XIX. Does The Bible Teach Eternal Life In Hell? (Continued)

B. Does The Bible Give Examples Of “Everlasting, Unquenchable Fire?”

    In this section the original Greek or Hebrew (in italics and parentheses) follows it’s english equivilant.
    To help with ones understanding of the terms “eternal fire” and “unquenchable fire?” Consider the following records of history:

Jude 1:
    7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal (aionios) fire.

    Here the Bible clearly states that this is an example of eternal fire. This is the same Greek word that is used for everlasting fire and everlasting punishment as used in Matthew 18:8 and Matthew 25:41 and 46.

Genesis 19:
    24 Then the Lord rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven;
    27 And Abraham gat up early in the morning to the place where he stood before the Lord:
    28 And he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain, and beheld, and, lo, the smoke of the country went up as the smoke of a furnace.
    29 And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the plain, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when he overthrew the cities in the which Lot dwelt.

2 Peter 2:
    6 And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly;

Luke 17:
    29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.

    Sodom and Gomorrah suffered the “vengeance of eternal fire” (Jude 1:7) and then turned “into ashes” (2 Peter 2:6). We know God did not remove the cities to another location because Abra-ham could see the smoke (Genesis 19:28). The cities were destroyed and are an example of “eternal fire” (Jude 1:7).

Jeremiah 17:
    27 But if ye will not hearken unto me to hallow the sabbath day, and not to bear a burden, even entering in at the gates of Jerusalem on the sabbath day; then will I kindle a fire in the gates thereof, and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem, and it shall not be quenched.

2 Chronicles 36:
    19 And they burnt the house of God, and brake down the wall of Jerusalem, and burnt all the palaces thereof with fire, and destroyed all the goodly vessels thereof.
    20 And them that had escaped from the sword carried he away to Babylon; where they were servants to him and his sons until the reign of the kingdom of Persia:
    21 To fulfil the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed her sabbaths: for as long as she lay desolate she kept sabbath, to fulfil threescore and ten years.

Jeremiah 52:
    12 Now in the fifth month, in the tenth day of the month, which was the nineteenth year of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, came Nebuzaradan, captain of the guard, which served the king of Babylon, into Jerusalem,
    13 And burned the house of the Lord, and the kings house; and all the houses of Jerusalem, and all the houses of the great men, burned he with fire:

    Obviously the fire did go out and Jerusalem was rebuilt seventy years later.
    The apparent meaning of “shall not be quenched” is: When the Lord pronounces a judgment of fire on something, that fire can not be put out until it has burned everything up, leaving only ashes.

Isaiah 47:
    14 Behold, they shall be as stubble; the fire shall burn them; they shall not deliver themselves from the power of the flame: there shall not be a coal to warm at, nor fire to sit before it.

    What sinners will be unable to deliver themselves from is the unquenchable, eternal, everlasting fire. The fire will continue to consume everything that is wicked until it is completely destroyed and turned to ashes.
    When the fire has gone out, the results will be unchanged through-out eternity.

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.

    The wicked will have gone into “everlasting punishment,” not everlasting punishing.

Matthew 25:
    46 And these shall go away into everlasting (aionios) punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

No one can quench the fire until it has completed its task.

Isaiah 1:
    31 And the strong shall be as tow, and the maker of it as a spark, and they shall both burn together, and none shall quench them.

The effects of the fire will be eternal and everlasting.
    When one interprets these texts as: the results of “everlasting and eternal fire” last for eternity and that “unquenchable fire” can not be put out until it burns out; then there is no longer any contradiction with the other texts but agreement.

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