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Revelation Answer to Question #28


28.  Where/What is the "lake of fire"?
       (Revelation 19:20; 20:10, 14, 15)


The "Lake of Fire" is decoded in the Book of Revelation." It is not left to our imagination. It is not a place. It is a condition:

"And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death."

The first death is Adam's death, which everybody dies. "For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive." (1 Corinthians 15:22)

Every descendant of Adam is guaranteed an opportunity to accept Christ's blood and have life. Once anyone has accepted the sacrifice of Jesus on his behalf—if he or she were to reject it—they would be worthy of Second Death.

 There is no redemption from Second Death. It is permanent. Fire represents destruction. "For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins" (Hebrews 10:26).


The "beast" and "the false prophet"—the papacy and Protestant Federation—are destroyed permanently in Second Death—from which there is no recovery (19:20). Just as the "beast" is symbolic, so is the fire.

Anything put in fire is consumed and destroyed. Fire represents destruction. In the "little season" of freedom after the thousand years, the "devil" also will be destroyed permanently in Second Death (20:10) as well as those who will not obey during the thousand years, those "not found written in the book of life" (20:14, 15).


Since the "lake of fire" means extinction, how are the devil, the beast and the false prophet "tormented day and night for ever and ever" in Second Death?

The word for "tormented" is BASANIZO which is the verb form of BASANOS meaning "primarily a touchstone, employed in testing metals, hence torment, is used" (Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words, W. E. Vine). In other words, the destruction of the false systems of Christendom will forever be a standard of God's retributive justice.


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