Revelation 20:14-15 "And death
and hell were cast into the lake of fire,
This is the second death.
15 And whosoever was not found
written in the book of life was cast
into the lake of fire."
What is this "lake of fire" that for nearly two thousand years has
terrified unknown millions of people and still does today?
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in order to fit in with their reprehensible doctrines of either everlasting torment or complete annihilation including the spirit);
1 Corinthians 3:15 "If any mans work shall be burned he shall suffer loss: but he himself (his spirit) shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
Hebrews 12:29 "For our God is a consuming fire.
James 3:6 "And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity, so is the tongue among our members,"
1 Peter 1:7 "That the trial of your faith being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ."
So what or who goes into what fire and what happens?
Matthew 10:28 "And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to destroy the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell." (Gehenna the Valley of Hinnom).
Note well that the spirit is not included or mentioned in the above verse.
1 Corinthians 5:5 "To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh (body) that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus."
So if a name (or soul) is crossed off (blotted out) of the (records) book of life, and no longer appears in the judgment (revised) book of life (in which that creature's name must appear for immediate entry into Heaven) because there is nothing in their previous life worth saving then both the raised body and its soul are throne into this symbolic "Lake of Fire" not to suffer, but to be completely obliterated, nullified, destroyed, annihilated.
What is left? The spirit is left. Granted, at this stage it does not have a body or a soul as it did before the lake of fire, but it will eventually have a heavenly body and build up a heavenly soul. The earthly body and soul are gone forever (this of course only refers to those whose names have been crossed off this records book of life); but a great number of those entities who come before this Great White Throne Judgment will go straight into some level of Heaven where they can learn about the all encompassing love of our God and our Lord (More about this later).
I reiterate, that nowhere in the Bible does it say that the spirit dies. Quite the opposite. For example, consider the present state of the fallen angels (demons). They are spirits without bodies of their own, but their souls still have to be judged and some of them might even get some part of their soul (heavenly clothing or attributes) back otherwise there would be no point in their being judged.
Matthew 8:28 "And behold, they (the demons) cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time? So the demons besought Him, saying, if thou cast us out suffer us to go away into the herd of swine. 32 And He said unto them, Go. And when they were come out (of the man) they went into the herd of swine: and behold, the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea, and perished in the waters."
These and many other scriptures show us that to be a spirit without a body (as the present dead humans are) can be a terrible experience (depending on its previous soul [or life] [wonderful dreams or nightmares could be a good analogy]), but it is not the end; only the beginning of the long haul back as we will progressively see as we read on.
So, those spirits whose bodies and souls are annihilated in the symbolic lake of fire spirits whose bodies and souls did not have one solitary deed worth saving are sent bodiless and soulless to a place of remorse (which is entirely of their own making and will continue in such state until they accept Jesus unequivocally with no coercion, doubt or misunderstanding as their Lord and King.
Here are almost the last verses in the Bible.
Revelation 22:14 "Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
15 For without are dogs,
(and used in the symbolic sense of those spirits who have been judged unworthy. The Jews used the term to refer to Gentiles, and among the Greeks it was a great insult), and sorcerers and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie."
This scene which John saw is after the Great White Throne Judgment, and the spirits of the wrongdoers are still around.
Matthew 10:14 "And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet.
15 Verily I say unto you, it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city."
So! It is certain that as there are degrees of punishment at the judgment, the spirits live on to experience it.
Matthew 8:12 "But the children of the kingdom (those like Esau who spurned his birthright) shall be cast into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth."
So! There are the willful spirits somewhere outside in the vastness of the infinite universes, cursing God and gnashing their teeth but! Now comes the continuation of:
THE GOOD PART
THE TREE OF LIFE
Revelation 22:1 "And He shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.
2 And flowing through the broad streets of the city; on both sides of the river grew the TREE OF LIFE, bearing twelve kinds of fruit; each month having its own fruit; and the LEAVES of the tree were for the HEALING of the NATIONS."
meaning actual leaves of a tree or flower,
(Latin Therapia the base for English Therapy) meaning healing, curing, restoration.
meaning heathen gentile nations.
Since of course there will be no-one in the Heavenly domain needing healing and the leaves of the Tree of Life are inside the Heavenly domain then the healing balm of these leaves must be taken outside of Gods glorious Habitat to those spirits who are still way out there in the cold dark depths of the universes, still cursing God and seeing no hope of anything better one of the chosen ones arrives on the scene with some leaves from the tree of life, thus introducing a whole new concept into this era of time defined as "the dispensation of the fulness of times."
(spelling from K.J.V.)
Ephesians 1:10 "That in the dispensation of the fulness of times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth: even in Him:"
Colossians 1:20-21 "And, having made peace through the blood of His cross, by Him to reconcile all things unto Himself; by Him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven."
meaning exactly that all things, every one, every thing, every creature, every man, every woman, every branch, whatsoever, all manner of, whatsoever thing.
1 Corinthians 15:25 "For He must reign, till He hath put all enemies under His feet.
26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is DEATH."
meaning to abolish, to make of none effect, as if it never was, to bring the result of it to nought, to vanish away as if it never existed, come to nought, vanish away.
So Jesus the Christ King of the infinite universes will reign until the result of sin and death is null and void.
Even Satan Himself will eventually accept Jesus as His Lord and King, even though it take billions of years (if time existed, which it will not), and be allowed back into Heavenly citizenship, even though he will be the lowest creature there. (For those of you who require proof of this astounding statement, you will find it studied at length in appendix C).
For the humans and other entities whose names are blotted out of the (records) book of life their terms in exile and their punishment (if any) will be proclaimed at the Judgment by their Judges (this will be examined later), and they will remain outside the City of God until the healing balm of the leaves of the Tree of Life (carried to them and distributed by those appointed to this glorious work of universal rectification) gives to them the knowledge and understanding of Christs all encompassing sacrifice and brings them to the point of surrender, acceptance, and then whole hearted adulation.
Romans 14:11 "For it is written, As I live saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue confess to GOD."
Philippians 2:10 "That at the name of Jesus EVERY knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
11 And that EVERY tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."
In verse 10 the Greek word EVERY is different from the word EVERY in verse 11.
See meanings above as all things do not have tongues (including spirits?).
The tongue as an organ of speech.
to acknowledge, to thank, praise and promise, receive unequivocally, so! unless this confessing is spontaneous and without any coercion, there is no way that it can be to the glory of God. This means that every creature that has ever been created, conceived or even evolved according to Gods great plan, will eventually know and love their God and Creator, and will be incorporated back into His great plan of salvation.
Luke 12:6 "Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings and not one of them is forgotten before God?"
Revelation 21:4 "And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
5 And He that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new
And He said unto me, Write for these words are true and faithful."
As in Matthew 9:17 "Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved."
John 19:41 "Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid."
Matt. 27:60, Mark 2:21 many others.
Denoting here brand new not renewed from old.
Anyone who has lost a deeply loved or loving pet or other loved one (or even feels desperately grieved about how animals and other creatures are treated whilst they are still alive) can receive solace and comfort from these scriptures and be absolutely certain that they will all be with you in Heaven. They will be perfect as you will be perfect, never to die again. What is more, there will be perfect communication between you, them and others (more about this glorious truth in appendix A).
Ephesians 2:7 "That in the ages to come He might shew the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness towards us through Christ Jesus:
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast."
During this "Dispensation of the fulness of times" (which stretches from the beginning of the Great White Throne Judgment right through the Kingdom of Heaven to the beginning of Eternity), we are at last seeing Jesus the Christ as King over all universes and all other creations (even though during this era all creatures are not yet in complete accord and harmony with Him).
Go on to: Chapter 5
Return to: All Creatures Do Go To Heaven - A book by Bernard J. Coombs