HELL – Eternal torment or second death?
As noted in a FB forum: “Hell preachers set themselves up for a huge fail when they try and claim immortality is promised to the wicked.”
Hell, the Lake of Fire, Gehenna, was never created for mankind but for Satan and the fallen angels only (Matthew 25:41). God ordained the Gospel of Jesus Christ “before the beginning of Time” (2 Timothy 1:9-10) to provide mankind eternal life by grace through faith in Jesus Christ while simultaneously destroying “the works of the Devil” (death, Hell, the grave) through Messiah’s obedience at the Crucifixion (1 John 3:8b). Mankind will enter Hell by choice and NOT by God’s will as God’s will proclaims His desire that all men and women be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth concerning Jesus Christ as Messiah (1 Timothy 2:4).
Hell will be eternal torment for Satan and his angels as these are spirit beings and they do not die nor do they cease to exist (Luke 20:36). Unlike the angels, it is possible for mankind to lose both body and soul in Hell (Matthew 10:28); therefore, the “many” (Matthew 7:13-14) who reject Jesus Christ as Lord, God and Mediator for their sin will die in sin at the last exhalation in their physical body (John 8:24) and they will die the “second death” in Hell (Revelation 20:11-15); the “second death” is not only compassionate but the second death is necessary as our God will NOT permit unrepentant sin or anything impure to enter His Kingdom (Revelation 21:27); after all, it is Satan’s destructive rebellion/sin that initiated the creation of this Earth as a repository for Satan and the fallen angels as they are dealt with by our God while simultaneously removing their destructive sin from the Holy Kingdom (Luke 10:18); therefore, it is eternally unwise for anyone to believe that God will simply wink and excuse our sin lest that sin has been atoned for by the innocent blood of Messiah Jesus through faith in Him as our Mediator for sin (John 3:16; John 14:6; 2 Corinthians 5:17).
Those men and women who die in their unrepentant sin, at the moment of their last exhalation, they will be relegated in their disembodied state to the region Messiah refers to as Hades/Sheol-Torments (Luke 16). These unredeemed, disembodied, dead, fully conscious-aware, will remain in Hades-Torments until the conclusion of Messiah’s Millennial Reign at which time the “Judgement of the Condemned” AKA “The Great White Throne Judgment” will manifest (Revelation 20). The unredeemed dead waiting in Hades-Torments will receive a resurrected body of corruption (John 5:28-29; Daniel 12:2; Mark 9:43-48) and stand before Jesus Christ to be judged according to their works, their sin, their wickedness; their rebellion and their name will NOT be found written in the Lamb’s Book of Life and these will be adjudicated “guilty” before the Lord and they will lose both body and soul in Hell in the “second death;” the “second death” being a death of eternal finality and a cessation of all existence and remembrance (Revelation 20:14).