PROVEN in the section "What Is Man?" and this section that man does not have an immortal soul. This flesh and blood body IS a soul that can die (Ezek. 18:4,20). Everyone really does know what happens when something burns. That object turns to ashes and inert gases that go back into the atmosphere.

Society today has been taught by ministers that came out of a great religious organization which ruled for 1260 years in Europe. They suppressed the truth and called for a burning of the Bible in 1279 AD. They substituted doctrines of demons in place of the Bible [1 Tim. 4:1-4). One of those doctrines was an ever burning hell-fire that never burned out with "immortal souls" in the fire with no hope of stopping the pain. The Bible says clearly the wicked will burn up.


What happens when you are burned up? The Biblical definition follows. If you want to know what God thinks, go to His Book - the Bible! If you want to know what a demonically inspired Dante thought, go to his book - the Inferno! Don't mix the two. One was inspired by God, the other by the devil. This is what God's word says!

"But the wicked shall perish,?into smoke shall they consume away" (Psalm 37:20). This is so clear. God's word says a body in rebellion to God is burned and turns to smoke [inert gases] and is blown away in the wind. When you check the Hebrew word translated perish in English, it is #6 in Strong's Concordance. It means to destroy. When you destroy something, nothing remains to keep burning. It is totally consumed, thoroughly destroyed. The Bible said they would consume away into smoke. Consume is #3615 in the Hebrew Strong's Concordance. It means to end, to cease, be finished, perish. So clear! Your Bible reveals to us that people living in rebellion to God when every opportunity for repentance is exhausted will be burned up until they cease, are finished, perish, don't exist anymore. They turn back to smoke.

Notice the "rest of the story!" "For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall BURN them UP, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch" (Mal. 4:1). Once again, it can't get clearer. The very root system of evil and wickedness will be burned up completely. When this final fire strikes, there will be NO wickedness left to contend with righteousness. Nothing will be left of those who ultimately refuse salvation. It will be as if they had never been born or existed. God is scientific. He said the results of this burning would be smoke and ASHES! "And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ASHES under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the Lord of hosts" (Mal. 4:3). Now we see the final picture of burning - inert gases blowing away in the wind and a pile of ashes. Anyone with a fireplace can testify to this fact of smoke and ashes.

Those who will suffer the loss of their life will not be in some sort of immortal spirit form that is blistered forever and ever with no relief in sight. They will be burned up completely. Nothing will be left of them. God is a God of love. He will lovingly and conveniently put them out of their misery. God will take out of His potential Kingdom all that would offend and live with Satan's world view of rebellion.

Jesus' Message to the Scribes

Jesus was constantly brought into conflict with the religious types of His day. They wanted to be preeminent in the eyes of the average person. Anyone who disagreed with them they declared to be a cult. Nothing has changed today. Even when they are wrong, they will not change to obey God. Anyone who opens God's word and obeys it automatically becomes targeted by organized churches that came out of Rome as cults. Jesus used strong language to the religious leaders of His day. "Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how shall ye escape the damnation of hell (Matt. 23:33). Damnation is #2920 in the Greek Strong's Concordance. It means "justice of divine law against them." If they don't repent of feeding God's people misinformation, they will be burned up in this Lake of Fire called Hell [Gehenna]. We have already learned that Gehenna was a name used for the Valley of Hinnom where dead bodies of animals and non-Israelites and rubbish was burned. It was a valley used as a trash dump outside the city of Jerusalem. It perpetually burned with various kinds of refuse. The word hell in Matt. 23:33 is #1067 in the Strong's Concordance of the Greek language. It is Gehenna or Valley of Hinnom where these dead bodies, etc. were burned. The use of this word "hell" simply means destruction by fire.

Let's go back to the first scriptures of this article - Mark 9:43-45. "And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off [symbolically]; it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell [or the destruction by fire where you will become smoke and ashes], into the FIRE that never shall be quenched: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is NOT QUENCHED?" The Bible will verify itself and not leave you confused. "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 [not life]" (Rev. 21:. This nowhere says "a second life" to burn forever and ever and be tortured with no end in sight! It says the second death! The word death means "the cessation of life, cessation of all vital principles." Your blood stops circulating. WHY? It is burned up. It no longer exists. You stop breathing. WHY? Your lungs are burned up. Oxygen cannot be brought into the body without lungs, blood to pick it up and circulate it without veins, capillaries, and arteries. This is the SECOND death.

Fire and brimstone are mentioned other places in the Bible. I'll mention this as we close the article. Notice: "And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death [absence of life] and hell [hades - the grave] delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death [not the second life]. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire" (Rev. 20:13-15). God is making an enrollment of those who have repented and are living God's way of life. Those who rebel against God's commandments, the Everlasting Covenant [Heb. 13:20-21], will mercifully die in the Lake of Fire. This is the same covenant Adam and Eve broke in the Garden of Eden. Notice: In reference to Israel, "LIKE Adam, they [Israel] have broken the covenant - they were unfaithful to me there" (Hosea 6:7, NIV). Adam, Israel and EVERYONE has violated His covenant (Rom. 3:23). Jesus came to die to forgive us for breaking His Covenant. We are to live it today. When the last opportunity for salvation has been offered, those not obeying the Covenant will die. "But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up" (2 Peter 3:10). God will eventually restore everything to its original state (Acts 3:18-21).

Revelation 19:20

"And the beast [of Rev. 13] 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" (Rev. 19:20). Something will have been so horrible that it will cause a lake to be on fire. This will be burning AT THE COMING OF CHRIST and will destroy them along with a part of His army (Rev. 19:11-21; Joel 2:1-11). This lake burning with fire is fueled with brimstone. The word translated brimstone is #2303 in the Greek Strong's Concordance. It means sulfur. Why is the Dead Sea given such a name? Underneath the Dead Sea in the Middle East are deposits of sulfur and asphalt. It is perpetually burning. On occasions, a small earthquake will cause a fissure in the earth down deep allowing burning sulfur and asphalt to emit to the surface. Many people have written their eyewitness accounts of these eruptions of fire IN the Dead Sea.

When Christ returns, there will be a giant earthquake in the environs of Jerusalem (Zech. 14:1-6). The Dead Sea is the lowest spot on earth. Asphalt and sulfur beds ablaze with fire will break loose and surface creating a Lake of Fire into which the beast and false prophet will be thrown. Now notice what will occur over a thousand years later. "And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet [were, not are], and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever" (Rev. 20:10). Some Bibles put words that did not appear in the text but were added by the translators in italics. The word are is such a word in verse 10. The beast and false prophet are not still there a thousand years later. They were there until they burned up, therefore were dead.

Satan will finally be cast into this Lake of Fire after the thousand years and his short deceptive activities. The phrase "for ever and ever" is #165 in the Strong's Greek Concordance. It means perpetual. The torment - not tormenting - will be perpetual. Satan will die, which is a permanent torment. This fire cannot be extinguished by human beings. It cannot be quenched by human endeavors. Then how will this fire be put out?

Back to Mark 9

Jesus continued His statement concerning people being cast into this Gehenna fire. In ancient times dead bodies of animals and foreigners who died in the land were cast into the Valley of Hinnom. Some of the bodies did not fall directly into the fire, rather lodged on ledges or rocks. As the bodies decayed before the fire could reach them, flies would lay larva from which the worms hatched before becoming flies. They would feed from these dead bodies. The larva would become flies and lay more eggs. It seemed that these were immortal flies. They always seemed to be there. Eventually, the fire would reach the bodies and burn them up.

With this background in mind, Jesus' words make sense. "And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire. Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched? (Mark 9:47-4. They never tried to quench the fire because its design was to burn everything cast into it. The Bible interprets itself when it is necessary. God identifies the meaning of the phrase "IS NOT QUENCHED." In reference to Judah's obedience to God concerning keeping the Sabbath Day holy: "But if ye will NOT hearken unto me to hallow the sabbath day, and not to bear a burden, even entering in at the gates of Jerusalem on the sabbath day; then [because of disobedience] will I kindle a fire in the gates thereof, and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem, and it shall NOT be quenched" (Jer. 17:27). This fire could not be put out by human standard operational procedures. Question: Is Jerusalem still burning today? NO!!! It was simply too hot to put out. It burned everything that was combustible before going out naturally. Jesus likens the Lake of Fire to this.

The Lake of Fire will burn everyone, fallen angels and humans alike, that are intended to be burned up as punishment for rebellion. All that did not accept the sacrifice for our law breaking, Jesus Christ's death, will pay for his or her own sins. This includes the fallen angels that rebelled (Matt. 25:41).

Sodom and Gomorrah

There is another example that God uses as to what the final destruction of sinners will be. The episode of Lot and the people of Sodom and Gomorrah and three sister cities show clearly what God has in mind. "Then the Lord rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven" (Gen. 19:24). Once again the words fire and brimstone [sulfur]. Excavations in the proper location for the discovery of these cities have found sulfur deposits even on the surface of the ground. This proves that God literally sent fire and brimstone to destroy everyone in those cities as He told Abraham. They all burned up, turned to inert gases and ashes, but they are not still burning. A very dynamic Book of Jude adds further to our conclusion as to HOW God will punish people for not accepting His sacrifice for the forgiveness of sin. "EVEN AS Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh [homosexuals], are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of ETERNAL FIRE" (Jude 7).

There it is!!! What is the Lake of Fire? Sodom and Gomorrah are examples of what will happen to the non-repentant. Fire and brimstone were sent from heaven by the living God to DESTROY those sinners. They turned back to inert gases and ashes. They are not still burning. Eternal fire meant as long as the circumstances existed. As long as there was combustible material, it burned. After all was burned up, it went out. Remember Malachi 4:3 - ashes were the result of burning. The Apostle Peter gave substantiating words. "But these [false prophets - v. 1], as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and DESTROYED?and shall utterly perish in their own corruption; And shall receive the REWARD OF UNRIGHTEOUSNESS,?" (2 Peter 2:12-13). What is that reward? We have seen it from the Book of Jude and Genesis 19:24 - UTTER DESTRUCTION BY BURNING THEM UP!!!

Further, "Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new [refreshing] earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness" (2 Peter 3:12-13). What is the Lake of Fire? What is hell? It is the place and method by which God will destroy completely by burning them up. It is for those who refuse to accept redemption offered by God our Father through His Son Jesus Christ. People WILL NOT roast for eternity in this fire. God is merciful - not cruel!

Lazarus and the Rich Man

The Bible cannot contradict itself. We have seen the state of the dead UNTIL the resurrection. We have also seen that God will resurrect and pour out His Spirit upon all flesh who were blinded by Satan and his angels. We have seen that those who are brought to a knowledge of the truth today are receiving their opportunity for salvation. If they do not endure until the end of their life or the age, they will remain in the grave until the time when all the wicked will be cast into the Lake of Fire. With this background, let's explore what this parable really is saying.

Luke 16:22, "And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom:" Note that Jesus gave NO time sequence of events. He simply spoke of what would happen, not in what order the events would occur. The beggar died and went into the grave UNTIL the last or seventh trump (1 Cor. 15:50-57; Matt. 24:29-31; Rev. 11:15,1. God will send His angels to gather the elect and transport them to the marriage supper of the Lamb (Mk. 13:27; Rev. 19:7-9). Lazarus will be carried into Abraham's bosom. Bosom means close relationship. Abraham and Lazarus will be born again sons of God with their new glorified bodies. That is a very close relationship. "And if ye be Christ's [and Lazarus was because he was righteous], THEN are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise" (Gal. 3:29). Lazarus was an heir, close relationship to Abraham, because Abraham was also an heir of salvation. Notice: "Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the SAME are the children of Abraham" (Gal. 3:7). Lazarus was a child of Abraham through faith in Jesus Christ; therefore, when he died, he would ultimately have a different destination - the kingdom of God, not the Lake of Fire.

The rich man had rejected becoming an heir through disobedience. "?the rich man also died and was buried" (v. 22). The rich man lay in his grave not knowing time had passed since his death. The final resurrection will be to cast the unbelievers and disobedient into this fire to be burned up. "And in hell [hades, #86 - the grave] he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame" (v. 23-24). The rich man was being resurrected from the grave [Greek word hell is #86 in the Strong's Concordance of the Greek language - hades translated grave]. He was in the grave awaiting destruction while the seventh trump sounded. All the true saints that were to be in the "better" resurrection [Heb. 11:35] will receive their glorified bodies. We will have reigned with Christ for a thousand years (Rev. 20:4,6). Satan will have been loosed for a little season (Rev. 20:7-10). After all this has transpired, the wicked will finally be resurrected from the dead to be cast into the Lake of Fire, which is the SECOND death (Rev. 21:8; Rev. 20:6,13-15).

Lazarus will have a new immortal body. The rich man looked up as he comes out of the grave with a physical body. He saw the flames approaching. His mouth goes dry and in need of water. Lazarus couldn't give him water because this was the final torment of death - from which there would be NO return. The mental agony would be tremendous. Knowing you were to be burned up and reduced to inert gases and ashes would produce unparalleled pain until you became unconscious. Your mouth would become dry and lock up with fear from the flames and evaporation of water from the body. It's called cotton mouth today. He was tormented in this place.

When Jesus comes in His glorified body to rule the nations, He will begin the judgement process. The saints will reign with Christ to determine who will enter into eternal life and who will go into the Lake of Fire (Matt. 25:31-40). This judgement period will last 1,000 years (Rev. 20:4-6). Now look at Matt. 25:41, "Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed [death penalty], into everlasting fire [age lasting], prepared for the devil and his angels." The curse of the law is the death penalty. All, including the rich man, who fail to have that death penalty removed will be cast into this fire.

Remember, the rich man was dead all those years until time to be resurrected for the purpose of being burned up as his penalty for violating God's law. Remember, "For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not anything?" (Eccl. 9:5). The rich man did not know time had passed, the resurrection to life was now PAST. With these scriptures in mind, turn back to Luke 16. "But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus EVIL things: but now he [Lazarus] is comforted [with a new glorified body], and thou art tormented [in the fire that will burn him up]. And beside all this, between us [immortal] and you [physical to be burned] is a great gulf fixed: so that they [composed of spirit] which would pass from hence to you [physical to be burned] cannot; neither can they [physical] pass to us [immortal],?" (v.25-26).

The rich man didn't realize time had elapsed. Lazarus had received his glorified immortal body. The two were now in two different realms - spirit and physical! This was that great gulf that could not be crossed. The rich man still did not understand that his brothers had already received salvation or been condemned to the same fate as he. "I pray thee?that thou wouldest send him [Lazarus] to my father's house: For I have five brethren; that he may testify to them, lest they also come into this place of torment" (v. 27-2. He was told that the Bible could have taught them. If his brothers would not accept Moses writings, they would not believe someone that rose from the dead (v. 29-31).

Conclusion

The answer to "What Is Hell?" based upon the Bible ONLY is so simple anyone can understand who "has an ear to hear what the spirit says to the churches." Hell is nothing more than a place where there will be an enormous fire that will burn up all physical objects that will not enter into the kingdom of God. They will be destroyed completely and thoroughly. When all burns up and turns to ashes and inert gases, the fire will die out. It is not a place where human beings will be tormented INDEFINITELY with no relief in sight. I thank God that He is a merciful and loving God!!!
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