Punishment of the Wicked
by Gertrude Battle (Used by permission)
- l. The Wages of Sin is Death
- A. What is the wages of sin?
- It is death! Death is not life anywhere, no more
than black is white. They are two extreme opposites.
- B. In whom only do we have eternal life?
1 John 5:12
- Only in Christ. This life we have now is borrowed.
- II. The Wicked Destroyed Completely
- A. What happens to the wicked at the end of the
Millennium or 1,000 years?
Rev. 20:9, 10
- These two texts apparently contradict one another. The ninth
verse says the fire devours them, and the tenth verse that they will be
tormented day and night forever and ever. How do we harmonize these?
In putting a jig-saw puzzle together we sometimes have a number of pieces
that belong in a certain place but we can't get them to fit. What do we
need? We need some more pieces. So it is in studying the Bible. When
we find two verses that seemingly contradict one another we need some more
Scriptures to clarify and harmonize them.
- B. What does the word `forever' mean in the Bible?
- How does God use the word? The servant was to serve his master
`forever', which could only mean his lifetime.
1 Sam. 1:28 Another example is in
Here it means only three days. God uses this word as
we do our words big and little, large and small, high and low, wide and
narrow, et cetera. They are relative words. The usage of the
word `forever' relates to indefinite periods. Its use depends upon
to what it is referring. There is a big difference between a big
diamond, a big elephant and a big building, but they are all
- C. How completely will the wicked be destroyed?
Mal. 4:1, 3
To sum up all these verses, they simply mean that as long as the
wicked are alive they will suffer, some longer than others. Day
and night indicates that this will take a few days at least. But
they will finally be completely destroyed, leaving them ashes.
Many people do not think this is enough punishment. But if a boy
fifteen years old were to get drunk one Saturday night and get
killed in an accident, do you think a God of love and mercy would
cast that child into a fiery furnace and never, never stop burning
him? The Bible is based on love and common sense. This would
violate both of these principles. Even man, as wicked as he is,
would not do that.
- III. Eternal or Everlasting Fire
- A. What does God mean by the words `eternal' or
Jude 7 ;
Gen. 19:24 ;
2 Peter 2:6
- The cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed eternally never to
be rebuilt. The Dead Sea flows over the place where they once were. The
wicked will be destroyed eternally. The wages of sin is eternal death,
not eternal life anywhere.
- B. Will the righteous witness this act?
Isa. 26:20, 21
- Apparently not. God wants to spare His people from this sight. It
will finally come to an end.
- C. What does God call this?
- A strange act on His part. Why? Because God is a God of love and
mercy and He does not enjoy this and has done everything on His part to
See Eze. 18:29-32 ;
Isa. 5:4 first part
Ex. 34:6, 7
- The question to be answered is, how is the suffering of God compared
to the suffering of man? Man's suffering is limited to this life, ten
years, seventy years, in some cases perhaps more. But God suffers
infinitely, both in quality and in quantity. Everyone's sins He takes to
heart. While man suffers according to his experience of love or hate, God's
capacity is infinite.
- Man sees evil deeds from the perspective of his own narrow, earthly
life style, but God sees the wicked, even Lucifer, from His eternal
vantage point. He sees Lucifer lost from the bliss of Paradise. Seeing
Lucifer cut off from life and fellowship with God, the Lord misses the fallen
angel, misses him in terms of eternity. It is in the far-reaching
dimension that God suffers. Who can measure the staggering loss of one
soul in eternity? God can and does!
- God has been watching sin 24 hours a day from the beginning of sin,
its suffering, corruption, heartaches and hatred. Man can sleep at night
while God neither slumbers nor sleeps. Man can get only a glimpse of sin,
but God sees the complete ugly picture of sin and every detail
with its results. Man can turn off the news media and the earthly
noises of sin, but can God turn it off? We think of the world of
suffering, hunger, wars, innocent people killed or injured, those
in prisons or other institutions. We ask, Why does the God of love
permit such suffering of sin?
Why did this same God of love choose to suffer in all of this?
- Why did God send Christ to this sin-cursed earth? For two reasons:
(1) for the salvation of man; and (2) to vindicate His own name before
- We are told that `every knee shall bow.' Indeed until every knee
bows, there will always be doubt of God and His government before the
universe. So when all stand before God'
Rev. 20:11, 12
, and each sees his own instant replay of those historic events, when
they see the great controversy in panoramic
view, every knee will bow. They will declare, All thy works shall
praise Thee, O Lord, and Thy saints shall bless Thee.'
Ps. 145:10 When
this occurs, God's name and honor will never again be suspect.
- IV. No Place for the Wicked
- A. How final will the destruction of the wicked be?
- Compare with
- B. Will they ever live any more?
- They will cease to exist. There will be no place for them. They are
on this earth surrounding the Holy City when they receive their final
punishment. After their destruction the righteous will live on this newly
created and purified earth.
- C. Where do both the righteous and the wicked
receive their rewards?
- Both receive their rewards on this earth.
- D. Where are the wicked dead now?
Job 21:29-32 ;
2 Peter 2:9
- In their graves awaiting the resurrection. They are reserved
unto the day of judgment to be punished.(K.J.V. Translation)
- E. When this is over what will God do?
2 Peter 3:10-13
- He will create a new heaven and a new earth for His people to live in.
- V. Satan and His Angels also Destroyed
- A. What happens to Satan?
- He was at one time called Lucifer, son of the morning. Because of
his pride and vanity, he brought about a rebellion in heaven among the
angels and influenced a third of them to fall with him when he was driven
out of heaven.
Rev. 12:4 first part
Notice the number of I's" in the description of him in
- B. What will be his final fate?
- Under the characteristics of the kings of Babylon and Tyre, the Bible
discloses the origin, original position, and ultimate destruction of
- VI. Picture of the New Earth-No Place for Sin
- A. In the description of the home of the saved there
is no place for the wicked. All of God's creatures throughout the
universe will be praising God forever.
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