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.

2 Thessalonians 1:9-Eternal Destruction

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9 who will pay the penalty: eternal destruction from the face of the Lord and from the glory of his might

“who will pay the penalty” The word who is in reference to those that do not obey the message [the Bible] of Jesus Christ.

“eternal destruction” means that a person in hell has no more purpose or function. 

An illustration: The Light Bulb

The function of a light bulb is to light up the place it is in. Now, let’s say, you grab the light bulb and slam it to the ground, it will get destroyed. Its function will be destroyed but it won’t be annihilated since it will be on the ground in pieces. That is what its meant by eternal destruction

Jude 1:23-Saving People From Hell

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23 and some save, snatching them out of the fire with fear, hating even the clothing stained by the flesh. 

“save others by snatching them out of the fire” The words “snatching them out” gives the image that they are in it already. That is the urgency of those who don’t have Christ Jesus, for they are headed to a place of torment with flames.

The word “fear” warns us to be cautious that when we are confronting a person to evangelize, to make sure that we are the one influencing him to Christ and not the other way around [influencing us to their lifestyle] or else we can fall into the same trap he has fallen into. 

The word “hating” is not directed to the person but to how he is living. The life that one chooses will reveal if they have accepted Jesus as their Lord or have chosen Satan as their god through money, sexual immorality, and all kinds of the lust of the flesh.

For a deeper study on the topic of Hell click: How did Jesus describe Hell?