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Jewish Beliefs: The Afterlife in Judaism (III)

YESHUA DID NOT TEACH  THE DOCTRINE OF HELL

 Yeshua’s Words are Misunderstood and Mistranslated

 Hell- believing-Christians argue that  Yeshua (Jesus )  Himself preached more about hell than any other person in the Bible. In this chapter, we shall see how, where and why Christians misunderstand and mistranslate Yeshua’ words. However, before we do this, let us first highlight three scriptures spoken by Yeshua, which categorically prove without any doubt that He did not believe in hell.

John 12:32-33 (NIV)
32 But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself. 33 He said this to show the kind of death he was going to die.

This is a powerful scripture clearly proves that Yeshua did not believe in hell. Yeshua  was lifted up on the cross to die for the sins of the whole world (1 John 2:2). The cross of  Yeshua has unlimited power to draw all to Him. Ultimately, in God’s time and His order, which extends beyond this age,  Yeshua says that He will draw all to Himself. Please note, the original Greek Manuscripts simply say in verse 32, ‘But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all to myself’. This means that alll fallen men and all fallen angels will be reconciled to God through the work of the cross, as stated in Colossians 1:15-20.

Luke 23:34
Then Yeshua said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.

This is an amazing prayer request from  Yeshua to God the Father. Think about it. There is no greater sin one could commit than to murder the very Son of God, and yet, there was not even the slightest hint of any revenge or unforgiveness in Yeshua’ heart towards His unbelieving murderers. We know for certain that God will grant His Son’s request. Surely, this wonderful and gracious single request from Yeshua to Father God, for the forgiveness of His enemies, is ample proof in and of itself that  Yeshua did not believe in hell.

Yeshua  strongly condemned the religious hypocrisy, self-righteousness and man-made law above G-d’s of the Jewish chief priests, Pharisees and elders who plotted against Him and delivered Him to Pontius Pilate to be crucified. However,  Yeshua never believed that these self-righteous chief priests, Pharisees and elders, who became His murderers, would end up in hell; in fact quite the opposite, Yeshua clearly told them that they were all destined to enter the Kingdom of God.

Matthew 21:31
Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said to Him, “The first.” Yeshua said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that tax collectors and harlots enter the kingdom of God before you.”

In this verse,  Yeshua  directly addresses the Jewish chief priests, Pharisees and elders who confronted Him in the temple and questioned His authority. Let the truth of this scripture sink deep down into your heart. What is  Yeshua saying here?  Yeshua is saying that these Jewish chief priests, Pharisees and elders, who crucified Him, will enter the Kingdom of God, but not before tax collectors and harlots. Do we believe  Yeshua’ words? Surely, this was an opportunity for Yeshua  to warn these chief priests, Pharisees and elders about hell, but instead  Yeshua says that even they are destined to enter the Kingdom of God. Did  Yeshua  believe in hell? Absolutely not!
 
Let us now examine in detail what   Yeshua is supposed to have said about ‘hell’ in the relevant verses, and understand how they have all been misunderstood and mistranslated by hell- believing-Christians.

Gehenna Fire
Matthew 18:9
And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell (gehenna) fire.

Yes, there is going to be a future gehenna fire awaiting all unbelievers in the Lake of Fire on the Day of Judgement, but it will not be an eternal hell fire as mistranslated in this NKJV verse above. It is important to understand the spiritual significance and the meaning of the Greek word gehenna, which occurs 12 times in the New Testament; all except one of these times are from the lips of  Yeshua Himself.

Gehenna takes its name from a valley located in Jerusalem called the Valley of Hinnom. It is necessary to know the historical facts related to this valley for us to understand the meaning and spiritual significance of the word gehenna.
“The Hinnom Valley is a deep, narrow ravine located in Jerusalem. It had a very horrendous history in ancient times. It was used as a place where the pagan worshipers did all sorts of vile and wicked things – including burning children alive as sacrifices to the idols Moloch and Bal. After their return from Babylon, the Jews turned the Hinnom Valley into the city dump where garbage and anything deemed unclean (including the bodies of executed criminals) was incinerated. For that purpose, a fire was kept constantly burning there. Even though it was no longer used for evil worship, with all the filth and thick smoke it remained a very dark and dreary place.”

After examining all biblical references where gehenna is used, it is clear that  Yeshua used the imagery of the Valley of Hinnom to describe the future fiery judgement of unbelievers during the Lake of Fire Judgement Age. Therefore, the important question facing us is, ‘Why did Yeshua use the imagery of the Valley of Hinnom to describe the future age-to-come Lake of Fire judgement of unbelievers?’

It is interesting to note that the present day Valley of Hinnom is nothing like what is described above. The Israeli government transformed the Valley of Hinnom into a garden. We believe that this transformation has a prophetic and spiritual significance.

Let us be absolutely clear that Yeshua did not speak about hell. Yeshua spoke about gehenna and not hell. Bible translators have misunderstood mistranslated the Greek word gehenna to mean hell, a place of everlasting torment for all unbelievers.

The Valley of Hinnom is associated with death, fire, rubbish, dung, shame and darkness. All these words have spiritual meanings. Unbelievers are not fit to enter the Kingdom of God in their state of unbelief being clothed in the filthy rags of their self-righteousness and unrighteous works. They are spiritually dead and in darkness. Their self-righteousness and unrighteous works, just like filthy rags, are rubbish and only fit for throwing away to be burnt.

Unbelievers are of no use to God whatsoever until and unless they have first been humbled, repented and refined by God’s Fire, which is both physical and spiritual. The purpose of God’s Lake of Fire is to instil godly fear, to soften and humble the fallen hardened hearts of resurrected unbelievers. It will prepare unbelievers to freely and thankfully accept the gift of God’s salvation through repentance and God given faith in the sacrifice of Yeshua on the cross. God’s standard for entering the Kingdom of God never changes, whether it is in this age or a future age. Our salvation is always through grace, and it is always by faith in the blood of  Yeshua shed on the cross for the sins of the whole world.

Yeshua uses strong words and terminology to describe the corrective judgement of unbelievers in the Lake of Fire, in gehenna. 
Everlasting fire

Matthew 18:8
If your hand or foot causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life lame or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet, to be cast into the everlasting (aionios) fire.

Matthew 25:41
Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting (aionios) fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.

In these NKJV scriptures, like in most other popular Bible versions, the time-related Greek word aionios is mistranslated to mean ‘everlasting’, in support of the doctrine of hell, instead of the correct translation of ‘age-lasting’. We have already fully covered the mistranslation of aionios in Chapter 17.

There is no such thing as ‘everlasting hell fire’. Yes, there will be a future age-to-come, age-lasting Lake of Fire judgement for unbelievers and for Satan and his fallen angels, but this is not an everlasting hell fire judgement, as fully explained in Chapters 12 and 13.

All unrepentant people will perish

Luke 13:3
I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish (apollymi).

Yeshua says that all people who die unrepentant will perish. The Greek word from the original Manuscripts, which has been translated as perish in this verse, is apollymi. It is necessary to fully understand the meaning of this important word apollymi, which Yeshua uses several times to describe the age-to-come judgement of unbelievers in the Lake of Fire. 

In the Bible, apollymi is translated into English to give several meanings: to perish, to destroy, to put to ruin, to render useless, to kill and to lose (Strong’s G622). In the verse above, Messiah  is saying that all people who die as unbelievers will ‘perish’, which will  be in the Lake of Fire. However, because they will ‘perish’ (apollymi), this does not mean that they will be annihilated or lost forever. In the beautiful story of the lost son, the prodigal son, given in the same Gospel in Luke 15, Yeshua uses the same Greek word apollymi.

Luke 15:24
‘For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost (apollymi), and is found.’ And they began to be merry.

So, when Yeshua says in Luke 13:3 above, that  ‘unless you repent you will all likewise perish’, Yeshua does not mean that all those who do not repent will be annihilated or punished eternally. The parable of the lost son proves this categorically because the lost (apollymi) son (perished son) was not lost forever because he was found once he repented. From this parable, we know that the lost or ‘perished’ son was able to repent of his sin and he was gladly accepted back by his father with great celebration.

Luke 19:10
The Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost (apollymi).

Once again, we see that the same Greek word apollymi is used in this verse. How many are lost? All people are born lost with a sinful fallen Adamic nature, referrred to in the Bible as the ‘old man’. The Bible says that there is not one righteous, no, not even one.  Yeshua will save all people without exception, as man’s fallen will or Satan’s rebellious will cannot frustrate God’s sovereign will to save all of the lost.

 

Messiah is indeed committed to saving all those who are lost, all those who are perished, like the prodigal son.  Yeshua  is indeed the Great Saviour of the lost, and He is absolutely not a great annihilator or a great torturer of people in hell.

Matthew 10:28
And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy (apollymi) both soul and body in hell (gehenna).

In this NKJV scripture, the Greek word gehenna has once again been mistranslated as hell.

Messiah says that we must not fear men who at worst can only kill us physically, but they cannot ‘kill the soul’ meaning they cannot take away the resurrected immortal life, which God will grant to all people. However, we need to fear God in this life, because if we don’t then there is a judgement awaiting us in gehenna, meaning in the Lake of Fire, on the Great White Throne Judgement Day.

Notice in the verse above how Messiah once again uses the same word apollymi. The destruction (apollymi) of ‘both soul and body’ in gehenna refers to the Second Death, which is the spiritual death of the ‘old man’ in the Lake of Fire. Our sinful Adamic ‘old man’ must first be destroyed before the righteous ‘new man’ in Messiah can be born in us. All unbelievers, who will rise at the Second Resurrection in their immortal yet still unsaved bodies, will die the Second Death in the Lake of Fire. We cover this subject in Chapter 12, The Lake of Fire Judgement Age – Part 1.

Matthew 10:39
He who finds his life will lose (apollymi) it, and he who loses (apollymi) his life for My sake will find it.

In this verse, Messiah once again emphasises the same truth by using the Greek word apollymi. We must first lose our old self-righteous Adamic ‘old man’ (crucified with Messiah) through repentance and belief in the sacrifice of  Yeshua, before we can be born again into New Life in Messiah. This is true for believers during this life and for unbelievers in the Lake of Fire Judgement Age. 

It should now be abundantly clear that when Yeshua uses the Greek word apollymi when related to the future judgement of unbelievers in gehenna (mistranslated as hell), He does not mean that unbelievers will perish, be lost, killed, destroyed, ruined or tortured for eternity. Yeshua is clearly referring to the future age-lasting corrective, refining and merciful judgement of all unbelievers during the Lake of Fire Judgement Age. 

John 3:16
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish (apollymi) but have everlasting life.

This is the verse most frequently quoted by Christians. However, the true meaning of this scripture is distorted by hell believing Christians. Father God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son Yeshua to die on the cross for the sins of the whole world. Only true believers have everlasting life by faith now, and they will come into the actuality of it when they rise in their saved immortal bodies in the First Resurrection when Messiah returns. However, all unbelievers will rise in the Second Resurrection, in their unsaved immortal bodies, and they will need to perish in God’s corrective Lake of Fire judgement. This is because their sinful Adamic ‘old man’ will need to be destroyed (crucified with Christ) so that their righteous ‘new man’ in Messiah is born in them. They will become born again believers through dying the Second Death in the Lake of Fire, as we explain in detail in Chapter 12. 

Where their worm does not die

Mark 9:44
Where ‘Their worm does not die And the fire is not quenched.’

What did Messiah  mean by ‘where their worm does not die’? Let us understand the spiritual significance of the term, ‘their worm’.

Mark 9:42-44
42 ‘But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea. 43 If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed, rather than having two hands, to go to hell (gehenna), into the fire that shall never be quenched— 44 where ‘Their worm does not die, And the fire is not quenched.’

Here, Yeshua  gives a warning not to offend ‘these little ones who believe in Me’. So, who are the little ones? The little ones are God’s Elect, all those who become truly born again followers and believers  in this lifetime, those who have fully accepted by repentance and faith the truth of the Gospel.

Yeshua says that those who offend ‘the little ones’ will face severe judgement in God’s consuming fire, ‘where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched’. It is better for an offender of ‘the little ones’ to take a drastic action (compared to cutting off the offending part of the body) and repent of his offence before he dies, than to have to face the fiery, refining judgement of God in the Lake of Fire (gehenna).

Whose worm does not die? Is it the worm of ‘the little ones’ or the worm of the offenders? Please notice that the word ‘worm’ is singular, so we are not talking about many worms, but only one worm, their worm. Here is the wonderful scripture, which reveals exactly who ‘their worm’ is.

Psalm 22:6
But I am a worm, and no man; A reproach of men, and despised by the people.

Psalm 22 is a Messianic Psalm. It is a prophecy of the suffering of Yeshua on the cross. Yeshua humbled Himself on the cross for the sins of the whole world so that we might have God’s Righteousness and the free gift of Salvation.

In Psalm 22:6 above, Yeshua categorically says that He is a Worm. On the cross, Yeshua humbled Himself like a worm for all of mankind and we must learn from His example of great humility. All hardhearted unbelievers will be humbled in the Lake of Fire and come to understand the sacrifice of their Saviour. So, who is ‘their worm’ who ‘does not die’ in Mark 9:44 above? 

‘Their Worm’ is the Saviour of all people, who died on the cross for the sins of the whole world. ‘Their Worm’ will reconcile to Father God all things on Earth and all things in Heaven having made peace through the blood of His cross. ‘Their Worm’ is the resurrected immortal Saviour of the world, our Lord Yeshua who does not die and who cannot die.

And the fire is not quenched

Mark 9:48-49
48 Where ‘Their worm does not die And the fire is not quenched.’ 49 For everyone will be seasoned with fire, every sacrifice will be seasoned with salt.

Let us remind ourselves that the Lake of Fire is both God’s physical and spiritual cleansing on the Great White Throne Judgement Day. God’s physical Lake of Fire is an age-lasting fire and it will not be quenched until every unbeliever and every fallen angel has been refined, purified and reconciled to God by God’s Spiritual Fire, which is of course, eternal and unquenchable.

We fully deal with the subject of God’s refining fire in Chapter 12.

Weeping and gnashing of teeth

Yeshua had some very strong words to say to the Pharisees, because He absolutely hated their self-righteousness. The Pharisees believed that they would be amongst the first to enter the Kingdom of God, but Yeshua said quite the opposite.

Matthew 21:31b
Yeshua said to them (the Pharisees), “Assuredly, I say to you that tax collectors and harlots enter the kingdom of God before you.

Self-righteous Pharisees and self-righteous believers , who think that they are the sons of the kingdom, will be absolutely shocked on the Day of Judgement to find themselves outside of the Kingdom of God in spiritual darkness, and many sinners, like tax collectors and harlots whom they condemned, enter the Kingdom of God before them.

These religious self-righteous people will weep because of great disappointment and gnash their teeth in despair and anger because all of their religious works were a complete waste of time, and to no avail for their salvation.

Matthew 8:12
But the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Religious people think that they will go to heaven because of what they do for God, instead of accepting by faith first what God has already done for the whole world, through the finished work of the cross.

Of course, God loves self-righteous people, but not in their self-righteous state. Yes, even the self-righteous repented Pharisees will ultimately enter the Kingdom of God, as confirmed by Yeshua in Matthew 21:31 above.

More tolerable for Tyre and Sidon, and for Sodom and Gomorrah

Matthew 11:20-22
20 Then He began to rebuke the cities in which most of His mighty works had been done, because they did not repent: 21 Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 22 But I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the day of judgment than for you.

When Yeshua walked on earth, He did many mighty works in the towns and cities of Israel, but most of the Jews did not accept Him as the Son of God and did not repent of their unbelief. Yeshua says that these Jews are accountable for their unbelief, and on the Day of Judgement they will face a greater level of judgement than Tyre and Sidon, who would have repented if they had witnessed Yeshua doing similar mighty works.

Matthew 10:14-15
14 And whoever will not receive you nor hear your words, when you depart from that house or city, shake off the dust from your feet. 15 Assuredly, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the Day of Judgment than for that city!

On the Day of Judgement, Yeshua says that all unbelievers will not face the same level of judgement. Those who hear the true Gospel of Yeshua and then reject it will undergo a greater level of judgement; yes, even greater than Sodom and Gomorrah, which God destroyed by fire because of their sexual abominations.

The Bible is clear that there will be different levels of judgement, punishment and humbling experiences for unbelievers in the future Lake of Fire Judgement Age. However, all of God’s judgements flow out of His love and are designed to lead people to repentance and belief in their Saviour, and not to eternal torture in hell.

What about everlasting punishment?

Matthew 25:46
And these will go away into everlasting (aionios) punishment, but the righteous into eternal (aionios) life.

We fully looked into this mistranslated verse in the previous chapter, Chapter 17. This verse is the most frequently quoted verse used in defence of the doctrine of hell. The correct translation of this verse, as given below, reveals God’s merciful age-to-come judgement of all unbelievers in the Lake of Fire, and not an everlasting tormenting judgement in a place called ‘hell’. 

Matthew 25:46 
And these will go away into an age-to-come punishment, but the righteous into an age-to-come life.

What about Judas – was it better for him if he had not been born?

Matthew 26:24
The Son of Man indeed goes just as it is written of Him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been good for that man if he had not been born.

If the doctrine of hell were true, then it would be better for most people not to have been born, because “traditional Christianity” believes that the overwhelming majority of people end up in hell. If this were the case, then all women should immediately stop having children, because the chances are that most if not all of their children would end up in hell.

The meaning the verse above is that it would have been better for Judas not to have been born to betray Yeshua, because Judas will have to go through God’s Lake of Fire judgement before he can be reconciled to God. Let us further understand why Yeshua says that it would have been better for Judas not to have been born to betray Him.

John 17:12
While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled.

John 13:18
I do not speak concerning all of you. I know whom I have chosen; but that the Scripture may be fulfilled, ‘He who eats bread with Me has lifted up his heel against Me’.

These verses refer to Judas. It was written in the Old Testament that Judas would betray Yeshua  (Psalm 41:9). It may be hard for us to understand that Judas was chosen right from the foundation of the world to betray Yeshua. Think about it, if Judas had not betrayed Yeshua, then we would not have a Saviour. Judas heard the way of Righteousness, but then he rejected it. He was called, but not chosen.

2 Peter 2:21
For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them.

The Bible says that it would have been better for Judas and many other people not to have known the way of Righteousness, than having known it to then turn away from it. Judas and all sons of perdition (ungodly men) will face the Lake of Fire judgement before they can be reconciled to God.

What about the ‘unpardonable sin’?

Matthew 12:31-32
31 Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men. 32 Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come.

The Pharisees blasphemed against the Holy Spirit by falsely attributing the miraculous works performed by Yeshua through the Holy Spirit to the works of demons.  Yeshua says that the sins of these unbelieving Pharisees will not be forgiven during ‘this age’, which was the age when Yeshua was alive, nor will their sins be forgiven during ‘the age to come’, meaning the next age (the present age) after Yeshua  was resurrected. In other words, these unbelieving Pharisees all died unforgiven. However, please note that the sin of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit remains unforgiven for ‘this age’ and ‘the age to come’ only, but not forever.

All unbelievers will be humbled and repent during the Lake of Fire Judgement Age, and all of them will be forgiven, as explained in Chapter 12. Remember, Yeshua died to forgive the sins of the whole world. Also, Yeshua’ last and most important prayer to Father God, before He died on the cross, was to ask for the forgiveness of all those who were in agreement to crucify Him. No doubt, the Pharisees who blasphemed against the Holy Spirit are also included in that group, and they will repent, be forgiven, and be reconciled to God in the Lake of Fire Judgement Age, and enter the Kingdom of God.  

 What about the resurrection of condemnation?

John 5:28-29
28 Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice 29 and come forth – those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation (krisis).

Please note that the Greek word krisis has been translated as condemnation and should have been more accurately translated as judgement (Strong’s G2920).

The Bible speaks about two resurrections, (1) the First Resurrection and  (2) the Second Resurrection, which are separated by the thousand-year Millennial Age of  Messiah’s rule on this Earth. The First Resurrection is the resurrection of life when the Saints, God’s Elect Bride of Messiah, will be raised in their saved immortal bodies at the Second Coming of Yeshua.

The Second Resurrection is both the resurrection of life and the resurrection of judgement. The Second Resurrection occurs when the rest of humanity are resurrected at the end of Messiah’s Millennial Age, when the Lake of Fire Judgement Age begins. This is when all believers who lived during Messiah’s Millennial Age will be resurrected in their saved immortal bodies to join God’s Elect Bride of Messiah from the First Resurrection. However, all unbelievers from throughout the Ages will be resurrected in their unsaved immortal bodies for judgement (krisis) in God’s refining, yet merciful Lake of Fire. 
 What about the parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus?

The parable of the rich man and Lazarus, as given in Luke 16:19-31, is about the mystery of the Kingdom of God. This parable is the most misunderstood of all of Yeshua’ parables. We have allocated  an article, to explain this parable in detail.

We have now fully covered all of the scriptures spoken by Yeshua and used by hell believing Christians to provide their ‘proof texts’ in support of the doctrine of eternal torture in hell. As we have seen from Scripture, Yeshua did not believe in or teach the false doctrine of hell.

Additional Misunderstood Texts

There are some additional scriptures in the Bible, not directly spoken by Yeshua, but used by hell believing Christians to  give support to the doctrine of hell. Let us now examine three of these texts.

Text 1
Hebrews 6:4-6
4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, 5 and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, 6 if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame.

Please note that this scripture does not say that people who reject the truth of the Gospel are lost forever. Yes, it is impossible for those people who end up rejecting/falling away from the truth of the Gospel to renew them again to repentance in this life before they die, like those who blaspheme the Holy Spirit, as discussed previously. But, they are not lost forever. Nobody can be lost forever because the Bible clearly states that in numerous scriptures, many of which are quoted in this book, that God, who is the Saviour of the world, will save all people without exception.

 Text 2

Hebrews 10:26-27
26 For if we sin deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a fearful prospect of judgment, and a fury of fire which will consume the adversaries.

God views a man as ‘sinning deliberately’ when he rejects the truth of the Gospel that Yeshua is indeed the Saviour of the whole world, after having this truth clearly pointed out to him. Such people who ‘sin deliberately’ are accountable and they will have to face fiery judgement in God’s consuming, refining Lake of Fire before they are reconciled to God. God’s Lake of Fire judgement for all unbelievers will be a fearful judgement, but it will not be eternal torment in hell. It will be an age-lasting, humbling and refining judgement from a loving Father who chastises His rebellious children to bring them to repentance. Ultimately, in God’s time and His order, all will be reconciled to God and all will enter the Eternal Kingdom of God of the New Heaven and the New Earth.  

Text 3

Isaiah 66:23-24
23 And it shall come to pass That from one New Moon to another, And from one Sabbath to another, All flesh shall come to worship before Me,” says the LORD. 24 And they shall go forth and look Upon the corpses of the men Who have transgressed against Me. For their worm does not die, And their fire is not quenched. They shall be abhorrence to all flesh.”

With any given scripture, it is important to understand the age-setting in which it is placed. As we have shown in this book, God is working out His wonderful Plan for the salvation and reconciliation of all in seven biblical ages.

The age-setting of Isaiah 66:23-24 above is at the beginning of the Millennial Kingdom of God, after Messiah has destroyed the vast armies of invading Gentiles, Gog and Magog, at the battle of Armageddon.

Verse 23 above says, ‘And from one Sabbath to another, All flesh shall come to worship before Me,” says the LORD’.  Jews are required to keep the Sabbath, therefore, ‘all flesh’ here refers to all of the Jews who will survive the Great Tribulation. In Chapter 11, The Millennial Kingdom of God, we showed from Scripture that approximately one third of the Jews will survive the Great Tribulation to enter Messiah’s Millennial Age in their fleshly bodies. 

We are now in a position to understand verse 24 in its proper context.

‘And they shall go forth and look Upon the corpses of the men Who have transgressed against Me’

These corpses are the huge armies of dead Gentile unbelievers, Gog and Magog, who will fight in the final great battle of Armageddon, which will take place at the end of this present age. Yeshua Himself will put an end to this war at His Second Coming, as explained in Chapter 10. At the beginning of Messiah’s Millennial Age, all around Jerusalem in God’s Promised Land, there will be millions of dead bodies of soldiers who came to attack Jerusalem in this last great battle. It will take as long as seven months for Jews to bury these corpses (Ezekiel 39:11-16).

‘For their worm does not die, And their fire is not quenched’

Previous see our previous explanation of this, in this chapter.

‘They shall be abhorrence to all flesh’

Once again, this refers to the corpses of the huge armies of Gentile unbelievers, Gog and Magog. All surviving Jews in the Millennial Kingdom will abhor the sight of the millions of rotting and stinking corpses in their land, which will take seven months for them to bury.

Conclusion

The whole purpose of Yeshua coming down from heaven to this Earth,  His reason for dying on the cross, was to do the will of His Father, which is the salvation of all people.  Yeshua will save all and lose nothing.

Luke 19:10
For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

All of humanity became lost because of Adam’s sin, and all of humanity will be saved because the Son of God died on the cross to forgive the sins of the whole world, ‘to save that which was lost’.

Romans 5:18
Therefore, as through one man’s (Adam’s) offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s (Yeshua’) righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life.

Let us believe our Bibles, the Scriptures . Our God is the Great Saviour of the world. He is absolutely not the great torturer of the vast majority of humanity in hell, as sadly and shockingly believed by some Christians, who adhere to the false heretical doctrine of hell.

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