Lesson 17 - God’s Love in the Fires of Hell

If you were God, would you delight in tormenting sinners in hell for millions and millions of years? Could you be truly happy in heaven if you knew an unsaved relative or friend was intensely suffering in the fires of hell at that very moment? How could a loving God burn sinners in hell for eternity? If God knows everything, wouldn’t these suffering sinners be continually on His mind? Most of us would not want to torment our worst enemy that way. Is it logical that a loving God would keep His enemies in a continual state of suffering for eternity? Is hell a hot spot in the center of the earth, some burning, fiery chasm with millions crying out for deliverance right now? This is no small matter. The concept of an eternally burning hell has led many to reject God altogether. The Bible presents a clear answer for the question of God’s love in the fires of hell.

  1. What does the prophet Isaiah call the destruction of the wicked? Isaiah 28:21
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  2. Where do the fires of hell originate? Hebrews 12:29
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  3. Where are both the righteous and the wicked rewarded? Matthew 5:5; Proverbs 11:31
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  4. When do the wicked and the righteous receive their final rewards? Is hell a hot spot burning in the center of the earth now with the devil in charge? 2 Peter 2:4, 9
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  5. How completely will the fires of hell destroy the wicked? Will they burn through millions of years? (Summarize the Bible passages listed below.)
    a. Malachi 4:1-3:
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    b. Psalm 37:10:
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    c. Job 20:5-9:
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    d. Proverbs 10:25:
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    e. Isaiah 47:14:
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  6. What does God call the destruction of the wicked? Matthew 25:46
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  7. According to the Bible, how long does an “eternal fire” burn? What example does God give of two cities burned with eternal fire? Jude 7
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  8. How completely did the eternal fire that came from heaven destroy Sodom and Gomorrah? 2 Peter 2:6
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  9. How does the prophet Jeremiah describe the fire which consumed Jerusalem? Jeremiah 17:19-27
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  10. What happens to the wicked who are consumed in the fires of hell? Revelation 20:9
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  11. What is the ultimate fate of the earth? 2 Peter 3:13
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  12. Will the flames of hell consume this planet forever? What will God finally do with sorrow, suffering, and pain? Revelation 21:4, 5
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  13. Will sin ever rise up again? Nahum 1:9
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  14. What is the fate of Satan and his followers? Obadiah 16; Isaiah 47:14; Ezekiel 28:17, 18
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  15. Does God desire to destroy wicked men and women? Ezekiel 18:32
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