Is hell eternal? Who will go there?

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Alright. So Damien has another question. I think who goes to eternal Hal? Is it possible that soul is not saved? Burn up.


And I think I touched on this last week. So I’ll kind of what I said and then kind of answer the second half of this question so that you’re on a really good train of thought, my friend Davine. And so to answer the first question, who goes to eternal hell? You’re kind of insinuating that there is an eternal hell and that’s kind of a tricky piece of theology. And I just want to show you something really quick in the Bible to show you that hell in the sense of people burning, people don’t burn forever.

Which is kind of why I like what you’re asking in the second question is, do people burn up? And I would say yes to that. But let me show you first why I believe that hell, as far as the burning process of people is not forever. And if you look with me really quick, like I said last week in Psalms 37, verse 20. And it’s talking about the end of the wicked. And Psalm 37 20 says, but the wicked shall perish. Perish means to be no more perish.

And the enemies of the Lord, like the splendor of the Meadow, shall vanish into smoke. They shall vanish away. Or even King James Version says, they will consume away just like a burning fire. And if you go into Revelation, chapter 14, this is where a lot of people get the idea. Hey, it says that in Revelation, chapter 14, in verse eleven, it says, and the smoke of their torment. Speaking of those who worship the beast and the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever. And they have no rest of your night who worship the beast and have the Mark of his name.

And so a lot of people believe, well, hey, these people are burning forever and ever because their smoke ascends forever and ever. However it says into smoke, they will vanish away. So if you put these verses together along with a whole lot of the rest of the Bible, you’re going to see that the result of sin is the wicked are burned up, they are consumed. And yeah, their smoke might go up forever and ever because smoke has no cap on it. But that doesn’t mean that they are in suffering pain, burning forever and ever.

And you’re going to see this as you look at almost any Bible verse. And when you see it in this light, you’re going to go, oh, that makes so much more sense. I mean, look at the verse of John 316. It says, for God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life. Now you see that same word perish in Psalm 37, as you see here in John 316, the wicked Parish. They don’t live forever in a state of eternal burning, because that would be eternal life, just a horrible eternal life.

Instead they perish, they are consumed away. And the same thing goes for when you look at I’m saying it was off the top of my head. I believe it’s. Romans 323. Please Mark me if I’m wrong. Basically, it says the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus. But the wages of sin is death. But the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ, our Lord. So the wages of sin is not eternal life burning. It is death. It is eternal death. And if you want to be sure when you think about eternal fire, because the Bible does mention it.

But I want you to look at the context of it. If you go to Jude. Chapter one, there’s only one chapter in Jude in verse seven, speaking of Sodom and Gomorrah and the example that Sodom and Gomorrah was, it says as Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities around them in a similar manner to these, having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh are set forth an example suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. So Sodom and Gomorrah was consumed, right? They were consumed with fire.

With what kind of fire? Eternal fire. Now, if you go to where Sodom and Gomorrah is, do you see fire still burning? There? No. Because why? Because that fire consumed and made an eternal result. Everything that’s destroyed is destroyed eternally. There is no coming back. There is no resurrection for this city or the people in it. They’re done. They’re dead. That’s it. And so, as far as who goes to an eternal hell, nobody goes to an eternal hell because hell, as far as a state of burning forever doesn’t exist.

Hell is where those who are wicked are consumed away. Now, does God want anyone to go to hell? Is the next question? No. If you look at Matthew 25, verse 41, speaking of the people that are wicked that do use wickedness, they choose to not follow God, it says in Matthew 25 41. Then he being God, will also say to those on the left hand, depart from me. You cursed into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his Angels. And so this everlasting fire, which we see in Santa Gamora, where it consumes away the wicked.

It’s not even prepared for people. It was only prepared for the devil and his Angels who caused sin to even rise in this Earth in the first place. So I will say that nobody is meant to go to hell. That is not God’s will. God is not willing that any should perish again, that word perish, but that all should come through Pentants. As we read in two Peter, chapter three, so again, I would say there is no eternal hell in the state of eternal burning. But the consequence of sin is an eternal death of perishing consuming away by a fire.

That is an eternal fire. Because the result of that fire is that you will never be resurrected. This is the second death, as it says in Revelation. All right, Jay or Wendy? Any other thoughts on that?


No. Well said. Fascinating topic.


Yeah, I could talk forever, and I’m like, oh, I want to just juice this answer.


Yeah. I love how succinct that was a very important question, though.


Amen. Yes. And Damien, keep him coming.


Great question. Yeah. Really shows us the character of God and how different that is from what a lot of us are raised to see God as and to believe about God so super important.


And I think that’s so dangerous. Just when you think of God’s character, to think, I better not sin, because God’s going to burn me forever like that’s. A horrible approach to God. God is not that way. God is love, and he’ll separate eternally from you, if that’s what you want. But that’s only because God is life. And to separate from God is to choose death.


Yeah. And we get to choose whether we want life or death. That’s the reality of it.

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