Even if you are a Christian, you may go to hell. Some of your
loved ones are already in hell. But don’t worry or be alarmed.
“Hell” is not what most people have imagined!
The Bible reveals the re-assuring Truth about this most
Millions are utterly confused about "hell". What is it? Where is it? Who really
goes there ? And why?
Is "hell" a literal place-a geographical location? Is it somewhere in the interior
of the earth, in the heart of the sun, in remote space? Or does the word "hell" simply
reflect a troubled mental state here on earth? And do some completely deny that there
is a hell? And do evolutionists believe in such a place? And do church leaders understand
the subject of what happens at death?
WHAT CLERGYMEN THINK
Many theologians today do not believe in a literal "hell". Said one: "The essence
of hell is separation from
God-not really torture, but torment."
Another described hell as "a condition of human existence"
An Australian cleric declared that the 19th-century concept of an ever-burning hell
fire makes God out to be worse than Hitler.
Then there are those theologians who view hell as "the loss of communication, insensitivity
to spiritual values, the realization of how far short of our capacities we have fallen,
the memory of some of the things we have done."
On the other hand, Pope Paul VI warned that "those who refuse the love of God are
going to the fire that is not extinguished" (Credo of the People of God, issued June
THE "FIERY INFERNO"
Almost everyone assumes one of two extremes concerning "hell". One group totally
denies that hell exists. Hell is passed off as an ancient superstition that has no
bearing whatever on modern life.
The other group, including most so-called Bible fundamentalists, pictures hell as
a terrible place of never- ending torment where the devil rules and his demons gleefully
"roast" sinners like millions of wieners on a barbeque spit. There is bitter weeping
and wailing, agonized cursing, shrieks and screams from those in eternal torment-
according to this concept.
Here is a summation of this popular belief from the Encyclopedia Americana:
"As generally understood, hell is the abode of evil spirits; the infernal regions
... whither lost and condemned souls go after death to suffer indescribable torments
and eternal punishment .... Some have thought of it as the place created by the Deity,
where He punishes, with inconceivable severity, and through all eternity, the souls
of those who through unbelief or through the worship of false gods have angered Him.
It is, the place of divine revenge, un-tempered, NEVER ENDING. This has been the
idea most generally held by Christians, Catholics, and Protestants alike. It is
also the idea embodied in the Mohammedans' conception .... The main features of hell
as conceived by Hindu, Persian, Egyptian, Grecian, and Christian theologians are
essentially the same" (from the article on "Hell", emphasis ours throughout the lesson).
But why do people believe what they believe? From where or from whom have these
popular ideas come?
FROM THE PHILOSOPHERS
A few influential men since the time of Christ left writings and teachings that became
so universally believed that they became the accepted doctrine of the Christian-professing
world. One of the most important of these influential writers was Augustine (A.D.
Augustine reasoned that there should be a temporary cleansing of imperfect souls
in purgatorial fire He, like other influential men of the Christian-professing church,
was influenced by "pre-Christian doctrine"-the doctrine of the ancient pagan philosophers
and other early church fathers (see Encyclopedia Britannica, 11th ed., article "Purgatory").
Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) wrote a tremendously popular poem, La Divina Commedia,
in three parts-Hell, Purgatory and Paradise. "Of all poets of modern times," says
a modern author, "Dante Alighieri was, perhaps, the greatest educator. He possibly
had a greater influence on the course of civilization than any other one man since
his day .... [He] wrote, in incomprehensible verse, an imaginative and lurid account
of a dismal journey through a lurid hell-a long poem containing certain phrases which
have caught the attention of the world, such as, 'All hope abandon, Ye, who enter
here"' (Dante and His Influence).
Dante is reported to have been so fascinated and enraptured by the ideas and philosophies
of the pagan philosophers Plato and Virgil that he believed they were divinely inspired.
But who were Plato and Virgil?
Says the Encyclopedia Americana: "Virgil, pagan Roman poet, 70-19 B.C., belonged
to the national school of pagan Roman thought, influenced by the Greek writers. Christians
of the Middle Ages, including Dante, believed he had received some measure of divine
Plato, a pagan Greek philosopher, born in Athens, 427 B.C., was a student of the
renowned Socrates. Plato's famous literary work Phaedo taught the immortality of
the soul-the foundation for other writings on the doctrine of an eternal hell where
wicked “souls” are supposedly punished forever.
So the world's concept of "hell" is admittedly a product of human thinking-of pagan
speculation-as men puzzled over the eventual fate of the wicked.
WHAT ABOUT THE BILLIONS OF MANKIND?
Before we examine the Bible to see whether the common ideas about hell could possibly
be true, let us consider where this concept of hell, if true, would lead us.
On this earth there are more than four billion people. The most populous lands are
China, India and other parts of Asia. But in spite of the efforts of Western missionaries,
more than half of all the people who have ever lived on the earth have never so much
as heard the only name by which men may be saved (Acts 4:12)-the name of "Jesus Christ"!
Literally billions of people on this earth have lived and died without having known
anything about "salvation"- without ever so much as having seen a Bible.
Now think what that means! If all the "unsaved" go immediately to a fiery hell at
death the hell commonly believed in-then more than half the people who have ever
lived on this earth have been consigned to this terrible punishment-and they are
there, now, without ever having had a chance to escape it!
Can you really believe that is the method an all-wise, all-merciful loving God is
using to work out His purpose here below?
What is the TRUTH?
We face these alternatives: Either the Creator reveals the TRUTH on this subject
in His inspired Word, or else we must fling up our hands and confess we just don't
know. Either we believe what the Bible says, or we must- if we are rational and
What does God say about "hell" in the Bible? You may be surprised! So be sure to
read and write out all of the scripture references given in answer to the questions
in this lesson. PROVE the truth of God for yourself.
CHRIST SPOKE OF "HELL FIRE"
1. What punishment did Christ warn would ultimately befall those who refuse to quit
sinning? Mark 9:43. (He obviously did NOT mean we should literally "cut off" parts
of our bodies, but rather stop using them to commit sin ! )
COMMENT: "Hell" is an English word. When Mark recorded Christ's words, he wrote
them in the Greek language. The Greek word translated "hell," which Mark was inspired
to write down, is gehenna. Since in this verse Christ says the sinner is "to go
into hell, into the fire,” it follows that those who go to gehenna will receive punishment
Keep in mind then that Christ associated the Greek word gehenna with fire.
2. What did Christ say in Mark 9:45 to emphasize what He said in verse 43?
COMMENT: Mark wrote down the same Greek word
gehenna here in verse 45 that he used in verse 43. The translators of the Authorized
or King James Version of the Bible of A.D. 1611 selected the English word "hell"
to translate this Greek word gehenna. We will learn more about the real meaning
of this word later.
3. How did Christ re-emphasize what He said about "hell fire"? Verse 47.
COMMENT: Again, the Greek word that Mark used in this verse is gehenna. Gehenna
clearly refers to fire!
But there are other original Greek and Hebrew words in the Bible that are also translated
ENGLISH WORD "HELL' MISAPPLIED
Let's read what A Dictionary of the Bible, edited by James Hastings, says about the
use of the word "hell" in the Old and New Testaments. Keep in mind as you read this
that the Old Testament was originally written in the Hebrew language, and that the
New Testament was originally written in the Greek language.
Hastings says: "In our Authorized Version the word hell is unfortunately used as
the rendering of three distinct words, with DIFFERENT IDEAS [or meanings]. It represents,
1) the 'sheol’ of the Hebrew Old Testament, and the 'hades' in the New Testament
.... It is now an entirely misleading rendering, especially in the New Testament
passages. The English revisers, therefore, have substituted 'hades' [going back
to the original Greek word] for "hell" in the New Testament .... In the American
revision the word 'hell' is entirely discarded in this connection...
2)The word 'hell' is used as equivalent to [the Greek word] "'tartaros' 2 Peter
2:4 ... and,
3) ... as the equivalent of [the Greek word] 'gehenna'..."
So we see that the real meaning of three different Greek words-hades (equivalent
to the Hebrew sheol of the Old Testament), tartaros and gehenna-have been confused
with each other because translators have attempted to make the one English word "hell"
cover the definitions of all three words! No wonder millions have been confused
about this subject!
What do these words really mean?
The Old Testament Hebrew word sheol and the New Testament Greek word hades mean the
same thing- simply the grave. These words have been correctly translated as "grave"
in many places in the Bible. However, these words have also been translated "hell."
"Hell" is an old English word. More than 350 years ago, when the Authorized Version
was translated, the people of England commonly talked of "putting their potatoes
in hell for the winter"-a good way of preserving potatoes-for the word then meant
merely A HOLE IN THE GROUND that was covered up-a dark and silent place-a grave!
But pagan teachings caused people to misapply the old English word "hell" to the
lurid imaginations of Dante.
The second Greek word, (Tartaros) which has also been translated into the English
word "hell," occurs only once in the New Testament (2 Pet. 2:4). It does not refer
to humans, but to the restrained condition of fallen angels (or demons). Its meaning,
translated into English, is "darkness of the material universe," "dark abyss," or
But what about gehenna? This Greek word is derived from the name of the narrow,
rocky Valley of Hinnom, which lies just outside Jerusalem. It was the place where
refuse was burned up, trash, filth, and the dead bodies of animals and despised criminals
were thrown into the fires of gehenna, or the Valley of Hinnom. Ordinarily, everything
thrown into this valley was destroyed by fire-COMPLETELY BURNED UP Therefore, Christ
used gehenna to picture the fate of unrepentant sinners!
TWO DIFFERENT "HELLS"
In many of the passages of the New Testament where we see the word "hell," the Greek
word is not gehenna. Often it is hades- which does not refer to fire at all, but
to a grave - a hole in the ground. Yet the translators have confused and obscured
the two entirely different meanings of these words by indiscriminately rendering
them both by the same English word "hell."
Let's study the proof.
1. What did Jesus say about "hell" in Luke 12:5?
COMMENT: If you were to look up the Greek word that is here translated into the
English word "hell," you would find it is gehenna. Gehenna, remember, is the place
where dead bodies were thrown and destroyed by fire!
2. How is the same English word "hell" used in Acts 2:31 ?
COMMENT: The Greek word that is translated into the English word "hell" in this
verse is hades. Hades means the grave, as its usage in this verse clearly shows!
We can plainly see that the English word "hell" can have different meanings! So
when we come to the word "hell" in the New Testament (except for 2 Peter 2:4), we
must keep in mind these two vastly different meanings and carefully determine by
the context whether it refers to destruction by fire, or the grave where the dead
Whenever you're in doubt about the intended meaning of the word "hell" in the New
Testament, look it up in an exhaustive concordance, such as Strong's or Young's,
to see which Greek word it was translated from, and hence its true meaning.
WHERE TO AFTER DEATH?
In the preceding lesson we learned that when a person dies and is buried in his grave,
he knows absolutely
nothing (Ecclesiastes. 9:5). He merely lies quietly and silently there as in a “sleep,"
totally oblivious to everything.
Let's briefly review this important truth.
1. What one thing befalls both men and beasts? Ecclesiastes. 3:19. Do they
all go to one place the same place- when they die? Verse 20 and Genesis 3:19.
COMMENT: Have you ever heard of beasts going to "hell" to be tortured?
2. What place does God say man goes to when he dies? Ecclesiastes. 9:10. Did
Job realize he would go to the grave
after death? Job 17:13.
3. Was the One who became Jesus Christ "made flesh"? John 1:14. Did Christ take
upon Himself the same mortal flesh of which we are composed? Heb. 2:14. And didn't
He also have to go to the grave as other mortal men do? Acts 2:31.
COMMENT: The Greek word in Acts 2:31 is hades which, as you now know, means the
"grave ' " Jesus' "soul" (body) did not see corruption (did not decompose in the
grave) because He was resurrected after three days!
Some theologians, however, maintain the tradition that Christ was preaching to departed
human "spirits in prison" (I Pet. 3:19) while He was in "hell ' " THAT IDEA IS ABSOLUTLY
FALSE! Verse 20 of I Peter 3 makes it plain that those to whom Christ preached were
demon spirits, and that He preached to them during the days of Noah' This verse could
not at all be referring to the three days and three nights Jesus was dead in the
RESURRECTED TO JUDGMENT
You may have heard ministers preach that the "unsaved" go directly to the "fiery
tortures of hell" when they die. If people have immortal souls and if there is a
place of eternal torment, this teaching would mean they are condemned to a fiery
inferno before they are formally judged and sentenced! Let's notice when and how
the dead will be judged by God.
1. Is there to be a future resurrection to judgment of the unsaved dead? John 5:28-29.
(The word "damnation" in the Authorized Version-verse 29-is correctly rendered as
"judgment" in most modern translations.)
COMMENT: Here is further proof that the unsaved dead are not being tormented in a
"fiery hell '" They are now dead! But there is coming a time ("the hour is coming,"
said Jesus) when they will be resurrected for judgment!
2. Does the first sentence of Revelation 20:5 and verses 11-12 also prove
there is to be a future resurrection to judgment?
(Note that the first sentence in verse 5 is a parenthetical statement inserted within
verses 4-6, which describe the first resurrection.)
COMMENT: Some of the dead-the "dead in Christ"-will be resurrected to eternal
life in the first resurrection at Christ's Second Coming (I Thessalonians. 4:16-17).
But the "rest of the dead" will not live again for a thousand years. They will
then be resurrected to mortal life. These are the unsaved dead who will rise in
the second resurrection to be "judged".
The Great White Throne Judgment described in Revelation 20:11-12 is the period when
the vast majority of mankind (the dead, and most who are now alive) will be resurrected
and given their opportunity to learn about God's plan of salvation. These billions
are those who never heard or understood God's truth (including those who thought
they knew God, but had not been called of God-John 6:44. They will be judged daily
by how well they live by the Word of God (the "books" in verse 12 are the books of
the Bible), just as true Christians are being judged daily today (I Pet. 4:17).
At the end of this period of judgment, God will render a sentenced verdict-for each
individual. The vast majority will inherit eternal life. Those few who reject
God's truth and stubbornly refuse to repent will be sentenced to eternal death, not
3. Is there then to be a resurrection of all the incorrigible dead? Rev. 20:13-15.
COMMENT: After the Great White Throne Judgment period, the incorrigible dead of
past ages, who may have perished at sea, or on land (the Greek word for "hell" in
verse 13 is hades), will be resurrected to physical life. They will then be formally
judged by God and sentenced to eternal death!
The subject of "judgment" is thoroughly covered in an upcoming lesson. Suffice
it to say that the Bible clearly shows that the dead are dead, and that the time
when the "unsaved" dead will be judged is STILL IN THE FUTURE!
DEATH BY FIRE!
What is the ultimate penalty-the "wages," or reward-of sin? Is it eternal life in
torment? or is it eternal oblivion? What IS the ultimate fate of incorrigible sinners?
The Bible makes the truth very clear. Satan is a incorrigible sinner.
1. What is the "wages of sin"? Rom. 6:23.
COMMENT: The "wages of sin is DEATH." Death is the opposite of life! The final
wages the incorrigible will receive is the complete cessation of life!
2. What does Paul warn will be the judgment or sentence of those who, knowing God's
commands and having tasted of His way of life, sin wilfully? Heb. 10:26-27. Will
they live on in torment in fire-or will they be "devoured" by it? Verse 27.
3. Does Jesus compare false ministers who don't bring forth good works to trees that
don't bring forth good fruit? Matt. 7:15-19. What did He indicate would happen
to them? Verse 19. Is combustible material that is put into a fire only tormented-or
is it burned up? Did Jesus indicate that all who do not bring forth "good fruit"
will likewise be cast into fire?
4. What did Christ say to the unrepentant scribes and Pharisees of His day? Matt.
COMMENT: The Greek word translated here as "hell" is gehenna-meaning the Valley
of Hinnom. Christ used the fire that burned up refuse in the Valley of Hinnom as
a type of the final fate-complete destruction-of the wicked by fire. Those rebellious
and stubborn religious leaders could well understand Christ's analogy. They knew
they were being threatened with complete destruction in fire!
5. What did Christ warn would happen to those who will not repent of their sinful
ways? Luke 13:3.
COMMENT: “Perish” means to cease existing. It does not mean to continue living.
Life in eternal torment is not what God has decreed for incorrigible sinners !
The punishment revealed in the Bible is death-cessation of life forever. Eternal
life is something we were NOT born with. It is a gift of God that He will bestow
upon those who obey Him. Eternal life and death are contrasted throughout the Bible!
6. Did Christ show by His parable of the tares that there is to be a future harvest?
Matt. 13:30. Did He say the evil people-the "tares"-will afterward by BURNED? Same
COMMENT: In this parable Christ likened the earth to a "field" (verse 24), the obedient
people to "wheat" (verses 25, 29), and the disobedient to "tares" (verses 25, 29,
7. Does Psalm 37:20 also show that the ultimate fate of the wicked will be destruction
by fire? Will this fire be so hot it will burn up-CONSUME-the wicked? Same verse
and Malachi 4:1. What will be left of the wicked? Verse 3. Who will burn up the
wicked-Satan and his demons, or the Eternal God? Same verse.
COMMENT: The "hell fire" that the Bible speaks of will be thousands of degrees
HOTTER than the imaginary "hell fire" of most preachers-which is only hot enough
to torment. The biblical "hell fire" will totally consume the disobedient! Never
will they exist again.
The Bible plainly shows that those who have known God's truth and wilfully disobey
and refuse to repent, will reap the wages of sin-eternal death! (Rom. 6:23). This
scripture means what it says. The attempts of many theologians to explain away
death and to interpret it as mere "separation from God" cannot be reconciled with
Scripture. Death clearly does NOT mean eternal life in the horrifying torments of
an eternal "hell."
The author of this pagan deception is none other than the father of lies-Satan the
devil! (John 8:44). If you have believed his false doctrine and have suffered mental
torment because of it, thank God that He has now opened your mind to understand the
WHAT IS THE "LAKE OF FIRE"?
And now comes a most interesting revelation! Exactly what is the gehenna fire that
will consume the wicked? When and where will it occur?
1. Are all who stubbornly refuse to repent and who persist in breaking God's commandments
ultimately to find themselves in a lake of "fire and brimstone"? Rev. 21:8.
COMMENT: We've already seen that the fate of the wicked is gehenna and the lake
of fire are the same. A very large fire
would have the appearance of a fiery lake, hence its description.
2. Will it cause the death of the wicked? Notice Revelation 21:8 once again. Which
death will it cause? Same verse.
COMMENT: Mortals naturally die once, because we just "wear out" (Heb. 9:27). But
if anyone dies the second death, that individual will have been judged by God to
be guilty of persistent disobedience and incorrigible rebellion. The second death
will be for all eternity and that applies to Satan!
3. Does Revelation 20:13-15 verify that the incorrigible will be cast into this
future lake of fire?
4. Does a forerunner of this lake of fire begin at Christ's Second Coming? Rev.
19:20. Will the two chief human enemies of Christ be cast into it at that time?
5. How long will this fire last? Matt. 25:41.
COMMENT: The word "everlasting" is aionion in the Greek. Aionion comes from
the root aion which often means "age." In this case, the correct translation into
the English language should be AGE-LASTING fire". This "lake of fire" is going to
be burning all during the Millennium-the "age" of Christ's rule.
During the millennial reign of Christ and His saints, the fires in the Valley of
Hinnom will again be kept burning as a stern witness to all the rest of the world!
6 Much later-after the Millennium and after God's plan for mankind is complete-will
the flames of the "lake of fire" purify
the earth's surface, burning in one vast worldwide inferno? 2 Pet. 3:10. Will
all the things man has created be burned up, as well as the rest of those people
who will not have received salvation and eternal life because of wilful rebellion
against God?( which includes Satan and his demons). Same verse and Revelation 20:14-15
COMMENT: Here is God's-not man's-description of the final "hell fire"! It
is yet in the future. It has not yet occurred. Nothing is said anywhere in the
Bible about "souls" descending into the earth into "hell fire," or of torture for
all eternity! Rather, the Bible shows that all incorrigible human beings and their
works will suffer destruction once for all eternity. All other teachings to the
contrary have come to us from paganism!
7. Are the wicked to be reduced to ashes by the fire that will consume the earth's
surface? Turn to Malachi 4:1,3.
COMMENT: Can ashes be tormented forever and ever? Of course not! The death
the incorrigible wicked will have suffered will be an eternal, everlasting punishment,
not an everlasting punishing. There is a big difference between punishment and punishing!
"The wages of sin is death' (Rom. 6:23), not eternal life in hell fire!
8. Will Satan be cast into the same fire that will have consumed the "beast" and
the "false prophet"? Rev.20:10.
COMMENT: Notice that Satan himself will be in "hell fire." Neither will he play
the role of torturing people as he is often represented by the doctrines of this
9. Will the beast and the false prophet still be in this fire? Rev. 20:10.
COMMENT: Some Bibles use italics to show that the word "are" in this verse was supplied
by the translators.
It is not found in the Greek manuscripts. The phrase should read, "where the beast
and the false prophet were'-the unwritten verb in the Greek should be understood
to be in the same tense as the verb in the first half of the sentence. The Amplified
Bible has it correct. These two mortal individuals will have been destroyed 1,000
years before the time Satan is cast into these flames.
CAN SPIRIT BEINGS DIE?
Some church ministers say that spirit beings can’t die but is this true?
1.What does Luke 20:36 say? Did Jesus say that angels do not die? Same verse. When
Jesus said these words, at what time was He talking about? Verses 36-38.
Notice: When Jesus spoke of these things He was referring the resurrection of the
children of God! And the angels referred to were with those resurrected people. So
those angels were not demons because they have no part in the righteousness of God!
It is plain to see that the angels mentioned here are not part of those that rebelled
and became demons with Satan their leader!
2. Is God, a “God of the living” Verse 38. And do they, the living, live unto Him?
Same Verse. So, Satan and his demons can’t live unto God. Let’s notice something
that is often missed by some theologians. 2 Corinthians 6:14. Does this scripture
say that “unrighteousness cannot have fellowship with righteousness”? Can light have
communion with darkness? Same Verse. Notice that Strongs number 2842 the word used
is communion. So there is no communion with darkness. The devil is the prince of
darkness and so he will not be in fellowship with the Lord!
3.Does Jesus call Satan a liar and a murderer? John 8:44. Is Satan the father of
lies? Same verse.
4. Who has the power of death? And will death be destroyed?
Revelation 21:4. Will there be anymore death? Same Verse.
5. What will happen to all murderers, liars, sorcerers and abominable persons? Revelation
21:8. Are they cast into the lake of fire, the second death? Same Verse.
Comment: If Satan has the power of death and is death itself, then he, will be destroyed
because death is burned up in that great lake of fire! But if he, as a spirit being,
cannot die then there will always be death. While he is alive, death will still exist!
6. In Mark 1:24 it speaks about some demons who spoke to Jesus. Did the demons acknowledge,
that Jesus would destroy them at sometime in the future? Did they say to Jesus;
“have you come to destroy us”?
The same word “destroy” is also used in Matthew 10:28
7. Did Jesus become flesh and blood just like us? Hebrews 2:14. Did Jesus die in
order to destroy him that had the power of death, that is the devil? (See Strong’s
CAN SPIRIT BEINGS BE MADE FLESH?
Let’s take a look at another subject that deals with spirit beings and that of fleshly
1. In John 1:1-4. What does it tell us about God? Is the Word called God? Was the
Word with God from the beginning?
Notice that there are two persons mentioned here, one was God and the other was
the Word. Both are called God. In Genesis 1:1,26 it tells’ us that the word used
there is; ‘Elohim’ meaning more than one, as can be seen from Verse 26.
2. Who was it, “that made all things”? Was anything made without Him? John 1:3.
Was there life in the Word? Verse 4.
Comment: Here we have clear statements of who created the heavens and the earth.
And that person was the Word, who would later be known as Jesus Christ. So, Jesus
was the one who created life. He created the heavens and the earth! He also created
the angels and Lucifer.
3. Did the Word become flesh? John 1:14. And did He dwell among us humans, as a human
being? Same Verse.
We can see then that “spirit” beings can be made flesh! So, God, if He so wishes,
can change the devil and his demons into flesh! That’s why Jesus could say, “All
authority and Power has been given unto me”! Jesus came into the flesh as a human
being and He knows what it is like to be a human! Satan however has not and does
not know what it is like! SO could not God change Satan and his demons into flesh?
4. In Ezekiel 28:1-9, 12-17. It gives us the account of the prince of Tyre. And the
fall that was about to come to this great power about (585-573 B.C) This king or
prince is depicted as that of the character of Satan the devil. This prince was
claiming that he was a god, and that he, “sits in the seat of God” in the midst of
the seas! The words spoken by the king of Tyre breaths the same proud, self-glorifying
spirit of Satan and as such, God calls him a man and not God! Verse 2.
Is Satan then, directly addressed by God in verses 11 to 17?
Is God speaking to a mere man, that is, to the king of Tyre in this passage? Who
then, is the “anointed cherub”? Verse 14.
Did this cherub walk upon the Holy Mountain of God? Same Verse.
Comment: We can see then that this great being was the cherub that covered the Throne
5. What will happen to this great fallen angel who now has become Satan? Verse 18.
Will God cause a fire to burn within the midst of him? And will this fire within
him bring him to ashes? Same Verse.
6. Will he become “no more” ? Verse 19.
Comment: This “Being” then, will cease to exist because of what we have seen in Ezekiel
7. But are there any other Scriptures that would verify what we have read and studied
in Ezekiel 28? In Isaiah 14:9-17. What is to become of Lucifer (Satan) the devil?
8. Will there be anyone to look upon this “one,” who is called Satan, cast to his
death? Verse 16. When Satan and his demons are finally cast into the great lake of
fire, there will be angels and saints of God who will witness this Great event!
9. The question has to be asked; Has the devil and his demons broken all of the Spiritual
laws that God has ordained? Has he ever repented of those sins? Remember this, that
to sin is the transgression of God’s law.
What are the wages of sin? Are they not, death? YES! And Has the devil and his demons
sinned? Yes! In the final outcome, whether you are spirit or flesh if you do not
repent and come to the Only One that can give forgiveness to you and turn around
and not sin anymore then you will die! But Satan will not REPENT! So our Heavenly
Father and our Lord Jesus will not let him and his demons LIVE!
HELL FIRE "NEVER QUENCHED"?
1. Did John the Baptist ever speak of "unquenchable fire"? Matt. 3:12; Luke 3:17.
2. Did Jesus say that hell fire will never be "quenched"? Mark 9:43-48. (Recall
the Greek word for "hell" in verses 43, 45, and 47 is gehenna.)
COMMENT: Jesus repeated this statement five times for emphasis. Thus, people have
carelessly assumed the "fire that never shall be quenched" (verse 43) is a fire of
torture that has been in existence for centuries, and will continue to exist for
eternity. But we have proved that this idea is absolutely false! Notice the biblical
truth about unquenchable hell fire.
3. Did God (more than 2,500 years ago) warn the inhabitants of Jerusalem that He
would kindle a fire in Jerusalem's gates that would not be quenched? Jeremiah 17:27.
But what would that fire do to the city's palaces? Same verse.
COMMENT: This fire occurred a few years later, and it destroyed all the houses
of Jerusalem (Jeremiah 52:13)
Since God said this fire "shall not be quenched" and since it is not burning today,
it obviously went out by itself after devouring all combustible material!
4. What punishment befell the notorious cities of Sodom and Gomorrah? Gen.
19:24. Was it literal fire that destroyed human beings? Luke 17:29. What do we
read in Jude 7 about this event? Is there still a fire burning in those cities that
God destroyed long ago? Proverbs 26:20.
COMMENT: Of course not! The expression "eternal fire" in Jude 7 means a fire
whose results are permanent or everlasting-obviously not a fire that burns forever!
Sodom and Gomorrah were utterly destroyed centuries ago-they are not burning today.
The fires that burned these wicked cities simply died out after consuming all combustible
material. These scriptures prove the "fire that never shall be quenched" will NOT
torment people forever!
The fires were never quenched or put out prematurely by anyone! The flames merely
died out when they had nothing more to consume. Even so it will be with the FINAL
gehenna fire that will consume the wicked. It will be unquenched-but it will finally
burn itself out!
"WORM THAT DIETH NOT"
A startling statement is found in Mark 9:44, 46 and 48. In these verses, Christ
spoke of a worm that "dies not'" Are these immortal worms?
Some people think Jesus referred to people as worms, and that He was trying to say
that these "people" never die but live on forever in agonizing torment. However,
those who believe this fail to notice that what Jesus spoke of was "their worm".
So the wicked themselves are not the "worm."
What is this mysterious "worm" that does not die? Notice what Jesus really meant.
Jesus clearly had reference, as the marginal notes of many Bibles show, to Isaiah
66:24, where a similar statement is made about "their worm"-the worm of "carcasses."
(Be sure to read this verse in your Bible.)
Now what is the "worm" of a decaying carcass? If you have ever seen a putrefying
carcass, the answer should be obvious. To put the matter beyond all doubt, we find
that the lexicons define as grub or maggot both the Greek and the Hebrew words translated
as worm" in Mark 9:44 and Isaiah 66:24.
When a dead body occasionally lodged on one of the rocky ledges above the garbage
fires of the Valley of Hinnom, it was soon infested by many worms or maggots, which
hatched out of eggs laid by flies. It was simply these worms to which Christ referred
when He said, "their worm dieth not But Jesus didn't mean that each individual
worm continued to live forever! Actually, the larvae-maggots-would hatch from eggs,
eat the flesh, continue in the larval form only a few days, then go through pupation
or metamorphosis and finally emerge as flies! The worms didn't die-they became flies!
Later, the flies died. These are facts known by any student of biology! And Christ
was not ignorant of them.
By contrast, the misunderstanding of Christ's simple statement by some people should
be an object lesson to always be careful to use wisdom and common sense in studying
God's Word. The Holy Spirit is the spirit of a sound mind (2 Tim. 1:7). The Bible
is one book that makes good sense! Let's always study these perplexing scriptures
carefully and not jump to hasty, erroneous, weird conclusions.
THE PARABLE OF LAZARUS AND THE RICH MAN
Jesus' parable of Lazarus and the rich man (Luke 16:19-31) is perhaps one of the
texts most frequently used by those who attempt to prove there is an eternal hell
What lesson did Jesus intend to illustrate by this oft-misunderstood parable? Let's
carefully study this entire parable, comparing it with other crystal-clear scriptures.
1. Did Lazarus-a poor but righteous beggar-die? Luke 16:22. Was he later carried
by angels to "Abraham's bosom"? Same verse.
COMMENT: If we are Christ's, we become heirs with Abraham to receive the promises
God made to him (Gal.
3:29). Through faith we may all become the spiritual "children of Abraham" (Gal.
3:7). This is an intimate relationships close or bosom relationship, spiritually
speaking-with Abraham. We are to be in close contact
with him in sharing the promises. This is the sense in which righteous Lazarus was
taken to "Abraham's bosom ' "
When, then, will Abraham and the Lazarus of Jesus' parable actually receive the promises?
The answer given in the Bible is that Abraham and the saints-his spiritual “seed”
-will inherit the promises at the resurrection of the just, when Jesus Christ returns
to earth to establish the Kingdom of God! (The Christian's inheritance is the subject
of the next lesson.)
2. And what about the sinful rich man of Jesus' parable? Did he also die? Luke
16:22. Do we next see him lifting up his eyes, indicating his having been resurrected,
and calling to Abraham for a few drops of water to cool his tongue, being in mental
torment? Verses 23-24.
COMMENT: The word "hell" used here is translated from the Greek word hades, which
we know means the "grave." It is not from the Greek word gehenna, which represents
the future lake of fire that will DESTROY the wicked forever. The rich man is pictured
at the very moment he comes up out of his GRAVE in a resurrection! Abraham and Lazarus
will have already inherited eternal life in God's Kingdom (Matt. 25:34). They will
have been immortal for more than 1,000 years BEFORE the wicked rich man is resurrected
to be burned in the lake of fire (Rev. 20:4-5, 13-15).
Until then, the rich man will have been dead in his grave, having no consciousness
of the passing of time (Eccl. 9:5).
At his resurrection, the rich man will see the flames of the lake of fire beginning
to surround him. He knows these flames will destroy him forever. Being in great
mental agony, he asks for just a little water to cool his tongue, which has become
dry from his mental anguish. He does not ask for buckets or oceans of water to put
the fire out. He knows such a request would be denied.
3. What did Abraham then answer the rich man? Luke 16:25-
COMMENT: The great "gulf" between the two will be the difference between mortality
and immortality. Those who will have been made immortal shall never die because they
will have been born of God (Rev. 20:6). Abraham and the beggar will be on the immortal
side of this gulf-the rich man on the mortal side, facing imminent eternal death
Many of the condemned, like the rich man, will want their relatives warned (Luke
16:27,28), not realizing how much time has elapsed since they died and that all other
people will also have already had their chance to receive salvation.
The parable of Lazarus and the rich man does not prove eternal punishing by God in
hell fire. Rather, Christ used this short illustration to picture to His listeners
the REALITY of the resurrection from the dead of both the righteous and the wicked.
He was picturing the resurrection to ETERNAL LIFE as contrasted with the ultimate
fate of the wicked-the resurrection to die ETERNAL Death!
GOD IS LOVE
Why do so many people have a false concept of "hell"? Because they have been deceived
and do not understand God's overall purpose for creating mankind.
God's purpose for man is that he develop the holy, righteous character of God, which
will make him fit to receive the precious gift of eternal life. But God created
man of the dust of the ground, subject to death, so that if he failed to develop
righteous character, he could be released from his misery by death.
God has no desire to torment or to torture anyone. God is love (I John 4:8). He
will condemn no one because of ignorance, and will see to it that every person ultimately
learns the truth and has a real opportunity for salvation upon sincere repentance,
no matter how terrible his or her sins have been.
But if God were to grant eternal life to those who persistently rebel, who stubbornly
refuse to repent and therefore fail to develop righteous character, they would simply
bring misery upon themselves as well as others for all eternity! Certainly the kindest
and most merciful thing God can do for all involved is to deny continued existence
to such rebels. God will simply put incorrigible sinners to DEATH-not mercilessly
torture them forever! It will be the same for Satan and his demons
And so the obedient will be given the free gift of eternal life. But the disobedient
must be paid the "wages" they have earned (Rom. 6:23). It is the final or second
death-eternal death in the lake of fire. These are the two alternatives God places
before each of us. And this includes the devil and his demons. Let’s face it, the
biggest lie that Satan would have us to believe is that there is an everlasting burning
hell is because he knows he is going there himself! The difference is that when he
and his demons are cast into the lake of fire along with the incorrigible wicked
they die! They are no more!
This truth should not inspire unreasoning terror as the satanic, pagan doctrine of
eternal punishing in hell fire has caused in so many sincere, but deceived people.
On the other hand, the lake of fire should stand as a WARNING to all who know God's
truth and still stubbornly refuse to obey it!
You have now proved for yourself that the idea of an "ever-burning hell" is clearly
a pagan myth and superstition. It is merely a fable that has crept into professing
Christianity. Jesus Christ came to deliver us from the bondage of this world's Satan-inspired
false doctrines and to give us eternal life. Thank God we can know His truth, which
sets us free!