This is an interesting article from another writer. Readers at AATW will know that I am futurist, premillennial, pre-wrath in my eschatology.
Biblical Pursuits: Commentary on Scriptural Topics
I wanted to ask a question on the ending of the book of Isaiah in chapter 66, particularly in verse 24 where it says: “And they shall go out and look on the dead bodies of the men who have rebelled against me. For their worm shall not die, their fire shall not be quenched, and they shall be an abhorrence to all flesh.” (ESV)
Jesus quotes this inMark 9:44, and in the next verse associates it with Gehenna (γέενναν; commonly translated as “hell”) in vs. 45. I want to read Isaiah as literally as possible in its original context, so that I do not import modern notions of what hell will be like into the text, and I have to grapple with the very vivid, earthy imagery there. If anything I want to get more literal, and less abstract and metaphorical with this imagery of a…
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Thank you for the linked article; fascinating.
In my opinion (well, you did ask!) Hell is actually ‘outer darkness’ – the complete and total absence of God. There is nothing more terrifying than to think of being cast into outer darkness for eternity and never having God. For ETERNITY!
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What has struck me most about visions of hell experienced by some is the terrible hopelessness, knowing that it is for all eternity.
How would the vision that any have experienced of Hades indicate that the hopeless view of those there was valid in considering it was to be their eternal state?
I know what you mean since on a traditional premillennialist hermeneutic the wicked go to Hades now and then are cast into the Lake of Fire after the Millennium. There are a few possibilities, but assuming we are not talking about purgatory, I don’t see how those in hades can expect to have their position reversed at the Great White Throne Judgment.