Poor old Pope Francis. He finally gets something right (see above news article), and the world comes unglued on him. Even long-time Catholic Pat Buchanan publicly took him to task over his statement that there is no hell. And much of the Catholic church, as well, went into an uproar over his words.
But the supposed eternal burning fiery pit most Christians call “hell” indeed does not yet exist, and won’t exist until Revelation 19:20, directly after Christ’s Second Advent.
What’s more, not a single person will be cast into “hell” until Revelation 20:14-15, which takes place after the 1,000 year long “millennium” teaching period, during which Christ is going to be doing the bulk of the teaching, along with His faithful elect.
Why no hell until then? Because God won’t destroy any of His children until they’ve had a chance to be properly taught His Word with understanding, and are given one final opportunity to embrace it and to give up wickedness.
People today truly don’t stand a chance because the churches quit teaching God’s Word centuries ago. They now only teach ridiculous and thoroughly unbiblical religious traditions like fly-away doctrine, Eve-ate-an-apple, Easter bunnies and prosperity doctrine (i.e., “send me your money and God will bless you”).
Finally, in another news article this week, the Pope was chastised for saying that no person is going to “burn forever in torment in hell.” He stated that, instead of burning eternally, those who are damned will simply “disappear” directly after the judgment.
Well, sorry all of you guys who can’t wait to see your brothers and sisters burning in fiery torment forever and ever, but the Pope is right again. That’s two points for the Pope this week.
The only “hell” that currently exists is what’s known as “hades” in the Greek language. And it’s simply a holding place for the souls of people who have passed on since the time of Adam, who didn’t quite make the grade, and who are still awaiting judgment. There’s no eternal burning fire there. People in hades are “scorched,” but only by their own wicked consciences.
After the great White Throne Judgment of Revelation 20:11-15, God simply hits the heavenly “delete” button, and all of those who still refuse to accept His Word and embrace Him after being taught correctly for 1,000 years will be…well… deleted. They’ll be gone. And they’ll never exist again. As the Pope put it, they “disappear.”
Even Satan himself is “deleted” instantaneously after the Judgment. As it’s written, “…therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee. All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more.” (Ezekiel 28:18-19).
Poof! It’s called spontaneous combustion. A single flame from within, and nothing but ashes left. Two seconds and it’s over. And that individual never exists again.
The only reason so-called “hell” is referred to as “the lake of fire” in the great book of Revelation is that there will be so many trouble-makers standing in that “lake” when God hits the “delete” button, there will be one big flame rising up into the air when they all spontaneously combust. And seconds later there will be nothing left but ashes. And then the lake of fire itself will be done away with, because the only people left will be those who truly love God in Christ.
In other words, the church tradition of eternal burning fiery torment for “sinners” is completely erroneous. Who would worship a God who leaves people burning and screaming in scorching flames, eternally?
I know I wouldn’t. It’s just another stupid church tradition designed to scare the bejabbers out of people so they’ll tow the church line and plop their money into the plate as it’s passed around on Sundays. So I’m certainly glad to see that the Pope gets it right.
By the way, this post is for my Catholic friends who ask me why I never have anything good to say about the Pope. Well, now I do. It took a few years. And believe me, I looked pretty hard. But he’s finally teaching something Scripturally accurate. And, of course, the bulk of the Christian world, including many of his own Catholic religionists, can’t handle it.
It’s too bad Christians would rather believe God is a sadist who gets His kicks from listening to His children scream in torment eternally. But He’s not. He’s a very merciful God. He’s simply promised us that in the eternity there will be no more trouble-makers.
So just before the start of the eternity, after everyone’s had a chance to get their minds right, those who choose to REMAIN trouble-makers will be instantly deleted in that “lake of fire.”
And frankly, good riddance to them. I, for one, am looking forward to perfect peace and harmony among all of God’s children. And that’s what permanently deleting the bad apples is going to bring us. But they will not be “deleted” until they’ve had a chance to get their minds right. And that part is completely up to them.
(For Biblical documentation that there is no eternal burning hellfire, see the Bible study, Tormented Forever and Ever?
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