All Bible texts are from the King James Version.
Is anyone burning in hell today?
"The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished." 2 Peter 2:9.
"Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead." Acts 17:31.
"He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day." John 12:48.
"But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men." 2 Peter 3:7.
When will the wicked be punished?
"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. But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. 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." Malachi 4:1-3.
"And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them." Revelation 20:7-9.
What are some of the words used to describe the death of the wicked?
Psalms 37:38 Proverbs 13:13 Psalms 92:7 Philippians 3:19 Psalms 145:20 2 Thessalonians 1:9 1 Timothy 6:9
Proverbs 19:9 2 Thessalonians 2:10 Luke 13:3 2 Peter 2:12
- Burned Up
Malachi 4:1,3 Matthew 13:30 Isaiah 33:12 Hebrews 6:8 Matthew 3:12
Isaiah 1:28 Psalms 37:20
Psalms 21:9 Hebrews 10:27 Revelation 20:9
- Cut off
Psalms 37:2, 9, 22, 28, 34, & 38 Psalms 101:8 Proverbs 2:22
- Go Into Perdition Or Utter Ruin
Hebrews 10:39 2 Peter 3:7
Will only part of the body or the whole body be cast into hell fire?
"And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell." Matthew 5:30.
"And 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: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. And 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: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. 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 9:43 - 48.
If hell cannot be quenched, as according to the above quote, does it mean that hell fire will never go out?
"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 will I kindle a fire in the gates thereof, and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem, and it shall not be quenched." Jeremiah 17:27.
"And they burnt the house of God, and brake down the wall of Jerusalem, and burnt all the palaces thereof with fire, and destroyed all the goodly vessels thereof. And them that had escaped from the sword carried he away to Babylon; where they were servants to him and his sons until the reign of the kingdom of Persia: To fulfil the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed her sabbaths: for as long as she lay desolate she kept sabbath, to fulfil threescore and ten years." 2 Chronicles 36:19 - 21.
Jeremiah 17:27 is the prophecy, 2 Chronicles 36:19 - 21 is the account of the fulfillment of this prophecy. Is Jerusalem still burning? No! But, it did burn until all was destroyed, and this is what unquenchable fire means.
What does everlasting fire mean?
"Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels." Matthew 25:41.
The fire which destroys the wicked is said to be everlasting because its effects are everlasting or eternal. The destruction of Sodom & Gommorah is an example of what eternal or everlasting fire will do.
"Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire." Jude 7.
Sodom & Gomorrah are not still burning, as they are under the salt sea - Genesis 14:3, Deut 3:17, Joshua 3:16 & 12:3. So eternal fire, like unquenchable fire, burns until all is destroyed or consumed.
"And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly." 2 Peter 2:6.
What is the last enemy to be destroyed?
"The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death." 1 Corinthians 15:26.
"And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death." Revelation 20:13, 14.
God must destroy the wicked because He tells us in Romans 6:23 that "the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Because of Adam's sin we are all condemned to the first death, or sleep, except for those faithful ones who will be alive when Jesus Christ returns and will be translated. But it is our choice as to whether we suffer the second death which is for eternity, or live for eternity with God.
© S. D. Goeldner