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Eternal Torment VS Annihilation of the Wicked

Evangelical Outreach
Sept. 5, 2019

WASHINGTON, Penn., Sept. 5, 2019 /Christian Newswire/ -- Are the Jehovah's Witnesses, Seven Day Adventists, and others like Ed Fudge, biblically correct about annihilation of the wicked? Here are related scriptures for your consideration. Referring to the Antichrist, we read:

    "Don't let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to DESTRUCTION." (2 Thess. 2:3)

The Antichrist is the "man doomed to destruction". The same Greek word for "destruction" (apoleia) is also found here, where all eternally lost people will go:

    "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to DESTRUCTION, and many enter through it." (Mat 7:13)

So how will the Antichrist, and all others who die spiritually lost, be treated? Since their "destruction" will be the same, the answer is disturbingly clear, as we focus in on "the beast" (another title for the Antichrist or the "man doomed to destruction" – 2 Thess. 2:3):

    "But the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who had performed the miraculous signs on his behalf. With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped his image. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur." (Rev 19:20)

Then after the 1,000 year reign of Christ, that is, 1,000 years later "the beast" (or "man doomed to destruction") will still not be annihilated; instead, he will be tormented "forever and ever":

    "And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever." (Rev 20:10)

Again, the beast, false prophet and devil will be tormented "forever and ever", based on Rev. 20:10. The Greek term "forever" (aion), will last as long as God will reign, which is FOREVER AND EVER, as shown here:

    "The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: 'The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign FOR EVER AND EVER'." (Rev 11:15)

That can NOT be annihilation. Rev. 20:10 (and Mt. 25:41) states that not only will the devil be in the lake of burning sulfur to be "TORMENTED" day and night forever and ever, but ALL unsaved people ("goats") will also be there with the devil:

    "Then he will say to those on his left [the goats], 'Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels'." (Mat 25:41)

Hence, the "ETERNAL FIRE" prepared for the devil and his angels, where lost people also go, is the lake of fire (second death) mentioned in Rev. 20:10 where such will be tormented forever. That is how the soul is "destroyed" (Mt. 10:28), but not annihilated in that special consuming fire prepared for spirit beings (Mt. 25:41). The following gives more specifics about the second death:

    "But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars--their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death" (Rev 21:8).

Is it any wonder that the PRECIOUS Lord Jesus taught it is better to lose your eye, hand or foot causing you to sin rather than go into unquenchable fire (Mark 9:42-48)? Dear reader, from the very depths of your heart, deeply repent of every sin and fully commit now to the PRECIOUS Lord Jesus to follow and obey him till the end:

    "Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God." (1 Cor. 6:9-11, NASB)

    "Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes will not be hurt at all by the second death." (Rev 2:10,11)

One's final end will be in PARADISE or the LAKE OF BURNING SULFUR (Rev.21:1-8; Rev. 2:7 cf. Rev. 22:1-5; Mt. 7:13-14). Where will you spend your eternity? It depends on whether or not you faithfully follow the Lord Jesus Christ until the end. Mary, the sacraments, water baptism, going to church, the 10 commandments, etc. can NOT save your soul. Only an obedient, trusting, submitting and enduring faith in the Lord Jesus can.

SOURCE Evangelical Outreach

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