De. 32:22 For a fire is kindled in mine anger, and shall burn unto the lowest hell, and shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains. De. 32:23 I will heap mischiefs upon them; I will spend mine arrows upon them. De. 32:24 They shall be burnt with hunger, and devoured with burning heat, and with bitter destruction: I will also send the teeth of beasts upon them, with the poison of serpents of the dust. De. 32:25 The sword without, and terror within, shall destroy both the young man and the virgin, the suckling also with the man of gray hairs. De. 32:26 I said, I would scatter them into corners, I would make the remembrance of them to cease from among men:
you see the idea of fire in these verses is associated with God's wrath that brings destruction. God is a consuming fire.
Job 26:6 Hell is naked before him, and destruction hath no covering:
By comparison, hell has a naked aspect as well as the aspect of destruction. So, the equation is: Hell = destruction
The idea is when your sins are not covered by Christ's blood, you are in hell that ends up destroying your existence.
Psa 86:11 Teach me thy way, O LORD; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name. Psa 86:12 I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore. Psa 86:13 For great is thy mercy toward me: and thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell.
You see, when you become a child of God, you are removed from hell or destruction. Christ, the eternal life, lives in you for ever.
Isa 14:15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
Think about this subject seriously, earth planet is suspended in the space as all the galaxies in the firmament. If we leave earth by the ground or the sky direction, the final destination is the space. God uses the language down to identify hell with the dust. The location of hell is down to the ground; that's the grave! Or, for those who believe in physical hell; if the space is hell, everything would stay in hell until God makes the new creation.
Jer 17:27 But if ye will not hearken unto me to hallow the sabbath day, and not to bear a burden, even entering in at the gates of Jerusalem on the sabbath day; then will I kindle a fire in the gates thereof, and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem, and it shall not be quenched.
Do the people of Israel never violate the Sabbath day? If they did even once, after that warning, where is that fire? It clearly says "it shall not be quenched". So, since this eternal fire has to be at the palaces of Jerusalem, this country would never be destroyed. This earth would never cease to exist. Unfortunately, That is not what the Bible teaches. According to 2 Peter 3, this creation will be dissolved, and God will create a new heaven and earth. But the fire that shall not be quenched at the places of Jerusalem will always exist because it is a spiritual fire. It means God's judgment on the unsaved religious world.
Isa 34:1 Come near, ye nations, to hear; and hearken, ye people: let the earth hear, and all that is therein; the world, and all things that come forth of it. Isa 34:2 For the indignation of the LORD is upon all nations, and his fury upon all their armies: he hath utterly destroyed them, he hath delivered them to the slaughter. Isa 34:3 Their slain also shall be cast out, and their stink shall come up out of their carcases, and the mountains shall be melted with their blood. Isa 34:4 And all the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll: and all their host shall fall down, as the leaf falleth off from the vine, and as a falling fig from the fig tree. Isa 34:5 For my sword shall be bathed in heaven: behold, it shall come down upon Idumea, and upon the people of my curse, to judgment. Isa 34:6 The sword of the LORD is filled with blood, it is made fat with fatness, and with the blood of lambs and goats, with the fat of the kidneys of rams: for the LORD hath a sacrifice in Bozrah, and a great slaughter in the land of Idumea. Isa 34:7 And the unicorns shall come down with them, and the bullocks with the bulls; and their land shall be soaked with blood, and their dust made fat with fatness. Isa 34:8 For it is the day of the LORD'S vengeance, and the year of recompences for the controversy of Zion. Isa 34:9 And the streams thereof shall be turned into pitch, and the dust thereof into brimstone, and the land thereof shall become burning pitch. Isa 34:10 It shall not be quenched night nor day; the smoke thereof shall go up for ever: from generation to generation it shall lie waste; none shall pass through it for ever and ever. Isa 34:11 But the cormorant and the bittern shall possess it; the owl also and the raven shall dwell in it: and he shall stretch out upon it the line of confusion, and the stones of emptiness. Isa 34:12 They shall call the nobles thereof to the kingdom, but none shall be there, and all her princes shall be nothing.
You see, the fire that shall not be quenched night nor day is the indignation of the Lord upon all nations. As a matter of fact, God will not eternally experience anger on people in a physical hell. What do you think people would do in a eternal burning place? As sinners, they would curse, blaspheme, and rebel against God. Do You really think desperate people will continue to hate God, in eternity future? I do not think so, because God says He will put an end to sins:
Dan 9:24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.
The verse clearly teaches that God will put an end to sins. If hell is physical, I read that it will be in God's presence for ever:
Rev 14:9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, Rev 14:10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: Rev 14:11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.
The Bible is not a contradictory book. there should be one truth: Sins have to be destroyed or would still exist in eternity. Nevertheless, the Bible can only be harmonized when we understand the spiritual implication of these verses.
Everlasting righteousness will be the nature of life after this present creation. Only, the annihilation of sinners can agree with that. Otherwise, like we said, sins would still be existed. God's wrath will be eternal in a sense it burns the sinners that sins, and destroyed them for ever. by God's grace, I hope you understand the spiritual meaning of the fire that shall not be quenched. Again, Jesus is the fire, as He says: For a fire is kindled in mine anger, and shall burn unto the lowest hell. De. 32:22
There is another verse in Revelation 22:15 that literally teaches contrary to Revelation 14: 10.
Can you imagine people burning for ever in the presence of the Lord? Will God truly do that? God is love, and will never impose such horrible treatment on his creature. These literal and difficult passages in the Bible are also put because of our sinful condition. But when God opens our heart to truth, we realize how blind we were. And we thank him for his mercy.
For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie. Rev 22:15
2Th 1:9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;
Mat 25:46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
Those people will be away from the Lord and the holy angels. Sins cannot be in the sight of the Lord. God has no choice, He will destroy the sinners.
2 Th 1:9 says "everlasting destruction", while Mat 25: 46 says "everlasting punishment". When the Bible is harmonized, you know that it cannot say two different things. The everlasting punishment means that the wicked will be annihilated eternally.
Eze 32:27 And they shall not lie with the mighty that are fallen of the uncircumcised, which are gone down to hell with their weapons of war: and they have laid their swords under their heads, but their iniquities shall be upon their bones, though they were the terror of the mighty in the land of the living.
Ah! I see, these verses teach me, since there is a physical hell, the wicked will go down with the weapons and their swords. If you disagree because you might say that the language is spiritual, what about hell?
Jer 7:20 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, mine anger and my fury shall be poured out upon this place, upon man, and upon beast, and upon the trees of the field, and upon the fruit of the ground; and it shall burn, and shall not be quenched.
will the beast, the trees of the field, the fruit of the ground be cast into a fire that shall not be quenched? If you say the language is spiritual, what about hell? All of these metaphors are expressing unsaved mankind condition, religion, local church, under the wrath of God.
Jon 2:2 And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the LORD, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice.
Was Jonas in hell? But when Jonas was released from the belly of the fish, there was no sign of burn over his body.