VIII. Satan Perverts GOD’S
Most Sacred Warning
that sinneth, it shall die,” for “the wages of sin is death.”
Before we begin it needs to be said at the outset that the greatest
stumbling block in the Christian world is the church twisting the definition of words beyond their plain meaning that is confirmed
by every dictionary (including the Hebrew and Greek dictionaries).
This study will expose the fallacy
of the church doctrines on death and hellfire. It will be shown that the words, “perish,” “death,”
“die,” “destroy,” “devour,” “consume,” and “perdition” are in
no way, shape or form associated with continued life, but rather its total cessation, termination, eradication, and extinction.
For the church to reject the plain “Thus saith the LORD” in any doctrine slanders not only the dignity
of salvation through Jesus Christ but also the character of His undeniable love toward life. His assurance
to “the saints” is perfectly clear on the meaning of death: that after “the day of judgment and perdition
of ungodly men” “God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be nor more death, neither sorrow,
nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” II Pet.3:7; Rev.22:4.
1. Just what does the Bible teach concerning the fate of
Satan and his demon angels?
Genesis 3:15 And
I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and
her seed; ____ _______ _________ _____ _______,
and thou shalt bruise his heel.
Bruising the head of Satan is the Bible’s first prophecy of his death. And “bruise his
heel” refers to Christ’s death, but as Peter said, “it was not possible that he should be holden of it”
Isaiah 14:9-15 Hell [the grave] from beneath is moved for thee [Satan] to meet thee at thy coming: it stirreth
up the dead for thee, even all the chief ones of the earth; it hath raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations.
All they shall speak and say unto thee, Art thou also become weak as we? art thou become like unto us? [v.11]
____ _______ ___ __________ _______
___ ____ _______, and the noise of thy viols: the worm is spread under thee,
and the worms cover thee. [v.12] How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning ! ____
____ _____ ____ ______ ___
____ ________, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend
into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides
of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. [v.15] Yet _____
______ ___ _________ _______ ___
_____ [the grave], to the sides of the pit.
Ezekiel 28:16,18,19 By the multitude of thy merchandise [instruments of rebellion] they have filled the midst of thee with violence,
and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and ___ _____
_________ _______, ___ _____________ __________, from the
midst of the stones of fire… [v.18] Thou
[Satan] hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffic; therefore will
I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and ____ ______ _________ _______
_____ _________ _______ _____ __________ in the sight of all them that behold thee. [v.19] All they
that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and __________ ________ _______
_____ ______ ________.
Jude 1:6 And the angels which kept not their first estate,
but left their own habitation, he [GOD] hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto ____ _____________
___ ____ ________ ____.
Revelation 20:7-10 And when the thousand years are expired,
Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth,
Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. [v.9] And they went
up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and _______ _______
________ _______ ______ ______ ____ ____________, ______ ______________ ________.
And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are,
and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
Note: The words “for ever,”
“eternal,” and “everlasting” are used many times to describe what has and will come to an end through
the fulfillment of prophecy. The most common example is where animal sacrifice and feast days are no longer
binding as the Apostles wrote to the Gentile Christians (Acts 15). In Satan’s case the clear example
of “for ever” is seen when we examine the prophecies of his destruction. The above verse (Rev.20:10)
is summarized thus: “the devil…shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.” Keep
in mind: “the beast and the false prophet” are not included in this punishment assigned specifically to the creator
of sin, Satan. In other words: after all have perished in the “lake of fire,” Satan will suffer
on. “Day and night” he must suffer the retribution from his incessant violence against life:
its joy and purpose. His unceasing torrents of transgression against the Ten Commandments must
be met with an equivalent punishment: no more, no less (Gal.6:7). GOD’S Word will be fulfilled: to
“destroy…devour…bring…to ashes upon the earth” the author of sin.
lake of fire” consumes every trace of sin on the Earth the fire goes out! And then the Saviour’s
words will be heard by the saints, “Behold, I make all things new” (Rev.21:5). Jesus’
re-creation of “the new heavens and the new earth” (Isa.66:22,23) will precisely repeat the Genesis account of
Creation. For six days, as Jesus speaks the Word, and life is created anew from the Glory of His Voice,
“the saints” will stand in awe and marvel as they witness the power of His Word. Then, after
life is recreated in its pristine glory, the saints will enter the first Sabbath of the New Earth: the tranquil rest GOD established
“In the beginning. Then will be fulfilled the blessed prophecy: “affliction shall not rise
up the second time.” Na.1:9.
The Bible student will also notice the prophetic event for the above passages assigned
to Satan. All apply to the time of the Great Judgment, when Satan, demons and every unrepentant man and
woman stand before Jesus Christ to give an account of their deeds in life (Rev.20:12,13): to reveal their sinful conduct in
contrast with the holiness of Christ’s love and virtue. This contrast will include the corrupt majority-ruled
Christian church vs. the faithful and Bible obedient “remnant” church. For over 1700 years
the Roman church has usurped and continues to usurp the Bible’s authority: everything from imposing disobedience to
the Ten Commandment Law to indoctrinating children to the false view of eternal suffering in the fires of hell.
The priests of Rome have led countless souls to stand ignorant to the basic boundaries of Christ’s salvation,
and as a result multitudes have left the church as agnostics, or delved in witchcraft or spirutualism, etc. GOD
warned the priests of their danger with absolute clarity: “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou
hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of
thy God, I also will forget thy children.” Hos.4:6. Jesus and His Apostles warned of the coming apostate
church cloaked in the garb of Christianity (Matt.24:24; Mk.13:23; II Thess.2:3-12; I Tim.4:1,2).
2. What is the fate of the multitudes of people deceived by Satan
and his agents to stand condemned in their sins?
Malachi 4:1-3 For, behold, the
day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that
cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root [Satan, the leader] nor branch [his
deceived followers]. But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye
shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. [v.3] And ye shall tread down the wicked; for ______ _______
____ __________ under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the LORD of hosts.
2. Peter 3:7 But the heavens
and ______ ____________, which are now, by the same Word are kept in store, _______________ _______ ________
against the day and judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
Psalm 37:20 But the wicked shall perish,
and the enemies of the LORD shall be as the fat of lambs: they shall consume; _______ __________ ________
_______ ______________ ________.
Obadiah 1:16 For as ye have drunk upon my holy mountain, so shall all the heathen drink continually, yea, they
shall drink, and they shall swallow down, and _______ _______ _____ _____ ___________ _______
______ __________ _________.
Despite Scripture’s clarity both Christianity and Islam teach that men will suffer the torment of their searing flesh
in the fires of hell for all eternity as a witness to all who dare to reject the “mercy” of GOD. But it
is the punishment of being reduced “to ashes upon the earth” in “the
lake of fire” that is “for ever and ever,” not the punishing.
Jude 7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to
fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of ___________ ______.
Sodom and Gomorrah are not burning today. The fire went out after reducing those cities to ashes.
So, “eternal fire” has an end! The ancient pagan doctrine of hellfire was first recorded
by Plato in the 4th century B.C. It was adopted into Christianity by Alexandrian theologians
in the 3rd century A.D. And when the Church of Rome united the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the
idolatrous philosophy of pagan Rome this union opened the door for the Roman church to receive acceptance with the heathen
rulers, beginning with the lifelong sun worshiper, Emperor Constantine. By using these sinful means the
bishop (or pope) of Rome then claimed the throne of the Christian church. Through the decree of Emperor
Justinian in the 6th century the pope was free to use military force to impose his tyrannical religion on the nations
of Asia Minor and Europe.
The sin of tyranny has no part in Christ’s church (Lu.22:25,26). The Bible
warns that all who employ violence to lead men to worship GOD disgrace Jesus Christ, “seeing they crucify to themselves
the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame” (Heb.6:4-6). If genuine appreciation for what Jesus has done
cannot draw our affection for and obedience to Him, using blackmail and coercion will avail nothing. To make alliances
between the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the “doctrines of devils” that Paul warned would enter the church (I Tim.4:1)
assaults the very heart of the Gospel, literally removing the transcendent perfection of the words, “GOD is
love.” And how we define that “love” determines the general character of our relationship with GOD and with each other. We will live out our view of the character of
GOD, and that view will influence how we relate to Him and to our fellow man.
Jesus warned to never build on
the foundation of sand (Matt.7:24-27). And yet, from the dawn of “her” ascendancy the Church of Rome
has built on the foundation of sand by adopting the pagan doctrines of purgatory and other ancient sins and ceremonies from
pagan idolatry. Most Protestant churches also refuse to repent of this cruel fairytale of GOD’S eternal
torture chamber. The various churches employ it to incite fear to get men baptized. This is in total defiance
of GOD’S method to convert souls to His Gospel, as “the LORD” said: “with lovingkindness have
I drawn thee.” Jer.31:3. Slanderous views of GOD taken from traditions of pagan idolatry have been perpetuated
all through time and are still promoted today as truth and acceptable service to GOD. In fact, the most
pathetic oxymoron ever conceived is associated with “Jesus Christ and him crucified” (I Cor.2:2) and is being
evangelized throughout the world as the Gospel of Christ’s love. Satan has attributed his own ruthless
character to that of GOD’S benevolent character; and as a result untold billions of people throughout history have seared
their conscience against the love born of heaven (I Cor.13:3; I Tim.4:2).
When the Roman church began using military
and doctrinal tyranny to draw converts, the power of GOD'S drawing love disappeared from the knowledge of men. The
Holy Spirit, Who always tugs the heartstrings through love, could have no part of their message. As a result, Christ’s
prophetic warning to the unconverted among professing Christians was, and still is, being ignored: “I never knew you.”
Matt.7:23. Historically, and to this day, this doctrine has corrupted the “natural affection”
of hundreds of millions of people as Paul warned in his prophecy (II Tim.3:1-7). And through this perpetual slander
of GOD’S character, the Roman church’s history is littered with the cruelest demonstrations of blasphemy against
Jesus Christ ever perpetrated. During the Dark Ages, tens of thousands of people were tortured by authority
of the pope in the most obscene cruelty, accompanied with the priest’s sadistic proclamation, ‘What I do to you
now is nothing compared to what God will do to you in hell if you do not recant your heresy and submit to the Mother Church!’
An estimated fifty million people were murdered by papal armies and civil authorities who meted out punishments
for heresy. And untold thousands were burned at the stake, inhumanely imprisoned, and starved to death.
Eternal hellfire is the most threatening, sadistic religious doctrine ever conceived and believed! Void
of even the most basic compassion and definitely void of Christ’s Love this false belief explains more than any other
the Bible’s many prophecies of religious tyranny masquerading as servants of Jesus Christ. It also
explains the prophecies of the final display of religious tyranny that is festering today. We are standing
on the brink of Rome’s “revival” of world domination (Rev.13:11-17). (This will be studied
in Lesson XII.)
Who were the true followers of Jesus through the Dark Ages? Those who did the burning or
those who were burned? Who were the Righteous in GOD’S eyes, the persecutors or those persecuted? The long
bitter history of the church’s slander of the character of Jesus paved the way for the rise of atheism to rule in every
secular institution today. It also explains, more than any other, why hatred of GOD is so pronounced in our secular
society, universities, and science institutions. This hatred stems from the first momentous act of atheistic
defiance against Rome’s abuse of Christ’s salvation: the French Revolution in 1794: the dawn of modern
atheism. This violent revolution with its daily entertainment of public execution by guillotine came
simply because the Jesuit priests forbid the Protestant Reformation in France: its influence, its freedom, its conforming
to the Gospel’s guidelines as defined by Jesus Christ.
Today, this doctrine of eternal hellfire is nearly universal among
the various denominations. And the “scholars” have had to come up with all manner of speculation
as to the whereabouts of this eternally burning hell. Some have said it is a special world within view of the saints
and the LORD Jesus Christ. While others have said it is on the outskirts of the known universe.
And many others teach that it lies within the bowels of the earth; and even after the earth is recreated, they teach
that the saints will be well aware that beneath their feet are billions of men, women and children: mothers, fathers, sons,
daughters and friends writhing in agony, screaming for mercy and deliverance: all because they refused “the love of
Christ” (Eph.3:19). Preachers have even induced cheers and applause from their congregations over this sadistic belief
with the declaration, “We’re not going to be there!” Once
the plain teachings of the Gospel were polluted with pagan philosophy and traditions the vain imaginations of men became their
god. According to the Bible, most of the leaders in the various Christian denominations only worship their
own religion not “pure religion and undefiled before God” (Ja.1:27).
The church’s claim of moral supremacy over the affairs of men is made null and void when those
outside of the church can claim a greater compassion than that of Jesus Christ. GOD warned the priests
of their evil of which the doctrine of eternal hellfire has been a leading contributor: “The diseased have
ye not strengthened, neither have ye healed that which was sick, neither have ye bound up that which was broken, neither have ye brought again that which was driven away, neither have ye sought that which was lost; but
with force and with cruelty have ye ruled them.” Eze.34:4. At the very heart of today’s “Christian”
message lies this cruel declaration: “Believe on the LORD Jesus Christ or He will torture you in the fires of hell forever!”
“Little children who stole a cookie before they died will writhe in the flames of hell through all
eternity!” To this they say, “Amen!” And this is the first doctrine that children learn in church.
Many Christians and Muslims even rejoice in this doctrine for it allows them to be ungodly and indifferent to GOD’S
love while outwardly showing themselves as pious—even to showing themselves as more compassionate than GOD Himself.
Jesus addressed this same hypocrisy with the religious leaders of His day: “Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous
unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.” This is why Jesus declared to His disciples, “Except
your righteousness exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.”
most Christian and Muslim leaders are shown the plain words describing the fate of death for Satan and his followers they
stand belligerent and arrogant, refusing the Bible truth on this. There are three basic reasons for this:
1. They cherish the sinful lust for all “infidels” to suffer forever.
2. It calls for humility and repentance: to acknowledge that they have slandered
a Holy GOD by believing and teaching a lie.
3. “They received not the love of the truth that they might be saved.”
This doctrine of eternal hellfire must also be included in the most famous Bible verse, John 3:16.
And its union must be read thus: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever
believeth in him should not [suffer the flesh searing fires of hell throughout the ceaseless ages of eternity] but have everlasting
life.” Those who believe in eternal hellfire must always replace the word “perish” with
those words or their similar meanings.
What is the opposite of “everlasting life?”
Everlasting death. The church belligerently changed the plain meaning of death in Scripture that
every dictionary validates. This denies all sound reason, ethical logic, man’s aspirations for justice,
mercy and love; and most importantly the moral standard established by Jesus Christ. It insults the love
demonstrated by Jesus as He suffered the punishment for the sins of every man, woman and child, and carried that punishment
to the grave. He willingly took to Himself “the wrath of GOD” against sin that the most wicked
of men will have to face—to spare them that death: a fate called “the second death:” a death from
which there is to be no resurrection: a death that is defined as the cessation of life and memory: a death that is eternal:
never again to live, to love, to laugh—to hope.
3. What passage of Scripture is always used to convince
people to accept the doctrine
of eternal hellfire?
There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: And
there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, And desiring to be fed with the crumbs
which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. And it came to pass, that the
beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; [v.23] ______
____ ______ ____ __________ ____ _____ _______, _________ ____ _____________,
and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. [v.24] And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me,
and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; _____ ____ _____ _________________
____ _______ ___________. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good
things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. And beside all this, between
us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us,
that would come from thence. Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest
send him to my father's house: For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into
this place of torment. Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said,
Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, If they hear not
Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.
This parable of Jesus Christ describes
the rich man, “in hell,” “being in torments,” crying to “Abraham” to send the beggar,
“Lazarus” who “was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom”
to warn his “five brethren,” “lest they also come into this place of torment.” And Abraham’s
response (which is the whole point of the parable), “If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded
though one rose from the dead.”
was a well-known story in Christ’s day. It was called “The Fable of Tantalum.”
(See The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah, by Alfred Eddersheim, single volume edition, pg. 669). In the original
story, as was taught by the rabbis, the rich man was the one in heaven, and the poverty and ill ridden Lazarus was the one
in fiery torments. In Christ’s day, the religious leaders taught that the rich were the ones blessed of GOD and
therefore had a guaranteed entrance into heaven; while the poor and sickly were in their condition due to GOD’S curse
resting on them and were therefore condemned to eternal damnation. This theology made the rabbis very rich, for their
flattery of wealthy men filled their coffers (Ps.12:2,3).
But Jesus reversed the roles in
this story by placing Lazarus in Abraham’s bosom and the rich man in torments, thereby exposing the popular doctrine
as false. This is affirmed in Luke 18:24-26, when He said, “How hardly shall they that have riches enter into
the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle's eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom
of God. And they that heard it said, Who then can be saved?”—In other words, if the rich were most likely lost what of those without
the blessings of good health and financial prosperity?
The church today has trampled Christ’s one intended lesson
in His parable (ver.26) and replaced it with a doctrine that assaults not only the love born of heaven but promotes
the “doctrines of devils” that the apostle Paul warned would enter the church (I Tim.4:1). With the exception
of its moral (ver.26), every aspect of the modern Christian view of this parable contradicts Christ’s plain and simple
4. What other verses of Scripture
are used to support the
Church’s claim that eternal torment in hellfire exists?
Matthew 5:29 And if thy right eye offend thee,
pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy
whole body should be _____ _____ _____.”
is another verse used to bolster the belief in eternal hellfire. The Greek word for “hell”
in this verse and others is the word gehenna, which was the trash heap outside of Jerusalem. A
perpetual fire was kept to maintain a limit on the buildup of garbage. The fire burned the refuse to ashes,
thereby preventing the garbage from overrunning its appointed boundaries. And the lesson of gehenna
as with other illustrations Christ used to describe the fate of “the wicked” is very simple and ethical: GOD’S
use of fire in Scripture is always for purifying and cleansing, never for the use of torture or physical pain as the church
There are examples where fire was used to destroy people:
1. When GOD ended the lives of
eternally unrepentant men and women
(Gen.19:24-29; Lev.10:1,2; Nu.11:1; II Ki.1:9-12; Ju.7).
2. When Satan caused fire to fall from the sky and burn alive
innocent men and animals (Job 1:16).
It is important to know GOD’S use of fire vs. Satan’s because Revelation 13:13 warns us that Satan
will cause fire to fall again, but this time on a more grand scale. Thus, Satan will provoke the sin-evangelizing
church to take desperate measures to ‘appease an angry god’ (as every pagan religion in history
has ever done). Therefore, the remedy our church leaders will impose to preserve mankind will be to legislate
the great sin of Rome into federal law: the law of the sun-god, not the Law of the Son of GOD
(Jn.8:58). This in turn will drive GOD’S protection even further away, as “the LORD”
warned long ago, “Woe also to them when I depart from them.” Hos.9:12. And when GOD leaves,
Satan is given a free hand; and his will is never for the benefit of man.
Again, to settle this issue of “hell,” the clarity
of the truth, wisdom, and love of Jesus Christ should be acknowledged: “As therefore the tares are gathered and burned
in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.” “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.” “But if thou wilt
enter into life, keep the commandments.” Matt.13:40; 10:28; 19:17.
sum up: blind-to-tradition theologians have taken the words of Scripture and given them a mystical meaning beyond any dictionary’s
definition, and followed Satan’s deceiving miracles to disqualify the many verses of Scripture that teach the truth
on this matter (Isa.5:20). This has always been and will always be the method of “MYSTERY, BABYLON
THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH” (Rev.17:5). Prophecy forewarned that
the pope of Rome would be exalted to rule the world, and tyranny would be his weapon to accomplish his selfish aims to lead
the whole world to stand condemned with him in his sins, just as Satan deceives the world to stand condemned with him in his
sins (Dan.7:1-8,25; Matt.24:4,5; Rev.13). But Christ will come, and every false religion will be “broken
to pieces together…like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was
found for them.” Dan.2:35.
Ministers stand naked in their ignorance
of how Jesus bore the same punishment the most wicked man will face. They stand naked in their ignorance
of how Jesus conquered the dominion of death. They stand naked in their ignorance of the Law that justifies
the righteous to eternal life but condemns the unrepentant. They stand naked in their ignorance of GOD’S
ordained method to destroy Satan, and unrepentant men. And they stand naked in their hatred of those who
expose their corrupt hearts, calling them to repent and be saved for Christ’s sake. As the priests
of Christ’s day stirred up the people against Him and His Apostles, so today’s priests will do likewise and use
every means to block the Light from the Cross of Calvary to those “which do hunger and thirst after righteousness”
The truth of GOD'S Love will soon
lighten the Earth. Soon, GOD’S desire will shine forth to every man, to lavish His forgiveness and
receive the sinner’s repentance. It is only by men’s determination to attribute their own cruelty
to that of GOD that will lead to their destruction, as “the LORD” said, “Thou thoughtest that I was altogether
such an one as thyself: but I will reprove thee.” Ps.50:21.