- Jan 14, 2016
There have been many conversations over the centuries as to what happens to those who are not saved by God. Some claim that souls do not die. However, God says they do. (Ezekiel 18:4, Ezekiel 18:20, Matthew 10:28) This is the second death spoken of in Revelation 2:11, Revelation 20:6, Revelation 21:8. God also refers to it as "everlasting destruction". (2 Thessalonians 1:7-10) Or to perish. Many also claim that Hell is eternal yet God says it is not. (Revelation 20:14) Although Hell is not eternal, the punishmen is. The wages of sin is death. Eternal death of the soul. God is very clear that the wicked will be destroyed forever! (Proverbs 24:20, Psalm 37:10, Psalms 37:20, Psalm 37:28, Psalm 37:38, Psalm 37:20, Psalm 92:7, Psalm 112:10, Psalm 145:20) Annihilationism seems to indicate a "free pass" to the ungodly. It does not. In fact, God annihilated Sodom and Gomorrah as an EXAMPLE of what happens to the ungodly! (2 Peter 2:6, Jude 1:7) Nowhere in scripture does it indicate life of ANY kind for the wicked! The sincere reader will understand that the primary meaning of perish is to die, to lose life, to come to an end, or to be destroyed. When we read in (Heb 11:31) "By faith, the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not," we do not understand the word "perish" to signify living in agony or remorse, but that Rahab was saved from the fate which awaited the inhabitants of the city of Jericho. Let God be true, though it makes every man a liar. Let Scripture tell us what "perishing" in Heb 11:31 means: Destruction. The condition of being destroyed; demolition; annihilation. We must also understand that God uses EARTHLY descriptions of spiritual events that we can comprehend. As to any secondary meanings of perish, NONE express a continual process without an understood end. As to any secondary meanings of perish, NONE even remotely express the theory of endless conscience torment. That which causes things to perish are famine, God's wrath, smiting, warring nations, sickness, the sword, battle, fire, want of clothing, evil travail, and hunger. Things that perish are land, an eye, people, weapons of war, dung, beasts, names, expectations, riches, wisdom of wise men, nations, kingdoms, houses, body members, bottles, hair, meat, and money. PERISH is contrasted to prolonging days, days not failing, enduring, abiding, having no end, living, eternal life, everlasting life, being renewed, and remaining. PERISH is illustrated by dung, turning again to dust, consuming into smoke, melting like wax before a fire, melting away, a vine being burned by fire, breath leaving a body, years being shortened, a city being uninhabited, and bottles breaking. PERISH is paralleled with die, kill, destroyed, consumed, slain, being eat up, laid waste, go to nothing, be as nothing, vanish, withereth, cut off, turn again unto dust, deceased, fade away and utterly wasted. Scripture tells u that even Satan will be destroyed! (Eze 28:19) After the wicked are destroyed, they are remembered no more. (Ecclesiastes 9:5) There is no other understanding when this information is spiritually discerned. God means EXACTLY what He says in Romans 6:23 "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Life or death. Two sides of the coin. Nothing in-between.
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