Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep
those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand. Revelation 1:3


Lesson 8

Marking code: HF
Marking Color: Brown
Key Text: 2 Peter 3:7,10-12


  1. 2 Peter 3:7, 10-12. The Bible is clear that the earth is destined to be destroyed by fire in the day of the judgment. Hell is real. However, is it burning now? Is anyone burning in hellfire today? Is the devil doing God’s will by being in charge of hell and the torture of the lost? God’s reputation-His very character-is at stake in this question of hellfire.


  1. 2 Peter 2:9. The punishment of the unjust (the lost) is reserved until the Day of Judgment. The wicked do not begin to burn in hell at death.


Matthew 13:30, 38-42. The tares are burned at the harvest, at the end of the age.

Matthew 25:31-34, 41, 46. The wicked are condemned at the Day of Judgment when Jesus comes.

Revelation 20:7-9, 14; 21:8. Fire destroys Satan, his angels, and the wicked at the end of the millennium.

Job 21:30,32. The wicked wait in their graves for the day of doom.


  1. Malachi 4:1-3. The wicked will be burned to ashes-completely annihilated. They will not go on burning throughout eternity.


Zephaniah 1:18. God will make a “speedy riddance” of the wicked.


  1. Matthew 3:11, 12. Doesn’t the Bible speak of “unquenchable” fire? Yes. But  “unquenchable” fire simply means fire that can’t be put out-or ‘quenched.” It doesn’t mean that the fire won’t go out by itself when it has consumed everything that is combustible.


Jeremiah 17:27; 2 Chronicles 36:19-21. God predicted Jerusalem would be burned with “unquenchable” fire due to apostasy. This prediction was fulfilled, but that fire is not still burning. It could not be put out-until it burned out after consuming everything there was to be burned.  

Jude 7. Likewise, Sodom and Gomorrah suffered “eternal” fire, but they are not still burning. “Eternal” and “everlasting” often mean, “as long as it is possible for something to last.” It is like when we say “I will love you forever.” We mean, “as long as it is possible to love.”

Jonah 2:6. “Forever” in this case meant ‘three days.”

1 Samuel 1:22,28. “Forever” in this case meant for Samuel’s lifetime.

2 Thessalonians 1:9. “Everlasting destruction.” The destruction lasts forever; sinners will never live again. However, they are not being destroyed forever-burning forever.


  1. Matthew 10:28. Jesus said that hell will destroy the sinner completely both body and soul.


  1. Romans 6:23. The wages of sin is death-not eternal life in hellfire. Eternal life is God’s gift to the redeemed. In contrast, the end result of sin is death-eternal death, never to live again.


  1. Ezekiel 28: 18, 19. Satan himself will be destroyed; he will become ashes and never exist again.


  1. Nahum 1:9. Sin itself will be destroyed; it will never arise again.


Revelation 21:4.


  1. Ezekiel 33:11. God has no pleasure in the death of the wicked. For the wicked, to burn throughout eternity in hellfire would be torture to a God of love.


John 3:16-19.





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