Hell is a Place of Eternal Awareness of Separation from God
12. Do you agree Hell is not annihilation but eternal separation for the unsaved after being resurrected to Great White Throne to be judged (Rev. 19.20; 20.10,15)?
Do you believe
not annihilation of the soul, but eternal suffering, separation and punishment
for the unsaved once they are resurrected to the Great White Throne (after the
millennial kingdom) to be judged, then cast
into the fire (Rev. 19.20,
20.10,15)? "And death and hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the
second death, even the lake of fire" (v.14) which is hell. Unlike any natural
fire that burns out, this one never does. "He shall be tormented with fire and
brimstone" (14.10), and "they have no rest day nor night" (v.11), for it "will
never burn out" (Matt. 25.41). They "will never die, and the fire that burns
them will never go out" (Is. 66.24).
"Do not fear them who can kill the body only rather fear Him who can destroy both the soul and body in hell" (Matt. 10.28). "Destroy" doesn't here mean annihilation, but in the lexicon: "render useless...to perish, to be lost, ruined...to lose...metaph. to devote or give over to eternal misery in hell...to put out of the way entirely, abolish." The unsaved can no longer do damage to the elect because they will be eternally separated from us like a prisoner locked in jail for life. "The hour is coming...unto the resurrection of life" and separated by a thousand years, some "unto the resurrection of damnation" (John 5.28-29). "He that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him" (John 3.36). "And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal" (Matt. 25.46). "Inflicting vengeance upon those who do not know God and upon those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They shall suffer the punishment of eternal destruction and exclusion from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might" (2 Thess. 1.8-9).