Wednesday, February 27, 2013 4:18 AM

The State of the Unbeliever in the Lake of Fire

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 4:18 AM
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 4:18 AM

The Lake of Fire is the place of the unbelieving dead in the future. It is a smoke of … torment (Rev. 14:10–11). It is a fire that is not quenchable (Mk. 9:48). It is a state of weeping and gnashing of teeth (Mat. 8:12; 13:42, 50; 22:13; 24:51; 25:30; Lk. 13:28). It is a place of unholy associations (Rev. 21:8; 22:15). It is a state of suffering the wrath of God eternally (Jn. 3:36).[1]

 

There are nine phrases that describe the eternal state of the unbeliever.

First is “the Gehenna of Fire” (Mat. 5:22; 18:9).

Second is “the judgment of Gehenna” (Mat. 23:33).

Third is the outer darkness. As over against the place of light, this is the place of outer darkness (Mat. 8:12; 22:13; 25:30).

Fourth is unquenchable fire. The lake of fire burns forever, so this is the unquenchable fire (Mat. 3:12; Mk. 9:43; Lk. 3:17).

Fifth is the eternal fire. It emphasizes the eternality of the Lake of Fire (Mat. 25:41; Jude 7).

Sixth is the eternal destruction (2 Thes. 1:9). Again, it is a view of a continuous, eternal, unending destruction; it is a place of torment indeed.

Seventh is the furnace of fire. Often the term fire is the issue, since that is the means of torment (Mat. 13:42, 50).

Eighth is the blackness of darkness, again emphasizing the opposite of light (2 Pet. 2:17; Jude 13).

And ninth is the second death. The first death is physical death and the second death is eternal, spiritual death in the Lake of Fire (Rev. 2:11; 20:14; 21:8).[2]


[1] Fruchtenbaum, A. G. (1983). Vol. 107: The Messianic Bible Study Collection (23). Tustin, CA: Ariel Ministries.

[2] Fruchtenbaum, A. G. (1983). Vol. 107: The Messianic Bible Study Collection (22–23). Tustin, CA: Ariel Ministries.

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