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Chapter 8 - The Lake of Fire

The bible uses the phrase 'lake of fire' four times and only in the book of Revelation. However, there is a description in Matthew of a 'fire' that is prepared for the devil and his angels.

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

It might be reasonable to view this as the same as the lake of fire mentioned in Revelation simply because it is the destination of the rebelling angels.

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. - Revelation 20:10

We want to be careful that the English word 'everlasting' (aionios) and the English phrase 'for ever and ever' (eis aion aion) do not lead us to inject into the Greek an English meaning that is not in the original words. If we substitute the word 'age', we get 'age lasting fire' and 'age of ages'. In addition we can see that the tormenting of the beast and false prophet are 'day and night’ indicating a procession of time predicated on the rotation of the earth and may be limited to the existence of the earth and sun.

Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. - Matthew 24:35

Since Jesus declares that there will be a point where heaven and earth will pass away, it may indicate that there would be some future point where torment ends.

We can see that the devil and his angels are thrown into the lake of fire. We can also see that those 'on the left hand' (those who rebelled against Jesus during the tribulation) are thrown into the lake of fire. There is a third group of those who were not found to have their names in the Lamb’s book of life.

And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. - Revelation 20:15

We have two characters specifically mentioned as being thrown 'alive" into the lake of fire. This may mean extra punishment.

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. - Revelation 19:20

A warning is given to any who would alter the word of God. Having one’s name removed from the book of life would indicate that they also would be thrown into the lake of fire.

And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. - Revelation 22:19

Those who receive punishment in the lake of fire are said to have their 'part'.

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. - Revelation 21:8

This may be reflective of varying degrees of torment, presumably based on what was written of their works when they were judged.


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