Hellfire and Damnation

Do People Really Live Forever In An Eternal Flame or Lake of Fire?

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Is eternal hellfire and damnation promised to the unrighteous sinner?

What does the Bible really say is promised to the wicked?

Let's explore the Bible and see.

First the Bible says The punishment for sin is death not life -

Romans 6:23 King James Version (KJV)

23. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

James 1:15 King James Version (KJV)

15. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

Ezekiel 18:20 King James Version (KJV)

20. The soul that sinneth, it shall die.

Eternal life is only for those who accept Christ as their Saviour. Death is promised to the wicked unrighteous sinner.

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Where does the Bible say the wicked who have died are now?

Job 21:30 & 32 King James Version (KJV)

30. That the wicked is reserved to the day of destruction? they shall be brought forth to the day of wrath.

32. Yet shall he be brought to the grave, and shall remain in the tomb.

The wicked dead are reserved or set aside in their grave or tomb.

John 5:28-29 King James Version (KJV)

28. Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,

29. And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.

The dead are in the graves waiting for either the gift of eternal life, or the punishment of eternal death.

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The wicked dead are in the grave or tomb awaiting judgment day. Just like convicted criminals are put in jail to await their sentencing by the judge.

2 Peter 2:9 King James Version (KJV)

9. The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:

John 12:48 King James Version (KJV)

48. 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.

Will the wicked suffer eternal hellfire and damnation? What does the Bible say about their punishment?

Psalm 145:20 King James Version (KJV)

20. The LORD preserveth all them that love him: but all the wicked will he destroy.

Psalm 37:9-10, 20, 38 King James Version (KJV)

9. For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.

10. For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be.

20. But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the LORD shall be as the fat of lambs: they shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away.

38. But the transgressors shall be destroyed together: the end of the wicked shall be cut off.

So in regards to hellfire and damnation, the Bible states the wicked shall be cut off, perish, be destroyed, consume away. It does not say the wicked will continue on living forever.

Matthew 13:40-42 King James Version (KJV)

40. As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.

41. 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;

42. And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.

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As in the ‘parable of the tares’ the wicked are burned up in the fire, not continually burning.

Revelation 21:8 King James Version (KJV)

8. 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.

The punishment for the wicked is eternal death.

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How long will hell fire last or how long will sinners burn?

Psalm 21:9 King James Version (KJV)

9. Thou shalt make them as a fiery oven in the time of thine anger: the LORD shall swallow them up in his wrath, and the fire shall devour them.

They will not burn forever, the fire will destroy them.

Isaiah 47:14 King James Version (KJV)

14. Behold, they shall be as stubble; the fire shall burn them; they shall not deliver themselves from the power of the flame: there shall not be a coal to warm at, nor fire to sit before it.

Malachi 4:1 & 3 King James Version (KJV)

1. 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.

3. 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.

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2 Peter 3:10 King James Version (KJV)

10. 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.

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The fire shall last until the wicked are stubble and turn to ashes, and the earth is burned up, because God is going to make a new earth.

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There shall be no more death, sorrow, crying, or pain -

Revelation 21:1 & 4 King James Version (KJV)

1. And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

4. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

The Bible says there will be no more pain or crying, so there definetly cannot be people burning continually in hellfire, because they would be crying and in pain.

What Does Everlasting fire or punishment mean?

Matthew 25:41 & 46 King James Version (KJV)

41. 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:

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

Verse 46 states everlasting punishment not punishing, which means the effects of the punishment is everlasting, i.e. they do not receive an eternal life of punishment. Everlasting / eternal life is only for the righteous.

For example -

Jude 1:7 King James Version (KJV)

7. 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.

Note that Sodom and Gomorroha are not still burning, but that the results of the fire are eternal, because Sodom and Gomorrah were turned into ashes -

2 Peter 2:6 King James Version (KJV)

6. 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;

Hellfire and Damnation
The devil wants to turn people away from God. What better way than to make people believe we serve an unjust God who would burn people with fire forever no matter what their sins are. Be not deceived by the father of lies, like he deceived Eve.

God told Adam and Eve that if they ate of the tree in the midst of the garden they would die. Yet the devil told Eve she would not surely die. The devil is deceiving the whole world by telling them the wages of sin is not death but life eternal in a burning hell forever. Do not be deceived like Eve.

Always remember that God Loves Us.

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