Is The Fires Of Hell, Eternal Or Temporary?

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Hell and its fire are real, that’s why Jesus repeatedly warned His listeners of their impending doom and the terrifying place that awaits them if they persist in rejecting Him. Now we will see plenty of verses in the Scripture, describing the fires of Hell that will never end, and is eternal.

Mark 9:43-44

43 And if your hand causes your downfall, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than to have two hands and go to hell—the unquenchable fire, [44 where

Their worm does not die,
and the fire is not quenched.]

Matthew 25:46

46 “And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

Revelation 14:11

11 and the smoke of their torment will go up forever and ever. There is no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and his image, or anyone who receives the mark of his name.

Revelation 20:10

10 The Devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet are, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

Matthew 25:41

41 Then He will also say to those on the left, ‘Depart from Me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the Devil and his angels!

I will address, one passage that annihilation people like to go to for teaching that hell is not eternal.

Matthew 10:28

28 Don’t fear those who kill the body but are not able to kill the soul; rather, fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

The word destroy in Greek suggest a state of spiritual death and to be rendered useless. GR. Strong’s #622

Basically, It is saying that the function of the person and their purpose which God made them for, is destroyed since people in Hell will do nothing but weep, and gnash their teeth in severe pain (Luke 13:28). An illustration would be of a shattered light bulb after being slammed to the ground. Its function is destroyed, and it ceases to work as it should, but the broken pieces of glass and its components continue to remain. You cannot say that because the light bulb is destroyed, it has been annihilated.

Can A Person Repent And Get A Second Chance In Hell?

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Can a person who is in hell, repent and get saved and leave hell?

The Bible teaches very clearly that once a person dies, they are judged and if found without Christ in their hearts, they will go to hell for all eternity.

Hebrews 9:27 

27 And just as it is appointed for people to die once—and after this, judgment

John 3:18 

18 Anyone who believes in him is not condemned, but anyone who does not believe is already condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the one and only Son of God.

A person, while living on earth who has rejected the Lord Jesus stays condemned, once they die, it will be final.

Revelation 14:9-11 

9 And another, a third angel, followed them and spoke with a loud voice: “If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, 10 he will also drink the wine of God’s wrath, which is poured full strength into the cup of his anger. He will be tormented with fire and sulfur in the sight of the holy angels and in the sight of the Lamb, 11 and the smoke of their torment will go up forever and ever. There is no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and its image, or anyone who receives the mark of its name.

By receiving the Mark of the Beast, the person has rejected Christ. In verse 11, their torment will endure forever and ever without having a chance to repent or get out. 

Heaven Or Hell: Which Road Are You Going To Follow?

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Psalms 73:3

For I envied the arrogant; I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

There are times in our lives when we as Christians, while we are serving the Lord Jesus Christ faithfully and simultaneously we are struggling financially or emotionally. In that situation, you notice the arrogant, those who deny the existence of God “Atheism” and living a life of carefree. The more they sin the richer they get and the healthier they look, while you are struggling just to eat or make it through the day. Every morning you wake up, it starts all over again, but not for the wicked.

Psalms 73:4-6

4 They have an easy time until they die, and their bodies are well fed. 5 They are not in trouble like others; they are not afflicted like most people. 6 Therefore, pride is their necklace, and violence covers them like a garment.

Our true reward is not earthly where moth and rust will destroy and men steal but the reward that we strive for as believers through the Holy Spirit is a heavenly and eternal one (Matthew 6:19-21). Christians must suffer for Christ so that our faith may be strengthened and for Jesus’ glory. Don’t envy the wicked in their prosperity because they will enjoy what they have for only for a moment.

Psalms 73:13-14,16-20

13 Did I purify my heart and wash my hands in innocence for nothing? 14 For I am afflicted all day long and punished every morning. 16 When I tried to understand all this, it seemed hopeless 17 until I entered God’s sanctuary. Then I understood their destiny. 18 Indeed, You put them in slippery places; You make them fall into ruin.
19 How suddenly they become a desolation! They come to an end, swept away by terrors. 20 Like one waking from a dream, Lord, when arising, You will despise their image.

The verses below will illustrate what happens to those who are living in wealth or have a good life without making Jesus the center of their life. All that they do and accomplish will be meaningless without Jesus. Their afterlife will be pure terror and those who follow suit after them will join their eternal state.

Luke 16:19-25

19 “There was a rich man who would dress in purple and fine linen, feasting lavishly every day. 20 But a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, was left at his gate. 21 He longed to be filled with what fell from the rich man’s table, but instead the dogs would come and lick his sores. 22 One day the poor man died and was carried away by the angels to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 And being in torment in Hades, he looked up and saw Abraham a long way off, with Lazarus at his side. 24 ‘Father Abraham!’ he called out, ‘Have mercy on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this flame!’ 25 “‘Son,’ Abraham said, ‘remember that during your life you received your good things, just as Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here, while you are in agony.

Building your life on the foundation of money, houses, cars, women, and anything else is not worth it because that foundation is sand. The answer is Jesus Christ who gives you hope, purpose and eternal life to those who believe in Him as Lord and Savior. Now, that the answer is obvious, may you make the right decision today.