27. Punishment of the Wicked
1. WHERE DO ALL CREATURES GO AT DEATH?
1PW Eccl. 3:19, 20 When creatures die, they all return to dustto the elements of which they were made.
2. DO DEAD PEOPLE HAVE ANY KNOWLEDGE?
2PW Eccl. 9:5, 6 Even though we all know that we will die, after we are dead we won't know anything. We won't know anything about what happens with our family, and will have no more contact with those who are still alive.
3. WHEN WILL ALL THE WICKED BE PUNISHED?
3PW 2 Pet. 3:7 Peter reveals that the wicked will not be punished until judgment day. (The timing of judgment day will be discussed later in this lesson.)
4. WHAT IS THE PUNISHMENT OF THE WICKED?
4PW Mark 9:43-48 The wicked will be thrown alive and bodily into the lake of fire. Jesus is trying to explain how terrible hell will be: it’s far worse than poking out an eye, or cutting off your hand.
5. WHAT IS THE END RESULT OF HELL-FIRE?
5PW Rev. 21:8 Hell-fire causes everyone who is thrown into it to experience a second death (after a second life, Rev. 20:5). Since those who die cannot have any knowledge or have any consciousness, then those who die in the lake of fire will be totally annihilated and will never be any more.
6. WHEN WILL THE WICKED BE PUNISHED?
6PW Matt. 13:40-42 The wicked will be punished at the end of the world. So those who have died are not being punished now .
7. WHEN WILL THE WORLD COME TO AN END?
7PW Rev. 20:7-9 The world ends after the 1000 years (the Millennium), and following the "Great White Throne" judgment. The actual end of the world comes when it is cleansed by the lake of fire, described later in vss. 11-15 (judgment). When the fire has done its work of destroying everything and everybody who refused the salvation of Jesus, it will go out. At the end of the fire, comes the end of the world.
8. WHAT WILL BE THE FUEL THAT FEEDS HELL-FIRE?
8PW Isa. 34:9, 10 Dust and water will become the fuel of hell-fire. If water is one of the things that causes the fire, then we cannot expect that the wicked can put out the fire! However, the fire will go out when there is nothing more to burn.
9. WHAT WILL GOD DO WITH THE WORLD AFTER THE FIRE GOES OUT?
9PW 2 Pet. 3:10-13 After the fire goes out, God will create a new earth, as beautiful as the earth He created in the first place.
10. WHAT EFFECT DID "ETERNAL FIRE" HAVE UPON SODOM?
10PW Jude 7 When Sodom's fire had done its work—destroying the city—it went out. The eternal effects of the fire upon those cities is a good illustration of the eternal fire of hell. Just as with a bonfire we might build in the back yard, when everything burns up, the fire will go out by itself .
11. WHAT DOES THE BIBLE MEAN BY "UNQUENCHABLE" FIRE?
11PW Jer. 17:27 The word "unquenchable," when applied to the wicked in hell fire, means that those who are in the fire cannot put the fire out. The fire will continue to burn until everyone in it is dead. Cf. 2 Chron.36:19, 20.
12. IN THE END, WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE WICKED?
12PW Mal. 4:1-3 Those who are lost will, after the fire has done its work, become ashes, "soul and body," and will become cool enough for righteous people to walk on it with bare feet. cf. Matt. 10:28.
13. HOW CAN WE ESCAPE THE FIRES OF HELL?
13PW John 3:16 If we choose Jesus as our Savior, and believe in His power to save us from our sins, then Jesus will save us from the power of the flames. Then, instead of perishing in the lake of fire, we will receive eternal life!