A few verses later, we â¦ The voice I heard was like the sound of harpists playing on their harps, and they were singing a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and before the elders. 1:28, 30â31 “rebels and sinners shall be destroyed together, and those who forsake the Lord shall be consumed.”, Obadiah 1:16 It will be as if the evil “had never been.“, This speaks to ceasing to exist– not eternal life in hell. And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. ... And the living one. Those who believe in eternal hell don’t believe one is destroyed in hell, but lives there forever. The Hebrew prophets never once mentioned a place where human beings would writhe in eternal torment, gnashing their teeth forever. BLC is an author, speaker, scholar, and global traveler, who holds graduate degrees in Theology & Intercultural Studies from Gordon-Conwell, and earned his doctorate in Intercultural Studies from Fuller. In knowing the verses that speak on this issue, my belief is set in stone...the second death means torment day and night for ever and ever in the lake of fire (Revelation 20:10). Psalm 37:20 âBut the wicked shall perishâ¦ they shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away.â If one believes in eternal conscious hell, â¦ It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into hell, ‘where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.’. ‣ Eternal Separation from God. Each of the other two theories, fully taught, says hell exists and people will be punished in it. “Not a root or a branch will be left to them.”. Found some verses in Jude 1 that make a strong argument that the punishment of the unbelievers is not eternal torment or forever suffering: To me, you cannot explain away those two verses that teach Annihilation. ‣ Contact me: openbibleinfo (at) gmail.com. John 3:16 “…whosoever believeth in him should not perish”. God is love, 1 John 4:16. Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things. They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might. Why? For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to chains of gloomy darkness to be kept until the judgment; But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. But rebels and sinners shall be broken together, and those who forsake the Lord shall be consumed. [This passage, for many, is the most compelling reason to believe in eternal conscious torment. The one who conquers will not be hurt by the second death.’. Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. Behold, all souls are mine; the soul of the father as well as the soul of the son is mine: the soul who sins shall die. Matthew 25:46 is the poster child verse for those who believe in eternal conscious torment in hell. And it shall be that every soul who does not listen to that prophet shall be destroyed from the people.’. Then I saw thrones, and seated on them were those to whom the authority to judge was committed. And if anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. To him be honor and eternal dominion. 10:28). And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”. V There just simply wasnât a word for hell in the original Hebrew, so there is absolutely no mention of itin the Old Testament. Some contend that Jesus was teaching eternal conscious torment by describing the lake of fire as âthe eternal fire.â Yet this is simply a name for, and a description of, the lake of fire which was âprepared for the devil and his angelsâ as their eternal habitation (verse 41). B ‣ Perhaps the most common objection is that a loving God would never punish people in eternal torment. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. In just a little while, the wicked will be no more; though you look carefully at his place, he will not be there. We have already seen John define that fire as eternal conscious punishment in the lake of fire for the devil (Rev. However, the Bible is too clear in its assertion that conscious eternal torment is the fate of those who reject Christ. And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever, and they have no rest, day or night, these worshipers of the beast and its image, and whoever receives the mark of its name.”. ‣ If one believes in eternal conscious hell, they don’t believe the wicked will be “consumed.” Instead, they believe the wicked and tortured andÂ never consumed. ‣ Jesus in his warnings continues with the repetitive testimony of scripture: the consequence of rejecting reconciliation with God is destruction–Â not everlasting life in torment. He also will drink the wine of God's wrath, poured full strength into the cup of his anger, and he will be tormented with fire and sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. For the first 500 years of Christianity, the idea of eternal conscious torment was a view, but it was the minority view. Matthew 25:46 is the poster child verse for those who believe in eternal conscious torment in hell. When these are given a proper viewpoint, then eternal, conscious torment seems more fitting than when we downplay their severity. 14:9-11. Because of the simple clarity of these verses, the great majority of Christians throughout history have accepted that the teaching of the Bible is that Hell is eternal, conscious torment. And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever, and they have no rest, day or night, these worshipers of the beast and its image, and whoever receives the mark of its name.”. If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. Biblical Arguments for Eternal Conscious Torment February 4, 2015 Preston Sprinkle. That Judith XVI:17 also teaches conscious torment is clear. So there you go folks– the testimony of the whole of scripture does not testify to hell as a place where you are alive and tortured for all eternity. 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