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).
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).
Published on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 4:18 AM CDT