Verses clearly saying that Hell is not forever

The psalmist wrote: “But the wicked shall

perish, and the enemies of the Lord shall be as

the fat of lambs: they shall consume; into smoke

shall they consume away” (Psalm 37:20). “For

yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be:

yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and

it shall not be” (verse 10).

And fear not them which kill the

body but rather fear him which is able to destroy

both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28).

In Exodus 21, the

conditions are laid down concerning the law

of servitude. If a servant chose to continue

serving the master he loved rather than his

freedom when it came due, then his ear was

to be pierced with an awl and the Scripture

declares, “He shall serve him for ever” (verse 6).

But how long would that servant serve his

human master? Only as long as he lived, of

course. So, the words “for ever” did not mean

without end.

Hannah took her son Samuel to God’s

temple, where he would “there abide for ever”

(1 Samuel 1:22). Yet in verse 28 we are plainly

told, “As long as he liveth he shall be lent to the Lord.” The original meaning of the term

for ever” indicates an indefinite period of

time. Generally, it defines the period of time in

which something can continue to exist under

the circumstances prevailing. Even Jonah’s stay in the whale’s belly is described by him as “for ever” (Jonah 2:6).

Who shall

be punished?” Now, listen, Paul is going to

tell us what the punishment is. “Who shall be

punished with everlasting destruction from

the presence of the Lord (if they were in Hell would they be hidden from the Lord?), and from the glory of

his power” (2 Thessalonians 1:8, 9). Therefore,

the punishment is everlasting destruction—a

destruction that is everlasting.

Even Christ’s words in Matthew 25:46

are not confusing when we take the obvious meaning. “And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.” Many are troubled over

the expression, “everlasting punishment,”

but notice that it does not say “everlasting

punishing.” Whatever the punishment is, it

will last eternally. Does the Bible tell us what the punishment is? Of course. “The wages of

sin is death” (Romans 6:23). Therefore, Jesus

was simply saying that the death would be

everlasting.