Reason #6 God can and will KILL and devour the wicked permanently.
God can and will KILL and devour the wicked permanently. Notice Matthew 10:27-28 quotes Jesus saying: 27 ‘What I tell you in darkness, that speak in light: and what you hear in the ear, that preach upon the housetops.
28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in Hell.’
The Greek word Geenna or Gehenna is here translated ‘Hell’, but this reference is used for the city dump of Jerusalem. It is not a place of conscious endless torment in fire.
The Greek word ‘apokteino’ is used here to mean ‘to kill in any way whatever’ or ‘to allow to perish’ and is here translated ‘kill’. It does not mean ‘to keep alive in torment’.
Hebrews 10:25-27 states: 25 ‘Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as you see the day approaching. 26 For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remains no more sacrifice for sins,
27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.’
This fire will burn them up, body and soul. Souls are persons, living beings with personalities, minds attitudes, emotions, etc. but when God destroys someone, that’s the end of them for all time. They will be and remain unconscious forever.
Notice Job 21:27-34 27 ‘Behold, I know your thoughts, and the devices which you wrongfully imagine against me. 28 For you say, “Where is the house of the prince? And where are the dwelling places of the wicked?
29 Have you not asked them that go by the way?” And do you not know their tokens, 30 That the wicked is reserved to the day of destruction? They shall be brought forth to the day of wrath.
31 Who shall declare his way to his face? And who shall repay him what he has done? 32 Yet shall he be brought to the grave, and shall remain in the tomb.
33 The clods of the valley shall be sweet unto him, and every man shall draw after him, as there are innumerable before him. 34 How then comfort you me in vain, seeing in your answers there remains falsehood.'
After every attempt to save a person is exhausted, God will destroy the wicked and they will stay dead for all time to come. Let us not allow ourselves to place limits on the Unlimited God of the Universe, saying God cannot kill.
He’s the Owner of the entire Universe. He can do whatever he wants. Let's accept him and align our mindset to his.