Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:(Matthew 25:41) KJV
In Matthew chapter 24 Jesus describes the final judgement that takes place at the end of the Millennial Kingdom. At this time hell will be cast into the lake of fire. The everlasting fire that Jesus refers to isn’t hell, it’s something else.
The lake of fire may be a body in our planetary system which has been prepared for the purpose of carrying all sin and corruption into the infinite void of space. We’re thinking Venus. This means we need to address the following commonly preached misconception:
If you reject Jesus Christ you’ll burn in hell for eternity.– Commonly preached error.
It is a misconception because hell is temporary, however, if you reject Jesus Christ you will burn in everlasting fire. The lake of fire and brimstone isn’t the same thing as hell.
We all have the same evidence. Our choice of paradigm determines what we think it’s evidence of.– Matty’s Razor
The Big Picture
From the beginning I predicted the outcome;(Isaiah 46:10) Good News Translation
long ago I foretold what would happen.
I said that my plans would never fail,
that I would do everything I intended to do.
We can parse the difference between hell and the lake of fire because we’ve laid out the broad narrative of scripture, the conceptual backbone of the Bible, a theme which weaves together the law, prophets and the gospel.
The Bible is consistent throughout because it describes the physical expression in space and time of spiritual concepts, like light and darkness, good and evil, which are as fundamental as the elemental particles of which the universe is made. This also allows us to deduce the purpose of creation. With this in mind here’s a summary of the broad narrative of scripture.
A Brief Synopsis of the Broad Narrative of Scripture
|God is Light||1 John 1:5|
|Darkness is inherent to free will||John 1:5|
|Light and darkness must be physically separated||Genesis 1:6|
|God dwells in the light||Psalms 104:1-2|
|Light is above on the periphery||Daniel 12:3|
|Light, life and good are equivalent||John 3:19-21|
|Darkness, death and evil are equivalent||Job 30:26|
|Darkness is below at the center||Job 28:3|
|Once it has accumulated at the center, darkness will be cast into the furthest reaches of space||Matthew 8:12|
|Light comes down from above to the center, darkness will be gone||Revelation 21:2, 23|
Everlasting Fire – Navigation
|2||The Big Picture||Isaiah 46:10|
|3||The Lake of Fire||Revelation 19:20|
|4||The Bottomless Pit||Revelation 9:1-2|
|5||Gnashing of Teeth||Matthew 8:12|
|6||Hell is Temporary||Revelation 20:14-15|
|7||Eternal Torment||Revelation 20:10|
- Call upon the name of Jesus Christ,
- believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead,
- confess your sin.
Read through the Bible in a year
|Reading plan||July 15|
|Chronological||2 Chronicles 28|
2 Kings 16-17