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This book will not only inform you, it will inspire you and challenge you to increased evangelistic consciousness, greater missionary concern, and a desire to live a holy life in an unholy age.
    - Tim Lahaye, co-author of the New York Times Bestselling Series Left Behind

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Final Punishment



Continuous Torment

Continuous Torment End of Consciousness
  So shall it be at the end of the world:  the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, and shall cast them into the furnace of fire.  Matthew 13:49,50

  The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:  And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever; and they have no rest day nor night.        Revelations 14:10,11

  For lo, thine enemies O Lord, for lo, thine enemies shall perish.  Psalms 92:9

  All the wicked will he destroy.  Psalms 114:20

  They that forsake the Lord shall be consumed.  Isaiah 1:28

  The soul that sinneth, it shall die.  Ezekiel 18:20

  Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction.                 2 Thessalonians 1:9

 

"Mortal-soulists", also called "annihilationists" take the texts on the right to literally mean that sinners will completely cease to exist - that their body, mind, and soul will die.  However, when the Hebrew words are looked at in other areas of the Bible, they also refer to the righteous, to inanimate objects, and even to the Messiah.  Therefore, to take the texts on the right that literally is a little foolish.  The words are used in other texts to mean "lost" or "cut off".  It seems clear that the death and destruction in the columns on the right are more figurative.  They refer to the fact that the souls of sinners will be lost and cut off.  The text on the left indicate that this condition is eternal. 

 

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Hell of Fire or Outer Darkness

Hell of Fire Outer Darkness

  The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire.               Matthew 13:41,42

  Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.         Matthew 25:41

  And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.     Revelations 20:15

  But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness:  there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.      Matthew 8:12

  Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness.  Matthew 22:13

  And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness.  Matthew 25:30

There are a few different takes on the differences in these passages.  Some, like myself, hold that there is a literal hell of fire, and that the "outer darkness" is a metaphor for the irremediable separation from the light of God.  Some others see either as metaphorical descriptions.  Whatever the case, it seems clear that unless one has been redeemed by a saving faith in Jesus Christ, eternal punishment is not going to be a walk in the park.  Both interpretations make it clear that punishment will be eternal and unbearable. 

 

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Hell Eternal

Hell Eternal Punishment Ends

  And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.   Matthew 25:46

  The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:  And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever; and they have no rest day nor night.        Revelations 14:10,11

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

  I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.  Isaiah 14:23

  And thou be cast into prison.  Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.  Matthew 5:25, 26

  That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, ...and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.  Philippians 2:10, 11

The passages on the left leave a strong implication that punishment is eternal.  That is not in doubt.  The question is, do the passages on the right refute that?  No, not at all.  They merely point out the fact that eventually, everyone will recognize the sovereignty of our Lord.  Even Satan will.  That does not mean that this recognition will be done in love in the context of salvation.  The unsaved will come to the same realization at some point, but for them it will be too late.  The passage from Matthew 5 actually doesn't refer to eternal punishment, though some of skewed it that way to fit with their theology.  This passage is actually a caution against litigation, and an exhortation to settle problems before they end up in the legal system. 

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