1. perish

    Strong's Concordance # 622 -apollumi  --perish 33, destroy 26, lose 22, be lost 5, lost 4, miscellaneous 2  

    John 3:16   For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in  him should
    not perish, but have everlasting life.

    (  I always thought "perish" here, meant "go to hell when you die" )

    Here are some different ways "apollumi" is used:

    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.

    Matthew 5:29  And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one
    of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.

    Matthew 10:39 He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.

    Luke 15:9 And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me;
    for I have found the piece which I had lost. ( has nothing to do with her coin going to hell when it died )

    Matthew 12:14 Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him.

    Romans 14:15 But if thy brother be grieved with thy meat, now walkest thou not charitably. Destroy not him with thy
    meat, for whom Christ died.

    The word perish was used to mean more than one thing. Contrary to what we have been taught, it does not mean
    "go to hell when we die".  From worn out wine skins to killing someone or, simply, offending a young Christian
    brother, it is plain to see that to perish is used to show negativity in one sense or another.  

    For us humans, walking through this life without depending on Christ means we are perishing... We are being
    devoured by the adversary, the god of this world...the prince and power of the air. So, where does all this "negativity"
    come from? Was it a surprise to God?  Maybe He had to brainstorm for plan B when Adam and Eve ate that fruit.?  
    No, I believe He had the whole plan for His creation in His mind before He ever said "let there be light."  How else
    could the lamb have been slain before the foundation of the world?    Perishing is as much a part of God's plan for
    humanity as believing.  Darkness needs light. Hunger needs bread. Sinners need a savior.
                                                                                   2. Lost

    Strong's Concordance # 622 -apollumi  --perish 33, destroy 26, lose 22, be lost 5, lost 4, miscellaneous 2  

    Look at  2 Corinthians 4:3   But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:

    Here are a few verses that use "lost" :Obviously, it comes from the same Greek word as perish. We just tend to use it
    a little differently but it means the same.  When referring to people, it means that until we find the Way, Truth, and
    Life, for ourselves, we are groping about as a blind man.  We are perishing, or, lost.

    Acts 5:37   After this man rose up Judas of Galilee in the days of the taxing, and drew away much people after him:
    he also perished; and all, even as many as obeyed him, were dispersed.  

    John 6:12  When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be
    lost.

    John 10:10  The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life,
    and that they might have it more abundantly

    John 18:14  Now Caiaphas was he, which gave counsel to the Jews, that it was expedient that one man should die
    for the people

    John 6:27  Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which
    the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed


    I would say that lost, when it comes to people, pretty much means what we have been taught that it means.. I grew up
    knowing that people were either "saved" or "lost". If you are lost, you are not saved. Or, another way to say it is... you
    are not relying on the work of the cross to make you in right standing before God. You are walking in the false
    security of your own agenda, out from under the umbrella of God's protection. And, His wrath will rain down on your
    head until you get under it.   ( you were made for Him)   This last verse shows the purpose of Christ's coming to
    earth....to seek and to SAVE the lost. Now, tell me, who among us was not lost? That's right, nobody. So, who did
    Christ come to save? That's right, everybody!
     

    Luke 19:10  For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.


                                                                    3. Condemn

    Strong's # 2919 - Krino - judge 88, determine 7, condemn 5, go to law 2, call in question 2, esteem 2,
    miscellaneous 8

         Strong's # 2632- Katakrino-condemn 17, damn 2



    John 3:17- For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be
    saved.  

    Romans 2:1 Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest
    another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things   

    Romans 14:22  Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that
    thing which he alloweth.

    Romans 5:18  Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the
    righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.

    James 3:1   My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.


    John 3:18 says the person who does not believe is condemned already. (Romans 8:20 helps explain this)



    Matthew 12:41 The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they
    repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here.

    Matthew 27:3 Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and
    brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,

    John 8:10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are
    those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?

    Mark 16:16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned

    James 2:5 Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before
    the door.


    Condemn in the New Testament is translated from several Greek words and because of that has several meanings
    but they all have to do with being judged by God or someone else, or, by one's self. The two main ones that we think
    of when we think of judgment are the ones listed. These certainly show that to be an unbeliever is not the way to go.
    While the bible does not teach, in the original languages, eternal torment, it certainly does teach that it is still a
    fearful thing to fall into the hands of a living God. God, whose very definition is love, gives us a very sober warning in
    Hebrews(quoted from Psalms) that if we hear His voice we are not to harden our hearts.

    No matter how glorious the truth of universal reconciliation is, NO ONE goes his own way for very long without serious
    consequences. Jesus said, "I am the way, truth, and the life, and no one comes to the Father but by Me."  Yes, Jesus
    does draw ALL to Himself, but, His way only. He loves us too much to leave us in our condemned state. His love/wrath
    will win.  As the old hymn says:








    Have you heard His voice?  The Spirit and the Bride say come...WHAT AN INVITATION!

                                                         
         4. Destroy

    Strong's Concordance # 622-Apollumi (look familiar?)-perish 33, destroy 26, lose 22, be lost 5, lost 4, miscellaneous 2  

    Because this word is from the same Greek word as perish, and lost, I will only list one scripture that uses the word as
    destroy. And, this is because it is one of the scriptures used to support the teaching of endless hell.

    Matthew 10:28  And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is
    able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

    As usual, when He talked about hell,(Gehenna) Jesus was not talking to sinners, He was talking to His disciples.  
    Neither did Jesus say "hell" in this verse, He said "Gehenna" which is what it really was, a valley outside of
    Jerusalem....don't know which translator decided to plug hell in there instead of what it really said??? (Details about
    Gehenna are on the "hell" page.)

    Jesus was making the point to His disciples that they would be persecuted horribly for taking the His message of
    repentance to the people of Israel. That they were not to fear what man could do to them but to fear what He could
    do if they let the fear of man deter them. Some teachers say "destroy" here means to annihilate completely but I
    disagree.

    Gehenna was a shameful place for the Jews. If the soul is the mind, will, and emotions, it is easy to see how ending
    up in Gehenna (slaughtered in AD 70 or thrown there as a worthless, dead body) would be the utter humiliation for
    God's chosen people. Another reason I disagree that destroy means annihilation in Gehenna is because Jesus told
    the Pharisees in Matthew 23 that they were children of hell(Gehenna). He asked them, "how shall you escape the
    damnation of Gehenna?" Then tells them, "you won't see me again UNTIL you say, blessed is He that comes in the
    name of the Lord."  Whatever Gehenna meant to them or even if it  means hell  to us, those Pharisee will walk right
    out of it with a brand new attitude and praise for the Messiah. And we have to remember that Paul told the Romans
    that ALL of Israel would be saved. Shameful, regretful? Yes. Endless? No!


    The Greek word for soul in this passage of scripture is psuche. Strongs's # 5590.  Here are a few verses that use
    that word:

    Mt 16:25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

    Mt 16:26  For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a  man
    give in exchange for his soul?  

    Mt 20:28  Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for
    many.  

    Mt 22:37  Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all
    thy mind.

    Mt 26:38 Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with
    me.  


    Dr. W. E. Manley observes that the condition threatened "is one wherein the body can be killed. And no one has
    imagined any such place, outside the present state of being. Nor can there be the least doubt about the nature of
    this killing of the body; for the passage is so constructed as to settle this question beyond all controversy. It is taking
    away the natural life, as was done by the persecutors of the apostles. The Jews were in a condition of depravity
    properly represented by Gehenna. The apostles had been in that condition, but had been delivered from it. By
    supposing the word Hell to denote a condition now and in the present life, there is no absurdity involved. Sinful men
    may here suffer both natural death and moral death; but in the future life, natural death cannot be suffered; whatever
    may be said of moral death. Fear not men, your persecutors, who can inflict on you only bodily suffering. But rather
    fear him who is able to inflict both bodily suffering, and what is worse, mental and moral suffering, in that condition of
    depravity represented by the foulest and most revolting locality known to the Jewish people."

    "Woe unto you Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte; and when
    he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of Hell than yourselves." Matt. xxiii:15.

    Looking upon the smoking valley, and thinking of its corruptions and abominations, to call a man a "child of
    Gehenna" was to say that his heart was corrupt and his character vile, but it no more indicated a place of woe after
    death, than a resident of New York would imply such a place by calling a bad man a child of Five Points.


                                                                                 5. Eternal Damnation       


    Eternal: Strong's Concordance # 166 Aionios  ( eternal 42, everlasting 25,  the world began, since the world
    began, for ever 1 )
    Aionios is from another Greek word Strong's # 165 Aion.  Aionios is the adjective of Aion. It is translated (  evermore
    4, age 2, eternal
    ever 71, world 38, never )  Aion and aionios are the words that are crucial to understanding Universal Salvation.
    Because of that Aion is going to have a page all it's own.  We can determine the meaning of a word by how it is used
    in the scriptures, not necessarily by the definition the writers of the concordance give us. This is the case with Aion
    and Aionios. They are very versatile words, as you can see by all the ways it has been translated. How can the same
    word mean "never" and "forever" at the same time?  Sometimes it is translated "age" and that seems to be the
    correct translation.

    Damnation Strong's # 2920 Krisis  (judgment 41, damnation 3, accusation 2, condemnation 2)

    Matthew 5:22  But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the
    judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say,
    Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire. ( It strikes me strange that "damnation"(judgment) in this verse is the lesser
    sentence that hell fire. How can you get any worse than damnation???)

    Matthew 12:20 A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment
    unto victory.  Hum...damnation unto victory? Whose victory? Could it be the Messiah's who came to take away
    the sin of the world? Could it be through that "judgment or damnation" that He would bring victory? It
    could! Victory for God...He gets His creation back. Victory for Christ.... He accomplishes His mission(It is
    finished!) Victory for mankind....in Adam all die, in Christ all are made alive!

    Remember...
    for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness"  
    Isaiah 26:9

    Matthew 12:41  The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because
    they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here.   It would sound pretty silly to say
    they would rise in "damnation" wouldn't it?  Seeing how they repented when Jonah preached to them........Do you
    think Jonah preached hell fire and damnation to those heathens? No, here's what he told them..."On the day Jonah
    entered the city, he shouted to the crowds: "Forty days from now Nineveh will be destroyed!"

    If Hell was a reality, why in the world did Jonah not tell them about it?    

    Matthew 23:23      Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?  (reading on to
    the end of this chapter we see that  even with the judgment of hell(Gehenna), they end up with a brand new attitude
    toward the Messiah.  

    Mark 3:29    But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal
    damnation:  

    Mark 6:11    And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear you, when ye depart thence, shake off the dust under
    your feet for a testimony against them. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrha in
    the day of judgment, than for that city

    Luke 11:42    But woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over
    judgment and the love of God: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.  


    John 12:31    Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out.  

    John 16:8    And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:  

    Acts 8:33    In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is
    taken from the earth

    2 Peter 2:11    Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them
    before the Lord.


    Damnation is translated from two different Greek words  

    Strong's # 2919 Krima (judgment 13, damnation 7, condemnation 5, be condemned 1, go to law,  avenge )

    Matthew 7:2    For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be
    measured to you again.

    Matthew 23:14    Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows' houses, and for a
    pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.  

    John 9:39    And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that
    they which see might be made blind. Now, if you believe damnation is eternal torment, then you will have to see that
    damnation here(judgment) causes those who can't see to see.  

    Romans 11:33    O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his
    judgments, and his ways past finding out

    1 Corinthians 11:29  For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not
    discerning the Lord's body. We read what the judgment was for not discerning the Lord's body (each other)...for
    some are weak and sickly and some sleep(die).

    2Peter 2:3     And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment
    now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not

    Jude 1:4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation,
    ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus
    Christ.

    Revelation 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the
    souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped
    the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived
    and reigned with Christ a thousand years ( how would that verse sound if we replaced judgment with damnation?)  
    Try to see if for what it is, not how we have been "programed" to see it.

    Strong's # 2920  Krisis ( judgment 41, damnation 3, accusation 2, condemnation 2 )


    Matthew 5:22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the
    judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say,
    Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.

    Matthew 12:20  A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth
    judgment unto victory. There's that "victory" word again....  It is so good to be free from fear!

    Matthew 23:33 Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?  Here is that same
    verse from Young's Literal Translation.....Serpents! brood of vipers! how may ye escape from the judgment of
    the gehenna? In all of the literal translations the original words are used instead of the hell words. In this particular
    verse, you will notice that "judgment" is used insttead of "damnation"...Did the translators have an agenda???

    John 5:22   For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son:  

    John 5:29  And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done
    evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.   Daniel 12:2 speaks of this. Instead of damnation Daniel said shame and
    contempt.  That makes sense doesn't it? The apostle Paul said he had hope in the resurrection of the just and the
    unjust. Who is their right mind would hope for most people to be raised from the dead to be sentenced to a fate much
    worse than death?

    John 12:31  Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. What was about to
    happen here? When is the judgment of this world? When was the prince of this world cast out? On the cross!

    2 Thes 1:5   Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the
    kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer:  

    Hebrews 9:27  And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

    2 Peter 2:11  Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them
    before the Lord.

    1 John 4:17  Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is,
    so are we in this world.

    Rev 19:2  For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the
    earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand.

    Considering that "aionian" is not a word that means endless and seeing how these "damnation" words are used, we
    can know that aionian judgment is for a period of time. Eternal damnation makes no sense. If Jesus paid the price for
    our sin and it was "eternal damnation" He would still be eternally damned. But we know He rose from the dead and is
    at the right hand of the Father waiting for the completion of this great plan and helping us when we need Him.

                                                                6. Torment

    Strong's # 928  Basanizo ( torment 8, pain 1, toss 1, vex 1, toil 1)


    Mt 8:29  And, behold, they 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?  

    Mt 14:24 But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary.  

    2Pe 2:8  (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to
    day with their unlawful deeds;)

    Re 11:10   And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to
    another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth   

    Re 20:10  And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the
    false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.


    Re 14:10  The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of
    his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the
    presence of the Lamb:

    Notice where this tormenting is taking place. Not in some isolated place away from God, it is in the very
    PRESENCE of God!  Saint and sinner will go through testing. Saints learn to judge themselves. Sinners
    are judged because they wouldn't judge themselves.  We both learn what is lacking in us.

    There are three or four words translated torment, but since this one is the one  that most traditional
    believers use to show torment lasts forever, I have used it.  One of the words translated torment is
    Kolasis, which is also translated punishment. (remember in the Greek language, it means to prune)

    Here is the definition in Strong's Concordance:

    to test (metals) by the touchstone, which is a black siliceous stone used to test the purity of gold or silver by the
    colour of the streak produced on it by rubbing it with either metal
    to question by applying torture
    to torture
    to vex with grievous pains (of body or mind), to torment
    to be harassed, distressed
    of those who at sea are struggling with a head wind

    This definition reminds me of someone being interrogated by the police. Consistently, through out the Bible we are
    told of the restoration of all things of redemption, and reconciliation. Paul said that God commands all men to repent.
    We know from John  that the wrath of God abides on those who do not believe. We know that Godly sorrow causes
    repentance. We know that the Pharisees, after being condemned to Hell, Gehenna, come out of Gehenna with a new
    attitude toward the Messiah. The torment or testing for genuineness, will be a grievous process but it will bring the
    purification needed for them to see the truth.

    Have you ever seen a twenty dollar bill tormented? Next time you give one to a cashier or checker at the
    grocery store, watch, as they test it for genuineness. They rub something over it and if it is counterfeit it
    will show up. The fire of God will test all of us at one time or another.

    As believers, we submit to the baptism of the Holy Spirit and fire.  Those who do not believe find
    themselves "tormented" by the fire of the righteous judgment of God.  Like the rich man that found
    himself in hell/Hades. Why was he tormented?  What was working on him to make him so miserable?  The
    torment he found himself in was revealing what was in his own heart.  Here he was the rich man who
    dressed in the robes of royalty...purple, seeing the penniless beggar NOT  in heaven, but in the bosum
    of Abraham.


    Craig Nolin explains it like this:

    The Car.  
    If you drive your car, obeying the rules, there is no law against you. You will be tested by meters, speed
    traps, traffic stops and questioning. Since you broke no laws, you are free to drive.

    If you drive a car over the speed limit, you broke the law. You recieve a fine and a ticket, along with
    insurance demerits. This is to help you recognize that speeding is not productive to society and yourself.

    If you drive your car drunk, you broke the law. Because of being drunk, you drive a car over the speed
    limit. You recieve a fine, a ticket, lose your license and spend some time in jail. This is to help you
    recognize that DUI is not productive to society and yourself.  

    A touchstone, which is a black siliceous stone used to test the purity of gold or silver by the colour of
    the streak produced on it by rubbing it with either metal.

    Everyone was tested by meters, speed traps, traffic stops and questioning. They were all tested to
    determine if they had broken any law.

    Not everyone broke the law, and some did. Some crimes were worse than others when the law was
    broken.

    Torture, torment, acute pains of the pains of a disease

    Those who broke the laws, suffered a series of fines, demerits or even jail time.

    The rack or instrument of torture by which one is forced to divulge the truth

    Police need to use breatholizers, lie-detectors, interrigation tactics, and methods used to determine if
    you were DUI. Evidences gathered from these techniques, divulge the truth.

    Of those in hell after death

    The man who commits a DUI, is taken from society and seperated from his life. He is nolonger free and
    while under custody and in jail, suffers for his crimes in hopes that he may recognize his actions were
    not productive to society and himself.  

                                                                         Brimstone

    Strong's #2303  Theion deninition: divine incense, because burning brimstone was regarded as having power to
    purify, and to ward off disease
    And it's from # 2304 Theios definition: a general name of deities or divinities as used by the Greeks
    spoken of the only and true God, trinity of Christ, Holy Spirit, the Father.


    Here is how brimstone is used in the scriptures:

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

    Re 9:17
    And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and
    brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke
    and brimstone.

    Re 9:18  
    By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out
    of their mouths.

    Re 14:10  
    The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his
    indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the
    presence of the Lamb:

    Re 19:20
    And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived
    them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a
    lake of fire burning with brimstone.

    Re 20:10  
    And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet
    are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

    Re 21:8
    But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and
    idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second
    death.

    Brimstone denotes punishment from God, His punishment ultimately means correction. Ezekiel tells of the restoration
    of Sodom and Gomorrah in the future and we know God rained down brimstone on them. Humans....we think we are
    invincible!  

                                                                        Unquenchable Fire

    Strongs # 762 Asbestos   unquenchable 2, never shall be quenched 2
    If you will look at the "Hell" page in this site, you will see some pictures of Gehenna. Gehenna is referenced in the
    scriptures that use the words "unquenchable fire".  History says the Gehenna was the garbage dump of Jerusalem.
    There was always fire there burning up the refuse. As long as there was something that fed the flame it was
    unquenchable. Now, Gehenna or the valley of Hinnom is not the city dump and it is not burning.

    Mt 3:12
    Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn
    up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

    Lu 3:17  
    Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and will gather the wheat into his garner; but the chaff
    he will burn with fire unquenchable.



                                                              Outer Darkness


    Outer Strongs # 1857 Exoteros
    Darkness Strongs # 4655  Skotos

    It is interesting to notice just who it is that is cast into "outer dakness" in this first verse. It is the
    children of the kingdom. In none of the verses do we see the sinner or wicked being being cast into
    outer darkness. It seems to be people who have access to the truth and do nothing with it. Or people
    who know the truth and "seem" to be walking in it but actually have not surrendered to Christ.

    Mt 8:12
    But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

    Mt 22:13
    Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness;
    there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

    This particular verse is speaking of the man that was found at the wedding supper without a wedding
    garment on. He was among the second group that had been invited to the supper(the gentiles). One
    might think it strange that being in the gentile group that was invited after the "chosen" ones rejected
    the invitation, that he would be cast out. But, in Romans 11 we read that even though the gentiles were
    grafted into the olive tree, that didn't mean they could not be broken off as well as the Jews who
    rejected. The guy was obviously one who was invited but was still trying to do things his way. There is
    only one way and we all must come to the point of total surrender. Less of self, more of Christ.

    Mt 25:30
    And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

    To read Romans 8,9,10, and 11, we get a good picture of outer darkness. For the chosen of God to be
    overlooked while the "dogs" or gentiles are welcomed into the kingdom will indeed be a matter of great
    sorrow and regret...weeping and gnashing of teeth. In fact, the rich man in Hades described it as being
    "tormented in this flame". He could see the beggar Lazarus in the bosom of Abraham where he should
    have been.

    Lu 13:28  There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob,
    and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out.  


                                                                          Gnashing Of Teeth


    Strongs # 1030 Brugmos  gnashing 7

    Mt 8:12  
    But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of
    teeth.  

    Mt 13:42
    And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.  
    Mt 24:51
    And shall cut  him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of
    teeth.

    Plain and simple...gnashing of teeth speaks of regret.

                                                                                   
                                                                          Draw


    Strongs # 1670 Helkuo  Def: to draw, drag off, to draw by inward power, lead, impel

    Joh 6:44    No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the
    last day.  
    Joh 12:32    And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.  
    Joh 18:10    Then Simon Peter having a sword drew it, and smote the high priest's servant, and cut off his right ear.
    The servant's name was Malchus.  
    Joh 21:6    And he said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast therefore,
    and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes.  
    Joh 21:11    Simon Peter went up, and drew the net to land full of great fishes, an hundred and fifty and three: and
    for all there were so many, yet was not the net broken.  

    Ac 16:19    And when her masters saw that the hope of their gains was gone, they caught Paul and Silas, and drew
    them into the marketplace unto the rulers,  
    Ac 21:30    And all the city was moved, and the people ran together: and they took Paul, and drew him out of the
    temple: and forthwith the doors were shut.  

    Jas 2:6    But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats?


    It is easy to see what this particular word "draw" means. When Jesus said He would draw all men to Himself if He was
    lifted up on the cross, did He mean it? Or, do we just breeze right over that verse because we really don't know what
    to make of it?  Or, do we read the Bible with such a mind set that we are prevented from seeing what verses like this
    one really says?

    You know, for Jesus NOT to draw all men to Himself, to purposely leave some out, doesn't sound like something He
    would do to me. Especially, when us humans were playing the role we were assigned by the Creator(Jesus).  Romans
    8 tells us we were subjected to vanity and corruption NOT WILLINGLY. (that fact alone should begin to make us feel
    better )

    Did you want to become a sinner? Do you remember ever responding to some altar call to
    accept a sin nature? To become a sinner? I don't either. But we have to admit ...we are
    sinners!

    How did we get to be sinners? Because "somebody"  created a tree called the tree of knowledge of good AND evil!  
    Because "somebody" created a serpent. Because "somebody" subjected us to futility/corruption/vanity. That's why
    we are sinners. God planned it that way. Now, if that be the truth, and the Bible clearly says it is, then God is liable for
    our being sinners. OK, if God is liable for our being sinners it makes perfect sense that when all is said and done that
    He will also DRAW all of mankind back to Himself, doesn't it? Yes, it does!

    I don't know about you but I am so glad to know this!! It makes things make so much sense. I don't have to try to
    come up with some ridiculous, hair brained, reason to try to get God off the hook for what He did! He didn't concoct
    some fiendish plan to cause us all to be sinners then, only draw a few of us back to Himself...listen to what He said...

     











    Doesn't that make perfect sense? Even in the Law in the OT we read of the laws of liability. God's own
    law shows that He is just and fair. God is responsible for our plight, He is also responsible for our
    deliverance from it.....we just have a process to walk out.   Here are some of those laws of liability:




















    I don't know any more than you why we are just now being privileged to understand these things about
    God and about our destiny. But, fact is, that is the case. Mainline denominational and
    interdenominational churches, ministers and lay people, are coming into the understanding that Jesus
    really is the savior of the world. I for one, am so grateful and excited about it I just don't know what to do!
    I am so proud of God!



                                                                         The Lake Of Fire

    The last of our words is the lake of fire. This is probably the scariest one we have. I have come to the conclusion that
    anyone who believes it to be a literal pit of fire, meant to burn people endlessly, has not given it much thought at all.
    And, with that definition in mind, if they do think about it for any length of time, they will go mad.

    Try this. Turn the eye of your stove on low. Hold your hand down on it ...say for 5 full seconds. Or, if you are afraid,
    hold your pet's little paw on the stove... ooooh, how can I even have such a thought?  Well, catch a mouse and hold
    it's paw on the stove, on the low setting, mind you, not on high. You wouldn't dare do such a thing would you?

    But, the one whose mercy never ends, whose love never fails, who loves His creation enough to die for us, would?
    And, not for 5 seconds but forever?


    Folks, use the brain God gave you! Isn't the absurdity of the Hell teaching enough to cause you to at least want to
    look into what the Bible says about judgment and punishment?


Scary  Words

  • perish
  • lost
  • condemn

  • brimstone
  • unquenchable fire
  • outer darkness

  • destroy
  • eternal damnation
  • torment
                                           
    2 Timothy 2:15 says...Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly
    dividing the word of truth. I believe God will honor our attempts at studying and rightly dividing His word no matter
    how feeble they may be, if, we are honestly searching for truth. This God, who could have obliterated us when we
    rebelled against Him, yet, chose to become one of us, has given us His word to guide and instruct us. It came to us
    through human hands and because of that, it has human flaws, but, in spite of the flaws, it works!

    I can say with the psalmist " When I said, My foot slippeth; thy mercy, O LORD, held me up. In the multitude of my
    thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul."    Debbie     

                                                                       

  • gnashing of teeth
  • draw
  • lake of fire
Krino 2919
Katakrino 2632
"Some through the fire,
Some through the flood.
Some through great trials,
But ALL through the blood."

    These are "pivotal" words in our understanding of how God deals with His creation.  For example, everlasting
    punishment in Matthew 25:46. Now you wouldn't think one would have to look up the meaning of that little phrase,
    would you? But if we don't, we believe it means some will be punished endlessly when what it really says in the Greek
    language is that some will be "pruned" for a season or an age.
    Draw means to drag.  Gnashing of teeth speaks of regret.  Torment...test for genuineness.
    Brimstone is sulfur, healing and cleansing.  The unquenchable fire doesn't go out as long as it is needed.
For the sake of space I am using just a few verses with each of the words at the top of the page.
Enough to see that one Greek word was used several different ways in translating. We can get a
pretty good idea of what a word means by how it is used.


Think About it

My husband works
with the telephone
company. He was
working on an
older preacher's
phone a couple of
days ago. My
husband asked
him, "do you
believe in endless
hell?" The
preacher replied,
"that what's it
says."

Then I asked my
husband, "did he
make any attempt
to see to it that
you don't go
there?" He said,
"no."

That just baffles
the hell out of me!
Pun intended.


I just bet if my
husband had been
really hot and
thirsty and had
poured himself a
glass of gasoline
to drink, that
preacher would
have done
everything he
could to stop him
from drinking it,
don't you think?

But, as far as he
knew, my husband
could have been
on his way to Hell,
forever. Is that not
much, much,
worse than
drinking a glass of
gas?

Go figure.

How many people
have you tried to
keep out of Hell
today?

6/21/07
One of the
most thorough
studies I have
come across is
this one.
"An Anylitical
Sudy On
Words" by
Louis Abbot

WORM
You know how
the gospel of
Mark talks
about the fire
not being
quenched and
their worm
dying not?

Have you
ever
wondered
what in the
world that
really means?

I have heard
explanations like,
"well, their worm is
figuratively
speaking of the
entity of man". This
is, I suppose,
trying to show that
one will live
endlessly in Hell.

Well, I have
good news!
Do you know
what the
word "worm"
means in the
Greek?
It means
WORM!!!
That's right...maggot
Strong's #4663
Skolex,
the kind of
worm that eats dead
flesh.
The particular "hell"
that Mark is speaking
of is Gehenna,
Jerusalem's garbage
dump.(see pic on Hell
Page) Making more
sense now isn't it?
That's also how the
unquenchable fire fits
in. It's unquenchable
as long as there is
something to burn.
But if you look at
present day
Gehenna, you will
see that it is no
longer on fire and
there may not be any
maggots there either,
unless there's a dead
bird or rat or some
poor little,
unfortunate critter
like that.
Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the
prince of this world be cast out.  And I, if I be
lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto
me. This he said, signifying what death he
should die.
Exodus 21:33-34
And if a man opens a pit, or digs a pit and does not cover it over,
and an ox or a donkey falls into it,  the owner of the pit shall make
restitution; he shall give money to its owner, and the dead animal
shall become his.

Exodus 22:8
When you build a new house, you shall make a parapet [railing] for
your roof, that you may not bring bloodguilt on your house if
anyone falls from it.
Did Christ die? Do you believe He will do what He said He would?