Will Sinners Burn in Hell for Eternity?

Bible Study with Larry Wilson
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" Dear Larry Wilson:
I came across your website a few weeks ago and I have enjoyed many of your Bible studies. You have cleared up some questions that I have had for a long time, but some of your teachings frustrate me because they are in obvious error. I don't understand how a Bible teacher like you can know so much about the Bible and overlook the plain truth.

For example, the Bible clearly teaches that sinners will burn in Hell for eternity. This issue is so simple that it can be summed up in one sentence: Everybody has an eternal destiny eternal life in Heaven with Jesus or burning in eternal Hell with the devil. Haven't you read Mark 9:43 and other verses that say the fires of Hell will never quit burning? If you are going to teach the Bible, why don't you teach what it says?
– Alicia"

Dear Alicia:
Thank you for your e-mail. Yes, the Bible teaches that everyone has an eternal reward coming, but what are the rewards? The Bible informs us that the saints will be rewarded with eternal life (John 3:16; John 6:40), and the Bible also states that the penalty for sin is death. (Rom 6:23, Rev 20:14) I know why millions of Christians believe in an eternally burning Hell because many Bible texts seem to indicate that Hell will burn forever. However, I would like an opportunity to show you another point of view.

When you investigate all the Bible teaches about God's justice, the Second Death, and Hell, eternal death is not the same thing as living for eternity in Hell! Please consider this: The Bible indicates that God has three purposes for Hell. In a nutshell, the first purpose is justice, the second purpose is to execute the wicked, and the third purpose is to purify the Earth. Since my view on Hell is quite different than yours, I hope you will consider my response and be sure to look up each verse as we go along.

Since I do not know anything about your background, and because I want to be as clear as possible in this response, I would like to say two things about Bible study that are important to me before I present my conclusions on Hell:

1. First, I believe the Bible is the Word of God. Therefore, each verse in the Bible has to have the same authority. The "same authority" rule creates a big problem for every Bible student. We are not honest in our search for "The Truth" if we "cherry pick" those verses that suit our personal bias and ignore those verses that we do not like or do not understand. Serious Bible students are forced by the rule of "same authority" to gather up every statement said in the Bible about a particular topic so that they can harmoniously align all that has been written.

To my knowledge, this is the only way the Bible can reveal issues to us that we would rather not believe. During the past 37 years, I have experienced many occasions when one verse unraveled my entire conceptual framework about a particular topic! I have found that God is neither simple nor simplistic. Therefore, I try to remain cautious about my conclusions. Many topics are presented in the Bible, so my first concern is to be sure that I have not left something out that should be put "on the table." When I study God's Word, my prayer is "Lord, I don't care what The Truth is, or where it leads I just want to know everything about You that I can possibly know!"

I am discussing the rule of "same authority" because there is a phenomenon in God's Word that some people believe is called "apparent conflict." In short, one verse will appear to contradict another verse. These collisions interest me because (a) both verses have the same authority, and (b) I believe that God's Word is in perfect harmony with itself; otherwise, the truth about any topic could not be determined.

I have dealt with "apparent conflicts" long enough to know that they can be resolved with the help of the Holy Spirit and plenty of mental "elbow grease."God is infinite, deliberate and thoughtful, and I believe that God has allowed "apparent conflicts" in Scripture to energize our search for truth. Nothing churns the human mind like a worthwhile mystery.

I have highlighted the phenomenon of "apparent conflicts" because many of them are embedded in the topic of Hell. The truth about Hell is only attained when everything written about the topic is resolved into perfect harmony. A person cannot do a simple word search through the Bible by looking up the word "Hell" and expect to resolve the topic. This is because other Bible topics – like justice, restitution and death are directly involved with the topic of Hell! So, digging "The Truth" out of the Bible is not as easy or as simple as some people would have you believe.

2. The Bible declares that God is love. (1 John 4:16) Love is the perfect balance of mercy and justice. This means that God loves mercy, as well as justice. (Ps 89:14; Mat 23:23) The Bible states that God's eyes constantly sweep over the Earth. (1 Chron 16:9; Ps 139:8) God sees every act of kindness done in secret and He rewards accordingly. (Mat 6:4-6) God also sees every act of violence, watches every theft, observes every adultery, and hears every lie. (2 Chron 16:9; Ps 139:8)

The reason that God's omniscient oversight is important in this study on Hell is restitution. Contrary to what many people think, God requires that every sin be made right before He will forgive us of that sin.* (Ex 21; Mat 5:23,24, 1 John 1:9) For example, God will not forgive a thief until the thief has provided restitution to his victim!

Think about this. Can a man steal his neighbor's hubcaps and expect God to forgive him while the hubcaps remain in his possession? Of course, not. God will not forgive our sins unless we truly repent, and the evidence of true repentance is restitution. (Mat 5:23,24) We can carry God's justice one step further. If the victim who lost his hubcaps refuses to forgive the thief when he attempts to make restitution, God will not forgive the victim of his sins, either! (Mat 6:15) I hope you can see that in God's economy, atonement for sin requires restitution and forgiveness.

* Note: Sometimes, the issue of restitution is not simple to resolve. Restitution in kind is not always possible. For example, stolen hubcaps can be replaced, but how does one make restitution for adultery or abuse? I have found three guiding principles when it comes to the subject of restitution.

First, when there is heartfelt sorrow for a sin, there is a compelling desire and effort to change behavior. This is the fruit of repentance. Second, a determined effort to restore the victim through some form of compensation is appropriate. In those cases where tangible restitution is not possible, the debt owed to the victim can be discussed and redirected toward others in the form of service or assistance.

Last, because sin often harms innocent people (like children) who may or may not know about the event, discretion is important. The essential point is that the victim knows about the heartfelt sorrow and the endeavor to make restitution. I hope the reader can see that God's demand for restitution and forgiveness are important building blocks in character development. (Luke 3:10-14)

Yes, it takes a lot of courage and humility to confess our sins and make restitution to those we have done wrong, but it has to be done. (Luke 19:8,9) On the other hand, a wicked heart will not make restitution because there is no genuine sorrow or deep regret for doing wrong.

Courage and humility are displaced with rebellion and pseudo-justification in the carnal heart. But, like it or not, believe it or not, God will be sure that every wrong will be made right – we can either do so voluntarily or God will extract restitution from us involuntarily.

This explains, in part, why God resurrects the wicked dead at the end of the 1,000 years. He resurrects the wicked to extract the restitution they refused to pay. After justice has been served, they will be executed eternal death there will be no resurrection from this death. As I wrote earlier, justice is the first purpose for the fires of Hell. Remember, the second purpose is to execute the wicked and the final purpose is to purify of Earth.

Big Picture of Hell for Eternity

Now that these two issues have been considered, let us see how God's justice and restitution fit into the big picture of apocalyptic prophecy:

Prior to the Second Coming, Jesus judges mankind. (Dan 7:10, John 5:22, Acts 17:31) Jesus Himself decides who will receive eternal life and who will not. (2 Cor 5:10) When He completes His judgment process, Jesus will return to Earth. (Rev 22:12) Notice how He administers His judgment: At the Second Coming, dead people previously judged to be saints will be awakened from their sleep to meet the Lord in the air. Also, those who are alive at the Second Coming and are judged as saints during the Great Tribulation will also be caught up in the air to meet Jesus because Jesus will not touch Earth at the Second Coming. (1 Thess. 4:15-18, Luke 14:13,14)

After the saints from all ages have been gathered up to Jesus, He will proceed to kill all of the wicked, who are alive at the Second Coming, with the sword (a verbal command) that comes out of His mouth. (Rev 19:20,21; Rev 6:15-17) Then, Jesus and the saints will return to His Father's house in Heaven, the place where Jesus has prepared for them. (John 14:1-3)

During the ensuing 1,000 years, there will be no life on Earth except for the devil and his angels. They cannot leave Earth in its desolate condition because they will be bound in the abyss (the spirit realm). (Rev 20:1-3) During the 1,000 years, the saints will reign with Jesus in Heaven during the sentencing phase of judgment.

This means the saints will review the case of each wicked person and the saints, along with Jesus, will determine the amount of restitution that will be extracted from the wicked at the end of the 1,000 years. Restitution will be extracted through suffering in Hell. (Exo. 21, Rev 18:6, 2 Tim 4:14, Heb 10:30,31; Rev 20:15)

Reigning with Christ

Remember, the saints will reign with Jesus for 1,000 years. Jesus will give the saints authority to determine the amount of punishment wicked people and wicked angels must suffer. (Rev 3:21; 20:6; 1 Cor 6:2,3) The saints will not determine who is righteous or who is wicked because Jesus determined the eternal destiny of each person before the Second Coming.

Those people who injured and harmed others will be tortured in Hell according to the amount of suffering they caused. (Rom 12:19, Mat 10:28) Here is the interesting part: Many of the saints will have been victims of the people they judge! Who would be better judges to determine the amount of suffering that must be extracted from a wicked assailant than those who were their victims? God’s system of justice is perfect!

The Golden Rule demands a life for a life, an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, a bruise for a bruise and a burn for a burn. (Exodus 21, Luke 12:58,59; Mat 18:23-35) Some wicked people will perish quickly. These will be "salted with fire," while others, who caused great suffering, will suffer for a long time. (Mark 9:47-49, Mat 13:41,42)

The fires of Hell will extract restitution and will not burn out until justice has been served and restitution has been "paid in full." (Mark 9:43) The fires of Hell will not burn eternally. After the wicked people's torture is over, the wicked will perish. " Surely the day is coming; it will burn like a furnace. All the arrogant and every evildoer will be stubble, and that day that is coming will set them on fire, says the Lord Almighty. Not a root or a branch will be left to them. . . Then you will trample down the wicked; they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day when I do these things, says the Lord Almighty." (Malachi 4:1,2)

God has promised that at the end of the world, every wrong will be atoned for and He will even resurrect dead people to achieve justice. (Heb 10:30, 31; Mat 25:46) Since the fires of Hell will also extract restitution from the devil and his angels, I suppose Hell could last for several days perhaps 40 days and 40 nights? Regardless of how long it takes, everyone in Hell will eventually die and when the wicked no longer exist, Jesus will create a new Heaven and a new Earth. John wrote, "Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea [of fire]." (Revelation 21:1, insertion mine)

I hope you can see from this sequence of apocalyptic events how God uses Hell to accomplish justice, death and the purification of Earth. Now, I would like to address the question of an eternally burning Hell from several different perspectives altogether. Please consider the following eight points:

1. Eternal Life: The reward that will be bestowed upon the saints at the last day is eternal life. "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16) "For my Father's will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day [and give him eternal life]." (John 6:40, insertion mine)

Here is the problem: A person cannot writhe in Hell throughout eternity without first receiving eternal life. In other words, a wicked person has to receive eternal life so that he can be tortured for eternity. The Bible teaches the wicked will not receive eternal life. In fact, the Bible teaches that the wicked will perish cease to exist. (See John 3:16 above.)

2. The Penalty for Sin: Most Christians believe that Jesus died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins. (2 Cor 5:21) This problem is a simple one: If the penalty for sin is burning in Hell throughout eternity, then Jesus did not pay the price for sin. Period. Even if you say that Jesus was tortured in Hell for three days and three nights, three days in Hell is not the penalty for sin! Even after billions and billions of years, eternity has just begun!

To pay for our sins, the penalty for sin had to be imposed upon Jesus and it was. The penalty for sin is "death by execution without hope of resurrection." Consider the first recorded command given to Adam: "And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day [whether it be a Tuesday or a Friday] that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die [be executed]." (KJV, Gen 2:16,17, insertions mine) Adam and Eve were to be put to death on the very day they sinned, but Jesus, seeing that they did not sin defiantly, chose to become man's intercessor instead of man's executioner.

3. Two Resurrections: Let us assume for a moment that a wicked person does go to Hell at the time of death. Then, try to explain why the wicked are then resurrected at the end of the 1,000 years? What is the point of resurrecting Cain (the first murderer) if he has been burning in Hell for the past 6,000 years?

Even more, what would be the point of resurrecting Abel if he has been sitting at Jesus' side for the past 6,000 years? The doctrine of two resurrections is in direct conflict with the doctrine of an eternally burning hell. – The Bible teaches the first resurrection occurs at the Second Coming for the righteous dead (1 Thess 4:15-18, Rev 20:6) and the second resurrection occurs at the end of the 1,000 years. (Rev 20:5) The second resurrection is for the wicked of all ages.

"Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation." (KJV, John 5:28,29)

4. Immediate Judgment at Death: The Bible states that everyone will stand before "the Judgment Bar of Christ." (2 Cor 5:10) If a person goes to Heaven or Hell at the time of death, this presumes that "the Judgment Bar of Christ" has been in session ever since Abel was killed. The problem is that "the Judgment Bar of Christ" has a beginning point in time and an ending point in time. The apocalyptic books of Daniel and Revelation tell us the Judgment Bar of Christ began in 1844 and closes during the Great Tribulation, at the end of the 1,260 days allotted to the Two Witnesses, just before the seventh trumpet sounds.

No one can be judged by Christ until His Judgment Bar is "set up." For reasons beyond the scope of this response, Jesus was found worthy to ascend Heaven's throne in 1798 and Jesus began reviewing the books of record in 1844. (Ecc 12:13,14, Dan 7:10) So, Bible prophecy indicates that immediate judgment at death is not possible. (Note: God the Father has made a few "executive" exceptions to the Judgment Bar of Christ. Enoch, Elijah and the 24 elders were taken to Heaven prior to 1844. These exceptions are justified on the basis that the Father foreknew this was the best way of resolving issues that are not part of this discussion.)

5. First Heaven and Earth Passed Away: The Bible teaches that God will create a New Heaven and New Earth after the old Heaven and Earth are destroyed. "Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. . . ." (Rev 21:1) This verse means that Hell itself has to pass away. Hell is the means through which Earth will be purified of sin! Sin and sinners will have no place on Earth, in Earth or under the Earth when everything is made new. God's universe will be clean of sin and sinners.

6. Reigning with Christ: If there is an eternally burning Hell, what judgment is left for the saints to conduct during the 1,000 years? "Do you not know that the saints will judge the world . . .? Do you not know that we will judge angels . . .?" (1 Cor 6:2,3) Think about this: If all of the wicked receive the same sentence burning in Hell for eternity, then there is nothing left for the saints to judge during the 1,000 years!

7. Walking on the Ashes of the Wicked: The Bible declares the wicked will be devoured – destroyed – annihilated – turned into ashes. " Then you will trample down the wicked; they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day when I do these things, says the Lord Almighty." (Mal 4:3)

Christians mess the doctrine of Hell up today largely because people do not understand the doctrines of restitution, God's vengeance, soul sleep, the Second Death or the Judgment Bar of Christ. I understand how people conclude that the wicked will burn in Hell forever. Language in the Bible seems to support the idea of eternal suffering in Hell until you put everything the Bible has to say about Hell on the table. Then, and only then, can we understand the truth on this topic. The Bible is like a giant crossword puzzle. When all of its doctrines are properly defined and understood, all of the pieces will harmoniously form one beautiful mosaic.

8. Golden Rule: The final reason why Hell cannot burn for eternity is that God's own law, the Golden Rule, does not permit God to punish wicked people beyond the point of achieving restitution. Period. God abides by His own laws. He has proven His submission to His own laws by the death of Jesus!

The Father would not have allowed Jesus to die if there had been any other way to redeem man. No sinner, not even the devil, merits endless torture in Hell throughout eternity! Restitution is a finite matter and once justice is served, the wicked will die a death from which there is no resurrection.

If God tortured demons and "slightly wicked" people throughout the endless ages of eternity with the same punishment, He would be a tyrant. Justice demands that punishment be commensurate with the crime. Tyrants do not punish fairly. With tyrants, justice is arbitrary and self-serving.

They abuse their victims to suit their selfish or mean-spirited objectives. The Golden Rule can be stated: "As you do unto others, the same will be done unto you." This is perfect justice. According to this rule, there are limits to torture in Hell.


1. After considering the "same authority" rule. . .

2. After considering God's demand for restitution. . .

3. After considering the apocalyptic sequence that includes the Judgment Bar of Christ, the two resurrections and the purpose of the saints reigning with Christ during the 1,000 years. . .

4. After considering the eight theological points listed above. . .

I conclude that Hell will burn for a period of time. I conclude that wicked people will be tormented with fire according to the injury and harm they inflicted on others. I conclude that Lucifer and his demons will burn the longest because they have caused the greatest injuries.

I also conclude that after restitution has been extracted and justice has been served, the wicked will be put to death. They will never exist again. At that time, God will purify this orb with fire so that the foundations of a New Heaven and a New Earth will be free of the blight caused by sin.

Because the topic of Hell is so important, it seems to me that God has deliberately made the matter of an eternally burning Hell a topic of controversy to keep the subject alive! By keeping this subject in a state of controversy, it forces those who seek the whole truth to resolve this highly important and complex topic. For me, the conclusions stated above align with everything else that I have learned about the marvelous ways of God. There is no doubt about it. God is righteous, fair and just.

He is truly a God of love. There is no selfishness, meanness nor arrogance in God. If you have lost a loved one through a violent crime or if you been hurt in a grievous way by a thug, I hope you can appreciate the idea that God will fully repay. Millions of soldiers who raped and killed innocent people will pay for their deeds, too. You can be sure that justice will be served before death eliminates the devil and every wicked person. "It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God." (Heb 10:31)

I hope this helps!

Larry Wilson

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  • Amy November 15, 2017 at 1:09 PM

    Thank you for sharing this. What about Revelation 20:10? It explicitly states that the devil, beast, and false prophet "will be tormented day and night forever and ever."

    • Larry W. Wilson
      Larry W. Wilson November 15, 2017 at 3:16 PM

      Hi Amy:

      Thank you for your question. If the eight reasons stated in the article above are valid, there should be a simple solution for Revelation 20:10 — and there is! Please consider the following:

      Rev 21:1 "Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea."

      The word "sea" mentioned in 21:1 refers to the "lake of fire" mentioned in the previous verse, 20:15. The Greek words for lake and sea are used interchangeably in the Bible. Please look at this example:

      Mark 1:16 "As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen."

      Because there will be a new Heaven and a new Earth, there will be "no more sea" or lake of fire. Therefore, eternal torment will not be possible because death itself is the last enemy to be destroyed. (1 Cor 15:26) The old order includes death, the new order does not.

      Revelation 20:10 means that the devil, beast and false prophet will be tormented in the fire, day and night, until the requirements of justice are satisfied.

      The idea for "forever" as used in the Bible does not mean for all eternity to come. (1 Samuel 27:12) It means "until the end comes."

  • Fred December 1, 2017 at 7:15 AM

    dear larry, good read, but not right. there is enough scripture to prove jesus will save all his creation. the lake of fire is taught in two book primarily i cor 3 and rev 20. you forgot to mention the lake of fire is symbolical and not literal.
    your argument is like all others i studied for 40 years. apparently no one has ever lived sin less enough to make it even in christ. jesus either paid the price or it is not paid. i do believe the lake of fire teaching is the key but it has to be in gods wisdom and not man. you have a good interpretation but you need a new revelation. here it is as in adam all die (even jesus) even so all in christ (how many) all will be made alive. to compare physical torture with spiritual learning won't jive. if its not mercy i don't get to go for sure

  • Larry W. Wilson
    Larry W. Wilson December 1, 2017 at 2:57 PM

    Hello Fred:

    Thank you for your comment. Your comment suggests to me that you do not properly understand the gift of Christ's righteousness which is offered to every humble and repentant sinner. The idea of universal salvation is fiction because it has to include the devil, his angels and all defiant human beings.

    Jesus said, ". . . Anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come." (Matthew 12:32) There is an unpardonable sin and every one destroyed in the lake of fire will be guilty of this sin! Jesus said, "Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood." (Revelation 22:14,15) He also adds, "If anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire." (Revelation 20:15) This fire will be really hot! Peter said, " . . That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat." (2 Peter 3:12)

    If you wish to further examine the terms and conditions for salvation, please check out this article:

    Best regards

    • Broken December 12, 2017 at 11:08 PM


      So, I'm doomed! i am a sinner. i stole, lied, committed adultery and although i believe in Jesus and regret my sins, i cannot fully pay restitution for everything i did. i pray daily and sometimes still sin, minor things as i get older, but it doesnt seem to matter. i will burn and then be put to death, right? i never felt worse…

  • Larry W. Wilson
    Larry W. Wilson December 13, 2017 at 2:06 PM

    Broken: Let's consider a few things:

    First, we are all doomed: Rom 3:23 "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,"

    But God has provided a way for sinners to be saved:

    Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

    Let's be clear: 1 John 5:17 "All wrongdoing is sin, and there is sin that does not lead to death."

    If a person accidentally sins, he is not condemned. This sin does not lead to death.

    If a person knowingly and willfully sins, he is condemned, but there is a way to escape this condemnation:

    1 John 2:1 My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense–Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.

    1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

    But contrary to what many people think, being free of guilt or sin is not a ticket to salvation.

    God has made salvation possible for all sinners who put their faith in Him. Faith that leads to salvation means doing what is right in God's sight no matter what and leaving the consequences with Him. Abel did the difficult thing, he offered a lamb. Noah did the difficult thing, he built an ark. Abraham did the difficult thing, he left home not knowing where he was going. Meshach, Shadrach and Abednego did the difficult thing, they defied Nebuchadnezzar and were thrown into the fiery furnace. Faith that results in salvation means doing what is right in God's sight no matter the price and leaving the consequences with Him!

    No one will be destroyed at the end of the 1,000 years for being an accidental sinner. If you are struggling with a particular sin, trust God to give you victory over it because you can't give yourself victory over it. Confess your sin, Jesus will hear you and He will cleanse you of it if you are willing to let it go.

    Best regards

  • Cody February 5, 2018 at 1:02 AM

    Alicia –

    I don't mean any offense, but, why don't you READ what it says?
    "the fires of Hell will never quit burning" does not say "people will burn forever in hell."
    those two sentences have difference subjects – people, and the fires in Hell.
    It does not teach that people burn forever in hell. It just doesn't.
    What about when you pay for your sins?

  • Larry W. Wilson
    Larry W. Wilson February 6, 2018 at 5:13 PM

    Hello Alicia:

    Did you see my comments to Amy above? If not, please review them.

    The Bible reads: Rev 21:1 "Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea (lake of fire)."

    "Passed away" means nonexistent.

    Best regards,

  • Keith March 4, 2018 at 3:59 PM

    I would like to say I’ve read your book on Revelation and truely enjoyed it. What has happened to your beliefs since you wrote it? Where has your belief that hell is not eternal spurned from?
    One thing u may have not took into consideration is that there is one sin that all the fore mentioned ( adulterers murders etc.)has in common if they haven’t repented of their sin and you even mention it in one of your comments above. Jesus said, ". . . Anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come." (Matthew 12:32) They all share this sin. The unforgivable sin. They all didn’t accept the Holy Spirit in their hearts. This is unforgivable to God. Therefore the reason hell will burn for eternity. To speak of restitution for your sins in unbiblical. To the people that accept Jesus as their savior through free will their sins have already been paid for through his blood. For the ones that doesn’t accept Him as Lord so the Holy Spirit comes into their hearts then they are doomed to eternal damnation in the lake of fire. Our Lord is a God of love. But he is also a God of jealousy. To not accept him as Lord is unforgivable in his eyes. And the Scipture proves that in Matthew 12:32

    • Wake Up America Seminars
      Wake Up America Seminars March 21, 2018 at 8:39 AM

      Hello Keith:

      Please read my comment to Fred.

      Best regards!

  • Laurie March 30, 2018 at 1:36 AM

    Hello, I may have been confused (or it could be that I read this at 11:50 P.M. at night), but what I understood from you is that we will not go to Heaven until the day of ressurection. I suppose that makes sense based on the word's definition, but my question is what about Luke 23:43 "And He said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise". Am I mistaken or is there something I'm not understanding?

    Also what does it mean to speak against the Holy Spirit? I read an article that said that means not listening to the Holy Spirit, but don't all non-believers do that until they believe (and even then we all can fall short!).

    I would like to delve in deeper in the Bible and study Hell more. I trust in God, but it does bother me. I know who He is, and I know He is good, but if my loved ones are in hell I will be extremely distressed.

    In your article you discussed how people will be ashes and will perish, does that mean everyone in hell will die, or is there a possibility (from your research in the Bible) that some after paying their restitution will go to Heaven?

    I have many Muslim friends and I'm praying for them and trying to share Jesus with them, but it is hard because they do not want to hear. I know it's not me, but God through me who makes the difference. But in the end they still have the freewill to deny Jesus.

    Also, Jesus came to save the whole world and die for everyone's sins, but only for those who accept them. Is this somewhat problematic? I only think this because I'm trying to not be a hypocrite in my own faith and I often point out that in the Qur'an Allah is "a God of mercy" yet he only gives mercy to those who love him. This seems to me to contradict from Jesus saying "what good are you if you only love those who love you?". I suppose we could say then that Jesus loving us is different from him giving justice. After all, we love our children and so we discipline them… but what bothers me about hell is the torture for eternity (which I don't believe after researching more about the word eternity and putting things together) or for torture and then death. If you have a child who doesn't do what you want or follow you, would you discard them? I hope not, because hopefully when you have children you take your responsibility of raising them, and you don't love them only because they love you. I can understand hell as refinement and as resitution, perhaps even some dying. But everyone who denies Christ dying??? That is a lot of people!!! And what if the saints dont want them to recieve pain? My Jesus taught me to turn the other cheek… and even if he says I can take an eye for an eye I do not want that.

    We are all sinners and evil, but for sure I know some amazing people who don't believe in God. I can see Jesus in them when they do somethings, but it feels blocked.

    Will they go to hell and burn for 1,000 years and then die? If your kids run away from you and do bad, is your first response when you find them to make them pay and then kill them? Isn't God better and more loving than us? So then I know if it hurts my heart then I can't even imagine how it hurts His heart.

    Also we are supposed to forgive those who persecute us, shouldn't God also do this? Why are we called to forgive people when they don't say sorry, but God doesn't (only in repentence?). Last thing I've thought of, when the Jews were casting lots for Jesus' clothes and put him on the cross He said "Lord, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing".

    Does this not show God's nature? He asked for them to be forgiven even though they couldn't have cared less about Jesus, nor did they believe in Him.

    Sorry for writing so much, if anyone could answer my questions and tell me if I'm wrong/confused. May God open our eyes and may His Holy Spirit give us wisdom/understanding.

  • Larry W. Wilson
    Larry W. Wilson March 31, 2018 at 12:57 PM

    Hello Laurie:

    You are a good thinker! You have asked a number of excellent questions on a variety of topics and this presents a bit of a problem. There is a reason that Algebra I occurs before Algebra II in high school because certain things have to be properly understood in Algebra I before other things will make sense in Algebra II. God's ways are similar. If we are going to understand advanced things about God and His ways, we have to lay a proper foundation with basic things.

    I hope you will do a little reading. I have prepared a book that covers many of the basics and some advanced topics that may be helpful to you. I address most of your questions in these articles. Please download this book (it's free) and start with the first chapter.

    I am sure the Holy Spirit will continue to guide you into all truth!
    Best wishes always

  • LucianCastle April 4, 2018 at 7:16 AM

    Mr. Wilson,

    I see that you have replied to someone just 4-days before my posting of this message, which is uplifting since you may very well see my comment and provide me with your opinion on my eternal dilemma. I use the term "eternal" in the context that once something takes place, that action shall remain so perpetually, and cannot be undone. You may remedy these actions, such as unscrewing a bolt only to screw it right back in; but you still removed the bolt, and that will be fact for all eternity, despite having replaced it with the same or another. You see, I do not believe I have a soul; not in the spiritual context, at least. I believe we're all "worm dirt" and will remain so until our flesh and bone decay beyond rejuvenation, where we will persist as nothing more than matter in the universe. All of our thoughts, feelings, and memories however, simply cease to exist. I would love no less than anyone else on the face of this planet to trust in and believe otherwise, but sadly it is not so.

    I am 24-years old as I write this. A man born and raised in Georgia with an all-Baptist family. I was and remain to be the only atheist I share blood with on my mother's or my father's side. I was as devout a Christian as a child could be until around my 12th or 13th year of life. This miraculous thing happened then, where I became mature enough and enlightened enough to make my own decisions and process "deeper" information without the assistance of my elders. I didn't need their spoon-fed guidance any longer, just as I do not need yours but would absolutely appreciate it, nonetheless. I spent several years as an atheist, studying the Bible more thoroughly during these years than I ever had before. Exploring contradictions, falsehoods, and blatant fantasies while simultaneously enjoying the suffocating amount of hypocrisy that lives in the hearts of the religious. About 6-years ago now, give or take a bit, I chose to go to church with my grandparents after they had been pleading for me to for several months. They are, after all, who I went with all throughout my childhood and I knew it would make them happy. That's all I wanted. My grandfather, deceased now, took full advantage of this and had the preacher of the church, who we knew personally (from all the time he spent visiting my grandfather at home and in the hospital due to his heart condition), more-or-less single me out with 1/3 of his eye contact being directed at me, and preaching the entire sermon on misguided unbelievers and the stark contrasts between Heaven and Hell on an eternal scale. They played sappy music as he called for anyone who wanted to be saved to come down to the altar and merely accept Jesus Christ into their hearts in addition to all the other necessary jargon. My grandmother (who sat on my right, grandfather on my left) put her arm on my back, already crying, and virtually begged me to go down. Well, I went. She and my grandfather followed me, along with a few other attending family members and churchgoers. All with a hand on my back, really guiding me through this and wanting it for me as badly as I did. Yes, I wanted it, and I felt then would have been as good of a time as any to seek my salvation. I wasn't an atheist because I wanted to be. No, it was mandated by fact and an undying loyalty to reality. Of course I wanted eternal bliss and to be loved by the one who loves you more than any other ever could. I wanted to be good, and pure. So at the top of my lungs (in my head, of course) I screamed out to the Lord to hear me and accept me as his follower. I was willing to give him everything I had to offer. My entire existence. I begged, and screamed, and begged, and screamed, until finally I felt there was nothing more I could say and I did all that I could do. I figured that was it… it had to be. I stood there in a stupor, now being the only person apart from the preacher to be in front of the entire congregation. Every last set of eyes on me. He asked me how I felt, and wanted me to tell everyone. I told them "I couldn't describe it." They took this as an implication of some euphoric, inexplicable bliss that had simply overwhelmed me beyond interpretation or explanation, laughing and smiling in their responses. Perhaps even a few "Yes, Lord" and "Hallelujah" utterances. He then wanted me to explain my situation to them, and how my life had changed in that moment. I stated that "I have been an avid atheist for several years up until this night, but no longer." I believed this when I said it, even though I felt nothing in my mind or heart. "Nothing" almost doesn't even seem accurate. I felt empty beyond words. Despite this, though, the entire congregation, one-by-one, walked down to shake my hand and/or hug me accompanied by either silence (since they're just following the crowd and couldn't care less) or their congratulations, perhaps some even genuine. The emptiness followed me home that night, but I wasn't going to let that serve as a hindrance to my newly-found faith. I asked my mother and stepfather to come over (to my father's house) at probably 10 o'clock at night so I could reveal this to them, despite the 30-minute drive in one direction, providing heavy implications of the importance over the phone. I hugged my stepfather first and told him I loved him and appreciated him more than I had shown (due to the disputes him and my father had had in years past). Once inside, I told them both of my experience and they were moved to tears. I remember my father's girlfriend stating "this is the first time I've ever seen him speechless; he literally always knows what to say!" I believe this was in reference to my mother asking me how I felt, and me just shrugging my shoulders and likely looking a bit puzzled (because of the sheer void that still lingered within). They also, as at the church, interpreted this as some type of divine enlightenment I hadn't yet grasped. Over the next several weeks, I wrote down the names and reached out to every last individual I could remember having ever had a negative dispute with. I apologized profusely, openly admitted to my "finding" of the Lord, and requested mutual harmony through their forgiveness. I bought and wore a two-piece necklace of a cross and shield around my neck that had scripture written within. I can't even remember what it said at this point. I did everything I knew how to do, followed all of the advice I had been given, and yet nothing ever came. I couldn't feel ANYTHING. After this whole experience, you know what I got? Not peace, not comfort, not happiness. No, I got the flu that swiftly became accompanied by pneumonia. This was a special benefit to having shaken probably 100+ tear and snot-ridden hands. It was the most sick I've ever been in my life. My mother literally slept at the foot of my bed she was so worried, and I have never been one to "oversell" a sickness in the slightest. Physically drained, unable to eat, and in constant pain. That was my gift for having been "saved" that night.

    Obviously, I slipped further and further away from what happened that night and have returned to being an atheist. This is my stance, and it has proven unwavering. Not because I want it, as stated before, but because I refuse to live a delusional life. Why would I neglect myself material things, sex, and the convenience of lies for something that isn't even waiting for me on the other side? Ironically, had I been born in a predominantly Islamic, Hindu, or Buddhist country, we'd be having a completely different conversation. Well, not you and I specifically, but you get the point. I was Christian for the same reason I believed in Santa Claus; because my parents told me to. They introduced it to me as fact and I accepted without the slightest reluctance. Now I spend my days directly, however sarcastically, cursing God or "Yahweh" as I like to use as I feel it is more personal (if "personal" is even the appropriate word for an omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent celestial being), after something petty or otherwise annoying happens in my day-to-day life.

    I can see that I've gone on far too long, because you, just like I, live a limited life. I don't want to take up too much more of your valuable time (assuming you've made it this far into my collection of seemingly endless babble). I'll get straight to where your insight comes in:

    1) Is there a secret handshake or ritualistic chant I should have partook in to successfully become "saved?"

    2) Is what you wrote out above as much of an explanation for a non-eternal Hell as can be given?

    3) Given my direct and frequent cursing of almighty God, am I doomed beyond relief in his eyes?

    4) Why do you say "free will" to believe exists if Hell is the alternative to devout faith?
    (e.g. If a man puts a gun to the back of a woman's head on a dark, desolate street and demands she lift her dress and lower her underwear so that he may rape her, and proceeds afterward to demand she give him all of her valuable belongings, how is her "consenting" to this without putting up a fight in order to preserve her life and go home to her prepubescent children a matter of "free will" when death is the only other option? It isn't, and no court would see it that way if the rapist/thief stated in his defense to the judge and jury that she (WILL)INGLY removed her clothing and handed over her belongings. It wasn't a choice, and everyone knows it. Yet somehow when God threatens eternal, unimaginable agony for all of existence if you do not believe in and follow him, that's merely granting "free will" and you're allowed to make your own choice. Personally, I would rather be raped and stolen from every single day of my mortal life than spend a single day in Hell… much less an endless eternity).

    Thank you for replying and hopefully not ignoring or outright deleting my comment. I honestly do appreciate it, whether it may seem that way or not.

    Lucian Castle

  • Larry W. Wilson
    Larry W. Wilson April 5, 2018 at 11:02 PM

    Hello Lucian:

    Thank you for your email and questions. I hope my response to your questions will be helpful in some way.

    1) Is there a secret handshake or ritualistic chant I should have partook in to successfully become "saved?"

    No handshake or chant is necessary or required for salvation. When a person gets married, his/her marriage oath is by simply stated by saying, "I do." When a person allows Jesus to become Lord and Master of his life, a simple statement, a prayer confessing our sinful state, our faith in Him as our Savior, and a commitment to follow His teachings and exalt Him in everything we do is all that is needed.

    Many people like to think they were "saved" at a specific point in time. They like/need/want a defining moment when they surrendered their lives to the Lord. There is nothing wrong with this, but you should be aware that the salvation experience is much more than a momentary event, Marriage is much more than a momentary ceremony. Going forward with Jesus, obeying His commands and maintaining faith in Him will present many challenges! A life of faith is not easy. Read Hebrews 11.

    Our response to the Holy Spirit each day determines our standing before God. If we consistently obey the voice of the Holy Spirit, we will have the sanctifying privilege of walking with God — as did Enoch and Noah! If we are spiritually off and on again, we grieve the Holy Spirit because when we are separated from Jesus, we will surely fail because when separated from Him, we have no power. He is the source of power, the vine and we are the branches. There is no power to overcome sin or temptation when separated from Jesus! The Holy Spirit is always at work, convicting us to live a holy life, to do something that pleases God. This can be more difficult at times than at other times, but if we faithfully carry out His promptings, salvific steps in faith ares taken. When Jesus sees this discipleship occurring, He is very pleased.

    2) Is what you wrote out above as much of an explanation for a non-eternal Hell as can be given?

    The subject of God's judicial system is intricate and wonderful (because there are many variables) and a bit complicated. Several topics are involved and getting all of them to harmonize so that Scripture is not put in a state of internal conflict takes a bit of studious effort.

    If you wish to read more about this topic, please review these two articles, you may find them helpful:

    3) Given my direct and frequent cursing of almighty God, am I doomed beyond relief in his eyes?

    No, Matthew 12:32 says there is hope for you! The only sin that cannot be forgiven is blaspheming (insulting, rejecting) the Holy Spirit. People who have rejected the Holy Spirit are people who have no spiritual beacon within. They are spiritually empty because the Holy Spirit has departed from them. God gives the Holy Spirit to everyone at birth and if we follow His righteous prompting, we are following a divine beacon. If we reject His prompting, over and over, the Holy Spirit will get the message, respect our choice and leave us alone.

    People in this condition have empty souls. They are alive, but dead inside. There is no joy, no hope, no love, no happiness, no nothing. People in this condition often become angry and predatory. They are hurting and they often want others to hurt as they hurt. It is very sad.

    4) Why do you say "free will" to believe exists if Hell is the alternative to devout faith?

    The issue of "free will" is larger and more wonderful than you think. To avoid a lengthy discussion here, please read these two articles. I hope they will give you a new appreciation for the amazing gift of free will that God gives to every human being!

    I hope this helps! Best regards.

  • Pianoamor April 21, 2018 at 4:00 PM

    I argue annihilationism from Revelation 9:6

    “In those days people will seek death but will not find it. They will long to die, but death will flee from them”

    This is a period of 5 months where torment will be so unbearable on the unrepentant that people will attempt suicide without success. They will want death. They will want unconsciousness

    There is no mention of people wanting to cease to exist while burning in hell, why?

    Because the fires of hell are clearly designed to extinguish them forever as the Bible clearly teaches they will be ashes under the feet of the saved

  • Larry W. Wilson
    Larry W. Wilson April 23, 2018 at 12:42 PM

    Hello Pianoamor:

    Some people would argue that "the rich man" who went to hell begged for help. "So he [the rich man] called to him, 'Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.' " (Luke 16:24)

    The story of the rich man and Lazarus was created by Jesus to deliver an offensive blow to the Jews. (The parable was divinely designed so that the offense would take some time to be discovered. Meanwhile, Jesus could continue His ministry.) For for information on this parable, please go here:

    I agree with your point though, the wicked will be annihilated after justice has been served. Did you see this paragraph in the article?

    "The fires of Hell will extract restitution and will not burn out until justice has been served and restitution has been "paid in full." (Mark 9:43) The fires of Hell will not burn eternally. After the wicked people's torture is over, the wicked will perish. 'Surely the day is coming; it will burn like a furnace. All the arrogant and every evildoer will be stubble, and that day that is coming will set them on fire, says the Lord Almighty. Not a root or a branch will be left to them. . . Then you will trample down the wicked; they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day when I do these things, says the Lord Almighty.' " (Malachi 4:1,2)

    Best regards

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