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  • Writer's pictureRICHARD DEAN BROOKS



46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

25:46 Eternal punishment takes place in hell (the lake of fire, or Gehenna), the place of punishment after death for all those who refuse to repent. In the original languages of the Bible, three words were used in connection with eternal punishment. (1) Sheol, or “the grave,” was used in the Hebrew Old Testament to mean the place of the dead, generally thought to be under the earth. (In the Hebrew, this word occurs in Job 24:19; Psalm 16:10; Isaiah 38:10.) (2) Hades is the Greek word for the underworld, the realm of the dead. It is the word used in the New Testament for Sheol. (In the Greek, this word occurs in Matthew 16:18; Revelation 1:18; 20:13-14.) (3) Gehenna, or hell, was named after the Valley of Ben Hinnom near Jerusalem, where children were sacrificed by fire to the pagan gods (see 2 Kings 23:10; 2 Chronicles 28:3). This is the place of eternal fire (Matthew 5:22; 10:28; Mark 9:43; Luke 12:5; James 3:6; Revelation 19:20) prepared for the devil, his angels, and all those who do not believe in God (25:46; Revelation 20:9-10). This is the final and eternal state of the wicked after the resurrection and the Last Judgment. When Jesus warns against unbelief, he is trying to save us from agonizing, eternal punishment. Tyndale. Life Application Study Bible NIV.

Well I don’t know about you but I choose to have ETERNAL life. This place of HELL, Sheol, Hades, Gehenna, the place of eternal separation from God doesn’t sound like any place I want to be. ON THE WAY HOME WALK WITH JESUS and insure your ETERNAL life with JESUS through your faith and belief in what he did for us and for us to have that eternal life.

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