3. Will the wicked be annihilated or tormented forever?




The wicked will be tormented forever, that is, they will suffer unspeakable torments for all eternity. That’s what the Scripture teaches about the final destiny of the wicked.

Let us look at the passages of the Scripture which attest what I have just said.

● Jesus said about those who on that day will be put on His left: “And these shall go away into everlasting punishment” (Matthew 25:46).

● Paul says to the Thessalonians: “Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you; And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power” (2 Thessalonians 1:6-9).

● John wrote these words in the book of Revelation: “And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name” (Revelation 14:9-11).

Please note this expression “and the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever” which indicates that their torment will be without end; and note also this other expression “they have no rest day and night” which indicates that those people will have no rest for all eternity, unlike those who will live forever with the Lord about whom the Scripture says that they will rest from their labours.

● John wrote in the book of Revelation that the false prophet and the beast and the devil will be thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone where they “shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever” (Revelation 20:10). Obviously, since the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, whoremongers, sorcerers, idolaters and all liars will be thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone, it follows that they also will be tormented forever and ever (Revelation 21:8).

● Jesus said: “And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell [gehenna] fire: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched” (Mark 9:47-48).

I want to point out that in Gehenna (or the lake of fire) the worm of the wicked does not die and the fire is not quenched, which indicates that their torment will be continuous, endless.

● Jude said about Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns: “… giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire” (Jude 7).

That means that when the inhabitants of those wicked towns rise again on that day, they will be sentenced to everlasting torment and will be cast into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels. However, at the present time the inhabitants of those towns are being tormented by fire because they are in a place of torment called Hades (Greek word which means ‘unseen world’ and which is translated ‘hell’ ten times in the King James Version).

As you can see, the above mentioned passages in one way or another speak about an everlasting punishment which will be inflicted on the wicked, which will be an everlasting torment into an everlasting fire. I would like to point out that the everlasting fire is a fire that will last for an endless time, I say this because I know that some assert that one day this fire will end! But – I ask – if one day it will end how could it be defined everlasting?

Let no one deceive you with empty words, the fire prepared for the devil and his angels into which the wicked will be cast on the day of judgement is everlasting and all the wicked will be tormented forever into it.